As usual we woke up at 6, had breakfast by 7 and got ready by 8. The plan for today was to visit a few places that were around kaza. We inquired about the route from the hotel guy, he told us there was one road that goes to key monastary, and then to kibber village, and one more route which goes to komik village. I suggested that we do the first route after breakfast, come back, have lunch, and then visit komik village in the evening since the afternoon sun is pretty harsh. After much debate, we decided to visit key first and see how much time we have left. The monastary was just 10km away from our hotel, so it didn’t take us long to reach there. Here are a few pictures from the road that goes to the monastary.
As we neared, we got the first glimpse of the monastery up on the hill
A closer look
There was a school boy who was waiting for a lift to the monastery, so i offered him one. When we reached there, we found out that there was some festival going on because of which the the place was teaming with tourists and cars. There was no place to even park the bikes. Since we were not that keen on seeing the monastary from the inside, we decided to skip it and head to the village of kibber. The road from here climbed further uphill for another 15km to the village of kibber.
We then reached the village of kibber. The village was, well, just another village. But it did have a few modern amenities. This was a sign board which i wasn’t expecting considering the remoteness of the place.
We also got some pretty modern food. Like a tuna sandwich with olives in it. After having that snack, we roamed around the village clicking pictures.
We then started back towards kaza. There was a group of tourists walking to key monastery and one of the girls was not feeling well so she asked me for a lift and i offered one, but the others seem to think that the only reason i offered a lift was because she was a girl. They conveniently ignored the fact that i had offered a lift to a school boy as well. We reached kaza and it was still early, so we decided to ride to komik and then come back for lunch. The road to komik was really steep and full of stones. The bikes were in 1st gear most of the time. We had only covered a few km and we could already see kaza disappearing way down below.
The ninja started heating up on this incline since it had a pillion (and probably low tyre pressure because of a puncture which we found out after a few days). It got so hot that we could hear the coolant boiling, so we had to abandon the ninja half way down. Anahita stayed back with the bike, while Om and I rode further up on my P220. The road got even more steep and more challenging. After quiet a bit of riding, we reached a point where we could see a village.
I checked the GPS and found that this was some other village, and komik was still far ahead. We dropped the idea of going to komik because the roads were bad and Anahita was waiting for us in the sun. We took a few pictures here and then took a u-turn.
Descending was easier than riding up. Within a few minutes we could see Anahita and the ninja waiting down below.
From here we headed back to our hotel for lunch. We had asked the hotel guys to prepare an authentic Tibetan lunch for us, and they didn’t disappoint. It was spicy, but it was the most delicious food we had on the trip. They had prepared some kind of Tibetan bread, chicken momos and Shab Tra
After lunch we went back to the rooms to rest for a while, and decided to go to the market again in the evening. Just as we got in our rooms, it started pouring outside. The entire area was covered in mist and dark clouds. The other 2 were glad they didn’t listen to my plan of visiting komik in the evening. Those roads would have been impossible to ride on in the rain. We spent the gloomy afternoon in the room watching TV. It was friendship day today, so they were showing friends reruns all day. The rain had subsided by evening, so we went out to the market. The dark clouds were still present, but at least the rain had stopped.
We went to the german bakery for a cup of tea and some snacks. The german bullet gang was there as well. We spoke for a while and found out that even they didn’t reach komik. We were low on cash so we stopped by the ATM after snacks, but there was no power so it wasn’t working. We sat there for around an hour waiting for the power to return, but it didn’t. We had to get cash from here since there were no other ATMs till manali. After waiting for some more time, we decided to go back to the hotel and ride to the ATM when the power returns. We brought another quarter of rum with us, and reached the hotel. Om felt like taking the ninja out for a short ride and anahita decided to join him, but i felt like staying back in the room. There was still no power, so i sat there in the dark listening to music on my phone after 10 days of no music. A couple of songs later, the power returned and i too took my bike and went to the ATM. the SBI guys reached there within a few minutes and started the ATM, he told us to withdraw cash fast as there were still power fluctuations and it could go down anytime. Luckily all of us were able to withdraw cash, and we went back to the rooms relieved. The next item on the agenda was to finish the rum that we had, and then head for dinner. After dinner, we stayed up for a while and then called it a night.
Distance covered – 90km