Highest Post Office – Hikkim

After two failed attempts to visit the highest post office in the world, finally I managed to experience it in September 2015. Built as a Post Office bum Home Stay, its located in the Hikkim village of Spiti, between Langza village and Komic village. At an altitude on 4440 meter, its not a joke to manage a post office, while I was breathing heavy to even reach to the post office.

 

As I reached the post office, I found it locked, surprising, its 11 Am, why is it closed. Because the post office do not see many customers in a day, even in days, Post Master was busy doing multitasking, cutting the barley crop in the near by field.

 

From inside, its not like any other typical India Post Offices, with windows and counters. Just one computer, a table, no phone, no internet and mail collection happens once in couple of days. I mailed a post card to my daughter from there and it was very exciting, though

 

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Beautiful Spiti

Heaven for Riders, Photographers, Trekkers, Poets, Writers and many more, Spiti is one places which can not be described in words. You have to visit this region to believe the beauty it can offer. A variety of Lakes, Monasteries, Glaciers and wildlife, it offers a perfect off city destination to search your soul.

 

Accessible only through road, the whole journey to Spiti itself is a reason to just go out an explore it. Though open all across the year through Shimla side, summers are recommended to vist the Spiti region. Between June to October are the best months to visit Spiti, but winter can offer all together different view, not much seen.

Some of the Key places to visit are, Nako, Dhankar, Tabo, Pin Valley, Kaza, Kibber, Gete, Langza, Hikkim Komic, Ranrgik Losar, Kunzum Pass, Chandrataal, Gramphoo etc.

Some of the major monastery are Kye Monastery, Kaza Monastery, Dhankar Monastery, Tabo Monastery, and few others.

 

You can plan your trip either through Manali side or through Shimla side, but we recommended you doing it through Shimla side as this route acclimatizes much better by the time you reach Chandataal, which is at 4300 meter height.

 

Major town is Kaza, right in the middle of Spiti, which has all kind of stay facility and other little luxuries. But you can find Guest Houses and Home-stays in all other small villages, which gives your a completely different perspective of local life.

 

Typical Drive Plan from Delhi, With good time in Hand :

Day 1 : Delhi – Narkanda

Day 2 : Narkanda – Chitkul (or Sangla in case of Winter)

Day 3 : Explore around Chitkul

Day 4 : Chitkul to Kalpa, via Reckong Peo, Refill fuel, Enjoy Kinnar Kailash view from Kalpa

Day 5 : Kalpa – Nako, road condition at Akpa and Ribba might affect your plan, keep Pooh as another option in mind for night stay

Day 6 : Nako – Tabo

Day 7 : Tabo – Dhankar – Sagnam – Mud

Day 7 : Mud – Kaza (if your are of adventurous kind with 4WD vehicle, you can explore Demul to Komic route as well.

Day 8 : Kaza – Kye – Kibber – Gete – Tashigang – Kibber (night Stay)

Day 9 : Kaza – Chandrataal Base Camp, and visit Chandartaal

Day 10 : Chandrataal – Manali

Day 11 : Manali – Delhi

 

Drop a comment or email if you want more suggestions for your plans.

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 Enjoy Pics of Spiti

Chandra Taal and majestic Milkyway

Chandra Taal and majestic Milkyway

 

Lovely view of Kye Monastery from Rangrik

Lovely view of Kye Monastery from Rangrik

 

Beautiful mountains, art of Nature

Beautiful mountains, art of Nature

 

Beautiful mountains, art of Nature

Beautiful mountains, art of Nature

 

View from Malling Nullah

View from Malling Nullah

 

Apricot blossom

Apricot blossom

 

Magical and Mysterious - Chandra Taal

Magical and Mysterious – Chandra Taal

 

Mystic Kye Monastery in winter

Mystic Kye Monastery in winter

 

Mystic Kye Monastery in winter

Mystic Kye Monastery in winter

 

Mystic Kye Monastery in winter

Mystic Kye Monastery in winter

 

Entering to Heaven, Near Kaza

Entering to Heaven, Near Kaza

 

Early morning and divine sunrise at Rangrik

Early morning and divine sunrise at Rangrik

 

Surprises of mother nature, at Hikkim

Surprises of mother nature, at Hikkim

 

Yellow Peaks

Yellow Peaks

 

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Colors and more Colors

 

Nirvana, at Chandra Taal

Nirvana, at Chandra Taal

 

Retrospection , at Chandra Taal

Retrospection , at Chandra Taal

 

Lake the Majestica, Chandra Taal

Lake the Majestica, Chandra Taal

 

Lake the Majestica, Chandra Taal

Lake the Majestica, Chandra Taal

 

Kibber village in winter

Kibber village in winter

 

Kibber village in winter

Kibber village in winter

 

Divine Kye Monastery

Divine Kye Monastery

 

Winter in Spiti

Winter in Spiti

 

Hydro Power Plant

Hydro Power Plant

 

Art scapes of Spiti

Art scapes of Spiti

 

Million dolor view

Million dolor view

 

Ariel view of Kye monastery

Ariel view of Kye monastery

 

First light on Kye monastery

First light on Kye monastery, I stationed myself at 5 AM, on the other side, at Rangrik to capture this.

 

Light and Shadows, playing hide and seek

Light and Shadows, playing hide and seek

 

Kaza Monastery

Kaza Monastery

 

More magical colors of Chandra Taal

More magical colors of Chandra Taal

 

Golden sunset at Chandra taal lake

Golden sunset at Chandra taal lake

 

Camping near Chandratal

Camping near Chandratal

 

Kibber village under billion stars

Kibber village under billion stars

 

From Losar to Rangrik

From Losar to Rangrik

 

Beautiful Losar Village

Beautiful Losar Village

 

Beautiful Losar Village

Beautiful Losar Village

 

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