Last month, I put my feet on this marvellous land mentioned in ancient scriptures for its unknownness, and in current books for its difficult life conditions. I entered the gateway to the cold desert of India and celebrated some of its amazing and unique hues. Lately, it was a dream and now fulfilled, though partially. I still yearn to explore the valleys on foot, may be some day!
Our first halt was ‘Reckong Peo’- the town, surprisingly with every amenity necessary for a comfortable life. Earlier, I had the opinion of its being backward and tough (the result of its such portrayal by criers). The location is wonderful and sunny, and the climate, all pleasant. It is also known as ‘Land of Gods’. The visuals here, certainly make it ONE!
‘Kalpa’ is another beautiful hamlet near ‘Reckong Peo’.
The ambience is miraculous. The canopy of glistening pine and apple trees catch your gaze, the crawling ice-cold water streams freshen your senses, and the picturesque snow laden Himalayas in front, leave you spellbound. The walk through the village sends you back in time, far from the hustle and bustle of modern era.
Once there, the desire to come back to the animated life, vanishes…
(until of course you realise that the clock it ticking and you are running out of ‘leaves’ 😉 ).
(It is summer. For more mind-blowing winter pictures, go google it. The above photos are taken by ME except for the ones with date. Their credit goes to a friend, Umesh Chandel, MD.)
Taranda Rocks on the way to Kinnaur in Himachal Pradesh, India.