Spiti Valley is the biggest and the most adventurous place in the state of Himachal Pradesh. The capital of the valley is Kaza. It is situated in the Lahaul and Spiti district. The meaning of the name Spiti is “The Middle Land”. It lies between Tibet and India, which is the reason people call it the Tibet of India. This is also the reason why the two share a very similar culture of Buddhism. Spiti also teaches us their beautiful culture. It teaches us how to embrace small things, which we usually miss out in life. Spiti is also an important debate and research Centre of Buddhists.
The road connections to Spiti are very puzzling. The place is not very easily accessible. One can reach Spiti by accessing the Kinnaur via Shimla which is a 412kms drive in an adventurous terrain. During summer time, one can travel through an easy route from Manali via Rohtang Pass. Manali is approximately 200kms away from Kaza. It is the place that is cut off from the tourist map.
Regardless of this, Spiti is a place for tourists who are looking for some adventure. Also if you are a history enthusiast, nature lover or just like to explore, Spiti has a lot for you in store.
You can start by exploring the Chandratal Lake. The literal translation of this lake is Moon Lake because of its crescent like shape. The lake is situated about 8-9kms from the Kunzum Pass. It is a beautiful spot with picture perfect landscape. The Lake is surrounded by valleys and mountains which makes it a breathtaking view. A lot of trekkers and campers come here.
Another adventurous activity one can do is trek to the Dhankar Lake. People usually visit the beautiful Dhankar Monastery first, which is located between Kaza and Tabo on a cliff. It enlightens us with the Buddhist culture and religion. After visiting the Monastery, people go on a one hour trek to the lake, which is situated on the other side of the mountain. It is a 3.5 km steep trek, but the view while trekking is worth all the pain and sweat.
The net stop on your trip should be the Surajtal Lake. This mesmerizing lake is situated just below the Baralacha pass. It is approximately 66kms away from Keylong. It is one of the most camera loved places in the whole of Spiti. Glaciers of Baralacha La is what nurtures this lake. It is the perfect spot for biking and trekking.
Spiti is known for its enriched flora and fauna. The best place to witness this is in the Pin Valley National Park. It covers an area of about 9,700 sq meters and is located within the Cold Desert Biosphere Reserve. Here you can see the rare species of the popular Himalayan snow leopards. Other animals that can be spotted here are the snow cock, wooly hare, Siberian ibex, Tibetan gazelle and many more. It is a beautiful place to be at with some splendid view of the snow covered mountains. Trekking here is a delight for its visitors. If you do plan to visit this place, you must carry a camera, torch and water bottle with you. Also wear light and fully covered clothes with proper and comfortable footwear. The best time to visit this place is between the months of July and October.
There are many other places and activities one can do here. Such as visit the Kardang Monastery, Tabo Monastery, go rafting in the Pin and Spiti Rivers, enjoy the local wine and many more.
Every traveler’s bucket list has the Himalayas in it. Going on a road trip to Spiti and experiencing new adventure will help you get another tick on your list. It is quaint and beautiful making it a must visit.