22 Spectacular Photos of the Remote Spiti Valley in India

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    Losar Village, Entrance to the Spiti Valley

    Losar village in Spiti.
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    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.

    Also, check out more stunning scenery in this Manali to Spiti photo gallery, or find out more about Spiti and plan your trip there with this special Spiti Travel Planner feature.

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    Ki Monastery

    Key Gompa - Tibetan Buddhist Monastery in Spiti
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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.

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    Ki Monastery View from Above

    Key Monastery from the spiti valley
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    Entrance to Kibber Village

    Entrance to Kibber village, Spiti.
    ••• Entrance to Kibber village, Spiti. Sharell Cook.

    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.

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    Chortens at Kibber Village

    Chortens at Kibber village.
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    Bhuddist chortens line the road into the village.

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    Kibber Village in Spiti

    Kibber Village
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    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.

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    Above Kibber Village

    Looking down on Kibber village, Spiti.
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    Jangchhob Chholing in Kibber

    Jangchhob Chholing
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    Jangchhob Chholing is home to Kibber's local deity.

     

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    Langza Village

    Buddha, Langza, Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh, India
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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.

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    Langza Village Buddha Statue

    Located at the Tibetan Buddhist village of Langza
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    This striking huge Buddha statue presides over Langza village.

     

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    Crops at Langza Village

    Havesting crops at Langza village.
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    Farming is the main source of income for villagers in Spiti.

     

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    Komic Monastery

    Komic Monastery
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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.

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    Komic Village

    Komic village.
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    Komic is the highest village in Asia.

     

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    Spiti Yak

    Yak in Komic village.
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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.

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    Trekking to Demul Village

    Trekking to Demul village, Spiti.
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    House in Demul Village

    Houses in Spiti typically look like this.
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    Houses in Spiti typically look like this.

     

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    Prayer Instruments

    Prayer Instruments
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    Tibetan Buddhist instruments used for prayer, in Demul village Spiti.

     

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    Cultural Show at Demul Village

    Cultural Show at Demul Village
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    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.

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    Dhankar Village and Monastery

    Dhankar Fort, Monastery and village
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    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!

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    Dhankar Lake

    Dhankar lake, Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh, India
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    Also mesmerizing, Dhankar has a serene lake in the hills above the village.

     

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    Tabo Village

    Tabo village in the Spiti valley
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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.

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    Stupas at Tabo Monastery

    Stupas at Tabo Monastery.
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