Monthly Archives: August 2011

Spiti Valley- The Middle Land


Spiti, a sub division of Lahaul & Spiti district, with Kaza as its headquarters is also known as “Little Tibet” as it has almost the same terrain, vegetation & climate. Spiti also means “Middle Country” but still remains as the most remote and untouched region in this country. The district share its boundaries with Tibet, Ladakh, Kinnaur, Lahaul & Kullu. The entry to this valley is either from Shimla via Kinnaur through a motorable road which remains open upto Kaza for 8 to 9 months. The other entry to the valley is through Manali via the disturbed Rohtang La and mighty Kunzum La passes which remains for only 4  to 5 months around the year. The Spiti Valley expands from Sumdo from the south to Lohsar in the north with an area of 4800 sq. kms. Some inhabitants have adopted Budhism as there faith and Bhoti is the spoken language. The people are simple and honest. The main Spiti valley is split into eastern and western valleys. They are connected with Ladakh & Tibet on eastern side through Parangla pass & Kinnaur and Kulu on western side through high passes like Pin Parvati and Hamta Pass.

Spiti Valley has a lot of treasures for the explorers like some 1000 year old monasteries and thankas belonging to various sects of Buddhism, a mummy of a Buddhist monk as old as 500 years old, homestays in some of the most remote villages to understand the culture and get a feeling of life at an altitude of 4000 meters, snow leopard in parts of Pin Valley and Khibber and some very spell bounding treks through the villages and wilderness. Its a different world in itself.

Places to Visit:-

1) Tabo Monastery and Caves,

2) Buddhist Mummy at Ghuen,

3) Dhankar Monastery and Lake,

4) Sherkhang Monastery at Lahlung

5) Khungri Monastery, Sangam and Mudh Village in Pin Valley (might sight a Snow Leopard, if lucky)

6) Kye Monastery

7) Khibber Village (Use to be the highest motorable village)

8 ) Demul Village

9) Lanza Village for Fossils

10) Tnagyud Monastery in Komic ( highest motorable village)

11) Chandrataal Lake

Mobile Network:- Only BSNL numbers work in Spiti Valley and that too in limited places like Kaza, Tabo, Lohsar and surrounding areas.

Internet availability:- Internet cafe are available in Kaza, Tabo, Lohsar, Khibber and Mudh as of now

ATM availability:- There is only one SBI ATM in Kaza Market.