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Kaza

Some say that Kaza is the most beautiful place in all of north India, yes that includes Ladakh! The capital of Spiti Valley, Kaza is every traveller's dream. Mostly unexplored owing to its inaccessibility, it has gradually found its place in the 'must visit places in India'. Overwhelming mountains, sparkling rivers, gurgling streams and a landscape unlike any other – Kaza needs to be seen to be believed. As you make your way from the city to this unknown land, you realise the disparity between urban living and simple life. And appreciate it. For miles and miles, you may not come across another human being but will certainly have sounds of nature to accompany you. Yes, Kaza is as poetic as travellers make it sound. The town is divided into parts and also serves as a pass to Ladakh. If you have visited Ladakh, the cultural similarities of both places will not surprise you. Though Kaza is not a typical holiday destination, it offers travellers much more. The base point for many treks, Kaza is where expert trekkers find solace. Do visit Tabo Monastery, which is considered to be one of the Buddhist centres in the Himalayas. The hotels here offer you basic but warm and well-maintained rooms with local meals that you just can't say no to! Reaching here isn't a problem either since buses from Manali run regularly, though the roads here are a little tricky! Perfect for adventure enthusiasts, Kaza is not everyone's cup of tea so if you are looking for a relaxed, no-hassle holiday, do think again!
Ankur Srivastava
TheHimalayanGypsy
Sham (lower region) lies on both sides of the main Spiti river between its confluence with Lingti and its junction with the Pare Chu. Pin lies on both sides of the Pin River. Pin is the home of chaumurti horses and the mysterious Buzhen lamas, famous for performing a unique trance ritual in which demons hiding in a rock are banished after a long ceremony in which the rock is broken on the chest of a monk. Bhar (middle region) is the local name for the Spiti valley lying between the point where Shillah Nullah meets the main river about three kilometers above Kaza and Sham. Bhar owes its importance to Spiti's biggest monastery, Kye Gompa, and to its second most beautiful, the Serkhang of Lhalung in the Lingti valley. Tud (higher region) includes all portions of the territory above Bhar. This region includes several minor but important villages like Hansa, Kyoto and Losar which have preserved the traditional lifestyle of the Spitians. It’s easy to circuit all these regions if you are travelling through Spiti. If you enter Spiti from Lahaul (via Manali), you first enter the higher Tud region (Losar and Hansa), then drive through the middle region of Bhar (Kaza) and exit through the lower Sham region (Dhankar and Tabo). A side trip to the Pin Valley brings you to the Pin region and a chance to see rare wildlife like the ibex and snow leopard.
TheHimalayanGypsy
4. In Spiti, the only petrol pump is at Kaza.
TheHimalayanGypsy