Sunday, September 4, 2011

Lahaul and Spiti

Lahaul and Spiti are two remote Himalayan Valleys of H.P. lying on the Indo-Tibet border. Strange, exciting, primitive, these valleys are unsurpassed in mountain scape, in the rugged beauty of their rocky escapements and the splendor of their snow covered peaks.


Lahaul is marked by a central mass of uniformly high mountains and massive glaciers. The two rivers, Chandra and Bhaga which rise on either side of the Baralacha La, flow through the narrow Chandra and Bhaga valleys. Lahaul is a land of fascinating Buddhist art and culture. The monasteries of Lahaul-Spiti are rich repositories of ancient murals, thankas, wood carving and golden images of Padmasambhava. The valley lies at a height of 2745 metres above sea level. Summer in this valley is cool and pleasant with green grass and alpine flowers. There are little monsoon in both these valleys and this enables climbers & trekkers to enjoy a long and unbroken season in perpetual sunshine to explore the wilderness and grandeur of the inner Himalaya. This unique feature makes Lahul-Spiti as an ideal destination for tourists and trekkers in the month of July, August and September. Keylong is 115 kms. from Manali and is the District Headquarters of Lahul-Spiti District.


General Information

Area: 13835 sq. km

Population: 33,224

Altitude: 3340 m (Keylong)

Clothing: Light woollen in Summer

Heavy woollen in Winter.

Temperature: Maximum:26.8 C Min 1.38 C Summer

Maximum:6.1 C Min (-)19.38 C Winter

Visiting season: June to October

Languages: Lahauli, English, Hindi, Bhoti are understood and spoken by the people engaged in tourism trade.

Religion: Hinduism & Budhism

Approach

Lahaul is connected with road from all parts of the country. Manali is the point where buses from various stations come. From here, one can take bus/taxi to any destination in Lahaul-Spiti, Pangi & Leh during the months between June to November depending upon opening and closing of Rohtang pass (3979 m), the gateway to this valley. National highway 21 is passes through this valley enroute to Leh.

Map of Lahaul and Spiti valley

  • Distances from Keylong

    Places to visit
    Km
    Gondla

    18

    Guru Ghantal Monastery

    12

    Kardang Monastery

    05

    Darcha

    37

    Shahshur Monastery 04
    Sissu 33
    Tandi

    08

    Tayul Gompa

    06

    Bara Lacha La 82
    Sarchu 114
    Udaipur 55
    Kilar 140
    Kaza 185