Our Homestays are at….
Komic Village – is the highest village in Asia
Dhankhar Village – was the erstwhile capital of Spiti
Traditional houses are your homestays
|SPITI HOMESTAY EXPERIENCE|
|Amongst the few unexplored areas the world over there isn’t one as enchanting and inspiring as Spiti. This land often known as Little Tibet, was historically a part of the kingdom of Nariss Korssum (Western Tibet), and is home to few of the oldest Buddhist monasteries and temples in the world. Tucked away in the interiors of the Trans-Himalayan belt of Himachal Pradesh, this high altitude cold desert region has only recently been opened to the outside world. Situated at an altitude well over 3000 mts above mean sea level, this valley is exposed to temperature variations of -28 degree centigrade to +28 degree centigrade and remains cut off for most of the year by the high mountains that encircle it. Due to its relative isolation, various unique and rare aspects of the Buddhist culture (Tibetan Buddhism) are well preserved in this valley.
Millions of years ago, Spiti however lay submerged under the Tethys sea. Remnants of its geological past are evident in the unique landscape and the diverse fossils found in the valley. Spiti is also a storehouse of various rare and endangered species of flora and fauna, such as the Snow Leopard, Tibetan Wolf, to name a few. Homestays offer one a unique and exclusive insight into this mystical land, its people, their rich cultural heritage, and its diverse flora & fauna.
Spiti has homestays in 5 villages, namely Langza, Komic, Demul, Lhalung and Dhankhar, set along its highlands at an average altitude of 4000 mts. Most of these villages fall within the Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary and are home to rare and endangered species of wildlife such as the Snow Leopard, Tibetan Wolf, Blue Sheep, to name a few. Floral diversity especially in the months of July & August lends a hue of colour to the landscape.
Picturesque trails and rolling meadows interconnect these villages. The following trails are recommended for a unique and authentic understanding of life in Spiti as well as for an insight into the regions flora & fauna.
|THE CULTURAL TRAIL|
Home to some of the oldest Buddhist monasteries and temples in the world, this Trail provides the key to those interested in a peek into Spitian life, culture and Buddhist heritage. Set on the highlands of this magnificent valley, the trail traverses along Spiti’s (and Asia’s highest villages) highest settlements. Each village along this trail is adorned by unique and ancient Buddhist monasteries and temples dating back to over a 1000 years and encased in legend and folklore. The option of living in homestay accommodation along the trail further enriches the experience by giving one an authentic understanding of the life and culture in a Spitian home. Your hosts are the local people of Spiti, accommodating you in their homes to enhance your sojourn in Spiti.
|TRACKING THE TIBETAN WOLF:|
|Spiti is home to the oldest surviving species of wolves in the world, dating back to about 8,00,000 years. The ‘Canis Lupus’ or the ‘Tibetan Wolf’, locally known as ‘Shanku’ is a unique and rare species of wildlife which has its home in these highland trails of Spiti. This trial opens up to the traveler those hidden valleys of which only nature and the local community are aware. Get a unique insight into the habitats of the Tibetan Wolf and its peculiar behavioral characteristics. Also venture out and take a peep into their dens to come up close and personal with them. This trail also gives you the opportunity to experience the Spitian way of life along with the opportunity to witness some breathtaking vistas and floral diversity of the region.
Other wildlife found along the trail is the rare and revered Snow Leopard, Blue Sheep, Red Fox, to name a few. The trail also traverses through a natural fossil center, giving one an insight into Spiti’s geological past whence it was submerged under the Tethys Sea.
The traveler, as per their choice and convenience can also choose to traverse this trail astride horses or yaks.
Local cultural dances can be organized in the villages
Accommodation: Homestays and Camping
|EXPLORING THE TRANS-HIMALAYAN DESERTS:|
A blend of Spiti’s rich cultural heritage and natural splendors, this trail provides a unique insight into the Spitian way of life (their homes, cuisine, agriculture and irrigation practices, livestock grazing mechanisms) balanced with the opportunity to explore the habitats of some of the worlds most rare species of wildlife such as the Snow Leopard, Tibetan Wolf, Blue Sheep. While spotting the former in the summer months is extremely unlikely, the possibility of spotting the Tibetan Wolf and Blue Sheep are immense. The trail winds itself along the pasturelands, where floral diversity lends a colorful hue to the desert landscape. Glimpses of Spiti’s geological past are also chanced upon through the numerous fossils that dot this trail. Ancient Buddhist monasteries and temples dating back to more than 1000 years adorn these villages and are a reflection of Spiti’s historical and religious links to Tibet.
(7 days, 8 nights)
|LIFE AT ASIA’S HIGHEST VILLAGE:|
|Komic is the highest habited village in Asia. Immersed in legend and folklore, the inhabitants of this village are cut off from the rest of Spiti for greater part of the year. Experience a unique insight into the life of these hardy people (their homes, cuisine, agriculture and irrigation practices) and the intimate relationship they share with their land. The pristine environs of this quaint village are complemented by an ancient monastery belonging to the Sakyapa Sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Visits to meditation caves, ruins of an earlier monastery and the sightings of wildlife are some of the attractions around Asia’s highest village.
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Our trails take you …
Up close and personal with the Trans- Himalayan wildlife
lush green meadows
Spectacular views dot these trails
One can camp along these trails as well