“This is the kerosine of Spiti”, said Tsering Phunchuk with a big smile. He lives with some other villagers up in the grasslands for three summer months with the livestock.

They dig out these shrubs, keep them to dry for about ten days and use it as a fuel in the tree less terrain they live in.

An old Spiti man collects the dry shrubs used as a fuel in the treeless landscape of Spiti, Himachal Pradesh, India

An old Spiti man collects the dry shrubs used as a fuel in the treeless landscape of Spiti, Himachal Pradesh, India

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