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Spiti Valley 2016

7 July, 16

Travellers from across the country and abroad from different walks of life came together for a road trip to Lahaul and Spiti. A drive in this Himalayan region of Himachal Pradesh started with green and lush sceneries with rivers flowing through the valley. We were an 8-car convoy came together as people from different professional backgrounds got to know each other while they drove on some of the most beautiful yet treacherous roads.

We started from Narkanda and followed through Sangla, Tabo, Kaza and Losar. The scenes through our windshield changed with subtlety from green to brazen brown with snow capped mountains just in view. One of Asia’s best road trip routes happens to be from Kinnaur through Lahaul and then to Spiti and we ticked this off on our bucketlist, while we also helped some travel junkies and road trip enthusiasts do the same.

We have always believed that the journey is the most important part of our road trips. From handling twists and turns at a higher altitude, to relaxing during the drive — something that is quite new for city dwellers, it was quite a refreshing experience.

It is said that you count your travels not with the number of miles that you covered but the friends that you made on the road. It was delightful to see a group of people who were strangers the first day become the best of friends as they travelled together. We relished some delicious Kinnaur apples fresh from the trees to being audience to the workings of JSW Power Project, the experience sprinkled throughout the trip was quite exemplary.

The trip in itself was a box full of surprises that kept on giving. It started with picnic lunches, river crossings, hikes that ended with breathtaking views and of course, the monasteries. There were postcards sent from the highest inhabited village — Hikkim’s post office in the morning and by night, stars were counted.

Together at 15,060 ft – Kunzum Pass we got a necessary ‘to be framed’ photo taken. There was a guitar, a song, smiles and laughter that made the trip an unforgettable experience for everyone.

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