Great Himalayan Drive: Autumn Colours at Nako Lake

Kinnaur, Nako, Himachal Pradesh

I chose to drive to Lahaul Spiti and Kinnaur in the Himalayan state of Himachal Pradesh in October for two reasons: to see the best apples in bloom and to catch the autumn colours. And I sure was not disappointed. Especially at Nako Lake.

I left Tabo early morning to reach Nako before the sun became too harsh. The skies at this time of the year have little or no clouds – temperatures are not very high (dropping to close to freezing point at night) but the sun really beats down harsh once up. As soon as I there (around 9:00 am), I quickly parked my car and all but ran to the lake.

And what a sight awaited! The water was clear blue, the trees yellow, green and gold. The peaks around were snow capped, cupping the lake in a bowl. And the village monastery and houses were reflecting in the still water serenely. I walked around the lake, clicking, admiring, smelling the air and letting the autumn soak in. And then I picnicked on the banks, sharing goodies with children of labourers doing some work in the lake.

Life was beautiful. There is someone up there who creates these wonders. If only we humans knew how to take care of it all better. Enjoy the pics.

Notes

* Nako is located about 66 kms from Tabo and the drive takes about two hours.

* Tabo is located in Lahaul Spiti, while Nako is located in the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh.

* Nako is a small village with some basic restaurants and places to stay – no luxury.

Kinnaur, Nako, Himachal Pradesh

Kinnaur, Nako, Himachal Pradesh

Kinnaur, Nako, Himachal Pradesh

Kinnaur, Nako, Himachal Pradesh

Kinnaur, Nako, Himachal Pradesh

Kinnaur, Nako, Himachal Pradesh

Kinnaur, Nako, Himachal Pradesh

Kinnaur, Nako, Himachal Pradesh

Kinnaur, Nako, Himachal Pradesh

Kinnaur, Nako, Himachal Pradesh

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11 COMMENTS

  1. Your article and snaps brought back memories of my visit to Tabo, Sangla valley, Chitkool and Sarahaan in May 2008. Well though we visited Nako , it wasn’t this pretty at that time. I had my first spell of snow fall there in Nako. I thoroughly enjoyed the trip and had some interesting adventures on the way. Thanks for the writeup. Great pics too. And surely , will try to visit your cvafe in Hauz Khaas.

  2. AJAY – Awsum pics. We r planning a trip to Lahaul & spiti this October. Any and all info would be really helpful. Plan to take my Scorpio. Though not 4×4 yet I feel should make the circuit. Any precautions to be taken . Any do’s and dont’s?

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