The Lahaul and Spiti District of the state of Himachal Pradesh grazes the Indo-Tibet border of the country, and the effect of this proximity has become quite evident in the culture of the district. Lahaul, often called the ‘Little Tibet’ is surrounded by immense natural beauty and flanked by snow-capped mountain peaks. The “Valley of Lahaul is a brilliant tourist location for those who like to escape into mountainous beauty for their holidays.
Lahaul is located about 2,745 meters above sea level, this beautiful place is packed with natural beauty and wilderness. The proximity to Tibet has lead to an amalgamation of cultures, and Buddhism, as well as Hinduism have come together to create a uniquely beautiful cultural scenario here. Filled with Buddhist monasteries, the place is filled with natural and cultural beauty.
The trans-Himalayan area of Lahaul is one of Himachal’s loveliest and least explored. It is historically and geographically split in two – the Chandra and the Bhaga valleys of Upper Lahaul, with stark high mountains and the Pattan Valley stretching from Tandi to Udaipur in Lower Lahaul.
Lahaul and Spiti together make up the northernmost district of Himachal. Traditionally, Upper Lahaul was the frontier between Ladakh and Kullu, both of which flexed their muscles over the region. In contrast, Lower Lahaul was ruled by the erstwhile Chamba and Kashmir kingdoms. Tibetan kings have also ruled Lahaul.