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Middle of Nowhere

Reflection on a puddle of runoff water on infamous Gramphoo-batal stretch in Lauhaul.

Having left Chandrataal early in the morning for fear of getting stuck, I stopped at the Chacha-Chachi dhabha for breakfast. By that time the sky had cleared giving way to beautiful skies dotted with a few clouds.

From Batal starts the most infamous stretch of the Spiti circuit. At the best of times, the road till Gramphoo is a nightmare to drive on. I managed to scrap through with a few water crossings and a few underbelly hits.
However the desolation of the place makes up for the hardship. Chhatru was the first place where there was some operational civilization.

Having a lot of time on my hand, I took it easy making the most of autumn sun and lovely views. This picture was taken when I stopped to fill my water bottle from a mountain stream of crystal cold water. On the left there is a steep drop to the Chenab River. Manali is on the other side of mountains with their dusting of snow.

Technical details: E-M10ii + 14-42mm, F/3.5, 1/1000s, ISO200

This picture is from the Spiti Bike Ride which is blogged at: https://lokeshshah.wordpress.com/2017/10/29/2400km-of-solo-spiti-sauntering-compendium/

 

 

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