What to see in Spiti?
Be it Monasteries, villages or lakes, every place that I visited in Spiti deserves its own post. But in the interest of not boring my readers I will describe them in short.
Giu Monastery: Just on the outskirts of the small village of Giu or Geyu, close to the border, is a Monastery known by few. The newly renovated monastery still gives an eerie vibe to the traveler, probably because of the 500 year old mummy of a monk at its doorstep.
Tabo Monastery: Tabo is not your traditional hilltop monastery but what it lacks in location it makes up in a rich history. It is the oldest monastery in the Himalayas and is still operational. The ageing temple depicts the Buddhist Pantheon on its walls and preserves priceless collections of manuscripts and statues of the Tibetian culture.
Dhankar Monastery: Another old monastery in Spiti is the Dhankar Monastery. One of the biggest in size and accompanied by the Dhankar lake, this is a monastery is something I would definitely recommend for you to visit.
Mudh Village: Just outside of Spiti Valley is another beautiful valley known as the Pin Valley. Mudh Village which is in the Pin valley, offers one of the best scenic routes and even more scenic landscapes. It is also a base camp for many hiking trails in the area.
Hikkim: Out of the many small villages in Spiti, Hikkim ropes in tourists based on two things, The world’s highest post office and the world’s highest café. Now I am not sure if it is indeed the world’s highest café but it serves damn good tea. What I did love about Hikkim though was the small and peaceful monastery it has.
Langza: The Instagram friendly photo of the big Buddha statue that you see on the feed of everyone who has gone to Spiti is found here in Langza. Along with the statue you will also find hustlers trying to sell you fossils. Beware of them, they are 10 years old.
Key Monastery: The crown jewel of Spiti Valley and the poster photo for every travel company, Key monastery deserves the reputation it has got. It is one the most grand monasteries in India. What’s more it provides boarding and food for weary travelers. There is a home-stay near the monastery, but home-stay or monastery? You choose.
Now these are a few smattering of places that I visited. Few places like Nako, Chandratal, Kibber etc remained untouched by me. But I would love to hear stories about them from other travelers and explore these places myself in the future.
I am after all, a traveler still in my adolescence.