Adorning the high ranges of the Himalayas, Spiti is one of the most exotic destinations in the country, embellished like a gem in Himachal Pradesh. Surrounded by majestic hills all over, Spiti is accessible only during the summer season. The mesmerizing sights of the sheets of snow, exquisite villages, scenic old monasteries, fluttering prayer flags, the maroon robes of the monks and crystal clear waters of the rivers, all these make Spiti appear like a reflection from the heaven.
Literally meaning the “the middle land”, Spiti is surrounded by Tibet in the East, Ladakh in the North, Kullu and Lahaul in the South and Kinnaur in the South East. It is one of the remotest sites of the country and usually remain cut-off from most of the tourist maps.
Perched at a height of 12,500 meters above the sea level, Spiti is located on the banks of the Spiti River and reverberates with pristine culture and paradisiacal natural beauty. The place is usually accessed by trekkers and bikers as its surreal landscapes, glaciers and relatively untouched environment is too much of a temptation. Even villages adorning this incredible valley appear like some Grand Painter’s fantasy.
Some other attractions such as the Tabo monastery, which is one of the oldest Buddhism centers in Western Himalayas can be a great charm. It is a home to some fabulous Ajanta like paintings and Buddhists Lamas can be seen singing, dancing and playing musical instruments while chanting their mantras. With the arrival of winters, Spiti gets covered in thick snow and gets virtually cut off from the rest of the world. It is a great place to witness the true wonders of nature being discovered in front of your very eyes.