The Spiti Valley offers so many things to do, whether it be adventure, relaxing, thrilling or quiet. The Valley has lush green forests, trimmed beautiful meadows, gushing rivers and a lot more. The ‘cold desert mountains’ is surely paradise on earth. It is a unique gem in the vicinity of the Himalayas. Here are ten things you can do in this serene valley.
Pin Valley National Park:
It is situated on the peaks of the beautiful Himalayas. And offers some of the most beautiful sceneries ever available. The National Park is home to an exquisite amount of flora and fauna. Snow leopard, Siberian Ibex, Tibetan gazelle, snow partridges, Himalayan snow cocks and so on. From wildlife spotting to enjoying nature, these are the most favourable activities in this place. The place is huge and it’s better that one takes enough and more time to enjoy it.
Camping in Chandratal:
Camping is always an experience and effort. Starry nights, new friends, fresh air, new atmosphere, surrounded by nature, camping can always be fun. 4,300 metres in the shape of a crescent moon, the lake has everything beautiful to see. The awe-inspiring experience is a no miss location in Spiti Valley.
Visiting Village of Giu:
Located between the villages of Sumdo and Tabo, the village of Giu is small and traditional. The place can be reached from an 8 km climb from NH 22. Here there is a shrine that holds a dead body like a mummy that is as old as 500 years. This is one of the famous places to visit in Spiti Valley. The legend says that the body is of a lama who used to live here. Thus making it a much more thrilling experience.
Main Markets of Kaza:
Every place one goes you will have a special place to shop your heart out. And in Spiti it would be the main market of Spiti located in Kaza. Missing shopping here would be a great sin. One can find Buddhist and Tibetan handicrafts to skulls and bones painted in silver. There are so many things that can be bought from Spiti and taken home from here.
Dining and Local Eateries:
One can find dining and local street foods to be a treat here. The monasteries and local cafes can sizzle your taste buds. The simple rice, dal, vegetable and ethnic foods can all hit the foods with a mesmerising taste. The food served at monasteries also tastes crazy.
To make the Spiti trip memorable it is safe that you take along with you a local who can act as a guide. When you are done with much of the exploring and trekking, then you may want a more subtle paced journey back. And the best thing to do is to opt for a yak ride. It is a local tradition that one can have experience of. Every family in Spiti would have a yak for a ride and milk. This yak ride is more accessible and price worthy.
World’s Highest Post Office:
Never miss out this chance! You’re at Spiti and now you have the chance to visit a place so special. The post office is situated at 4,389 metres between Komik and Langza villages in Hikkim. A uphill trek from Kaza, or a drive of 1 or 2 hours, it is definitely a no miss place!
Nako Village Trek:
Vast meadows, scattered animals, greenery all around, quiet mountains, crystal clear lakes by the edge, the environmental features are so attractive. The village is a small hamlet located close to Spiti in Kinnaur district. Nako is like a maze when surrounded by these mountains. The walk through the village can help relax your soul and put your mind at peace. So near miss a visit to this little paradise.
Relax by the Spiti River:
Just lay by the lake and take a deep breath. You have beautiful scenery to see – the beautiful Spiti River meeting the road. A serene point on the hilly road. Enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature closely. There are beautiful stones and pebbles on the bank, reminiscent of the memory of throwing them into the river as a child. Bring those sweet days back in a few minutes at the river bank. And you can also take a chilling dip in the cool water.
If you are a lover of adventure then you’re at the right place. This is the perfect place to go river rafting. One of the top things to do in the Spiti Valley. Through the rafting one can see snow- capped mountains, hilltop monasteries, and scenic views all around. The rivers, Spiti and Pin, can offer you the experience of a lifetime. You can feel the adrenaline rush through the whole trip. So buckle your belts for this thrilling adventure!