There are many shades of blue, grey and brown in one of the most stunning landscapes in India
This blue is new.
Back home murky grey seeps into the muddy land
This blue doesn’t merge. Aloof. Disconnected.
From the grey below.
That. Dull. Arid. Dead. Grey.
Stillness in life, once inconceivable
In the distance, I imagine the razor’s edge. Air | Land.
Rocks climb onto each other
And mountains pierce the skies
Crowned with white icing…
The cake of time.
Rivers of aqua carve out valleys
Where rocks are marked with another water’s past
Lines of the sea that once lived here.
Lines from a world that once swam here.
We walk around the hills.
Breath – less. Quick – ly.
Oxygen! You’ve ditched us for the plains!
This was once under the sea.
under the sea
Tell me Spiti, how did you rise so high?
Blue. White. Grey. Aqua. Blue. Awe
Yet– I’m homesick for green.
Spiti Valley lies in the Himalayas, nestled been the ‘much-touristed’ Shimla and Manali and sharing a border with Tibet. It is a 6- 10 hour drive on mostly rocky roads from Manali. Spiti and Lahaul district have a combined population of 33000 and the capital city of Kaza has a scanty 3000 odd residents.
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Editor’s Note: This article was edited on May 21, 2014
Bhavani is a traveler by choice, photographer by interest and writer by desire. She crafts tours for Audiocompass.in and has been published at Lonely Planet India’s website, The Alternative, Talking Cranes, Unboxed Writers, City Ninjas and Indian Express. She is in a dedicated relationship with chocolate, her husband and exclamation marks – though rather confused about the order of preference! You can join her journey at merrytogoaround.com.