Himachal Tourist Guide

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Spiti

Spiti Valley, HimachalLoosely translated, 'Spiti' means the 'middle country' – a name obviously given as a result of its location and traditional ties with both India and Tibet. Fed by several Fast flowing streams, the river spiti flows through the area and joins with the other large river of the region, the Sutluj, at Khab. With freekles of the green over a dry weather-beaten face, Spiti is a cold desert where the mansoon rain never comes. It is characterized by a stark allmost relentless beauty, narrow valleys and high mountains. A century ago, Rudyard Kipling in Kim Called Spiti, "A WORLD WITHIN A WORLD" and a "PLACE WHERE THE GODS LIVE" - and this is a description that holds true to the present day. Spiti's lunar-like landscape is spotted with Buddhist monasteries, small villages and rare examples of natural beauty – including some high altitude lakes.

Spiti, HImachalSpiti though a sub division of Lahaul and Spiti district, deserves a separate mention because of its ruggedness and the environs that are totally different from rest of Himachal Pradesh. Its ranges appear to be painted in shades of russets, pink and purple. Spiti is cold desert of the State and falls in the rain shadow zone - no rains but abundant snow. It has strong Buddhists traditions and has thirty gompas. Spiti can also be reached from Shimla via Kinnaur. The Spiti Valley is a desert mountain valley located high in the Himalaya mountains in the north-eastern part of the Indian state of Himachel Pradesh.

A beautiful view of spiti , HimachalThe valley and surrounding region is one of the least populated regions in India and is the gateway to the northern most reaches of the nation. Along the northern route from Manali, Himachal Pradesh or Keylong via the Rohtang Pass or Kunzum Pass respectively, the valley lies in the North East of the Himachal Pradesh, and forms part of the Lahaul-Spiti district. The sub-divisional headquarters (capital) is Kaza, which is situated along the Spiti River at an elevation of about 12,500 feet (3,800 m) from sea level. The Rohtang Pass, at 13,054 feet (3,979 m), separates Lahul and Spiti from the Kullu Valley. Lahaul and Spiti are cut off from each other by the higher Kunzum Pass, at 15,059 feet (4,590 m). A road connects the two divisions, but is cut off frequently in winter and spring due to heavy snow. The valley is likewise cut off from the north up to eight months of the year by heavy snowfalls. A southern route to India proper is periodically closed for brief periods in the winter storms of November through June, but road access is usually restored a few days after storms end via Shimla and the Sutlej valley in the Kinnaur district.

Culture : Spiti valley is a research and cultural centre for Buddhists. It possesses a distinctive Buddhist culture similar to that found in the nearby Tibet Autonomous Region and the Ladakh in India. Highlights include Ki Monastery and Tabo Monastery, one of the oldest monasteries in the world and a favourite of the Dalai Lama. It was the location of the spectacular scenery and cinematography in the Indian films Paap and Milarepa, a biographical adventure tale about one of Buddhism's most famous Tibetan saints. The Buddhist monastery in the valley served as the locus of the set and some of the monks appeared in the film. The Pin Valley of Spiti is home to the few surviving Buchen Lamas of the Nyingmapa sect of Buddhism.

HOW TO REACH

By air : The nearest airport is at Bhuntar.

By rail : The nearest broad gauge railhead is at Chandigarh, while the closest narrow gauge railway station is at Joginder Nagar.

By road : To reach Spiti, you have to come from Manali via Rohtang Pass to Kaza.

For the population of 10,000 people, life is hard and physically tiring at an altitude of 12,000 feet, yet the people are warm hearted and generous by nature, with a strong sense of spirituality.
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