Spiti, hidden away in a warm embrace of natural splendour, is a wonderful entrance for those seeking seclusion in the serenity of nature. Tourism in Lahaul Spiti draws thousands of visitors each year because of its captivating beauty and natural surroundings. Spiti’s northern neighbours are Ladakh, Tibet, Kinnaur, and the Kullu Valley. Spiti’s southern neighbour is Kinnaur.
A hilly region encircled by the Mighty Himalayas, Spiti Valley is known for its gorgeous villages, little valleys, and long, winding high-altitude highways. The hill town, which is renowned as being among the coldest places, boasts a variety of alluring features. Additionally, the Spiti Valley has a huge influx of tourists all year long due to the countless intriguing activities to do there. There are a variety of activities available in Spiti, including rafting, camping, stargazing, and trekking. It is a refuge for those who enjoy the outdoors and the natural world. View the lengthy list of activities in Spiti Valley that is provided below.
It is impossible not to enjoy Spiti’s cuisine, with its intriguing variety of delicacies. Although the Tibetan cuisine predominates on the plates here, there is also excellent North Indian cuisine and a hint of Israeli cuisine. Barley fields sway the village, also being the biggest food source in the land. The grain is used to make barley beer and arrack (barley whisky), while roasted flour is used to make laddoos, a type of breakfast cereal known as thungpa. Momos, Thukpa, Butter tea, Chang (a locally brewed beer), Arkah (a locally brewed whiskey), and other regional delicacies are some things you can’t miss even in your dreams if you are in Spiti.. In addition to these, flavoured and fragrant teas, such as those with lemon, mint, ginger, and honey garnishes, are particularly popular.
There is no better time to visit Spiti than between March and June. The best time to travel to Spiti is during this season, which runs from March until June and with temperatures ranging from 0 to 15 degrees Celsius. Spiti’s winters are only for the brave. Due to the Manali-Kaza route being closed during the winter, road connectivity is unpredictable. One activity that stands out during this season is the snow leopard excursion. It is advisable to avoid traveling to Spiti during the monsoon season (July to September) because of heavy rains, landslides, and slick roads.
One of the most stunning lakes, Chandratal Lake, is situated in the great Himalayas at the height of about 4300 metres. The magnificent lake is the source of the Chandra River and is located on the Samudra Tapu plateau in the Lahaul region of the Lahaul and Spiti district. The crescent-shaped lake earned the name “Chandra Taal” (Lake of the Moon). A Ramsar designation has also been awarded to this lake, one of two high-altitude wetlands in India. It now draws tens of thousands of adventure seekers after serving as a temporary dwelling for Tibetan traders visiting Spiti and the Kullu region.
In India’s Lahaul and Spiti District sits the well-known Tibetan Buddhist monastery known as The Key Monastery. The monastery in the Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh, India, is next to the Spiti River and is situated at an elevation of 4,166 metres above sea level. Additionally known as the Kye Monastery and Ki Monastery, it is thought to have been established in the 11th century by Dromton, a pupil of the illustrious teacher Atisha. There are murals and a collection of old literature in addition to idols of Buddha that are placed in the Dhyana pose.
One of the highest motorable mountain crossings in India, Kunzum Pass, or Kunzum La, is located at 4,551 metres above mean sea level. From Kullu and Lahaul, it offers a stunning view of the Spiti valley. The Kunzum Range of the Himalayas lies 122 kilometers east of Manali. Astonishing panoramas of the Chandrabhaga Range, the Spiti valley, and the second-longest glacier in the world, Bara- Shigri Glacier, are all available from Kunzum La. A photographer’s paradise, Kunzum Pass is known for its captivating perspective.
The Rohtang and Kunzum passes, which separate Lahaul and Spiti from Kullu, are located on the Manali-Leh route. Summertime access to the Spiti Valley can be made by this path, but most of the year it is impassable due to severe snowfall. Spiti Valley, however, is reachable all year round from Shimla through Kinnaur (except for occasional disturbances due to landslides or heavy snowfall).
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