Spiti Valley is placed at the Himalaya Mountains, India. The name “Spiti” means “The Middle Land”, the land between Tibet and Ladakh. The valley lies in the North East of the Indian hill state of Himachal Pradesh, and forms part of the Lahul and Spiti district (province).
Spiti’s mountains form a part of the Central and Greater Himalayas and several peaks are over 6,000 metres providing unparalleled panoramic views from the valley. The valley and surrounding region is one of the least populated and isolated regions in India and is famous as the off beat tourism destination in Himalayas.
The Spiti valley is joined with Ladakh& Tibet from eastern side & Kinnaur and Kullu valleys from western side. The valley is also known as the Cold Desert and due to heavy snow remaining part of the valley cut off from the rest of the world for the six months.
As the Spiti valley is located in between the Central Himalayas and Great Himalayas, the climate of the area is very pleasant during summer and very cold in winter. The entire Spiti River Valley is in the rain shadow of the Himalayas, almost there are no monsoon rains in the area. The sky is amazingly blue during the summer months when people can visit this area and the stars are very bright.
Spiti Valley can be visited from Mid April to early November, but the best time to visit the Spiti valley is from June to mid October. You can continue you journey towards the other destinations of Himalayas, which offer you to see more of the valleys and passes.
How to Reach
There are two routes to enter Spiti valley by road.
- Shimla to Spiti valley through Kinnaur valley.
- Manali to Kaza over Rohtang Pass
Shimla to Spiti valley through Kinnaurvalley :
It is the most popular route to reach to Spiti valley. The road passes through famous Kinnaur valley and you gain a gradual height while travelling on it. The road passes through beautiful villages, temple, and monasteries on the way. This is all the part of Tribal circuit (area) of Himachal Pradesh. Shimla is very well connected by Air, Rail & Road to New Delhi and rest of the parts in country. It is an all season road.
Manali to Kaza over Rohtang Pass & Kunzum Pass: The second option is the overland journey from Manali to Kaza 210 kms, and a steep climb. The road is open only from early June to mid October, rest of the time due to heavy snowfall the high mountain passes remain closed.
There is no airport in the valley. The closet airport is Kullu airport (Manali), and Shimla airport, but there are no regular flights to these airports.
There is no rail link to the Spiti valley. Nearest rail head for Spiti valley is Shimla, which is connected to the World heritage toy train (narrow gauge line) from Kalka to Shimla. Kalka is very well connected to New Delhi and other parts of the country by a broad gauge line.