Welcome to the Surreal Wonders of Spiti Valley
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Best time to visit
May - Oct
About Spiti Destinations
Nestled in the Himalayan mountain range in Himachal Pradesh, Spiti valley welcomes travellers with intermittent greenery, picturesque deserts, snow-capped mountains, and long winding roads for an impeccable journey. 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.
With a bevy of trekking trails to choose from, this scantily populated place is a paradise for adventure lovers. As one gets on a Spiti tour and starts trekking from Kaza to various peaks, a panoramic view of the Himalayan mountains await 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.
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!
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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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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