Dotted with rocky hills and snow-clad peaks, Lahaul and Spiti are two isolated Himalayan valleys of Himachal Pradesh lying on the Indo-Tibet border. Lahaul, a land of enchanting Buddhist art and culture, is marked by imposing mountains and glaciers. Spiti is renowned as Little Tibet since its landscape, vegetation, and climate are akin to that of Tibet. Lahaul and Spiti should be ideally visited between the months of June to October. Come on a Lahaul and Spiti Tour, and you will have an unforgettable experience exploring these beautiful valleys.
Tourist Attractions in Lahaul and Spiti
Following are some of the famous tourist attractions in Lahaul and Spiti, which you can visit while on a Lahaul and Spiti Tour -
- Guru Ghantal Monastery :- Believed to be the oldest Gompa of Lahaul, this wooden structure with pyramidal roofs and wood carving preserves the idols of Padmasambhava and Brajeshwari Devi.
- Gondla :- This village in Lahaul valley celebrates a fair in the month of July that draws a large number of tourists. Other attractions of the village are the historical Gompa and the 8-storied Gondla castle or fort. Constructed in 1700 AD, the fort is the residence of the Thakur of Gondla.
- Key Monastery :- This is the oldest and the biggest monastery of Spiti. It is decorated with beautiful scriptures and paintings of Lord Buddha and other Goddesses. The Lamas sing, practice dance, and play on pipes and horns here.
- Kunzum Pass :- Kunzum pass is the gateway to Spiti from Kulu and Lahaul. There is a temple perched at the top of this Pass dedicated to Goddess Durga. Nearby is the stunning Bara-Sigri glacier, the second longest glacier in the world.
How to reach Lahaul and Spiti
Come on a Lahaul and Spiti Tour, using the following means of transport -
The nearest airport is at Bhuntar.
The nearest broad gauge railhead is at Chandigarh, while the closest narrow gauge railway station is at Joginder Nagar.
Lahaul is well-connected by National Highway-21 which passes through this valley en-route to Leh. To reach Spiti, you have to come from Manali via Rohtang Pass to Kaza.