Today I have opened an online photo exhibition on Keylong-Kardang Monastery trail. The exhibition comprises 34 photos showcasing the sights of the trail. You can walk this easy trail on your own. This about 5-km long DIY hike will take you to the small town of Keylong and village of Kardang/Kardong.
Browse the pictures and read details of the trail winding through Lahaul and Spiti District, Himachal Pradesh. I walked the trail solo and captured the sights on June 29, 2014.
Keylong-Kardang Monastery Trail: A Lush and Lovely DIY Trail
A bridge on the Bhaga River that forms border between Keylong town and Kardang village
The Bhaga River from the bridge
A wild rose
Himalayan Geranium or Lilac Cranesbill (Geranium himalayense)
Keylong from the trail
A type of hawksbeard flower
Blue Onion (Allium caesium), an alpine plant, grows between 2,400 and 3,300 meter of altitude.
The well-marked trail can be identified easily.
A flower from potato family that lives at an altitude ranging from 3,500 to 4,600 meters
Bugloss Alpine Bluebell (Decalepidanthus echinoids) is a resident of Lahaul. The flower grows between 2,700 and 3,600 meter.
Sickle Medick (Medicago falcata), a member of the pea family.
A type of monkshood flower
Farmers work in their fields in Keylong.
Brahminy Starling in Kardang. Do not just focus on colorful wildflowers. Do look up. You will find lovely birds.
Another section of Keylong as seen from the trail
One of the kids I met at Jbjes Monastery, a poorly maintained small monastery in Kardang village
(Foreground) A polyhouse in Kardong. (Background) Keylong.
A house and its fields in Kardang
I met these innovative sports lovers in Kardang. They made a ball of plastic gunny bag to play their favorite sports, football and volleyball.
The boys use their rudimentary ball as a football.
The boys play volleyball with the handmade ball.
Columbine, a member of Aquilegia genus
A pink purple flower from the pea family
A signboard along the Kardang Monastery trail
A kuth field along the trail
One of the villages seen from the trail
Henbane (Stinking nightshade). It is believed that Shakespeare referred to this herb in his famous work Hamlet.
(Top to Bottom) Chandra Bhaga (HPTDC) Hotel in Keylong. National Highway connecting Keylong to Leh and Manali. Keylong town and its fields as seen from the trail.
Himalayan peaks from Kardang village
A local walks back to Keylong
A pea field punctuated with apple trees at the beginning of the trail in Keylong.