Nestled in the Himalayan range in Himachal Pradesh, the desert terrain of Spiti is sure to spellbind you with its ancient monasteries, quaint little habitations, snow-capped mountains, verdure forests, crystal clear rivers and magnificent glaciers making it picture perfect valley all the more enthralling and surreal. The breath-taking views and the untouched natural beauty will make your visit a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Here we bring you some of these places in the Valley for your wanderlust expedition.
1) Key Monastery
Enshrining the idols of Buddha in Dhyana position, Key Monastery is one of the biggest and oldest Monasteries in Spiti. Situated at a height of 4112 meters, it is located on the edge of a hill overlooking the Spiti River which adorns it as the most beautiful landmark of Kaza. Its fort bears a strong resemblance to the Chinese theme, and comprises of a beautiful assembly hall, along with the Tengyur room, which is richly adorned with murals
2) Chandratal Lake
A camper and trekker’s paradise, Chandratal Lake is often referred to as one of the most beautiful lakes in the mighty Himalayas. The lake has been so named due to this crescent moon-line shape. The crystal blue water surrounded by lush greenery and snow-capped mountains make it an idyllic destination for camping and trekking. Located at a height of 4,270m and about 6 km from the Kunzum Pass, it is enveloped by acres and acres of snow around its deep azure waters creating a spectacular beauty for photographers.
3) Baralacha Pass
Besides being a nexus for multiple hilly roads between Lahaul and Ladakh, Baralacha on Manali-Leh Highway in Zanskar is one of the most challenging passes for adventurous travelers. It is here that you can see the intersection of Pir Panjal, The Great Himalayan and Zanskar ranges. Bhaga and Yunam rivers on the sides add to the beauty of the pass. One of enthralling tourist places to visit in Lahaul and Spiti, it is ideal for camping, trekking, and mountain biking as well.
Located about 20 km from Kaza, this beautiful village is located at 18,000ft above sea level. Komik is world’s highest village with a road. Surrounded by snowbound mountains and majestic valleys, Komik Village attracts countless tourists who simply want to get drenched in its breathtaking beauty and charming festivity. Nothing less than paradise, Komik is a trekker and camper’s dream. Komik Village is famous for Lundup Tsemo Gompa Buddhist Monastery, a fortified castle made of slanted mud walls, representing the murals, scriptures, and arts belonging to the bygone era.
5) Pin Valley National Park
Located by the semi frozen streams, Pin Valley National Park is a rich bio reserve of rare to endangered flora and fauna, which makes it one of the most thrilling places to see in Spiti valley. One can witness a variety of wild animals like woolly hare, Tibetan gazelle, snow leopards, snowcocks, chukar partridges, and Siberian ibex, among others. With the backdrop of stunning Himalayas, this Cold Desert Biosphere Reserve is ideal for adventure lovers, photographers, nature enthusiasts, and bird watchers.