in july 2010, i did a cycle ride through Kinnaur and Spiti in Himachal Pradesh. i started from Kalpa and ended my ride at gramphoo on the manali-leh highway, a distance of about 240 km. i had previously done the route (and to leh via the manali-leh highway) twice by motorcycle and hence knew what was involved, where to stop for nightly halts etc. i did the ride on a cannondale f9 mtb (which my son uses to commute to school now :)).
a slideshow of photographs from the ride and the places and people i met on the way. the photos were taken with a compact, the fuji f70 exr.
co-traveller on the bus to kalpa from new delhi.
on the way to Puh, along the Sutlej river.
starting the ride from kalpa.
a dhaba en route to Puh
at the dhaba
lovely riding these roads
workmen working for the BRO, building and maintaining the roads at Jangi
bridge across the Sutlej after Puh
the bridge at Khab, where the Sutlej and the Spiti rivers meet
i was able to carry the cycle across…
life around a landslide
up the Ka Zigs
a village called Nako
at a community lunch in Nako
past the notorious Malling
it was a pleasure to ride down these slopes…
the monastery at Tabo
the monastery at Tabo. E71 🙂
engravings at the monastery
Phuntsok Bachan. shop owner and congress party functionary at tabo
this guy has done tabo to delhi, tabo to nepal, tabo to bangladesh on his geared cycle….i forget his name.
prayer wheels at the monastery
children playing at Tabo
out of Tabo
en route Kaza
fields by the spiti
a distant village
women working the barley fields
a village across the spiti
en route Hull
on the way to Lossar
after a hard day’s work
en route Lossar
graham, a cyclist from new zealand, catching up at lossar. we had first met at nako and then at tabo. he had gone on to dhankar
Kunzum La top
down Kunzum La to Batal
coming down Kunzum La
Batal across the bridge
somewhere there is Baralachla
a lake called chandra tal (moon lake)
a shepherds’ hut. was treated to tea.
the dhaba at Batal where i just lazed around for two days
gramphoo on the manali-leh highway. from here i took a jeep down to manali.