Grace of Gompa

Young boys walking up to the Key Monastery near Kaza in Himanchal Pradesh. After spending a lazy few hours at the canteen of Key Gompa, I started making my way towards Kibber. On the way I met these boys walking up to the Gompa and started talking. It was Saturday and a day off for…

Hill Life

A log hut amidst the fields near Mori, Uttarakhand, India Having spent the night at Purola in Gharwal region of Uttarakhand, I left early in the morning hoping to reach far into Himanchal by evening.  As the morning fog lifted and the road rose above the Tons river the beauty of remote Uttarakhand unraveled around…

Smo-Key

A dilapidated chorten and my bike framing the Key Monastery with smoke coming out of breakfast fires. I had woken up early and driven out in the cold to catch the first rays of sun on the Key Monastery. Having reached the monastery, I realized that high mountains towards the east of the monastery put…

Lost Gaze

A traveling priest, lost in thought, while waiting to hitch a ride near the temple town of Srinagar, Uttarakhand, India Riding out early morning from Rudraprayag, I crossed the Alaknanda river at Srinagar and halted at hamlet of Maletha for a quick breakfast. Apart from the owner, there was a middle-aged baba at the place….

Precarious Fluttering

Prayer flags flutter in the wind at the Dhankar Monastery overlooking the Spiti River Valley. Having arrived late afternoon at the village of Dhankar, I quickly got a room at the new monastery’s guesthouse and headed towards the old monastery. The old monastery is built on top of a cliff overlooking at the Spiti river. …