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

Every sunday, people of Mane Yongma village gather in the village temple to chant a Buddhist Manta for few hours. © Himanshu Khagta

Sunday evening prayer for a temple

People of Mane Yongma village wants to construct a temple in the village. The monk told them to gather once a week and chant this buddhist m...
Monks of Dhankar monastery going for the Cham dance in Mane Yongma village. © Himanshu Khagta

Monks going for the Cham dance

After every four years, villagers from Mane Yongma and Mane Gongma invite the monks from Dhankar monastery to perform a special prayer for t...

Autumn

Cold and dry season

Life in Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh, India

Photo : Key Monastery, Spiti

At an elevation of 4,166 metres Key or Ki is the biggest monastery in Spiti valley with over 100 monks. It belongs to the Gelug sect of...

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

A team of mountaineers, Bharat, Prerna and Karn practice ice climbing on a frozen waterfall in Spiti valley of HimachalA team of mountaineers, Bharat, Prerna and Karn practice ice climbing on a frozen waterfall in Spiti valley of Himachal

Ice climbing a Waterfall in Spiti

For a place like Spiti, where people have been worshiping nature, adventure activities like skiing and rock climbing are considered quite fo...

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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