Ki Monastery – Kibber – Mudd

• We arrived on an important festival day. The costumes and the festive spirit were fantastic. Next to the heavy-duty cameras, in the crowd of professional photographers, I had a moment of feeling ‘less than’ with my Galaxy phone/camera – it passed.

• The repetition of the mantra ‘om mani padme hum’ (translated, ‘Behold the Jewel is in the Lotus’), is said to bring good fortune and wash away all sins.• Tomer, with his friendly personality and his big giggly smile often draws conversations with locals. Their eyes always show a delight when he converses with them in Hindi, which he diligently accumulates new words every day. Often, he is being offered to share a smoke of the local cigarette – bidi with chara. Indians are so friendly, often ask for selfie and enjoy practicing some English.

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• Shaanti on top of the world.

• Mudd is the most remote place we have reached on our Kinnaur/Spiti loop.

• Kuldep, our driver told us a few days ago that last year a landslide blocked the road for a month while he was at Mudd. He had to walk 30 km to pass the landslide sections to the main road, where he caught a bus. His car was at the village until the road re-opened.
On the drive he kept pointing out the sections that were blocked by the landslide. I could sense his concerns, but it took me a few moments to realize the depth of his fears. This was a traumatic experience for him. Moreover, it turned out this was the first time he drove on this road since the landslide. I felt deep admiration for his courage.
Upon reaching Mudd and seeing the beauty around I decided that it will be a ‘crime’ not to stay and take some of this beauty in.
We decided that he will drive back to Kaza and will pick us back up in a couple of days. God willing, there won’t be any landslides.

• As we walk up Pin Valley towards the connecting pass with Parvati Valley, the tilted shape of the rock layers all around us is evident. The Indian sub-continent is pushing towards the bigger part of earth we call Asia. This Sisyphus push that has been going for millions of years is how the Himalayan mountain range came into being. Over the years, other natural forces such as wind and water added their stamp on the scenery.

• The white, grey, and purple ribbon colors of the Spiti River run along the road like a companion.