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The beautiful Spiti valley of Himachal Pradesh

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The beautiful Spiti valley of Himachal Pradesh

The beautiful Spiti valley of Himachal Pradesh

Spiti Valley is a cold desert located in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. The region offers a splendid glimpse of the snow-capped Himalayan ranges. Spiti Valley is situated at an altitude of 12500 feet and is surrounded by Himalayas on all sides. It is one of the coldest places in India, as the region receives only 250 days of sunshine in a year. The beauty of the valley is very relaxing to the eyes, its ancient lakes, passes and blue skies attract people very much. This valley valley is also surrounded by small huts and Buddhist monasteries. If you are also planning to visit Spiti Valley, then first of all know about some of the best places here.
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Chandratal Lake in Spiti Valley

The beautiful Spiti valley of Himachal Pradesh

Chandratal Lake is often counted among the most beautiful lakes in the Himalayas situated at an altitude of about 4300 meters. This magnificent lake is located on the Samudra Tapu plateau in the Lahaul region of Lahaul and Spiti district and is the source of the Chandra River. “Chandra Tal” (Lake of the Moon) is so named because of its crescent shape. The lake is one of the two high altitude wetlands in India that have been designated as Ramsar sites. This lake attracts many tourists who are fond of adventure.

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Dhankar Monastery in Spiti Valley

The beautiful Spiti valley

Dhankhar Gompa or Dhankhar Math is situated at an altitude of 12,774 feet above sea level. It is one of the nine major Buddhist sacred temples in the region. It was built by the Gelugpa School of Order, which is more than a thousand years old. This monastery is situated on a rock between Kaza and Tabo. Amazing view of Spiti river can be seen from here. This monastery has an idol of ‘Vairocharan’ with four statues of Buddha seated in four directions, as well as ancient paintings, murals and texts are also present in this monastery.

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Kaza in Spiti Valley

The beautiful Spiti valley of Himachal Pradesh

Kaza is the capital of Spiti district. It is situated on the flood plains of Spiti river. The region is surrounded by mountains on both sides and is the most populated part of Spiti Valley. Apart from the breathtaking views, it also has facilities like rest houses, hotels, health centers and markets. Every tourist feels at peace after coming to this city.

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Kunzum Pass in Spiti Valley

The beautiful Spiti valley

Kunzum Pass or Kunzum La, as it is called by the locals, is one of the highest mountain passes in India, where you can easily ride a motor bike. It is situated at an altitude of 4,551 meters above sea level. Here you can get a spectacular view of Kunzum La Bara-Shigri Glacier (the second longest glacier in the world), Chandrabhaga Range and Spiti Valley. From here you can also enjoy the 9 km trek to Chandratal Lake.

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Pin Valley National Park in Spiti Valley

The beautiful Spiti valley

Situated amidst the cold desert region of Lahaul and Spiti district, Pin Valley National Park is a paradise for nature lovers and also the best place for adventure enthusiasts to visit Pin Valley National Track. Situated at an altitude of 11,500 feet to 20,000 feet, Pin Valley Park was formed as a wildlife park in 1987. Apart from the wildlife park, Pin Valley Park Track is full of natural beauty. Snow falls here in most months of the year, where you can enjoy many adventurous activities.

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Trilokinath Temple in Spiti Valley

Trilokinath Temple

Trilokinath Temple holds religious significance among both Tibetan Buddhists and Hindus. The temple is situated on a rock at the end of a street in Tunde village. Although you can always go here, but the best time to visit here is August when the three-day Pauri festival is celebrated here.

Tabo Monastery in Spiti Valley

Tabo Monastery in Spiti Valley

Standing tall and fortified at an altitude of 10,000 feet, Tabo Monastery is one of the oldest monasteries located in the village of Tabo in the Spiti Valley. Actually, it is the oldest monastery in India and the Himalayas, which is constantly surrounded by crowds since its inception. This charming monastery is famous as the ‘Ajanta of the Himalayas’, because the walls of the monastery are decorated with fascinating murals and ancient paintings, which look like the Ajanta caves in Maharashtra.

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Best time to visit Spiti Valley

Best time to visit Spiti Valley

Summer Season (May-June)

With temperatures ranging between 8°C and 15°C, this is the best time to visit Lahaul and Spiti Valley. The weather remains cool and moderately chilly during this time, allowing many outdoor and trekking activities. With the roads clear of snow and clear skies, it is the perfect time to take a walk in the cool desert of Spiti and the green vegetation of Lahaul.

Monsoon Season (July to September)

The rainy season in Spiti starts in the month of July and lasts till September. It is not the right time to visit the valley during monsoon, as traveling becomes a bit difficult during this season. At this time the roads become quite muddy, and the waterfalls are also in their full flow. Travelers traveling during the monsoon season get stuck many times.

Winter Season (Nov-April)

In some villages of Spiti, the temperature drops to -17 degree Celsius and even less. Along with the temperature, extreme cold can be experienced in this region. However, Lahaul and Spiti is a perfect destination for those who love winters and love to visit snow-like areas.

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