Spiti Valley is a delicate mountainous cold desert in the lap of the mighty Himalayan ranges in Himachal Pradesh spread out with sparkling streams, windswept landscapes, majestic glaciers, deep ravines, verdurous green patches, impressive monasteries, and old-world villages. Hovering beautifully at an altitude of 12,500 feet above sea level, it is an exotic summer destination. The unspoiled landscapes of Spiti and the splendid monasteries breathing Buddhist chanting attract tourists and trekkers from across the world and offer an inspirational perspective to life.
Vikramjeet Singh Thakur, owner of a travel agency in Manali says for a memorable trip to Spiti, the best places to visit are Chandra Taal lake, Tabo, Dhankar and Key Monasteries. He adds that Kye Gompa is dramatically perched on a hillock in the Kaza region, overlooking the Spiti river. It is one of the most famous and largest monastery in Spiti and also one of the most popular tourist attractions of the valley, featuring a magnificent Lord Buddha shrine and a treasure trove of ancient Tibetan literature, paintings, and murals.
Chandra Taal Lake is the most captivating lake in Spiti Valley, says Thakur and its glistening blue waters are swaddled with vast lush green meadows. The lake looks spectacular in the morning hours when the brilliant sun rays bathe the lake in colorful hues of red, orange, blue, and green, making it a sight to behold. The lake is in the shape of a semi-circle, giving it the name which means moon lake. The picturesque lake is a haven for nature lovers, trekkers, and photography enthusiasts. The lake draws its water from the gurgling Baralacha glaciers flanked by trails ideal for trekking, and mountain biking.
Vikram adds that Tabo monastery is one of the oldest and most ancient monasteries in this part of the country. Renowned as the ‘Ajanta of the Himalayas’, it features some valuable manuscripts, sculptures, exquisite stuccos, frescos, murals, and wall paintings that replicate the Ajanta caves.
Not the least, he says, the Kunzum pass serves as the gateway from Kullu and Lahaul to Spiti Valley. One can trek to the pass from Chandra Taal Lake. This is one of the most popular attractions here. Once up, one can seek blessings at the Kunzum Devi temple which is believed to protect travelers from any mishaps on the wind swept roads of Spiti.