Day 6: Tabo to Kaza
Next day we had to cover a lot - Dhankar Monastery, Dhankar Lake, Pin Valley and then reach Kaza. But, we were very late in leaving from Tabo. It was 10 AM already. Tabo is the last place where you can get homegrown Spiti apples so we bought 2 kgs of them from a local restaurant.
As you continue your journey from Tabo, Spiti River runs alongside the road. Among those high mountains, the water of the river was glimmering in bright sunlight with beautiful blue sky added to the colours of the valley. Driving on that road was so peaceful in itself. When the sound of river water hit our ears, it felt like a part of us came to life, which, living in our city lives, we have long forgotten. We feel connected to it in some way.
And, when we were lost in all those overwhelming experiences, the Spiti river grew into this enormous valley all of a sudden. Not even in our wildest dreams, we could imagine something as beautiful as that. See the video above to get an idea. As we climbed up the mountain to reach Dhankar village, the view got even better.
However, unbelievably, this was nothing in front of the view we got from the Dhankar monastery. The confluence of Spiti and Pin rivers is undoubtedly one of the most epic views ever to be created by mother nature. If it looks so beautiful in pictures, imagine being there. This should be in "must see before you die" list for sure.
We spent moments of peace in the monastery. The monastery is quite old too and the hill on which it is built seems to be collapsing and not much life of it is left. So, one day this monastery and this place might cease to exist and you will never be able to experience this. So, visit this place as soon as you can!
After returning from Monastery, we headed for the trek of Dhankar Lake. It is short one hour trek from the village. Trek is not that difficult, except the insane cold winds which give you a headache. It's at the height of about 4300m, so lack of oxygen is also a problem.
However, when we got the first glimpse of that lake, everything else was forgotten. That majestic water body sitting between those mountains, it felt not less than enchanting. The best thing was the pin-drop silence - you could not hear anything except wind noise. When the wind stopped, you could even hear your heartbeat. It was a little scary, but so, so peaceful!
Returning from the lake, we continued our journey to Kaza. The weather seemed to be taking a turn with clouds in the sky. So, we skipped Pin Valley. The route was again beautiful.