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This is a guest post by Radhika Sharma from Nomllers travel blog.
Why You Should Visit the Spiti Valley
India is one of the most beautiful and diverse countries in the world. Northern India is rich in culture with the influence of ancient Tibetan customs and saffron-cloaked monks. The Spiti Valley, in the northern Indian province of Himachal Pradesh, offers stunning views and a glimpse of the wildlife still thriving in India. Being so high in the mountains means it can get pretty cold, especially during the winter. You’ll need to pick the best time to visit Spiti Valley that works for what you want to see.
Hopping between villages is as easy as taking a bus or renting a motorbike and is the best way to explore the Spiti Valley. Each village offers a unique vibe. Here are nine reasons you should visit the Spiti Valley.
1. Visit the Highest Post Office in the World
The village of Hikkim is known to have the highest post office in the world. Hikkim is right in the center of Spiti Valley and can only be visited by either hiring a taxi or renting a scooter. There are no buses running to this village. Tourists love going to this village to send postcards to their loved ones. This adds a really special vibe to the entire experience when their loved ones receive a letter from the world’s highest post office.
2. Visit the Highest Motorable Village in The World
Komic is another village near Hikkim. This village is known as the world’s highest motorable village. Bikers are mostly seen here to mark a milestone for themselves. One can even stay here but there are fewer homestays compared to other villages. Most of the tourists go up to this point and return back to Kaza which is closer to Hikkim and the capital region of Spiti Valley.
3. See the Most Breathtaking Lakes
Known as a cold dessert, Spiti Valley is a barren land with landscapes in shades of brown and frozen sand. The crystal clear lakes in all the magnificent shades of blue are something really special about the Spiti Valley. Some of the lakes are so remotely situated that they can only be reached if you hike to them on your own self-guided Spiti Valley trek. The most well-known ones are Dhankar Lake, a half-hour hike from Dhankar Village. Chandratal Lake is the most famous amongst tourists.
4. See the Oldest Monasteries
In Spiti Valley, every village has a beautiful monastery and some of them are very old. The monasteries in Dhankar and Tabo were built in 998 AD. The monastery in Tabo has been revived by devout monks. The Dhankar monastery is built on a 300-meter spur. You can see the Spiti and Pin rivers meeting here. It is one of the most beautiful sights to see in the Spiti Valley.
One of the most famous monasteries in the Spiti Valley is Kee Monastery in Kee Gompa village. The monastery is so huge and built at such a height that you can easily spot it from far away. It is said to be the highest monastery in the world.
5. Spot Snow Leopards
Near Kee Gompa, there is village known as Kibber. During the winter season, Kibber receives heavy snowfall. Snow leopards come down from the heights and can be easily seen in the Kibber village. If you are interested in a Spiti Valley tour, many tourist’s agencies take travelers on a special Spiti Valley trek specifically to spot the snow leopard. You might even see some fossils. If you want to see snow leopards, the best time to visit Spiti Valley is in the winter! Make sure to pack warm clothes!
6. Walk on The Highest Bridge
Chichim is another village near Kibber. In the past, locals would use ropeways or would hike down into the Spiti Valley and back up to get from Kibber to Chichim. But not anymore. The villagers, with the help of the government, built a bridge which is said to be Asia’s highest. This bridge has made the life of the villagers much simpler and now vehicles can easily pass from one village to another. Instead of a Spiti Valley trek up and down the chasm, the trip from Chichim to Kibber is now only a fifteen-minute drive.
7. Night Photography and Spotting the Milky Way
Being in one of the most secluded parts of the country, the Spiti Valley is virtually pollution-free. And due to its high altitude, you can see millions of twinkling stars during the night. Photographers come to the Spiti Valley for the unbelievable night photography. You can easily spot the Milky Way during clear weather. One of the best places to see the Milky Way is Langza. If you are lucky, the Milky Way aligns with the Buddha statue creating a magical effect for a photo.
8. Experience Simple Living by Staying in Monasteries
Once you visit Spiti Valley, you will notice that hotels and luxuries are few and far between. I am actually really grateful for this because it helps the tourists experience the local lifestyle. Not only does it make the place untouched, but it also frees you from any business dealings. Instead, you stay with local families and eat food, talk about the culture, and understand how rewarding living a simple life can be.
9. The Glorious Pin Valley
Near Spiti Valley, there is another beautiful but colder valley called the Pin National Park. This hill station is made of several small villages. Mudh Village is the last one. As soon as you enter the valley you’ll want to stop every few meters to take another picture of the beautiful landscape. You will find white snow-capped mountains in front of you and black sand below you.
Spiti Valley is a glorious place to visit. You will leave with your heart full of contentment and your mind full of memories. In fact, I have never met a tourist who didn’t want to go back to the Spiti Valley again. I’ve even met one foreigner who flies to India every year just to visit Spiti Valley! The timeless beauty of the Spiti Valley and the unforgettable sights will stay with you for the rest of your life.
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I am Radhika Sharma – a travel blogger, an avid YouTuber & an IG influencer for the past 2 years, based in New Delhi. I am a co-founder of the blog Nomllers and you can find my work on my YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook.