Spiti Valley Tourism & Travel Guide

Picture a Ladakh without crowds and little development – that’s what Spiti is like. One of the highest and most remote places to be inhabited on earth, the cold desert of Spiti Valley is breathtakingly gorgeous with timber-and-mud houses sprinkled across its barren landscape. As you tread through its scattered green fields and changing hues of brown and grey, the Spiti River runs along with you. The top experiences here range from visiting the fabulous 1200-year-old Dhankar Gompa, driving through Kunzum Pass at 4551m, dropping a postcard at the highest post office in Hikkim, trekking to Dhankar Lake and collecting sea fossils near the village of Langza. The best way to enjoy Spiti is to go on a bike adventure, cruising through its broken trails and stopping at the villages to chat with the locals. Go with an open mind, for you will return with inimitable experiences that will stay etched in your memory forever.
Best time to visit

Peak Season to visit Spiti is from mid-May to mid-July, when the weather is bearable and warm and all passes, link roads and hotels are open for visitors.

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For Budget Travellers: INR 600-1000 a day

For Mid-range Travellers: INR 2200-4000 a day

For Luxury Travellers: INR 4500 and upwards

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Trips and Itineraries for Spiti Valley

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Top Places To Visit in Spiti Valley 25 Spots

This Ladakh-like terrain, nestled in high Himalayan mountains is another Tibetan Buddhist-culture influenced land. Often referred to as the 'Middle Land', the valley is home – and proudly so – to some of the oldest monasteries in the world. With very few tourists having the courage to tread to this remote valley and even fewer villages scattered in this jagged terrain, Spiti retains its picturesque landscape. Prospering in absolute silence, the valley can be approached from Manali via Kunzum Pass from mid-June to mid-October, or by road through Shimla-Kinnaur Valley a.k.a. Hindustan–Tibet Highway, which stays open all round the year – except when it is temporarily closed down during snowfall in winters or landslides during monsoons.
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Dhankar Monastery Ext, Demul Khas, Himachal Pradesh 172114, India
For those who are interested in Buddhism and its teachings, a visit to the Dhankar Monastery is a must. Situated on top of a hill above the village of Dhankar, this monastery has many caves for one to meditate in, a museum that houses Buddhist artifacts and a library as well. The Dhankar village lies on the confluence of the Rivers Spiti and Pin and has been labeled as an endangered sight out of 100 such places by the World Monument Funds.
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Weekend Getaways from Spiti Valley  

Best time to visit - January,February,March,April,May,June,October,November,December
#coffeewithtripotoShimla (or Simla, as it was called by the British during the days of the Raj), once affectionately known as Chhota Vilayat or Little England. Today, is popular with the tourists for its historical buildings and monuments.The history of shimla is it`s biggest asset, helping it fetch endless numbers of tourists from all over the country and worldwide. Shimla was officially founded in 1864 and was built on top of seven hills namely: Inverarm Hill, Observatory Hill, Prospect Hill, Summer Hill, Bantony Hill, Elysium Hill and Jakhoo Hill.Shimla was a paradise where most of the British officers and guests spent their summers, away from scorching sun in plains.It didn’t take much time before Shimla or Simla was declared centre of British colonial rule.The British were so charmed that they planned and built Shimla meticulously and adored it with historic buildings made in British architecture, like Town Hall, Christ Church, Gorton Castel, Viceregal Lodge (now Indian Institute of Advance Studies), the Willow Bank and so on.In 1906, to make Shimla easily accessible, British built what is known as an engineering marvel in the world- Kalka-Shimla Railway track, which consist of 102 tunnels (originally 107) and 806 bridges. It was also called the “British Jewel of the Orient”. The track was declared UNESCO world heritage site in 2008.Present day administration of Shimla is still scavenging on the infrastructure British had built. The government could not add much as marvellous as these structures.Now, Shimla is a congested and crowded place like other cities. Leaking sewerage and water supply pipes, garbage either spread all over Shimla city or being burnt in open, wrecked roads and blocked, stinking drains, deforestation for over-construction of luxury apartments, resorts or commercial buildings etc. have become trademarks of it.But, you can seek some relief by time travelling into imperial Shimla. And one such place to do so in the lovely Aira Holme Estate, situated in close proximity to the strawberry hill.The house is said to be build by the Britishers and their influence can be easily spotted the moment you step in.and a link to reach the place is as folllow:https://www.airbnb.co.in/rooms/19002767?checkin=&checkout=&guests=1&adults=1&children=0&infants=0&location=shimla&s=tSNl0-xRDisclaimer:I am in no way rewarded to promote this place, i just happened to stay there and had a wonderful experience hence wanted to share it here.I feel lucky to have come across this place. i was awestruck the moment i walked into this this beautiful house and fell in love with its authenticity.The house is decorated very tastefully while maintaining its original historical charm. Its has a vintage glamour to itself.There is a huge and bright and colourful living area when you first walk in ,which is full of light and a lovely place to just sit and look at the rain or sunset, or to just catch up on some reading while you sip on some coffee.The bedrooms are classy and in sync with the tone of the house. I fell in love with the age old working fire place in the rooms, would love to visit the place in winter time and spend a night sleeping on a mattress on the floor curled up in a blanket in the warmth of the burning wood.The whole vibe of the house makes you feel as if you have travelled back in the time to the colonial age of wooden houses with attics. In fact the house is claimed to have been build 150 years ago. I personally have a thing for beautiful creations of both man and mother nature,so this house gave me just about everything that i was looking for, from the vintage decors to the beautiful lush green surroundings, the sound of monkeys running on the rooftops, one of the best sunset views in the entire shimla and much more. All that while being in such a close proximity to the city and all the facilities and yet successfully delivering the feeling of seclusion and solitude that we all so often desire on our vacations.

Best Time to Visit Spiti Valley

Peak Season to visit Spiti is from mid-May to mid-July, when the weather is bearable and warm and all passes, link roads and hotels are open for visitors.  

Shoulder Season: September to late October, which is the autumn season when the roads are strewn with leaves and the Spiti River is a beautiful turquoise colour. It can get quite cold night, almost two to three degrees, so keep that in mind while planning your trip.

Off-season: April to mid-May is when the snow starts melting and a few link roads, including the one from Kaza to Losar, open. The few homestays and hotels start operations in June, and this is also the time when major passes, such as the Kunzum Pass, open. So if seeing snow-covered peaks is on your bucket list, then this is a good time to go.         

Budget for Spiti Valley

For Budget Travellers: INR 600-1000 a day

  • Accommodation in hostels and guesthouses: INR 400-700
  • Food: INR 200-300

For Mid-range Travellers: INR 2200-4000 a day

  • Accommodation in mid-range hotels: INR 1500-2700
  • Food: INR 700-1000

For Luxury Travellers: INR 4500 and upwards

  • Accommodation in high-end hotels: INR 3000 and upwards
  • Food in hotel restaurants and bars: INR 1500 and upwards

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