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Tourist Spots in Rural Himachal – Lahaul and Spiti

by Madhav Srinivasan 3 year, 19 days ago

Himachal Pradesh is very famous for its many tourist destinations and people from all across the country travel to this state in order to catch nature at its pristine best. Apart from the major destinations, Himachal Pradesh also has interesting villages


Think of Himachal Pradesh and you’ll immediately picture snow capped peaks nestled in the majestic Himalayas, with lush valleys and glittering rivers with crystal clear waters running through the cracks.


The Magic of Lahaul and Spiti

The district of Lahaul and Spiti, which borders Tibet, lies amidst the snow clad mountains, glaciers, valleys and forests. For centuries, life has not changed much in these areas, so a trip to the region can give you a glimpse into the glorious past of the region.


Most people in the Lahaul and Spiti district are Buddhists and their daily lives revolve around the many monasteries that dot the countryside. The Lahaul valley lies south of the Ladakh area, and for this reason, the name literally meaning ‘south country’.


To the north, you will come across the beautiful Kullu valley and the famous Rohtang Pass with one of the world’s highest motorable roads.


What You Can See and Do

Lahaul Valley

There are no towns in the area and the entire area is rural, giving you a picturesque environ without any noise or pollution to mar the tranquility. Lahaul valley can be reached by a bus or jeep from Manali; or you can even drive to Manali from Kullu, which has the nearest airport. The trip can take up to six hours depending on the weather conditions. You can also alternately travel from Shimla or Leh to reach Lahaul.


The weather forces the road through the Rohtang Pass to be closed from November to mid-May every year, so choose your time of visit considering the various factors that can impact your vacation. The laidback lifestyle of the locals will take you back to simpler times.


Spiti Valley

Spiti valley, named after the river flowing through the valley, is often termed as the ‘fossil park of the world’ and is on the route favored by many fossil hunters. Located at about 13,500 to 14,400 feet, the valley is rich in marine fossils.


You can reach Spiti from Lahaul through Kaza; but the drive will take you through the Kunzam Pass, which is also closed every year from November to June. The Spiti valley can also be reached from Shimla by driving down to Kaza, the district headquarters, which lies at about 400 kilometers. This road through Kinnaur is an all-weather one and so it is open throughout the year.


The Lahaul and Spiti district offers you the chance to enjoy the pristine beauty of the Himalayas in its majestic splendor, without any commercialization or pollution that can be frequently noted in many other tourist spots

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