Himachal Tourist Guide

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Fact File of Lahaul Spiti

Area -  The district of lahual and Spiti has an area  of 13,835 square kilometers.

Population -  33,224 (M:18413 - F:14811)

Literacy Percentage -  73.13 (M:82.76 - F: 60.94)

Language spoken - Hindi, Pahari

Headquarters - Keylong for Lahaul and Kaza for Spiti

Sobriquet -  None

Keyong's and Kaza's altitudes - 3350 m and 3660 m respectively

L&S's Temperature - Between 0° C in winters to 10° C in summers

L&S's best season - June to September

Clothing required - Woollens-light to heavy

Telecommunications - Worldwide links by the net, telephones and fax. Code 01900

Food available From Tibetan and Chinese to Indian available here in Hotels and Restaurants.

Petrol pumps – In Spiti, the only petrol pump is at Kaza.

Average Snowfall – Over two meters in winter.

Accommodation – Small Hotels and Camps at Tabo, Kaza and Kibber. At Kaza, Himachal Tourism runs the Tourist Lodge.

Medical facilities are available at Kaza, tabo, Sagnam and Kibber. All prescription medicines should be carried along. While traveling to the higher areas, adequate medical precautions should be taken.

How to Reach -

Air : Bhuntar airport in Kullu is the nearest airport for Lahaul & Spiti. From the airport tourists can reach Lahaul & Spiti by private taxi or bus.

Rail : Jogindernagar is the nearest narrow gauge railhead to Lahaul & Spiti. Apart from it Shimla & Chandigarh are two broad gauge railheads for Lahaul & Spiti. Private taxi and bus services are available from the station to Lahaul & Spiti.

Road :  Lahul & Spiti can be accessed via two different locations:
Sumdo in Kinnaur district for entry into Spiti valley and Manali in Kullu district for entry into Lahaul valley. Tourists can take the following routes to reach Lahaul & Spiti: Shimla to Kaza covers distance of 412 km on a stretch drive of 20 hours that falls under Spiti region. This route is accessible throughout the year.
Shimla to Keylong is another route covering distance of 375 km on a stretch drive of 18 hours that falls under Lahaul region. This route get closed during the winter season and opens only for six months. Keylong to Kaza is another route covering the distance of 185 km on a stretch drive of 6 hours. This route remain closed for more than 9 months in a year due to heavy snowfall.

Internal Transport : Tourists can travel by state transport buses (HRTC) or private tourist buses. Apart from bus services there are jeeps and private cars that can be hired by the tourists to move in and around the city. But some of the remote destinations can only be reached by long walk.

Important Road Distances –

Delhi to Shimla – 380km.(Accessible by air, rail or road)

Shimla to Rampur – 131km.(By Road)

Shimla to Recong Peo – 221km.(By road)

Recong Peo to Kaza – 190 km.( By road)

Kaza to Keylong – 188km.(By Road)

Keylong to Manali – 122Km.(By Road)

Manali to Delhi – 570.(By Air or Road)

Himachal Tourism’s accommodation en route to Kaza -

Route via Shimla and Kinnaur Shimla, Narkanda, Rampur, Sarahan(17 km off the main road), Kalpa (20 km off the main road) and Kaza.

Route from Manali - Manali and Keylong ( Keylong is 51km off the direct route to Kaza via the Kunzam Pass. The bifurcation is at Gramphoo).

Reaching  Keylong

Road : Connected to all major cities in India through Chandigarh and Shimla.

Air : By air upto Bhunter and then 165 km by car or taxi.

Reaching Kaza

Road : Through Manali via Kunzam Pass about 200 km. Through Kinnaur from Shimla 412 km.

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