The Lahaul and Spiti district in the state of Himachal Pradesh is famous for its incredible scenic beauty. A cluster of small, remote villages nestled amongst formidable, snow-covered Himalayan Peaks, Lahaul and Spiti are often clubbed together, but are two different places. While Lahaul is greener, Spiti has landscape more akin to a desert-like feel. Located close to the Indo-Tibet border, Spiti means “Middle Land” because it stands between India and Tibet.
Spiti is very close to Ladakh, and is surrounded by the Himalayan Mountain Ranges. The place experiences heavy snowfall very frequently and it is situated along the banks of River Spiti. The place has had close contact with Buddhist culture for a very long time, and there is a huge Buddhist population settled in Spiti now. Some of the most ancient and breathtaking monasteries are situated in this part of the district, and the natural beauty of Spiti too, is definitely worth a visit.
The haunting cold mountain desert of Spiti, in the far north-eastern corner of Himachal, is unique in many ways. The drive from Manali takes you through remote, uninhabited areas, with boulder strewn roads, river beds, high-velocity winds, severe cold, low oxygen level high altitude sickness, making it an irresistible journey for the lovers of the off beat.