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Spiti Region in the North Indian State of Himachal Pradesh

We were out from Kaza (the unofficial capital of Spiti) by 9 in the morning soon after breakfast, destination Kye Monastery. It had snowed overnight & the evidence was everywhere...even on the road. We stopped at the foot of the hill perched on top of which was the magnificent Kye Monastery. I went to the fields below where barley crop was just being sowed, to take pictures of the grandeur of the monastery against the backdrop of the blue sky. Though we had woken up in the morning with the welcome sight of blue sky, some grey clouds had started to gather in the sky over the monastery. The sky was in the dull shade of grey as the sun hid behind the thin veil of grey clouds. I waited for a while for the clouds to clear up a bit…tinges of blue in the sky visible, but what was quite photogenic was the snow on the crevices & slopes around & in the background of the monastery.

Kye (or Ki, Kee or Key) Monastery is the biggest monastery in the Spiti valley, located above Kye village. Kye ("the monastery at the centre of the Mandala") is one of the main monasteries of Spiti. The monastery belongs to the Gelug sect since the time of its foundation. The location of Kye Monastery is one of the most spectacular in the Himalayas, at a height of 4,116 metres (13,504 feet). The monastery, which dates back to around 1000 AD, is one of the oldest in Spiti Valley & is one of the biggest monasteries of Spiti Valley as well and a religious training centre for Lamas. In this frame, a couple of houses from Kye Village are visible & behind is the magnificent Kye Monastery. I'll post a landscape format shot later

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