This summer you must plan a tour to Spiti valley and explore the unexplored the Middle Land between Ladakh and Tibet in India- Himachal Pradesh. More than a century ago in 1901 Rudyard Kipling in his Novel 'Kim' called Spiti "A World Within A World" and a "Place Where Gods Live"- a description for a mystic aura surrounding this beautiful trans Himalayan valley, that holds true to the present day. A part of district Lahaul and Spiti, Spiti has its headquarters at Kaza (3,800 metres).
Being a travel guide I am traveling frequently to Spiti valley since year 1995, when it was recently opened for the world wide tourist's in 1992. I find Lahaul Spiti Tour Package one of the most spectacular holiday tour Package where one can enjoy the extremely beautiful mountain landscape views which are far away from urbanity and crowds of tourists. Spiti is connected to Manali over Kunzum pass and Rohtang Pass, to Lahaul valley over Kunzum Pass (4,551 metres) and to Shimla the state capital of Himachal Pradesh, through the beautiful Kinnaur valley. Still the Foreigner tourist need to obtain a Inner line permit to visit upper parts of Kinnaur and Spiti valley between Akpa to Tabo because of proximity to Tibet.
We at Summit Safari India- The Travel Experts, through our vast travel experience, suggest and organize a prefect holiday trip to Spiti valley for you and your loved ones. You can choose to be on a private customized tours to Spiti valley or on a cheap budget Spiti valley tour with your friends and family. Spiti’s mountains form a part of the Central and Greater Himalayas and several peaks are over 6,000 metres providing unparalleled panoramic views from the valley.
The best route to Plan a Spiti Valley Tours is starting from Shimla, Chandigarh or Delhi follow the Hindustan Tibet border road through the Central Himalayas, covering Shimla, Sarahan, Sangla, Kalpa, Nako, Tabo, Dhankar, Kaza, Kunzum Pass, Chandra Tal Lake , Rohtang Pass and finishing the tour back at Manali, Chandigarh, Delhi. This circular route is the best to follow for the Spiti valley tour as on this route you gain altitude slowly and slowly. It provides you proper time to acclimatize during the travel and there are no chances that you'll get ill due to high altitude while visiting the cold desert of Spiti.
You can choose to be the part of Spiti valley group tours or specially organized Women group tours to Spiti valley where you travel in small groups with likeminded people. For the best deals and holiday tour packages to Spiti valley you can send us a mail at email@example.com, or contact us through www.summitsafari.com, whatsapp +919805051102 for a unforgettable holiday experience to Spiti valley tour and explore the unexplored, that will keep calling you back. As in Ladakh, little rain gets over the Himalayan Mountain barrier so most of the Spiti valley is dry and mostly barren. Middle Land Spiti where the monsoon rain rarely comes, the air is clear and the warm summer days are followed by cold, crisp nights.
Spiti Valley Holiday Tour Package are suitable for people of all ages and could be planed as per your budget and interest. Keep in mind while planning a tour to Spiti valley, which has no rail or air connectivity only a road trip to Spiti valley is the only way to travel. Spiti valley road trip takes you to explore the region which is one of the least populated and isolated regions and is famous as the offbeat tourism destination in India. Spiti tour packages are a great choice solo travelers or couples who want the best of Lahaul Spiti packages at a reasonable cost can even plan a tour to Spiti valley.
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Whatever the holiday tour to Spiti valley you choose, we provide you with the best drivers for the Spiti valley Holiday adventure tour who takes care of your detailed sightseeing, safety and comfort in the mountains. During your Spiti valley Holiday adventure tour you will stay at Camps, hotels and home stays run by the local people famous for their hospitality. During your holiday tour to Spiti valley we make sure you enjoy the most and get the insight of local culture and traditions which all will bring a memorable, unforgettable Spiti valley holiday experience to you.
The Spiti Valley Tour Package are also among the most popular Himachal tribal tours. The Tribal People (hardworking mountain tribes) from Spiti valley follow the same Buddhist culture as that of Tibet and Ladakh. For centuries people in these remote valleys lived largely isolated from one another, holding and preserving the treasures and secrets of ancient civilizations untainted by modernity unmatched outside these mountains offers various road trips and numerous trek routes to Spiti varying from moderate to hard grueling trips.
During the Spiti valley tour packages the Tibetan influence can be felt here in terms of religion, culture and landscape. The landscapes of Spiti are similar to Ladakh valley and I must say it keeps on changing every 2-3 miles making it much better than Ladakh and is one of the top reasons why you should plan a trip to Spiti valley.The people here in Spiti valley follow the same Buddhist culture as that of Tibet and Ladakh. The fields are irrigated by snow melt that is channeled into ditches, a few crops of potatoes, peas and barley can be grown before the heavy winter snows. Many villagers keep yaks and horses. Yaks can be seen in the villages working in the fields or grazing in the past pastures.
If interested to see the snow Leopards you can plan a winter tour to Spiti valley in January end or February which is the best time to see the snow leopards in their natural habitat. The rarely spotted snow Leopard is now easily spotted in the snow bound villages of Spiti valley. During the winter tours to Spiti valley we take you specially to visit the villages of Kibber, Hikkim, Comic and Langza where in the past good sightings of the Snow Leopard has been recorded. All the hotels are closed but the accommodations in the home stays are available to sight the snow Leopard in Spiti.
Holiday Tour to Lahaul Spiti Valley takes you through miles of natural beauty with massive mountain views, when suddenly you arrive at a small village with a couple of white houses with colorful prayer flags inscribed with holy chants, Chortens at the village boundary along with the piles of "Mani" stones, provide interaction with the locals and insight to the culture of these tribal people. The Buddhist monasteries perched hundreds of feet above, the high mountain passes, beautiful lake of Chandra Taal, the snow melted Spiti river flowing through the valley, the Himalayan wildlife, the glaciers, rich traditions and overall magnificent mountain views all will provide an experience one will never forget after the Holiday tour to Spiti valley- the middle land between Ladakh and Tibet.
How to Travel To Spiti valley:
Spiti holiday adventure tour is only possible by taking a road trip to Spiti valley as the Spiti valley has no air or rail connectivity.
There are two routes to enter Spiti valley by road:
1. Shimla to Spiti valley through Kinnaur valley.
2. Manali to Spiti valley (Kaza over Rohtang Pass (3,980 metres) & Kunzum Pass (4,551 metres)
Shimla to Spiti valley through Kinnaur valley
It is the most popular route to travel to Spiti valley. The road passes through famous Kinnaur valley and you gain a gradual height (which helps you to acclimatize slowly and slowly while travelling to high Himalayas) while travelling on it. The road passes through beautiful villages, temple, and monasteries on the way. Shimla to Kaza (the sub divisional headquarters of Spiti) is 450 kms, while passing through Kinnaur valley. This is all the part of Tribal circuit (area) of Himachal Pradesh. While traveling through this route you can end up your journey at Manali over the Kunzum Pass (4,551 metres) and Rohtang Pass (3,980 metres), or one can take an overland journey from Shimla to Ladakh valley via Kinnaur and Spiti valley. Shimla is very well connected by Air, Rail & Road to New Delhi and rest of the parts in country. It is an all season road.
Manali to Spiti valley (Kaza) over Rohtang Pass (3,980 metres) & Kunzum Pass (4551 metres)
The second option is the overland journey from Manali to Kaza (the sub divisional headquarters of Spiti) 210 kms, and a steep climb. The road is open only from early June to mid October, rest of the time due to heavy snowfall the high mountain passes remain closed.
There is no airport in these valley. The closet airport is Kullu airport (45 kms before Manali), and Chandigarh airport (120 kms / 4 hrs before Shimla), as Shimla airport has no regular flights.
There is no rail link to the Spiti valley. Nearest rail head for Spiti valley is Shimla, which is connected to the UNESCO World heritage Kalka Shimla Railways the toy train (narrow gauge line) from Kalka to Shimla. Kalka is very well connected to New Delhi and other parts of the country by a broad gauge line.
Best season to plan a tour to Spiti valley for a holiday
The Best season to plan a Spiti valley holiday tour is Mid June to Early October - as this is the only time when the high mountain Kunzum Pass open towards Manali or even one can continue the road trip to Leh Ladakh valleys and one does not have to come back to Shimla.
The entire Spiti Valley is in the rain shadow of the Himalayas, almost there are no monsoon rains in the area. The sky is amazingly blue during the summer monsoon months are he best season when people can visit the Spiti valley for a holiday tour.
The month of July August and September is the best time to plan visit the Spiti Valley on a road trip. During the monsoon time you can discover the unexplored parts of the Himachal Tribal Tour to visit Spit Valley for a memorable road trip to a land of high passes and deep valleys full of breathtaking scenic beauty. When it is raining in rest of the India the accessibility to the circular route of Spiti valley is opened for the tourists. One can start from Shimla, covering the beautiful Sarahan, Sangla Kalpa valleys in Kinnaur region and further to Spiti valley finishing the tour at Manali. There could be some landslides during the journeys but they are cleared soon by the state PWD department and the border roads organizations in Kinnaur and Spiti valleys of Himachal Pradesh.
You can take a organized trek to Spiti valley over the mountain passes, you will experience the wonders and natural beauty that will keep you spell bound for a long time. The constantly evolving scenery is unforgettable and well worth the journey though.
People can also plan the Spiti valley tour from Mid April, May and Early June or Late October November. Whatever the summer or monsoon months you choose to visit Spiti Valley for a tour, remember to carry cotton clothes, with sun hats, light woolen clothes, pair of socks, sun cream, good walking shoes and a rain coat or an umbrella.
Snow Leopard Tour to Spiti Valley is organized from January end and in February but as the Kunzum pass remains closed during these months due to heavy snowfall in such case one have to start from Shimla and have to come back to Shimla at the end of the tour.
Hotel Accommodation in Spiti valley
There are no star category of hotels in the Spiti valley but there are guest houses, tented camps, home stays which are runs by locals. The hotels operate between May to Early October and get close for the winters. The hotels in Spiti valley are divided in A Class Hotels which guarantees the best level of comfort in the Himalayas; the B Class Hotels - which are moderate comfort with neat and clean rooms. All rooms have private bathrooms with hot and cold running water. Summit Safari India- The Travel Experts would be happy to plan and organize a Spiti valley holiday tour for you and offer you the best rates on hotel accommodations in Spiti valley.
Places of interest in the Spiti valley
While on the Spiti valley tour you will enjoy miles and miles of natural beauty. It's a land that is cut off from much of the modern living and all its malaise and conveniences. The entire Spiti valley is famous for pretty Himalayan villages with welcoming locals, jaw dropping mountain views, with traditional villages and monasteries on the mountain tops.
Pin valley National Park is home to a variety of rare animals like the Snow Leopard, the ibex, the Himalayan blue sheep and the Himalayan Thar. Sagnam village, Mud village and Kungri monastery in the Pin valley is the most famous and the most beautiful. Kungri is also famous for the monastery festival in Mid July where Cham dance is the major attraction for the tourist's.
Lingti valley is a living geological museum and is the longest (60km) and largest side valley of Spiti. Lingti valley with its traditional villages like Demul, Lalaung, Komik, Hikkim and Lagnza are among the Worlds highest villages with the worlds highest post office to visit during your tour. Some of these villages are famous for the Snow leopard Expeditions during the winter tours in Spiti valley with good sightings of Snow Leopards.
Tabo monastery (3,050 metres) Tabo monastery is the largest monastic complex and the oldest monastery in the whole Himalayas. It was founded in 996 AD. Tabo monastery is noted for its exquisite quality of paintings and stucco images that adorn its walls. These works of art delightfully express the vigour of the transmission of Buddhism from India to Tibet and the dynamic mingling of cultures.
Gue Village The last village on the Indo-China border (Tibet) is famous for a naturally preserved mummy of a Buddhist monk which is about 600 years old and is just preserved due to the meditational quality of the monk or by the harsh and dry winds of the area. Nothing has been applied to the body to keep it preserved.
Dhankar Village and Monastery (3,370 metres) the most dramatic settings of Spiti, is the village, fort (in ruins) and monastery of Dhankar. It is a small pretty village on a hill with an open view of valley down the side. Views are majestic from the top of the monastery and one can see vast expanses of the Spiti valley. The setting is so beautiful and dramatic that this monastery should not be missed. Dhankar village is ideal for traditional home stays.
Dhankar Lake There is a fresh water lake about a 2.5 kms hike above Dhankar village at a height of 13,500 ft.
Kaza (3,800 metres) It is the administrative headquarters ( capital) of Spiti. It has a market place, medical facilities (hospital), a pump station, hotels and guest houses. It serves as the base for excursions to the nearby villages and monasteries including Key, Kibber, Lagnza Hikkim, and Komik which are very famous for the sightings of snow ibex, Himalayan thar and the Snow Leopard with many other birds and Himalayan wildlife animals.
Kee (Key) Monastery (4,116metres) 12 kms from Kaza, above the left bank of river Spiti, lies the largest monastery in the valley which holds a powerful impact over the most populous part of the valley around Kaza. It is also known for its beautiful murals, thanka paintings, rare manuscripts, stucco images and wind instruments that form part of the orchestra whenever Chham (the traditional Tibetan dance) is enacted in the monastery in the summer.
Kibber Village (4,205 metres) 8 kms above the Kee monastery, Kibber village - reaching Kibber village one is greeted by traditional houses, lush green fields which look strikingly refreshing against the arid backdrop of the snow capped mountains and peaks. A hike to the nearby mountains provides a chance to see some of the Himalayan wildlife from close.
Kunzum Pass (4,551 metres) is the gateway to Lahul valley or to Manali from Spiti. The Bara Shigri glacier can be seen in front of the pass. Snow covered mountains and glaciers can be seen throughout the year from the Kunzum Pass which is open in early June to mid October.
Chandra Taal Lake (4,270 metres) in the wilderness of Spiti Valley. It also known as the "Lake of the Moon", as on full moon night it appears as if the moon and the stars have come down to the lake. At full moon night the reflection of the moon and stars can be seen in lake water. It is the largest and broadest lake in the region (1km. in length). This clear blue water lake lies in a broad grassy plain with a presence of rugged mountains, snow covered peaks and it presents a picturesque beauty of nature to the visitors. It is approachable by a rough road from Batal (15 kms), just below the Kunzum Pass or either one can hike down from Kunzum Pass (6 kms – 3 hrs) to the beautiful Lake.
Rangrik, Lalung, Chicham are some other interesting villages in Spiti valley famous for its bridges, Landscapes and the Buddhist monasteries.