Conducting a Wall-Art workshop in the Himalayas was not only enthralling but also a challenge. My team of three: Raj, Govind and Anirudh did a profound job even in this magnificent high altitude location namely Spiti Valley.

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It took us 2 days to reach our prior destination via road. Spiti Valley is a desert mountain valley located high up in the Himalayas, in the north-eastern part of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. The name “Spiti” means “The Middle Land”, i.e. the land between Tibet and India, situated along the river side of Spiti at an elevation of 3650m (11,980 ft) above sea level.

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We stayed  at Nyingma Guest House in Kaza booked by Spiti Tour and Expedition. The undertaking of completing a 22 by 28ft wall in 4 days was interesting and we did it with a lot of dedication keeping in mind the downside of the high altitude area which mainly causes shortness of breaths in every half an hour which made it hard for us to continue painting for long leading to multiple breaks and slothful speed.

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In the month of September I went to Spiti for Astro photography where I got this idea to conduct a Wall-Art workshop in Spiti.

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...Its culture enlightens the topic of Tibetan Buddhism which is what was painted.

We took 4 days and 3 nights to complete the painting. When we painted at night, it got extremely cold with a touch of freezing cold wind making it utterly difficult to paint but in some way we made it happen and the result stemmed a proud moment for us.

In between all that hard work, there were moment’s friendly conversation with passerby’s and tourists from all over the world that used to pay us a visit. Spiti Tour and Expedition gave us a friendly environment to work.

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Numerous friends of mine have visited Spiti thereafter, sending me pictures with that Giant Buddha head I painted with my team.

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Honestly the nervousness, I shared with my close friends who bore the brunt of my daily rants on how I will not succeed, and how the workshop will be cancelled etc.

I now feel blessed and still have goose bumps when I think of the trip. I am truly ecstatic by the feeling of having your hard work pay off in the best way possible.

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