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The Buddhist arrival in Lahaul-Spiti took place around the 8th century AD along with the Indian Missionary Padmasambhava. Upper Lahaul, Spiti, and Zanskar have been incorporated into the kingdom of Western Tibet. Rinchen Zangpo founded some of the Buddhist learning centers, which include institutes in Spiti Valley & Tabo. Tabo is considered one of the most prominent monasteries in North India. When the kings of Ladakh were defeated by Mongolian and Tibetan armies around the 18th century, the region was divided into surrounding powers. Lower Lahaul came under the kings of Chamba, Upper Lahaul came under the kings of Kullu, and Spiti became a part of Ladakh due to its isolated location. In 1847, the Dogra kings took over Ladakh and Spiti. British administration took over Kashmir, Kullu along with Lahaul as a subdivision of the Kingdom of Kangra. However, all the regions maintained a healthy relationship with Tibet. Tibetan government in Dharamshala, helped Spiti to retain religious and cultural life. The gompas at Lahaul and Spiti are being maintained and money from the tourism industry and hydroelectricity are used to improve the condition of native people who are affected by heavy snowfall in winters. Lahaul and Spiti district is not only enchanting but quite peculiar. The district is the largest in Himachal Pradesh area-wise but is least densely inhabited thus making it a tranquil location for tourists around the globe. Spiti Valley can also be described as a cold desert in mountains with its location not far from Tibet. The literal meaning of the word ‘Spiti’ means ‘The middle land’ and the land is between India and Tibet. The floor elevation of the valley ranges from 2,950–4,100 m (9,680–13,450 ft) above sea level which is one of the reasons this valley is untainted. Witness some amazing Buddhist monasteries, fluttering flags, serene landscapes, and several Buddhist monks praying with their wheels. The valley has some of the oldest monasteries like Key and Tabo, which are also known to be favorites of the Dalai Lama. A famous local folk song says “Do not go to Kaza, you will find your love here.”, and it seems true because you will fall in love with this enchanting place
Located in the Lahaul part of the Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh, this crescent-shaped lake is named after its shape, which resembles the moon. Placed near the source of Chandra River, this lake is on the Samudra Tapu plateau and overlooks the river. The lake is home to a few rare species and some migratory species. The turquoise blue watered lake with its placement amidst serene mountains and enchanting surroundings will surely take your breath away.
Located at an elevation of 3894m above sea level, this little village once used to be the capital of Spiti. Dhankar village is situated on a ridge and falls between the towns of Tabo and Kaza. There is a gompa or monastery which dates back to 1000 years and the quaintness of the village is evident. You can also visit Dhankar Lake which can be reached through a small trek from this monastery.
It is a high mountain pass in the Zanskar range and connects the Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh to Leh district of Ladakh. The distinctiveness of both the regions is visible as both have distinguished physical characteristics which are evident. This pass has black-colored mountains and the Surya Taal Lake, which is said to be the origin of the Bhaga River(a tributary of Chenab) is just a few kilometers away from here.
This pass is a significant place of the Lahaul and Spiti district as it connects the 2 valleys, Lahaul Valley and Spiti Valley. The famous Chandra Taal trek starts from this pass and is about 15kms away. Located at a height of 4551m above sea level, this pass is open from the first week of June and remains open till mid or late September. Heavy snowfall in winters keeps the pass closed for the rest of the year. It is also not advisable to travel in the monsoon as the road is slippery.
Spread in an area of 675km2, National Park Pin Valley was established in 1958. The peak is located in the Spiti Valley of the Lahaul & Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh. You can reach here after a 10kms trek from Mikkim which is around 32 km from Kaza. Home to several endangered animals like snow leopards& Siberian ibex, the park is also a shelter to many migrated birds. If you want to indulge in nature and witness the wild beauty of Spiti Valley, Pin Parvati National Park should be on the top of your travel list
A must-visit cafe in Kaza, this place offers a lounge with a magical ambiance and a terrace area. The menu has a wide range of delicacies to offer like numerous types of coffees, teas, rum-balls, waffles, handmade chocolates, and much more. You can grab breakfast, lunch brunch and it opens from 9 A.M. to 8 P.M.
This vibing cafe is located in the main market of Kaza and offers Chinese, Indian & Asian cousins including snacks and beverages. You can even hire a bicycle for rent from this cafe. The charisma of this cafe attracts most tourists and you will certainly not regret visiting here.
This old restaurant is located behind BSNL Office in Kaza. Besides Indian, European, and Tibetan cuisines, this restaurant also offers special diet meals. If you are in Kaza and desperate for Indian non-veg food, this place is the best to relish your cravings.
A haven for vegetarians, this cafe/restaurant is one of the best places to eat while in Spiti valley. Try Thenthuk, Spiti Thali, Pizza, Burgers and you also have the option to buy souvenirs from this fantastic place. This place has a lot of veg options and you will surely fall in love with the taste of Spiti.
This eatery has a diversity of food items to offer. Be it Chinese, Tibetan, or Italian cuisine, or be it butter tea, Mahaboudha has it all. If you like pasta, this cafe in Kaza is recommended by many. This cozy restaurant is one of the best places to eat in Spiti.
Offering some bewitching 360-degree views of the surrounding snow-clad mountains, this is one of the best-located hotels in Spiti. The staff is great and friendly and the hotel has an in-house restaurant and free parking facility.
Located in the main bazaar of Kaza, this hotel boasts of its 24hrs front desk service. They offer family rooms which include a balcony with a city view. There is also an in-house restaurant and a terrace with a perfect ambiance.
Offering family as well as bunk beds, this hotel is pet-friendly. Facilities like free wifi, parking, and breakfast are provided here. You can stay here and share your travel stories with other travelers sitting in front of a bonfire.
With free car parking, this hotel is one of the most pocket-friendly hotels in Kaza. The rooms have heating systems and the property is pet friendly. You can also get skiing and trekking gear on rent from here.
It is probably the only hotel in Kaza that provides free wifi access, solar water heater, power backup, 24 hrs solar electricity, garden cafe, organic kitchen garden, bathroom amenities, and a full-length mirror. Apart from a meditation room, the guests have the option to choose from standard, superior and deluxe rooms.
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