Micheal was telling me to visit this retreat site since October, but due to shortage of time I couldn’t visit it last time. So, I made up my mind to visit it this time. On one fine day sitting in Hotel Deyszor (Kaza), I was thinking about how to go to that site as it was more then 1 hr journey from there. Then Jaywant appeared and I asked him whether he was interested to visit this site, and as expected he was ready to explore this hidden retreat site at 14440 ft ASL.
By the way i must introduce you with Jaywant, (i call him Jaywant sir though :p )he is a retired businessman from Goa who loves traveling. In 2014 he travelled solo from Kanyakumari to Lisbon in his meghdoot (his car) in 4 months. Amazing person ,isn’t he? Then a couple named Abhay and Nandini along with the owner of the hotel, Meme and Karan also joined us for this adventures trip to Tashigang retreat site.
And we call it middle of no where picture (Nandini, Abhay, me and Jaywant. Karan and meme is missing in this picture. :p)
We started our journey post lunch around 3 pm and reached Tashigang around 4.45 pm. In between we had an exclusive view of kee monastery, chicham village, kibber village, and gete village with its little lake.o
The way itself was so beautiful that it felt like it should never end.
horses crossing your way in between, with chow chow mountain looking at you. As if they are calling you.
We had a cup of tea at meme’s cousin’s place and after that his cousin took us to that retreat site. It was around 20 to 30 min hiking from Tashigang village. (Dnt expect it too be a very big village. Its a village of just five houses.)
While walking you will actually feel that you are in middle of no where. Its an amazing feeling to be there. On the opposite side of the ridge you will see Langza village. Both tashigang and Langza are famous for its fossils findings. And the view from there is spectacular.
After reaching the retreat site we saw two mud houses, which are used as retreat. Its an active site, monks still come for meditation. Inside the retreat one can see the well executed encarvings of Budda and Bodhisattvas.
Spending some quiet time over there we came back. Meanwhile, Karan did some running practice, its like a grassland and looks like a good camping site. It was pleasant and serene experience to visit a place like this.
Then we visited a lakhang (temple) in the village. It contains mesmerizing paintings of Bodhisattvas. A must visit place it is. One of a scholar at international conference on Spiti at Oxford, gave a presentation on this lakhang.
Above the village one can see three lattos (the village deity). They are in red bule and white colour. Looks like as if they are guarding this village.
Around 7 pm we went back to kaza, in our way back we did some off road driving which was an adventures experience. Places like tashigang which are at such a height gives this kind of ample opportunities to you.
And a sunset like this this is a cherry on the cake. Isn’t it marvelous?