Kaza the main town of Spiti valley. Long journey trucks, halt here. It has a petrol pump, bunch of cafes, grocery and personal care stores (which is a luxury).
But for me opulence was in “Zostel”. They have a combination of dormitories, private rooms, tents, Swiss tents, colourful common room and open area with cannopes. They also allow travelers to pitch there own tents for a minimal cost. Staying there is in itself an experience.
It was already afternoon by the time I reached. I decided to take a stroll in the town on foot. A local fair was going on at that time. Traders from downhill came and exhibited various goods. Going further deep, I saw multiple cafes serving Israeli food, pasta but I was drooling at the sight of German bakery 😊.
The Sun had set, the moon was gleaming in the sky and I was back to Zostel where I ordered Rajma and rice for dinner. That’s when I realised that I need not hunt for food in the town. They had some excellent cook. The dishes were also priced reasonably.
I woke up to the view below.
I asked for ginger tea, cherishing the moments and sipping the epic beverage. Breaking the calmness of the dry valley I chatted with fellow backpackers and travelers.
The lady who was managing the place was very courteous. I asked her if I could get a car that could drive me to the “Key Gompa, langza, Hikkim and Khibber” and she arranged that for me in INR 2200 (which wasn’t a bad a deal at all)”. It was a full day tour ending at 5pm.
- Langza- famous for its huge statue of Lord Buddha and you can find little kids selling fossils. It has scarce population, I could count the number of built houses.
- Komik- till some time back there were no motor-able roads to this place and hence Khibber was the 3rd highest motorable village in the world, 1st being “La Rinconada, Peru”. But after roads have been built, Komik has grabbed this tittle.
- Hikkim- known for the world’s highest post office. It’s located in a house. All the visitors send a postcard to there dear ones from here. Even I did but sadly it never reached.
- Khibber- is a well inhabited village. Has some restaurants and homestays. If one stays there, they can closely be connected to the lifestyle of local people.
- Key monastery- the main attraction of Kaza. The structure in itself is a architectural wonder. The monastery has lamas who perform the rituals on timely manner. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Key_Monastery
The high altitude definitely makes you breathless. But it is worth the view.
I was back in the evening to the Zostel. As I entered the place I was delighted to see ‘the saviours’ our very own Mumbain freinds. We Ordered for tea and enjoyed the evening sitting in the cabana in the front yard of the place and discussing the experiences.
The next day I was supposed to go to “Chandratal” but decided to tag along with my freinds, so stayed one more night.