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Old 21st October 2009, 23:12   #451
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Day 13, September 24th, 2009 Continued.

Kaaza - Attragu - Sichling - Tabo - Sumdo


We had a monotonous drive here onwards to Sumdo which is towards the east of Kaza.

Pin Valley National Park is famous for ibex and snow leopard. The road to pin valley is about 10Km before Sichling.This turn will take you till Mud through Sagnam and Gulling. From Mud starts an eight day trek over Pin Parvathi pass (5319m) to Parvati valley near Kullu.
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We passed Dhankar Gompa on the way. Dankar is 10KM from Sichling. It is a steep climb. We did not visit the gompa. This gompa is 1200 years old. Above this gompa there is a ruined fort made of mud. Further up if you go you can see the scenic Dhankar Tso lake and the two peaks of Mane Rang at 6593m.

I don't know if we missed much. Anyone having pictures of Dankar Gompa and its surroundings please post them here.

Some views till Sichling.
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We passed Sichling by 10.30AM. Check the population
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Some views from Sichling till Tabo
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By 11.10AM we reached Tabo, the only other town in Spiti Valley. We visited the Tabo Gompa. Tabo Gompa is a world heritage site according to Lonely planet and it preserves some finest indo Tibetan art.

The Gompa had a nice apple garden.
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Pictures of the gompa
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This gate has a story to tell.
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Saji capturing the story
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Outside the Gompa
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After Tabo we again drove on to reach Sumdo by 12:15PM.

The bridge.
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Some views from Tabo till Sumdo.
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The roads to the Chinese border Kaurik from Sumdo.
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Kaurik is just 17Km away
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Old 21st October 2009, 23:25   #452
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What happened next is a like something out of an action movie: Here we are proceeding towards Powari, when suddenly we saw ahead guys frantically waving to us to go fast, they were the supervisors at the blasting zone. We were wondering why these guys were so desperate, after all it was a narrow road strewn with rubble and we were irritated that they wanted us to drive faster! Hey, what is this here, I can hear and see 2 small blasts next to my car (and see white rubble falling off)…..and we keep going. The entire mountainside collapses as 2 powerful explosions rocked the valley, and the road we were in 10 seconds before had disappeared, with 3 Scorpio-sized boulders crashing down – we could have been easily under them! This is the height of irresponsibility and endangerment of vehicles, the contractors are really callous, and we escaped by the hair in our noses, so to say.
I still thank our lucky stars. All of us would have been history if not for our luck. Further, it's just providence that we were on the other side of the road, else this would definitely have been a mission aborted.

Man proposes, God disposes. Thankfully God was on our side this time, and I am sure there is a lesson hidden in this for all of us to learn, than being overly proud of our achievements. I am sure this was a reminder for us.

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Day 13, September 24th, 2009 Continued.
Sumdo - Malling - Nako - Puh - Spello - Morang - Powari - Karchham - Sangla.


From Sumdo we crossed Chango around 12:50PM. We see river Sutlej now. See the raging current of the river. Sutlej unlike all the other rivers was an angry river, rushing away somewhere!!

Some views from Sumdo till Chango.
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Chango is 9820ft, and then we climb really high to around 12500ft at Malling.

The climb and views till Malling.
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We are on the clouds.
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This is very much landslide prone area, and we had one just a few minutes before we reached Malling. We waited an hour till it was cleared. We were even scared to horn, since that could cause the next one.

HVK tightening some nuts of his Scorpio, while we wait for the landslide to be cleared.
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The landslide being cleared. At the right corner is the infamous Malling Nallah.
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See for yourself. Can you identify the road going in between? If you look harder you can find a lorry too. We were scared even to horn. It'll bring all this down.
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There is a new road being constructed across another mountain, which then would avoid the landslide prone areas and Malling Nallah. May be in another few years it becomes operational.

We reached Nako by 14:00PM. We passed through places callesd Ka, Puh, Poh before we reached Spellow at 16:10PM.

Some views from Nako till Spellow
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Can you find HVK's Scorpio? Scary isn't it?
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Just before we were to cross a bridge to get to the other side of Sutlej, we were right under a dangerous trap due to some irresponsible road workers. The moment we realised, we heard loud blasts, and few rubble fell down near the Scorpio. and in less than few minute, only after we got to the other side of the bridge, we heard the thunderous blasts bringing down huge boulders which took the road away with it to the valley. Had we been on the other side, then the trip ends here and mission aborted. But that was not to be. We were just plain lucky, than anything else..




We could see the Kinner Kailash mountains at a distance, which soothed us down a little.
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A waterfall near the road. Kassang Waterfall.
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Before reaching Powari, we had the second round of blasts for widening the road. We again had to wait for 1 hour to move forward. For and instance we thought we'll go to Kalpa for the night. But by that time a soldier took over the bulldozer and cleared the road in style.


The second blast created this land slide.
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Distances to various destinations from the place we waited. Sangla, the destination for the day was 30Km more. We were here from 17:45PM to 18:45PM.
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While we were waiting I tried some photography of Kinner Kailash and Sutlej.
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We continued on and reached Sangla by 20:30PM, a schedule delay of 1hr 30minutes. But forget the delays, schedules, perfect plans, executions - it was just that our guardian angels protected us that we are all safe, and I am still here writing this log.


At Sangla SM's people skills found us a brand new guest house and stayed for the night. Food was a disaster, with the cook putting too much of pepper and we were all smoking through our ears, and our eyes watering.



What a day!!




But the most important part, GK got a new name - "Panditji"



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Day 13, September 24th, 2009 Continued.

Kaaza - Attragu - Sichling - Tabo - Sumdo


I don't know if we missed much. Anyone having pictures of Dankar Gompa and its surroundings please post them here.
Laluks: Wonderful pictures of Spiti Valley. Reminded me of my 2005 visit to these areas. Dhankar Gompa is a beautiful place! But good you left something unseen; to go back again later! My pictures Of Dhankar in April-2005, is here: Dhankar-HP - a set on Flickr
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Laluks: Wonderful pictures of Spiti Valley. Reminded me of my 2005 visit to these areas. Dhankar Gompa is a beautiful place! But good you left something unseen; to go back again later! My pictures Of Dhankar in April-2005, is here: Dhankar-HP - a set on Flickr
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Thank you KS for the pictures. Indeed the gompa is beautiful.
You are very true, Spiti needs a much more leisurely visit soon.
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Is it my turn now?
Most of my shots are just duplicates of what Lalu has. After sticking around with me for more than 10 days, he has become an excellent photographer
During the last few days, he had gone crazy with the camera, clicking anything and everything he finds on the way.
He started with "auto" mode on his camera the first day, and ended up with "manual" mode on the last day of the trip. Lalu, is that right?

View of Rangrik village from Kee Monastery
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View of Spitti river from Kee Monastery
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At Kee Monastery
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Which is this village? not Rangrik, should be Morang
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Far view of Kiber
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Kiber
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Kiber
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Kiber
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Kiber
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Driving back to Kaza from Kee Monastery and the view of Spitti river
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I still thank our lucky stars. All of us would have been history if not for our luck. Further, it's just providence that we were on the other side of the road, else this would definitely have been a mission aborted.

Man proposes, God disposes. Thankfully God was on our side this time, and I am sure there is a lesson hidden in this for all of us to learn, than being overly proud of our achievements. I am sure this was a reminder for us.
MC, reading lalu/hvk's spiti account, i'm itching to go in those parts...
2010?! hmmm now that's a thought...

wow lalu, kumar, this blasting incident is really horrendous! i seriously believe it ultimately comes down to karma! you guys were really lucky! i'm just wondering, if glen had joined in and if there were 2 cars... then....?!
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After sticking around with me for more than 10 days, he has become an excellent photographer

He started with "auto" mode on his camera the first day, and ended up with "manual" mode on the last day of the trip. Lalu, is that right?
now i do iso, f,tweaks. after all i have to be more famous by the time you get to be known. lol. people will tell saji travelled with the famous me and not the other way. ha ha.
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Day 13
Kee Monastery, Kaza to Sangla drive


Kee Monastery
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Kee Monastery
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Along with Spiti river to Schiling
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Poh and Tabo
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Poh and Tabo
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Poh and Tabo
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Tabo Gompa
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Tabo Gompa
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Tabo Gompa
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Sumdo
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More of Day 13

Chango area
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Chango area
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View from Malling Nalla
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View from Malling Nalla
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View from Malling Nalla
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Nako and Pooh
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Nako and Pooh
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Nako and Pooh
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Nako and Pooh
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Pooh and Puh
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Last few of Day 13

Spello, Recong Peo, Powari and to Sangla

First view of the Kinnaur kailash range
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Crossing Sutlej river
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Kinnaur kailash range right in front of our eyes
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Look back and it amazing view
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Kinnaur kailash range right in front of our eyes
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Kinnaur kailash range
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Kinnaur kailash range
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Kinnaur kailash range
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Kinnaur kailash range
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We were stuck here for almost 2 hours and it is already evening. Lalu's post has more details on this. One long exposure shot. Last one of day
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Excellent coverage guys!

sj_koova, try to reduce cyan/magenta from your shots. It'll look more natural. Green will look fresh. Rocks will look less reddish. Difficult to do this on posted small image but here's one for you to understand what I mean.

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Excellent coverage guys!

sj_koova, try to reduce cyan/magenta from your shots. It'll look more natural. Green will look fresh. Rocks will look less reddish. Difficult to do this on posted small image but here's one for you to understand what I mean.
Thanks Rudraji for pointing that out. Did you observe it in all the pics?
I use Picasa, and it does not have an option to fix color balance. I usually fix only lighting/shadow/highlights with picasa.

Abobe PS would have been the ideal tool, but I can't afford it now. I will have to do this in the camera itself
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Abobe PS would have been the ideal tool, but I can't afford it now. I will have to do this in the camera itself
I guess you captured them in raw, there are quite a few free raw processing tools like raw therapee etc., ofcourse still didnt find the right one for canon, but they are worth the try. not sure if you are using canon or nikon.
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Abobe PS would have been the ideal tool, but I can't afford it now. I will have to do this in the camera itself
You do not need Adobe.
Just use Canon DPP(if you use canon cam) for RAW.
Otherwise use RAW Therapee(open source) for RAW processing first step(batch process), and then use GIMP for final touchup
Thats what I do

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I guess you captured them in raw, there are quite a few free raw processing tools like raw therapee etc., ofcourse still didnt find the right one for canon, but they are worth the try. not sure if you are using canon or nikon.
Canon DPP is excelleht. As for open source tools like Raw Therapee or UFRAW, they work with almost all RAW formats

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