Where To Stay?
Being a remote Himalayan district, Lahaul offers unique accommodation options for travelers. Keylong, Jispa, Sissu, Gramphu, and Sarchu are the most preferable places to spend a night, where the locals offer cozy homestay facilities.
At Keylong, you can find State Tourism Department and PWD bungalows besides several private hotels and guest houses. If you're looking for something out-of-the-box, you can choose to spend a night at the local monasteries, where rooms are occasionally available. Tented accommodation with bare basic facilities has been developed in the valley in recent years between Sissu and Darcha. These are only available during the summer season as they cannot withstand the winter snow.
Check Out These Authentic Homestays in Lahaul Valley to Experience Local Touch.
What To Eat?
There are a number of small restaurants and cozy cafes in Lahaul where you can enjoy exotic and hearty meals, made with locally available ingredients. You can't miss out on binging on momos and thukpa, and sipping on a cup of Lahaul’s famous butter tea!
Other than gazing at the postcard-perfect valleys and mountains, hiking around the Himalayan trails, and soaking in the freshness that lingers in the air, there's much more to explore in Lahaul. You'll be surprised to see the unique blend of religions that have co-existed for centuries in the valley.
1) Trilokinath Temple
Visit the Trilokinath Temple, which is considered to be a holy shrine by both the Hindus and the Buddhists. The views of the Chandra Bhaga river flowing below and the lush valleys all around are guaranteed to leave you spellbound.
2) Kardang Monastery
Walk around the Kardang Monastery, which was founded about 900 years ago and is home to the maximum number of female monks in the region. You’ll discover the true meaning of ‘peace’ at this quaint escape.
3) Hike To Shashur Gompa
Hike up to the Shashur Gompa from Keylong, to see the well-preserved wall paintings and thangkas that depict all 84 Siddhas of Buddhism.
4) Markula Devi Temple
Explore the Markula Devi Temple portraying detailed wood carvings dating from the 11th to 16th centuries, including scenes from the Mahabharata and Ramayana around the top of the walls.
5) Visit Lahaul’s Oldest Monastery
Soak in the serenity of the Guru Ghantal Gompa, which is said to be the oldest monastery in Lahaul, and legend suggests that Guru Padmasambhava himself has built this shrine.
6) Soak In Natural Beauty
Soothe your senses sitting by the Suraj Tal and click some Insta-worthy photos at the Sissu Waterfalls.
7) Drive Along The Sach Pass
Feel the adrenaline pumping while driving down the Sach pass, known to be one of the most dangerous roads in India! This one is certainly not for the faint-hearted among us.
How Long The Trip Should Be?
You can spend about 4 to 5 days in Lahaul, and easily club your trip with that of Spiti Valley. No matter how much time you spend here, it’ll be a soul-stirring journey that’ll be cherished for years to come.