Culture

Customs and rituals of Spiti

The Ancient Dance of Khaar in Spiti

Before the wedding in Sichling village of Spiti, relatives of the bride practice the ancient dance of Khaar. Each move of this intricate dan...
Women from Demul village in Spiti valley, working in their pea farms.

Traditional Farming in Spiti

After the snow melts on the high peaks around the villages of Spiti, the hard working people start their annual summer routine. The live...

Life

Daily life of a Spitian

People from Kaza take rest on their frozen field

First Step of Farming in Spiti

The first stage of farming in Spiti. Melting 4ft of hard snow on the fields. Sometimes its more than that. The people sprinkle ash and soil ...
As it snows heavily, a local Spitian walks through snow to collect water in the month of March

Winter won’t end in March

It's the first week of March and Spiti is without electricity for the past seventeen days. Before that, there was no power for nine days. He...

Spring

Ski and snow melting for farming season

People from Kaza take rest on their frozen field

First Step of Farming in Spiti

The first stage of farming in Spiti. Melting 4ft of hard snow on the fields. Sometimes its more than that. The people sprinkle ash and soil ...

Summer

Farming and Tourism season

Two friends painting their new house in Demul village, Spiti.

Photo – Painting a house in Demul

Portrait of Phunchuk Tanduv, from village Tabo. He is in Demul to help his friend paint his new house. Two friends painting their new ho...

Autumn

Cold and dry season

Blue Spiti River in Autumn.

Photo : Spiti river in Autumn

After carrying silt throughout the year from melted glaciers, Spiti river comes in its full glory in the autumn months when it turns blue. ...

Hot Soup on a frozen Spiti pond

While exploring Spiti through satellite imagery, I found a small high altitude waterbody above Hikkim. I marked it on my watch and hiking up...

Winter

Learning and Leisure season

Evening tea at Kaza

When the winter progresses in Spiti valley, the sweet shops and food joints close down. In the month of January, only two food joints are op...

Religion

The life of Spiti

Dhangkar Gompa (also known as Dhangkhar, Dhankar) is an old buddhist monastery on top of a fragile mountain cliff at 3900m in the Spiti valley of Himachal Pradesh.

Dhankar Gompa

Dhankar Gompa, built on top of a very fragile mountain cliff at an altitude of 3894m above sea level, has an overwhelming view of the conflu...