Nestled in the lap of the majestic Himalayas, Spiti Valley Himachal Pradesh is a mesmerizing tourist attraction. It is a place known for its sheer natural beauty, Buddhist monasteries and quaint villages. The beautiful Spiti River flows through the valley making it all the more enchanting. The term Spiti literally means ‘the middle country’. It is surrounded by Tibet, Ladakh, Kinnaur, Lahaul and Kulu. Its villages are peppered with fields where barley, buck-wheat, peas and some other vegetables are cultivated.
Praising this fascinating destination Rudyard Kipling, a famous English author, said “it is a world within a world and a place where the Gods live”. And if you wish to experience Spiti Valley Attractions, specially snowfall then travel to Spiti Valley during the winter season as it receives heavy snowfall during the winter months. The perfect time to go for a Spiti Valley tour is from June to October.
Major Attractions of Spiti Valley
Spiti Valley boasts of a unique attraction called shale, (a rock of fissile or laminated structure formed by the consolidation of clay or argillaceous material). Shaligram, one of the shale formations found here, is the rarest one, and is believed to be auspicious.
Occupying a prized place among Spiti attractions, Key monastery is the largest and oldest monastery in Himachal Pradesh. It is decorated with beautiful sculptures. The monastery also provides religious training in dancing, singing and playing horns and pipes. Visit here, to witness the incredible dance of the Lamas. The occasion is accompanied with pipes, horns and other musical instruments.
While on a Himachal Pradesh Tour, meet the ‘Ajanta of the Himalayas’. The monastery of Tabo is beautifully adorned with paintings, murals and sculptures. It is also one of the oldest monasteries of Himachal Pradesh; founded by the Buddhist King Yeshe O'd in 996 A.D.
Pin Valley National Park
One of the most beautiful and must visit places in Spiti Valley is the Pin Valley National Park. Amid the cold desert Ibex, it has a variety of wild animals like woolly hare, Tibetan gazelle and snow leopard, which live in the picturesque flora and fauna. Weather here is generally cold and dry; winters bring heavy snowfall which is a sight to behold.
A high mountain pass on the eastern Kunzum Range, it connects Kullu and Lahaul Valley with Spiti. Popular 15 km trek to Moon Lake attracts people from all over the world. With 15 hair pin turns, it tests the driving skills of any good driver.
Udaipur Spiti Valley
On the banks of Chandrabhaga River, this place is a famous pilgrimage of Marikula Mata. Her temple is visited by Hindus and Buddhists alike. While on a trek, the trekkers stop here for the blessings of this goddess and also to bask in the stunning scenery.
Adventure in Spiti Valley
Tourists can indulge in amazing adventure activities at Spiti such as trekking, rock climbing, paragliding, river rafting and mountain climbing. Sarchu, Darcha, Jispa, Gemur, Tandi, Koksar, Sissu and Chota Dara are the picturesque and adventurous places in the valley.
Spiti offers a range of hotels, from basic hotels to guest houses they provide every comfort one looks forward to during a trip. Homestays too are available, but with fairly limited facilities.
Best Time to Visit
Spiti being a hill valley is prone to landslides during from mid – July to August; hence this time should be avoided. Winters months from November to March might receive heavy snowfall which can cause road blockages. Rest of the time in the year, Spiti can be visited to admire the beauty of the snow clad mountains.
How to Reach Spiti Valley
Spiti can be reached from Manali via Rohtang Pass to Kaza, the headquarters of Spiti. Manali is well connected by air, rail and road. Bus service from Manali to Spiti, from July to October, is also available.
Spiti can also be reached from Shimla via Kinnaur. Shimla is well connected by air, rail and road. From Shimla buses run to Kaza from May to October.
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