Jullay !! You are at Spiti Valley. Concealed in an intriguing cover of natural greatness, Spiti is a sublime passage for those looking for isolation in the euphoria of nature. It comprises unmistakable high-elevation snow-capped land with a normal stature of around 12,500 feet above ocean level. This is dispersed with little towns and cloisters, and encased by taking off tops delegated with snow. Here are few details you need to know before visiting Spiti Valley.
Spiti is lined by Ladakh in the north, Tibet toward the east, Kinnaur toward the southeast, and the Kullu Valley toward the south. It has a similar religion as Tibet – Tibetan Buddhism.
Most of the individuals who occupy the region are ranchers who produce yields of grain, wheat, and peas. They rise early each day to take care of their yields. Just one yield each year is conceivable, because of the superb climate.
The closest airport is Kullu Airport at Bhuntar, which is located at a distance of 245 km. Anyone can hire a cab or take the public bus to reach Spiti.
The closest major station is Shimla railway station. From there you can reach Narkanda and Kinnaur valley to reach Spiti.
By road, HRCTC buses are available from Delhi or other states. Else, you can hire a cab to reach Spiti as well.
There are many routes to reach Spiti. I am sharing a few here :
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Spiti gets hefty snowfall throughout the colder time of year. These outcomes in most of the villages being totally cut off from the remainder of the valley. The ideal opportunity to visit Spiti is from May to October. During this time, the climate is radiant and charming. But if you want to cherish white Spiti then you should visit in Winter only.
Spiti is situated at the height of 4270 mt and due to very high altitude lands in Spiti, one can take special care to avoid altitude sickness or AMS. Acclimatize well before starting your journey towards higher places like Chandrataal or Kibber. Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration and also carry medicine like Diamox to keep your blood thinner (after consulting with the doctor). Carry glucose to take proper sugar while travelling.
Spiti has homestays, hostels and hotels too which are good with the availability of food. The staycations are generally budget-friendly, clean with the availabilities of basic food. The price starts from INR 300 (hostel/night) to INR 9000 (resort/night) in Spiti.
Momos, Thupka, Tsampa, Thukpa, churpe, buckwheat chiltas, maggie and seabuckthorn tea are the famous food of Spiti. In Kibber you can see the highest cafe which is famous for momos, maggie, so don’t forget to try there. Due to the extreme winter climate making non-vegetarian food is a predominant choice at Spiti. One of the famous cafes in Kaza is The Himalayan cafe which is very famous for its food and ambience (must try).
Kaza is one of the largest towns in the Spiti Valley. It’s a market area that easily stands out as the best place to locate a large variety of artefacts in one place. You can shop woollen, handmade wooden souvenir, magnets, prayer flags, dry fruits, rugs, beads, sandals incense sticks, t-shirts, bandanas are famous here.
Apart from Kaza, outside of Tabo Monastery, few shops sell souvenirs too.
I will share a detailed guide of all the places and what to do there in my next blog. The major places to visit in Spiti are :
If you want to visit Spiti which would be your preferred route and mode of transportation? Do you want to visit solo or in a group?
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