A trip to Spiti is the closest thing I have experienced to paradise. I know you’ll be like “Shilpy, stop exaggerating, you have never been to Paradise”. Well, yeah I have never been to Paradise of course, but in my mind, if there was truly a paradise then it will be filled with Spitians-the people of Spiti.
What do one like in general while traveling. The landscapes, the greenery, massive mountains, the profound architect of cities, scrumptious food, etc. Isn’t it? Well, I was not any different. The moment I entered Spiti, I was perplexed by the landscape.
I was running around with my camera, trying to capture the beauty of Spiti. (No photos can ever justify what you see with your naked eye). Enjoying the cafes, binging on some local cuisines like Thukpa, Tirik, etc.
But as days went by, I realized I am falling in love with the place all over again, and this time not because of something I saw but because of something I experienced. The selfless affection, the warm smiles, the small gestures of asking if I am doing alright and if I am eating well. It just made me feel like I am at home.
While walking on the streets of Spiti, I saw people with happy faces, the face you see when someone is truly content in life. The broad smile on their faces used to light my day and for those 10 days in Spiti, I forgot about my life struggles, my problems and everything I had back in Mumbai. And here is when I realized, I have landed in PARADISE!
The “Good Morning” or “Hello” was drifted to “JULEY”. Yes, that’s HELLO in SPITI!!
Whenever I used to have eye contact with a local in Spiti, they used to give a broad smile and wish “JULEY!”. People used to welcome us at their house for some tea or desserts.
And NO!! they were not running a restaurant or not doing this for money but just living by the phrase we Indians believe but rarely follow “Atithi Devo Bhava!”. The money offered by us was straightly refused. If you’re in Spiti do not repay their hospitality by money. Truly, no amount of money will be enough. Rather give them something which will be useful, it can be food, clothes, books, anything they need.
If there’s one thing you should not miss if you’re in India or visiting India, is the experience of living in Spiti!
Go for HOMESTAYS( There are no Air BnB’s), anyway you won’t find many hotels. Live with them, talk with them, listen to the stories over a cup of tea and you’ll be reminiscing that for the rest of your life!
At Langza, I met a group of young kids who were returning from school, jumping and dancing with the massive school bag on their tiny shoulders. When I asked them for the directions, the kids actually stayed with me and toured me around the entire village.
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To all the kids around us and also to kid within us a very Happy Children's Day!! 💫👻 . Nov 14, In India, is celebrated as Bal Diwas translated to Children's day which is the birth anniversary of our first PM, Jawaharlal Nehru. He was very fond of kids and truly believed that the strength of a nation truly resides in the children. They are a pure soul and someone who thinks freely and has dreams to fly. Indeed as a kid, we are full of ideas, smiles, and life. Kids never hesitate to take a risk or to fall. Even if they fall, they smile and laugh so hard and again they get up and start to play again. As we grow up, this attitude changes and the kid in us hides behind the huge bush of responsibilities, stress, greed and what not. But, don't let the kid in you die, never ever do that. Be a kid and think like them, fly like them and dream like them. Truly this thing will convert our stress lines to smile. Also, spending a day with kids is the best stress buster. I remember the day I had spent with these beautiful souls at Langza. These kids had a way to live and every time I feel depressed or stressed out I look at this pictures and it automatically brings a huge smile to my face. 😊 There is so much to learn from them and there is so much more to life. On this note, once again Happy Children's Day!!!!! As always SMILE MORE, STRESS LESS!!!
I had the most amazing time with them. We laughed and played, they showed me their house. The school, the monastery, whose mom makes the best food, etc, etc. Oh my god! Just by thinking about this makes me grin ear to ear! Isn’t it fantastic to experience something like this!! If you’re in Langza do spend some time with these angels. Well, not only in Langza, anywhere in Spiti!.