Spiti Valley Known as’ the middle land between India and Tibet. Situated at an average height of 13,000 feet in the north-eastern part of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Spiti is famous for its mystical topography, monasteries, trekking routes, semi-frozen rivers and lakes.
Spiti is bordered by Ladakh in the north, Tibet to the east, Kinnaur to the south east, and the Kullu Valley to the south.
There are a wide range of options for immersing yourself in the attractions that Spiti has to offer.
A holiday in Spiti Valley leaves you with precious memories. Tourist places in Lahaul-Spiti are known for their enchanting character, as they are extreme and mostly rare from every other place in India. So if you are planning a trip to Spiti valley then here is the list of top places to visit in Spiti Valley.
Chandratal, literally translating into Moon Lake, gets its name from its crescent shape. Located at a distance of 7-8 km from Kunzum Pass, the lake is a major attraction for photographers and adventure seekers. The colour of the lake keeps changing from blue, green to reddish and orange throughout the day and this phenomenon along with clear views of the place due to June weather, make the scene even more magical and panoramic. Popular as a trekker’s heaven, people hike through Lahaul ranges surrounding the lake and enjoy overnight camping at the vast green meadows, adjacent to Chandra Taal.
Things to do in Chandra Taal: Trekking, photography, camping and watching clear views of peaks like Talagiri, Tara Pahar and Minar.
Suraj Tal is one of the best destinations in Himachal Pradesh for backpackers. This lake is close to the Baralacha Pass and is the most photogenic lake. Frequented mostly by nature lovers, photographers and trekkers, it gets its name from the sun, for its clear reflections.
Dhankar Lake, is one of the high altitude lakes situated above the Dhankar village also known as Dhankhar, (height 3870m) in the Sptit district of Himachal Pradesh and at an elevation of 4270m (14010 ft) above the sea level. It’s a fabulous natural clear water lake. Trekkers take up the challenge of a dangerous trek to reach the lake and are surely wiped off all weariness by this splendiferous lake.
Kye Monastery, also known as the Kye Gompa, it is one of the most popular places to visit in the Spiti Valley. Famous Tibetan Buddhist monastery in the Lahaul and Spiti District of India. Located at an altitude of 4,166 metres above the sea level, the monastery is very close to the Spiti River in the Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh in India.
One of the most ancient places in the Spiti Valley, Tabo Monastery is also one of the foremost tourist attractions in Spiti. Renowned for its spectacular paintings, it consists of 9 temples of Tara and Buddha Maitreya along with several stupas.
Lhalung Monastery is one of the earliest monasteries in the Spiti Valley. It was founded by Rinchen Zangpo, considered to be a Buddhist “Mahaguru” – an extremely enlightened teacher. It’s also called the Golden Temple in the snow for its various gold leaf deities inside its shrines.
Lying on the banks of the Spiti River, Tabo is a quaint village in Himachal Pradesh. Its famous for the thousand year old Tabo Monastery. If you seek perfect solitude, the monastery here is the perfect option. When in Spiti, you must not miss to visit this place. Besides, it also offers wonderful sightseeing opportunities.
Komic Village, famous as the world’s highest village with a road. Located about 20km from Kaza, this beautiful village is located at 18,000ft above sea level. It’s always a camper’s and a trekkers dream to visit, experience, adventure on and delve into the survival of this village.
Pin Valley National Park is one of the best attractions from the various beautiful attractions in Spiti Valley. Situated in the cold desert Ibex of Spiti Valley, it houses an interesting collection of flora and fauna. One can witness a variety of wild animals like woolly hare, Tibetan gazelle and snow leopard, among others.
Located at an altitude of 4,590m, Kunzum Pass is the gateway to Spiti from Kullu and Lahaul. It’s a high mountain pass situated on the eastern Kunzum Range. The old Devi Temple and the vibrant Buddhist flags augment the beauty of this topographical marvel.
Kibber: Kibber also Kyibar is a village high in the Spiti Valley in the Himalayas at 4270 metres or 14,200 ft in Himachal Pradesh in northern India. It contains a monastery and the Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary. Kibber lies in a narrow valley on the summit of a limestone rock. It is located 20 kilometres from Kaza and a bus service connects them in the milder summer months. It’s popular with travelers and has a few laid-back guest houses.
The best time to visit Spiti valley depends on your preference. March to June are the best months to visit, the temperature rarely drops below 15 degree Celsius and the days turn to be hot and pleasant, surging the flow of trekkers and campers.
July to September, the monsoon season welcomes moderate to heavy rainfall resulting in dangerous landslides making Spiti unsafe and too risky a place to visit.
October to February, when Spiti wears the fur of snow to protect itself from the dry chilled freeze of Himalayan winds, with extreme temperatures and inhospitable roads, Spiti is blocked up for most of the time making it least advisable to visit during these months. The minimum drop in temperature is 20 degree Celsius in November which drops further with the progress in winter.