Backpacking, Budget, Himachal Pradesh, India, Offbeat
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Of Hitch-Hiking in India.

spiti, river bridge, india, offbeat travel

I wrote this travelogue for exclusive publication on Clay, Club Mahindra’s travel portal.

As I walk along the green fields of Pin, I smile in delight at the pink, purple and yellow flowers in bloom; I haven’t seen greenery for the last 3 days in the mountain desert terrain of Spiti.

I carefully walk the fragile bridge across the Spiti River, to the village of Gulling, where I hope to hitch-hike my way back to Kaza, Spiti’s capital, instead of waiting for a bus the next morning. I have never hitch-hiked in India before; it would be a parent’s worst nightmare for their 23-year-old daughter in the northern cities of India […Continue reading on Clay]

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11 Comments

  1. midaevalmaiden says

    I just read the post on Clay. Do ever keep a weapon with you when do these kinds of solo travels in the middle of no-where? I thought of it when you describes the man who served you tea at his shack.

    • Sara, I was exactly trying to make that point. I wouldn’t dare do this sort of thing in any other part of India, and definitely not without a taser or something. But in Spiti, the people are so genuinely kind that the thought didn’t even enter my mind!

      • midaevalmaiden says

        Thats why I like people and life from distant countries as much as I do. They have not been tainted by civilisation. They treat all people as family and appreciate the simple things (wich are also the most important things) I could so easily enjoy that lifestyle forever.

        • Me too, atleast that’s what I think, though forever is a long long time :) Sometimes I think it’s ironic how civilization is what taints civilization.

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  7. Richa says

    Hi Shivya

    I want to read this complete article but not able to find the page on club mahindra site. Can you pls share the link?

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