Spiti Valley Tourism
Spiti Valley, also known as the “Middle Land” is a trans-Himalayan region located in between India and Tibet. Both the people and culture of Spiti Valley are heavily influenced by Tibetan culture and norms. This valley is even called as the “Little Tibet” by local people. Surrounded by the Himalayan range and glaciers, Spiti Valley is dotted with many small villages, nestled on mountain crests.
On eastern side, Spiti Valley is guarded by Tibet; to the south, it is Kullu and northern part is bordered by Ladakh. Kannaur is situated at the south-eastern side of Spiti. This high-altitude Himalayan valley is positioned at the north-eastern corner of Himachal Pradesh. Sub-divisional headquarters capital, Kaza, is situated along the bank of Spiti River from which the valley derived its name. Average elevation of this place is nearly 12,500 feet (3,800 meter) above mean sea level.
Spiti is known for its pristine and spectacular natural views of valleys and rivers. Because of its extreme remoteness, this valley offers a scope to experience nature in its virgin form. Spiti Valley along with its twin valley of Lahaul can be accessed during summer time as heavy snowfall in winter, often cuts off the valley from its surrounding.
Large portion of local population of Spiti follows Vajrayan Buddhism which is very similar to the Buddhist religion followed by nearby Tibet Autonomous Region and Ladakh. It is also the home of some of the remote and old monasteries like Tabo, Dhankar and Sherkhang which are nearly 1000 years old. These monasteries and gompas mirror the ancient culture and history of Spiti. It is an enchanting experience to listen to the hymns recited by Lamas at Spiti Valley.
At Spiti Valley, apart from enjoying the unique cultural side, there are many opportunities of trekking to get the breath-taking view on the way. Here, you will also find the second longest glacier in the world, the Bara-Sigri glacier.