A Valley desert covered with sheets of snow at the foothill of beautiful monasteries.
Spiti is located in the high Himalayan region. It is a cold desert mountain valley that is located in Himachal Pradesh and is a place of wonderful beauty. It has an altitude of 12,500 feet above sea level and receives sunlight only for 250 days in a year and hence Spiti is one of the coldest regions in the world. Spiti means "middle land" and this can be seen by its geographical location. It is bordered by Ladakh in the north, Tibet to the east, Kinnaur to the South East and Lahaul and Kullu to the south.
Spiti is a must visit destination if you're an adventure enthusiast. It provides trekking facilities in different regions of Spiti. There are various destinations in the region that give you a glimpse of the same place from different angles, but you will not get bored of the sight you see because it is mesmerizing a feast to the eye. The mountain ropeway from Kibber to Chichum is another popular tourist attraction that gives a beautiful view of the region.
Spiti is a region where you can see beautiful villages, snow-covered mountains, a beautiful valley region that is guaranteed to give you an experience that you will cherish and value for a long time.
Spiti is the second least populous district in India according to the 2011 Census with a population of 31564 residents. The thick Himalayan snow cuts Spiti off from the rest of the country for around 6 months and during this time it is also a bit challenging to get to the region but Spiti is still one of the most beautiful places to visit all year round.
Top things do in Spiti
How to reach
Spiti is a remote valley region that is easily accessible in the summers but is challenging to get there at other times of the year. But once you get there, it is definitely worth it.
How to Reach by Flight
There are no direct flights to Spiti as there is no airport in the region. The closest airport is the Kullu Airport at Bhuntar which is 245 km away from Spiti. But this airport has limited operations; hence the suggested airport closest to Spiti is the Chandigarh Airport (IXC), located at a distance of 522 km away from Spiti.
How to Reach by Train
The closest railway station to Spiti is Joginder Nagar railway station but it has poor connectivity. The better railway station is the one in Chandigarh as it has better connectivity. You can take a cab or board a bus to reach Spiti from the railway station.
How to Reach by Bus
Direct buses are available from Chandigarh, Shimla, Kullu, Manali and some other parts of North India. HRTC buses ply buses on Kullu – Manali – Rohtang Pass – Kunzum Pass – Kaza route.
How to Reach by Road
Road routes are easily accessible during the months May - November and is also well connected to nearby areas. At this time bus services are also available or if you wish, you can rent taxis or cars and get to Spiti. Some routes are accessible all around the year while some of them are completely covered by snow. if travelling via Manali, your route will be Manali – Rohtang Pass – Gramphu – Chattru – Kunzum Pass – Kaza (Spiti Valley) and in the case of travelling via Shimla your route will be Kinnaur Valley as Shimla – Kinnaur – Nako – Sumdo (Spiti Valley) – Tabo – Kaza.
How to travel within
River Rafting: Spiti river and Pin river have rafting facilities.
Camping: By the side of Chandratal lake.
Trekking: Trekking to Dhankar Lake which is situated above the Dhankar Monastery on a cliff at 4,270 metres.
What to Eat
Spitian bread, dal, rice, and vegetable is considered staple cuisine that is served across the valley. May it be food from the monasteries or from local stores, Spiti offers enough to relish your taste buds.