A trip across Spiti could be the nearest to Shangri-La but on an beautiful asphalt. Although you're not likely to get to sleep on the bed of the Dalai Lama that he used during his trips in Spiti, Spiti offers much more than monasteries or pristine glaciers. The stunning decorations mark the beginning of celebrations in Spiti which provide an ideal occasion to sing and fun all through the entire year. If you're fortunate enough that you're in spiti valley packages in the middle of September, be sure to check out the annual ‘Chakhar Mela' (held every three years) which culminates with an evening of Chham dancing (mask) performed by Lamas. With its beautiful lake and one of the world's the highest-density villages, Spiti will leave you with postcard-like memories of the barren desert and atop a mountain of monasteries against the backdrop of crystal-clear blue skies. The small population and the amazing hiking opportunities give you a sense of a remoteness that is unexplored in an area that has been largely undiscovered by mass tourism. Incredible altitudes and breathtaking views and a landscape that's often being compared to Ladakh before the arrival of tourists, Spiti makes a fantastic trip destination, with the added advantage of spotting the ever-elusive Snow Leopard.
Visits to places in Spiti
- Dhankar Lake Hike
The ancient monastery of Dhankar built of earth and mud is set by clear blue skies. A brief meeting with lamas in the monastery is later. is followed by a strenuous hike of 3 kilometers upwards through barren hills, with stunning views of snow-capped peaks towards the Dhankar Lake. A largely vertical hike with a lot of pebbles that are loose over the sand overlay A walking stick could help you get through the hike. Spectacular perspectives of the river's confluence makes this hike memorable. The crystal clear water that flow from Dhankar Lake amidst the barren mountains marks your location. The Manerang highest point at 6700 m can be seen
of the lake.
- Pin Valley Visit
Spiti's largest green space, Pin Valley, is bordered by barren landscapes and massive unexplored mountains. Travel along a narrow, rocky road through Shangri-La within the valley. you experience the stunning landscape of green lush pastures, set against the snow-capped mountains, and clear blue skies. Think of waterfalls, trees and the fresh air. Little villages of charm dot the landscape, and the winding Pin River providing truly still-life scenes to photograph postcards.
A intriguing Tibetan tradition that can be seen across the valley, the area is famous for being home to the last of the Buchen Lamas belonging to Buddhism's oldest Nyingmapa Sect. Stop by the Kungri the monastery located in Sangam to see the mystic lamas and if you're fortunate enough to visit when the right time is right you might even be able to witness the ‘Buchen Lama dance which is believed to drive evil out villages. Take a trip to the village that is the final one that lies at the bottom of the valley Mudh with its lush fields of green, glaciers as well as waterfalls dominate the scenery. The last impressions of the stunning landscape , with the myriad shades of a stunning locale Pin Valley Pin Valley leaves you with memories that will last for the rest of your life.
A intriguing Tibetan culture that is evident across the valley, this region is known as the home of the last remaining Buchen Lamas belonging to Buddhism's oldest Nyingmapa Sect. Stop by the Kungri the monastery located in Sangam to meet the mystic lamas and if you're fortunate enough to visit when the right time is right you might even see the ‘Buchen Lama Dance which is believed to drive evil out villages. Visit Mudh, the last village located that lies at the end of the valley Mudh which is a place where lush greenery, glaciers along with waterfalls, dominate the scene. Final impressions of breathtaking landscape with the numerous hues of an amazing location Pin Valley Pin Valley leaves you with memories that will last for the rest of your life.
- Explore some of the most prestigious Villages in the world.
The journey from Kaza will take you through barren mountains that are set against blue skies that are bright and clear with fields of beautiful green in the summer. Your first stop, in one of the most populated settlements in the world is Langza. It is renowned for its incredible location, Langza offers some of the most stunning views of Spiti tour package, with no-claimed fossils scattered around the outskirts. Incredible panoramas of ChauChau Kang Nilda peak at 4400m above sea level, with isolated slopes that make Langza the ideal destination. You should think twice about trying to replace those old fossils in the event that you discover one.
Visit Hikkim to enjoy a cup of tea with the postmaster from the top Post Office in the World. Make sure to send some postcards prior to you leave for Komic. In the middle of the blue, Komic is the Himalaya's most populated village. With just over twelve households, be prepared to be welcomed by hot tea cups from the charming families who live in this. At 4587m above sea-level, Komic offers stunning vistas from its old monastery, as well.
- Go to Dhankar, Tabo, and Gue
The softly fluttering prayer flags, set against the backdrop of green farmland (in the summer) and surrounded by plain mountains with clear, blue sky signify the entry point to Tabo.
The oldest monastery in the world, Tabo Monastery is now an UNESCO Heritage site and one of the most beautiful examples in Indo-Tibetian art. Temple complexes made of strong walls of mud mark the distinctiveness in Tabo Monastery complete with impressive murals within. Explore the Tabo caves to be able to feel the peace and tranquility that surrounds these tranquil grounds, as well. Visit the charming town of Gue. The most fascinating legends are an integral part of the Spiti Valley tour package landscape that you'll find to hear about them on every visit. The'mummy of Gue is however, is the only one you'll be able to physically witness during your trip to the area. The 500-year-old body'mummified' of the Tibetian lama is kept in Gue. It's quite gruesome, you can still feel the hair on the head of the mummy when you pay attention. Take a look to be convinced!
Situated on a precariously sloping high cliff, Dhankar seems almost fragile from an insignificant distance. However, stepping closer will give you an understanding of the reason for all the effort was put into in the construction of this monastery more than 1000 years in the past. Spectacular perspectives of river's confluence, as well as the valley below provide the most serene spots in this mud-walled monastery. Have a look around the tiny museum located in the Gompa here before spending an hour or so with the lamas about the information about the history and the legends from this monastery. Dhankar Monastery.
- Kye Monastery and Kibber
On the way to Kibber village via Kaza situated on a rocky ridge with a view of Spiti river. Kye monastery is Spiti bike trip is the largest monastery. It is easily the most photographed of them all monastery, it houses over 300 lamas. The monastery was founded in 1000 AD (second in age to Tabo Monastery). Butter lamps, which are lit each night, contribute to the sense of peace and calm that the old paintings and murals offer in this place. Photography is not permitted except on the top of the church, which is why you should take some great photos before entering.
White houses in a quaint neighbourhood with vibrant red roofs welcome you in Kibber village. With an elevation of over 4200m higher than MSL, Kibber is one of Spiti's most populated villages with residents all year round. There are plenty of homestays and homestays within Kibber where tourism can benefit the locals as does farming in Spiti's most fertile land. In Kibber, you can go over the ropeway that runs through an abyssal gorge into Chicham village. Chicham Village from Kibber. Between September and August in the summer, the fields are dominated by peas of Kibber.
The best time to go to Spiti
Between mid-June and late September the high snow-bound passes are open , and the temperatures are comfortable enough to enjoy a couple of hours with no sweater. The picturesque communities that are Kibber, Langza, and Komic are at their peak as are the field, which is a lovely hue of green.
Expect regular snowfall intervals through the close of October until March. The winters are brutal, with many places being inaccessible due to the abundant snow. Spiti is now inaccessible via the Manali side, but the road to Kinnaur is open for the majority of times of the year. Chandrataal is inaccessible from both sides since the mountain passes are covered in snow.
Things to keep
Do not worry about packing woollens too tightly There's always another one you could need in the night .
* Comfortable walking shoes, and an extra set of walking boots.
* Warm sweaters and heavy jackets are all you'll need with long johns, gloves and a balaclava during winter.
* A backpack, as well as a water bottle for day outings
* Sunscreen and sunglasses simply because you're closer the sun
Pens, sketches, pens, and other stationery to give out to the children of villages nearby.