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Travel to Spiti
Spiti is a remote Himalayan valley of Himachal Pradesh lying on the Indo-Tibet border. Exciting and primitive the mountains around the valley and the rugged beauty of their rocky escapements never cease to amaze you.Spiti is the sub division of Lahaul and Spiti district with its headquarters at Kaza.It is called Little Tibet because it has almost the same terrain, vegetation and climate as that of Tibet.
The name Spiti means Middle Country. It lies between Tibet, Ladakh, Kinnaur, Lahaul and Kullu.The Spiti valley is split into eastern and western valleys and is connected with Ladakh and Tibet on eastern side and Kinnaur and Kulu on western side through high passes. The valley spread over an area of 4800 sq km is a sliver of flat land lined on either side; a continuation of serrated peaks, their summits streaked by ice.
After crossing Rohtang .pass and driving 20km as you turn right from Gramphoo, the Kunzum pass which is the gateway to Spiti welcomes you. The pass offers you the panoramic view of Bara-Sigri glacier-the second longest glacier in the world. There is a temple at the top of this pass dedicated to Goddess Durga.From here you can drive to Batal.The view from the top of this place is breathtaking. On one side is the Spiti Valley and on the other are numerous Chandra-Bhaga range peaks.
The villages in the Spiti Valley are really enchanting and exhilarating. Noted among them is Kibber village locally known as Khyipur.It is one of the highest villages in the world at an altitude of almost 14,000 ft above sea level. If not satisfied with Kibber you can climb up to the highest village in the world Gette village at an altitude of 14,010 ft above sea level. You can relax alongside the Dhankar Lake which lies above the monastery of Dhankar.The camping experience here takes you to a different world.
There are a number of gompas in Spiti.Situated 12 km north of Kaza the Kye monastery is the oldest and biggest monastery of the valley. This beautiful monastery surrounded by terraces overlooks the Spiti River. It houses beautiful scriptures and paintings of Buddha and other goddesses. The other prominent monasteries in the valley are Thang Yug, Kungri, Dhankar and Tabo.