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Things To Do In Spiti
Spiti is a breath-taking valley in Himachal Pradesh, sparsely populated with humans and abound with nature's rugged beauty. Spiti valley can get your adrenaline pumping and fulfil all the cravings for an adventure rush, along with many other things to do, as listed below. Known as the cold desert mountain valley, it offers an array of activities that might interest you and keep you coming back for more. One thing is for sure, you will not run short of activities and places that can keep you on your toes in Spiti.
If you want to feel the fresh water splash and glide over rough patches of land, river rafting is your answer. There are 2 rivers that offer you this bit of thrill, Spiti and Pin. Perfectly set in this terrain, this adventure raft will be one of the memories you will cherish for a long time. July to August is the time when it is ideal to enjoy this sport. The rafting is not that difficult and can be attempted by anyone in general.
Safari with a Difference
Discover some of the rarest species of flora-fauna in the stunning area called Pin Valley National Park. The sight of snow leopards, Siberian ibex, Tibetan gazelle and Himalayan snowcocks will leave you in awe. The park is immensely large and you could spend a good amount of time spotting some of the best animals and plants. Plan a day for this exclusively.
Camping under the Stars
Chandratal is an ideal location for camping. Situated at a height of 4300 m, amidst the mighty Himalayas, this lake promises a serene view and is well-known for the changing colours of sky. The camps here are arranged for groups as well as solo travellers. But remember that you have to book them in advance.
The Dhankar Lake comes with a great trek that takes you to the Dhankar monastery, which is placed at 4,270 m. Though this might prove to be a challenging trail, the views will please your mind and literally take your breath away. This is an almost must-do activity when you are in the valley.
Feel your inner peace awakened with the ancient monasteries standing tall amidst the hills. Being a religious centre for Buddhist worshippers, Spiti will allow you to spot quite a lot of monks and monasteries. The structures and their art will definitely mesmerise you.
Visit a Mummy
Yes, you heard it right. If you are not in the mood for Egypt, then you can catch a glimpse of the mummy in Giu, which is a small village near Tabo. The 500-year-old body, supposedly of a meditating Lama, is considered to be quite a spooky sight and you definitely must visit.
If you thought that Spiti is only about adventure and mountains, then you are wrong. You can choose to shop exquisite Tibetian and Buddhist handicrafts; bone and skull sculptures painted in various hues, there are a variety of things that you could take back as souvenirs from Kaza’s main market. But remember, bargaining is a compulsion.