“Nature is the best healer” says a wise man!

We all want a break from our stressful lives, the fret and fever of our large overcrowded cities and our daily routines that are crazy and strenuous. The expanse of India is large. So large that there is a landscape suitable for every individual where he can unwind and de-stress.  One such is Spiti valley! Let’s take a look at the place with Aarttee Kaul Dhar. 

SPITI

A desert mountain valley in the Himalayas that lies in the north-eastern part of Himachal Pradesh, Spiti literally means the land in the middle. It is the land between our country and Tibet, hence the nomenclature! Being close to Tibet it is no surprise that Buddhist culture is prominent here. It is an elevated landmass and has river Spiti flowing through it. This river has huge barren mountains on both sides which make it spectacular. Also the population of the valley is not dense, on the contrary it is less than you may expect to see. Being closer to Kullu and Manali, the geographical location makes it a very scenic place. Spiti receives a lot of snowfall during the entire calendar year almost for 7 to 8 months. This fact alone makes it inaccessible during this period but in summer it is a heaven for tourists.

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The must see places of Spiti valley are:
1. Ki Monastery and Tabo Monastery. Both of these are one of the oldest monasteries in the world. They are also said to be Dalai Lama’s favourites because of the serenity there, spectacular scenery and pristine nature. A few films have also been shot there.
2. The Pin Valley of Spiti is also a must visit because it is home to particular sects of the Lamas.
3. Goats, sheep and shepherds can easily be seen in the valley which makes the scene look like an enchanting wallpaper. When they are seen grazing it is a sign that the snow is about to melt.
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The best route to Spiti is from Shimla. The distance is about 415 kms. Altitude sickness can be felt by tourists who are sensitive to such heights. There are guided tours conducted in the area to see the valley by road e.g. in a jeep. There are wildlife tours also for tourists interested in the area’s flora and fauna. Visitors can expect Spitian and Buddhist meals for food, which is the food made by locals using indigenous recipes and ingredients. The area is well connected by telephones and internet,there are banks, hospitals and post offices, but only at the very basic level. Porters and guides are easy to find and are useful for all visitors. Much depends on local weather conditions. A shower and snowfall can shut down facilities. Temperatures fall after local showers and people can be seen hustling indoors, with a warm wrap around, sipping tea. On the other hand if you are lucky you may get to hear the local folk music and see the mountain dance.
If you visit during August you can see the La Dacha tribal festival. The birthday celebrations of Dalai Lama are also a joyous affair in July! It is a very popular destination for trekkers and motorists alike. Long stretches of stark mountains and desert like landscape make this hill station a unique place. So go on, visit with family and enjoy yourself!