Manali is India’s top Hill Station which lies at the base of Rohtang Pass and opens ways to Lahaul and Spiti.
Famously described by Rudyard Kipling as “a world within a world”, the Lahaul & Spiti District in Himachal is fringed by majestic Himalayan hills and it boasts mesmerizing cold barren lands of nothingness, pristine gurgling rivers, scenic alpine lakes, and a rich Buddhist culture and history. Inarguably one of the best places in Himachal Pradesh, Lahaul & Spiti is capable to transport one to another world where everything looks and feels magical.
The paradisiacal land of Lahaul & Spiti greets tourists with its unadulterated charm and jaw-dropping sights of the majestic Himalayan deserts and meadows. Situated on the Tibetan Plateau, the Lahaul and Spiti region, with its remote locales, sparkling rivers, alpine lakes, and unmatched natural beauty, is one of the best places to visit in Himachal Pradesh for an adventurous and surreal vacation. Lahaul Valley and Spiti Valley were merged in 1960 to form Lahaul & Spiti district, it is the 4th least populated districts in India. The two valleys are connected through the famous Kunzum La (mountain pass) that sits at an altitude of 4551 m. While the two regions are equally stunning, they vary slightly in appearance. The Spiti Valley is an endless barren land of nothingness, whereas, the Lahaul Valley shows some form of vegetation. However, the two regions find commonalities in terms of being remote and utterly spectacular and peaceful.
Lahaul & Spiti can leave you breathless with its stunning vistas, but it can also make you feel fuzzy with its cultural richness and hospitality. It is so amazing to witness handful of people who survive in the harshest of climate smiling and receiving you with incredible warmth. The rich culture preserved by this small population living in remote villages and small towns is one thing you cannot miss to witness.
Keylong is the district headquarters of the Lahaul and Spiti Valley and this is the perfect base to start your journey through the verdant lands of Lahaul. The various villages of Lahaul like Koksar, Sissu, Gondhla, Tandi, Jahalman and Thirot allure with their vibrant and luxuriant landscapes adorned with rich alpine flowers, thick willows and beautiful fields of potatoes, peas, barley and buckwheat. The potatoes grown in Lahaul are famous all over the world for their excellent taste and will definitely make your tummy and tongue develop a lifelong friendship with this scenic abode. The sub-divisional headquarters of Udaipur delights tourists with its apples, apricots, walnuts and thick pine forests. With its unique temples of Trilokinath and Markula Devi, Udaipur is also a popular pilgrimage site for Hindus. Lahaul is also a haven for thrill seekers with many trekking routes and mountaineering expeditions originating from Darcha to Baralacha la.
Travellers can halt during their trek to the Baralacha la and soak in the spectacular reflections of the mountains and the snowy peaks in the sparkling waters of the Suraj Taal, the lake of the Sun God. Kaza, the sub-divisional headquarters of the Spiti Valley welcomes you with its rich Tibetan culture and traditions. Explore the cafes and restaurants here and satiate your taste buds with the simple yet lip-smacking dishes.
The twin valleys of Lahaul and Spiti are a haven for nature lovers, adventurers, photographers and backpackers. With being home to some of the most breathtaking sceneries of the high Himalayan landscape, remote villages, gleaming alpine lakes, sacred monasteries and temples, exotic cultures, rich wildlife and sumptuous cuisines, Lahaul & Spiti offer a number of places to see and things to do despite being a remote destination in Himachal Pradesh.
At Himalayan Drifters, we love to introduce you to our home the Himalayas and to wander with you doing some of our favorite things – mountaineering, trekking, camping, cycling, ski touring, para-gliding and so on.
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