Pronounced as Piti in the Bhoti language bordered on the east by Tibet, on the north by Ladakh, on the west by Lahaul and on the south by Kullu “Spiti” means “The middle land” meaning the land between Tibet and India. It is a high-altitude region of the Himalayas located in the northeastern part of Himachal Pradesh. With a cold desert environment and Bhoti speaking Tibetan Buddhist population, this valley is among the least populated regions of India.
So if you are planning a Spiti valley tour here is a Q/A to help you with the same
WHY IS SPITI VALLEY SO FAMOUS?
Ans. There are various factors behind the popularity of Spiti Valley. From its natural beauty to its cultural heritage remembering its beautiful monasteries. Monasteries are the prime attraction of Spiti. One of the most prominent ones is the Tabo Monastery. From picturesque hamlets to snow-laden mountains, all various factors keep adding to increase the fascination behind it.
WHAT IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT SPITI VALLEY?
Ans. The best time to visit the valley is considered during the summer months from March to June as the weather is pleasant along with fewer crowds. But if you wanna enjoy the white frosted landscape and the elusive wildlife then you should opt for winter vacation, the months of October- February.
However one should avoid the monsoon months of July to September as travelling during this time means a lot of precaution and planning.
HOW MANY DAYS IS ENOUGH FOR SPITI VALLEY?
Ans. If you really wanna enjoy your tour to the fullest 8 days should be your minimum limit as it takes approx 3 days to reach here if you are taking the Shimla route.
SPITI VALLEY FROM MANALI ( TOUR, BEST ROUTE AND PACKAGES)
This beautiful mountain valley can be reached via Manali or Shimla. But since the route through Manali is shorter and better so most people prefer this route only. This 200 km long route takes approximately 12 hours and passes through the famous Rohtang Pass and Kunzum Pass.
So if you are planning your Spiti valley tour try to include this route in your plan.
SPITI TOUR PACKAGE
Varying according to the duration of your stay and the type of accommodation and facilities you need numerous packages are available online however the average minimum one-day expense can be from Rs 900-1500.
WHAT TO PACK?
Spiti has unpredictable and tricky weather. Also during day and night tremendous change in temperature is noticed and you should always remain prepared for that. While sometimes in the day you will be able to walk in just a half sleeve t-shirt but during the evening you will be compelled to put on your warmest clothes available.
Summer: heavy jacket, woollen as well as regular cotton clothes.
Winter: thermals, heavy woollens, windproof jacket, socks, hand gloves.
BEST PLACES TO VISIT
Pin valley National park
Located in Kaza this is a place to be visited if you are in Spiti. Home to various endangered flora and fauna such as snow leopards Siberian ibex Himalayan snow cocks and Tibetan gazelle snow partridges this park will provide the most awesome spotting of wildlife you would never wanna miss.
Wake up early in the morning and visit one of the Buddhist monasteries the divine energy you will witness there during the morning prayer will tell you the real meaning behind being peaceful. These monasteries are open till 5 or 6 in the evening for tourists and visiting them should be a part of your plan.
Key, Kungri , Kardang are some of the various famous monasteries in Spiti.
Village of Giu
It's not every day you get to see a 500-year-old mummy. So when given a chance don't miss it out. located between Sumdo and Tabo Giu is a small village and the legend says that the mummy is of a meditating Lama. On top of that, there is no entry fee for entering this place and if you go in the morning hours there will be no rush too.
So what do you think about this beautiful valley cum an exquisite cold desert with a chain of monasteries? Wanna give it a shot? Trust me there is nothing better than being away from your worries of the everyday world and being surrounded by rocky, snowy mountains meanwhile the sound of prayer bells plays in the background. Can it be any better?