Pilgrimage Travel Lahaul & Spiti>>
Pilgrimage Travel Lahaul & Spiti
Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir
2,500 To 4,500m
Trekking, Mountaineering, Camping, Water
Rafting, And Buddhist Monasteries
Best Time To Visit :
June To End September
Trans Himalayan Regions :
Ladakh, Leh, Zanskar, Lahaul & Spiti
and Spiti are two remote Himalayan Valleys of H.P. lying on the Indo-Tibet
border. Strange, exciting, primitive, these valleys are unsurpassed in mountain
scape, in the rugged beauty of their rocky escapements and the splendor of their
snow covered peaks.
The Lahaul plateau nourished by the Chandra and Bhaga rivers and the Spiti
valley linked to it by a high pass the Kunzam la, are together a district in
Himachal Pradesh - another region where nature can be seen at its wildest.
Lahaul is glacier country and some of its most dramatic glaciers include the
Bara Shigri, Chota Shigri, Samundari and Sonapani glaciers.
Lahaul is marked by a central
mass of uniformly high mountains and massive glaciers. The two rivers, Chandra
and Bhaga which rise on either side of the Baralacha La, flow through the narrow
Chandra and Bhaga valleys. Lahaul is a land of fascinating Buddhist art and
culture. The monasteries of Lahaul-Spiti are rich repositories of ancient
murals, thankas, wood carving and golden images of Padmasambhava. The valley
lies at a height of 2745 metres above sea level. Summer in this valley is cool
and pleasant with green grass and alpine flowers. There are little monsoon in
both these valleys and this enables climbers & trekkers to enjoy a long and
unbroken season in perpetual sunshine to explore the wilderness and grandeur of
the inner Himalaya. This unique feature makes Lahul-Spiti as an ideal
destination for tourists and trekkers in the month of July, August and
September. Keylong is 115 kms. from Manali and is the District Headquarters of
Based at Keylong, visit Buddhist gompas and savour nature's spectacular sights.
Some suggestions are Guru Ghantal (8km) regarded the oldest gompa in Lahaul and
said to have been founded by the religious leader Padmasambhava in the 8th
Kardang (5km) has a library of Buddhist scriptures and houses exquisite thangka
paintings, Shashur (3km) is surrounded by a rare patch of woodland and its 17th
century gompa hosts Shashur Tseshe festival in June. Tayul (6km) means the
'place that is chosen' and has a huge statue of Padmasambhava.
Baralacha La (4,890 m 75 km) is an 8-km long pass where the paths from Zanskar,
Ladakh, Spiti and Lahaul meet; Suraj Tal (4,800m) is a lake just below the
summit of the pass and is the source of the river Bhaga. Sarchu, on the route to
Leh, is the last point in Himachal and has a tented colony for tourists.
Trilokinath (53 km) has fine stone carvings and Udeypur (53 km) has an ancient
Attraction in Lahaul
- Manali with its forested slopes and beautiful scenery is the start of an
arduous journey across some of the most fascinating landscapes in the country.
The Rohtang pass is not far from Manali and takes one abruptly from the lush
meadows of the Kullu valley into the barer hills and rocky landscape of Lahaul.
At Gramphu the road from Spiti coming over the Kunzam pass meets the highway.
Just 18-km from Keylong, the sub divisional headquarters, an imposing 7 storeyed
structure, the fort of Gondla seems to guard the road.
Attraction in Spiti
- Spiti which means ‘Middle Country’ is a vast highland basin for swift flowing
glacial streams that have cut deep gorges into the mountain terrain. Among them
pin and Lingti are the main streams that feed the Spiti River. The Lingti valley
is a living geological museum noted for its shales and fossils, dating back 250
million years. The pin valley, a protected area with its National Park is the
habitat of the ibex and snow leopard.
valleys of Lahaul and Spiti are located to the south of Ladakh. The Spiti
sub-division is even more isolated than Lahaul. The Spiti mountain ranges
belong to the Great and Middle Himalayas and the sub-division lies at a mean
elevation of over 4,000m. Since the valley lies in the rain-shadow area north of
the Pir Panjal ranges, the weather remains quite comfortable during the
summer-it seldoms rains, and the mercury never goes above 30 degrees or below 15
degrees. Local people divide Spiti into four areas-the Sham or the lower
regions; Pin, which lies on both sides of the Pin river; Bhar, the middle
region, which is also the local name for the Spiti valley; and the Tud, which
includes all portions of territory above the Bhar.
It was our honeymoon and
we had planned on a Sangla-Kalpa trip. But after having come so far, we couldn’t
resist visiting the nearby Spiti valley. Equipped onlyn with our inappropriate
Maruti 800 we for-ayaed into some of its remote recesses.After lush-green,
colourful and vibrant Kinnaur, entering Spiti is a shock. From Phu onwards the
green morphs into a red Mars-scape of high altitude desert. The clear Sutlej
reflects the blue of the cloudhigh ridges. The mountains are naked here and the
expanse is wide and desolate. The terrain is stunningly beautiful, but tough to
live in. In the immense labyrinth
of the Ki monastery, narrow corridors lead us through dark passages to scattered
chamber rooms. Beautiful murals and thangkas studded the walls. From the
village below, the monastery is spectacular. Perched on a conical hill between
two wind-hewn craggy ridges, rises the massic white pyramid of Ki-a bunch of
low-roofed rooms hugging the hill all the way to the top.
On our return from Ki, near Sichaling we craned our necks and looked
up at the Dhankar fort-our little 800 could not tackle the road up. Ruled for
many centuries by a hereditary Nono or Wazir, Dhankar was once the capital of
Spiti. The fort, another uncanny citadel, is built on a spur projecting into the
main valley and ends in a precipice. The Nono also used it as a dungeon to
house prisoners, and it stood guard against invading enemies.
Apart from the beautiful
monasteries and remote villages Spiti also has some exciting wildlife. The Pin
Valley National Park, located in the Pin Valley of Spiti, is home to endangered
species like the snow leopard, Himalayan ibex, the bharal or the blue sheep and
We were trailed by clear
blue skies and sunshine as we made our way out of Spiti. The weather report
predicted torrential rains for most of the country, and we’d much rather have
stayed back in Spiti. But we still had a honeymoon to catch up with.
High Altitude Travel
- Just Some Tips
All visitors must ensure they are physically fit
before visiting Ladakh or Lahaul and Spiti. The high altitude environment is
demanding. People with heart or lung ailments must consult their doctor before
planning a trip.
Acclimatization is mandatory for visitors
travelling by air. It is important to take complete rest for the first 24 hours
after arrival and as much rest as possible for the next 12 hours. People
travelling to altitudes above 10,000 ft. are likely to suffer from acute
mountain sickness. The most common symptoms are, disturbed sleep, loss of
appetite, nausea, coughing, irregular breathing, breathlessness, lassitude and
lack of concentration. In its more serious form acute mountain sickness can be
life threatening and so needs immediate medical attention.
How to reach there :
You can enter Spiti either
from the east, from the Hindustan-Tibet Road, or from the west, over the
Rohatang and Kumzum passes. I recommend the first route, with stops at narkanda,
Sangla and Kalpa.
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