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Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh lies at the heights of the Himalayan Mountains. At a height of 12,500 feet above sea level, Spiti Valley takes pride in being one of the most beautiful places in the country. Every year, thousands of tourists visit the place due to its unforgettable scenic beauty and the calmness offered by mighty nature. The fascinating valleys of Spiti will definitely ooze you out with its frozen landscapes and dry lush green patches all over it. The cold desert place is home to some of the most popular Buddhist monasteries and is also highly rich in Tibetan and Buddhist culture.

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The bliss of nature is perfectly reflected in every corner of the Spiti Valley. Be it a plan with family, friends, or your partner, Spiti Valley can definitely be a great spot for lifetime memories. Solo travellers have also made their way to the Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh. You may also reach Spiti on a mountain bike as several do (of course with proper protection). As it is a place on the heights of mountains, the beauty of nature is what you can enjoy the most. The astounding Buddhist monastery further increases the beauty of the place. No wonder it is also known as Little Tibet. You can also enjoy river rafting amid huge mountains, camping along the riverside is yet another unforgettable memory, and to give a shot to your thirst for the thrill, you may also try trekking to the Dhankar Lake.

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Spiti Valley:


Spiti Valley is a name that creates many pictures in the minds of those who haven’t been there. While some picture lush green hills, mountain rivers, and waterfalls, others think of it as a barren wasteland, a cold desert very similar to Ladakh.


Whatever the picture is, it attracts thousands of tourists every year. A journey to Spiti is an experience that you will cherish for a long time, probably all of your life.


The name “Spiti” means “The Middle Land” which it actually is; because it is in fact the land between Tibet and India. And because of this very reason, it possesses a unique combination of both Indian and Tibetan cultures. A distinct lifestyle derived primarily out of Hindu and Buddhist beliefs, gelled so well that it’s hard to tell them apart.


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Spiti Valley Location:


The beauty of Spiti Valley is located on the northern side of Ladakh. In the east lies Tibet and Kinnaur in the southeast. The north is bordered by Kullu. At an altitude of 12,500 feet above sea level, Spiti Valley attracts thousands of enthusiasts every year. Spiti Valley is home to tiny villages of not more than 200 people. Shimla railway station is the nearest railway station to the Spiti Valley. Even Manali is not far away from Spiti and lies 198 km away. Kullu is also one of the popular tourist destinations which is just 236 km far from Spiti Valley. Hence, you may also be able to cover a few popular spots in one go.


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Is Spiti Valley Worth It?


I will start with this because it is one of the most frequently asked questions. A lot of people get confused about whether to visit Ladakh or Spiti Valley and then they think about whether or not Spiti Valley is worth visiting. If I am to answer this in a single sentence, yes Spiti Valley is definitely worth every minute or penny that you spend here.


It is going to be a journey that you will remember for all of your life. This trip will give you a taste of many things in terms of vistas and culture. The slow transformation from lush green hills of Kinnaur to barren brown of Spiti and then again the green of Manali will leave you mesmerized.


The white of snow-covered mountains and the blue of the lakes here are like nowhere else. You will get to see an entirely different part of our country and meet people following a very different culture than yours.


Yes, Spiti Valley is very well worth it and you must visit here. In many ways, it will actually be even better than visiting Ladakh.


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When to visit Spiti Valley:


This definitely is the first question that comes to mind when you think of planning a trip. Choosing the right time to go in my opinion is of utmost importance; both in terms of convenience and sightseeing.


Spiti valley is open by road for all 12 months. When to go to Spiti will really depend on what your preference is but the majority of the tourism happens in the months from June till September.


This is the time when both the routes from Shimla and Manali remain open. Take a look at the article below for more details on what can you expect in which month; and which would suit you the most.



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Is Spiti Safe?


This is a question that must be addressed and answered before you go visit a new place. In my opinion, a person’s safety is entirely in their own hands and gets driven by the choices they make.


What you should know about Spiti Valley is that the roads here can be really bad, narrow, and sometimes even dangerous to drive on. So a certain amount of driving experience would be required (especially on hills) before you bring your vehicle here.


You definitely do not want this to be your first time when you were behind the wheel in the hills. If it was then I would recommend that you make a short trip to some other hill station and then drive to Spiti.


The local people here are very humble and gentle. The majority of the valley are simple villagers and the crime rate here is next to none.


So as long as you drive sensibly, did not take any unnecessary risks, did not wander alone into the wild on your own, and did not get into arguments with anyone, Spiti Valley is a very safe place to visit.


I would recommend reading through Is Spiti Safe for Tourists for more information and details on this topic.


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Permits for Spiti Valley:


Permits for Spiti Valley remain to be a topic of confusion really. Take a look at the articles below and these should help clarify any doubts. In a nutshell, as an Indian citizen, you do not need a permit for Spiti Valley. You are free to travel on the circuit any time of the year.


As a foreign national, you will need a permit to travel but it is only for traveling in the area near the Shipki La Pass (between Pooh and Nako). If a foreigner was coming from Manali to Kaza only, they do not need a permit. From the Shimla side, no permit is required for traveling till Reckong Peo but one is needed for going beyond Peo.


Irrespective of whether you are an Indian or a foreigner, you will definitely have to obtain a permit for Rohtang Pass; if you intended to enter the valley from Manali’s side. Go through the posts below please and these should clarify the matter further.



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Language spoken in Spiti Valley:


Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh is quite near Tibet and also has the essence of Tibetan culture. Hence, the language spoken by the natives is Stod Bhoti. It is a subgroup of the Tibetan language which is also spoken in the Lahaul. However, you need not panic if you have not heard of this language before. Most of the natives are able to understand Hindi and English language which is great news for the tourists. Several tourist guides are also fluent in English and Hindi. Hence, language will not be a barrier during your Spiti Valley tour.


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How to Prepare:


Once you have decided when to go, next in line comes the question of how to prepare. Spiti Valley is not really a place where you can just pack your bags and go.


You will have to seriously consider every aspect of the trip and pack accordingly. This will include packing the right kind of clothes, getting your vehicle ready, and carrying every essential item that you will need for the trip.


Below is a link to articles where I have provided this information in detail.



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Spiti Valley with Family:


Not too long ago, Spiti Valley was considered a place only for the adventurous type and motorcycle enthusiasts. Back then, people were not even aware of the name ‘Spiti Valley’, and the ones who knew of it as a region close to the border and where no one goes.


Much however has changed in recent times. The number of people visiting Spiti now increases with each passing year and the place is slowly getting transformed into a tourist hotspot.


With that being said, the fact cannot be denied that it is still a high altitude desert where the terrain is not only challenging but dangerous too sometimes.


If you are thinking of a Spiti family trip then you would have to seriously prepare for the journey ahead; especially if you were traveling with a child, or elders of your family maybe.


Please take a look at the following post. The first one details preparations and precautions you would need to practice while coming to Spiti with an infant, toddler, or children of any other age.


The second article talks about how to plan a trip to Spiti if you had your parents or other elders of the family accompanying you.



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What to buy in Spiti Valley:


Shopping is of course an important part of any trip anywhere; especially if you are traveling with family. Spiti Valley is considered to be a very remote region. But makes no mistake, there is plenty that you can buy to remember your time here.


Local Warm Socks, Sweater, Shawl, Roasted Barle, Dry Cheese, Barle Powder, and Sea Buckthorn Tea are some of the most common items that are bought by tourists.


But the list just does not end here. It is merely the beginning. Please take a look at Shopping in Spiti – What To Buy and Where for more details on these items and several others.


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What to eat in Spiti Valley:


One of the must-do things, when you visit a new place, is to try the local food there. You may or may not like it, and it may or may not agree with your stomach but you must do it nonetheless. After all, traveling is in the end all about being in new places and trying new things.


A mix of Indian and Tibetan Cultures, the local food in Spiti valley looks exotic, smells mouth-watering, and tastes delicious. Please take a look at Local food in Spiti – What to Eat in Spiti for a list of some local dishes that you must try.


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Spiti Valley Popular For:


Barren landscapes, the beauty of Buddhist monasteries, scenic beauty, and unadulterated hills are the USPs of Spiti Valley. Apart from these, there are several articles that are quite popular and you must purchase them on your visit to Spiti Valley. These include woollen items like shawls, mufflers, pulas, tattoos, and rugs. All of these items are available in local designs and patterns which will definitely make you stand out from the crowd in your city. Sea buckthorn tea, dry cheese, beads, masks, beautiful Buddha statues, and singing bowls of brass and copper are some other items of attractions.


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Get Your Vehicle Ready:


Aside from getting ready yourself, you will also have to make sure that your vehicle too is ready for the arduous journey ahead. Spiti Valley is still a remote area where mechanics are rare to find in some places.


Out here, even a simple breakdown or a flat tire can ruin your trip if you weren’t prepared for it. You should know which vehicle to bring to Spiti, how to get it ready and what spares to bring. The articles below will help answer all these questions in detail.



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How to get to Spiti Valley?


Reaching Spiti Valley is not a tough deal. You have the option of bus, air, and road. Whatever suits you the most, you can choose. Here is the detail about how you can reach to explore Spiti Valley tourist places:
By Air:
The nearest airport is Kullu Airport at Bhuntar, Kullu located at a distance of 245 km. The Kullu Airport is also known as Bhuntar Airport. So, from your city like Delhi, Mumbai, etc. You may take a flight to Bhuntar Airport. If you wish, you may take a stay at Kullu (10 Km away) or Manali (50 km away) and explore it before leaving for Spiti. To reach Spiti from Kullu, you will have to either hire a cab or take the local bus.
By Road:
Delhi and Chandigarh are two popular spots to begin the road journey to Spiti. From your native place, you can travel to Delhi or Chandigarh via a suitable mode of transport and begin your Spiti trip from here. You may hire a cab or a local bus that runs to Spiti Valley. If you are someone who loves to ride a bike, you may also take a bike tour from Delhi to Spiti Valley.
By Rail:
Spiti Valley does not offer a railway station service in the city. Hence, if you wish to travel by train, you will have to take a stop at the Joginder Nagar Station or Shimla Station as these two are the closest railway stations to Spiti Valley. From here, you can hire a cab or a local bus to reach your final destination.


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Time Needed:


It will entirely depend on where you were coming from and your mode of travel. But assuming Delhi as a starting point, a total of 9 days is what I will recommend for this journey.


You can, of course, do away with a lesser number of days as well but with 9 days in hand, you will be able to make sure that you did not rush anywhere during the trip, saw everything that was worth seeing, and made the best out of your time.


The itinerary section below breaks down the trip by the number of days and gives you an idea of how you can plan your trip.


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Itinerary for Spiti Valley Trip:


A well-laid itinerary in my opinion is the most important part of visiting Spiti Valley. Based on the days you have in hand, you must have a carefully drafted plan on where do you want to be on which day.


A Spiti trip is not really a frequent affair so while you visit here, you need to make sure that you make the most out of it and visit as many places as you possibly can. I have written several articles providing examples of different itineraries broken by days; links to which I have provided below.


Depending on how long your trip is going to last, you can pick an itinerary from the ones I have listed in these articles.



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What to See in Spiti Valley:


The next piece of information that you should keep handy is a list of places that you would like to see. You have been told that entire Spiti is a tourist destination in itself which is entirely correct.


Every turn of the road here will present you with something new and you will not get tired of clicking your camera for hours. But there must be some places that can be called the prime attraction, correct?


You are right. In the article below, I have listed every place in Spiti Valley that is worth a visit. Depending on the time you have for the trip, you can decide which one (or all of them) you want to cover.



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Where to Stay in Spiti Valley:


After what to see comes information related to accommodation. Spiti Valley is getting more popular with each passing year but the fact is that it still remains to be a remote region.


Knowing what your choices of accommodation are and where you can break your journey for the night is of utmost importance. It will also play a crucial part in drafting your final itinerary and deciding on the number of days for the trip.


In the articles below, I have listed some recommended hotels available on the circuit.



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Monasteries in Spiti Valley that allow Night Stay:


A lot of people look forward to staying at a monastery in Spiti Valley. This is a great choice for experiencing something different and local. However, this option is not available at all the monasteries.


In Spiti Valley, there are only 5 monasteries that I know that have this kind of arrangement. Before you decide to stay here though, please know that your stay will be very basic and may feel uncomfortable to you. But if you want do want to give it a try, then you can stay at either of the following monasteries for the night.


  • Key monastery near Kaza
  • Tabo Monastery
  • Dhankar Monastery
  • Kungri Monastery, Pin Valley
  • Komic Monastery

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How to Travel to Spiti Valley:


Now since we have all the information we need, let us talk about how to travel to and in Spiti Valley.


In the articles below, I have talked about how to journey on the two roads leading to Spiti Valley; the Manali – Kaza, and Shimla – Kaza routes; and then how to go to areas like Kibber, Pin Valley, and Chandratal after you have arrived in Kaza.


The first article is a very comprehensive road map of the entire Spiti Circuit; then the following articles are detailed explanations of the route.



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Renting a Bike for the Trip:


A trip to a place like Spiti Valley is best when done by your own vehicle. This however is not really a choice open to everyone. For one reason or another, a lot of people travel here by other modes of transport as well of which, renting a motorcycle is one of the top ones.


There are several places that you can rent a bike from for the trip like Manali, Shimla, or Kaza itself. However, before you finalize the deal, you must carefully inspect the motorcycle to ensure that it will not give you trouble anywhere.


In the articles below, I have provided information on where you can rent a bike from with some recommended names; and what is it that you should pay heed to before renting a bike.



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Cost of Spiti Trip:


The budget for the trip is one of the biggest deciding factors. While your overall expense incurred during the trip will completely depend on your own personal spending habits; some idea of the minimum cost will still be beneficial.


Below is a list of articles that can help you calculate the overall cost you will incur during the trip; and how you can keep it within budget.



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Public Transport Services in Spiti Valley:


Off-late, a lot of people have started to visit Spiti valley using public transport services; either in form of a Bus or shared cabs. If you too are planning a trip here by Public transport, then in the article below you will find information related to bus schedules and shared taxis.



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Months to Visit Spiti Valley:


Which month you would want to go really depends on your own personal preference. Below is a list of articles explaining Spiti valley month by month. The information I have included in these posts is relevant to that particular month only. Depending on which month you want to go in, click on the link and read through the information.



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When does Spiti Valley open for Tourists?


Contrary to common belief, Spiti valley actually remains open for all 12 months of the year. People tend to think that it gets shut down in the winter months but that is not true.


Of the two roads connecting Spiti with the rest of the country, it is only the Manali Kaza highway that gets blocked in winter. The reason behind this is that there are two high altitude passes on this route and both of them are notorious for receiving high amounts of snow each year. Yes, I am referring talking about Rohtang La and Kunzum La.


On the other hand, there is not even a single high altitude pass on the route from Shimla to Kaza. Due to this, it remains open throughout the year.


There could be a temporary block if the weather turned extreme and it snowed too much; but even if that happens, authorities clear the road just as soon as they are able to and restore connectivity.


With that being said, the tourist season in Spiti really starts in the month of May. People visit here in other months as well but the majority of the tourism happens only between May and September. This is the time when all tourist areas are open, and all hotels and guest houses are operational.


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Is Spiti Valley Dangerous:


If you are asking in terms of people then no, it is not at all dangerous. People here are very humble and simple. But if you are asking in terms of terrain then it will depend on how sensibly you travel.


Roads are bad and narrow in some places but as long as you drive sensibly and slow, there is absolutely nothing to worry about.


But if you take unnecessary risks, drive insensibly, try to be at places where you should not be, or get into altercations with people then you are just making things difficult for yourself.


Spiti Valley is a very safe place to visit but the end result will entirely be in your own hands.


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Is Spiti Valley safe for a woman to travel alone?


All that I explained above in this article about safety in Spiti valley applies to a solo woman traveler as well. Plan your itinerary well, chose your hotels wisely, keep your folks informed about your whereabouts, do not get over-friendly with everyone you meet, maintain your distance, do not venture out in remote areas all by yourself and you will be fine.


Do not also tell people that you are all alone. If asked, just tell them that you are with a group but alone just for that very moment. I know girls who have been on the Spiti Circuit alone, both by public transport and motorcycle, and they were able to travel without any problem at all.


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Interesting facts about Spiti Valley:


If you are curious to know more about Spiti Valley and its beauty, here are some unique facts about the place:

  • Spiti is surrounded by Tibet in the East, Ladakh in the North, Kullu and Lahaul in the South and Kinnaur in the South East
  • Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh is sparsely inhabited with the majority of the population being Tibetans
  • The world’s highest village Kormik is situated in Spiti. It also boasts of having the world’s highest post office and polling station in the village of Hikkim.
  • Can bargain to your heart’s content in Akhara bazaar.
  • Spiti Valley is a gorgeous snow-laden barren desert with breathtaking unadulterated beauty.
  • Lhalung monastery, one of the earliest monasteries founded by Rinchen Zangpo who is considered a Buddhist ‘Mahaguru’ is a popular attraction. The monastery is adorned by a complex of 9 shrines, each of which is a hub of Buddhist teachings. It is also called the Golden Temple due to the gold leaf deities kept in its shrine.
  • Dhankar Lake at a distance of 5km from Dhankar monastery is a spellbinding natural clear lake perched on a cliff at a height of 4,270 metres with picturesque surroundings. It can be reached by undertaking a thrilling and arduous trek expedition of an hour from the monastery.
  • Several villages in Spiti Valley offer captivating and exciting trek trails with mesmerising views such as Kibber, Losar, Kormik and Darcha.
  • Yak and Horse Safaris are the most popular and fun ways to explore the valley.
  • Adventurists can engage in river rafting at the Spiti River while basking in the beguiling views of the picturesque landscape.


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Why is Spiti Valley recommended?


A relaxing and rejuvenating escape into the hills to seek peace and experience a serene culture embraced by the monasteries and tranquil nature. Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh is an exquisite cold mountain desert in the lap of the Great Himalaya Ranges in Himachal Pradesh. Spiti literally means the middle land; and is aptly named, as Spiti Valley separates India from Tibet. The place is known for:
Key Monastery::
Key monastery also known as ‘Kye Gompa’ is a beautiful Tibetan monastery perched at an altitude of 4,112 metres above sea level in the Kaza region. Overlooking the Spiti River, it is the most famous and largest monastery in Spiti Valley with a resplendent Lord Buddha shrine and a treasure trove of ancient Buddhist literature, manuscripts, thangkas and murals. The fort-like structure of the monastery bears a resemblance to the Chinese theme and comprises a striking assembly hall and fascinating Tengyur room which is richly adorned with exquisite murals and paintings. The monastery also serves as a religious centre where the lamas receive their education and training. Witness an astounding dance of the Lamas, accompanied by musical instruments such as pipes and horns.
Chandra Tal Lake:
Located at a height of 4,300 metres, Chandra Tal Lake is the most strikingly beautiful lake in Spiti Valley and the name derives from its crescent shape. 6 km from Kunzum Pass, the lake is a paradise on earth with shimmering crystal blue waters swathed with vast lush green meadows and snow-crested alps. The lake is a spectacular vision in the morning when the brilliant rays radiating from the sun bathes the lake in various hues of red, orange blue and green while at night the pristine waters reflect a still black hue and are a breathtaking unparalleled sight to behold. ChandraTal Lake is popular with trekkers and campers for its mystic beauty, thrilling trails and brilliant night sky making it a gorgeous destination for camping.
Tabo Monastery:
The Tabo monastery is the oldest and most ancient monastery in India. Built-in the 10th century, it is perched on an elevated altitude of 10,000 feet above sea level in the cold desert of Tabo. Referred to as the ‘Ajanta of the Himalayas’ as the walls are adorned with mesmeric murals depicting the ancient tales of the Mahayana Buddhist Pantheon and ancient paintings just like in the Ajanta caves, it is a beautiful monastery comprising 9 temples such as ‘The Temple of the Enlightened Gods’, ‘The Buddha Maitreya’ etc. and multiple stupas. The temple houses various beautiful stuccos of Bodhisattvas, artistic murals, exquisite frescoes, and beautiful paintings along with a priceless collection of manuscripts and works of Buddha and Thangkas. Being one of the most historically significant sites in Buddhist culture, the Archeological Survey of India has taken over the responsibility of its maintenance and preservation.
Suraj Tal Lake:
A picture-perfect lake, Suraj Tal is a dream painting that comes alive, especially for photographers. Translated as ‘Sun Lake’, Suraj Tal is a spectacular lake, located below Baralacha Pass and is the most frequented spot by nature lovers, photographers and trekkers. The lake is fed by the Baralacha glaciers surrounded by trails ideal for trekking and mountain biking.
Kunzum Pass:
One of the most popular places to visit in Spiti Valley is Kunzum Pass. Located at 4,590 metres above sea level, Kunzum Pass is a gateway from Kullu and Lahaul to Spiti Valley. The drive on the rugged terrains offers a stunning panoramic view of the Chandra Bhaga range, Spiti Valley and Bara Shigri glacier. Trekkers can trek to the pass from ChandraTal Lake. One can also seek blessings at the Kunzum Devi temple by taking a complete circle of the temple in your car. It is believed to protect travellers from any mishaps that may occur on such rough roads. The colourful Buddhist flags swaying in the wind add to the beauty of the place.
Baralacha Pass:
Located at a great height of 16,040 feet above sea level, Baralacha Pass is a challenging pass situated on the Manali-Leh highway in the Zanskar ranges. The 8km long pass connects Lahaul to Ladakh and offers trekking, mountain biking and camping opportunities with magnificent views of the mighty snow-clad Pir Panjal, Great Himalayas and Zanskar ranges, glorious glaciers and the Bhaga river which originates from Suraj Tal Lake. Embark on an exhilarating adventurous trek and camping to Baralacha Pass from ChandraTal Lake which takes a week to complete.
Pin Valley National Park:
Set amidst frozen streams is a beautiful Pin Valley National Park situated in the cold desert bio reserve of Spiti Valley. Situated at a height of 3,300 metres, it is home to rare and endangered diverse species of flora and fauna. One can encounter wildlife such as Siberian ibex, Himalayan snow leopard, snowcocks, Tibetan gazelle, woolly hair, and chukar partridge amongst others. 22 rare medicinal plants have been discovered here apart from the cedar and deodar trees populating the park. Adventure seekers can also trek to the park through scenic beauty and the regal backdrop of snow-capped Alps.


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Spiti Valley Operating hours:


The best time to complete your daily tour of Spiti Valley when you visit Himachal Pradesh is between 9 am to 9 pm. You can easily get local transportation during these hours to travel around the city. Depending on the places you choose to visit, the operating hours may vary. So, check the timings before you plan Spiti Valley sightseeing.
The best time to visit Spiti Valley is in the summer between March to June as it is cut off from the rest of the world in winter due to heavy snowfalls and thick icing conditions. During summers, not only do you have easy routes but you will also encounter fewer crowds. However, if you choose to visit Spiti during the winter season, you may visit between October-February. This is one of the best times if you want to see the beauty of Spiti Valley during winter. Frozen waterfalls and lakes and wildlife can be best seen during these months. Within a week or so, you may be able to complete your tour of Spiti Valley.
Timing: 9 AM to 9 PM:
Bargaining: Street shopping at its best, you
Location: Spiti Valley
Situated at an altitude of 12,500 feet above sea level, the picturesque valley encased by the Himalayas is an exotic destination and gem of Himachal Pradesh. Snow crest Alps, snow-carpeted pristine landscape, alpine forest, deep ravines speckled with greenery, glistening glaciers, sparkling azure rivers, splendid monasteries and quaint hamlets embellish the valley exude a vision of a mesmerising painting. The surreal beauty of the valley and the monasteries allures tourists and trekkers from all over the world.


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Here is a quick Spiti Valley tourist chart for you:

Name Operating Hours Ticket Prices
Key Monastery 6 AM to 6 PM FREE
Chandratal Lake Open 24 Hrs FREE
Pin Valley National Park 6 AM to 6 PM (Closed on National Holidays) FREE
Tabo Monastery 6 AM to 7 PM FREE
Kunzum pass 8 AM to 5 PM FREE
Dhankar lake 24 Hrs FREE
Kaza Market 7 AM to 10 PM You have to Pay for your purchases
Suraj Tal lake 24 Hrs FREE
Baralacha Pass Best time to visit (April-October) FREE: Identity Proof Needed

Other Tips:


Last but not the least, below are some articles where I have shared some quick tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable journey. Most of these tips are based on my own personal experience of Spiti Valley after being there several times.


Read through and I am sure this information can be of help to you.



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Conslusion:

I hope the information given in the above article on how to make a trip plan to Spiti Valley was for your help. If you have any questions related the same, kinldy feel free to ask in the comments section given below. You can also follow me on Instagram and chat with me live there or subscribe to my YouTube channel and ask a question there.

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What's to Carry when you travel towards Spiti Valley?

Must carry some extra cash maximu time ATM available enroute not working or cash not available
Must Carry wollen cloth, Rishikesh is cool at Night
Carry some food items
Carry extra cloths
Not to travel in Night Alone



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Ideal Time To Visit Spiti Valley

 March to June may be the best month to visit Spiti valley for tourists who want to explore the valley while avoiding the cold weather.
 Moreover, the route via Manali opens up during May, marking the beginning of the tourist season.





What to do in Spiti Valley

 Chandra Tal Lake Trek, Monastery Visit, Pin Valley Trek and much more...


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FAQs about
Spiti Valley

Best Time to Visit to Spiti Valley

The best time to visit Spiti Valley is between March to June when the weather is pleasant and cool.

What are the top attractions to visit in Sipit?

The top attractions to visit in Spiti Valley are:

Chandratal Trek
Pin Valley Trek
Exploring the Breathtaking Kunzum Pass in Spiti Valley
Monastery
Spiti River

What are the best outdoor activities in Spiti?

The best outdoor activities in Spiti are:

Visiting Key Monastery
Dhankar Lake
Treacherous Road Trek
Pin Valley Trek
Chandratal Trek

Where I get the Snow in Spiti

The region becomes a winter wonderland, covered in a pristine white blanket of snow. The roads usually are closed owing to heavy snowfall, though these months are perfect for activities like skiing and snowboardin.

Why Spiti is So, Famous?

Spiti is famous for its unique and stunning landscapes, ancient Buddhist monasteries, and rich culture. The valley is one of the most remote and least populated regions in India, making it a haven for adventure seekers and nature lovers. Spiti is home to some of the oldest and most historic Buddhist monasteries in the world, offering visitors a glimpse into the region’s rich history and spirituality. The rugged and remote terrain of Spiti also makes it an ideal destination for trekking and exploring the natural beauty of the region, including high-altitude deserts, towering peaks, and crystal-clear rivers.


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