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Snow cloaked valleys in the mountain desert of the Himalayas, Lahaul-Spiti (Lahaul and Spiti) are the retreat away from population and pollution. Lose yourself in the serenity of Monasteries, enjoy the barren mountain-scape, take long walks by river Spiti, or give yourself the dose of adventure skiing or trekking, Lahaul-Spiti (Lahaul and Spiti) promises it all.
In close proximity to Tibet, the district of Lahaul-Spiti (Lahaul and Spiti) is surrounded by snow clad mountains, barren valleys and encased in rural life of Buddhists. Pristine and untouched by modernity, these valleys are locked away by snow during the winter months, open only from May to September. Rich in Monasteries, Spiti is known as the 'Land of the Lamas', and the Tabo Monastery located here has been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, housing scriptures and wall paintings -Tankhas and Stucco. Glacial streams flow through barren but surreally coloured hills into the Spiti River, along which, on tiny oases and patches of green, small villages survive with their great monasteries. If coming from Manali, you’ll traverse Kunzum La Pass (15,059 ft), literally ‘the meeting place of ibex’, the divide between Lahaul and Spiti. 

You’ll find the exquisite Chandratal Lake, a glassy mirror of blue water. In the valley you’ll see the surreal blue-green-brown of the ridges and rock formations shaped by snow erosion. Villages with flat-roofed adobe houses with prayer flags fluttering from the rooftops, will be surrounded by a mosaic of barley and pea fields. With a monastery on guard above it all. Also known as 'Fossil Park of the World' and frequented by fossil hunters, the Spiti Valley is an adventure enthusiasts heaven, with opportunities for arduous treks, skiing and yak safari.

The Trans-Himalayan area of Lahaul is one of Himachal’s loveliest and least explored. It is historically and geographically split into two — the Chandra and Bhaga valleys of Upper Lahaul, with stark high mountains; and the Pattan Valley stretching from Tandi to Udaipur in Lower Lahaul. In the cold mountain ridges of the Bhaga Valley, wind speeds can touch 100 km per hour. Winter, when many people move to lower heights, sees storms and avalanches. 

Lower Lahaul is warmer and greener. Ironically, global warming, with its unseasonal rains and higher temperatures, has brought new plants such as apple, peach, poplar and willows to Lahaul. Where once little could take root in this arid terrain, large patches of Upper Lahaul are today coloured green. Lahaul and Spiti together make up the northernmost district of Himachal. 

Traditionally, Upper Lahaul was the frontier between Ladakh and Kullu, both of which flexed their muscles over the region, whereas Lower Lahaul was ruled by the erstwhile Chamba and Kashmir kingdoms. Lahaul has also been ruled by Tibetan kings. Thus, unlike its predominantly Buddhist neighbour Spiti, the people of Lahaul are a mixture of races that include Tibetans, Mongols, people from Punjab and Kashmir and tribal communities. 

The haunting cold mountain desert of Spiti, in the far north-eastern corner of Himachal, is unique in many ways. It not only shares its borders and topography with Tibet, but also its ethnicity, culture and religion (Buddhism). In fact, it was part of a West Tibetan kingdom before it became incorporated in Ladakh in the 17th century. Reaching Spiti is a bit of a voyage in itself. The drive from Manali takes you through remote, uninhabited areas, with boulder strewn roads, river beds, high-velocity winds, severe cold, low oxygen levels and high-altitude sickness, making it an irresistible journey for lovers of the offbeat! 

Spiti was not even open to tourism till 1992, all of which gives its mystique an extra edge. The valley is exquisite but requires you to give up your notions of lush green beauty. Glacial streams flow through barren but surreally coloured hills into the Spiti River, along which, on tiny oases and patches of green, small villages survive with their great monasteries. If coming from Manali, you’ll traverse Kunzum La Pass (15,059 ft), literally ‘the meeting place of ibex’, the divide between Lahaul and Spiti. 

You’ll find the exquisite Chandratal Lake, a glassy mirror of blue water. In the valley you’ll see the surreal blue-green-brown of the ridges and rock formations shaped by snow erosion. Villages with flat-roofed adobe houses with prayer flags fluttering from the rooftops, will be surrounded by a mosaic of barley and pea fields. With a monastery on guard above it all. In the brief summer months the villagers feverishly work in the fields. 

With winter temperatures as low as –30º C, women spin and weave wool inside bukhari-heated homes and men light fires around hand pumps to melt the water. Festivals and weddings abound with much singing, eating and dancing. The children walk over snow for miles to school, playing with abandon, taking turns to take the livestock for grazing.

Spiti’s villages can be visited by making Kaza or Tabo your base and making day trips to places around. Overnight trips are feasible since guest houses and homestays are quite cheap. Most people practise Tibetan Buddhism and ancient monasteries can be the major part of your seeing and doing. 
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Apr 15 2013
If you are planning a trip to Lahaul-Spiti district, here are a few not to be missed attractions along with adventure activities. The base to visit this place are only Keylong and Kaza. So, here are two options to choose from, one starting fr ... read more
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The way to enter Lahaul Spiti Valley from Manali is through Rohtang Pass. The headquarters of the district, Keylong is around 122 km from Manali. Keylong has Himachal Tourism’s hotel named Chandrabhaga. There are other private accommodatio ... read more
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