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Lahaul Spiti

Located along the Indo Tibetan border, the Lahaul and Spiti valleys are amazing place to visit. Featuring unparalleled views of nature, these valleys are great for enjoying adventure sports and trekking. Lahaul has soaring mountains, flowing rivers, huge glaciers, passes and lakes. The Chandra and Bhaga rivers flow through the valleys by the same name. Lahual is known for the Buddhist culture.

Spiti is a cold desert and is considered as a completely different world. There are several monasteries dotted across the Lahaul and Spiti valleys. The Spiti Valley is also the site of the Pin Valley National Park.

Attraction for Tourists

Temples


Triloknath Temple (Spiti)

This temple is located on the left bank of the Chenab River. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and also has an idol of Avalokiteshvar.

Mrikula Devi Temple (Spiti)

This is an ancient temple built in the 15th century by the ruler of Chamba. It has the idol of Mahishasuramardini.

Monasteries


Guru Ghantal Monastery (Lahaul)

It is the oldest monastery in the region and is located on the banks of the Chamba River. The monastery houses idols of Padmasambhava and Brajeshwari Devi.

Kye monastery (Kaza, Spiti)

This monastery is biggest and the oldest monastery in the Spiti valley. It is located 12Km from Kaza in Spiti Valley. It features pretty paintings and houses Buddhist scriptures. The paintings in the monastery give a glimpse of the rich Buddhist culture.

Dhankar Monastery (Kaza, Spiti)

This monastery is located 35Km from Kaza and is almost 1000 years old. The old Dhankar Monastery was damaged in rains and a new monastery has been built.

Adventures Options


Trekking

Trekking is the major attraction for visitors to Lahaul and Spiti valleys. The nature trails in these valleys are just amazing. Some of the worth trying treks along the Lahaul and Spiti Valleys include Manali to Keylong across the Hamta Pass, Manali to Keylong across the Rohtang Pass; Manikaran to Keylong across the Sara Umga Pass; Keylong to Padum across Bara Lacha La; Keylong to Kaza, Sumdo Trek across Kumzom Pass; Kaza to Manikaran over across Pin Parvati Pass; etc. Treks can last anywhere from 12 to 21 days depending on the trek adventure enthusiasts wish to take.

Skiing

Skiing in the Lahaul and Spiti valleys is an experience that tourists should not miss on. Some of the best slopes in the region include the Sumnam Ski Slope 8Km from Keylong; Kardang Ski Slope 4Km from Keylong, Gondhala Ski Slope 15Km from Keylong and Triloknath Ski Slope 16Km from Udaipur, Himachal Pradesh.

Paragliding

June to September is the best time to enjoy paragliding. Jispa, Dalang, Sumnam and Triloknath are the best places to enjoy paragliding.

Best Tips

The food in Lahaul and Spiti valleys has a strong Tibetan influence. Dumplings, noodle soup or thupka, Tibetan breads are some of the must-try dishes in the region. Try out fruit juices like Kala Zeera and Seabuckthorn.

Lahaul / Spiti Shopping

The area does not offer much shopping. However tourists can find some good souvenirs at Keylong in Lahaul Valley. Keylong has some good shops selling carpets, woollens made from pure wool, pashmina shawls, handicrafts and silver jewellery. The Himachal Emporium and Bhuttico are the best places to buy authentic souvenirs.
There are also a number of Tibetan shops all around Spiti and Lahaul that sell handicrafts and other Tibetan goods.

Tourist's Travel Route to Lahaul / Spiti

The best way to reach Lahaul Valley is by road. Tourists can reach the Bhuntar Airport in Kullu by air or road. From here travel to Manali by road and then further across the Rohtang Pass to Keylong the main town in Lahaul Valley. The journey from Manali to Keylong takes about 6 hours. The other routes include Leh to Keylong via Tanglangla and Baralacha la; Shimla to Keylong via Reckong Peo, Kaza and Kunzom. The road to Lahaul valley remains closed from November to mid-May as the Rohtang Valley is closed during this time.

The Spiti Valley is connected by the Sutlej Valley through a well-paved road. Tourists can travel to Shimla by rail, road or air and from there they can proceed to Kaza by road. This route travels through Narkanda, Jeori, Karcham, Jangi and Puh. The road from Lahaul Valley to Sipti Valley remains closed from November to mid-May due to closing of the Kunzam Pass. But the road to Spiti Valley via Kinnaur remains all around the year.

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