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A Himachal Pradesh district, Lahaul and Spiti is all about peaceful roads winding around the cold desert, along with the snow-capped mountains. Another highlight of this place is that it receives only 250 days of sunshine in a year which makes the district one of the coldest places to visit in India. This is the reason why summer is the best time to visit Lahaul and Spiti.

Due to its panoramic views of nature, Lahaul and Spiti is a great place to experience various adventure activities. For instance, the treks here start from Kaza (capital of Spiti where you can make a base camp) to other Herculean peaks from where you can get the delightful views of the Himalayan mountains.

The best months to visit Lahaul and Spiti would be between April to May. It is during this time that the snow starts to melt and the roads also open for the tourists to travel across.

History of Lahaul and Spiti

It was in the 8th century that Buddhism became one of the significant religions to be followed in this region. And eventually, various centres and monasteries of Buddhism were founded here. 

Soon after the rulers of Ladakh were vanquished by the Mongol and Tibetan armies, this region was specifically divided by the nearby kingdoms amongst themselves to be ruled. Thus, the lower part of Lahaul came to the rulers of Chamba and the upper regions were controlled by the rulers of Kullu.

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Then in 1847, many regions of Ladakh and Spiti were conquered by the rulers of Kashmir and Kullu and Lahaul came under the British administration, under Kangra.

Major Attractions in and Around Lahaul And Spiti

1. Chandratal Lake. Chandratal Lake is an amazing travel destination which you must definitely visit with your loved ones. Especially for the adventure seekers and wildlife photographers, Chandratal Lake is a hub for innumerable activities and opportunities.

2. Key Monastery. The monastery is a renowned tourist attraction to visit in Himachal Pradesh. This place also enshrines many statues of Lord Buddha in his meditative state along with plenty of murals as well as ancient books. If you want to open the gates of history and trot along, then, this is the place to plan a trip to.

3. Kunzum Pass. Situated on the Eastern Kunzum Range, this mountain pass is responsible for connecting the Kullu and the Lahaul Valley with the Spiti Valley. Situated at an altitude of about 4,551 m it is considered to be one of the highest motorable mountain passes in India. Due to its thrilling natural beauty, this pass is every photographer’s dream destination. 

4. Suraj Tal. Suraj Tal is situated at an altitude of 4950 m above the sea level and is one of the largest lakes in India. Talking about the meaning of Suraj Tal, it has an interesting term associated with it which means The Lake of the Sun God. Anyone who loves photography, this is the place you mustn’t miss at any cost.

How to Reach Lahaul And Spiti

Lahaul and Spiti is a beautiful district loaded with stunning natural views. If you like adventure then this travel getaway is meant for you. It is located at an approximate distance of 733, 2,146, 2,232, 2,911 away from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru respectively. Let’s discuss the ways by which you can travel to Lahaul and Spiti. 

By Air. The nearest aerodrome is the Kullu Manali Airport located in Bhuntar and is sited 245 km away. This airport is located on the banks of holy river Beas and is fairly well-connected with other Indian cities. Many major airlines like IndiGo, Vistara, Air India operate their functions to and fro from Bhuntar Airport. It is best advised to take connecting flights via Delhi and Chandigarh to reach here. And as you deboard at the airport, take some means of public transport to travel further. 

By Train. The nearest railhead is the Joginder Nagar Railway Station. It was made by the Britishers during the colonial era under the Shanon Hydropower Project. However, due to the average rail connectivity, it is best advised to take a flight or travel by road. 

By Road. Travelling by road to such a high altitude is not very easy. Firstly, only people who have some experience driving in snow would be able to handle the stress of driving here. Then, you would also need to make sure that your vehicle has the necessary ground clearance. From Delhi you can travel via NH44, if travelling from Chandigarh then consider NH 505, or if travelling from Manali, then consider traversing by NH3 or Leh Manali Highway.

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