After early breakfast by 0700hrs, drive to TaboviaYangthang and Samdho. The scenery along the whole route is breathtaking, changing from dense vegetation to a high mountain desert.
NAKO VILLAGE & MONASTERY -Culturally closer to Buddhist Spiti than Kinnaur, Nakos village centre retains an area of stone and mud-brick houses that has an almost medieval feel. Though backed by steep, arid mountainsides, Nakos remarkable stone-wall terracing allows agriculture to flourish improbably high above the Hangrang Valley (as the lower Spiti valley is called).On the western edge of Nako, NakosGompa combines recent monastery buildings with elements that date back to the 11th century. Inside are some fine murals and sculptures in similar styles to those of Spitis famous TaboGompa, as well as festival dance masks.LikeTaboGompa, this is believed to be one of over 100 monasteries founded by RingchenZangpo, the Great Translator, the key figure in the second propagation of Buddhism in Tibet in the 10th and 11th centuries. (The first was in the 8th century.)
GUI MUMMY STUPA - The Buddhist Mummy at Gue,the remarkably well preserved mummyis in a sitting position with intact hair and nails. That no chemicals are used, the natural mummification just left us marveling. At a distance of about 80 Km and a few kilometers away from the Indo-China border, Gue is the furthest village from Kaza. Situated at an altitude of around 3200 m, Gue is famous for this 500-600 year old naturally preserved mummy of a Lama that was discovered by the army after an old tomb containing the mummified body had opened up following the earthquake in 1975. The mummy is now kept in a separate chamber inside a glass casing just beside the village Gompa. Locals believe that the mummy is of Lama Sangha Tenzin, who had sacrificed his life to free the village from a menace of scorpions. They say when the Lama soul left his body there was a rainbow in the sky and the scorpions had disappeared. Carbon Dating has scientifically established the mummy to be of a 45 year old Lama from the last quarter of 15th century. The Lama apparently belonged to Gelugapaorder who are practitioners of Zogchen, the highest form of meditation. This is the only Buddhist mummy in the world and also the only known naturally preserved mummy in India.