The Spiti Valley is located in the state of Himachal Pradesh. The name "Spiti" means "The Middle Land", i.e. the land between Tibet and India. Famous for its splendid views and untouched natural beauty, Buddhist monasteries and Tibetan culture, Spiti is a destination for trekkers, hikers and adventure lovers. The desert mountains is known for its beautiful monasteries and off beat natural beauty. The terrain of Spiti Valley is highly difficult and the entire region becomes completely isolated during the winters. The Chandratal lake and Surajtal lakes are some of the most scenic lakes in the world and are among the highest lakes in the world. Spiti plays host to a number of festivals which are all celebrated with a lot of vigor, which includes burning of the devil, chaam dance and Pauri festival.
Best Time to Visit
Summer (March - June)
Types of car suited
We will recommend you to drive SUV 4X4 Drive, SUV 2X4 Drive and Hatchback. These cars are built to handle worst stretches of road. If you want to travel hassle free, then you can check out self-driving car rental options from Volercars. We provide you best price along with exciting deals. We ensure your safety and comfort, our cars are cleaned and serviced prior the trip and we have various pickup points around the city but you can still choose to get the car delivered at your doorstep. Opt for freedom and flexibility to drive a car of your choice.
Important Places to Visit
Kunzum Pass - The high mountain pass situated on the eastern Kunzum Range. The pass connects the Kullu and Lahaul valley with the Spiti Valley. The valley top offers a picturesque landscape with stunning view of the Chandra Bhaga ranges that surrounds it on the north sides with snowcapped peaks. Chandratal Lake is 7 km from Kunzum pass. The valley top offers a picturesque landscape with stunning view of the Chandra Bhaga ranges that surrounds it on the north sides with snow clapped peaks. One can drive to Batal after seeing the pass and do night stay in the Rest House.
Key Monastery - The biggest centre of Buddhist learning in Spiti Valley, Key Monastery is over 1000-year-old. It is the oldest training centre for Lamas. It is located at a height of 13,668 ft above sea level in Lahaul Spiti district. It enshrines idols of Buddha in Dhyana position and also has a collection of ancient books and murals.
Tabo Monastery - Tabo Monastery is possibly the oldest monastery in the Trans-Himalayan region. Spread over an area of 6300 sq meters, Often referred as Ajanta of the Himalayas, It is surrounded by high walls of mud bricks and stands on a cold, barren and secluded ground in the Tabo village. The monastery has long preserved the glorious heritage of Buddhist culture within itself. It was the venue for the Kalachakra festivals held by Dalai Lama. This is why it is often regarded as an important historical and cultural heritage site and is protected by the Archaeological Survey of India.
Dhankar Monastery - Dhankar Monastery offers panoramic view of the Spiti valley. It is situated in Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh in north India.
Even in ancient times, it was chosen by the Nonos to have better control and safety from its enemy. The Dhankar fort was traditional home for the Nonos, the royals of Spiti. Small eating outlets are the only options to eat at Dhankar. Locals do also provide food but you will have to place an order first. Dhankar is predominantly vegetarian.
A true insight into Buddhist religion and culture can be procured by a visit to this Monastery. It can be accessed by a motorable road.