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Spiti Tourism And Travel Guide
13° C / 55.3° F
March to June
5 to 7 Days
Bhuntar Airport (245 kms)
Chandigarh (489 kms)
Have you ever imagined a cold desert with mind-blowing views and adventurous rides? Well, Spiti is that place which offers you the blend of both of these experiences. Located amidst the Himalayas, it is renowned for treks, camping and activities that are adventurous in nature. Tourism in Spiti is both for the daredevils as well as the wanderers and peace seekers, the back-packers as well as luxury travellers. Here's a short travel guide to Spiti Valley to help you find your way when there. And while you relish the goodness of this amazing valley, do not forget to try the local food and shopping for your beloveds.
Dust your tough shoes and explore the adventures of this acclaimed land that stands for never-before-tried fun activities. Read on for more as this is your virtual travel guide to Spiti.
How to Reach
Spiti is a tough terrain, which makes its access a little bit challenging during the rains and snowy seasons. However, you can reach the valley by road via Kinnaur from Shimla route. If the weather is bright and good then you can also reach via Manali that goes through Rohtang Pass and Kunzum Pass. Though taxis and cabs are always available, it is better to ensure that the roads are clear.
The nearest flight for your trip will be from Bhuntar airport which is located at 245 km from Spiti. Keep in mind that the access to this airport is restrictive, given the weather conditions. The next immediate airport for you will be Chandigarh which is located at a distance of 522 km.
There are two nearest train stations including Chandigarh and Joginder Nagar. The connectivity of Joginder Nagar is not very commendable though.
Weather and Best Time to Visit
If you want to unlock the adventure that Spiti has to offer then the best season to visit is when it is sunny. This will encourage you to try the various treks, rafting and related activities without any hindrance.
Summer (March to June):
This is the time when the temperature in the valley is moderate which implies more action for you. Between March to June the temperature is more or less 15 degree Celsius. This is the time to seize the opportunity to plan a visit to the Pin Valley National Park or you can also choose to visit the monasteries set amidst serene landscapes.
Monsoon (July to September):
If you want to know what heavy monsoon feels like, then probably this is the time meant to check out Spiti. You can probably stay put in your room with loads of books to read with steaming Maggi. The chances of landslides are high, which makes the roads unbearable. The temperatures hover between 13 - 25 degree Celsius.
Winter (October to February):
Though winter in Spiti is for the die-hards, it is this time when you can stand a chance to spot the Snow leopard. The temperature can go haywire, anywhere between -4 to 20 degree Celsius; but it might prove to be a memorable time too. The weather is bearable post February.
Things to Do
Don’t limit your imagination when you realise that Spiti actually translates to ‘The middle land’. You will be surprised with the numerous things that you could do in this cold desert. From yak safaris, camping to tough trek trails; this place gives you adventure in the dosage you prefer. Separated from the Kullu valley by the Rohtang Pass, Spiti is synonymous to wild and cheer.
Embrace spirituality with open arms:
The quietude, the monasteries, the nature, all of this will prove why Spiti is called the land of gods. Maybe all you need is an awakening. The number of monasteries here will allow you to connect with your inner self and inhale the goodness. Key monastery, Kaza Komic, Kaza Tabo are some of the best places to visit.
Spiti and Pin are 2 rivers that refill your soul with a great freshness. River rafting is an absolute thrill, especially if you are someone who craves for adventure in the truest sense. July to August is the ideal time for this activity.
Say hello to trekking:
The Spiti valley has many treks and is in fact very popular amongst trekkers. The Kanamopeak is said to be the holiest mountain in Spiti. The valley boasts of some of the best treks in India, including the Pin valley, Kinnaur, Lahaul, Bhabha and Baspa valley.
And did you have the faintest idea that you could use a yak to travel around? If not, then take a day’s trip and enjoy the bliss of yak safari. Have fun while you surf the high altitudes and who knows, maybe you could even spot another interesting species of the region.
Visit the national park:
Find some of the rarest species in this national park. The sight of snow leopards, Siberian ibex, Himalayan stopcocks, Tibetan gazelle and many more are a delight to any nature lover.
Set at a height of 4300 m amidst the Himalayas, camping at Chandratal will expose your senses to an exciting treat. Spiti has plenty of similar interesting locations where you can go camping, depending on your choice of adventure.
If yout thought Mummy was limited to Egypt, then you are wrong. Make time to visit Giu, which is a small village near Tabo. The 500-year-old body, presumed to be of a meditating Lama, is a must-visit site.
You will not be disappointed with the number of shopping options Spiti will offer. In fact, you might be quite surprised. There is a line up of Tibtean shops, from where you can pick up stunning jewellery, ceramics and small souvenirs that will be adored by one and all.
Spiti comes with its own flavours. The thupka gives you a soothing balmy feeling amidst the cold and is as comforting as your 'ghar ka khana.' Though street food is not always a conducive idea, the dhabas will ensure that your taste buds are satiated.