Lahaul & Spiti Valley Travel Guide Himachal

Interesting facts about Lahual Spiti

  • Lahual and Spiti are the twelve districts of Himachal Pradesh and are considered as scheduled areas under Schedule V to the Constitution of India
  • These regions have a geographical area of 13,835 sq. km that is 24.85 % of the total area of Himachal Pradesh.
  • A hundred years back, Rudyard Kipling in Kim named Spiti, "A World within a World" and "A Place Where the Gods Live", and presently many of them agree with it

Lahaul and Spiti are perfect locations for nature lovers and trekkers too. Located at an altitude of 3340 m in the north eastern corner, these are the two remote villages of Himachal Pradesh. Before these two districts were combined, the Lahaul capital was Kardang and Dhankar was the capital of Spiti. But now, these are spread over an area of 13835 sq. km and as per 2001 census, the total populations of these districts were recorded around 33,224. The breathtaking snow capped hills and the craggy beauty of these regions lure the travelers. Lahaul and Spiti are two isolated Himalayan valleys of Himachal Pradesh that lie on the Indo-Tibet border. A beautiful land of captivating Buddhist art and culture- Lahaul is distinguished by inflicting mountains and glaciers while the vegetation, climate and the landscape of Spiti are similar to that of Tibet. That's why the village of Spiti is also popular as 'Little Tibet'.

Holidays in Lahaul and Spiti offer pleasant experience whilst unfolding the stunning valleys of these places. In the year 1960, Lahaul Spiti became thedistricts of Himachal Pradesh that have a perfect combination of Hinduism and Buddhism. Both have their own speciality like Lahaul is blessed by nature and fostered by Chandra and Bhaga Rivers while on the other side Spiti is a living museum and there are breathtaking trek routes, valleys and very popular monasteries that captivate tourists who visit here from different parts of the world. Spiti is famous as the 'Land of the Lamas', and the Tabo Monastery situated here has been acknowledged as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and includes scriptures and wall paintings like Tankhas and Stucco.

Besides, a number of fairs and festivals are celebrated in Lahaul Spiti like Pauri fair, Ladarcha fair, Tsheshu fair, Tribal fair, Fagli festival, Gochi festival and Festival of light. These places boast of a number of must see temples like Trilokinath temple and Mrikula Devi temple. Not only this, there are plenty of Monasteries in Lahaul Spiti including Tabo Monastery, Kungri Gompa, Guru Ghantal Gompa, Yang Yud Gompa, Sashur Gompa, Gemur Monastery, Dhankar Monastery, Kardang Gompa, etc.

Apart from the above, there are some great places to visit in Lahaul and Spiti like Chandra Tal Lake, Suraj Tal Lake and Dashir Lake, which delight every tourist and make them return here again and again. Last but not the least, a wildlife park- Pin Valley National Park is also the prime attractions for tourists and has a huge variety of rare animals like wooly hare, Tibetan Gazelle and snow Leopard.

However, Lahaul and Spiti are the famous attractions in Himachal Pradesh that offer a wonderful experience to all the tourists who visit these places. The lush green valley, the cold desert and the blend of Buddhism and Hindusim make Lahaul Spiti a worth place visiting in India.

So, relax in the tranquility of Monasteries, enjoy taking leisurely walks by the river Spiti, or indulge in some of adventure activities like skiing or trekking as Lahaul and Spiti assures it all.

Adventure Activities Lahaul and Spiti captivates impresses upon the adventure enthusiasts to visit here as it houses the best treks and ski areas in the world. One may enjoy skiing, trekking and river-rafting activities in this region. Some of the popular trekking routes in this region include Kaza-Langza-Hikim-Komic-Kaza, Kaza-Ki-Kibber-Gete-Kaza, Kaza-Losar-Kunzum La and Kaza-Tabo-Sumdo-NakoIn fact, Grand Pin Parvati route is also recommended for trek leads to Chandra valley.

Places to Stay Kaza and Kranging are the places in Lahual Spiti where one can find luxury and budget hotels. Here are the names of a few popular hotels where you may choose to stay:

  • Heavens Inn Spiti
  • Delek House
  • Spiti hotel
  • Hotel Snow Land
  • Hotel Gyopsa
  • Tourist Bungalow - Keylong
  • Hotel Snow View
  • Hotel Moonlight
  • Hotel Jambala- Kaza

Where to Eat Tourist Lodge of Kaza, Hotel Chandra Bhaga of Keylong, and the Spiti Kaza are the best hotels in the Lahaul & Spiti region; these hotels offer a huge variety of delicacies. You can enjoy delicious food with liquour and chill out with your friends. Banjara Retreat Tabo and Mahabudha Restaurant are also a few options to enjoy delicious cuisines in Lahaul and Spiti. You may pamper your taste buds with mouth watering Tibetan food served here. Apart from these popular restaurants, there are also a few small eateries where you can relish exotic and sumptuous meals.

Weather and Climate The weather of Lahaul and Spiti remains moderate and pleasant during summers which start in May and stretches till the mid month of October. During monsoon season, there is little or no rainfall in these regions. The weather remains dry and enlivening. The days are quite hot and nights are extremely cold. In winter season i.e from November till the end of April, there is heavy snowfall and the temperature goes down. The average snowfall in this season is about 7 feet.

Best Time to Visit Summer season is the best time to visit Lahaul and Spiti which starts from May and lasts till the month of October.