The next morning, we did catch the bus. We intended to get off at the main road and hire a car to take us in the opposite direction of Kaza, to Tabo Gompa (Monastery)
. We boarded at the end of the line, so we were able to get seats. The group of Israelis, for some reason, agreed to take a very cute and very spoiled puppy dog from our hotel and dump it in Kaza. They were at least partially resonsible for the dog's fate, feeding it under the table, holding it in their laps. I was annoyed. The bus pulled away and the ticket man started making the rounds. When he tried to charge the Israelis 40 Rupees for the dog ($1), they were incensed. How could they be charged for a dog? In my opinion, the should have been more worried about the fate of the dog in Kaza. Anyway - the right thing happened. The dog got booted off the bus and probably went back to beeing cooed and coddled by a new batch of guests at the hotel.
We were dropped off at the main Spiti Valley Highway, which is more of a gravel 1.5 lane road. Before the next bus to Tabo came, we were able to catch a ride in a Jeep.
Mudh is a beautiful Tibetan village at the end of the navigable road from the Spit Valley. Tourism has become very important in recent years, and as a result, a number of guest houses have sprung up. We spent a leisurely day where we didn't venture too far from the guest house. The decision was made to not get up for the 7AM morning bus to Kaza, the main town in the valley - there was only one bus per day. We instead spent the day washing our grungy clothes and drying out our belongings. It was really a beautiful way to spend the day. When we were done washing and drying, we lounged, we played cards, we wandered down the street to see what another restaurant might offer. It was a very laid back day.