Rudyard Kipling was totally on point about Spiti when he described it as “A world within the world”. For centuries Spiti valley was cut off from the rest of the world, a very few of men from outer world dared to venture into the endless vastness of cold barren high altitude desert lands of Spiti. But the ones who did, were never same again after they saw the beauty of the valley.
The endless mountains covered in white cottony snow, the only sound to hear is of the wind blowing in your face.The serenity, peace, anonymity, situated at an average elevation of 3500 meter sandwiched between the great Himalayan divide and the trans Himalayan range, Spiti Valley has got it all.
Spiti Valley is part of Lahaul-Spiti District of Himachal Pradesh, it can be approached by two roads, one is the age of Indo-Tibetan highway from Shimla via Kinnaur which remains open for almost year around and second one is the new road going over mighty passes, Rohtang Pass and Kunzum Pass, which gets closed in winter for around 7-8 months due to heavy snowfall.
Age old monasteries, sleepy villages, dusty roads, kind people, a sense of adventure and anonymity can be said as some the points which attractions of Spiti valley. Be it the mighty Kunzum La or driving along with Sutluj and Spiti river or the 13th century Ki gompa where the sunsets lighting the whole mountain range in a golden glow or the 800 years old mummy of a monk at Giu monastery or the golden monastery of Lalung village or gigantic Buddha statue or fossil park of Langza or the highest motorable village of Komic and stuffed snow leopard at Komic monastery or the highest post office of world at Hikkim or the snow leopard areas of Kibber and Chicham or the ancient capital of Spiti, Dhankar or Pin valley home to several wildlife or the Tabo monastery or be it the crown jewel of Spiti, the crescent, moon shaped lake, Chandartaal at 4300m (14000 ft) is one of the highest lakes of India and without any doubt the prettiest one but this is not all just about the Spiti valley, the Indo-Tibetan highway passing through upper Shimla and Kinnaur takes us through some of the best kept secrets of Himalaya.