Spiti Valley: Land between Tibet and India



Spiti is a desert mountain valley in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, rightly called as the Tibet of India. They are geographically believed to be situated somewhat North-east in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Well the name “Spiti” in itself means “The middle land” and here quite surprisingly so, it is the land between Tibet and India and maybe that’s the very reason for it shares a very similar and intense Buddhist culture as to that found in Tibet and also in Ladakh. Spiti’s capital, Kaza is situated along the Spiti river at an elevation of about 12,500 feet from the sea level.

The road network to and in Spiti is quite of a confusing honeycomb maze actually, firstly Lahaul and Spiti are cut off from Kullu Valley by Rohtang Pass(13,054 ft above sea level) then further going up Lahaul and Spiti are in themselves cut off from each other by theKun-Zum pass at a awe-gaping elevation of 15,059 feet above the sea level. Though, there are roads connecting Lahaul and spiti along the Kun-Zum pass but then again the road is cut off for major parts of the year due to excessive snow-fall. The valley is also alienated from the North for almost 8 months in a year due to the same reason – Yes! holy Snow!

Diving deep into the culture we find that Spiti not only has to exhibit but also to teach and embrace a lot of things, maybe small, but which we people generally miss out on. The place is also considered to be one of the most important research and debate centre for Buddhists. It also helped two of Indian films find their shooting locus – Paap and Milarepa.


Now, the disappointing part is the accessibility; not that it’s difficult but something of an enthralling experience to off-road lovers and a hiccupping drive for those preferring luxury travel but for Back-packers – get, set, go! Spiti can be accessed from Kinnaur via Shimlaalong a nerve wrecking 412Km drive in a terrain that’s not only difficult but adventurous too. Though inner line permits are required for those coming from overseas. During summers it is a someway easy route from Manali via Rohtang Pass, Manali that is 201km from kaza.

Spiti boasts of its fragile mountain ecology and why wouldn’t it? It has all the right and ingredients to do so. Anyway, considering what Spiti is actually all about it is surely very much essential for travellers coming here to leave a green and positive impact on the ecosophere of spiti. Thus, comes Ecospehere – Social Enterprise, Kaza into play. It assists tourists to make a meaningful and beneficial travel and also ensures in reduced carbon emissions.

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