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If you are planning to travel to Lahaul & Spiti in the trans Himalayan region in India than here is some basic information, which will help you to plan your trip.


Himalayas : Pilgrimage : Journey to Lahaul & Spiti

Journey to Lahaul & Spiti

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The place is located in the trans Himalayan region. It consists of Lahaul & Spiti, Zanskar, Ladakh, Leh. It is situated at an altitude ranging from 3,000m to 4,800m. The climate here is very cold and dry. It experiences same temperature as Ladakh. Here the winters are really cold. The best time to visit Lahaul & Spiti is during the months of June to October.

What to Carry
If you are planning your trip in the winters than you have to make a lot of preparations as you need to carry lots of heavy woolen stuff. Your clothes should be of heavy woolen materials. While in summer you can get away with light woolen clothes and jackets.

How to Reach
If plan to travel by plane than the nearest airport to Lahaul is at Kullu. By road also you can travel to Keylong from Manali on the Manali-Leh highway. Bus services link Keylong to Manali and to the Spiti valley. Daily deluxe buses are available, which are run by Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation. There is daily bus service on the Manali-Leh route with an overnight stop at the tented camp at Sarchu.

Things to Remember
Before you plan your trip you should be mentally and physically fit. Lahaul and Spiti are located at great altitudes so to reach there you should be totally fit. People with heart or lung problem should avoid this trip or can consult a doctor before going for the trip. People traveling to heights above 10,000 ft. are likely to suffer from acute mountain sickness. Some of the common symptoms are loss of appetite, nausea, disturbed sleep, irregular breathing, coughing, lassitude, breathlessness and lack of concentration. So precautions should be taken before hand to avoid any problem.

Main Attractions of the Place:

Trekking
Mountaineering
Buddhist Monasteries
Camping
and water rafting

Attractions in Lahaul are Manali with its forested slopes and pictorial scenic beauty. The Rohtang pass is not far from Manali so you can visit that also.

Places of Worships
Just short of Keylong is Tandi from where you can visit the monastery of Guru Ghantal believed to have been established by the guru Padmasambhava himself around 800 years ago. You can also visit the Shashur monastery, which is close to Keylong. The largest Gompa, Khardong is located in the valley across Shashur. On the other hand Spiti is the home for many Buddhist Gompas or monasteries. Some of the prominent monasteries are Dhankar, Ki or Kye, Tabo, Mud, Lidang, Hikim, Kungri, Sangnam among 30 or more monasteries in Spiti.

Among all these the most sacred and important monastery is the thousand year old Tabo monastery, it is a center of art and example of flawless architecture. Over the centuries succeeding generations contributed to its expansion and beautification and today it has nine temples, which showcases some of the finest work of murals and painted stucco work that unfolds the mystic beauty of the region. In the temple du-khang or assembly hall of the complex are decorated with beautiful frescos in Indian fashion. Tabo is called the 'Ajanta of the Himalayas' because of its Indian art form and architecture. Tabo is not far from sumdo on the kinnaur-spiti border. Ki Gompa is the largest in the valley. It is located 11 km away, above Kaza at an altitude of 4116 m. Then there is the Dhankar monastery. Dhankar was once the capital of Spiti. The main attraction at dhankar is a natural lake at 13,500 ft.





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