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Losar Village, Entrance to the Spiti Valley
The spellbinding Spiti Valley, located in Himachal Pradesh in India, is often proclaimed by those who see it to be world within a world. With an average height of around 12,500 feet above sea level, it consists of stark high-altitude alpine land. This is scattered with small villages and monasteries, and enclosed by soaring peaks crowned with snow.
When coming from Manali via Kunzum Pass, Losar is the first major village that's encountered. The final stretch to Kaza, the administrative center of the Spiti Valley, follows the Spiti River.
Explore the Spiti Valley by taking a visual tour in this Spiti photo gallery.Continue to 2 of 22 below.
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Ki Monastery, founded in the 16th century, is the biggest and most accessible of all the monasteries in Spiti. It's located only a short drive from Kaza, on the way to Kibber village.Continue to 3 of 22 below.
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Ki Monastery View from AboveContinue to 4 of 22 below.
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Entrance to Kibber Village
Kibber, at an altitude of 4,270 meters or 14,200 feet above sea level, was once the highest village with a motorable road and electricity in the world. It's located about an hour from Kaza.Continue to 5 of 22 below.
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Chortens at Kibber Village
Bhuddist chortens line the road into the village.Continue to 6 of 22 below.
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Kibber Village in Spiti
Kibber is possibly the most popular village in Spiti. It attracts plenty of backpackers who hang out at the guest houses there. Norling Guest House is the place to be.Continue to 7 of 22 below.
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Above Kibber VillageContinue to 8 of 22 below.
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Jangchhob Chholing in Kibber
Jangchhob Chholing is home to Kibber's local deity.Continue to 9 of 22 below.
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The defining feature of tiny Langza village is the towering Buddha statue on the mountain top in the background. The village is also renowned for its abundance of fossils. There are basic village homestays for travelers.Continue to 10 of 22 below.
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Langza Village Buddha Statue
This striking huge Buddha statue presides over Langza village.Continue to 11 of 22 below.
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Crops at Langza Village
Farming is the main source of income for villagers in Spiti.Continue to 12 of 22 below.
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At a breathtaking (literally!) altitude of 4,587 meters or 15,049 feet above sea level, Komic monastery is the highest monastery in Spiti.Continue to 13 of 22 below.
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Komic is the highest village in Asia.Continue to 14 of 22 below.
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Every Spiti village has at least a few yaks. They are such quirky, stocky, and yet powerful creatures. This yak ready for the yak safari in Spiti, from Komic to Demul villages.Continue to 15 of 22 below.
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Trekking to Demul VillageContinue to 16 of 22 below.
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House in Demul Village
Houses in Spiti typically look like this.Continue to 17 of 22 below.
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Tibetan Buddhist instruments used for prayer, in Demul village Spiti.Continue to 18 of 22 below.
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Cultural Show at Demul Village
Demul village is an excellent place to see a live cultural show. These shows are held regularly for the travelers that are staying at the homestays there.Continue to 19 of 22 below.
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Dhankar Village and Monastery
Dhankar village is located between Kaza and Tabo. Dhang means "cliff" and kar means "fort". Hence Dhankar means fort on a cliff. As well as fort ruins, Dhankar has a monastery built on the towering spur overlooking the confluence of the Spiti and Pin rivers. Incredible!Continue to 20 of 22 below.
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Also mesmerizing, Dhankar has a serene lake in the hills above the village.Continue to 21 of 22 below.
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Tabo village is home to a monastery that was founded in 996 AD, and is claimed to be the oldest continuously functioning Buddhist monastery in India.Continue to 22 of 22 below.
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Stupas at Tabo Monastery