Adorable Experience of Spiti Valley

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The chilly mountain desert of Spiti Valley, Ladakh’s lesser-known neighbour, is for explorers seeking to float away from the traveller trails. For the most part of the year, Spiti’s postcard towns are desolate and covered in snow. In the lap of the Himalayas, in the city of Himachal Pradesh, you can see the nearly extinct Snow Leopard and Himalayan Wolf, visit civilizations that date back over a thousand years, the Himalayan Tibetian society, and immerse yourself in village life, which is a unique and enthralling experience. Meet the nicest people who have the most difficult lives. “This is a world within a world,” as Rudyard Kipling once described it.

Spiti, originally known as ‘Piti’ (the centre land), was a region of Western Tibet. In the eleventh century AD, Nimagon, the ruler of Nariss Korssun, divided his realm among his three children, Spiti and Zanskar forming a separate realm. Following that, Ladakh took over the suzerainty of Spiti and Zanskar, and the territory was ruled by the Nono (more youthful sibling of the King of Ladakh).

Now, we’ll share a few experiences you shouldn’t miss on your next Spiti Valley trip.

Chandratal Lake:

This crescent-shaped lake, located at 14000 feet in the lap of the Himalayas, is one of the most well-known places to visit in Spiti Valley. What makes an experience more stunning commendable there is enjoying nature by the lake with mind-blowing views around. Camping near the lake is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, complete with beautiful mountains and turquoise-colored water. You might be able to see the Milky Way galaxy if the sky is clear. As temperatures drop dramatically at night, make sure you’re dressed warmly.

Also See: Brahmatal Trek

Dhankar Lake:

Trekking to Dhankar Lake is one of the activities you should not miss while visiting Spiti Valley if you’re looking for some adventure. Situated over the Dhankar Monastery on a cliff at 4,270 metres, this lake is a mesmerising wonder. The magnificent views of the lake can only be reached after a 2-hour hike. With a beautiful view of the valley and snow-capped mountains, this lake is a peaceful place to relax.

Key Monastery:

Key Gompa is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery community in the Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh, India, located on a pleasant ridge at an elevation of 4,166 m above sea level, near the Spiti River. The monastery, which was built around the 11th century, is the most established and largest in the Himachal Pradesh district of Lahaul and Spiti, and serves as a religious training centre and home for approximately 300 lamas.

Hikkim:

With the world’s highest post office located at 4,389 metres between the towns of Komik and Langza in Hikkim, what to do in Spiti is a question you should never be concerned about. This is a must-see location that is only an hour or two away by car or a difficult trek from Kaza. Sending a letter or postcard from the World’s Highest Post Office to a loved one is an experience in and of itself.

Pin Valley:

With the world’s highest post office located at 4,389 metres between the towns of Komik and Langza in Hikkim, what to do in Spiti is a question you should never be concerned about. This is a must-see location that is only an hour or two away by car or a difficult trek from Kaza. Sending a letter or postcard from the World’s Highest Post Office to a loved one is an experience in and of itself.

Mummy in Nako:

Giu is a small town located between the villages of Sumdo and Tabo, and can be reached via an 8-kilometer climb off NH-22. It has a sanctum with a mummy that is over 1000 years old, and visiting this mummy is one of Spiti’s most famous experiences. According to a well-known legend, “the mummy is of a meditating Lama,” making it a much more mysterious experience.

Yak safari:

The best way to experience Spiti is to live and travel like a local. As a result, once you’ve finished trekking and want to try something new, consider going on a nearby ride, for example, a yak safari. Almost all of the town families have at least one yak with them, making the journey much more accessible and an experience worth having in the Spiti valley.

Milky Way:

With villages located at elevations ranging from 10,000 to 15,000 feet above sea level, stargazing and locating the Milky Way around evening time is probably the best activity in Spiti. You can sit and admire the paradise while spotting a zillion stars right away. Furthermore, if luck is on your side at the time, you may see a shooting star.

Mountain Biking:

Without a doubt, a trip to Spiti Valley is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. As you travel from Shimla or Manali to Kaza, you will not only see scenery that will leave you inspired, but also an incredibly unique culture that is hard to find anywhere else in the world. In Kaza, you can rent a bike. With breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains and winding roads, bike riding is an experience not to be missed.

Also See: Har ki Dun Trek

Homestays Experience:

Tabo, a strange little town in Himachal Pradesh’s Spiti Valley, is a marvel in and of itself. When you visit Tabo, you will be captivated by the grandeur and stillness of life. It is an ideal location for those looking to relax and restore away from the bustling urban centres. Living in Tabo with a local family, eating local food, sharing local experiences, and learning about their culture is an experience in and of itself.

Apart from all of these adventures, if you still have time, you can go shopping at Kaza’s primary market. Because the Kaza market area is so popular, shopping in Spiti is something that everyone enjoys. From Tibetan and Buddhist handicrafts to human bone and skull sculptures painted in silver, there are a plethora of items available for purchase as sweet souvenirs to take home.

From Manali and Shimla, there are two ways to get to Spiti Valley. The route from Manali is more challenging because you must first cross Rohtang Pass (3980 metres) to enter Lahaul Valley from Kullu Valley and Kunzum Pass (4551 Meters). Running over these passes is an experience in and of itself!

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