If you are looking for a less touristy version of paradise on earth, you should definitely visit the Spiti Valley. This exquisite mountainous cold desert within the mighty Himalayan ranges in Himachal Pradesh features glistening valleys, windswept landscapes, gleaming glaciers, deep ravines, verdant patches of greenery, awe-inspiring monasteries and picturesque villages. Beautifully perched at an elevation of 12,500 feet above sea level, it is an exotic summer destination and a gem of Himachal Pradesh. The pristine landscapes of the Spiti Valley and the splendid monasteries breathing Buddhist chants attract tourists and trekkers from all over the world and offer an enriching perspective to life.
Top 5 Spiti Valley Attractions
To help you plan a memorable trip to Spiti, we’ve rounded up the best places to visit here. Check them.
1. Monastery of Keys
Also known as “Kye Gompa”, it is a beautiful Tibetan monastery located in the Kaza region, overlooking the Spiti River. It is the most famous and largest monastery and also one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Spiti Valley. Featuring a beautiful Lord Buddha shrine and a treasure trove of ancient Tibetan literature, paintings and murals.
2. Chandra Tal Lake
Chandra Tal Lake is the most captivating lake in the Spiti Valley, and its shimmering blue waters are swaddled with vast green meadows. The lake looks spectacular in the morning when the brilliant rays of the sun bathe the lake in colorful hues of red, orange, blue and green, making it a sight to behold. The lake is shaped like a crescent, hence its name.
3. Tabo Monastery
Tabo Monastery is one of the oldest and oldest monasteries in this part of the country. Known as “the Ajanta of the Himalayas”, it features valuable manuscripts, carvings, exquisite stuccoes, frescoes, murals and murals that replicate the Ajanta Caves.
4. Suraj Tal Lake
This picturesque lake is a paradise for nature lovers, hikers and photography enthusiasts. The lake draws its water from the gurgling Baralacha glaciers lined with trails ideal for hiking and mountain biking.
5. Kunzum Pass
The Kunzum Pass serves as the gateway from Kullu and Lahaul to the Spiti Valley. You can walk to the pass from Chandra Tal Lake. It is one of the most popular attractions here. Once at the top, you can seek blessings at Kunzum Devi Temple which is believed to protect travelers from any mishaps that may occur on these windy roads.
The best time to visit Spiti Valley is summer, between May and September. So, get ready to explore this magnificent snowy barren desert of breathtaking untouched beauty!