Imagine a high altitude cold desert that’s incredibly beautiful yet sparsely crowded. Well, that’s Spiti Valley for you. Towering mountains, the colours of which appear to change with the weather, breathtaking views, thinly-populated villages, rare variety of flora and fauna, delicious local food, and warm locals are some of the many features of Spiti Valley tourism. Despite being home to one of the highest and remotest settlements on earth, the cold desert of Spiti Valley is one of the top destinations for travellers from India and abroad, especially the ones who love a bit of adventure while travelling. With such other-wordly landscapes, a road trip to Spiti Valley is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience all those who love travelling. Kunzum Pass, Chandratal Lake, Tabo Monastery, Dhankar Monastery, Dhankar Lake, Key Monastery, Mudh village, Pin Valley, and the secluded high-altitude villages of Hikkim, Kibber, Chicham, Komic, Langza are some of the best places to visit in Spiti Valley.
If you are someone who’s still left wondering where Spiti Valley is, it’s meaning, ‘the middle land’ might just give you an idea. Nestled between Ladakh and Tibet, Spiti Valley is located in the upper Himalayas.. The main city of Spiti Valley tourism, Kaza, is located at an elevation of approximately 12,500 feet. Also known as the ‘land of lamas’ Spiti Valley witnesses harsh winters that usually stretch from October to April. During peak winters, Spiti Valley temperatures can reach as low as -30°C. Most of its roads remain covered with huge glaciers, which is why many of its villages are disconnected from the rest of the world during winters. In fact, you can reach Kaza via Shimla-Reckong Peo route as it is the only highway that remains open throughout the year, barring some days when snowfall or landslides block the roads for a few hours or days. However, as the snow starts to melt in summers, Spiti Valley tourism starts springing back to life. Mid-May to August is the best time to visit Spiti Valley.