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  • Lying exactly in the middle of the colossal Himalayas and The Pirpanjal Range, the picturesque valley of Spiti or “The Middle Land” as it is popularly known will turn you from a traveller into a storyteller as you trade along the unbeknownst nooks of the valley.

    For all the daredevils, best time to visit Spiti is around winter. Though due to drastic climatic changes, travelling to Spiti is not a feasible choice at any time of the year, yet the amazement is at a new level with a trip to this wonderland.

    To travel without a definite plan to such a mystic land always adds a zing to your journey.
      So, pack your bags and hop in any season; be it winter, summer or monsoon! In all the seasons, varying changes are evident from terrains to valleys.

    Here are the best seasons to visit Spiti Valley:

  • 01Spiti Valley in Winter

    Spiti Valley in Winter

    Rudyard Kipling once said about Spiti, “There is a world within a world” as this place remains isolated from the rest of India for six months of the year. An estranged neighbour of Ladakh, this cold desert located at about 12,500 ft. above the sea level receives sunshine for about 250 days in a year. Winter, in Spiti, spans through six months of the year when the verdant surrounding looks hoary under a thick shield of snow.

    Temperature starts dropping from mid-October at Spiti and if you visit the place in December, you can experience snowfall at its fullest. The road from Manali to Kaza remains inaccessible to the tourists due to extreme snowfall. As a result, tourists have to take the Kinnaur route (NH-22) via Shimla.

    Most of the places of accommodation remain closed except the homestays where you can experience the warm hospitality of the Spitian families. The high altitude villages of Langza, Hikkim, Lhalung, Dhankar and a few others remain open to the tourists depending on the ply of shared taxis on this route. Talking to the native monks and lamas you will be enlightened by the history of these thousand years old monasteries and the Thangka murals etched on their walls.

    Well, for the daredevils the
    best time to visit Spiti is during winter when you can actually witness the brutal charm of this place. And, if you have a wandering heart and wish to discover the untraded extents of this forgotten wonderland of the Trans Himalayas during winter, the options are both challenging and enticing:

    Warmth of Spitian homestays
    - The Spitian home stays have an austere façade with a roomy and cosy interior. Living a few days with the local people will give you a chance to know their culture and enjoy the comfort of a home at a distant land in an extreme climate.

    Thrill of expedition
    - In your trekking expedition you can enjoy the thrill of a night stay in a tent under the starry sky on the bank of the Spiti River. As you drive along the empty roads, you will get to see the highest post office and petrol pump of the world.

    Festal Spitians
    - The famous Namkhan festival is marked by the songs and dances of traditionally dressed Spitians accompanied by an alcoholic brew “Chang” and an uphill race of horses.

    Places to visit and things to do during winter
    - You can hire taxis or go on Yak safaris for sightseeing in the high altitude villages of Spiti viz. Hikkim, Demul and others. Taking a monk as your guide you can visit the five chief monasteries of Spiti where the ancient sect of Tibetan Buddhism is practiced even today.

    Duration of winter
    - October-April

    Average temperature of day and night-
    0 to -40 degree Celsius

  • 02Spiti Valley in Summer

    Spiti Valley in Summer

    Going by the guidebook recommendations, the best time to visit Spiti Valley is during the summer months when the stubborn snow starts melting, the roads up to the trans-Himalayan region are cleared up for easy conveyance of the tourists, sightseeing is accessible and extreme adventurers can try their guts on the adventurous activities in their trip.

    Summer at Spiti starts from April and continues till June although unofficially it extends till the month of August. May is the peak season of tourism in Spiti as the harshness of cold subsides and the Manali-Kaza highway opens up for the tourists. Days are usually warm and nights are nippy during summer. 
     As the average temperature lies somewhat around 15 degree Celsius you can feast your eyes on the wonderful landscape and indulge in outdoor activities like rock climbing, paragliding, mountain cycling, camping and so on.

    It is also the time when the main carnivals are held and if you plan your itineraries well ahead your journey, you can witness how the natives celebrate life amidst all the hardships they encounter due to the estranged location and harsh climate almost throughout the year. Got a chance, don’t miss out watching some of these electric festivals of Spiti given below:

    Ladarcha Fair-
    It is held in the 3rd week of August at Kaza where one can witness a seamless confluence of cultures of 3 regions- Spiti, Ladakh and Kinnaur. Traders from Ladakh, Spiti and Rampur Busher flock at the fairground to barter their commodities.

    Pauri Fair
    - This is one of the oldest fairs of Lahaul which is acknowledged for its religious and cultural heritage among the local people. People from different religious sects assemble here to pay their obeisance and indulge in the cultural festivities.

    Tsheshu Fair- 
    It is celebrated in the monasteries of Gemur, Shashur, Kyi, Tabo and Mane in the month of June.  The festival is observed by the performance of devil dance by gaudily clothed Lamas wearing masks of animals and birds to enliven the spirit of the festival.

    Places to visit and activities to do during summer- camping (Beas Kund, Spiti Valley, Chandrataal Lake, Triund), Dhankar Monastery, Baralacha Pass, sightseeing in Yak and Horse Safaris, Pin Valley Park Trek, wildlife at Pin Valley National Park.

    Duration of summer
    - April-August

    Average temperature of night and day-
    (6-15) degree Celsius

  • 03Spiti Valley in Monsoon

    Spiti Valley in Monsoon

    Spiti being located in the rain shadow area of the Himalayas is least affected by rainfall. But due to global warming, monsoon has changed its course and characteristics in Spiti and you have to be ready for sudden surprises like overcast conditions or occasional heavy downpour during your trip.

    As per the recommendations of the travel experts, monsoon is not the
     best time to visit Spiti Valley due to occasional avalanches on an otherwise perfidious terrain. But the only ray of hope is unless there is a massive landslide, much of the debris are cleared off the road making it accessible to the commuters. Since fragile mountains are always vulnerable to landslips during heavy shower, you may come across shooting stones during small landslides, road blocks and slurry roads between Manali and Rohtang Pass.

    According to the suggestions of the guidebooks, travelling to Kinnaur and Spiti during monsoon is not a sane idea although the latter takes up an unearthly charm during this time of the year. However, if you want to witness the brutal, untamed beauty of the landscapes, make friends with the necessary precautions and caution here’s an overview of the things awaiting you on your expedition:

    Raging water crossings on Manali-Kaza road
    - There is a complete change in the rain drenched rugged terrain of Kinnaur which is already famed for its stunning landscape. At every nook and corner of the Indi-Tibetan Road you can witness shades of blue and green. Since most of the rivers during monsoon flow in spate and there are swollen water crossings on the road between Manali and Kaza your car may lose its mud guards or end up puncturing the engine sump.

    Shooting stones
    - One of the commonest hazards the wet season in the mountains bring along with it is shooting stones during small landslips. Such shootings stones are prevalent in the stretches between Kinnaur Valley to Rani Nalla, Tabo to Attagoo Bridge and Shialkhar Village to Sumdo. Your journey can be spoiled if a small shooting stone pierces through your windscreen. So, being alert on your journey is the only way to stay safe.

    Places to visit and activities to do during monsoon-
     camping at Chandratal, trek to Dhankar Lake, rafting in Spiti and Pin rivers, visit to nearby villages, yak safari, Cham Dance and Dev Milan festival in the Buddhist monasteries of Kinnaur.

    Duration of monsoon
    - August-September

    Average temperature of night and day-
    (4-15) degrees Celsius


Sightseeing in Lahaul - Spiti

Adventure in Lahaul - Spiti

Attractions in Lahaul - Spiti

Trekking in Lahaul - Spiti

Nature and wildlife in Lahaul - Spiti



Key Monastery

While Himachal Pradesh is home to a dozen different monasteries, this spectacular place is not just the biggest, but also the oldest one around. A must visit tourist place in Spiti Valleythe Key Gompa is encircled by picturesque mountains and soothing valleys.

A wonderful example of monastic architecture and decorated with beautiful paintings, murals, manuscripts, and wind instruments – the Kye attracts history and cultural buffs round the year. If you are seeking spiritual enlightenment, the monastery is home to a large number of nuns, monks, and lamas who receive their religious education here.

If you plan to visit during June-July, you’ll also get to witness the beautiful festival involving Chaam dancers, lamas and a devil made out of butter!

Location: Spiti Valley, Lahul.

Best time to visit: May to October.



Perched at a staggering altitude of 4200 meters above sea level, you have to witness the unparalleled beauty of Chandratal to believe it. A sanctuary from the lightning fast city life, this lake is slowly becoming one of the most attractive tourist places in Spiti valley. With the spellbinding backdrop of majestic mountains and meadows covered with gorgeous wildflowers, the lake is the perfect place to click some Instagram worthy pictures for photography enthusiasts.

Besides, if you have an adventurous spirit, take the scenic trekking route from Batal to the lake and camp under the stars on the banks of the lake. Experience nature in its most glorious splendor at Chandrataal.

Location: Spiti part of Lahul, Keylong.

Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM round the week.


Lahaul Valley

One of the most spellbinding places to visit in Spiti Valley, the Lahaul Valley is a staple for adrenaline junkies and solitude seekers alike. Bare mountains covered with null vegetation, clear blue skies, pollutions free environment, green meadows – Lahaul is a paradise for nature lovers. Pick up your camera and go crazy as Lahaul enchants you with its rare and diversified vistas.

Capture spectacular views of the Bhaga river and admire the snow-covered mountain passes. Filled with a number of hiking trails, every year tourists throng the place to satisfy their thirst for adventure.

Location: Keylong, Himachal Pradesh.

Best time to visit: May to mid-October.


Suraj Tal

Third highest lake in India and 21st highest in the world, the Suraj Tal is a divine water body surrounded by barbaric bare mountains and soothing valleys. It is a common belief that anyone who takes a dip in the pristine emerald waters of the lake is cleaned off their sins.

Whether you want to visit the Suraj Tal for spiritual reasons or to simply revel in the unsurpassed natural charm – you won’t regret it. An absolute haven for avid trekkers, the lake offers an asylum to refresh and recharge during the hectic Manali-Leh trek. Adrenaline junkie motorcyclists and mountain bikers will find this place a wonderful stopover on their journey.

Lahul Valley, Keylong.

 No timing restrictions.


Dhankar Lake

Tucked atop a small hill at an impressive altitude of 4100 meters above sea level, the Dhankar, with its dazzling blue waters, is one of the most popular places to visit in Spiti Valley. The lake sits at the end of the famous Dhankar Lake trek known for its treacherous paths, rocky snow-capped mountains, and incomparable vistas. Adventure enthusiasts and photography lovers are enchanted alike by the magical realism of the trek.

The Dhankar Fort Monastery sandwiched between Spiti and Pin rivers offers a special spiritual touch as it plays hide and seek on the trail. And once you reach the lake, the rare and diversified views will make your jaw drop!

Near Rohtang Pass connecting Kullu and Lahul. 

No timing restrictions.


Pin Valley National Park

India's highest cold valley National Park, this place was constructed to preserve the unique natural flora and fauna of Himachal Pradesh and is named after the gorgeous Pin River and acts as an interface between the Lahul and Spiti Valley. Against a backdrop of barbarous, rugged snow-covered mountain peaks of the Spiti Valley, the national park is home to Himachal's ferocious predators, the snow leopards, and their prey, the ibex.

The terrain is rough and precarious, so train hard and get into those fitness programs before you undertake this captivating journey. The sanctuary also witnesses a strong spiritual influence due to the presence of Buddhist monasteries around the area.

Near Kaza.

6 AM to 6 PM throughout the week.


Baralacha Pass

Tucked next to the Leh Manali highway and connecting Lahul to Ladakh is the striking and stupendous Baralacha Pass. A mecca for adrenaline junkies, the pass is a starting point for many famous treks including Suraj Tal lake trek and Chandratal trek. Because it is perched at a 16000 feet high plateau, Baralacha offers an exquisite view of three different mountain ranges - Pir Panjal, Zanskar and the Great Himalayas.

So, pick up your camera and go crazy capturing the indescribable natural beauty around. Whether you cover the pass on foot or go mountain biking – the outstanding journey will stay with you your entire life!

Leh Manali highway.

Best time to visit:
April to October.


Dhankar Monastery

At a cursory glance, you might miss the Dhankar sitting between spurs of rocky cliffs and barren mountains, overlooking the confluence of Spiti and Pin valley. A truly curious landmark, the monastery is perched so precariously amongst rocks that it appears as if it is seconds away from falling all over.

The unique and inconvenient position inspires wonder and astonishment. The location is also a photograph’s dream – offering perfect shots of the cold valley, tiny mud houses and the rough terrain around. Just 2 kilometres from the famous Dhankar Lake, the monastery is one of the most impressive places to visit in Spiti Valley.

Location: Lahul and Spiti Valley

Timings: 6:30 AM to 5 PM throughout the week.


Tabo Monastery

Tabo Monastery is one of the most wondrous places to visit in Spiti Valley. Founded a millennium ago, the temple is a unique amalgamation of history, culture and natural splendor. In the cold barren deserts of Tabo valley, the monastery appears as a sanctum from the brutality of barbarous rocky mountains around.

It houses centuries worth of Buddhist culture, tradition and heritage – a treat for history and cultural buffs. For those of you interested in art and handicraft – witness the amazingly preserved paintings, murals and sculptures. Or just kick back and take in the healing environment as calmness ascends over your being.


Best time to visit:
May to October


Gandhola Monastery

The temple complex is located on the top of a small hill, at the divine junction of Chandra and Bhaga rivers to form Chenab. The area is famous for its spiritual connection, colourful flags waving in the wind, pristine environs and delightful locals.

Every year tourists flock to the monastery to view its 7-storey forts, wooden idols of Buddha and black stone images of various goddesses against the backdrop of icy mountains. Home to Buddhist paintings, murals, scrolls and relics dating back to 2nd century BC – the temple complex attracts cultural and historical enthusiasts alike.

18 km from Keylong, Himachal Pradesh

6 AM to 6 PM everyday.


Lhlung Monastery

A small temple complex in the Lhlung village, this monastery was once home to a number of nuns and monks, but now sits abandoned except occasional travelers and curious cats. But that is all the more reason to explore all the hidden mysteries nestled in the complex, including but not limited to the black stone statues, the century old willow tree and Buddhist idols.

Legend says that the Tangmar mountain beyond the village changes colours according to the mood of the deity that resides in the monastery.

Spiti, Himachal Pradesh

 6 AM to 6 PM, everyday


To call Kibber beautiful would be putting it lightly – arid landscape, rocky mountains, meadows covered in vibrant wildflowers, and all this paired with pristine pollution free environment. Stargazers and photography lovers flock alike to Kibber to gaze at the unsurpassed, exquisite view of the Milky Way. Go to the nearby Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary and witness the amazing fauna of Himachal – ibex, blue sheep, red fox, snow leopards, wolves etc.

You can visit various tiny monasteries around or go hiking on the small trails around the village. The locals are friendly and offer a warm and comfortable stay, if not the most luxurious, with both Indian and Tibetan home cooked food.

Location: Lahul and Spiti Valley

Best time to visit: October to February



At the extreme end of Spiti lies the little hamlet Losar at a breathtaking altitude of 4000 meters. Situated at the confluence of Losar and Peeno streams and adjacent to the Indo Chinese border, only ardent trekkers and hikers reach Losar, making it one of the last unexplored, virgin places in the Himalayas.

Get lost in the winding paths and find breathtaking views at every turn, each more beautiful than the last. You can actually hear the sound of silence in this tiny village, so forget all your worries and delight in solitude at Losar as you explore panoramic vistas, pristine rivers and magnificent mountains.

Location: 57 km from Kaza

Best time to visit: June to September


Kunzum Pass

One of the most mysterious, offbeat places to visit in Spiti Valley, the Kunzum Pass is a gateway to the gorgeous Spiti via Kullu and Lahul. Treat your photography loving soul as you click away the jaw dropping vistas around. Take in the panoramic view featuring majestic Bara Shigri Glacier covered with pristine silvery snow, the barren mountains of Chandrabhange range, the azure waters of Spiti river, and the rugged hills of Spiti Valley.

Pay your respects at the temple of Goddess Kunzum Devi and behold the vibrant prayer flags fluttering against the wind. And if you are a mountain biking enthusiast, the Kunzum offers you a special sense of achievement – being the highest motorable pass in India sitting at a jaw dropping height of 4500 metres!


No timing restrictions.



Boasting of being the world’s highest village connected with motorable road, the Komik is a quaint, idyllic hamlet ideal for a rejuvenating vacation away from metropolitan city life. Just 18 kilometres from Kaza, calling this village road surreal would be an understatement. Winding pathways, treacherous cliffs, steep uphill climb and bumpy roads may be a rookie’s nightmare – but if you’ve got the guts and grit, there are plenty of scenic views to be enjoyed.

The villagers are friendly, so cheap accommodation can be found in the small houses if you are up for an offbeat experience. Enjoy the small treks and trails along the hills and go running with yaks! Find fossils and drink the local buttery tea. Find a refuge away from modern hectic lifestyle at Komik.

Location: Kaza

Best time to visit: May to September

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