Photographer's Note

Kaza, located at an altitude of 3740 Meters (12270 Ft) above sea level is a small town in the Spiti valley, Himachal Pradesh. It is the headquarter of Spiti division of the larger Lahaul-Spiti district.

Kaza boasts quite a few unique features. It has the world's highest petrol pump (gas station), which is perhaps the remotest as well (the two nearest petrol pumps are more than 250 Km away), the world's highest car service station (of Maruti Suzuki, India’s largest car manufacturer & exporter) the world's highest inhabited villages and amazing high altitude views.

Kaza also boasts of a monastery. The Sakya Monastery at Kaza is new compared to the ancient monasteries of Dhankhar & Kye that surround the small town. (Kye is about 11Km upstream, while Dhankhar is around 14 Km the other way). The monastery was inaugurated by the Dalai Lama in July 2009 & sits right on the main road. A row of chortens or stupas stand on the other side of the road & looked beautiful against the mountain slope illuminated by the setting sun & the clear blue sky

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