The ghost of Baralacha-la – Leh &Ladhak

This mountain pass in the Zanskar range of the Himalayas was once a military post. In bad weather, those stationed there could be trapped for weeks. One particularly bad winter saw a trio of soldiers trapped there for two months. When military vehicles finally reached them, they found a stranger in the cabin, eating one of the soldiers.
The other two soldiers were in pieces; all had been half-eaten. The cannibal tried to attack the recovery team, and he was shot dead. Soldiers who were posted there after would hear strange whispers, see a man with a knife, or hear the pained screams of the soldiers being eaten. Motorists would occasionally claim to see a man chasing their vehicles with a knife, or see bloodied soldiers calling for help. When they would pull over to help the soldiers, they disappeared.
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Tashigang – Village in the Spiti Valley

 

TashigangTashigang, a beautiful village located at an altitude of 4650 m, has just four homes. To reach here, one has to pass from the Kibber Village, which is at an altitude of 4205 m and 18 km from Kaza. After passing Kibber, you’ll reach the village of Gette and then comes Tashigang. One has to drive ahead from Ki Monastery to reach these villages. There are ancient chortens dotting the walk to the village.

Tashi Gang is a very small village located in Spiti of Lahul and Spiti district, Himachal Pradesh with total 6 families residing. The Tashi Gang village has population of 40 of which 23 are males while 17 are females as per Population Census 2011.

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Agriculture is the main source of livelihood in Tashigang. Potato and pea farming is common. Houses are constructed in Tibetan architectural style, as the land in Lahaul and Spiti is mountainous. The top of the roof is loaded with dried branches or twigs to serve both as a cushion and insulation during snowfall. There is a small lake near the fields of Tashigang which gives the proceedings an entirely fairytale feel. Clouds float constantly here and this is an experience you won’t forget ever!

Tashi gang is a small village but significant nevertheless. Many Bon and Buddhist archaeological finds have been made there.

Hikkim-World’s Highest Post Office

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Hikkim is a high mountain village at an elevation of 4,572 m (15,000 ft) above the sea level, located in district Lahaul Spiti of Himachal Pradesh (northern India). Hikkim village is popularly known for the highest post office in the world and the highest polling station of the world. It’s one of the highest towns accessible by car on Earth.

It is at a distance of about 16 kilometers from Kaza and this village too offers great views of Chau Chau Kang Nilda peak. There is not really much to see in the village except for the natural beauty of the valley around.

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The Hikkim post office which is located in the Lahaul Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh has been functioning from November 5, 1983 and is run by the postmaster Rinchen Chhering. Reaching this post office is a back breaking journey and considering the remoteness of this village, one can only imagine how difficult it is to send out the post from here.

As I understood from the locals, mails are sent on foot from Hikkim to Kaza every morning, which is then taken to Reckong Peo by bus, onward to Shimla, then loaded on a train to Kalka, and loaded again on a bus heading to Delhi. From there the mails make their journey towards its destination.

The Hikkim post office was opened on November 5, 1983, and the man who holds my dream job—Rinchen Chhering—has been the branch postmaster here since its inception. He was 22 years old when he took charge. Today, as he stamps those letters and postcards, it’s an act as familiar as planting peas in his backyard or drinking tea.

This inconspicuous little Spitian office which doubles up as Chhering’s home is the only conduit to the world for Hikkim’s 161 or so residents—there is no cell phone signal or internet to connect with. Like the rest of the valley, the post office is also shut for six months of the year because of snow.