Rangrik Village – Spiti Valley

Rangrik is a small village located about 6 km from Kaza across the Spiti River connected by a small bridge. it is quite a big village with a population of about 900 people. It is a relatively green patch in an otherwise barren landscape. Rangrik is located at an altitude of 12400 feet above sea level. It is considered to be the largest village in Spiti in term of area and population. Rangrik is just 8 km from Kaza town.          

Across a small dam in the village lies a small cave that has a mysterious stone with magnetic properties. While I understand the magnetic properties of the stone, it was the cave that was intriguing. A small 6 feet by 6 feet space that had everything needed for a stay of an individual—a kitchen, a prayer place, a bed and a reading and writing table. Some monk probably used to live here in seclusion. The cave is kept open, which tells a lot about the culture of this place.  You will see 25feet golden statue of Lord buddha when you will enter Rangrik village. The village monastery is situated in close proximity to the statue.

Bara Shigri Glacier – Largest Glacier in Lahul & Spiti

Bara Shigri is the largest glacier located in Lahaul Spiti region in Chandra Valley, Himachal Pradesh.   It is a 30-km long glacier, the second-longest glacier in the Himalayas after Gangotri. It flows northwards and feeds the Chenab river. Bara Shigri, Bara meaning big and Shigri meaning glacier, in Lahaul dialect.

The glacier is so heavily covered with surface moraine that ice is not visible for long stretches except along the crevices and in the ablation areas. Estimates differ as to the breadth of the glacier where it is crossed, as owing to its movement and roughness no two caravans cross it in exactly the same way, but it is not less than a mile wide. It is just 4 km away from Batal and around 40 km from Rohtang Pass.

Across the Bara Shigri is another glacier known as Chhota Shigri. It is a comparatively smaller glacier and does not reach down to the bed of the river, but it is most steep and slippery, difficult to cross. There is a number of prominent glaciers in Chandra valley in Lahaul. Some of them are, Kulti, Shpting, Pacha, Ding Karmo, Tapn, Gyephang, Bolunag, Shili and Shamundri. Gyephang is the chief deity of Lahaul valley and the Gyephang glacier is named after him.

Kunzum Devi – Protector of Kunzum Pass & Travelers

Kunzum Pass at a height of around 14,900 feet which connects Spiti valley with Lahul & Kullu valleys. It is one of India’s highest motorable mountain Pass and is one of the routes to Kaza. Kunzum La gives unbelievable 360-degree sight of the Bara-Shigri Glacier which is the 2nd longest glacier on the planet, a jaw-dropping panorama of the Chandrabhaga Range and also a stunning sight of the Spiti valley.

Kunzum Devi Temple on the deserted Kunzum pass at an elevation of 14,900 feet. It is devoted to Goddess Durga (Kunzum Devi) and every vehicle that goes to the pass needs to take a whole roundabout of the temple to make certain security for the rest of their trip. It is stated if you do not take it, you may enter into problem. Another interesting belief of the locals pertaining to the holy place is that there sits a decider of fate inside this temple. There is an upright stone the dimension of our clenched fists that is enclosed in a cave inside the temple.

The rock is venerated and also has actually been stated to inform the visitor if he/she is a saint or a sinner. You rise to the rock as well as stick a coin to the rock. If the coin sticks, you are a saint and if it does not you are sinner. There were a lot of coins adhered to the rock however mine fell short to stick. Yes, God is watching whatever!

Shashur Monastery – Bhuddhist Pilgrimage in Keylong (Lahul & Spiti)

Shashur or Sashur Monastery is a Buddhist monastery of the Drugpa sect in Lahaul and Spiti, Himachal Pradesh, northern India. It is located 137 kilometres from Manali. Sha-shur means “blue pines” in the local dialect, as patches of blue pine can be seen around the monastery. . The monastery was built in the 17th century by Lama Deva Gyatsho of Zanskar who was a missionary of Nawang Namgyal, the king of Bhutan.

The lamas of the gompa are of the Drukpa sect (red hat sect). Namgyal founded this sect and the name originated from Dug, which in the Bhoti language, translates to Bhutan. Before Deva Gyatsho renovated the present monastery, there existed a small gompa. Deva Gyatsho stayed at the monastery till his death. When he was being cremated, it is said, that his heart did not burn and was enclosed in a black image of Gyatsho. This monastery has large Thangka paintings, some of them over fifteen feet, and wall paintings depicting all the 84 siddhas of Buddhism.