Located at an altitude of 12500 ft above sea level, Spiti valley in Himachal Pradesh has become increasingly popular as an offbeat destination. This place has become a favourite for road trippers because of all the scenic locations and the beautiful rides to reaching there. A trip to Spiti is something every traveler adds to their bucket list because of a whole lot of reasons.
Having said that, Spiti Valley is on every travel enthusiasts list because it is a destination that offers adventure, scenic beauty and unique experiences all in one. So let’s see how a trip to Spiti is bound to change your life.
Here are 5 reasons why a trip to Spiti valley will change your life
1. World’s Highest village connected by road
To reach Spiti Valley, you will have to pass through the world’s highest village connected by road. Komic, is a tiny village situated amidst the very scenic Himalayas. It has a population of just 50- 60 people. The houses in this village are separated by lush green lands. This village is located at an altitude of 15027 ft above sea level. Every road tripper claims this to be the best part of the road trip to Spiti Valley. Now, who wouldn’t want to take a road trip that will let you pass through such beauty, right?
2. Lakes of Spiti
Popular lakes of Spiti are Dhankar, Chandratal (also known as the moon lake), Suraj Tal and Sopona Lake. These lakes are pristine and beautiful. The best thing about the lakes are the treks that you must attempt in order to get there because of the altitude they are located in. These lakes are definitely something that you wouldn’t have seen before. Camping at the Moon Lake is something you would not want to miss. Spending your night here gazing at the stars in the sky will be an experience you will cherish for a lifetime. So if you’re planning a trip to Spiti, you should definitely add the lakes as well.
3. Manali to Spiti
There are two ways to reach Spiti valley; one from Shimla- Kinnaur side is a longer route. The other however is from Manali. A lot of people try to do the entire route end to end. However, the Manali route is the most scenic route for road trippers. While travelling from Manali to Spiti, you pass through the Rohtang Pass which is the highest mountain pass in the Pri Panjal Range, after which you come across the Lahaul valley next onto the Kunzum pass and finally Spiti Valley. Your trip to Spiti will definitely be an experience on its own.
Spiti Valley is home to several Buddhist monasteries. There are five major ones- Key Monastery, Dhankar Monastery, Tangyud Monastery, Tabo and Kungri Monastery. Amongst these, the Key Gompa monastery is located close to the Spiti river. These monasteries have colourful and beautiful architecture. The scenic beauty of the Spiti valley combined with the tranquillity of the monasteries will help you find that inner peace and leave you spellbound. Spending time in these monasteries will give you a sense of calmness and is a great way to reflect on oneself.
5. Yak Safari
Yak is only found in the high-altitude regions in the Himalayas. These animals are a major attraction of Spiti valley. Riding on these Yaks is the best part of experiencing the Himalayan trails. Even though these animals are huge, furry and a bit scary looking, they are a delight to ride on. The yak safari on the rough terrains of the Himalayas is like an adventure and is something that you will definitely enjoy.
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