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

Spiti woman watching a public event in the village of Mane Yongma, Spiti, Himachal Pradesh, India

Photo – Women of Mane Village

After every three years, the village people of Mane village get together for a ceremony that involves three days of prayer that ends with a ...

Autumn

Cold and dry season

Norbu and Tenzing pulling their donkey up to the unpaved road to ride it back to their village, Tashi Gang. © Himanshu Khagta

Spiti kids play in an organic way

After driving for around an hour on the high altitude plateaus from Kibbar, the road bifurcated right next to an ugly concrete structure tha...

Winter

Learning and Leisure season

Icicles formed on the frozen clothes left outside to dry in Kaza village of Spiti, Himachal Pradesh, India on 17 Jan, 2014. The temperature is dipping down to -20.3˚C in this small valley in the western Himalayas.

Frozen clothes in Kaza

After washing the clothes in the frozen stream, its time for them to dry. It takes three to four days of clear weather to dry the clothes. A...

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...
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