Himachal Pradesh is one of the states of India which experiences the massive footfall of national as well as international tourists. Several places are worth visiting in Himachal Pradesh. Generally, people used to go sightseeing at Kullu Manali, Mcleodganj, Dharamshala, Shimla but there are other unexplored places also in which the Spiti is one of them.
It is located at the northeastern Himachal Pradesh. It is high altitude cold valley at the elevation of 3810 meters(12,500 feet) above sea level. The name Spiti is related to the Tibetan language. According to the meaning of Spiti, it is middle land. As we go with the geographical facts and figures this area lies between Tibet and India. The amazing fact about this area is that it is one of the least populated areas in India. The density of the population is 2 Persons/ Square Kilometres. Before 1960 the Lahaul and Spiti were two separate areas then in 1960 they merged into one and called Lahaul-Spiti. The Kunzum Pass is the highest location in this region. The elevation of Kunzum Pass is 4589 meters(15059 in feet) above the sea level. The whole area comprises of 13,883 square kilometers. The important places to visit in Lahaul – Spiti are
- Gue Monastery
- Key Monastery
- Pin Valley
Day 1:Arrival at Manali
Day 2:Manali- Kunzum Pass- Kaza
Day 3:Kaza- Key Monastery- Kibber-Pin Valley
Best Time to Visit Spiti
The best time to visit Spit Valley is from March to June and September to early November. During this time the climatic conditions are suitable for traveling into this area. During the winters the climatic conditions are harsh and not suitable for the outsiders for visiting. In the snowfall time that is from December to February, the roads remain closed due to the heavy snow. Averagely this area remains cut down 8 months from the rest of India due to the climatic and geographical conditions. The minimum temperature recorded is -7℃ in February and the highest temperature recorded is 28℃ in June.
How to Reach Spiti
Lahaul – Spiti is well connected with the major cities of Himachal Pradesh as well as with the rest of India by road. There are two ways to enter Spiti Valley one is from Shimla and the other one is from Manali.
The nearest major city to reach Spiti is Chandigarh by all means of transportation. You can also break the journey like from Chandigarh to Shimla and then Shimla to Spiti. From Chandigarh, HRTC buses are available according to the scheduled time. These buses are the best way to reach Spiti in terms of public transportation. The route to the Chandigarh and Spiti is 503 Km and quite adventurous. You can catch your Spiti bus from ISBT Sector-43. Other than this you can also hire a private taxi cab to reach Spiti.
To reach Spiti the nearest railway station is Shimla but there is no direct train from Chandigarh or Delhi to reach Shimla Railway station. You have to board on the toy train from Kalka Railway Station Panchkula, Haryana to reach Shimla. The journey with the toy train is the most amazing thing which you have never experience in life. The other railway station is the Chandigarh railway station.
The suitable airports to reach Spiti are Chandigarh Airport, Jubbarhatti Airport, and Bhuntar Airport. These airports are connected with major airports of India via Delhi airport. Upon reaching there you can board on the bus or hire a private taxi cab.
Things to Carry
- Woolen Clothes
- Woolen Socks
- Woolen Gloves
- First Aid Kit
- General Medicine Kit
- Personal Toiletries
- Small Garbage Collection Bags
- Water Bottle
- Thermo Flask
- Solar Charger
- Sunscreen Lotion
- Lip Balm
- Body Lotion
- Extra Batteries for Camera
- Dry Fruits and Snacks
- Led Flashlights
- Identity Proof
- Trekking Shoes
The Spiti Valley is one of the most beautiful valleys of Himachal Pradesh and casts the spell on the visitor. It is one of the gifts of mother nature to us so responsible traveling is required.
It is all about a tour of Spiti Valley. So be a responsible traveler and keep trekking.