Welcome to the Surreal Wonders of Spiti Valley
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About Spiti Travel Guide
Nestled in the Himalayan mountain range in Himachal Pradesh, Spiti tourism offers an impeccable experience as one navigates through the intermittent greenery, picturesque deserts, snow-capped mountains, and long winding roads. With an altitude of 12,500 feet above the sea level, this place is one of the coldest locations in the country. Accessible via motorway only during the months of summer, Spiti is one of the remotest locations to visit to. Hence, this lesser known place- a hidden isolated gem- is for the ones who dare to drift from the usual tourist trails. Aptly named as ‘Spiti’ which means ‘The Middle Land’, it divorces India from Tibet. Evoking strong comparisons with the latter, it leaves visitors spellbound while one gets acquainted with quaint old Spiti valley monasteries, monks in their robes and prayer flags fluttering in the wind that portray a duplicate picture of Tibet.
Tourist Attractions in Spiti
Replete with jagged mountains, blue skies, and pristine lakes, Spiti Valley has a magical charm that makes it beguiling for tourists. Hop on a tour to this scenic place, and grab a chance to visit some of its most beautiful attractions for a fascinating experience.
With close proximity to the Baralacha Pass, the spectacular Suraj Tal, i.e Sun Lake makes for a popular place to visit for adventure enthusiast, photographers, and nature lovers. Being a holy pilgrimage site, this wonderful attraction is also visited by thousands of devotees. This photogenic place can be visited during the months of May to October.
Located at a distance of just 6 kms from the Kunzum Pass, this alluring lake is fringed with blue azure waters and acres of snow. Deriving its name due to its crescent moon-like shape, this is one of the most beautiful lakes in Spiti Valley. A paradise for nature lovers and adventure junkie, here people can cherish awe-inspiring views and indulge in trekking and camping for a thrilling experience.
Famed for its ancient monasteries, pre-historic buildings, and incredible scenery, Langza Village offers an enchanting experience to its visitors. With numerous marine animals and fossils of plants and containing a 500 year old statue of Lord Buddha, this place manages to attract a huge flock of anthropologists and history enthusiasts.
Adventure Activities in Spiti
With a bevy of trekking trails to choose from, this scantily populated place is a paradise for adventure lovers. As one gears up for trekking in Spiti from Kaza to various peaks, a panoramic view of the Himalayan mountains and mesmerising lakes await them for a breathtaking experience. While taking an easy trek from Dhankar Monastery to Dhankar Lake, one can savour spectacular views and enjoy some soulful moments amidst the chilled mountain breezes. And, as one crosses the mountain ropeway from Kibber to Chichum, a bird’s-eye view of the surrounding peaks are there to blow them away.
Besides trekking, there are plenty of things to do in Spiti Valley. Here people can also indulge in mountaineering, river rafting on the Spiti and Pin rivers, enjoy a yak safari, nature walk, and camping while gazing at thousands of stars.
Though, Spiti remains cut off from the rest of India for almost 6 months, it still manages to attract many visitors thanks to its fascinating culture, picturesque valleys and delish cuisines. With thick Himalayan snow blocking the mountain passes, the summer duration ranging from mid May to mid October is the best time to visit this offbeat tourist destination. Besides culture and natural beauty, a tour of Spiti has a lot to offer. With a travel to Spiti, here’s a chance to visit the world’s highest motorable village- Komic village. Having a monastery at its entrance, this storehouse of ancient fossils with small hills to hike around is the highest point of Spiti trip. In addition to camping and trekking, and enjoying the sightseeing of monasteries and wildlife sanctuary, Spiti Valley has a romantic place like Kaza to allure newlyweds also. And, that’s what makes people asking for more!
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Places To Visit In Spiti
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Kinnaur in Spiti
Kinnaur is a beautiful district with snow capped mountain ranges in Himachal Pradesh. Kinnaur is divided into three administrative areas namely Pooh, Kalpa and Nichar, further it is divided into five tehsils. Kinnaur has three mountain ranges also which adds to the charm, the Zanskar and the Himalayas which envelopes Stulej...
Nako in Spiti
Located at an height of about 12000 feet above the sea level, Nako is a captivating and scenic village that is full of eye capturing surroundings and is the most beautiful village situated in the Spiti valley of the Himachal Pradesh. The village is situated on the eastern end of the Kinnaur District and is one of the most p...
Key Monastery in Spiti
The Key Monastery is one of the most famous Buddhist monastery in the Lahaul and Spiti District of India and has Tibetan roots. Located at an altitude of about 13,667 feet above the sea level, the monastery is very close to the Spiti River of Himachal Pradesh in India. Also known as the Key Monastery, it was founded by Drom...
Kunzum Pass in Spiti
One of India's highest motorable mountain pass, Kunzum La Pass is the majestic gateway to the Spiti Valley via Kullu and Lahaul Valley in Himachal Pradesh. Kunzum pass is situated at an altitude of around 15,059 feet above the sea level and lies on the eastern Kunzum range of the Himalayas, around 122 kms from Manali. Biker...
Tabo in Spiti
Located about 40 km from the Indo Tibetan border, Tabo in Spiti Valley is a small town on the banks of Spiti river in Himachal Pradesh. Located 3050 meters above sea level, Tabo lies on the road between Reckong Peo and Kaza surrounded by snow capped Himalayan peaks. Tabo in Himachal Pradesh is a serene, tranquil and beautif...
Things To Do In Spiti
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Bike Tour in Spiti
Located high in the Himalayan mountains, the Spiti Valley is a cold desert mountain valley in the North Eastern part of Himachal Pradesh. With its dangerous roads and bridges, luscious green fields, unbelievably tall and old mountains coloured brown and grey towering high into the clear blue skies with puffy clouds, Spiti i...
Hampta Pass Trekking in Spiti
Hampta Pass is an eye-popping destination for nature lovers. The pass is positioned at an altitude of 4270 meters on the Pir Panjal of Himalayas. The Hampta Pass Trek is also considered to be a cakewalk as compared to other trekking expeditions. The area is devoid of the crowd, one can find peace and solitude amidst the bea...
Travel To Spiti
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Traveling to Spiti by air is not an easy task because the Spiti Valley nearest airport is in Kullu which is around 260 kilometers away. Therefore, one still has to cover a lot of ground while traveling to Spiti by air. It takes around 7 to 8 hours to reach Spiti from Kullu airport. Another demerit of traveling to Spiti by air is that one might not find direct flights to Kullu airport from their hometown as it is a domestic airport. The nearest international airport is in Chandigarh which is kilometers away. Hence, traveling to Spiti by air can be quite challenging as well.
The nearest railway station to Spiti Valley is Joginder Nagar Railway Station which is 360 kilometers away from the valley. Hence, while traveling to Spiti by train, one will still have to cover a long road journey.
As the Joginder Nagar railway station might be connected to all parts of the country, travelers can book tickets to Shimla Railway station as well which is another 100 kilometers extra (456 kilometers approx.) as compared to Joginder Nagar station.
Traveling to Spiti by road is one of the most adventurous as well as convenient options for people traveling from nearby cities like Chandigarh, Delhi, Punjab, Uttarakhand, and more. There are various routes via which one can reach Spiti. Travelers can either take the route from Manali via Rohtang Pass, from Shimla, or from Srinagar via Kargil. A Spiti Valley map provides useful information to tourists traveling by road via these routes.
One can choose to travel to Spiti Valley by bus, taxi, or a personal vehicle. Here’s a list of cities with their respective distance from Spiti:
Distance between Manali and Spiti Valley: 196 kilometers (approx.)
Distance from Shimla to Spiti Valley: 416 kilometers (approx.)
Distance from Delhi to Spiti Valley: 737 kilometers (approx.)
Distance from Chandigarh to Spiti Valley: 503 kilometers (approx.)
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Trip to SpitiBest experience with tanish tours. Very helpful and reasonable. Even we got the late nyt dinner at hotel when v arrived there. Driver mandeep also drove very safely.
Trip to SpitiI had booked a trip to do the tribal circuit in Himachal comprising of Kinnaur/Spiti/Lahaul from Prince Tour and Travels towards 2nd week of September (nearly end Season). And I have a lovely memory of the entire journey. Also I must say that not only they are very wonderful people, but they understand the spirit of the a traveller. It has been a memorable experience with them. Special thanks to their head Mr. Sharma Ji, and Deepika for taking care of us. For fellow travellers, I have a suggestion, please travel in this circuit with atleast 2 weeks of holidays at your hand. - Waking up at Karcham Village's hotel (Rupin Resort) and the view from there was amazing. - Chitkul is yet another amazing spot - Trekking to view key monaestry from a distant spot (Recommended for photographers) - Lakes in the route is not to be forgotten. All of them are beauty in themselves - Kaza monastery morning prayer (8:00AM) try not to miss it!!! - The Grand Statue of Buddha at Lanza village, kibber village is an asset in itself - Chandratal camps
Trip to SpitiVery good and prompt service. Hotels were OK but few of them were good. Driver was knowledgeable and courteous. Overall very good experience.
Trip to SpitiIt was very good experience to visit the remote valley of Himachal which basically is hidden Himalayas The arrangements was above expectation. Driver provided was very supportive and perfect in his driving skills. As the roads are quite dangerous without any support on the edges but he drove like he use to travel on this route perfect driving i must say. Our Agent The Roomie was very quick in response. We came from Malaysia Specially for this trip it was awesome. I would like to mention the names of Mr Lav, Mr Rohit, Mr Akash whom i met in there office on the way. Roomie guys are very professional . In the end i want to Thank Travel Triangle for providing us such a good agent and providing us this kind of service Thanks will plan more trips with you Guys
Trip to SpitiTravel triangle is a well known travel agency for customising the tour the way we want . we all satisfied with their service and hope to get more and more packages with them. The lahaul spiti 13 days tour in month of September was tremendous wonderful memory and fabulous destination with natural beauty. The owner of the prince N travel Mr And Mrs. Sharma are very caring couple and their resort at Maldera Named Pawana Resort is excellent and full of scenery . Our Lahaul spiti tour was customised by Miss Deepika Bhardwaj so we all are very thankful to her . The hotel and food provided by tour organiser was excellent . the team of prince N travel is really advisable those who want to explore beauty of lahaul spiti the place is like heaven on the earth . we all enjoyed every destination . the spiti valley is better than leh ladakh . Those who are interested to visit lahaul spiti can contact Mr. Sharma cell no. 08628822779. and Mrs. Sharma cell no. 09857917010 . Miss . Deepika Bhardwaj cell no. 09218000996.
Trip to SpitiHotel and Manali was very good, but cab service was very bad. Driver didn't knew the path 3 times he took wrong route and delayed our journey. While returning for 7 hours constantly we requested driver to switch on AC but he ignored our request, at the end a heated argument let him switch on AC.
Trip to Spitivisited spiti last week, all the arrangements was superb, car driver rattan lal was very experienced, so we executed our trip as per our plannings, agent was cooperative, they negotiated most of our demands, food was too good, over all one more feather in the nest...spiti rocks. www.facebook.com/arijit.sen.in/albums/thecallofspiti
Trip to SpitiAs much as I would recommend Tanish Travels, I would request them to kindly consider looking for an alternate driver (Dharampal). The driver was bad, but to be honest the kind of effort which Mr. Bunty & Mr. Thakur (From Tanish Travels) had put in to ensure our trip was comfortable has to be commended. They in fact went an extra mile to get us a better hotel in Manali, which was clean, big and closer to City Center. I would anyday vouch and recommend people to choose Tanish Travels.
Trip to SpitiMr Thakur who was co-ordinating with us was wise and guiding us through out the trip. He also helped us getting back and made arrangements for our stay at the last minute due to sudden landslide in Manali All the hotels that he had booked were fantastic with awesome view.
Trip to SpitiI have been to Spiti Valley recently thru Deyor Camps. It was a group of 32 amazing people and I had the best time during this trip. Deyor Camps have organised everything so well. Captain and his team was very efficient and always there for us.
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FAQ's of Spiti
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For a trip from Manali or Shimla to Spiti, it takes around 10 days.
Spiti can be reached via road only. Being one of the remotest locations, it is not well-connected via rail or air.
The best duration for a tour of Spiti is between the months of May and October.
One may relish Indian and Tibetan food in Spiti restaurants.
Though, one may book government accommodations and private guest houses for stay in Spiti; it is highly recommended to go for local homestays for an unforgettable experience and to get acquainted with their traditions and culture.
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