Positioned at an elevation of around 13,000 feet above sea level in the north-eastern part of Himachal Pradesh, Spiti or Spiti Valley is an untouched mountain valley, which houses plenty of monasteries and the place is considered as the research and cultural centre for Buddhists. The word “Spiti” signifies the middle land that lies between India and Tibet.
This post will plunge you through the high-ceilinged Himalayan Mountains surrounded by thick snow and Buddhist shrines. With no dearth of adventurous opportunities, this place is evenly an absolute paradise for adventure enthusiasts. Let’s take you for a virtual ride to this breathtaking holiday destination India:
Places to see and things to do:
Having portrayed the elevating splendour of Spiti Valley, the place has galore of attractions to offer. Let’s take a look into the various places that you should explore and experience in Spiti.
Being the cultural research centre for Buddhists, number of monasteries could be witnessed here in Spiti Valley. Constructed in the 14th century, the Key Monastery is reckoned amongst the oldest monasteries in entire Spiti Valley. The height of this oldest monastery is nearly 4100 meters. There is a big idol of Buddha inside the Key Monastery. In addition, you can also observe an array of prehistoric books and frescos. What attracts the visitors here is its Chinese style architecture.
This place is quite popular amongst the villagers because of its spiritual existence. It is believed that there is a holy shrine in Kunzum Pass that houses the Goddess Kunjum who guards the pass from all evil powers. Kunzum Pass connects Kullu and Lahaul Valley with Spiti Valley, and you can reach here from Kaza. This place is best revealed by the trekkers on the way to the Moon Lake of the Chandratal. Upon reaching the peak of the valley, you can have a picturesque vista of the Chandra Bhaga ranges.
The list of monasteries in Spiti Valley is enormous. Dhankar Monastery is one more addition on that list. The key feature of this monastery is the four sculptures of ‘Vairocharan’. All these sculptures of Buddha showcase the four directions in which Buddha is seated. The interior embellishment of this monastery with some captivating frescos, antique books and texts pulls many tourists from different parts of the country. Nestled on the crag between Tabo and Kaza, from Dhankar Monastery one can have a startling panorama of vigorous Spiti River. One can reach this monastery by motor vehicles. Visitors flock this monastery from far distances to witness the spiritual centre of Lord Buddha.
#Pin Valley National Park
After exploring various monasteries in Spiti Valley, visiting a National Park amidst semi-frozen rivers could be a thrilling experience. Pin Valley National Park is one of the preferred attractions for visitors here. This park houses different endangered Himalayan snow leopards. In addition, the lush bush of Pin Valley National Park also boasts various species of Ibex. This park is also popular for diverse ranges of floras including alpine trees and Deodar cedar being the prominent ones. Various medicinal plants can also be observed in this National Park. During spring, the environs of Pin Valley get filled up with rare species of birds including snow partridge, chukar partridge, snowcock etc.
#Suraj tal Lake
The Spiti Valley is famed for its natural abundance, which also includes several sparkling lakes. Situated around 65Kms from Keylong, Suraj tal Lake is an idyllic site for nature lovers. Settled with the glaciers of Baralacha La, the surrounding area of this lake is perfect for biking and trekking practices. The crystal and cobalt vista of Suraj tal Lake gives an excellent exposure to photographers.
If you want to treasure your leisure time amidst picturesque and tranquil ambience, Dhankar Lake is something that you must travel by. The alluring facet of this stunning lake is its unmatched beauty. If you spend some quality time here, you can observe the colour transforming sky leaving its spellbound reflection on the crystal clear water of Dhankar Lake. This lake is located within 5Kms reach from the Dhankar monastery and it takes nearly an hour to reach Dhankar Lake from the monastery.
Besides exploring the enchanting sites, Spiti Valley is also an ideal destination for mount hikers, trekkers and many other enthralling outdoor activities.
If you are in quest of freeing your hands on something audacious amidst the knolls then you are at the right place. Located in the Himalayan range, Spiti is a perfect delight for trekkers and mount bikers. Mount biking allows you in exploring the untouched scenic beauty through the highest roads and picturesque landscape.
On the other hand, a wide range of routes are also there for undergoing trekking activities. Some of the popular trekking routes in this region are Pin-Parvarti route, Kaza-Comic-Kaza route, Kaza-Nako route etc. The best time to experience all these exciting activities is from June to September. In addition, if you love to rove around the hillock regions, Yak and Horse Safaris are the best options for you. So this summer plan your short time-off to the arm of Spiti Valley and bring home some eternal reminiscences from the acme.
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