The Lahaul and Spiti district in the state of Himachal Pradesh is famous for its incredible scenic beauty. A cluster of small, remote villages nestled amongst formidable, snow-covered Himalayan Peaks, Lahaul and Spiti are often clubbed together, but are two different places. While Lahaul is greener, Spiti has landscape more akin to a desert-like feel. Located close to the Indo-Tibet border, Spiti means “Middle Land” because it stands between India and Tibet.

Travel Tips

Avoid the winter season when visiting Spiti. The winters here are quite brutal, with heavy snowfall. The best time to visit would be during the summers, when the weather remains cool and pleasant. However, do carry some light woolens for the evenings.

When to visit

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sprinkles Very Cold
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Things to do

Spiti is very close to Ladakh, and is surrounded by the Himalayan Mountain Ranges. The place experiences heavy snowfall very frequently and it is situated along the banks of River Spiti. The place has had close contact with Buddhist culture for a very long time, and there is a huge Buddhist population settled in Spiti now. Some of the most ancient and breathtaking monasteries are situated in this part of the district, and the natural beauty of Spiti too, is definitely worth a visit.

Ki Monastery and Tabo Monastery are some of the oldest monasteries in the world. The latter was built in 996 A.D. The Ki Gompa is an 11th century cultural and religious relic which is located 12 kilometers away from Kaza. These two places are important Buddhist sites, and even the Dalai Lama visits these monasteries very frequently. The Dhankar Gompa is also another important tourist destination. It is a thousand years old, and they also provide basic meals and accommodation to visitors for a small fee. The Gungri Monastery too, should be visited. It was built by Padmasambhava in 1330 A.D and is located within the Pin Valley.

The Pin Valley is also an important destination for nature lovers. The Snow Leopard, often called the phantom cat, is a highly endangered species, and is also very elusive. They can be spotted within the Pin Valley nature spots, and a small glimpse of this beautiful cat is worth the wait for it to come out and show itself. Gui Village is also very popular because of the strange phenomenon of the naturally preserved mummy on display there. This mummy is said to be the body of a Buddhist monk, and is also said to be about five hundred years old. The landscape in Gui is also quite breathtaking.

Kaza is the regional headquarter for Spiti. It is also the ideal base camp for most of the beautiful trekking trips which take place. If you want to explore Spiti properly, then settling at Kaza and then exploring the other parts of this beautiful location is an ideal plan. If you’re not in the mood for adventure, though, then simply staying put at one of the smaller, idyllic villages, sipping some heart-warming Tsering Tea, and eating some wholesome, delicious Tibetan food is a good way to plan the trip. The Yak safaris which start out from Kaza are also quite popular, so you might want to look up some of the tour guides who have such services available.

Places to Stay

High Range: The Spiti Hotel is one of the best in this location. It is comfortable, and all the amenities are provided for. The rooms provide gorgeous views, and the hotel itself has an idyllic ambience to it. The room rates start from 1,800 INR onwards.

Mid-Range: Nyingma Guest House is one of best examples of home-stay quality places. The people are warm, affectionate and friendly. The place is comfortable, and the rooms are clean and are supplied with everything you will need. The rates start from 1,500 INR onwards.

Low-Range: The Sakya Abode is a cheap and comfortable option for those not willing to splurge on accommodation. The rooms are quite clean, and the rates start from 500 INR onwards.

How to Reach

  • The closest Airport to Spiti is the one at Kullu. The rest of the journey needs to be made by road.
  • The railway statio at Jodingarnagar is the closest one to Spiti.
  • One can travel from Ladakh, Shimla and particularly Manali to Spiti quite easily.

Important Numbers

Rakesh Singh, DSP: 1906- 222214 (Kaza)

Sation House officer(Police): 1906-222210 (Kaza)