Spiti Valley, the barren yet untouched valley of the Himalayas is fast growing into one of popular tourist hubs. The growing tourism sector in Spiti is surely causing a lot of environmental harms including plastic bottles thrown away here and there.
Just climb with me right to the mountains situated on the roof of the world and walk by the gushing rivers to the curious summits which star the starry skies. Take a visit to the world’s highest inhabited villages with blue streams in deep gorges.
Here are ten exclusive things offered on a journey through Spiti, the most exclusive valley in the north of India.
1. Mountain Ropeway At Chichum
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To travel to Chichum from the village of Kibber, you need to do a long uphill walk. So to save the time, the locals built an ingenious ropeway right between two mountain peaks placed right over a deep gorge. There is a small open box on the pulley which is used to transport men, raw materials, cattle with no weight limits. You may get the thrill at someone else pulling the ropes at the other end. The ropeway was built 5 years ago and as per records, it has never collapsed.
This excellent option does give you stunning views of the beautiful gorge below with an intimidating aura with surrounding peaks.
2. Dhankar Lake
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Right from the Dhankar Monastery along the Spiti River, 1.5-hour uphill trek will help you reach the Dhankar Monastery with gorgeous views of the village below with the monastery in distance. This lake is a picture of peace, calm, serenity making anyone feel introspective. A clear expanse of water with dotted fish-generated ripples and backdrop of snow-capped mountains with herds of yak or yaks bed with cows is the sight which will greet you there.
3. Take the long route to Key Gompa
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You can rent a car to Key Monastery but there is the option to hitch-hike to Key Monastery. The real beauty is hiking up right from Key Village through narrow, pebbly mountain path which is carved out by locals and then watching the monastery perched right atop a small hill.
4. Bird watching at Langhza
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It is certainly not true that bird-watcher or biology enthusiast will love the little village of Langhza. It is easy to forget about civilization right on the isolated slopes and take a look at the clear blue skies for glimpses of hawks, eagles and vultures spotting there right against the landscape of Langhza giving thrills extraordinary shots.
5. Paying a visit to the highest inhabited villages in the Himalayas
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High altitude makes so many works difficult. Just imagine living at an altitude of 4,513 metres in a neighborhood of nearly 13 households with just a 6-hour hike away from the nearest signs of civilization. That is Komic for you known to be the highest inhabited village of the Himalayas in the world. The landscape there will leave you in awe.
6. View of Full Moon On Spiti River
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Kaza is known to be Spiti’s capital where you will find a bustling market. The dry river bed will separate old Kaza from New Kaza and you can try making your way down to Spiti River. The river is surely a dominant one feeling its intensity at the shore only. There are mountains perspectives are such that from an altitude, water will appear to tickle in the river. Sunset is not a specialty there as the setting sun will hide right behind the mountain leaving the sky a color pink-red-orange color. There is a full moon on shore and on the other hand, you will enjoy the marvelous night with mountain shadows as well as water reflections. Try to concentrate on the sky and you can see dozen shooting stars.
7. Pin Valley
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The desert region is a cold mountain one but the Pin Valley is an oasis of green. After being surrounded by brown bareness of the Himalayas in Spiti, this one is the refreshing change with the afresh breath of air. There are actually trees and waterfalls. Spitians are extremely friendly people who will be blown away by the hospitality of mountain folks living in Pin Valley.
8. The Mummy Of Giu
Spiti is known to be full of legends and the mummy of Giu is known to be the only one which one can testify. As per mythology, drought in Tibet caused several lamas to be mummified. During the Chinese occupation, most of these mummies were destroyed. But as per statistics, in the earthquake of 1975, these mummies were washed up in the Spiti River and then kept safely by the Indian government. It is said to be kept in a house in Giu. Once during a digging accident, a spade hit the head of mummy and it started to bleed. One can still see the hair on mummy’s head something which one might not believe if they do not see.
9. Paying A Visit To World’s Highest Post Office & Petrol Pump
It is not easy to build a life at height of 4000 meters. Spiti is known to have the world’s highest post office at Hikkim with the world highest petrol pump at Kaza. They surely travel achievement one should boast about.
10. Fukchung, a village of meditating nuns
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Spiti does have some of the oldest monasteries and schools of Tibetan Buddhism. Fukchung village is known to be the collection of stone caves where nuns from Nyingmapa school of Buddhism go for long-term retreats. They usually spend 3 years in a stone cave in mediation from morning to night with seeing or speaking to any human soul. Just imagine the experience of walking along the caves with the conviction of nuns meditating right inside them.
Not the conventional travel experiences but here are some different travel experiences which are different in their own form when you are planning to make a travel visit to Spiti in its own true essential and raw form.
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