Spiti valley is a small and quaint place made due to the Spiti River. It’s an absolute paradise for photographers and thrill seekers.
Spiti is hands down the most amazing hill station to visit in Himachal Pradesh. Specifically speaking it is a ‘cold desert’ mountain valley located high in the midst of Himalayas. The name “Spiti” roughly translates to ‘the middle land’ i.e. the land between Tibet and India.
- Rugged and Charming Mountains- Being a valley Spiti is surrounded by mountains. These will be covered in snow and sometimes maybe not but that doesn’t take away the charm of these hills. Nature lovers seeking new adventure will have the time of there life here. These hills guarantee amazing views for your eyes that is inaccessible for people living a city life. Another fun fact you should know many important things before going for places to visit in spiti valley .Many of these rocks have been named creating their own sites.
The stunningly beautiful high mountains of Spiti are a sight to behold. Over centuries, the melting snow has eroded these mountains and created rock structures which look as though a master craftsman has delicately carved the mountain to give them this shape.
- Alluring Monasteries- These ancient monasteries are the main attraction of Spiti. Architecturally speaking these monasteries are built amazingly to survive extreme weather. There are 5 prominent monasteries in Spiti which are situated at Tabo, Kye, Kungri, Dhankar and Komic. Many of these monasteries are more than 500 years old; Tabo being the oldest is 1000 years old. All structures of this monastery are made of mud and they look beautiful against the barren brown landscape of Spiti. Frescoes adorn the walls of monastery and we recommend that you carry a small torch inside to see the intricate artwork here. Although it’s the oldest but Kye is the largest monastery in Spiti and is also biggest training center for monks. Kye is situated at an altitude of 4,166 meters (13,670ft). Kungri is another amazing monastery after Tabo it’s the second oldest monastery of Spiti and was built around the 1330s. Kungri is located in the Pin valley part of Spiti. This monastery is famous for its sword dance which is performed by residents of the Pin valley. Spiti valley road trip includes all of these monasteries.
- The Story Of Lama Meditating- Around45-50 years ago Indian military was digging to build bunkers at Gyu village, their digging instrument hit a body. This body started bleeding from the corner of its mouth but they couldn’t decipher why. The body was excavated and put in a hut; no special precautions were taken to preserve the body.
It is said that the body is still in the same state as the day it was dug out and that its hair is still growing and monks come from all over world to take its hair for worshipping. It is said that the body is of a lama in deep meditation and that he still hasn’t died. Whatever the real story maybe but it does make for an awesome experience and a great story. Many travellers come from Manali to Spiti valley just to see the statue in person.
- Awesome Villages and There Cultures (Homestays) - Spiti is not only known for its view and mountain sites but also for its culture which is a mixture of Buddhism and Hinduism. It’s a culture of peace and enlightenment. People often even choose to stay at these villages with these because of their friendly nature and hospitable mentality. Home stays have become more and more popular over last few years. Langza village is located about 14 km away from Kaza, at an altitude of 4330 meters. When you drive towards Rangrik from Kaza there comes a bifurcation on the right that goes to Langza- Komic- Hikkim circuit.
- Hidden Valleys And Meadows- There are many spots to see in Spiti, to name a few there’s Tabo maonastery, Kye monastery, Pin valley national park, Suraj tal lake, Chandrataal lake etc. there are many spots that are infact not so common and are hidden from the general public which are full of adventure and wilderness exposure such as the village named Langza, this village is considered as one of the highest villages in the world and is probably the only accessible high altitude village in the world. You can spot a wide range of endangered species from Tibet in Langza village such as, the snow leopard, Himalayan griffon, Tibetan wolf and many more. Spiti valley bike trip are hence very popular because they allow travellers to make stops at places which are not preplanned.
- Losar- Losar has a gem which goes away unnoticed, the Mani carvings. Similar to the lock bridge in Paris, there is a practice of carving the Buddhist chant of ‘Om mani padme hum’ along the roadsides and rivers as an offering to the spirits.
The practice has evolved into a tradition and the people of Losar ensure that this tradition is passed over generations and these carvings stand tall as an example of the tradition. Tours from Delhi to Spiti valley are popular for people who want something different from other hill stations.
- Pin Valley- Pin valley is located at an altitude which ranges from 11,500 feet to 20,000 feet. The valley is well known for its rich flora and fauna and is also home to the Pin valley National Park. The valley is home to 17 villages which has a population of around 1600 and is well known for the Chhumurti horses, which is an indigenous breed found here.
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