A land of ancient Buddhist Monasteries and unique culture …
Tabo Monastery – one of the oldest in the world
Komic Monastery – one of the highest in the world
The Cham Dance – is performed by the monks every year in each of the Monasteries
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:
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.
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.
THINGS TO BRING:
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.
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.
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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