April 18, 2019

Spiti Valley


Spiti Valley

Spiti Valley is a cold desert valley. It’s situated high in the Himalayas, in the north-eastern part of Himachal Pradesh. "Spiti" signifies "The Middle Land”

Fast Fact
Location: SpitiNorth-Eastern part Himachal Pradesh, India
Best Time to Visit: June to October
Nearest Railway Station: Chandigarh
Nearest Airport: Bhunter Airport in Kullu
Tourist Attractions: Lahaul Valley, Kungri Monastery, Kaza, Chandra Taal, Pin Valley National Park, Komik, Dhankar Lake, Suraj Taal, Kibber, Tabo monastery, Tabo  Rock Art and Cave,

Spiti Valley that name that creates many pictures in your mind. While some picture lush green hills, mountain river, waterfalls, others think of it as a barren wasteland, a cold desert very similar to Ladakh. Whatever the picture is it attracts thousands of tourists or traveler every year because of a journey to Spiti is an experience that you will cherish for a long time, probably all of your lifetimes. The name “Spiti” means “The Middle Land” which it actually is because it is the land between Tibet and India. And because of this, it possesses a unique combination of both Indian and Tibetan cultures. A distinct lifestyle derived primarily out of Hindu and Buddhist beliefs, gelled so well that it is hard to tell them apart.
Spiti district is surrounded by high mountain ranges. The Rohtang Pass, at 3,979 meters, separates Lahul and Spiti from the Kullu Valley. Lahul and Spiti are cut off from each other by the higher Kunzum Pass, at 4,590 meters. A road connects the two divisions but is cut off frequently in winter due to heavy snow. The valley is cut off from the north up to eight months of the year by heavy snowfalls and thick icing conditions.
Spiti is one of the most rugged and remote travel spots which has always been surprisingly accessible. The real charm of this place lies in its whimsical lanes, scattered mud-brick homes, Gompas, and monasteries perched on crags. Spiti might appear to be a serrated moonscape yet the patches of green barley fields make it look slightly greener. For ardent roamers who wish to wander across its vicinities, this travel spot is a mystical desert crowned by the Spiti River. A traveler’s constant companion, the river resembles no less than a turquoise-grey ribbon running along the valley. Dotted with some of the most challenging Indian roads, Spiti beckons countless adventure freaks to throng this entrancing hub of incessant activities. For the ones who wish to experience the thrill, Spiti awaits you with wild & whacky Multi-Sport Trip Spiti, Motor Biking Trip, Hampta Pass Trek, Pin Parvati Pass, Jeep Safari, Cycling and more.

Spiti Weather: Owing to its high altitudes and sub-zero-temperatures, Spiti remains cold throughout the year. The temperature during the months of May-June barely touch between 15-20 degrees Celsius but in deep winter of December-February, it can fall as low as minus 20-30 degree Celsius in some places. April to October is a good time to visit Spiti but always pack some woolens on a journey to this land for the temperature can suddenly drop, making warm clothing essential out there. By September, heavy woolens are recommended as evenings can get really cold with temperature dropping to as low as minus 5 degrees Celsius.


Spiti Valley
Spiti Valley


Tourist Attractions:

1. Kaza: Summer is the best time to explore Kaza- the spectacular capital of Spiti. Situated on the eroded plains of Spiti River. Kaza town is encompassed by cold desert land and lofty mountains. This is one of the best places to see in Spiti in June and overjoys every tourist with its natural and cultural wonders. From lakes, goes to religious communities and villages, Kaza has everything.
Things to do: Shopping ceramic items, shawls and carpets, trek up to Chandratal, Kunzum Pass and Pin Valley National Park.

2. Chandra Taal: Situated at an altitude of 4300 meters. This is a crescent-shaped lake, located near Kunzum Pass. Literally translating to ‘lake of moon’, because of the shape & this is one of the best places to visit in Spiti valley. The color of the lake keeps changing from blue to green to reddish and orange throughout the day. This phenomenon along with clear views of the place due to June weather, make the scene more magical and panoramic. Famous as a trekker’s heaven, people hike through Lahaul ranges surrounding the lake and enjoy overnight camping.
Things to do: Trekking, photography, camping and watching clear views of peaks like Talagiri, Tara Pahar and Minar.

3. Pin Valley National Park: Tucked in the high ranges of Himalayas, Pin Valley National Park is a huge and expansive biosphere reserve, showcasing stunning and most photogenic surrounding. Famed as a home to rare as well as endangered flora and fauna, Pin Valley National Park should be on your bucket list if you’re planning a trip to Spiti valley in summer. In June, the weather is comfortable and clear, and the chances of spotting wildlife increase manifold.
Things to do: Spotting snow leopard, Siberian ibex, Tibetan gazelle Chukar partridges and snowcock.

4. Dhankar Lake: Dhankar Lake or Sar Kund Lake is one of the most picturesque lakes in Spiti. It is one of the most preferred Spiti places in June, for travelers who wish to spend some rejuvenating time, away from the city noises. Perched at a height of 4270 meters, Dhankar Lake offers unmatched natural beauty and is counted as a paradise for trekkers and nature lovers.
Things to do: Trek up to the lake to relish the wonderful view of the surrounding mountains and nearly transparent lake. This is a moderately challenging trek and not suitable for novice trekkers.

5. Komik: Komik is the most noteworthy motorable town in the World. motorable village in the World. Without a doubt, this is one of the lesser known places, but most exquisite places to visit in Spiti Valley in June. Komik is dreamlike, beautiful and has bare minimum resources like a monastery which offers accommodation to tourists and an eco-kitchen the only cafe in the village. Summer is the best time to visit, as it has bearable weather and people can enjoy clear views of the surrounding.
Things to do: Stargazing and overnight camping

6. Suraj Taal: Suraj Taal as the lake of Sun god is a beautiful natural amphitheater near Baralacha La Pass. It can be easily reached from the Manali-Leh highway. In winters, the lake freezes and as summers approach, the lake returns to its full glory with blue icy waters forming a crystal clear mirror image of the beauty of snow-capped mountains around it.
Things to Do: Photographic expeditions, nature walks, and mountain biking tours.

7. Kibber: Locally popular as Kyibar, this is another wonderful village of Spiti. Enrich by lofty mountains and barren stretches of the cold desert. People can enjoy jaw-dropping views and indulge in one of the most hardcore Spiti Valley trek in June. The clear and comfortable weather of summer has placed Kibber on the list of best places to visit in Spiti Valley in summer. Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary is the main attraction here, which is home to common as well as rare fauna like Tibetan Wolle Hare, Blue Sheep, Red Fox, Tibetan Wild Ass, Himalayan Wolf, Pika, and Lynx.
Things to do: Spotting wildlife and admiring the natural beauty. Moreover, this place is an important stopover for Spiti Valley Trek route.

8. Tabo Monastery: Tabo Monastery is an antiquated cloister that was set up in 996 CE. It is considered to be an important monastery and is often referred to as the Ajanta of  The Himalayas.

9. Tabo  Rock Art and Cave: On the hill facing Tabo village, one can see a series of caves with beautiful Buddhist banners vacillating outside. At first, it is difficult to make out whether these are natural or man-made caves. Some of these caves are even multi-storeyed. Incidentally, one of the caves up there is also a part of Tabo Monastery complex that is now under the Archaeological Survey of India. Tabo is a small village situated on the banks of the Spiti River. It is well known for its monastery that is more than a thousand years old and has amazing Ajanta like paintings. Its caves show that monks lived here even before there was any settlement in the area. It is, however, the carvings on big rocks that tell us that this area was probably inhabited since pre-historic times. The carvings have not been documented so the exact time period is not known.

10.Kungri Monastery: Worked in the fourteenth century, Kungri Monastery is a standout amongst the most energetic and most established religious communities of Spiti area. With wonderful artwork, silk paintings, figurines books, archives and wall paintings, Kungri Monastery showcases various traditions and culture of Buddhism. Visiting this monastery in Spiti valley in June is the best idea as one will get to enjoy local festivals and performances.

11. Lahaul Valley: This is a sprawling valley of Spiti, formed by the two rivers Chandra and Bhaga. Adorned with immense natural beauty, Lahaul Valley pulls maximum tourists during summer. Lahaul Valley is one of the most popular places to see in Spiti in June, with unobstructed views of Chandrabhaga Range and rivers. Moreover, travelers can opt for thrilling treks to Suraj Taal, Chandra Taal and Kunzum Pass. Things to do: Visit Key Monastery  the largest and oldest monastery of Lahaul Valley and enjoy Chaam festival- the annual festival that happens in June.

How to Reach:

Road: Spiti is on the other side of Lahaul. It is best reached from Shimla via the NH 22. The Highway leads straight to Tabo in Spiti. It is approx 9-hour journey and some roads are closed during the winter season. The valley is connected by road to the rest of Himachal Pradesh and other nearby states from between May to November.

Rail: The nearest Railway station is Chandigarh. From Chandigarh, you can reach Spiti via Shimla by road. The journey by road would be an approx of 5 to 9 hours respectively. Alternatively, you can also reach Shimla by train and then take a cab for the onward journey.

Air: The nearest airport to the Spiti Valley is the Bhunter Airport in Kullu. Air India is the major service provider here and has regular flights connecting Kullu to large cities like Delhi, Chandigarh, and Shimla. The airport is situated at a distance of 160 kilometers from Keylong.


Where To Stay In:

Hotels:

Spiti Valley Hotel
Address: Spiti valley Hotel kaza khas himachal Pradesh, Kaza, Himachal Pradesh 172114
Phone:094189 27312

Hotel Spiti Heritage Himalayan Brothers
Address: Near Police Station, Kaza, Himachal Pradesh 172114
Phone:086270 70080

Hotel Spiti Sarai
Address: VPO Rangrik, Kaza, Himachal Pradesh 172114
Phone: 094189 25003

Grand Dewachen – Kaza
Address: Rangrik, Kaza, 172114
Phone094595 66689

The Spiti Hptdc
Address: Hotel Kaza Soma, Himachal Pradesh 172114
Phone: 094180 22752

Hotel Sakya Abode
Address: Kaza District Lahaul & Spiti Himchal Pradesh, Kaza
Phone: 094595 24103

Hotel Deyzor
Address: Behind BSNL Office, Kaza, Himachal Pradesh 172114
Phone:094184 02660

Homestead:

Lara Homestay, Langza
Address: C/O Lara Tsering, Spiti Valley Tours, Langza, Post Office Hikkam, Spiti, Lahul & Spiti, Langza, Himachal Pradesh, Postal Code- 172114, Langza, 110070
Phone: 096502 26331

Miklam Homestay in Kaza, Spiti Valley
Address: Rangrik Kaza, Tehsil Spiti Distt : Lahaul & Spiti, Kaza, Himachal Pradesh 172114
Phone: 089881 00450

Mahabaudha Homestay
Address: Manali road, Kaza, Kaza, Spiti, Himachal Pradesh 172114
Phone: 094596 19714

All Spiti Homestays
Address: Kaza, Himachal Pradesh 172114
Phone: 080905 92440
  
Known for its mystical topography, monasteries, trekking routes, semi-frozen rivers, and lakes, Spiti Valley in June is a charming and quaint place. Owing to all these things, Spiti has become a popular destination for nature buffs, photographers, and adventure enthusiasts. The best time to explore Spiti valley is during summer months of May and June, as they are ideal for sightseeing and adventure activities.

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