20 Spectacular Photos of the Remote Spiti Valley in India

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    Losar Village

    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 as a 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.

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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 the village of Kibber.

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    Ki Monastery View From Above

    Key Monastery from the Spiti Valley
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    Inside, the monastery has three floors with the first one underground and used mainly for storage. The other floors feature a ​collection of ancient murals and books.

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    Entrance to Kibber

    At 142,00 ft above mean sea level, Kibber is one of the highest altitude villages in Asia.
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    Kibber, at an altitude of 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

    Chortens at Kibber village.
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    When you approach the village of Kibber, Buddhist chortens line the road into the village.

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    Village of Kibber in Spiti

    Kibber Village
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    Kibber is possibly the most popular village in Spiti. It attracts numerous backpackers who hang out at the guest houses there. The Norling Guest House is the place to be.

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    Above Kibber Village

    Kibber village in Himalayas in Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh, India
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     The village of Kibber sits close to the Himalayan Mountains.

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    Jangchub Choeling Monastery

    Entrance to the Jangchub Choeling Monastery
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    Jangchub Choeling Monastery is home to Kibber's local deity.

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    Village of Langza

    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 the village of Langza.

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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

    Exterior view of Tangyud Monastery, Komic
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    At a breathtaking (literally!) altitude of 15,049 feet above sea level, Komic Monastery is the highest monastery in Spiti.

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    Komic Village

    Aerial view of Komic Village with mountains in the background.
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    Komic is the highest village in Asia.

     

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    Spiti Yak

    Herd of yak grazing at Hill top In Spiti, valley India. yak are main live stock in The area and have several domestic uses.
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    Every Spiti village has at least a few yaks. They are such quirky, stocky, and yet powerful creatures. Some yak work safaris in Spiti and take travelers from Komic to Demul villages.

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    House in Demul Village

    Houses in Demul Village
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    Houses in Spiti are typically made out of mud and wood, both of which provide quality insulation.

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    Tibetan Instruments

    Buddhist monks playing drums and cymbals in Spiti,
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    Buddhist monks are known for playing Tibetan instruments in the Demul village of Spiti.

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    Dhankar Village and Monastery

    Dhankar Fort, Monastery and village
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    The village of Dhankar is located between Kaza and Tabo. Dhang means "cliff" and kar means "fort." Dhankar translates to a 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.

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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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    The village of Tabo is home to a monastery that was founded in A.D. 996 AD. It 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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    Found in the Tabo village, stupas are sphere-like structures where people gather for meditation.