This is the first of hopefully a few more ‘Day in the Life’ projects that we are developing to bring additional sources of sustainable income to some Spiti locals. We chose this as the first Day in the Life based primarily on two criteria: one being that there is a real need for additional revenues because the nunnery has grown to over 50 nuns and second because of how badass/awesome/sweet/amazing these women are.
A brief overview of what we have developed for a one or two day trip that will allow travelers who are passing through Kaza and the Pin Valley a chance to hang out with some super cool nuns and have a truly unique experience. Part of what makes this special is that the nuns are not used to visitors of this sort, they aren’t jaded by tourists coming in droves but they are excited to share their culture and make some new friends. Upon arrival there will be tea, introductions and guests will get to hear the story of how the nunnery was formed, told by a founding member, all taking place up in their original cave, only a 5 minute walk from the newer buildings. For this part alone it is worth the trip out there, but they day to follow is just as exciting. Afternoon prayers go from 12-1230 and then its time to cook with the nuns. After a deliciously traditional lunch you can take a stroll over to their library to either hold a short english lesson, an overview of using Microsoft Word or Excel (the nuns do their own accounting so these short lessons will go a long way) or anything else that you’d like to share. I did a brief photography lesson and then they taught me to write my name in Bhotti (Tibetan). If my day hadn’t been made prior to this, than it definitely was at that moment. A stroll through the village was next, escorted by a few nuns who shared some local knowledge about their agricultural lifestyle and local cash crop. If time will allow this to be an overnight trip then around 530 is when the nuns take a walk to their Green Pea fields where the view is more breathtaking than the walk itself.