When we say, the Himalayas, it implies lavish green forests, snow-covered high mountain peaks and hills covered with vegetation. A trip to Spiti Valley, India will mesmerize with its views.
Spiti Valley is situated in the Himalayas loaded with barren hills, bare mountainsides, rough terrain, and dry desert.
Spiti Valley is one of the spots worth visiting. Unquestionably remote, unfathomably not the same as other parts of India, and testing to come to, a Spiti Valley Trip is a stupendous experience that demonstrates distances should be estimated in hours as opposed to kilometers.
1. Visit Kaza, the largest township in Lahaul Valley and Spiti Valley
Kaza is the largest town in the Lahaul Valley and Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh located at 11,980 feet above sea level. This picturesque town is cuddled in the midst of high mountains with frigid peaks, sparkling rivers, streams, and fruitless land intermixed with patches of green.
The town is known for its colorful festivals and the Sakya Tangyud Monastery.
2. The mummy village
The mummy village is located in the village of Gue. It comprises the mummy of a Buddhist monk named Sangha Tenzin, and is quite possibly of the most surprising thing you will get to see here.
Here's the story…
Sangha forfeited his life; and mummified himself to save the village from the danger of Scorpions. The villagers accept that the Mummy has been caring for their village for quite a long time.
The Scorpions had gone after the villa of Gui and caused deaths. Sangha chose to improve the village. As his spirit left for heaven, a rainbow showed up across the sky; the village hasn't seen even a single scorpion since then.
The theories behind his existence in mummified state…
There are many theories why the monk's body has stayed in this state without decaying and without the use of any chemicals for preservation.
The locals believe that the mummy was preserved in a burial chamber at an alternate location. In 1975, the Spiti Valley was hit by an enormous earthquake that destroyed the different parts of the valley alongside the burial chamber.
Obviously his body was covered underneath a glacier during a torrential landslide and has stayed there for hundreds of years, till one day when ITBP (Indo Tibetan Border Police) found the mummy while street clearance project that was in progress. It was then brought to the present day location. It is said that the Nako Monastery was nearly wrecked by this earthquake.
Since all the villages in Spiti Valley are located at an elevation of 10,000 to 15,000 feet above sea level, stargazing at such a high altitude is quite possible and is one of the best thing to do in Spiti. You can simply sit and gaze upward towards the blue sky and spot a zillion stars right away.
If luck favors you, get a chance to see the shooting star. In Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh, you can watch the Milky Way Galaxy on a starry evening.
Best places for stargazing:
Dhankar, Kaza, Langza, and Chitkul are the spots from where you can watch the galaxy. Spot some major constellations like Orion, Ursa Major, and Scorpius also.
Where to detect the Milky Way Galaxy?
Kibber town, the highest motorable village is the best place to see a shooting star.
Best time to visit:
Mid-May to mid October is the best time to visit.
4. Selfie at the highest village in the world, Komik
Snow-covered mountains, unique valleys, scenic views, warm people; Komic village in Himachal Pradesh is the place where you will feel like paradise meets earth. Komic Village is the highest village in Asia located at 18000 ft above the sea level.
Don't forget to click your selfie here!
Popular spot here:
Komik Village is popular for Lundup Tsemo Gompa Buddhist Monastery. It is believed to have the Matrey Buddha or the future Buddha who is responsible for taking care of the individuals of Komik Village. It is famous for being the highest motorable Buddhist monastery in the world. The fourteenth century monastery has a palace made of skewed mud walls, addressing the paintings, sacred texts, and arts. The place is visited by bikers and travel enthusiast from everywhere around the world.
5. Send a postcard from the highest village in the world
Hikkim, situated at an elevation of 4440 m gladly claims to have the mailing station at the highest altitude. The town is exceptionally remote and it is truly challenging to post from that point. The mailing station is looked after by postmaster Mr. Rinchen Chhering.
The letters/postcards are taken by walking from Hikkim to Kaza (capital of Spiti Valley), then it is taken to Reckong Peo and afterward to Kalka lastly they arrive at Delhi.
6. Try finding your own fossil rock
Langza is an odd, picturesque and an isolated village in Spiti Valley. Very few know about this Himalayan village that it is rich in fossils of marine animals and plants. Currently, the village is located at a height of 4400 m, but it is believed that Langza (Spiti) was lowered under the Tethys Sea, millions and millions of years ago!
7. Refuel your tank at the world's highest gas station
The world's highest petrol pump is located at 12,500 feet above sea level in Kaza, Himachal Pradesh and is the only petrol pump for miles. It is situated at a level of 11,990 feet above sea level. Kaza is the sub-divisional headquarters of the Spiti Valley. Kaza is the only largest town and a commercial centre in Spiti valley.
8. Trekking to Dhankar Lake
The trek from Dhankar village to the lake is 5 km away; the route is extreme and monotonous. While trekking to the lake, it is important to take rest in between because of the height there is low or lacking level of oxygen level. Also, the way to the lake is very steep. So be sure to have the right trekking gear.
9. Camping at Chandrataal Lake
Chandrataal Lake in Himachal Pradesh is located at a height of 4300 m above sea level and is a camper's heaven. Being encircled by mountains and rugged territories, the lake resembles a lot like the Pangong Lake in Ladakh. The Chandrataal Lake starts in the upper region of the state and is 7 km away from the Kunzum Pass in Spiti. This makes Spiti the nearest region to Chandratal.
10. Visit Pin Valley
Pin Valley National Park is situated in the cold desert district of the Spiti valley. The Park is home to various wild animals. Snow leopard is the main occupant of the park. Other than snow leopard, you will find the bharal, weasel, Siberian ibex, red fox, marten and other animals that are the main highlights of the park. It is home to birds like bearded vulture, pika, snow cock, chukor, golden eagle, griffon and raven.
11. Book your stay in a local home stay
Home stays in Spiti Valley are an extraordinary choice for two sorts of explorers. Hide yourself in nature and isolation. Home stays in Spiti Valley are comfortable and is one of the source of income for families residing here.