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Reviews (37)

Smriti Das

Smriti Das5.0/5

352 reviews

Excellent and memorable trip

Our seven days trip in Lahaul & spiti valley made us spellbound. Lahul & Spiti are the treasure of magnificent mountainous and mountain passes, lush green fields, rivers, streams, tranquil lakes, picturesque landscapes and monasteries. Spiti valley is a cold desert mountain valley boasts of rich varieties of flora and fauna. Pin Valley National Park is the most exciting areas to visit which is filled with lush greenery and extremely thrilling views all around. The park is characterized by alpine pasture that offers a good collection of flora including Juniper and Breech trees. Some of the plants are good in medicinal quality. Kungri monastery is the second oldest Buddhist monastery in the Lahaul & Spiti region. Dhankar monastery is a fort monastery offers a mesmerizing views of the Dhankar village from its top roof.

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Ishaan Shah

Ishaan Shah4.3/5

3 reviews

A raw and splendid experience

We visited just the Spiti side on this trip and boy it did not disappoint us. We arrived at Manali a day before our long drive to Spiti. A caution here, it will be better to stay at least 24 hrs in Manali before going towards Spiti, this helps in adjusting to the altitude. Next day our drive started at 5am and passing through Rohtang pass and few scenic beauties we reached Kaza in Spiti at 5 in the evening.
The roads were nothing short of an adventure. Reaching Spiti is more of like going up and down various mountains, through rocky terrains which you would not even call it as a road. But I guess that's is what makes it raw and splendid.
The town of Kaza is the most lively one in Spiti. This is where we stayed for the majority of our trip duration and headed to different locations on a daily basis.
Few key attractions would Be
1. Ki Monastery - A Buddhist monastery which is situated on top of a mountain. The monastery is famous for the view it offers from the top. (Ref attached pics)
2. Hikkim - Known for being the world's highest post office. Do send a post card to someone or maybe just yourself from there. The thrill on receiving it is very good.
3. Langza - Known for the fossil trek. We couldn't find any. But kids in that area sell them to you.
4. Chandal lake - One night here at the camp made was a truly enriching experience. The camps are 2km away from main lake. The lake is very calm and beautiful. Beware to not take a dip in it, locals are very sensitive about it.
5. Tabo - For the home-stay experience. Many towns offer this, but we stayed in Tabo for the home-stay experience.
For us vegetarians we were very conscious about the availability of the food. But to our surprise most of food available here is vegetarian. You get lot of Israeli food at various cafes. The home-stays food is also very good.

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Recommended Duration in Lahaul and Spiti

Number of days to spend in Lahaul and Spiti as recommended by our travellers.

1 day

8.3%

2 days

41.7%

3 days

8.3%

4 days

8.3%

5+ days

8.3%

Lahaul and Spiti Overview

Lahaul and Spiti are two separate districts which were merged into one, in the state of Himachal Pradesh in the country’s north. The current administrative centre of the district lies at Lahaul as Keylong. Before the merger, the two districts had different capitals. While Dhankar was the capital of Spiti, Kardang headed Lahaul district.

Kunzum la aka Kunzum Pass is the entry way to Spiti valley through Lahaul. Located at a distance of 21 km from Chandra Tal, Rohtang Pass connects the district to the famous hill station Manali. The National Highway 22 or NH 22 joins Kinnaur where it meets Pare chu Gorge and the road that is located 24 km from Spiti.

The two valleys are very different in character. While Spiti at an average elevation of 4270 meters is a barren land too difficult to cross, Lahaul is totally opposite with its lush greenery. The Spiti Valley is surrounded by lofty mountain ranges and the Spiti River rushes through southeast of this valley in order to meet River Sutlej. The valleys are characteristic desert mountainous area and the average rainfall recorded here is 6.7 inches or 170 mm.

Buddhist monasteries and the magnificent natural beauty have given a unique distinct look to Lahaul and Spiti. The most famous tourist attractions in the area include monasteries like Guru Ghantal, Dhankar, Shashur, Ki and the Tavul Gompas.

Tabo Monastery is a renowned spot here that is located in the capital area Spiti. The monastery became a thousand years old in 1996. This is a home to many Buddhist statues, scriptures and Thangkas exclusive to the place. The central Gompas here is finished with mud plaster.

Another famous gompa is the Kardang Monastery which is located around 14 kilometres from Keylong. With its existence since 12th century, this monastery is a home to a library of relevant Buddhist literature.

The best time to visit Lahaul and Spiti is from June to October. This is the time when the roads are free from any snow and the weather is pleasant. Spiti can however be accessed from Kinnaur all round the year, which is rarely obstructed due to a sudden avalanche or landslide.

Other monasteries that are well renowned here include the Kye Monastery amongst others already mentioned above. The Lahaul and Spiti valley is blessed with a rich biodiversity that is easily visible in the many species of flora and fauna found here.

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Lahaul and Spiti, Himachal Pradesh

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Lahaul and Spiti, Himachal Pradesh
Lahaul and Spiti, Himachal Pradesh

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Lahaul and Spiti, Himachal Pradesh
Lahaul and Spiti, Himachal Pradesh

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Lahaul and Spiti, Himachal Pradesh
Lahaul and Spiti, Himachal Pradesh

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View of the mountains

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