Tucked amidst the cloud-kissing peaks of the Himalayas, lies the beautiful and charming Spiti Valley. While geographical diversity makes Spiti Valley a haven for nature-lovers, interesting, deep-rooted traditions draw culture-vultures from far and wide. Serenity is omnipresent and the local way of life is extremely laidback. To put it concisely, Spiti Valley is one of the most exquisite places in India where you can forget all your worries and live life to the hilt.

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Here are some of the most enthralling attractions and activities that tempt scores of tourists to explore the unfathomable charm of Spiti Valley.

Trekking to the Dhankar Lake

Breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains with verdant greenery, the gushing Spiti River meandering through deep gorges, and refreshing mountainous air make this tough excursion worthwhile. The Dhankar Lake, situated at a height of about 4,270 m above sea level, is one of the highest lakes in India, and is a place of untamed natural beauty. Walking along the calm, crystal clear waters of the lake, shadowed by the mighty Himalayan Mountains, may well give you a new perspective on life. Camping on the shore of the lake is another enthralling experience.

Visiting Komic, the Highest Village in Asia

With a population of around 100 people spread across a handful of rustic dwellings, this remote village in the Himalayas seems straight out of a fairy tale. Surrounded by snow-clad mountains, pristine green forests and shimmering streams, its beauty fills the heart with delight. The local folks are a hardy lot and have remained cut off from the rest of the valley for decades. Stay at one of the houses here for a deep insight into their lifestyles and traditions, and not to mention, relish delicious home-made dishes. The ancient Comic Monastery and many breathtaking view points are situated near the village. The region is also popular for spotting various species of birds and animals.

Camping in Pin Valley

If you crave a peaceful escape to the lap of the nature make sure that you camp out at Pin Valley. With miles of deserted mountains and lush green vales, this beautiful region has a unique quaint charm about it and promises visitors a soothing respite from the mundane chaos of the city. Sit on a mound and enjoy the striking fusion of brown, green and white mountains. Visit the mountain folks living in the valley to relish their unique culture and cuisine.

Shopping in the Old Market of Kaza

Kaza, the capital of Spiti, is a small, yet vibrant town with a lot of interesting attractions. The city’s Old Bazaar is indeed among the most captivating ones. Stroll around the string of little stalls selling local handicrafts, daily essentials and a choice of local as well as western food. The market also has a cyber café but be forewarned that the connection speed here is very slow.

Hiking up to Lhalung Monastery

One of the oldest monasteries in North India, Lhalung Monastery is a prominent site of pilgrimage for Buddhists living in Spiti Valley and its surrounding areas. Although, one may easily hire a car to reach this religious sanctum, the real pleasure is in hiking up from Kaza. At the entrance of the gompa is an ancient willow tree, which is believed to have been planted by Lotsawa Rinchen Zangpo, a great ruler of the western Himalayan kingdom. Today the tree is worshipped, and the monastery is a renowned centre for learning Buddhism.

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