I ended my last travelogue on reaching Kaza and what we did that day. Today I will take you to a journey which even I can’t forget my whole life! This was our second day in Kaza and we decided to cover the most popular and beautiful places around Kaza on this one. Before I move on, if you haven’t read my previous posts of this travelogue, then please find all the links below –
Alright, now let’s begin! This was the first time I was in Kaza as you all might already know but what surprised me the most was that Kaza was entirely opposite of what I imagined it to be like! I imagined Kaza to be a remote, peaceful village with beautiful natural scenic beauty all around. With loads of local people and cattle herds and the typical Lahual – Spiti houses, etc. You might have understood what kind of picture I had in mind for Kaza. Well, it’s nothing like that!
Kaza is a city, big enough for the area with a lot of hustle and bustle, traffic, noise from traffic and music from cafes. It’s far from peaceful. Though the mountains surrounding the city are beautiful and we woke up to a beautiful view of those mountains each day. Kaza is amazing for people who enjoy city life and for those who are looking for a change after spending some days in super peaceful places. I personally didn’t enjoy Kaza that much because all I wanted to go that far was to find some peaceful and super beautiful place. Where you can sit and gaze at the sky and the mountains silently for hours and still be happy.
Anyway, we got to know that the nearby places Hikkim, Lang Za, Koumic, Key and Kibber were worth visiting and have the most beautiful scenic views. The most popular were Koumic and Key monastery. Lang Za was also said to be extremely beautiful. So we knew that we had to go there. We decided to do the Hikkim – Lang Za – Koumic circuit first as they actually fall in the same route and then do the Key and Kibber one.
We started at 10 am and I have no idea what route we took but we somehow couldn’t find Hikkim and we continued for Lang Za that was our first stop. We needed to go up a few hills and mountains to reach there and on our way, we were super lucky enough to spot a group of Himalayan Ibex!! At first, it was really difficult to spot them as their skin color and of the mountain was almost the same. Just when they moved, we could see them! I took some pictures and recorded a clip and moved on.
The landscape changed from a rocky trail to a very vast grassland or a meadow type and it was just breathtaking!! There was nothing far-far away and all you could see were the mountains, both the snow capped ones and the small barren ones. We felt like we were driving in a no-man’s land! After a few kilometers, we could faintly spot a few houses far away and we knew that it was Lang Za!! What a beautiful spot for a village! There weren’t many houses there. Hardly 20 or even less but what stood out the most was a beautiful grand statue of Lord Buddha on a small hill-top in the village. It seemed as if Buddha was looking at the beautiful view in front of him!! It was just so beautiful and extremely peaceful!!
After enjoying our short halt there we headed ahead to Koumic. The sign boards were negligible there, so we took help of some locals to know the route. We were able to find the diversion in the road that goes towards Koumic but later we were super confused if we were going towards the right direction. The reason was that after a few kilometers, we could see a village down in the valley but the road that we were driving on was constantly going up. We knew that the village down in the valley was Koumic but we couldn’t find any way to reach there.
After a few minutes of the dilemma, we decided to turn back and get some help to find the way. Just when we started backward we found a tourist car which was being driven by a local. We asked him and he told us to move in the same direction ahead. We turned our car around again and started following him. Finally, at some distance, we could some cars and people stopped and few houses too. The village was still down the valley but the monastery and some people lived up here as well.
Now, the spot we were standing at had really a super spectacular view!! The entire snow-capped mountain range was visible along with the green and barren hills and mountains and meadows!! I simply can’t forget it!! It was like a dream! I went to the monastery and right when I stepped in the gate of it I saw the monks chanting their prayers and that surprised me! What surprised me was that I couldn’t hear a sound outside the monastery and no one could imagine a prayer would be going on inside! It was that soft and calm! Once I was inside I could hear the soft melodious chanting!! WOW!!
I spent some time listening to the chantings and then I went inside to see the monastery. The monastery was elaborately decorated and was very colorful. It wasn’t a big one but was a good one indeed. After coming out of the monastery, I once again had a good look at that spectacular view and we left from Koumic. We decided to go to Key monastery and were thinking of skipping Kibber as my boy wasn’t feeling very well. We reached Key and the monastery from a little far away looks amazing!! It’s a grand piece of work! It’s a fort monastery and built really amazingly well!
When I reached the parking of the monastery, I saw young monks, both kids and teens playing Volleyball! It was such a great sight. Physical activity is a must in monks routine. To get to the main monastery you need to climb up a steep hill. It was pretty exhausting for me but it was worth it! The camera or photography wasn’t allowed inside so unfortunately I don’t have any pictures or video footage but I must say it was rustic and beautiful! The view from the top of the monastery was just beautiful!! The monks told me to click pictures from the top of the monastery as I will get some good ones! 🙂
I came down and found that my boy was now doing okay and Kibber was just 5 km away from there. So we decided to go to Kibber as well. Kibber is a small village surrounded with a beautiful view. Each of the villages had different yet very beautiful views! Just after Kibber there was the village Chicham, last village of the area. It was visible from Kibber as a small green spot in the valley. We didn’t go there and turned back towards Kaza. We didn’t stop for longer durations to these places as we were trying to cover them all in a single day. But one can always cover them in two days and spend a good amount of time in each village, have tea, food and talk to the local people!
Here comes to an end to the day 7 of our Road Trip to Spiti! We just went back to the hotel and took a lot of rest and went off to sleep to start early for Manali the next day. I really hope you enjoyed this post and the found it helpful and informative. The video of this part is also uploaded on my YouTube channel RougePouts and is also attached at the bottom of this post. I really hope you like the video as well and enjoy watching it! Please do not forget to like, subscribe and share it! I will be back with more posts and the last part of this beautiful journey very soon!! Have a superb day!! B-Bye!!