Spiti or "the middle land" is the land between India and Tibet. It is not a place rather it is an experience in itself. Situated in Himachal Pradesh, India this place is surrounded by mountains and remains cut off for most part of the year due to heavy snowfall. Together with Lahaul valley it forms Lahaul-Spiti district.
I, along with a couple of friends decided to go to Spiti this summer. We booked our Spiti Valley tour from an agent, Spiti Holiday Adventure. Initially, we were reluctant to go with a Spiti tour operator for our Spiti Valley trip since I always like to explore on my own but then we decided to go with it.
How to reach Spiti Valley
There are two routes for a Spiti Valley road trip.
1. Via Shimla - This route generally remains open throughout the year and you enter Spiti valley from Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh. Kaza, which is sub-divisional headquarter of Spiti valley is around 430km from Shimla. While going from Shimla many major places of this region like Reckonpeo-Kalpa-Sangla-Chitkul-Nako-Tabo-Dhankar-Pin valley falls en route.
2. Via Manali - This route generally remains after the snow is cleared which is usually after May. Road from Gramphoo to Batal is mostly pathetic with numerous water crossing and at few places full of stones specially are around chota dharra. Manali to Kaza is nearly around 220 Kms. But one just cannot afford to miss Chandratal lake. It's a must visit for everyone who is going to that region.