Awara Model 2011 aka Life Begins with Retirement

Awara

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AND It's almost year end and I haven't progressed beyond our arrival at Kalpa! So here we continue

Checked into HPTDC Kinner Kailash, Kalpa. Staff overworked so we had to carry most of our luggage up to the highest cottage

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Lunch at Kinner Kailash Restaurant with a lovely view all around. Servers here very courteous

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It started raining so we stayed indoors. Kalpa below

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Early morning views

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After breakfast we went trekking uphill taking a shortcut through this gentleman's property

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A small temple

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Rocks being broken for house building

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They refused to believe we were from Bihar

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Scenery during our trek

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Easy way of getting into the attic

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Shepherd with his flock

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As clear as black and white

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A typical old house

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Peeping Tom

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An apple flower

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Our dog fitted with a GoPro

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Terraced fields waiting to be sown

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Temple

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Headed back for lunch. The previous night we had placed an order for the local mutton speciality, "Chha"

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Delicious!

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Rained again in afternoon so we relaxed
 

Awara

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Early start next morning, 24th May. Our route to Kaza

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Trekker blocking my vehicle so kept honking. Driver was asleep in it so he woke up and we didn't lose much time.

Early morning shot from Kalpa

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Some good, some not so good roads

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HP PWD's speciality

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Indeed!

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We had made sandwiches the previous night and had them on the go

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Crossed an army convoy at narrow stretch so waited till they passed

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This gentleman asked for a lift and after ascertaining that he wasn't scared of dogs we picked him up. It was nice chatting with him about life in these areas. He farms along with is wife but his son is in a Public Sector Bank and his daughter teaches in Class 12 in Rohini, New Delhi

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Stopped. Road repairs

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The barren mountains above the tree line much like Ladakh

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We dropped our passenger

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and were immediately requested by this lady to give a lift to her relative

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Our next passenger

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Stopped just before a narrow stretch to let these bikers pass & they acknowledge the courtesy

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Stopped for tea at Nako helipad. Our hostess making tea

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This lovely looking chap was too scared to meet us

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but another made his acquaintance

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Walls here with each stone having an engraving

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Went into Nako towards the lake through a narrow road. By now it was very cold with occasional drizzle

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Small holy Nako lake

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Continued towards Tabo

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Fleeting, blurred short of a chukar partridge

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Steaming hot Thentuk lunch at Tabo rejuvenated us. No power so the hotel owner put my mobile to charge on his power bank; real courtesy!

Tabo's ancient monastery, 996 CE, a World Heritage site. This block has ancient murals and the locals refer to it as the Ajanta of the Himalayas. We were guided inside by a monk. Photography not allowed inside lest it damages the paintings. They don't charge any fee so we made a generous donation to the collection box inside.

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Tabo monastery complex. Weather started clearing up while we were there

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Engraved rocks

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Onwards to Kaza

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Himalayan natural spring water carwash. Must remember on way back

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Crossing Pooh

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Road widening

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Mobile photography

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Police Checkpost at Sumdo. Officer there fed in my car number into his mobile and then reeled off my name & address! I complimented him for being so internet savvy

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Gue Mummy, a short detour from highway. 500-year old natural mummy of Lama Sangha Tenzin. Legend has it that he starved himself to death using a natural mummification process to save his village from the scourge of scorpions. This mummy was discovered only in 1975

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Two ladies, road workers, also took a lift

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They invited us for tea but we were running late

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Awara

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Steaming hot, delicious Thentuk in Hotel Maitreya Regency to revive our frozen souls. This item was not on the menu but on our request they made it for us.

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Hot tea in Tabo monastery after seeing the murals

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Muttley's friends, perhaps inquiring from him whether his family was treating him well or maybe inviting him to join them

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Lovely skies
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Women do all the road clearing

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A green patch

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Nearing Kaza

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No, none of the zeros are missing

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Google blundered us into the market so we had to reverse and head for the petrol pump

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Following all good advice on BCMTouring, we first filled up in the World's Highest Pump before heading to Hotel Deyzor

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Lots of choice for a tasty, sumptuous dinner which we duly had. Chatted with the famous Karan and planned our itineraries for the coming days

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