Nestled amongst mighty mountain ranges of the Himalayas, Spiti Valley is a stunning cold desert valley located in Himachal Pradesh. In fact, Spiti literally translates to the middle land and it is called so because it lies between India and Tibet. Lahaul and Spiti are districts that are surrounded by high mountain passes like the Rohtang Pass, Kunzum Pass, etc.
Tourism is one of the most important source of income for the people of Himachal Pradesh, and the state is also known for having the warmest locals who help tourists out all the time. Spiti, being one such popular tourist attraction, is filled with exciting things to do.
The best time to visit Spiti is between May to October, when the weather is pleasantly cold. Here is a list of things you might want to try at Spiti.
Camping At Chandratal Lake
This high-altitude lake located in Himachal Pradesh is one of the most spectacular attractions of Spiti Valley. Perched at a fearsome altitude of 14,100 ft, Chandratal Lake is an untouched, serene beauty that is flanked by sky-high mountains capped with snow.
Camping is a popular activity by the Chandratal Lake and the most sought-after too, since it is an experience that's one of a kind. Imagine sleeping by the most beautiful lake while staring at a starry night sky! You do not want miss this experience!
Tour Through The Villages Of Spiti
Spiti is a gorgeous valley that is home to numerous beautiful villages, each one with a story of its own. The best part about travelling through Spiti is that every village is unique and absolutely stunning since they all are spread with abundance of natural beauty.
Some of the popular and offbeat villages that you can travel to include Mane, Kaza, Kibber, Nako, to name a few.
Explore The Wildlife Of Pin Valley National Park
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Pin Valley National Park is one of a kind since it is a cold desert sanctuary that houses over 20 species of various animals and birds. It is also home to the glorious but endangered species of snow leopards. Apart from wildlife, you can also explore the rich biodiversity in Pin Valley that you will exclusively find in high-altitude cold desert regions.
Witness The Mummy Of Gue
Situated in quaint pockets of Spiti, Gue is a quiet hamlet situated at an altitude of 10,500 ft. This offbeat village gained tourist attention ever since a mummy was unearthed from this village.
This mummy, which is believed to be at least 500-600 years old, happens to be the only naturally preserved mummy of India. Head to Gue, appreciate the stunning beauty of Gue and witness this well-preserved mummy at Gue.
Pilgrimage To The Monasteries Of Spiti
With a dominant influence of Buddhism at these regions of Himachal Pradesh, magnificent and popular monasteries are spread all across the Spiti Valley. The most popular one of all is the Key Monastery, which is over a 1000 years old. It is one of the biggest and oldest training centres for Lamas.
Some other important monasteries that you cannot miss in Spiti include the Dhankar Monastery, Lhalung Monastery, Tabo Monastery, etc.
Experience White Water River Rafting
If you're an adventure enthusiast, then you should definitely try white-water river rafting in Spiti. The confluence of two rivers, Pin and Spiti, offer a fantastic location for tourists to have the best of rafting experiences. Several local services offer the best packages for a group of people looking to raft.
Other adventure activities you must indulge in include trekking, mountaineering, paragliding, etc. For the ones who just want to relax, go on a peaceful yak ride around the beautiful landscapes of Spiti.
Visit The World's Highest Post Office
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A small village called Hikkim in Spiti Valley is home to the highest post office in the world! The post office was established in November 5, 1983, at a stunning height of 15,500 ft. Hikkim is 23 km from the main town of Kaza.
Don't miss out on visiting this spectacle. You can even write a postcard to your friends or family because how often does one get to see the world's highest post office?