Exploring every nook and corner of Himachal Pradesh might take forever to complete. This fascinating state is filled with many small villages and towns that are increasingly more beautiful than the other, thanks to the immaculate beauty of Mother Nature.
Kaza is one such stunning village that is tucked away in a seclusion in Himachal Pradesh that is perfect for those seeking tranquillity on their vacation. It is nestled on the Spiti Valley and is surrounded by astounding snow-capped mountains and rough terrain that is smoothened by gurgling streams of river.
Kaza is perched at a fearsome height of 11,980 ft and is the biggest town of the valley. The town is divided into two parts-Kaza Khas and Kaza Soma; Kaza Soma is where the important administrative buildings are in the new town. It is located 451 km from Shimla and 756 km from Delhi, the capital of India.
How To Reach Kaza
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With magnificent and magnanimous mountains surrounding the town, Kaza has two access points; one is from Lahaul valley while the other is from Kinnaur valley. The Kinnaur valley route is open all through the year, apart from when there are sporadic landslides or snowfall. This route is as follows:
Shimla - Sutlej - Spuwa - Spiti Valley - Kaza
The route through Lahaul valley remains closed during winter between October to June since heavy snowfall covers the route completely. However, the route is as follows:
Manali - Rohtang Pass - Gramphoo - Keylong - Chandra River - Batal - Kunzum Pass - Spiti Valley - Kaza
Best Time To Visit Kaza
May to September are the most ideal times to visit Kaza, because winters at this town can drop below freezing point. Also, due to heavy snowfall, the chances of both the routes being closed are high.
Therefore, for a pleasant experience, summer is the best time to visit. During this season, the temperature never drops below 15 degree Celsius and can be the perfect location to beat the summer heat.
Here are the places that you need to visit in and around the town of Kaza.
Being the largest monastery in Spiti Valley, the Key Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery that is perched at a tremendous height of 13,668 ft. The monastery was established by Dromton and is said to have housed almost 1000 monks in 1855.
The beautiful monastery is a classic example of monastic architecture and consists of stunning thangkas, murals and paintings that are hung on the walls of the monastery. If you visit the monastery around June or July, you can be a part of the festival that is celebrated with Chaam dancers and processions of lamas.
Kibber village is about 18 km from the city centre and is home to the Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary. Kibber is believed to be the highest motorable village in the entire world. It is at an altitude of 14,200 ft and is perched on the pinnacle of a limestone rock.
You can witness local houses that are unique to the region since they're made of stones in place of bricks. Experience Ladakhi culture in its most raw form at Kibber.
You can reach Chandratal Lake in a span of 6-7 hours from Kaza and this is a road trip you wouldn't want to miss. Biking through the rough terrain of Ladakh can be challenging, exciting and dangerous; a perfect combination for an adrenaline rush to feed the adventure buff in you! You can pitch a tent by the Chandratal Lake and camp overnight for a wholesome experience.
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