Lahaul-Spiti:A Must visit for this August
Here comes the month of august along with the onset of Monsoon and it brings, hot, humid weather and heavy rain showers. If you want to experience the serenity of nature along with the right mix of adventure, then Lahaul-Spiti is an excellent choice for travelling and exploring. Lahaul-spiti is an enigmatic and picturesque valley. It is often referred to as long lost cousin of Ladakh. I can bet, you would certainly love the journey as well as the destination if you are fond of leaving your footprints on the roads less travelled.
Lahaul –Spiti is actually a very less travelled destination. Although there are various options available for transport, but a road trip along with a motorbike or jeep is simply awesome. If we talk about the distance from Delhi, it is 788 kilometers. The nearest airport is Bhuntar airport at Kullu. Travellers opting for train route can find nearest railway station at Shimla and Chandigarh. As you keep on moving through the road route, you will witness miracles and wonders of nature filled with angelic beauty.
Lahaul and spiti is located midway between India and Tibet, needless to say it is hugely influenced by the culture of Buddhism. After walking through the rocky, rough and tough roads, when you actually reach in the valley of Lahaul and spiti, you will definitely get your adrenaline rush. This is because of dewy fresh beauty of mountain and serene religious monasteries of Buddhism. In local language, they refer to it as Gompas. Some of the famous monasteries are as follows:
- Guru Ghantal gompa- It is located near the confluence of rivers Chandra and Bagha.
- Sha shur gompa- The major attraction of this monastery is 5 meter long Thangka, a beautiful painting representing the history of 84 Buddhist siddhis. It is very well framed with the beauty of blue pine trees all around.
- Key gompa- It is situated on the bank of Spiti river. It is the largest monastery of spiti valley.
- Tabo gompa – This gompa is set up on an amazing height of 3050 meters. It is located in Tabo village of spiti valley. Visitors also refer to it as “Ajanta of Himalayas”.
More than 1000 year old, this temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is a temple wherein both Hindus and Buddhists worship the same deity, Trilokinath. It has extremely spiritual vibes as one can experience it. The temple is situated on the top of a hillock and Chenab River flows nearby. The month of August is special for the visitors, as Pauri Fair is celebrated every year in the month of August in the Temple. The walls of Temple are beautifully embellished with the Kashmiri artwork wherein Indian mythological scenes are carved intricately.
Legendry live secret
The more time you spend in the valley, the more secrets you would be able to uncover. Legends quote the fact that once Spiti valley(Tibet at that time) faced a terrific drought. Rivers dried and all the animals and living being were starving to death. In order to get rid of present situation, The Buddhist monks decided to go for penance inside caves. Giu Lama, one of the famous monks, practiced a Tibetan form of self- mummification wherein some spiritual techniques were implied for avoiding decay of human body along with extensive meditation and starvation. It is the only one naturally preserved mummy in India. This mummy can be seen even today in a squatting position dressed in silk robes. Even the hair on the scalp and long fingernails can be observed very clearly on the mummy.
Let’s come close to nature
If you come in the valley of Lahaul-spiti and you didn’t experience the whiff of nature. It’s not possible. Go for some trekking and indulge in the inner beauty of Himalayas. Trekking is also convenient here because this area witnesses very less rainfall. Some of the popular treks are Parangla Pass, Pin Parvati Pass, Hampta Pass, Baba Pass. It is also an ideal place for winter sports such as skiing.
You can also visit Chandrataal or moon lake. The shimmery lake is well outlined with the snowy hills which represents a perfect eye tonic for you. You may also plan to visit Pin Valley national park if you are fond of wild life. Snow leopard and Tibetan Gazelle can be easily spotted there.
For a more rich and native experience, you can opt out to stay in the local homes of the villages. They are very simple and shy people, but they would serve both delicious food as well as love on their servings for you. Chhang, a local drink made with barley would also change your moods and it is actually a bliss sipping through this drink right in the lap of nature. Dancing women with their traditional attire and folk songs are sure to win your heart and make your trip a lifetime treasure of memory.