Spiti and Lahual

Close your eyes. Imagine you have left this earth that you are far, far away from the humdrum of the concrete jungles that you had gotten so used to, the cacophony that you heard the moment you left your house and all the dust and muck that blew your way. How delightful must it feel to get away from all the conundrum of contemporary lifestyle in search of a chosen sliver of heaven! And no you don’t have to literally leave earth for the quest of the same. For there is a place that embodies every aspect bliss as we know it- Lahaul and Spiti.

Located in Himachal Pradesh, this place is abundant with mountainous beauty but what sets it apart from rest of the places of this State is its rich heritage of Tibetan culture made apparent with the numerous Monasteries that are prevalent in this region.

Amongst them two of the particularly noteworthy once would be-

KYE MONASTERY

Kye Monastery is one of the main learning centres of Buddhist studies in Spiti. The monastery is house to some 100 odd monks who receive education here. It is oldest and biggest monastery in Spiti. It houses the rare painting and beautiful scriptures of Buddha and other gods and goddess. You may also find rare 'Thangka' paintings and ancient musical instruments 'trumpets, cymbals, and drums in the monastery.

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TABO MONASTERY

Perched at an amazing altitude of 3050 meters, Tabo Monastery is often referred to as the 'Ajanta of the Himalayas'. The 10th century Tabo Monastery was founded by the scholar, Richen Zangpo, and has been declared as the World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The monastery houses more than 60 lamas and contains the rare collection of scriptures, pieces of art, wall paintings -Thankas and Stucco. Also an interesting fact about the monastery ids that it is over a thousand years old!

That’s literally a piece of ancient history in present day life! Marvellous!

 Now given the fact that this is a strenuous mountainous region, the trekkers would have plenty to rejoice, the treks takes you to the most remote areas including the rugged villages and old Gompas followed by the exotic wildlife trails.

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Some of the popular trekking routes in the area includes-

Kaza-Langza-Hikim-Komic-Kaza,

Kaza-Ki-Kibber-Gete-Kaza,

Kaza-Losar-Kunzum La and

Kaza-Tabo-Sumdo-Nako.

Granted that trekking in this region is no easy task but as long as you carry all the necessary things before you head out for a trekking tour to Spiti such as tents, sleeping bags, cooking equipment, heavy woollens, sunscreen and sunglasses (as believe me it will get incredibly sunny there), you are good to go.

And just to arouse your curiosity further about this heaven of earth esque place,

Sample these-

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Well then, Happy Travelling!