Having been explored every nook and corner of the state of Himachal Pradesh now, there’s nothing more amazing and solacing than relaxing in the lap of Spiti Valley. From the region’s friendly and welcoming localities to their beautiful homestays, unique lifestyle, 1000 years old culture, and breathtaking places of interest, there’s so much to discover and admire.
If you’re planning to travel to this majestic valley, here are some must-visit places and what do they have to offer in terms of sightseeing.
This is the largest township flourishing in the Spiti Valley. Kaza is also a home to crystal clear rivers, snow-capped mountains, and base camps for many famous trekking and mountaineering expeditions. Some of the most renowned monasteries and gompas of the state of Himachal Pradesh are nestled in Kaza. Of these, the most famous ones are Tabo Monastery and Sakya Tangyud Monastery.
The best way to reach Kaza village is via Lahaul Valley and Kinnaur Valley. But, the former is only accessible in summer months. Staying at a homestay in Kaza extends an opportunity to indulge in conversations with the local population, take up adventure sport activities and find peace at the region’s monasteries.
Surrounded by snow-capped mountains and lush green pasture lands, this picturesque village is a home to some of the ancient monasteries and buildings of the region that are worth visiting. Langza village rests at an altitude of about 4400 meters above sea level. Pre-dominantly, it’s an agricultural-dependent village and most known for its exclusive carpets, shawls, and vessels. You can buy them as souvenirs.
Summers are the best time to pay a visit to this majestic place as it experiences heavy snowfall in the winter months and the weather is unbearable. When in Langza, the most famous attraction of the place is the statue of Lord Buddha, which overlooks the valley. The village’s ancient monastery and mud houses are also worth exploring. Trekking and mountaineering two adventure activities that you can enjoy here.
Located at an altitude of about 4320 meters above sea level, Demul village can be easily reached via road, from Komik via Lidang. The village is an amalgamation of nearly 40 families and offers a few homestay facilities as well. They are well-maintained and equipped with all the modern facilities.
Komik houses the region’s most famous Komik Monastery. Collectively, the village has about 50-60 houses. During the winter months, the village completely cuts itself off from the rest of the world owing to heavy snowfall. Even the region’s temperatures falls down to as low as -30 degree Celsius.
Dhankar was once the capital of Spiti Valley. It rests between the villages of Tabo and Kaza. The most prominent places among many to visit here include the Dhankar Gompa and Dhankar Lake. The village is a home to about 60 odd families and they’re most famed for their excellent homestay facilities.
So, if you’re planning to pay a visit to the Spiti Valley, it’s best to travel in the summer months and stay in homestays than regular hotels. The place is beautiful and a must visit once in your lifetime!