The Wayfarer Diaries: Komic

23-01-2017, 1440 hours, Komic, Spiti, Himachal Pradesh, India:

We have now reached Komic, the highest motor-able village in the world, located at a height of 4587 m. Earlier, Kibber village used to hold this distinction but with efforts from the government, all the villages around here are now well connected with a road, making it much easier for the villagers in the area to commute. On reaching Komic, we learnt that the monastery built here was originally located a few kilometres before Hikkim (the remnants of which are still visible on a small hillock while driving from Kaza to Hikkim). After the earthquake that hit Spiti in the year 1975 (whose epicentre was in Kinnaur), the monasteries in the region, including the ones at Tabo and Ki, suffered a lot of damage. The water source for this particular monastery got disrupted due to the earthquake, and hence the monastery had to be shifted to a much safer location here at Komic, where the land was flat and a good water source was available. The initiative to do so was undertaken by Ngor Kangsar Rimpoche.

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