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Lahaul Spiti is sparsely populated district of Himachal Pradesh popularly known as cold desert mountain valley located high in the Himalayan Mountains. The people of Spiti follow culture of Buddhism to its core and hold high religious belief.

The beauty is unmatched and captivating as landscapes of Lahaul Spiti offers a panoramic view at every turn. Situated at high altitude, the place is geographically significant. Famous for its fossils and soil, Lahaul Spiti holds ancient significance that plays an important role in Researches and explorers. Home to numerous monasteries, the place helps you heal spiritually from within.

Falling in love with this place is something that you cannot avoid.

More About Lahaul and Spiti

Spiti Valley: Spiti is a coldest snow desert Valley situated at an average height of 13,000 feet in the north-eastern part of Himachal Pradesh. Spiti Valley is enigmatic and is interspersed with tiny hamlets and serene monasterie.

Kunzum Pass: Kunzum Pass is a high mountain pass on the eastern Kunzum Range of the Himalayas situated at an average height of 4,590 m.

Village Kibber: Kibber Village is a village in Spiti Valley at an elevation of 4270 meters or 14,200 ft. Kibber is famous for Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary and a Buddhist monastery.

Dhankar Gompa: Dhankar is a Village and a Gompa, a Buddhist Temple at an elevation 3,894 meters. The Village lies in between the towns Of Kaza and Tabo.

Langza: Langza is a beautiful destination located in one of the most majestic valleys in 'Spiti situated at an altitude of 4400 meters. Langza is also considered to be one of the highest villages in the world

Key Monastery: Kye Gompa is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery located on top of a hill at an altitude of 4,166 metres above sea level. The biggest centre of Buddhist learning in Spiti Valley, Key Monastery is over 1000-year-old. It is the oldest training centre for Lamas.

Kardang Monastery: Kardang Monastery or Gompa is a famous Drukpa Lineage monastery, and is the most important monastery the Lahaul valley. It is the major attraction on Lahaul Valley.

Tabo Monastery: Founded in 996 AD, Tabo Monastery is also known as ‘Ajanta of the Himalyas’.  This ancient structure stands on the barren, cold, and rocky desert of the Tabo valley at a dizzying height of 3050 meters above sea level.

Hikkim: 40 minutes drive away from Kaza, Hikkim is famous for the highest post office in the world. At an altitude of 14,400 feet above sea level, Hikkim also has the highest polling booth in India.

Giu Mummy: Giu mummy is famous for a 500 year mummy which the village people consider to be of a monk. More than 550+ years old, this mummy was found by workers near Sumdoh.

Chandra Taal Lake: Chandra taal or Lake of the Moon is a pristine Lake at an elevation of 4300 meters above the median sea level. The name comes from the crescent shape of the lake, which is easily noticeable from a distance. The place is extremely serene, mystic and magical.

Pin Valley National Park: Pin Valley National Park is home to more than 20 species of animals and birds, including the endangered Snow Leopard. The landscape are of the park is magnificent but freezing with zero and sub zero temperatures in the winters.

Historically, Spiti was a part of Western Tibet. Spiti got independent after the Ladakh-Tibet war of 1681-83 when Man Singh, the Raja of Kullu invaded and took control of this region.

In the 18th century, control was regained by Ladakh but administration remained to be primarily with Nono(hereditary wazir of  Ladakh) and locals.  However, in 1846 East India Company took control of Spiti after defeating Sikhs in 1846. During the following four years, Lahaul formed the part of Kullu sub division of Kangra district. In 1941, Lahaul and Spiti became a sub tehsil and remained so until June 1960, when Lahaul and Spiti became the district with Kaza being the center of government.

The Valley is situated in the north eastern part of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. The name ‘spiti’ implies “The Middle Land” which means land between Tibet and India. The Valley is surrounded by high mountain ranges and remains open for travelers for only 6 months of the year.

Lahaul and Spiti are separated from each other by higher Kunzum Pass, at 15,059 feet above from sea level. Rohtang pass on the other hand separates Spiti from Kullu Valley at 13,054 feet from sea level. 

Summer months extend from May to mid October in Spiti. It seldom rains during these months and is covered under snow most of these months.The maximum temperature can reach up to 30º Celsius and the minimum temperature can fall down to 15 º Celsius. The winter season lasts from November to April. The temperature falls below freezing often and the average snowfall is about 7 feet. Heavy snow closes the passes and the region is isolated from the world. There is little tourism during these months. The best time to visit Lahaul and Spiti is in the summer months i.e. from mid May to mid October.