Mountain Passes & High Spirits

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  At an altitude of 15,000 feet, the Kunzum mountain pass is a gateway to Spiti Valley in the eastern Himalayas.  Offering breathtaking views of the snow-clad mountain and glaciers, the Kunzum pass also has a temple of Durga atop. It’s a local practice that all who pass by pay a visit to the temple to guard them from dangers of the journey.  Even vehicles circumnavigate the temple.  

The postcards pictures the temple enveloped in gobs of prayer flags and the distant view of glaciers.  An interesting aspect of the temple is it helps lift the spirits of weary drivers and petrified passengers.  Also it provides a much needed break on a treacherous path.  We were more shaken than a petrified passenger when we reached the pass [The Complete Story].  The place offered respite and helped lift our dampened spirits.  Each colorful flag indeed whispers a silent prayer.

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