April is almost here and all you want to do is pack your bags and head out to a colder place to beat the heat. Spiti Valley, the enchanting cold desert area in the quaint state of Himachal Pradesh is a heaven for travellers! Snuggled in the Keylong district at an altitude of 12,500 ft. above sea level, Spiti Valley can be your perfect summer escape! Read on to find out what all Spiti Valley has to offer!
Tabo Monastery, Worth a Visit!
Popularly known as the ‘Ajanta of the Himalayas’, Tabo Monastery is one of the oldest and most popular monasteries in India. Situated at a height of 3,050 metres above the sea level and lying on the left side of the Spiti River, the monastery is best known for its stucco and mural sculptures. You will also find a lot of thangkhas, murals, statues and paintings that showcase the history and culture of the Himalayan region.
The Incredible Lakes of Spiti!
Your visit to the Spiti valley is incomplete without exploring serene the lakes here. Chandratal or Moon Lake is the origin point of the river Chandrabhaga and is a great camping site too. The sound of water gushing along the shores and the spectacular starry skies can easily transform you into a fantasy land when you’ll visit the famous Spiti River. Dhankar Lake, one of the tranquil places to visit will make your trip even more memorable. Suraj Tal, the third highest lake in India is another sight to behold!
The Captivating Flora & Fauna in the Pin Valley National Park!
The valley is hugely known for its diverse flora and fauna. The major forest type found here is dry alpine and dwarf juniper scrub. The National Park is home to Snowcocks, Siberian Ibex, Chhumurti Horses and many more endangered species. This Bio Reserve is a great place for wildlife enthusiasts, photographers and bird watchers. Mud Village, flanked by mighty mountains on all the sides is another tourist attraction in the Pin Valley.
Kunzum Pass, A Must Stopover!
The high altitude pass at 4,590 meters connects Lahaul Valley with Spiti valley. The region offers breathtaking views of Chandrabhaga Range and the pass is well-regarded with colourful prayer flags waving in the wind. Being one of India’s highest motorable mountain passes, bikers in large number can be spotted here enjoying the electrifying ride through Kunzum Pass.
How to reach Spiti Valley: via Manali or Shimla (road trip)
So, this April, visit Spiti Valley and make the most out of your trip by ensuring a visit to the above places!