Temples, Monasteries, River Valley
Lahaul and Spiti is one of the largest districts in Himachal Pradesh. This most sparsely populated region is a rugged network of interlocking river valleys lies in the rain shadow of the Himalaya. With an expanse of around 12, 000 sq km of snow-topped mountains, Lahaul and Spiti is a high-altitude desert, embellished by tiny patches of greenery and villages of whitewashed mud-brick houses clinging to the sides of rivers and melt water streams. Buddhism is the dominant religion in Lahaul, though there are small pockets of Hinduism, where many temples are sacred to Buddhist and Hindu deities. The monasteries in these regions are the main attraction of tourists.
Perched at an altitude of 3340 m in the north eastern corner of Himachal Pradesh, Lahaul and Spiti are the ideal location for tourists and trekkers. Each village seems like an island of green in a desert of stones. These remote villages of Himachal Pradesh have total area of Lahaul and Spiti is 13835 sq. km. The village of Spiti is also known as ‘little Tibet’. The rugged beauty of these regions along with the beautiful snow capped peaks en traps the tourists. One can also visit the monasteries of these regions.
Another places of interests in Lahaul and Spiti are Kunzum Pass, Losar, Kaza, Kibber, Gondla, Baralacha La, Trilokinath Temple.
The main places of interest in Lahaul are Rohtang Pass, Khoksar, Sissu, Gondhla, Tandi, Keylong, Jispa, Darcha, Surajtaal, Chandrataal, Udaipur, Mrikula Devi Temple.
And the main places of Interest in Spiti are Lhalung, Lossar, Tabo, Pin valley,Dhankar and Kye.
The main tourist activities in these regions are River Rafting, Paragliding, Fishing & Angling, Camping sites, Jeep safari and rock climbing and Trekking. The main tourist activity in winter is Sking. In this region there are many ski slopes where tourists enjoy adventurous Sking activity.
Different government and private accommodation are available in Lahaul catering the needs of tourists with entire facilities.
Manali is the main gateway to Lahaul and Spiti. A seasonal highway runs north over the Rohtang La (3978m) to Keylong, the capital of Lahaul, continuing to Ladakh . Mostly travelers are visiting Lahaul and Spiti as part of the Great Himalayan Circuit from Kashmir to Kinnaur.
In winter, all the mountain passes are closed because of heavy snowfall. The Rohtang La, Baralacha La and Tanglang La are normally open from June to late October, while the Kunzum La to Spiti is accessible from July to October. At other times, the only way into the area is the rugged Hindustan-Tibet Hwy fromRekong Peo in Kinnaur.