Spiti Valley: A part of me still hasn’t come back
Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh is a desert mountain valley high up in the massive Himalayas. The name “Spiti” means “The Middle Land”, i.e. the land between Tibet and India. Unlike Ladakh & Kashmir, Spiti Valley is still unexplored by people and less crowded. The picturesque landscape is unmatched to any other place I have ever been to. You can reach Spiti Valley through Shimla or through Manali.
After traveling through Spiti, you will be proud of a few things that you ticked off your bucket list. Here’s how you’re going to feel.
1. Traveling through the world’s most treacherous road
You cannot miss this bus ride. They also let you sit on top if the bus is full.
2. Taking a dip in the mighty Spiti River
Who says only a dip in the River Ganga makes you feel pure. The clean water of the Spiti River is just so rejuvenating.
3. Extend your family
Live with a family you’ve never met before. The local Spitians are amazing people and one of the most hospitable people I have ever come across.
Rooms at the Local Home stays for about 200 – 300 INR per night.
4. A treat to your eyes: The majestic Himalayas
5. The local diet
6. The most memorable road trip ever
The best time to visit Spiti Valley is between April to September when the weather conditions are not extreme. November – March is a good time only for those who can adapt to extreme cold conditions of about – 15 to – 20 degrees.
7. Visiting ancient monasteries
Spiti possesses a distinctive Tibetan culture as most of the people are descendants from Tibet. It is one of the least populated places in India.
There are rooms in the monastery where tourists can stay for a minimum charge.
8. Walk of a lifetime
Stroll through the local streets and you will see & learn so much from how the locals live their daily lives. They are never complaining & always smiling. The local architecture is also something you shouldn’t miss noticing.
9. Basket Bridge Crossing
10. Touching the highs of life
Himachal Pradesh is the home to some of the highest points in the world. I’m glad to have made it there.
This trip to Spiti Valley was surely one of the most exclusive experiences of my life. My journey with this land is not over. I’m sure to visit this place once again or more.
The travelogue was originally published at TravelTrotterIndia.