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Lahaul & Spiti-The Cold Desert

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State: Himachal Pradesh

District: Lahaul & Spiti

Destination: Lahaul & Spiti

Currency: Indian Rupee

Altitude: about 3340 Mtrs.

Best time to visit: All the year round.

Language spoken: Local, English and Hindi

Spiti is the sub division of Lahaul and follow the same religion.

Hence both these valleys are having some important and known Monasteries. Like temples here too the villagers have small gompas in almost every village. The people are charming, friendly and hospitable with their The two twin valleys Lahaul & Spiti in the north eastern corner of Himachal, protected by distance, is a region of nature at its wildest which has lent it much enchantment. The threshold of the Lahaul plateau is nourished by Chandra & Bhaga rivers.

Dry and very cold, it is surrounded by high mountain on all sides, the great Himalayan in the north ,the Pir Panjal to the south and the Spiti – Chandra watershed to the east. From Lahaul, the Himalayas can be seen in all their mighty splendour. The barren landscape and sparse vegetation lends a magnificent charm to this otherwise bleak country. With their slant Mongol eyes, prominent cheek bones and cheerful smiles, the people give visitors an enthusiastic welcome Rahul was the son of Buddha and the name Lahaul is derived from lahaul.


Khokasar (3120 m): First village of the valley as one descends from Rohtang La. Flat roofed houses and herbage attract the attention.

Sissu (3120m) : Lahaul’s patron deity Gyephang resides here in a monastery. Its marshy plains are stopover for migratory birds. It is 21 km from Keylong towards Rohtang.

Gondhla (3160 m): The most distinctive feature of this village is the eight storeyed timbers and stone tower that was once the residence of the local ‘thakur’chief.


By air: Nearest Airport is Bhunter near Kullu from Manali side and Jabbar Airport near Shimla from Shimla side.

By rail: Being a hilly areas and difficult terrain railway is not possible. However, narrow gauge line is the only option to reach nearest railway point that is Shimla.

By road: Accessible by road from Manali around 115 km on the Manali Leh road, also linked by National Highway No. 22 via Shimla. Buses, and Taxis available from Manali and Shimla.

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