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Lahaul and Spiti

Overview of Lahaul and Spiti

Two characteristically distinguished districts of Lahual and Spiti merged into one large district in 1960 and became a major travelers’ paradise since then. The snow desert of Himachal was untouched and virgin of any outsider expedition until a decade ago. However, the discovery of some extremely important fossils and soil in the Spiti forced numerous paleontologists from across the globe to visit the state.

However, not only the scientists found the place important but also a number of travelers from around the globe found the place extremely adventurous and enticing. Every year hundreds of people travel to Lahual and Spiti district of Himachal to explore the valley and its culture. Situated at a massive altitude of 4,270 meters, the snow desert is connected only though a narrow highway crossing through dangerous mountain passes and gorges. The valey is surrounded by lofty mountain ranges, with Spiti River gushing out of a gorge in the southeast of the district to meet Sutlej River.

The locals of Spiti follow Hinduism and Tibetan Buddhism culture and are quite religious when it comes to their customs and religious practices. People of this land are humble and welcoming and know how to enjoy life. They participate in various colorful festivals of the region for trade and business purposes as well. One such festival is Ladarcha fair where Tibetan traders cross the border and come to Spiti Valley for selling their offerings.  It is a beautiful fun way to do business while engaging in fun activities.

Lahaul and Spiti is thr largest district with minimum population in the state. The place looks like a dream and no less than a dream background of any feature film.  There is no way you can avoid going to this place in this lifetime.  If you want to know what heaven looks like, this place will definitely show you.

Places of attractions

Key Monastery

Location: Kee, Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh, India

On the barren lands of Spiti Valley, key Monastery serves as a peace for the eyes and your body. Situated at an altitude of 4,166 meters, this ancient gompa is beautiful scenery at the interiors of Spiti Valley. The Monastery rests peacefully on the banks of Spiti River offering an enchanting view of the entire Valley. Legend has it that the monastery is about thousand years old and is largest in the region, acting a strong pillar of the Tibetan culture and history. You can find ancient Buddhist scrolls and paintings here. On your visit, you’ll get to interact with monks, nuns and lamas who live here in difficult conditions.

Things to do at Key Monastery: Visting The Place

Kibber

Location: Kaza, Himachal Pradesh, India

Kibber is the small village 20 km away from Kaza and has a distinction of highest motorable road in the world. Situated at a massive altitude of 4205 meters, Kibber village is splendor of barren land, scenic mountains and Tibetan monasteries. Key Monastery is located close to the village. Kibber has a landscape almost similar to that of Ladakh and Tibet and therefore also known as little Tibet of India with majority of population practicing Buddhist culture. With the cleanest air, spectacular views and peace of mind, Kibber is a remarkable place to uncover your travel story.

Things to do at Kibber: Visting The Place

Chandratal Lake

Location: Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh, India

For those who seek solitude and want to sleep in the lap of nature, Chandratal serves the purpose. Lake formed in a shape of the moon gets is name due to its crescent shape and is a mystic lake at an altitude of 4300 meters above sea level.  It is a paradise for travelers and trekkers with a flawless view and open sky where you can spend the night under the stars in your tents. Come here to get lost in the pleasures of nature and run your imagination to a level where it cannot otherwise reach. The Lake remains frozen around the year except for months of July, August and September.

Things to do at Chandratal Lake: Visting The Place

Kaza

Location: Kaza, Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh, India

Kaza is the main town of Spiti Valley where hospitals, hotels, markets and Government offices are located in the region. Located on the banks of Spiti River at an altitude of 11, 980 feet, Kaza is spectacular village with high mountain ranges covered in snow surrounds it and Rivers and streams flow with crystal clear water, and barren splendors looks mysterious. Kaza is also a home to a number of monasteries and temples where you could spiritually enrich yourself.

Things to do at Kaza: Visting The Place

Komic village

Location: Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh, India

Komic is a tiny village and is one of the treasures of Spiti Valley being the highest village in the Asian sub continent with the highest motorable road. At a towering altitude of 15,027 feet above sea level, Komic Village is set beautifully amid the stunning mountain ranges the Valley of Spiti. The village has a little population of aound 50 to 60 people with whom you can interact and get closer to the cultures and conditions of the villages.

Things to do at Komic village: Visting The Place, Sightseeing

Langza village

Location: Langza, Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh, India

Langza is tiny hamlet located in one of the most beautiful valleys of Spiti. One of the highest village in Asia set at an altitude of 15, 500 feet above sea level. The village is famous for its fossil remains where you can go search fossils and collect sample to boast later to your friends. Geographically prevalent village of Langza is a beautiful scenic and draws a nice picture as you walk further into it.

Things to do at Langza village: Visting The Place, Photography

Hikkim village

Location: Hikkim, Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh, India

Hikkim village is famous for having the world’s highest post office at an altitude of 4,400 meters above sea level. With a population of only 600 inhabited, the village is a beautiful place to explore.

Things to do at Hikkim village: Visting The Place

Tabo monastery

Location: Tabo, Himachal Pradesh, India

Located in small village of Tabo, Tabo Monastery is a historically prevalent Monastery. Monastery is considered as the protector of old Tibetan Culture and traditions. Established in 996 AD, by a great teacher and translator Lotsawa Rinchen Tsang Po, Tabo monastery is a prime center for advance learning. Hundreds of nuns, lamas and monks stay here.

Things to do at Tabo monastery: Visting The Place

Gue Village and Monastery

Location: Kaza, Himachal Pradesh, India

Gue village is famous for being a home to mummified monk Sangha Tenzin who is known to have sacrificed his life for the welfare of the people. The mummy is as old as 500 years old. The place is under vigilance of the ITBP.

Things to do at Gue Village and Monastery: Visting The Place

Dhankar monastery

Location: Dhankar, Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh, India

In one of the world’s most spectacular setting for Gompa-where of Spiti and Pin Rivers convergences, Dhankar Monastery is built on 1000 feet high spur. The site is also considered amongst 100 most endangered sites in the world Worlds Monument Fund and work is going on to conserve the gompa that is home to around 150 monks. Dhankar literally means an unreachable place in the mountains for strangers. Associated with the Great Translator, Rinchen Zanggpo, Dhankar monastery is located around 24 km away from the town of Kaza, at an altitude of 12,774 feet.

Things to do at Dhankar monastery: Visting The Place

Pin Valley National Park

Location: Kaza, Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh, India

Pin Valley National Park is the coldest National Park in the India with zero and sub- zero temperatures.  The park is situated in the Pin River Valley from where it got the name. The park is home to more than 20 animal and birds species including the endangered snow leopard. Perched at an altitude that ranges between 3,300 and 6,632 meters above sea level, the Pin Valley National Park is a gem of an attraction.

Things to do at Pin Valley National Park: Visting The Place

Weather in Lahaul and Spiti

The weather of the region is considered one of the extreme weathers in India. Summers are quite pleasant but quite chilly during the night. In winters, the temperature even goes down to minus 15 degree Celsius.

Best Time to Visit

Best time to visit Spiti is from months May to October and temperature ranges from 0 to 15  degree Celcius.

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How to Reach

Road

You can either reach Lahaul and Spiti via Manali crossing Rohtang Pass or from Kinnaur district crossing Kaza, Kalpa and other regions. Even though there is a bus service till Kaza, it is advised to hire a private taxi for your journey due to the narrow gauge and dangerous passes.

Rail

The nearest railway station is Chandigarh from where you can reach Lahaul & Spiti easily through cabs.

Air

Bhuntar in Kullu is the nearest airport which offers well-connected by flights from Delhi, Chandigarh, etc. From Bhuntar, you will have to hire a taxi for your further journey to Spiti.

Places to visit in Lahaul and Spiti :
Key Monastery, Kibber, Chandratal Lake, Kaza, Komic village, Langza village, Hikkim village, Tabo monastery, Gue Village and Monastery, Dhankar monastery, Pin Valley National Park
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5 Tour packages available for destination Lahaul and Spiti!

Amazing Spiti Valley Tour From Manali

Duration: 6 Nights / 7 Days

Manali - Kaza - Pin Valley - Tabo - Chandertal Lake

Flight Transfer Sightseeing Hotel Meals

Kinnaur Kaza Tour from Chandigarh

Duration: 9 Nights / 10 Days

Sarahan - Sangla - Chitkul - Kalpa - Tabo - Kaza - Chandertal Lake - Manali

Flight Transfer Sightseeing Hotel Meals

Classic Kinnaur Valley Tour From Chandigarh

Duration: 9 Nights / 10 Days

Sarahan - Sangla - Chitkul - Kalpa - Tabo - Kaza - Narkanda - Shimla

Flight Transfer Sightseeing Hotel Meals

Delightful Kinnaur Spiti Tour from Chandigarh

Duration: 9 Nights / 10 Days

Sarahan - Sangla - Chitkul - Kalpa - Tabo - Kaza - Manali

Flight Transfer Sightseeing Hotel Meals

Kinnaur Kalpa Sangla Spiti Valley Tour With Chandrataal

Duration: 9 Nights / 10 Days

Narkanda - Sarahan - Sangla - Chitkul - Kalpa - Tabo - Kaza - Chandertal Lake - Manali

Flight Transfer Sightseeing Hotel Meals