Spiti Valley, the hidden paradise in Himalayas. A dream destination for tourists, high altitude trekkers and motorcycle tourists. A cold desert mountain valley situated high in Himalayas. A least populated scenic area which is highly loved by the tourists looking for tranquillity. The Spiti Valley is famous for its research centres and a cultural hub of Buddhism.
Tabo Monastery is one of those places which can be look out during Spiti Valley trip. The highly visited places across the valley, Tabo Monastery is situated in Tabo village, in the bank of Spiti river. Founded around 996 CE, it is one of the ancient monasteries which is being operated non-stop since its started. It is also known as the Ajanta of Himalayas. The monasteries interior beauty is just Immeasurable. The frescoes shown in the walls of monastery, tells you the stories from the epic Buddhist pantheon. The hall of Monastery’s beauty gets increased by the presence of thankas, manuscript, well preserved statues and extensive murals.
Key Monastery is the next in the list. One of the most important monasteries in the valley, where people can visit and witness the religious trainings provided to the aspiring lamas. Over 300 lamas and monks receive education here. A Buddhist student named Dromton founded it around 11th century. The 3 storey monastery is an example of 14th century monastic architecture, which developed as the result of Chinese influence. The one of those 3 floors of the Monastery is used for underground storage, one floor is fully painted with murals, is called Tangyur. The ground floor is a beautifully decorated hall with cells for the monks to stay. The Key Monastery also gives you an privilege to serve old aged and handicapped people as the Kachen Dugyal memorial old aged handicapped society is situated in the premises of the Monastery.
Dhankar Monastery is also one of the eye attracting places in the Spiti Valley. The ancient Monastery is at the 12,774 ft. above sea level at perched on the edge of a cliff. And thus, being at height the Monastery gives you a stupendous view of whole Spiti Valley. It was built 1000 years ago and is listed amongst one of the 100 most endangered monuments.
If you think the Monasteries are the only attraction on the site, then I must tell you it’s just a part of the beautiful Spiti Valley. There is much more to explore in the valley. Travelling on high peaks doesn’t seems complete until you visit some of the magnificent lakes. The Chandra Taal and Suraj Taal is the one of the most calm sites in the valley.
Chandra Taal is the favourite destination for the tourists. Chandra Taal means lake of moon. The beauty of the lake becomes more scenic during summer when it get filled with flowers and wildlife. Imagine witnessing moon on the surface of earth, that is also surrounded in between high Himalayan peaks, the crescent shape of Chandra Taal gives turns the imagination into reality. Spring is the king of seasons and Chandra Taal lake during spring looks like heaven as the meadow are carpeted with several wild flowers of various kind.
Suraj Taal is the 3rd largest lakes in India. The lake situated in Spiti Valley at an elevation of 4950 meter above sea level. It is the one of the most photogenic and dreamy lakes, and is located just below the Bara Lacha pass.
It is said that high peaks contains only two colours, blue sky and white sky. But the Spiti Valley redefines the beauty of high peaks. And one of the main reasons which makes Spiti Valley different among other valleys is the wildlife sanctuary. The Pin Valley National Park and Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary are located around the valley.
The Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary was established on 1992 and is span over 2220.12 square km. It would be very light if we call Kibber just beautiful. Arid landscape, rocky mountains, meadow covered in vibrant wild flowers, and all this paired with pristine pollution free and peaceful environment gives tourist the mind soothing experience.
The Pin Valley Bio reserve was established on 1958 and is spread over 675 square kms. Carpeted by snow, the unexplored higher reaches and slopes, parks forms a natural and safe home of many endangered animals. The snow leopard and Siberian Ibex are amongst those animals which gets a safe environment in the park. The park is also consist of alpine and Himalayan cedar(Cedrus Deodara) trees. The park gives tourist to witness some unseen birds like snowcocks, chuckar patridges, snow patridges, finches, and Choughs. Many of rare and endangered plants with medicinal benefits are found in the park. The fun is not only bounded inside the park but apart from park the Pin village is also a hub to have fun. The local archery competition and Sunchock festival is worth watching and gives you a joyful vibe.
The Spiti Valley is also a dream destination for motorcycle travellers. Kunzum La or Kunzum Pass is a place for those who dream to travel high mountains along with their group. Known as photographer’s paradise Kunzum La is a high mountain pass in the eastern Kunzum range of Himalayas at 14,931 ft. The distance between Kunzum and Chandra Taal is 15 kms, the riders witness beautiful landscapes and also 360° view Bara Shigni glacier the 2nd longest glacier of the world. It is the highest motorable passes in India and gives real thrill to motorbike drivers.
So don’t wait pack your bags and let your eyes witness one of the heavens on earth the Spiti Valley.