COVID-19 : SPITI VALLEY is in Orange Zone
Last Updated: 22 Sep 2020
Latest Information on Travelling to SPITI VALLEY?

Entry is open from all domestic states.

  • Face masks are compulsory when going out in public
  • All inter-state travellers must register on the e-pass portal, for ease of contact tracing till 15th of September. No registration required post 15th of September.
  • COVID-19 test is not required on entry to Spiti Valley; however, thermal screening shall be done for all passengers entering the borders of this valley.
  • All travellers must download the Aarogya Setu App
  • Containment zones to remain in lockdown till 31st of August 2020.
  • No night curfews are active in Spiti Valley.
  • All supermarkets, parks, malls and attractions are open with strict COVID-19 prevention norms in place.
  • Social distancing to be followed mandatorily when out in public.
  • 14 days of Institutional Quarantine is mandatory for symptomatic travellers arriving from any Red Zone districts outside Himachal Pradesh.
  • Intrastate passengers having ILI (Influenza Like Illness) symptoms are also to be quarantined in a government facility for 14 days.
  • Asymptomatic passengers to be home quarantined for 14 days
  • For passengers arriving from red zone districts outside of Himachal Pradesh, carrying a COVID-19 negative test report from ICMR authorized lab, not older than 48 hours from the date of departure,14 days of Home Quarantine is allowed.
Flights

The nearest airport is the Kullu Airport. Flight are functional to here from Delhi and Chandigarh.

Buses

Inter-state entry of private and government buses in restricted in Spiti Valley, however, inter-district bus services are functioning in the valley with 60% passenger capacity.

Local Transport

Local transport services, like taxis, autos and buses are functioning in the valley.

Numerous steps have been taken by the government of Himachal Pradesh to curb the spread of Covid-19 while allowing travellers and tourists an enjoyable visit to Spiti Valley. Thrillophilia recommends you follow all guidelines and safety measures issued by the government and practice personal hygiene to keep yourself safe.

Interstate Movement of Taxi Allowed with DC Permission Updated: 10 Sep 2020

Inter-state entry of taxis is allowed with the permission of the deputy commissioners. Public transport buses, plying inter-state, remain restricted.

Temples and Religious Places to Open from 1st of September Updated: 10 Sep 2020

All religious places and temples in Spiti Valley shall be opened for public from 1st of September with suitable SOPs to ensure the safety of patrons.Read more.

Hotels, Homestays and Resorts Re-opening on 1st of October to Allow Visitors Updated: 10 Sep 2020

Most of the homestays, hotels and resorts in Spiti Valley will start functioning again from 1st of October 2020. Inter-state patrons must book a minimum of two days stay in these hotels. Read more.

Inter-district and Intra-district travel allowed in Spiti Valley without online registration from 15th of September Updated: 10 Sep 2020

Spiti Valley’s district borders have been re-opened allowing travellers to enter the destination for tourism purposes. The registration mandate for travellers will be scrapped from 15th of SeptemberRead more.

Night Curfew Lifted in Spiti Valley Updated: 10 Sep 2020

As per the MHA’s Unlock 4.0 guidelines, the night curfew in Spiti Valley, that was imposed between 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. has been lifted to allow unrestricted intra-state travel.

Delhi to Spiti Valley trip is an adventure that you are not going to forget anytime soon. There are two routes to opt from, Shimla-Kaza and Manali-Kaza. Both the routes have their own advantages. Travelling from Shimla lets you access Spiti throughout the year. Since the ascent on this route is slower, the  probability of getting AMS reduces.

On the other hand, while the Manali-Kaza route ascends quickly in fewer days, it lets you see the breathtaking beauty of high mountain passes like Rohtang and Kunzum. 

Whichever route you take, be prepared to experience the changing landscape, cultures, foods, and colours every few kilometres. Trust us, the memories Spiti will stay with you for a long time to come!

Route 1: Delhi - Shimla – Spiti

Shimla – Narkanda – Rampur – Kalpa - Nako-Giu Village - Tabo Village – Dhankar - Pin Valley (Mud Village) - Kaza

Route 2: Delhi - Manali – Spiti

Manali – Solang Valley – Rohtang Pass – Gramphu – Batal – Chandratal – Kunzum Pass – Losar – Kaza – Dhankar – Tabo 

Essential Information

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How Many Days it take to Reach Spiti from Delhi

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How Many Days it take to Reach Spiti from Delhi
No. Of Days from Delhi - Shimla - Spiti Route

The distance between Delhi and Shimla is around 342 kilometers. From Shimla, this route passes through Kinnaur Valley, Rampur, Saharan and Kalpa, which is usually the night halt. From Kalpa, you will proceed to Nako, Giu, Tabo, and Pin Valley, to finally reach Kaza (Spiti). You will cover a distance of around 253 kilometers on the latter stretch. The entire journey will take 3 days.

No. Of Days from Delhi - Manali - Spiti Route

It takes 2 days to reach Spiti through the Manali-Kaza route. The distance between Delhi and Manali is approximately 570 kilometers, which takes around 12 hours. The next leg of the journey after the night stop at Manali, which leads you from Manali to Kaza, spans for around 202 kilometers. This is easily doable within a day. 
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Best Time for Delhi to Spiti Valley Trip

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Best Time for Delhi to Spiti Valley Trip
Best time for Delhi - Shimla - Spiti Route

The best time for the Shimla-Spiti route is, well, the entire year! Due to the absence of high mountain passes on this route, which get closed at the time of snowfall, Spiti is accessible for the entire year through this route. This is the best route option for people who want to experience and explore Spiti at their own pace minus the peak season crowds. Use this route to see Spiti’s beauty in early summers or late winters when it is under a heavy snow cover.

Best time for Delhi - Manali - Spiti Route

Since the Manali-Spiti route has mountain passes like Rohtang and Kunzum along with areas like Gramphu and Batal that get heavy snow, this route is open only from the second week of June until 15th of October each year. Out of these months, the best time to visit Spiti from this route is in September, when the monsoons have receded. This allows the roads to be free of treacherous water crossings and landslides and you can spend more time outdoors enjoying your journey. 
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Delhi to Spiti Valley Road Condition

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Road Conditions from Route 1 (Delhi - Shimla - Spiti)

The greatest advantage of taking the Shimla-Spiti route is that the road is mostly in good condition. You will find some of the best and the smoothest road patches between Shimla, Narkanda, Jeori, Karcham, Sangla, and Kalpa.

The road stretches between Narkanda and Jeori, Sangla to Chitkul, and Kalpa to Dhankar are broken. You will have to drive on a dirt road between Dhankar and Pin Valley, as there is no proper road here. You will find slushy and muddy roads at Pangi Nallah, Ribba, and Powari. The roads at Nako, Malling, Sumdo, Tabo, and Shichiling are broken due to frequent landslides and falling stones. 

Road Conditions from Route 2 (Delhi - Manali - Spiti)


Taking the Manali-Spiti route is not for the fainthearted. The route is exciting as well as arduous. The road from Manali to Rohtang Pass has muddy patches that are prone to landslides. This road also remains jammed due to the traffic of vehicles. You will be mostly off-roading as you proceed towards Gramphu.

Not only this, you will have to cross a number of slushy patches due to water crossings. The stretch towards Losar, Chhatru, and Batal is extremely bad. You will be driving for quite some time on a dry riverbed that’s dotted with large boulders. The road gets better as you reach Kaza and proceed further into the valley. 
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Best Itinerary for Delhi to Spiti Valley

Best Itinerary for Delhi to Spiti Valley
Day 1: Shimla to Sangla

Reach Shimla from Delhi.
The journey starts from the hills of Shimla through the striking towns of Kufri and Narkanda.
Descend to the Sutlej Valley towards Rampur, located on the southern side of the valley on the Indo-Tibet Highway.
Enter the district of Kinnaur and cross various hydroelectric projects on the way, the largest one being at Karcham built at the confluence of Baspa and Sutlej rivers.
Reach Sangla for overnight stay.

Day 2: Sangla to Kalpa via Chitkul

Leave Sangla to reach Chitkul, the last village in the region before Tibet. Drive through beautiful pine forests and along the banks of the Baspa river.
See the ancient Mata Mandir here.
Take the road back towards Karcham and proceed towards Reckong Peo to Kalpa. 
See the majestic Kinner Kailash ranges at Kalpa and the 70 ft. rock that looks like a Shivalinga.
Your overnight stay will be at Kalpa.

Day 3: Kalpa to Tabo via Nako and Gue

Leave Kalpa to take the Indo-Tibet Highway and continue alongside the banks of Sutlej River. 
Reach Khab, which is the confluence of Spiti and Sutlej rivers. From here, you will continue your ascent towards Spiti. 
Reach Nako Village and enjoy the pristine beauty of Nako Lake. 
Reach Tabo after crossing several charming villages like Chango, Shalkar, Sumdo, and Hurling.
See the 10th-century Chos Kor Gompa at Tabo adorned in traditional thangka paintings. Interact with the monks here.
Take relaxing walks in the vast fields and explore the hidden caves. 
Stay overnight at Tabo.

Day 4: Tabo to Lhalung via Dhankar

Reach Sichling Village from Tabo.
Proceed towards the 800-year-old Dhankar Monastery, situated on the edge of a cliff. Spend time at this world heritage site. 
Trek for an hour up till the beautiful Dhankar Lake. Spend time here enjoying the scenery and clicking pictures.
Proceed towards the Lhalung Village that is surrounded by snow-capped high mountain peaks and emerald-green meadows.
See the thousand-year-old Golden Temple or the Serkhong Gompa. 
Stay overnight at Lhalung.

Day 5: Lhalung to Kaza via Mudh 

You will enjoy a scenic drive towards Pin Valley and a tributary of Spiti River that was one of the ancient routes in the region. This is also where the popular Bhaba Pass trek takes place.
Drive up till the quaint Mudh Village. Enjoy a delicious lunch of homemade pizzas. 
Take the road back towards Spiti and continue towards Kaza, the headquarters of Spiti.
Enjoy taking a stroll in the local market, trying local food, and walking amidst the beautiful meadows of Kaza.
Stay overnight at Kaza.

Day 6: Kaza to Hikkim, and Komic to Langza

Leave Kaza to proceed towards Komic, world’s highest village with a motorable road,
See the famous Tangyud Gompa here.
Proceed towards Hikkim, and see the world’s highest post office. 
Reach your next stop i.e. Langza, that will mesmerise you with its snow-capped peaks and untouched beauty.
See Mt. Chau Chau Khang Nilda and the large Buddha statue overlooking the mountains.
Stay overnight at Langza.

Day 7: Langza to Chandratal

See the famous Kee Monastery, edging alongside a sharp cliff. Enjoy talking to the monks and taste the local butter tea.
Drive to Kibber Village to the Kibber Chicham bridge. This bridge, built over a gorge at a height of 4300 metres, is an architectural marvel.
 Reach Chandratal Lake, also known as the Moon Lake. This breathtakingly pristine lake is famous for its multicolored waters and the surrounding barren ranges of Chandrabhaga ranges.
Enjoy a parikrama of the lake, which is a trek of around 4 kilometres. 
Rest and spend the night at the campsite.

Day 8: Chandratal to Manali

Those who want to enjoy the beauty of Chandratal Lake once more can visit the lake early in the morning before leaving.
Start for Manali via the Batal-Gramphu road on the Manali-Leh Highway.

Delhi to Spiti By Bus

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Delhi - Shimla - Spiti Route by Bus

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Delhi - Shimla - Spiti Route by Bus
Take the bus from ISBT (Kashmiri Gate) for Shimla. 
For Shimla, buses run between 9:00 am and 8:00 pm. 
Daily direct HRTC buses (AC and non-AC) leave Shimla at around 6:30 pm
This bus reaches Reckong Peo around 4:30 am after an all-night travel.
This reaches Kaza at around 5 pm on the same day.
The approximate fare for this journey will be around Rs.1, 000.
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Delhi - Manali - Spiti Route by Bus

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Delhi - Manali - Spiti Route by Bus
- Two HRTC buses run daily between Manali and Kaza. 
- They start around 5:00 am and 5:30 am and reach Kaza around 4:00 pm on the same day.
- The fare per person for this bus is approximately Rs. 200.
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Places to Visit on Delhi - Shimla - Spiti Route

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Narkanda

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Narkanda
Take a 7-kilometre long trek to reach Hatu Peak, the tallest peak in the region standing at 11150 ft. Other attractions include the ancient Hatu Temple, Stokes Apple Farm, Mahamaya Temple, Tani Jubbar Lake, and Jau Baug. It is known as the skiing destination of India. 

Altitude: 8599 ft.

Distance from Shimla: 60 kilometers
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Chitkul

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Chitkul
Spend time amidst the lush golden apple orchards. Other not-to-be-missed attractions include Kamru Fort, the charming village itself, the beautiful riverbanks of Baspa, Bering Nag Temple, Brelengi Gompa, and the Tibetan Wood Carving Centre. 

Altitude: 11,320 ft.

Distance from Shimla: 242 kilometers
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Kalpa

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Kalpa
Enjoy the majestic views of Kinnaur Kailash peaks, see beautiful apple orchards of Chakka Village, have local food at Roghi Village, see the Suicide Point, visit Narayan Nagini Temple & Hu-Bu-Lan-Kar Monastery. 

Altitude:
9,711 ft.

Distance from Shimla:
222 kilometers. 
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Kufri

Kufri
Don’t miss trying your hand at skiing at Kufri, the most loved skiing destination of India. Visit the Himalayan National Park, visit Mahasu Peak, enjoy thrilling rides at Kufri Fun World. 

Altitude: 8920 ft.

Distance from Shimla: 14 kilometers
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Kinnaur

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Kinnaur
Trek on the famous Kinnaur Kailash route, Spend time on the banks of the beautiful Nako Lake, night camp near Baspa River to see the clear skies lit up with stars. 

Altitude:
7612 ft.

Distance from Shimla: 256 kilometers
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Sangla

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Sangla
Relax as you take a walk in the saffron fields, pick up handicrafts from Tibetan Wood Carving Centre, pick up colourful woollens at Batseri Village.  

Altitude:
8530 ft.

Distance from Shimla:
220 kilometers
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Reckong Peo

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Reckong Peo
Shop at the local market and try delectable Tibetan food, visit the ancient Chandika Devi Mandir, spend time at the secluded and beautiful Bhaba Valley, visit the Lipa-Asrang Wildlife Sanctuary.

Altitude: 7513 ft.

Distance from Shimla:
224 kilometers
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Nako

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Nako
Spend time taking beautiful pictures at the pristine Nako Lake, see the ancient 11th-century Nako Monastery, visit Mathi Temple, shop for intricately carved handicrafts from the local village market. 

Altitude:
11,893 ft

Distance from Shimla:
311 kilometers
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Tabo

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Tabo
Spend time at the ancient Tabo Monastery, one of the most important Buddhist seats in the country, try fresh apple jams and juices at the apple orchards, take long walks in the lush green meadows.

Altitude:
10,760 ft.

Distance from Shimla:
360 kilometers
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Dhankar

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Dhankar
A must-visit is the 1200-year-old Dhankar Gompa, rejuvenate yourself as you spend time on the banks of Dhankar Lake, soak in the beautiful architecture of Dhankar Fort.
 
Altitude: 12,780 ft.

Distance from Shimla: 482 kilometers
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Kaza

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Kaza
Visit the most famous attraction of the region, the 11th-century Kee Monastery located on a hilltop, pick up local jewellery and woollens at the local market, take a long trek amidst the beautiful nature at the nearby Kibber Village. 

Altitude: 12,470 ft.

Distance from Shimla: 422 kilometers
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Hikkim

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Hikkim
Post yourself a letter from the world’s highest post office, go fossil hunting, take nature trails, enjoy delicious home-cooked Tibetan food, see the local monastery and meditate in its calm ambience. 

Altitude:
14,440 ft.

Distance from Shimla: 438 kilometers
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Komic

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Komic
Komic is considered to be the highest village in the world with a motorable road, see the Tangyud Monastery, which is one of the highest monasteries in India, take long nature walks in the emerald-green meadows. 

Altitude: 15,027 ft.

Distance from Shimla:
441 kilometers
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Langza

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Langza
See the huge Buddha statue overlooking the mountains and valleys, try fossil hunting, explore the potato farms. 

Altitude: 14,500 ft.

Distance from Shimla:
438 kilometers
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Chandratal Lake

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Chandratal Lake
Chandratal Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes in the country. Spend time soaking in the striking natural beauty of its turquoise green waters framed by brown barren mountains, enjoy a 4 kilometer long parikrama of the lake. 

Altitude:
14,100 ft.

Distance from Shimla:
530 kilometers
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Solang Valley

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Solang Valley
Try paragliding, zorbing, quad biking, night camping, skiing, and quad biking. Visit the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Wintersports .

Altitude:
8.400 ft.

Distance from Manali:
14 kilometers
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Rohtang Pass

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Rohtang Pass
Enjoy the scenic beauty of the nearby snow-capped mountains, try short treks like Manali-Lahaul pass trek and the Batal-Rohtang trek, enjoy sledge riding, ATV riding, and quad biking. 

Altitude:
13,050 ft.

Distance from Manali:
51 kilometers
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Gramphu

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Gramphu
See the scenic landscape, visit the local markets, enjoy delicious Tibetan food.

Altitude: 10,500 ft.

Distance from Manali:
65 kilometers
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Batal

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Batal
Enjoy a delicious meal and night stay at the rustic Chacha-Chachi Dhaba, stargaze as you camp outside, enjoy short nature trails. 

Altitude: 13,100 ft.

Distance from Manali: 114 kilometers
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Kunzum Pass

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Kunzum Pass
One of the most famous landmarks in the region, this pass is the gateway to Spiti via Kullu and Lahaul. It offers magnificent views of the huge Bara Shigri Glacier and the barren Chandrabhaga ranges. Visit the Kunzum Devi Temple. This is the highest motorable pass in the country. 

Altitude: 15,060 ft.

Distance from Manali:
127 kilometers
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Losar

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Losar
Enjoy the breathtaking beauty of this village located at the extreme end of Spiti Valley near the Indo-China border. Enjoy landscape photography of the barren landscape, try local foods, and pick up colourful woollens from the local homestays. 

Altitude: 13,400 ft.

Distance from Manali:
145 kilometers
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Must Visit Places in Spiti Valley

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Key Monastery

While Himachal Pradesh is home to a dozen different monasteries, this spectacular place is not just the biggest, but also the oldest one around. A must visit tourist place in Spiti Valleythe Key Gompa is encircled by picturesque mountains and soothing valleys.

A wonderful example of monastic architecture and decorated with beautiful paintings, murals, manuscripts, and wind instruments – the Kye attracts history and cultural buffs round the year. If you are seeking spiritual enlightenment, the monastery is home to a large number of nuns, monks, and lamas who receive their religious education here.

If you plan to visit during June-July, you’ll also get to witness the beautiful festival involving Chaam dancers, lamas and a devil made out of butter!

Location: Spiti Valley, Lahul.

Best time to visit: May to October.

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Chandratal Lake

Perched at a staggering altitude of 4200 meters above sea level, you have to witness the unparalleled beauty of Chandratal to believe it. A sanctuary from the lightning fast city life, this lake is slowly becoming one of the most attractive tourist places in Spiti valley. With the spellbinding backdrop of majestic mountains and meadows covered with gorgeous wildflowers, the lake is the perfect place to click some Instagram worthy pictures for photography enthusiasts.

Besides, if you have an adventurous spirit, take the scenic trekking route from Batal to the lake and camp under the stars on the banks of the lake. Experience nature in its most glorious splendor at Chandrataal.

Location: Spiti part of Lahul, Keylong.

Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM round the week.

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Pin Valley National Park

India's highest cold valley National Park, this place was constructed to preserve the unique natural flora and fauna of Himachal Pradesh and is named after the gorgeous Pin River and acts as an interface between the Lahul and Spiti Valley. Against a backdrop of barbarous, rugged snow-covered mountain peaks of the Spiti Valley, the national park is home to Himachal's ferocious predators, the snow leopards, and their prey, the ibex.

The terrain is rough and precarious, so train hard and get into those fitness programs before you undertake this captivating journey. The sanctuary also witnesses a strong spiritual influence due to the presence of Buddhist monasteries around the area.

Location:
Near Kaza.

Timings:
6 AM to 6 PM throughout the week.

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Suraj Tal

Third highest lake in India and 21st highest in the world, the Suraj Tal is a divine water body surrounded by barbaric bare mountains and soothing valleys. It is a common belief that anyone who takes a dip in the pristine emerald waters of the lake is cleaned off their sins.

Whether you want to visit the Suraj Tal for spiritual reasons or to simply revel in the unsurpassed natural charm – you won’t regret it. An absolute haven for avid trekkers, the lake offers an asylum to refresh and recharge during the hectic Manali-Leh trek. Adrenaline junkie motorcyclists and mountain bikers will find this place a wonderful stopover on their journey.

Location: 
Lahul Valley, Keylong.

Timings:
 No timing restrictions.

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Tabo Monastery

Tabo Monastery is one of the most wondrous places to visit in Spiti Valley. Founded a millennium ago, the temple is a unique amalgamation of history, culture and natural splendor. In the cold barren deserts of Tabo valley, the monastery appears as a sanctum from the brutality of barbarous rocky mountains around.

It houses centuries worth of Buddhist culture, tradition and heritage – a treat for history and cultural buffs. For those of you interested in art and handicraft – witness the amazingly preserved paintings, murals and sculptures. Or just kick back and take in the healing environment as calmness ascends over your being.

Location:
Tabo

Best time to visit:
May to October

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Kunzum Pass

One of the most mysterious, offbeat places to visit in Spiti Valley, the Kunzum Pass is a gateway to the gorgeous Spiti via Kullu and Lahul. Treat your photography loving soul as you click away the jaw dropping vistas around. Take in the panoramic view featuring majestic Bara Shigri Glacier covered with pristine silvery snow, the barren mountains of Chandrabhange range, the azure waters of Spiti river, and the rugged hills of Spiti Valley.

Pay your respects at the temple of Goddess Kunzum Devi and behold the vibrant prayer flags fluttering against the wind. And if you are a mountain biking enthusiast, the Kunzum offers you a special sense of achievement – being the highest motorable pass in India sitting at a jaw dropping height of 4500 metres!

Location:
Keylong

Timings:
No timing restrictions.

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Kaza

Kaza
Nestled in one corner of the beautiful Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, Kaza happens to be a tranquil and serene destination in Spiti Valley. Packed with majestic snow-covered mountains, bubbling rivers, picturesque landscape, and shimmering streams, this dreamy place is no less than a paradise on earth. 

The entire town of Kaza is categorized into 2 parts – New Kaza and Old Kaza. While the former accommodates the king’s palace, the latter is home to government offices. The presence of historical wonders, monasteries, and gompas adds a sense of magic to this charming town. At present day, the Himalayan town of Kaza features an exotic amalgam of ancient culture and modernity that is sure to leave every traveler totally awestruck and spellbound.
 
The pristine locales and mountainous terrain of Kaza lure tourists who are interested in experiencing spirituality as well as adventurous activities. The place even forms a base camp from where travelers can venture to experience activities such as mountaineering and trekking. Some well-known trails that start from the town of Kaza include Pin-Bhaba, Parang-La, and Pin-Parvati. In addition to trying adventure sports and visiting various Buddhist shrines, tourists flocking here also like to take a walk to the small villages nearby Kaza town, which offers an exciting and unique experience.

One can access Kaza from Lahaul Valley and Kinnaur Valley. While the latter route stays open all year round, the former route only opens during the summer season. Winter season in this destination comes with extremely low temperatures that make the weather of the town immensely cold. During this time, the locals prefer staying indoors and only venture out in case of absolute urgency. They always keep food supplies stocked up for this time of the year and utilize the whole time indoors by producing handicrafts.

The town of Kaza is blessed with a plethora of decent accommodation facilities and food outlets, helping tourists in having a comfortable vacation. All the elements put together, make tourism flourish in this small Himalayan destination.
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Dhankar Lake

Tucked atop a small hill at an impressive altitude of 4100 meters above sea level, the Dhankar, with its dazzling blue waters, is one of the most popular places to visit in Spiti Valley. The lake sits at the end of the famous Dhankar Lake trek known for its treacherous paths, rocky snow-capped mountains, and incomparable vistas. Adventure enthusiasts and photography lovers are enchanted alike by the magical realism of the trek.

The Dhankar Fort Monastery sandwiched between Spiti and Pin rivers offers a special spiritual touch as it plays hide and seek on the trail. And once you reach the lake, the rare and diversified views will make your jaw drop!

Location: 
Near Rohtang Pass connecting Kullu and Lahul. 

Timings:
No timing restrictions.

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Kibber

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Kibber

To call Kibber beautiful would be putting it lightly – arid landscape, rocky mountains, meadows covered in vibrant wildflowers, and all this paired with pristine pollution free environment. Stargazers and photography lovers flock alike to Kibber to gaze at the unsurpassed, exquisite view of the Milky Way. Go to the nearby Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary and witness the amazing fauna of Himachal – ibex, blue sheep, red fox, snow leopards, wolves etc.

You can visit various tiny monasteries around or go hiking on the small trails around the village. The locals are friendly and offer a warm and comfortable stay, if not the most luxurious, with both Indian and Tibetan home cooked food.

Location: Lahul and Spiti Valley

Best time to visit: October to February

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Dhankar Monastery

Dhankar Monastery is the symbolic salutation to the spiritual beliefs of the Buddhist community. It is located in Lahaul and Spiti valley, and has been listed as one of the hundred most endangered monuments in the entire world.  Situated at an altitude of 3,894 meters, it offers a spellbinding view of the Spiti valley and is a melting pot for diverse cultures and religions.

Dhankar Monastery is also known as Dhangkar Gompa or Dhankhar and was built around 1000 years ago. It was also known as Lha-od Gompa after it’s founder and renovator, Lha-od, who was a popular lama. This monastery is the main center of Buddhist culture and houses the collection of centuries-old thanksas.

One of the prime attractions of this monastery is the statue of Vairochana that consists of four figures of Buddha in the state of meditation. You will also find here Buddhist scriptures, Medicine Buddha murals, and protector deities.  It also consists of a small museum where murals and scriptures have been stored.

You can also spot many beautiful Thangka paintings on the wall of this monastery. Presently, some of the sections of this gompa have been totally abandoned due to the deterioration of the building, and a new gompa has been built in place of it to lure the visitors.

The monastery is still standing in a fragile condition, and more than twenty people are not allowed to enter this monastery at one time. From the Dhankar monastery, you can indulge in a thrilling trekking experience to Dhankar Lake.

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Nako Village

One of India’s best-kept secrets, Nako village is situated on the Indo-Tibetan border, 360 m above sea level in the Himalayan range of Kinnaur District in Himachal Pradesh. Nako Village can be considered as the last spot on your way to the famous Nalling Mullah and acts as a halting stop for tourists heading there.

As Nako lies really close to the Tibetan border, visitors need to have an Inner Line permit to visit and stay in any part of this secluded village. Due to the small extent of this beautifully remote village, all the major attractions there can be explored on foot itself.Any tourist crossing this remote village tends to take a stop at least for a while. Many others tend to reach this peaceful place by evening to spend a night here to move to other destinations in Kinnaur or Tabo Village, the next day.

However, if you are amidst those keen travelers who wish to experience the true essence of the Himalayan and Tibetan cultures, this very place is a must visit for you.Exploring this beautiful village and listening to the stories and experiences of the villagers will take you back in time. The hidden gems of Nako Village and its untouched natural beauty will make you fall in love with this place. Experiencing the mind soothing calmness of the village under the village sky full of sparkling stars holds the capability of providing you with a life-changing experience.

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Nako Lake
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A tiny isolated reservoir, Nako Lake has gained extensive popularity for its pristine beauty and impeccable charm. A spiritual lake cradled in the mystical Himalayas, it is situated at an elevation of around 3662 meters. The dense willow trees that surround the lake quadruples the charm if this tourist spot.

The popular spot is bounded by 4 ancient Tibetan temples. In close proximity to these temples, you can also find 4 caves which are said to be saint Padmasambhava’s meditation site. There is one magnificent waterfall near the lake which is known to be the home of fairies. If you happen to visit this place during September, you can relish the experience of boating in this popular lake.

Location:
Nako Village, Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh

Timings:
It can be visited at any time.

Entry Fee:
No entry charges

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Tabo

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Tabo
Situated on the banks of Spiti River, Tabo is a tiny town in Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh. The cold desert town sits at an elevation of 10,760 feet and is surrounded by scree slopes and snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas. Known for its serene and tranquil beauty, Tabo is a must-see spot for those who are looking for an offbeat adventure. 

The town is approximately 40 kilometers away from the border between India and Tibet, and you are bound to come across it when travelling by road from Kaza to Reckong Peo.The most famous attractions in Tabo include a 1000-year-old monastery, which is considered as one of the holiest by the Dalai Lama himself. The list also includes several temples, and some ancient caves, which were once inhabited by Buddhist monks who wanted to take shelter from the harsh winters. 

In 1996, Dalai Lama performed the sacred Kalachakra Initiation here, and thousands of Buddhists from India and around the world attended the ceremony. The town is also known for cultivating apples, and you can find some of the tastiest and crunchiest red apples here.
If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, a trip to Tabo will surely rejuvenate your mind and body
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Things to Know for Delhi to Spiti Trip

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Petrol Pumps

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Petrol Pumps
Route 1: Delhi - Shimla – Spiti

Narkanda
Kingal (28 kilometers from Narkanda)
Bithal (12 kilometers from Kingal)
Badhrash (11 kilometers from Bithal)
Duttnagar (33 kilometers from Badrash)
Rampur (13 kilometers from Duttnagar)
Jeori (23 kilometers from Rampur)
Saki Charang (28 kilometers from Jeori)
Reckong Peo (34 kilometers from Saki Charang)
Kaza (200 kilometers from Reckong Peo)

Route 2: Delhi - Manali – Spiti

Manali has over 10 petrol pumps like those at Kullu, Aleo, Naggar Road, Siyal, Vashisht, etc. Fill up your vehicle here since there are no petrol pumps on the connecting road to Kaza. 

You can refill your vehicle at Kaza at the petrol pump located on Gramphu-Batal-Kaza Road. This is also India’s highest petrol pump. 
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ATM's

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ATM's
Route 1: Delhi - Shimla – Spiti

Shimla
Rampur (126 kilometers from Shimla)
Sarahan (34 kilometers from Rampur)
Sangla (83 kilometers from Sarahan)
Reckong Peo (41 kilometers from Sangla)
Kaza (200 kilometers from Reckong Peo)

(We recommend that you withdraw cash before reaching Kaza, as the ATMs here run out of cash often and remain out of order for long stretches of time)

Route 2: Delhi - Manali – Spiti

Manali: 
Bus Stand Road, Old Manali
Kullu-Naggar-Manali Road, Pirni
Naggar Road, Aleo
Karpa Building, Opposite Nehru Park, Mall Road
Circuit Road, Siyal

Kaza:
 Kaza has two ATMs belonging to KCC Bank and State Bank of India. However, it is difficult to rely on their functionality and availability of cash due to high altitude. 

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Mechanics

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Mechanics
Route 1: Delhi - Shimla – Spiti

Narkanda
Rampur
Jeori
Sarahan
Reckong Peo
Tapri
Spillo
Pooh
Kaza

Route 2: Delhi - Manali – Spiti

Manali:
Mandi Tunnel Road
Siyal
Simsa Village
Vashisht
Hidimba Temple Road
Tibetan Colony, Leh Manali Highway
Village Chouri vihar, Near AALU
Pooh
Kaza
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Mobile Connectivity

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Mobile Connectivity
Route 1: Delhi - Shimla – Spiti

You will get good connectivity for all the networks from Delhi to Shimla.
Places like Narkanda, Jeori, Saharan, Sangla, Kalpa, Reckong Peo, Chitkul, and Spello have good Airtel, Vodafone, and BSNL connectivity.
Since only BSNL and MTNL networks (prepaid and postpaid both) work in Spiti, make sure to carry spare connections. 
Around Pooh, you will only get a BSNL network, which gets erratic as you cross. Once you reach Nako, it resumes. Till Tabo there is no network. 
It is erratic from Tabo to Kaza and smooth at Kaza. 
Internet connectivity is sparse on the entire route. You won’t get 4G services. At best, you will have to suffice with GPRS or 2G connectivity. 

Route 2: Delhi - Manali – Spiti

All the major networks have good connectivity from Delhi to Manali.
The connections start to get sparse as you proceed towards Rohtang Pass up till Marhi. Between Marhi and Gramphu, there is no network.
At Gramphu, you will get a not-so-good network of Airtel and BSNL. Both vanish as you cross Gramphu.
There is absolutely no network from Chhatru, Chota Dhara, Batal, Kunzum Pass, and Losar. At Losar, you can expect a very feeble BSNL connection.
As you proceed towards Chandratal, the network again vanishes. The connectivity remains intermittent at Komic and Kibber. 
The area around Kee Monastery has good connectivity and then it becomes sparse up until Losar. 
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Safety Tips & Guidelines

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Safety Tips & Guidelines
Always plan your trip with a couple of buffer days. On the mountain roads, kilometers doesn't always translate to the actual time that is taken.

Let your ride to Spiti not be your first big ride. The roads here are treacherous and require some experience in knowing how to maneuver. Having experienced drivers with you will make your trip fun and safe.

Don’t over speed, try dangerous stunts, or drive while fatigued or sleepy.

Know your vehicle before you start on this journey. Know about its fuel efficiency, conditions of its parts, how much weight can it carry, etc.

Keep spare parts and tools in your vehicle.

Learn how to drive through slushy roads and manoeuvring your way. 

Get to know the route in and out. There is enough information on the internet.

It is a good idea to keep maps handy as the GPS connection may break in the remote locations.

Keep a list of petrol pumps and ATMs handy. Carry spare fuel and cash for times of emergency.
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Permits

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Permits
Route 1: Delhi - Shimla – Spiti

- For Indians: Indian nationals are not required to apply for any permits for travelling anywhere in Himachal Pradesh. If required, you can share any government ID like driving license, Aadhar card, Voter’s ID as identification. 

- For Foreign Nationals: Foreign nationals can only travel till Reckong Peo with a permit. To travel to places like Kaza, Dhankar, Tabo, Pooh, Nako, etc. you would need an Inner Line Permit (ILP). This can be easily obtained from the DM’s (District Magistrate) Office in Shimla or Reckong Peo, which is valid for 2 weeks from the date of issue. These permits need to be produced at the police post at Reckong Peo.

Route 2: Delhi - Manali – Spiti

For Indians: Indians do not need any permit to visit Spiti Valley. In case you are travelling on your personal vehicle, you will be required to obtain a vehicle permit to cross Rohtang Pass. This can be obtained online on the Kullu Administration website or using the mobile application. You can also apply for it in-person at the SDM Office or Tourist Information Centre at Manali.  

- For Foreign Nationals: To travel to places like Kaza, Dhankar, Tabo, Pooh, Nako, etc. you would need an Inner Line Permit (ILP). This can be easily obtained at the DC Office in Keylong, the district headquarters of Lahaul & Spiti. 
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Things to Carry

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Things to Carry
Personal Items:

Government identification proofs
Foreign tourists must carry copies of their passports, photographs, and permits.
Camera with extra batteries
Mobile phone charger and a power bank
Carry clothing as per the season
Personal toiletries and medicines
Sunscreen, cap, sunglasses
If your plan includes trekking, carry appropriate trekking gear like good trekking shoes, trekking pole, gloves, gaiters, waterproof backpack, thermals, fleece jacket, sleeping bags, and sleeping tents.
Water bottles
Plenty of cash
Basic first aid kit
Small torch

Car/ Bike Accessories:

Ensure your toolkit has all the essentials like a hammer, screwdriver, extra rope, etc.
Helmet
Puncture kit
One or two-litre plastic bottles to carry spare petrol or diesel
Funnels for fuel
Adhesive tubes and M-Seal
Car inverter
Extra tubes for bikes
Cables for jump-starting the vehicle.
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Clothes to Carry

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Clothes to Carry
During Summer:

Light full-sleeved fleece jacket
Windcheater
Light jacket
Cotton socks (carry spares)
Loose full-sleeve T-shirts (for layering, if required)
Loose cotton trousers
Sport shoes
Light thermals
Sunglasses
Caps

During Winter:

Heavy woollens
Down jacket
Heavy windcheater jacket
Thermals
Heavy fleeces
Insulated woollen socks (carry spares for layering)
Balaclava
Woollen cap
Wool lined shoes
Woollen gloves
Sunglasses
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Medical Facilities

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Medical Facilities
Medical Facilities on Delhi - Shimla – Spiti Route 

Kinnaur:
Regional Hospital, Reckong Peo
Civil Hospital, Chango, Kinnaur
Project Hospital, Bhaba Nagar
Tribal Ayurvedic Hospital, Reckong Peo

Shimla:
Indus Hospital, Mount Jakhoo
Indira Gandhi Medical College, Circular Road, Lakkar Bazaar
HP Government Dental College & Hospital, Circular Road, Lakkar Bazaar

Lahaul Spiti:
Civil Hospital, Kaza
Regional Hospital, Keylong
District Ayurvedic Hospital, Keylong


Medical Facilities on Delhi - Manali – Spiti Route 

Lady Willingdon Hospital (Mission Hospital), Model Town, Siyal, Manali
Rawat Clinic, Near BSNL Telephone Exchange, School Road, Manali
Dr. Behl’s Hospital, Siyal, Manali
Ayurvedic Dispensary, Damphug, Himachal Pradesh

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Information About AMS and Acclimatisation

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Information About AMS and Acclimatisation
AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness): This is a condition that our bodies go through when we rapidly gain altitude and experience low levels of oxygen in the air. It causes a variety of effects on the body ranging to physical effects to the ones on the brain. The symptoms include:

Constant vomiting
Increased heart rate
Breathlessness
Reduced or lost appetite
Dizziness
Confusion
Severe headache
Nausea

Mostly these symptoms go away on their own. However, if not controlled quickly, they can get complicated and life-threatening resulting in HAPE (high altitude pulmonary edema) or HACE (high altitude cerebral edema). A good way to avoid this while travelling to Spiti is taking the Shimla-Spiti route as this allows you to ascend gradually.

Still, if you feel any of the above-mentioned symptoms, make sure to use these tips:

Don’t gain altitude too fast on the trip. In case you experience any AMS symptoms, stay at the same altitude or descend immediately.

Keep a check on yourself and people travelling with you for any of the above-mentioned symptoms. 

Don’t consume alcohol or smoke while travelling. 

While sleeping at night in a high altitude place, sleep with a pillow rather than on a flat surface. It is best to sleep in an upright position.

Avoid letting your body temperature fluctuate. Don’t use a car heater or AC too much.

Drink lots of water and avoid caffeine and carbonated drinks.

Don’t walk too fast and avoid exertion.

You can use medicines like Diamox, but only after consulting a doctor.

Chew on fresh cloves or garlic to reduce nausea and headache.

Use essential oils of lavender and peppermint to clear your head and aid in breathing. 
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Places for Night Stopover

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Delhi - Shimla – Spiti Route

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Delhi - Shimla – Spiti Route
Sangla: 
Hotel Batseri: INR 4400 per night
Hotel Rock View: INR 1000 per night
Hotel Madhu: INR 1700 per night

Kalpa:
OYO White Nest: INR 1600 per night
The Grand Shamba La: INR 4000 per night
Tab Exotic Group of Hotels: Rs. 2000 per night
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Delhi - Manali – Spiti Route

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Delhi - Manali – Spiti Route
Manali:
Sun Park Resort: Rs. 2,400 per night
Summit Chandertal Regency: Rs. 3,100 per night
Skyline BnB: Rs. 1,900

Kaza:
Moustache Hostel Kaza: Rs. 880 per night
Winter White Guest House: Rs. 2,800 per night
Zostel Kibber: Rs. 2,600 per night

Tabo:
Zostel Tabo: Rs. 2,800 per night
Sonam Homestay: Rs. 1,600 per night
Hotel Siddharth by Upvan: Rs. 3,200 per night
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Spiti Tour Packages

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Spiti Valley Tour Package from Delhi 2020
  • 8D/7N
  • Spiti Valley
  • 8D/7N
₹24,900 ₹18,900
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About the Destination:  

Presenting the perfect amalgam of Hinduism and Buddhism, the tranquillizing Spiti Valley captivates tourists with its rich culture and mesmerizing beauty. Characterized by popular monasteries, ancient temples, and inflicting mountains, this place is known as a breathtaking living museum of amazing treks and lush valleys. 

Filled with spellbinding tourist attractions like Key Monastery, Lhalung Monastery, Dhankar Lake, Pin Valley National Park, and Kunzum Pass, Spiti promises an absolutely surreal vacay. Set amidst deep gorges and ravines, this ‘Little Tibet’ can be your best destination to experience thrill, adventure, fun, and romance. 

The places which you will cover during this tour are:

Komik: The word Komik means eye of snowcock, and this peaceful village surrounded by scenic beauty is located at the height of 4,513 m with a population of 84 people. This village is famous as it is Asia’s highest village. 

Hikkim: You will also visit the village called Hikkim and will be mesmerized by its beauty. It is famous as it is the place where you will get to visit the world’s highest post office. 

Langza:  An ancient village which is very rich with the fossils of million years ago marine animals and plants of the prehistoric era when Thetys sea submerged Spiti. It is situated at an altitude of 4,400 meters and belongs to the Sakyapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. You will also visit 1000 years old lang(temple).

Key Monastery: A famous Tibetan Buddhist monastery, Key Monastery is also known as the Kye Monastery and Ki Monastery. Explore the long and interesting history of the monastery with this tour.

Pin valley:  This valley was proclaimed as a National Park in 1987, with altitudes ranging from 11,000 to 20,000 feet and is home to varieties of endangered snow Leopards and many other animals and birds.

Tabo Monastery: Known as Ajanta of the Himalayas, Tabo Monastery is situated at a height of 3050 meters above the sea level. Located in the valley of Tabo, the monastery was founded back in 996 A.D.

Dhankar Monastery: At an altitude of 12,774 feet, Dhankar Monastery or Dhankar Gompa is one of the main centres of Buddhist art and culture. You will also get to see many ancient paintings and will be very surprised to see its perfect architecture.

About the Spiti Valley Tour Package From Delhi:

Thirllophilia offers you the best Spiti valley tour from Delhi, and this one promises you the absolute fun. This trip will start from Manali and you will drive through a beautiful scenic valley. The trip is planned in a way that it focuses on your comfort. You will be getting a comfortable stay, delicious food and weel-maintained jeep along with an experienced driver. 

On this trip, you will witness a blend of differnt culture and traditions. you will get to explore Spiti Valley thoroughly and will visit many famous villages like Hikkim, Kibber. You will be visiting different monasteries which depict their beauty and set you on peace. You will be meeting the local people and get close to there lifestyle, culture and tradition. This trip is going to once in a lifetime experience for you. By selecting the Spiti valley tour package from Delhi you will experience the amazing 7 days of your life, in which you will be witnessing breathtaking views and will visit many places which will set you to peace. 
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Spiti Valley Tour Package from Chandigarh 2020
  • 9D/8N
  • Spiti Valley
  • 9D/8N
₹30,800 ₹27,800
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Start Point: Chandigarh
End Point: Manali

About the destination: 

Featuring fascinating valleys, green patches, quiet villages, and windswept landscapes, the mountainous chilly desert of Spiti is the synonym of incredible beauty.  Influenced profoundly by Buddhism, this enchanting destination flaunts player flags hovering in the air and whitewashed Chortens featuring Buddhist relics. 

Forming a major tourist destination of the country, Spiti Valley entices travellers with its serene Himalayan lakes, surreal moonscapes, beautiful monasteries, and exquisite passes. Draped in elegance and charm, Spiti welcomes a heavy influx of trekkers, pilgrims, and honeymooners from all over the world. Known for its rich culture, drool-worthy cuisine, and humble residents, Spiti Valley is gorgeous from every aspect a tourist can think of!  

Nako Village: Highest village in the valley, Nako owns a lake formed out of the masses of the ice. Fauna including, Yaks, kine, horses and asses, can be found in abundance here.

Kibber: A beautiful village with the arid landscape, rocky mountains, meadows covered in vibrant wildflowers, and all this paired with the pristine pollution-free environment. 

Tabo Monastery: Known as Ajanta of the Himalayas, Tabo Monastery is situated at a height of 3050 meters above the sea level. Located in the valley of Tabo, the monastery was founded back in 996 A.D.

Rampur: Rampur was once the capital of the princely State of Bhushar. It is one of the biggest commercial towns of Himachal Pradesh currently. You cannot miss visiting this place.


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handigarh:

Thrillophilia offers you this amazing Spiti valley tour package from Chandigarh which will let you explore the 'Little Tibet' of India and give you once in a lifetime experience through the mountains and valleys of Himachal Pradesh.

During this trip, you will be visiting the ancient monasteries, which are famous all over the world like Tabo monastery. You will get to experience the traditional blend of Buddhism and Tibetian culture. You will be meeting the local people and will get to know about their lifestyle.you will also be witnessing the amazing wildlife of this place including the snow leopard.

During the trip, your comfort will be our priority you will be staying in a comfortable hotel/homestay and will get to eat delicious local food. Get ready to lose yourself amidst the beauty of this scenic valley.

Send enquiry now and get a chance to create worth-sharing memories with your friends and family members.

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Spiti Valley Bike Trip 2020
  • 9D/8N
  • Spiti Valley
  • 9D/8N
₹33,400 ₹26,400
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Package Options:
- Tempo Traveller
- Solo 350 cc Bike
- Solo 500cc Bike
- 2 people on 1 500cc Bike
- Solo on Himalayan Bike
- 2 people on 1 Himalayan Bike
- Own Bike

About the Destination:

Spiti Valley can be said as the synonym for the paradise it is also known as the ‘Little Tibet' of India. It is the place that is full of monasteries and Tibetan culture, it's one of the best places to visit in Himachal Pradesh and is known for its snow-capped peaks and natural surroundings. This Spiti valley bike trip promises a Himalayan trip of a lifetime. You will be visiting many places by this Spiti bike trip which will blow your mind with their scenic beauty. You will start this trip from Chandigarh and will get to witness places like:

Komik: which means “eye of snowcock”, located at the height of 4,513 m with a population of 84 people this village is Asia’s highest village. 

Hikkim: where you will get to visit the world’s highest post office. 

Langza:  situated at an altitude of 4,400 meters and belongs to the Sakyapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. You will also visit 1000 years old lang(temple).

Key Monastery: A must visit tourist place in Spiti Valleythe Key Gompa is encircled by picturesque mountains and soothing valleys. A wonderful example of monastic architecture and decorated with beautiful paintings, murals, manuscripts, and wind instruments – the Kye attracts history and cultural buffs round the year.

Tabo Monastery: Tabo Monastery is one of the most wondrous places to visit in Spiti Valley. Founded a millennium ago, the temple is a unique amalgamation of history, culture and natural splendour. In the cold barren deserts of Tabo valley, the monastery appears as a sanctum from the brutality of barbarous rocky mountains around.

About the Spiti Valley Bike Trip:

Thrillophilia offers you the best Spiti valley motorcycle tour, and lets you live the dream of your life. This trip will start from Delhi and you will ride through Narkanda, Chitkul to the Spiti Valley. you will ride through a beautiful scenic valley. 

During this trip, you will be visiting the ancient monasteries, which are famous all over the world like Key monastery, Tabo monastery. You will get to experience the traditional blend of Buddhism and Tibetian culture. You will be meeting the local people and will get to know about their lifestyle. You will also be witnessing the amazing Chandratal and will visit villages like Komic, Hikkim. During the trip, your comfort will be our priority you will be staying in a comfortable hotel/homestay, will get well-maintained bikes and will get to eat delicious local food. Get ready to lose yourself amidst the beauty of this scenic valley. This  S
piti valley bike tour will give you once in a lifetime experience through the mountains and valleys of Himachal Pradesh.
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Winter Spiti Road Trip | Girls' Special
  • 8D
  • Manali
  • 8D
₹23,100
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Are you a woman traveller or are you a group of some enthusiastic women travellers? Then here is a mind blowing road trip which is filled with adventure and excitement throughout the roads of Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh.

About the Destination:
As everyone knows, Lahaul and Spiti are the most beautiful valleys located in the Himalayas at a greater altitude exhibiting the best natural sights of the mountains and green valleys. The quaint villages, the Buddhist monasteries, the lakes and rivers, the high altitude roads and passes, the snow-covered peaks and the picturesque sights on both the sides will enable you to make your girls' gang feel a high level excitement and joy.

Wondering what you will be ticking off?
- Lahaul Valley: One of the most spellbinding places to visit in Spiti Valley, the Lahaul Valley is a staple for adrenaline junkies and solitude seekers alike. Bare mountains covered with null vegetation, clear blue skies, pollutions free environment, green meadows – Lahaul is a paradise for nature lovers. 

- Key Monastery: 
A must visit tourist place in Spiti Valleythe Key Gompa is encircled by picturesque mountains and soothing valleys. A wonderful example of monastic architecture and decorated with beautiful paintings, murals, manuscripts, and wind instruments – the Kye attracts history and cultural buffs round the year.

- Dhankar Lake: 
Tucked atop a small hill at an impressive altitude of 4100 meters above sea level, the Dhankar, with its dazzling blue waters, is one of the most popular places to visit in Spiti Valley. The lake sits at the end of the famous Dhankar Lake trek known for its treacherous paths, rocky snow-capped mountains, and incomparable vistas.

- Dhankar Monastery: 
The Dhankar Fort Monastery sandwiched between Spiti and Pin rivers offers a special spiritual touch as it plays hide and seek on the trail. And once you reach the lake, the rare and diversified views will make your jaw drop! A truly curious landmark, the monastery is perched so precariously amongst rocks that it appears as if it is seconds away from falling all over.

- Tabo Monastery: 
Tabo Monastery is one of the most wondrous places to visit in Spiti Valley. Founded a millennium ago, the temple is a unique amalgamation of history, culture and natural splendour. In the cold barren deserts of Tabo valley, the monastery appears as a sanctum from the brutality of barbarous rocky mountains around.

- Khibber: 
To call Kibber beautiful would be putting it lightly – arid landscape, rocky mountains, meadows covered in vibrant wildflowers, and all this paired with pristine pollution-free environment. Stargazers and photography lovers flock alike to Kibber to gaze at the unsurpassed, exquisite view of the Milky Way.

About the Tour:
This road tour starts from Chandigarh and takes you through the major villages and locations like Sarahan, Kalpa, Tabo, Kaza and the sights you will come across during the journey include Narkanda, Lahaul Valley, Khibber, Tabo, Key Monastery, Dhankar, etc.

Your 7 day adventure starts from Chandigarh. You travel all the way around seeing popular, beautiful and hidden sites in the Spiti Valley and come back to Chandigarh. Stay at great places, eat local food, travel around the valley, know the culture and visit landmark spots that will take your breath away. Read the advisory and inclusions carefully before going for the tour. 

In peak winter i.e. January and early February all the places might not be open due to adverse weather conditions. We will keep you updated of the same in case any last minute changes need to be made to your plan. 

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Spiti Valley Tour Package from Manali 2020
  • 7D/6N
  • Spiti Valley
  • 7D/6N
₹25,450 ₹17,950
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Highlights of the Spiti Valley Tour package from Manali:
- Guided Road Trip with activities for an exclusive group of ten people
- Riverside Bonfire, Day Hike, Monastery tour with a monk and local cooking session included
- Visit Pin Valley and camp overnight at Chandratal Lake

About the Places:
- Key Monastery: A must visit tourist place in Spiti Valleythe Key Gompa is encircled by picturesque mountains and soothing valleys. A wonderful example of monastic architecture and decorated with beautiful paintings, murals, manuscripts, and wind instruments – the Kye attracts history and cultural buffs round the year.
- Dhankar Lake: 
Tucked atop a small hill at an impressive altitude of 4100 meters above sea level, the Dhankar, with its dazzling blue waters, is one of the most popular places to visit in Spiti Valley. The lake sits at the end of the famous Dhankar Lake trek known for its treacherous paths, rocky snow-capped mountains, and incomparable vistas.
- Dhankar Monastery: The Dhankar Fort Monastery sandwiched between Spiti and Pin rivers offers a special spiritual touch as it plays hide and seek on the trail. And once you reach the lake, the rare and diversified views will make your jaw drop! A truly curious landmark, the monastery is perched so precariously amongst rocks that it appears as if it is seconds away from falling all over.
- Tabo Monastery: Tabo Monastery is one of the most wondrous places to visit on Spiti Valley tour package from Manali. Founded a millennium ago, the temple is a unique amalgamation of history, culture and natural splendour. In the cold barren deserts of Tabo valley, the monastery appears as a sanctum from the brutality of barbarous rocky mountains around.
- Kibber: To call Kibber beautiful would be putting it lightly – arid landscape, rocky mountains, meadows covered in vibrant wildflowers, and all this paired with the pristine pollution-free environment. Stargazers and photography lovers flock alike to Kibber to gaze at the unsurpassed, exquisite view of the Milky Way.

About the Spiti Valley Tour package from Manali:
With striking places like the key monastery, Chandratal lake, Komic village, Dhankar lake, handicraft market and numerous others in its vicinity, can be toured in summers as well as winters. When the showers strike the region its landscape changes and in winters, the temperature steeps down to freezing points, extending picture-perfect sceneries.  This land of fresh environs, lush green blankets, snow-capped peaks and everything beautiful, Spiti Valley tour package from Manali has each thing to arrest you in its charm.

Your 7 days adventure starts from Manali. You travel all the way around seeing popular, beautiful and hidden sites in the Spiti Valley and come back to Manali. Stay at great places, eat local food, travel around the valley, know the culture and visit landmark spots that will take your breath away.
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Spiti Valley in Winter 2020: Paint It White
  • 9D/8N
  • New Delhi
  • 9D/8N
₹27,700 ₹21,800
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Start Point: Delhi-Shimla
End Point: Shimla-Delhi

Highlights of the Spiti Valley Winter Tour:
Adore the stunning view of Kinner Kailash peaks over a cup of tea.
Experience in a local Spitian homestay.
Visit Key Monastery

About the Places:
- Nako Village: Highest village in the valley, Nako owns a lake formed out of the masses of the ice. Fauna including, Yaks, kine, horses and asses, can be found in abundance here.
- Spiti: Spiti is one of the coldest places in the country. Snuggled at an altitude of 12,500 feet above the sea level, the valley serves as a paradise to adventure lovers.
- Key Monastery: A famous Tibetan Buddhist monastery, Key Monastery is also known as the Kye Monastery and Ki Monastery. Explore the long and interesting history of the monastery with this tour.
- Kalpa: Having beautiful temples and monasteries, the village of Kalpa is famous for its apple orchards.

About the Spiti Valley in Winter Tour:
Get ready to start the adventure from Delhi. and go to all the places you wished to visit. This tour allows with all the experiences where you get to experience the beauty of winter and have memories that you can share with all.

Drive through places like Kufri, Narkanda and many more. Get to explore Chitkul. Chitkul is the last village on the old Hindustan - Tibet Trade route. It is on the banks of river Baspa and is the last place Indians can visit without a permit. Situated at an altitude of 2759 m from the sea level, Kalpa is located close to the foot of Kinner Kailash, the winter home of Lord Shiva.

Spiti Valley is a paradise to all the trekkers and mecca to travel lovers. Spiti means 'The Middle Land' and it separates India from Tibet. It is the best place to visit to experience the winter Spiti as Spiti is one of the coldest places in the country. Sprawling 360-degree views of the beautiful mountains will take your heart away.

All in all the tour is best suited to go for a perfect trip to explore Spiti in winter and allows you to create memories that are worth-sharing and worth-living. The Spiti Valley In Winter tour will be remembered for the rest of your life and you will have stunning pictures for your social media.
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Spiti Valley Tour
  • 8D/7N
  • Spiti Valley
  • 8D/7N
₹30,500 ₹23,000
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Highlights:
Experience local Spitian homestay.
Visit Ajanta of Himalayas
Visit ancient monasteries – Tabo, Dhankar, Key
Visit highest post office at Hikkim and highest village with a motorable road in the world at Komic

About the Places:
Chandigarh: Capital of both Punjab as well as Haryana, Chandigarh is also known as the City of Gardens. Imbibing the culture of two states, the city is one of the best destinations to go.
Nako Village: Highest village in the valley, Nako owns a lake formed out of the masses of the ice. Fauna including, Yaks, kine, horses and asses, can be found in abundance here.
Tabo Monastery: Known as Ajanta of the Himalayas, Tabo Monastery is situated at a 
height of 3050 meters above the sea level. Located in the valley of Tabo, the monastery was founded back in 996 A.D.
Dhankar Monastery: At an altitude of 12,774 feet, Dhankar Monastery or Dhankar Gompa is one of the main centres of Buddhist art and culture.
Key Monastery: A famous Tibetan Buddhist monastery, Key Monastery is also known as the Kye Monastery and Ki Monastery. Explore the long and interesting history of the monastery with this tour.

About the Tour:
The tour starts in Chandigarh from where we head towards Rampur. Before leaving for Rampur gather all the required medicines from the pharmacy we stop at. Overnight stop on day 1 is at Rampur. Meet your guide and know other travellers there in Rampur before going to sleep. Day 2 starts at 4:00 in the morning. This 9-10 hours of the journey will mesmerise you with the scenic beauty it holds. We will have our lunch at Nako Village, where you can walk over the frozen lake. On this day you will be sleeping in a local Spitian homestay. At the homestay, get a chance to talk to locals and have dinner.

On day 3, we visit 100 years old Tabo Monastery. After visiting Dhnakar Monastery, 
used to be the Seat of the King in ancient times, we have our overnight stay in Kaza. In the morning of day 4, we go on a snow drive towards Langza, Hikkim and Komic. Click as many photos as you can. At night, learn about local life, festivals and traditions from the host family at Kaza. On day 5, we head to either Khiber/Chicham via Key depending on which area has seen the maximum amount of trails during the season. On day 5 and 6, we will be tracking the snow leopard and other wildlife following their trail surrounding the villages.

On day 7, we leave for Rampur. This is a long journey and both breakfast and lunch will be done during the journey itself. On Day 8, get back to your homes from Chandigarh with a lot of memories and maybe some new friends you made during the trip.
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Spiti Valley Tour Package from Shimla 2020 | Flat 21% off
  • 4D/3N
  • Shimla
  • 4D/3N
₹14,998 ₹11,800
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Start Point: Shimla
End Point: Shimla

Highlights of the Spiti Valley Tour package from Shimla:

- Visit the last inhabited village before the India-China border.
- Get the majestic views of the Kinner-Kailash and Jorkandan peaks.
- Get amazed by the mesmerising sunsets and sunrises.

Places Covered:

- Shimla: Capital city of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla boasts to be the largest city in the state. 
Situated at a height of 2200m, the city is snuggled in beautiful hills and mystical woods.

- Kalpa: Having beautiful temples and monasteries, the village of Kalpa is famous for its apple orchards.

- Spiti: Spiti is one of the coldest places in the country. Snuggled at an altitude of 12,500 feet above the sea level, the valley serves as a paradise to adventure lovers.

Chitkul: A true treat to the eyes, Chitkul is situated at 3,450 meters above the sea level. Here people are calm, quiet, honest and believer of both Hinduism and Buddhism making it a heavenly place.

About the Spiti Valley Tour Package from Shimla: 

The Spiti Valley Tour Package From Shimla packs in excitement and amazement that you will look forward to. These four days of excursion and beauty will leave you awestruck. The tour starts at Shimla and takes you to Sangal on day 1. Baspa River and agriculture make this place a beautiful and enchanting one.

Day 2 is about Chitkul sightseeing. This place will help you with a lot of photographs for your social media sites and will help you enjoy to the fullest. When here, you can pay tribute to the Mathi Goddess at the temple in the village. On day 3 we will be visiting, as legends call it, the winter home of Lord Shiva, Kalpa. Get amazed by views of Kinner-Kailash and Jorkandan peaks.

Day 4 is the last day of this tour and you get to visit places like a temple dedicated to the goddess Chanadika and spend some relishing time with the sight of spellbinding mountains. The  Spiti Valley Tour Package From Shimla ends here with a lot of memories to share with your friends and family members.
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Manali to Spiti Valley Bike Trip 2020
  • 7D
  • Manali
  • 7D
₹26,199 ₹22,500
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About the Destination:

Known widely for its ancient monasteries, mystical topography, semi-frozen lakes, and amazing trekking routes, Spiti Valley happens to be an absolutely quaint destination. Inviting adventure lovers, photographers, and nature buffs from across the globe, Spiti has gained a lot of popularity for its adventure activities and sightseeing opportunities.  Featuring incredibly surreal vistas, Spiti Valley is packed with many stunning destinations including Chandra Taal, Pin Valley National Park, Dhankar Lake, Kibber, Kaza, Lahaul Valley, and Kungri Monastery. Offering visitors the chance to hike, camp, raft, and hike, this destination has everything it takes to satisfy the wanderlust souls.    

About the Manali to Spiti Valley Bike Trip:

Embark on an adventurous Manali to Spiti valley bike trip and get ready for the ride of your life through the mountains and valleys of Himachal Pradesh. From exploring the Spiti Valley to the Kee Monastery and the beautiful lake of Chandra Taal, the trip is an adventure that will leave you astonished at the beauty of the Himalayas.

Your 8-day adventure starts from Gushaini. You travel all the way around seeing popular, beautiful and hidden sites in the Spiti Valley and come back to Manali. Stay at great places, eat local food, travel around the valley, know the culture and visit landmark spots that will take your breath away. Read the advisory and inclusions carefully before going for the tour. 

Note:  
- Numerous factors such as weather, road conditions, the physical ability of participants, etc. May cause itinerary change. The operators reserve the right to change any schedule in the interest of safety, comfort and general wellbeing. 
- In peak winter i.e. January and early February, all the places might not be open due to adverse weather conditions. We will keep you updated on the same in case any last-minute changes need to be made to your plan. 
- All the riders are required to wear a riding jacket(won’t be provided by us) at all the times they are riding the bike, else won’t be allowed to ride the bike.

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Key Monastery: One of the famous Buddhist monasteries located at an altitude of 4166 metres. It is the biggest monastery in the Spiti Valley and also functions as a religious training centre of Lamas. Surrounded by beautiful scenic mountains and a soothing view of mother nature this place is filled with peaceful vibes.

Tabo Monastery: Founded 1000 years ago this monastery it is also known as the oldest Buddhist monastery in India. This place is a blend of history, culture and natural beauty. It is also famous by the name of “Ajanta of Himalayas”.

Kibber: A small but beautiful village which home to beautiful landscapes, mountains, meadows covered with varieties of wildflowers. This place will refresh you through its beauty. 

Chandratal: Perched at a staggering altitude of 4200 meters above sea level, you have to witness the unparalleled beauty of Chandratal to believe it. A sanctuary from the lightning-fast city life, this lake is slowly becoming one of the most attractive tourist places in Spiti valley. With the spellbinding backdrop of majestic mountains and meadows covered with gorgeous wildflowers, the lake is the perfect place to click some Instagram worthy pictures for photography enthusiasts.manali to spiti valley bike trip

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18 July 2015
Excellent
Beautiful, unexplored place and the best part away from all the cobwebs of city.This place is heaven on earth. It is hard to believe that such beauty even exists. But yes, beauty comes at a price. Its hard to reach. Weather is extreme. I went there via Kinnaur. And Kinnaur is not for the light hearted. Its a long, tiring and dangerous journey with a treasure at the end.
18 June 2019
Excellent
I went to Spiti Valley with my family from Chandigarh and we booked our trip from Thrillophilia. The place is so beautiful, the view is so captivating. the trip was really wonderful we had a very nice ti me on the trip. Thanks, Thrillophilia for the great experience!!!
15 October 2019
Excellent
We went to Spiti from Shimla. We booked the trip from Thrillophilia and must say they have arranged everything so nicely, the stays, meals everything was so nice. We had an amazing time on the entire trip.
27 September 2019
Excellent
The Spiti Valley trip from Delhi was so amazing, The entire trip was so nicely planned, the meals and stays everything was so good. we had a great time on the trip. The place is so beautiful.
22 October 2019
Excellent
we went to Spiti valley from Delhi and it was one of the best trips ever, The beautiful hills and mountains are so alluring, Key Monastery, Lhalung Monastery, Dhankar Lake, Pin Valley National Park, and Kunzum Pass all are so beautiful. We had an amazing time at the trip. Thanks Thrillophilia for the wonderful experience!!!
10 July 2019
Chapala Pothuvaal Spiti Valley Bike Trip 2020
Excellent
Thrillophilia just arranged the best trip of my life! The guide was excellent, the bikes were in good condition and so were the other arrangements! The whole trip was so well arranged that we saw the best of Spiti.
18 May 2019
Excellent
I opt for solo bike trips regularly, but this is the best experience- bike in perfect condition, itinerary well planned, and the best support team to help out whenever necessary!
18 May 2019
Aanandaswarup Pothuvaal Manali to Spiti Valley Bike Trip 2020
Excellent
I opt for solo bike trips regularly, but this is the best experience- bike in perfect condition, itinerary well planned, and the best support team to help out whenever necessary!
03 July 2019
Vidur Namboothiri Spiti Valley Bike Trip 2020
Excellent
It was a great trip for me. However, there were some pros and cons. Pros: • The bikes were in good condition, and there were regular breaks for riders. • The trip guide was excellent and very clear with instructions. • They selected excellent viewpoints and regular stops. All the pre-decided places were duly shown to us. Cons • The food could have been improved • The internet connectivity throughout was very poor.
06 August 2019
Excellent
An unforgettable trip for my friends and me- Thrillophilia arranged it in the best way possible! The trip could not have been better executed! Our operator was the best- he gave us the whole itinerary minute by minute in Chandigarh on the first day and was there for every issue we had!

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People Also Ask About Spiti Valley

  1. Which route is better Manali to Spiti Valley or Shimla to Spiti Valley?

    Visiting Spiti from Shimla side is considered to be a better option as compared to the Manali-Spiti route. The biggest advantage is that this route is open throughout the year and lets you visit Spiti even during the off-season. It lets you acclimatize gradually and lets you pass the hassle of taking a vehicle permit at Rohtang Pass.

    Access to Spiti: The Shimla-Kaza route is open throughout the year as there are no mountain passes on this route.It lets you explore Spiti during the less-crowded off season.You can easily travel to Spiti during early summers or late winters through this route. On the other hand, the Manali-Spiti route is open only between June to October.

    Time: If you take the Manali-Kaza route, you can reach Spiti Valley the next day. The Shimla-Kaza route is longer and takes 3 days. This is the best option when you have time on your hands and want to soak in the scenic beauty of the journey.

    - Acclimatisation: On the Manali-Kaza route, you will ascend around 2,000 metres each day, which might shock the body and lead to AMS. The Shimla-Kaza route allows for a slow ascent, minimising the possibility of AMS. 
  2. How can I go to Spiti from Delhi?

    There are two route options available to reach Spiti from Delhi:

    Route 1: Delhi - Shimla – Spiti (3 days)
    Shimla – Narkanda – Rampur – Kalpa - Nako-Giu Village - Tabo Village – Dhankar - Pin Valley (Mud Village) - Kaza

    Route 2: Delhi - Manali – Spiti (2 days)
    Manali – Solang Valley – Rohtang Pass – Gramphu – Batal – Chandratal – Kunzum Pass – Losar – Kaza – Dhankar – Tabo 
  3. How far is Lahaul Spiti from Delhi?

    Lahaul Spiti is located around 733 kilometers from Delhi. This distance remains broadly the same whether you approach Lahaul Spiti from Manali or from Shimla. The difference lies in the number of days.
  4. Is Spiti valley open in December?

    Yes, Spiti Valley is accessible in December from the Shimla-Kaza route. In fact this route makes Spiti accessible throughout the year. If you are approaching Spiti from the Manali side, it is reachable only between the months of June to October each year.
  5. What does Spiti mean?

    The word Spiti means ‘the middle land’ in Tibetan. The name is given to denote the position of this desert mountain valley in the upper reaches of Himachal Pradesh, between India and Tibet.