How to Reach Kaza
Best Time to Visit Kaza
The best time to visit the Himalayan town of Kaza is between the months of June and October. During this time Manali, as well as Shimla routes, remain open for travelers to reach Kaza conveniently. In addition, the Kunzum Pass also remains open during these months.
Tourists also prefer visiting the cold desert of Kaza during the winter months of November to February. During this time travelers can take the Shimla route to reach the town as this route remains open throughout the year.
What Not to Miss at Kaza
1. Kibber village
Perched at a height of about 3050 meters, Tabo happens to be a spectacular and tranquilizing tourist destination in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. The town exhibits a truly picturesque and stunning sight to tourists. Surrounded by lofty brown hills, Tabo is home to a plethora of interesting and alluring tourist spots, the most popular being the famous Tabo Monastery.
Built about 1000 years ago, this monastery forms the biggest royal complex within Spiti Valley. The monastery shelters a total of 23 chortens and 9 temples and gets a heavy influx of devotees all year round.
3. Key Monastery
The well-known Buddhist Monastery, Key Monastery lies near Spiti River in Himachal Pradesh. Situated at a height of around 4,166 meters, this monastery was established by Dromton some thousand years ago. Counted among the biggest monasteries of the state, Key Monastery exhibits a truly amazing architecture.
Known popularly for its historical significance, this magnificent monastery also forms a reputed religious training hub for the Buddhist Lamas. In the present day, Key Monastery gets a heavy influx of tourists from various parts of the world. The calm and peaceful atmosphere of the place lures tourists to keep returning to the destination over and over again.
4. Dhankar Monastery
Lying at a height of about 12,774 feet, Dhankar Monastery is known as one of the top attractions in Himachal Pradesh. Offering a spectacular panoramic sight of Spiti Valley, this monastery dates back about 1000 years. Having its name among the hundred most endangered monuments of the world, the Dhankar monastery is counted among the important hubs of Buddhist culture and art.
The monastery is home to a beautiful museum and a figurine of Dhyana Buddha. Visitors flocking here can also take a glimpse of the breathtaking Dhankar Lake located at a distance of about 2 kilometers.
5. Kunzum Pass
Situated at a height of around 4551 meters, Kunzum La or Kunzum Pass is a popular gateway to Spiti Valley. This pass offers the visitors a stunning 360 degrees sight of the beautiful Shigri-Bara Glacier, an alluring view of Spiti Valley, and an enthralling view of the spectacular Chandrabhaga Range.
Tourists like to take the 15 kilometers long trek from Kunzum Pass to the popular Chandratal Lake. Trekkers usually halt at Kunzum Devi and pray before the goddesses to help them journey safely via this rugged terrain.
6. Chandratal Lake
Forming a paradise for trekkers and campers, Chandratal Lake lies at a height of around 4300 meters. Once considered as a home to the Tibetan traders visiting Kullu Valley and Spiti Valley, the place invites a host of adventure seekers from across the globe, in the present day. Owing to its religious significance, the destination also lures many Hindu devotees throughout the year.
Tourists visiting Chandratal Lake usually enjoy camping and trekking in the pleasant weather. They also engage in landscape photography at the destination.
7. Dhankar Lake
Located at an approximate distance of around 2 kilometers from Dhankar Monastery, Dhankar Lake is a pristine water body, luring tourists from all over the world. It generally takes around an hour for reaching this spectacular lake after seeking the blessings of the Buddha at the monastery.
Tourists flocking to the lake spend time strolling and relaxing in the serene and tranquil atmosphere. You can also witness the blue sky changing its colors and reflecting on the clear waters of the lake.
8. Pin Valley National Park
Lying between semi-frozen water bodies, Pin Valley National Park is packed with every awesomeness of nature. Located at an altitude ranging from around 3,500 meters to over 6,000 meters, this national park shelters rare wildlife species including Himalayan Snow Leopards, Siberian Ibex, Red Fox, Marten, Weasel, and Bharal.
The park also houses umpteen varieties of birds like bearded vulture, golden eagle, Himalayan chough, snow cock, pika, griffon, raven, and chukar. Pin Valley National Park has also gained a lot of popularity among tourists for its amazing trek.
Located at an approximate height of about 4520 meters, Sakya Tangyud Monastery happens to be a must-visit destination in Kaza. Lying on the border of Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary, this monastery forms one of the best sites to gain religious lessons about Buddhism.
10. Komic Village
Located at an altitude of whooping 4275 meters, Komic Village is one of the most beautiful treasures of Kaza. This village is the hub of fossils in the country. The village is also home to a small beautiful monastery.
Known widely as the world’s highest village connected to a motorable road, Komic Village attracts a host of tourists throughout the year.There are a plethora of interesting and amazing places to visit within and around this village including Hikkim Village and Langza Village. The meadows and pastures of Komic Village also form a major attraction among tourists.
Other Essential Information About Kaza
Distance from Spiti: Kaza is located at a short distance of around 5.5 kilometers from Spiti Valley and it hardly takes 10-15 minutes to reach the place from here.
Distance from Manali: Kaza is situated at an approximate distance of about 202 kilometers from Manali and it generally takes around 6 hours to reach the Kaza from Manali.
Distance from Shimla: Kaza lies at an approximate distance of about 407 kilometers from Shimla and it generally takes around 12 hours to reach the Kaza from Shimla.
Mobile Connectivity: One can only get a cellular network of BSNL in Kaza, which usually remains very weak.
Places to Eat in Kaza
1. Sol Café
2. The Himalayan Café
3. Taste of Spiti
4. Hotel Deyzor
5. Tara Travelers Café
Places to Stay in Kaza
1. Winter White Guest House
Cost: Rooms at Winter White Guest House generally start from INR 2,800 per night.
2. Nyingma House
Cost: Nyingma House has spacious and well-equipped family rooms starting from INR 1800 per night.
3. Wanderer’s Nest
Cost: A stay at Wanderer’s Stay generally starts from INR 600 per night.
4. Spiti Sojourn
Cost: A stay at this homestay usually starts from INR 1,000 per night.
Cost: A stay at Moustache Hotel Kaza generally starts from as low as INR 765 per night.
Tips for Visiting Kaza
1. There is no internet connectivity in Kaza. If you want a cellular network, you have to use a BSNL SIM only.
2. Consider carrying warm clothes along with you as the climate of Kaza is generally very cold.
3. As getting an ATM at Kaza can be very difficult, it is always advisable to carry enough cash.
4. As food and water are not available everywhere in Kaza, you may consider carrying some snacks and sufficient drinking water.
5. Never miss out on relishing the local dishes like chicken, pork, and mutton momos, Tibetan bread, and thukpa.
6. If you are taking your personal vehicle to Kaza, you must have sufficient petrol in stock. It is also advisable to carry RC, vehicle insurance, and pollution certificate.