Popularly know as ‘Little Tibet’, this cold desert mountain valley is nothing less than heaven on earth. Cut-off from the rest of the world due to its remoteness Lahaul-Spiti has maintained it’s beauty.
Spiti has it all, from snow covered mountains, rivers to tiny villages that welcome tourists with all their warmth. The best time to visit the valley is from July to August.
There are two routes to visit Spiti,
- Via Manali: This route has beautiful roads and scenery, but is usually open around July when the Rotang and Kumzum passes open up.
- Via Shimla: This is a loner route but one can stop at various places in between and have an overall great experience. This route takes you through Nako and Tabo where in you can spend some time in peace.
Here are 7 things one can do while visiting Spiti Valley
A crescent lake, situated at 4,300 meters is a must visit for travelers and what adds to the experience is that camping is available around the lake.
Key Gompa, is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery located on top of a hill at an altitude of 4,166 metres. It is one of the biggest monasteries and a training center for Lamas. Visiting hours is from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Visit the Mummy
Yes you read that right, there is a mummy in the Giu village between Sumdo and Tabo it is a steep road to reach there. It is a shrine, with a dead body, which is over 500 years old. The legend there has it that it is a mummy of a meditating Lama.
Visiting time: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
If you are into adventures, rafting is a must do in Pin & Spiti rivers. The gurgling river, with snowy mountains along side and beautiful views offer an experience of a lifetime.
Hire a bike
If you know how to ride one, and instead of travelling all the way on the bike you can hire one there and explore places. One of the places to ride on a bike is travelling on one of the highest motorable road. It is the most beautiful experience on can have, with chilly winds, travelling on rough roads. Along this route you can also spot a lot of fossils.
Tip: Also please note that darkness falls early and it gets really dark very quickly so plan your bike rides accordingly for safety.
Except the Kunzum Pass, trekking or biking across the Baralacha Pass is more adventurous. Renowned as one of the dangerous passes in the world, passing through is one of a lifetime experience.
As you are already at a high altitude, you can star gaze from anywhere in Spiti and it is a beautiful experience. If you are travelling from metro cities be ready to be astonished as you are going to see a zillion star.
Visit the World’s Highest Post Office & Highest Petrol Pump in India
The world’s highest post office is at an altitude of 4,389 meters between Komik and Langza. It is only an hour or two drive or even one can trek from Kaza. Also located in Kaza is India’s highest petrol pump.
An advise would be to travel with a group as that makes the journey easier and beautiful. From my experience we travelled as a group of 8, young college boys, and after so many years of the trip there is not a single time that whenever we meet we don not have a conversation related to this Trip.
Our budget for our trip in 2018 was 12k per person and we had hired a traveller and travelled along the Shimla route.
Post the lockdown, when everything normalizes, my advice to you would be to gather your squad an plan the trip, it will definitely be a memorable one for you and grow your bond stronger.
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