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Story and Visuals by Mahesh Haridevan

The great gig in the skies of Shiva

Kalpa & Kinnaur Kailash

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Feb 7, 2015 · 14 min read

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Logo of The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) responsible for the construciton and maintenance of the border roads

The rays of the sun cutting across the Kinnaur Kailash range appeared like the light coming through a prism. Just like it did when Storm Thorgerson designed the album cover for Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, sans the rainbow. The morning chants from the Buddhist monastery in the village added to the cosmic psychedelics. The great gig in the skies of Shiva lasted for a mere ten minutes. But it got etched in our minds for a lifetime.

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The attic and library

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The himalayan shepherd who lead and guided us to Roghi

We came across one of the most dangerous turns on the National Highway 22, locally known as ‘suicide point’. Many Himalayan Griffons hovered above. It was not easy to look skywards and stand still at that point. You risked getting a fit and losing balance. It was clear the vultures were nesting around that curve. I termed the curve ‘Vultures Nest’. This walk also marked the end of my 16 year drought of sighting a vulture. It was a pleasant surprise.

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Vultures nest in the foreground and Suicide point in the background. Its a direct 600mts dive into the flowing Sutlej.
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Appu and Tara Singh in the background overlooking the vulture’s nest
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Kalpa — Chini VIllage
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A Hindu and Buddhist Temple co-existing
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Reckong Peo Buddhist Monastery
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Inside the Buddhist Monastery
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Appu with the catch


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Kothi Durga Temple (mandir)
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Chilgoza — Pine
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Kinnauri ladies separating the pine nuts from the pine
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The ladies apply ghee made of yak milk on their hands and extract the pine nuts

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Medium shot
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Close up
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Overview of the Kalpa Valley



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(tĕr′ə-pĭn) noun [ 1 ] One who slow-travels the terra (earth) pinning each destination. [ 2 ] A turtle that lives in fresh or brackish water.

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