A land of ancient Buddhist Monasteries and unique culture …

Tabo Monastery – one of the oldest in the world

Key Monastery

Komic Monastery – one of the highest in the world

Lhalung Temple

The Cham Dance – is performed by the monks every year in each of the Monasteries

 


Kunzum pass the gateway to Spiti

IDEAL TIME TO VISIT SPITI: The months from mid May to October are the ideal time to visit Spiti.

GETTING TO SPITI:There are 2 routes to get to Spiti:

  1. Delhi-Shimla-Rekong Peo-Kaza (approx. 790 kms):
Delhi-Shimla (370 kms.): Buses ply regularly (mornings & evenings daily) between Delhi and Shimla (approx. 9 hrs). The other option is to take the Shatabdi train from Delhi to Chandigarh/ Kalka (3.5 hrs/4 hrs) and thereafter buses and taxis to Shimla are readily available (approx. 4 hrs/ 3 hrs). Flights are also available to Shimla (approx. 45 mins).
Shimla-Rekong Peo-Kaza (approx. 420 kms.): From Shimla, there are 2 direct buses to Kaza via Rekong Peo (approx. 20 hrs). The other option is to break the journey in Rekong Peo, for which buses from Shimla ply regularly (daily). From Rekong Peo 2 buses leave for Kaza daily at 4:30 am & 7:30 am. The Other option is to hire a taxi. This route is open through out the year.
  1. Delhi-Manali-Kaza (approx. 763 kms):

Delhi-Manali (550 kms.): Buses ply regularly (mornings & evenings daily) between Delhi and Manali (approx. 14 hrs). Flights are also available to Bhuntar (approx. 1 hr), from where buses and taxis are available to Manali (approx. 2 hrs.)

Manali- Kaza(213 kms.): From Manali 2 buses ply daily and start early in the morning. This route is open only in the summer months (June to October), and it is hence advisable to confirm the status of the road before starting this journey. The other option is to hire a taxi, either individually or on a share basis (approx. 9 hrs).

PERMITS: For foreign nationals coming via Rekong Peo permits are required which can be made at the DC Office (District Collectorate) at Shimla or Rekong Peo, as a part of the stretch between Rekong Peo and Kaza falls in the Inner Line of the international border with China. Passport details are also required to be entered at various locations while entering Spiti. Permits are usually made for a group of 4 or more. For individual travelers, the best bet is to approach a travel agent for getting the permit.
For foreign nationals coming via Manali, permits are not required although passport details are noted at the entry point in Spiti. For those interested in going to Kinnaur, permits can be obtained in Kaza form the ADC office.

FITNESS LEVELS:
As the Spiti Valley is located between an altitude of 3300 mts to 5000 mts, it is advisable that travelers with pre existing problems of the heart, lungs or anemia should consult their doctor before this trip. High Altitude Pulmonary Edema is a major threat for those having serious lung and breathing problems.
For those interested in trekking, levels of physical fitness should be good.

THINGS TO BRING:
The travelers should bring with them clothing consisting of layers which can be added or removed as the temperature varies considerably from day to night. One should carry a warm windproof jacket, sweater, comfortable trekking shoes, sun screen lotion, sun glasses, a salve for the lips, a hat, scarf, tissue papers, flashlights, can opener, personal medicines, water bottle, etc. For those visiting Spiti from October to May it is advisable to carry ample warm clothing including warm under clothing, gloves, woolen cap and socks, feather jackets, etc. It is recommended not to over exert oneself during the trip and to drink plenty of fluids.

ROAD CONDITIONS WITHIN SPITI:The roads in Spiti are weather beaten and the most advisable mode of transportation while traveling in these parts is by jeep. 

WEATHER: The weather in Spiti varies from extreme cold in the winters to bright and sunny in the summer. Spiti witnesses approximately 250 days of sunshine in a year. The table below gives a month wise description of the prevailing weather conditions in Spiti.
 


Month

Temperature (Degree Centigrade)
Max.                           Min.

Snowfall  (cms)

Rainfall (mm)

January

5

-19

25

-

February

-3

-22

17

-

March

-2

-15

22

-

April

11

-12

15

-

May

16

-7

10

-

June

28

2

-

30

July

29

13

-

-

August

29

12

-

-

September

24

9

-

-

October

20

1

-

-

November

12

-6

7

-

December

9

-15

22

-

MEDICAL FACILITIES:Kaza (headquarters of Spiti) has a well equipped modern hospital. Primary health care centres are also available at various locations in the Spiti valley.
Spiti also has its own traditional system of medicine known as the Amchi system. Traditional doctors called Amchis are available in practically every village of Spiti.

COMMUNICATION FACILITIES:

  • Phone – STD,ISD and FAX facilities are available at Kaza and Tabo.
  • Internet – is available at Kaza and Tabo, though the speed is usually slow.
  • Postage – Spiti has a good network of postal services.
MONEY EXCHANGE:It is advisable to change currency in Shimla or Manali, as no facilities for the same are available in Spiti. 

 

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A land of diverse flora & fauna…

The endangered Snow Leopard

And other flora & fauna

Flora & fauna

Spiti also has a very unique landscape