Tucked in the north-eastern corner of Himachal Pradesh at an altitude of 3340 m, lie the two picturesque districts of Lahaul and Spiti. The unspoilt beauty of the region, the majestic snow-capped mountains and pleasant weather attracts hordes of tourists. A land of captivating Buddhist art and culture-Lahaul is distinguished by scenic mountains and glaciers whereas Tibetan culture of Spiti enthralls the visitors. Among the two, Spiti is more barren, and difficult to cross. However, both regions have their own uniqueness. Lahaul is blessed by natural beauty accentuated by meeting of Chandra and Bhaga rivers (which later join to form Chenab whereas Spiti is a living museum, both attracting tourists. Some places of attraction in Lahaul and Spiti include Chandra Tal Lake, Suraj Tal Lake and Dashir Lake which speak volumes of the beauty of nature. Spiti also boasts of exotic wildlife like ibex, snow leopard, musk deer, and Himalayan blue sheep. It is also a hub for medicinal plants. One can also get a glimpse into Buddhist culture of the region by visiting monasteries namely Tabo monastery which is a UNESCO World Heritage site and Kardang monastery. The region comes alive during various festivals and fairs like Pauri fair, Tshechu fair, Fagli festival and Gochi festival. Besides, the region is also a paradise for trekkers. Trekking takes you to the scenic natural beauty and interesting wildlife trails. Some of the popular trekking routes in the area include Kaza-Langza-Hikim-Komic-Kaza, Kaza-Ki-Kibber-Gete-Kaza, Kaza-Losar-Kunzum La and Kaza-Tabo-Sumdo-Nako. Spiti is also famous as a skiing destination. The beauty of rugged hills and impressive height adds thrill to the sport. Yak and horse safaris which familiarize you with the flora and fauna of the barren landscape are also popular in the region.
When to go
The best time to visit Lahaul and Spiti is from mid May to October when the weather is pleasant.