Spiti Valley is one of the crown jewels of India. One of the most beautiful places in Himachal Pradesh. Spiti Valley is known for its beautiful landscapes and panoramic view.
The Spiti Valley is a cold desert mountain valley located high in the Himalayan Mountains in the north-eastern part of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. The name “Spiti” means “The Middle Land”, i.e. the land between Tibet and India.
How To Reach Spiti?
Lahaul and Spiti is separated from Kullu by the Rohtang pass and Kunzum pass and it lies on the Manali-Leh highway. This route is fine to reach Spiti valley during the summers, but is inaccessble for most parts of the year due to heavy snowfall. However, Spiti valley is accessible throughout the year though from Shimla via Kinnaur (except for occasional disturbances due to landslides or heavy snowfall). The Himachal state transport runs buses through both routes in summers, however just a bus through the Shimla-Kinnaur-Kaza route.
If you are traveling from outside Himachal Pradesh, then the nearest railway station is Chandigarh. Jogindernagar also has a railway station which is nearest to Spiti, but it has very poor connectivity. Direct buses are available from Chandigarh, Shimla, Kullu, Manali and some other parts of North India. The nearest airport is in Kullu (Bhuntar airport), however the nearest international airport is in New Delhi. One can also take a taxi from nearby places to reach Spiti. However, a lot of people also reach Spiti valley by trekking or by using motorcycles.
Things To Do in Spiti Valley.
1. Kunzum Pass:
Situated at 4,551 m above mean sea level, Kunzum La or Kunzum Pass is one of the gateways to Lahaul and Spiti valleys. It is one of India’s highest motorable mountain passes and is located in Himachal Pradesh. Separating both the valleys, it is situated at a higher altitude than Rohtang Pass, which is at an elevation of 13,054 ft and also serves as another gateway to Lahaul and Spiti.
Tabo Monastery (or Tabo Chos-Khor Monastery) is located in the Tabo Village. It was founded in 996 CE in the Tibetan year of the Fire Ape. by the Tibetan Buddhist lotsawa (translator), Rinchen Zangpo (Mahauru Ramabhadra), the king of western Himalayan Kingdom of Guge. Tabo is noted for being the oldest continuously operating Buddhist enclave in both India and the Himalayas.
3. Chandratal Lake:
Chandratal is a scenic alpine lake deep in the Himalayan Range. One of the most popular ways to reach here is by undertaking a Chandratal Lake trek from the town of Manali. Hike to the valley of Chika from Manali, crossing the villages of Pirni, Hampta and Sethan on the way. The ensuing morning, walk towards the valley of Jwara, and from here keep heading forward to reach Bhalu ka Gera. Recommence the Chandratal trek from this spellbinding hibernation ground of brown bears to make a tough ascent to Hampta Pass. From the mountain pass, negotiate a demanding and swift descent to arrive at the valley of Shea Goru to camp at night. It gets its name as it is shaped a crescent which depicts moon.
4. Key Monastery:
The biggest centre of Buddhist learning in Spiti Valley, Key Monastery is over 1000-year-old. It is the oldest training centre for Lamas. It is located at a height of 13,668 feet above mean sea level in Lahaul Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh in north India.Founded by Dromton, a famous disciple of teacher Atisha in the 11th century, the monastery used to house about 350 lamas at one time. The number of inmates at the monastery has come down.The monastery is famous for its architecture called Pasada style. Pasada style is characterised by two or more stories and often plays the role of a fort-monastery. The monastery is spread over three floors – underground, ground and first floor. Underground is mainly utilized for storage; ground floor is used as assembly hall, called Du-Khang. The ground floor also has small rooms for monks.
5. Spiti River Rafting:
River rafting in the Spiti spin river will be an immense adventure for adventure lovers. The view of the surroundings is spectacular. The river is enveloped by Kullu Valley in the south, Ladakh in the north and Tibet in the east. Lahaul and Spiti’s twin valleys are an astonishment for one to witness.