Spiti’s desert landscape and ruthless mountains have been talked about by everyone. Spiti, with is the harsh sun beating down on ancient monasteries is a tourist’s paradise.
But the side of Spiti that many people don’t know about are it’s quaint villages, with a welcoming and hospitable environment. These villages are the real heart of Spiti’s cultural heritage.
They function both as sanctuaries of Hindu and Buddhist cultures and architecture in Spiti.
Here are the four most beautiful and vibrant towns of Spiti:
Kaza is tucked away serenely into the folds of Himachal Pradesh’s Spiti Valley. It is filled with lush jungles, fierce rivers and soy tearing mountain peaks that are some of the highest in Himachal.
It is a tranquil town in Spiti, with meagre population and extreme temperatures. It remains closed for tourists during the merciless winter seasons due to snowstorms.
The town of Kaza is bifurcated into two parts, New Kaza and Old Kaza.
The portion that belongs to the New Kaza houses the majestic king’s palace. Old Kaza is the administrative centre of the town, with many government offices and resorts located here.
Kaza has some of the best monasteries and gompas in Spiti, adding to its historical value. The town mixes together ancient traditions with its architecture and modernity, giving tourists a comfortable experience throughout.
Owing to its landscape, Kaza is home to many adventure activities. Tourists interested in trekking and hiking should look no further than this small town in Spiti. Kaza is the starting point of many famous treks through mountain passes of Himachal Pradesh.
Mountain treks through Pin Bhabha and Parang La are some of the most popular trekking routes taken by tourists.
A mix of natural beauty and ancient architecture make Kaza the perfect spot for your next holiday plan.
Tabo is a small village town situated on the border of the Lahaul Spiti Valley.
It sits at an altitude of 10,756ft, surrounded by snow capped peaks and a desert atmosphere. It is a quiet town away from any major road network, making it one of the calmest places in Spiti Valley.
Tabo is situated around 100 Kms away from the Indo Tibet border, and like most of Spiti, it has a very saturated Buddhist atmosphere. It contains a monastery more than 1000 years old, which in held to be sacrosanct by the revered Dalai Lama himself. The Tabo Monastery and Gompa are one of the most famous in the world.
Tabo has many natural caves which are popular tourist attractions. These sites were used by monks in the earlier centuries to meditate.
Tabo is famous for its apple orchards which produce of the best apples in all of Northern India.
Nako Village is one of the most unknown villages in India, and that is why its pristine beauty has been kept intact.
Nako lies very close to the Indo Tibetan border, and visitors planning to stay in this village need to have an inner line permit.
Most of the places in the closely knitted village are easily accessible by foot, and Nako provides a good opportunity for trekking and hiking through its various mountain trails and small by roads.
Chitkul is the last point before which tourists will require a visa to go further. It lies on the banks of the Baspa and is a small village that is a part of Nako.
The Chango Gompa is one of the most popular points of tourist interest in the town.
Tourists interested in experiencing a part of the local culture in the Spiti Valley should head to Nako. It remains a riveting manifestation of natural beauty and culture in the area.
Komik is the highest altitude village in the world that is connected by motorable roads. It boasts of this achievement and much more.
This unknown hamlet is situated just about 20kms away from Kaza, and yet remains undiscovered. It’s mountains are populated by yaks, and boasts of inhospitable stretches of snow capped mountains that lay for miles. It is the best destination for this looking to live an ascetic lifestyle, and travel away from the urban areas for a small time.
The treasures of Spiti don’t seem to end. The Valley stretches on for miles, so does it’s breath taking monasteries, gompas and mountain treks.