Information About Spiti Tourism
Welcome to the Surreal Wonders of Spiti Valley
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Best time to visit
Mar - Jun, Oct - Dec
Spiti Travel Guide
Spiti is amongst the most exotic places of India, nestled in higher parts of Himachal Pradesh. Wrapped by snowy expanses, Spiti Valley map makes it clear that it is amongst the most remote destinations of India and accessible in summers. Snow sheets, wonderful villages, crystal clear water of rivers, mesmeric monasteries, fluttering prayer flags, monks’ maroon robes collectively tempt tourists to book Spiti packages. Nourished by Spiti River, the valley resonates with paradisiacal natural charm. No wonder, it is loved by nature lovers as well as adventure enthusiasts.
Before chalking out a Spiti Valley trip plan, it is prudent to know when to visit it and when to avoid. Mid of May to September is the best time to visit Spiti Valley as it is during these months when the region is blessed by summers and weather is pleasant during the day. Spiti Valley roads are also accessible, facilitating bikers to enjoy Spiti Valley bike tours. During monsoons, the region witnesses frequent downpours and landslides. October to February is the least advisable time for a visit to Spiti as the region experiences extreme winters. The roads connecting Spiti Valley to the rest of India are cut-off most of the time in this season. Spiti Valley in winters turns a desert that is generously covered in thick sheets of snow. Thus, a Spiti Valley road trip should be avoided during this season.
Culinary treats are among the best things about Spiti Valley. The cuisine serves an eclectic blend of various flavors such as North Indian and Israeli, dominated by Tibetan tastes. Barley is the main food source that is used in various food items such as laddoos of roasted flour and breakfast cereal called thungpa. A Spiti Valley trip is incomplete without relishing momos, thukpa, and butter tea. In addition, flavoured and aromatic teas such as those with garnishes of lemon, mint, ginger, honey are quite popular. Arrack or Arkah (barley whisky) and Chang (barley beer) are also enjoyed here.
Every Spiti Valley itinerary should keep some spare time for shopping. Carpets, pure wool shawls, woolen clothes, bedroom slippers made of grass, Chinese ceramic utensils, and stone gems and local jewelry are must buy items. Government hand-loom centre and co-operative society run shops are best places to buy these items.
The incredible Spiti magnetizes tourists to its surreal landscapes and glaciers. Usually visited by bikers and trekkers, Spiti is loved by nature lovers as well. Some of the Spiti Valley attractions are Tabo monastery - a home to some Ajanta like paintings, Gandhola Monastery, Lhalung Monastery, Chandra Taal, Suraj Taal, Kunzum Pass, and Pin Valley National Park.
When vacationers visit Spiti Valley, fairs and festivals enrich their holiday. Some of them are -
§ Dechhang – Celebrated in December-January, this is a community celebration.
§ Lossar – Celebrated in February, Lossar marks the start of a new year and is celebrated in all the monasteries.
§ Ladaracha fair – Held in every July in Kaza, Ladarcha is a traditional trade fair.
§ Tribal Fair – Keylong town hosts this fair from 14th to 16th August.
§ Chakhar Mela – Celebrated in last week of September, only once in every three years.
§ Tsheshu Festival - At the monasteries of Shashur, Gemur, Kye, Kardang, Tabo, and Mane, this festival is celebrated in June.
Correctly known as ‘Little Tibet’, Spiti is a cold and sprawling desert that is blessed immensely by Mother Nature. The region is dotted by deep ravines and gorges, in addition to other aspects that make it a picture postcard beauty. A visit to this breathtaking landscape is precious enough to overlook the Spiti Valley tour cost. This, a vacation with a detailed Spiti Valley travel guide imparts memories to treasure.
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Chiragsanghvise's 5 days trip to SpitiExpected a driver who can guide us, give more information about places we visited. Overall experience was good. Worth it in given budget.
Rahul's 4 days trip to SpitiIt was great experience with Travel Triangle & Tanish Himachal Tours. They are always supported and available to any help. Thank you !
Madhukar's 9 days trip to SpitiWe have planned for 8 day tour where Nikita our tour coordinator helped us booking the Trip Will divide the review into multiple parts so that it will help others to decide(Hotel, Food, Places, CAB, On Tour Support) CAB Lucky(Lalchand Bhatia) : knows every inch of Himachal and the vehicle is Innova Crysta and the best we can expect. itinerary was well communicated to Lucky and that we need not to worry about our schedule On Tour Support : Nikita, helped us to prepare ourselves for the travel before a day what to bring for wearing and all and gave good support during the journey providing quick support by coordinating with cab driver and changing the hotel in case of venue changes in the last minute. Hotels & Food Our trip is 8 days long and we almost stayed in 7 different hotels 1. Shimla --> Rajat Hotel (Food is decent but Not the hotel ) shimla is a good place and they can get better hotel 2. Sangla --> IBex Camp (Excellent view and decent food with the surrounding nothing to complain about) 3. Kalpa --> Tab Exotic, ( Decent hotel with Decent Food) 4. Tabo --> Sidharth (Nice hotel with Nice food ) 5. Kaza --> Spiti Valley -> (decent hotel with decent food) then can do little better here as its also big tourist place 6. Chandratal --> didnt stay in Tenzin camp due to heavy snow 7. Manali --> Mountain View --> Nice Hotel with Nice food 8. Chandigarh --> Hotel Oscar Regency --> (Worst hotel and worst food) we stayed for night room is full of alcohol and cigarette smell Overall : Its great trip, and on the last day we got the snow fall my kids enjoyed it a lot and its beautiful journey. Precautions: Food is only Parotha, Rice and Bread available mostly, as it takes a lot of journey if you are going towards spiti better keep some snacks of your own and some pickles in case you miss your home food
Manjushaw's 9 days trip to SpitiOverall a very good and seamless experience. Initial assistance before the trip by Ambika was very helpful and she clarified all the doubts all the time. Covered a lot of places in the short time span of the trip. Anil managed the trip well, also took us to Apple orchid on request while it was not part of the itinerary. He took a lot of photos of the group and always tried to encourage everyone for the group activities. Areas which can be improved upon is the lunch timing, and may be updating the itinerary to visit chandrataal during day time. We reached chandrataal late in the evening, and it was dark out there, so we asked Anil if he could take us again in the morning and he did that for us. It snowed that night, and in the morning it was all white. The traveller couldn't start due to freezing cold weather, so we trekked to the lake and the trek was the beautiful and so was the lake.
Mithila's 5 days trip to SpitiIt was an amazing experience. Eveything was completely sorted and the trip was scheduled very wisely. The vehicle was great and the driver was helpful and cooperative. No issues faced till the end of the trip. The trip was perfect. Except one little issue. The pick up point of the bus from Delhi was not confirmed earlier. The pick up point changed thrice and it was a lot of inconvience. Apart from that, everything perfecto!
Ankit's 7 days trip to Spiti1Our Chandratal Camp was canceled due to snow fall, so Classic Expeditions booked a good hotel for us in Manali including breakfast and Dinner without any charges. Camps were very good. In camps they provided warm water for drink and bath. Food quality was good in Camps. Please improve food quality at hotels
Virender's 7 days trip to SpitiIt was my 1st solo travel with other unknown travelers. Some improvement are possible on home stay as well as in food for have option for local & traditional food especially at Home stay. Agent involvement & efforts were nice in complete travel. Tracking towards Chandratal Lake after snowfall was awesome. Overall it was very nice experience for such travel.
Valaru's 6 days trip to SpitiThe overall experience of the trip was awesome,the travel Agent Ambika effectively answered all our queries and was very helpful .the cab was good,driver was very kind and nice and only thing to comment about is the driver from Chandigarh to Delhi on the last day was demanding for money to visit the India gate which was already discussed and included in the itenary and also delayed for extra penny to drop us to airport since the terminal was changed last moment due to flight cancellation. Every moment was great, we enjoyed the SPITI valley And Rohtang pass.
Ratnika's 7 days trip to SpitiI have a concern on price charged by travel triangle from different travellers. It should be consistent as you do not provide any additional service for additional money charged. Hope travel triangle will improve here. Even in tripple sharing bed should be provided. Snowfall
Kishor's 7 days trip to SpitiI did Spiti full circuit road trip with Imm Ventures starting from Shimla and ending at Manali. The cab, hotels, local food etc met the expectations. The roads in Spiti are very difficult to drive and our driver Mr. Sunil Chauhan did a great job in driving. He was an experienced driver and he made sure we reach all destinations without any hurdle. The hotel selection was good and we enjoyed the local at some of the hotels. The coordination and support by Ambika Negi was superb and she was always there to help. We were able to cover all the places comfortably mentioned in the itinerary. The most important thing that we followed was time. We always started very early which provided us sufficient time at each location for sightseeing, photography, interaction with locals, trying local food, tea, snacks, monastery/temple visits etc. Everything went smoothly as per the plan and thankfully weather was also in our favor. Overall it was a great tour in the given budget. Looking forward to do another our with Imm Ventures.
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FAQ's of Spiti
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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.
One may relish Indian and Tibetan food in Spiti restaurants.
The best duration for a tour of Spiti is between the months of May and October.
Spiti can be reached via road only. Being one of the remotest locations, it is not well-connected via rail or air.
For a trip from Manali or Shimla to Spiti, it takes around 10 days.
Spiti Valley is famous for its ancient monasteries, temples, and pristine surroundings.
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