How to reach Spiti From Delhi:
I remember when I started planning for Spiti, I was very confused about how I will reach there. Internet doesn't work there so even Google Maps fail if you are relying on technology.
I read many articles on how to reach Spiti. There are basically 2 routes:
-Shimla- Spiti- Manali
-Manali- Spiti- Shimla
People usually start from one of the two and end in the other.
But we had just 3 days so we started off from Manali, stayed in Spiti and came back to Manali.
Here is what we did. I am putting it up in simple steps:
1. Book a Volvo to Manali from Delhi.
Recommendation: Either go for HRTC Volvos or New Himalaya Travels (9871641126)
If you are traveling by a private Volvo don't just book any bus from redbus.com. Private Volvos are not reliable and they are often very late as per their schedule and might eat up your whole day. We booked from New Himalaya Travels (9871641126), very spacious and comfortable seats and they dropped us right on time.
You can chill for a day in Manali, explore various cafes of Old Manali.
2. You will get your ticket to heavenly Spiti from Hotel Kiran. There are many traveler buses which start early morning from Hotel Kiran 1000 rs per seat. You can book your seat as soon as you reach Manali or by calling them.(hassle-free much !!)
The traveler will take you directly to Kaza.
Another alternative is taking the HRTC Bus from Manali which starts at 5 am in the morning, online booking for which is not available. It is on first come first basis. Ticket fare is about 200 rs per person.
Travel Tips: I would recommend traveler if you want to make your journey comfortable but if you want to make a budget trip then go for the HRTC bus.
3. Once you reach Kaza, you should book your own 2 wheeler if you want to get the real feel of Spiti. Bikes and scooties are available for rent in Himalayan Café which is in the main Kaza Market and can be easily spotted.
Now you are all set to start your magical exploration.
My Spiti Experience:
Spiti will always be special to me. I had seen hundreds of pictures of this Valley before, but to be in Spiti was no less than a dream.
Far away from the city noise, crowded streets, smoggy air, Spiti is no less than a heavenly abode. If heaven exists, it must be alike. Right from the journey, to the destination, everything was beyond perfect.
I find myself struggling to express what I saw and what I felt. Some feelings are beyond expression and Spiti brought one such experience to me.
We started from Gurgaon in the evening by Volvo. We booked from New Himalaya Travels (9871641126), very spacious and comfortable seats and they dropped us right on time.