No one can describe the beauty of Spiti Valley villages better than the saying of Rudyard Kipling, when he says, “Surely the Gods must live here, this is no place for men.”
The name “Spiti” means “The Middle Land”, i.e. the land between Tibet and India.
Mystical, magnificent, adventurous – there isn’t a single befitting adjective to describe the enchanting Spiti Valley. God gifted beauty of Spiti valley is trekkers’ delight.
Located at an average altitude of 12,500 feet above the sea level, the beautiful Spiti valley consists of alpine trees scattered villages of white washed mud homes and the antique monasteries. If you are preparing to travel the world of mountains and valleys, then it is the best destination to start with.
It is often said that the journey is always more exciting than the destination. And one never realizes it more than while galloping these treacherous miles to reach the spectacular valley.
Spiti valley is home to some of the oldest monasteries (Tabo, Sherkhang and Dhankar- all around 1000 years old), highest motorable villages in Asia (Langza and Komic), highest post office in the world (Hikkim), Chandra taal lake, beautiful and vast landscape, ancient and intact culture and simple people. Spiti valley possesses a distinctive Tibetan Buddhist culture similar to that found in Tibet and Ladakh region of India.
The fact that there is no airport here works wonders for the place. The tough motorable conditions of this place keeps it away from over exposure to people and hence helps in preserving its beauty. Don’t be surprised if you don’t feel like returning back home once you’ve visited this majestic valley of Spiti.
A region on the elevated ground of 12, 500 feet has a rocky atmosphere, with the river banks, flowing with it, making it look beautiful all over. The streets of the village are unlike any other village, undeveloped and rugged because of the altitude and the environment.
Kalpa is surrounded by snowy peak for almost the whole year. One gets a clear view of the sacred Kinner Kailash peak as well as its sister peaks. You can get a chance to bike to this place, band in the middle of winters!
With gigantic ‘Kinner Kailash’ peak ( 6,500 meters ) towering from behind, Sangla is famous for ‘Kamru Fort’. This fort was the place where so many Rajas of Kinnaur were crowned. The entire place is adorned by soothing saffron fields and alpine meadows.
The valley is surrounded by forested slopes and offers breathtaking views of the high mountains. Until 1989 outsiders could not enter the valley without a special permit from the Government of India, due to its strategic position on the Indo-Tibet/China border. The Sangla area has pine nut orchards, Royal red apples, cherry trees, and glacial streams with trout.
The Ajanta of Himalayas, founded in 996 AD, is one of the most pious, biggest and oldest surviving Buddhist establishment in the Trans-Himalayas with its original decoration and iconographic program intact. Tabo Monastery is a complex that holds nine temples, 23 chortens, a monks’ chamber and an extension that houses the nuns chamber.
This is the last and highest village in the Baspa valley in district Kinnaur. It is situated on the right bank of Baspa river. Chitkul is the last inhabited village near the Indo-Tibet border. The Indian road ends here.
Chandra taal is a beautiful lake in the heart of Peer-panjal mountain range, it looks especially beautiful on a full moon night which is why is it is called The Moon Lake. The Chandra Taal-Baralacha Trek is packed with adventure and full of scenic beauty that anyone could ask for. The sun shining on the turquoise waters of Chandra taal, vast landscape, mountain passes, several streams to cross, lush green meadows and wildlife all that makes it one of the best treks in this terrain.