Spiti Jeep Safari is arranged from Kullu valley, Manali to Spiti Valley.
Spiti Jeep Safari starts with a drive on the left bank of the Beas to the village of Naggar, which is famous for the Russian artist Roerichs gallery. Trek trails over Rohtang Pass into Lahaul valley, where the road branches towards Chandratal and Spiti at Gramphoo. Chatru is a place where you can do camping on the banks of the river Chandra. Thereafter, move to Kaza over Kunzum la (4558m).
Explore the Ki/kye monastery and Kibber village. The prominent Dhankar and Tabo monasteries are there. Tabo monastery is several centuries old and is famous for its wall paintings and murals. It is also known as the Ajanta of the Himalayas.
After traversing many villages in the Lahaul valley, walk up to the Khardongs rural community and monastery. Travel on Rohtang pass, Chhattru, Batal and Kunzum la dividing Lahaul and Spiti.
This jeep safari is the most popular amongst one of the remotest regions of the Himachal Pradesh, the Lahaul and Spiti valley. Explore remote valleys, villages and high mountain passes with spectacular views of snow-capped peaks, glaciers, rugged lunar terrain and quaint old monasteries.
In summer the valleys are green, the meadows covered with flowers and a patchwork of fields ornaments the villages.
Kaza: Kaza is one of the major attractions. Kaza has been proved a perfect base camp for all treks inside the valley. Kaza has two rest houses.
Here you get a chance to visit two famous monasteries, Sa-kya- pa and another one is set at Hikkim. There is Electricity Board rest house at Rangrik, which is a good option to consider for decent stay.
Kikye monastery: Kikye monastery is the most attractive feature of the valley. It is located about 14 km from Kaza and maintains the honor of being the oldest and biggest monastery of Spiti.
A renowned religious training center for Lamas, has murals, paintings of Buddha, books, and scriptures. Ki monastery is the grotesque example of the unworldly architecture.
Tabo Monastery: Tabo monastery is settled at an altitude of 3050m on the unfertile, dry, snowy, and bumpy desert of the Tabo valley. Set in an isolated and heavenly area. Tabo monastery has maintained the magnificent heritage, traditions and culture of Buddhism. This Buddhist monastery is significant only to the Tholing Gompa in Tibet. It was an advanced centre which was run by the great teacher and translator Lotsawa Rinchen.
How to get there
By Air: The nearest airport for Lahaul Spiti is Bhuntar, 50 km (Approx.) from Manali.
By Rail: The nearest Railway Station for Manali is at Chandigarh (310 km.) and Ambala (355 km).
By Road: Spiti can be reached from Manali. It is 115 km on the Manali Leh road and is also linked with National Highway No. 22 via Shimla. Road transports run from Manali and Shimla.
Best time: July to mid-October
- Wear warm clothes while trekking on high altitude.
- If you opt for Yak safaris on the way, an average level of fitness is recommended.
- Maximum height on this safari is 3360 m.
- Avoid compromising on quality of your vehicle.
- Travel in group, if you want to go for a jeep safari.
- Silence is must to enjoy the close proximity to the natural habitats.
Things to Carry
- Warm gloves, clothes, socks, trek pants, trousers
- Prescribed medications (if any)
- Backpack /rucksack/sleeping bag
- Flash light with extra batteries
- Suntan lotion and toiletries
- Camera (optional)
- Water bottles
Dhankar: Dhankar is settled around 32 km from Kaza, near Shichling on the left bank of the river Spiti. At an altitude of 3870m, there lies the bastion of Dhankar. It is capital of Spiti.
The bastion of Dhankar is constructed on a spur which figures into the main valley and ends in a cliff.
A fort of Dhankar is worth visiting which lies in ruins. You can view broad areas of the Spiti valley from the oddments of fort.
Lhalung Monastery: Lhalung is one of the oldest monasteries discovered in Spiti, by the great Tibetan Buddhist.
Lhalun stands for "land of the Gods". It is believed that the God Lhalung is the head of all Gods of the valley which comes out from the Tangmar Mountain.
The local people believe that, this mountain changes its color depending on the moods of the deities. Red reveals anger, yellow shows happiness, etc. The picturesque village of 45 households is the largest in the Lingti valley.
Lossar: The first populated village on the Spiti side. Lossar village is settled at a height of 4,085m. The village is scheduled and has white washed mud houses with red bands.
Visit the small gompa in this picturesque village. The villagers are welcoming. The village develops seed potatoes and green peas.
Cherish the tunes of local music and dance with the villagers.
Lossar is bounded by huge meadows and alpine. You may spot Ibex, blue sheep etc. During La Darcha fair, the dwellers dress up like their Tibetan counterparts. They perform an amusing post harvest yak dance.