Introduction to Spiti Valley and reasons to visit

Overview

Spiti is a high altitude region in the north eastern part of the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It incorporates the valleys of Spiti river. Spiti is defined as “The Middle Land” i.e the land between India and Tibet. 

The valley is the least populated regions of India. The 2011 census states that the population of Spiti is 12,455 persons. Its one tiny village consists of 35 to 200 individuals. The entire population of Spiti Valley is categorized as Scheduled Tribe by the government of India. Spiti is a very beautiful place in india.

Details:

Floor Elevation 2950 – 4100 meters (9680 – 13450 ft)
Location Lahaul and Spiti District 
State/ ProvinceHimachal Pradesh, India 
Population Centers Losar, Kaza, Tabo, Sumdo and Chango

And One should consider visiting Spiti Valley because of a variety of reasons Also, Spiti has very beautiful scenic views. You can experience a great life here.

Spiti Valley 

It is a destination that one never stops talking about after visiting. A gateway for those looking for peace in the earthy glory of nature. A cold deserted valley filled with pine timberlands, meadows, monasteries, and tiny villages. Wherever one goes, one will witness the beauty of monasteries, fluttering prayer flags and the end number of Buddhist monks praying. Every village has a small temple or “Lhakhang” in Spiti. Spiti valley is a very photogenic place in India.

Spiti 

It has a cold desert environment and despite being so, Spiti has a wide range of animals and medicinal and aromatic plants. People will really enjoy visiting this place. The tourist always remember the experience that they have in spiti. You will experience beautiful scenic views from the place. Peopel should visit this place with friends or with family. It is one great experience.

Flora and Fauna 

Spiti Valley has a wide range of endangered species and one can witness the rare snow leopard and siberian ibex in the national parks of the valley. Snow leopards are seen in winters if they come under the range of altitude 5000 meters. So it is very difficult to see one.

Festivals

One should consider experiencing the local festivals of Spiti. Guitor at Kyi Gonpa in July, Ladarch Fair in mid of August, Spiti Losar in November, Thuckchu in December, Dachang and Mentok in February. All these traditional festivals are related to Spitis’ agriculture and seasonal shifts. 

Beverages

The famous alcoholic beverages chhaang and Arak are prepared for festivals. And other occasions like marriage, birth, success celebrations or death.

Activities

Visitors can choose to take a natural walk from here to experience and watch rare species and the beauty of nature. One can also participate in adventurous activities like hiking, rappelling and camping. Spiti has winter sports like ice skating, skiing and ice climbing.

Camping or trekking

Many camping sites provide winter sports like ice skating, skiing and ice climbing. Trekking on Kanamo peak – 5960m high, Parang La Trek, Bhaba Pass Trek and Pin Parvati Pass Trek. Mountaineering in Gya peak ( highest peak in Himachal Pradesh), Manirang Peak,  Shilla Peak and Chocho Kang Nilda. People consider driving cars and bikes as adventurous activities. 

Weather

One can only experience extremely cold weather here, but in summer it is quite pleasant as the temperature rises up to 0 to 15-degree celsius. October is the right time to visit Valley.

Transportation

Spiti is reachable through Manali and Shimla in the summer season. Additionally, Roads from Manali are closed in winter for 6 months due to heavy snowfall. One can visit winter through Shimla. Many filmmakers visit Valley in Winters.

Culture

Social organization consists of a hierarchy of 3 customs i.e Nonos at the top, Chhazang in the middle and pyi – pa at the bottom. The rule is these groups can marry only among their own status. 

Custom

The inheritance is acquired by the firstborn child, the eldest son will inherit the estate and younger sons will become monks. If the eldest son dies, the younger brother marries the widowed wife after leaving the monastery.

Achievements

  1. This palce was first clicked in the 1860s by Samuel Bourne. 
  2. It was first shot in 1933 by Eugenio Ghersi.
  3.  Bollywood movies like Kesari, Highway and Paap are shot here.
  4.  The National Geographic issues of July 2020 issued a long story on snow leopards of Spiti Valley.

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