20 Photos on the Incredible Road from Manali to Kaza in Spiti

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    Overview of the Journey

    Way to the Spiti Valley
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    The 200 kilometer (125 mile) road from Manali to Kaza in Spiti is filled with spectacular ever changing scenery. From the dense forested hills of Manali, to the rocky barren planes and peaks around Chattru, and the sweeping snow covered mountains surrounding Kunzam Pass. As these photos show, it really is a visual feast that ensures you'll never be bored of the journey.

    The route is popular with motorbike enthusiasts and trekkers alike. Facilities along the way are minimal, with roadside dhabas serving basic food to hungry stomachs. Don't expect to find many toilet facilities either. In this region, calls of nature are answered out among nature! As these photos show, it really is a visual feast that ensures you'll never be bored of the journey.

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    Avalanche Point

    Heading towards Rohtang Pass from Manali.
    Heading towards Rohtang Pass from Manali. Sharell Cook.

    Here, the scenery starts, heading towards Rohtang Pass from Manali.

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    Before Rohtang Pass

    Road leading to Rohtang Pass.
    Road leading to Rohtang Pass. Sharell Cook.

    The two way road leading to Rohtang Pass gets in particularly bad condition during the monsoon season. Delays are often caused by heavily laden goods carriers. However, taking this road is unavoidable.

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    Rohtang Pass

    Horses at Rohtang Pass.
    Horses at Rohtang Pass. M. Gebicki/Getty Images

    Rohtang Pass is the gateway to the Lahaul Valley from Manali and the Kullu Valley. It's a high altitude area of almost 4,000 meters (13,120 feet) above sea level. Conditions are wet and misty during the monsoon season.

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    After Rohtang Pass

    Sheep grazing after Rohtang Pass.
    Sheep grazing after Rohtang Pass. Sharell Cook.

    After Rohtang Pass, on the other side of the hill the landscape becomes green and rocky.

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    Road Before Chhatru

    A bus makes its way along the winding road.
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    Rest Stop at Chhatru

    Rest Stop at Chhatru
    Rest Stop at Chhatru. Sarell Cook.

    Chhatru is around half way from Manali to Spiti. It's a popular rest stop with a number of tented huts that serve basic meals, tea and coffee.

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    Lone Figures Walking

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    The area is so isolated, you can't help wondering where did they come from and where are they going?

     

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    Road After Chhatru

    The Chandra River follows the road.
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    Slowly Slowly Sign

    Dhire dhire -- slowly slowly.
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    Dhire dhire -- slowly slowly. Signs in Hindi, such as this one, can often be seen painted onto rocks. Their purpose is to warn traffic to drive slowly.

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    Kunzum Pass

    Signs at Kunzum Pass.
    Signs at Kunzum Pass. Sharell Cook.

    Kunzum Pass, at 4,551 meters (14,931 feet) above sea level, is the gateway to the Spiti Valley from the Lahaul Valley. The village of Losar is 19 kilometers further, and the main town of Kaza, 78 kilometers further.

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    Kunzum Pass Temple

    Temple on top of Kunzum Pass.
    Temple on top of Kunzum Pass. Sharell Cook.

    It's considered to be auspicious for vehicles traveling through Kunzum Pass to drive around this temple, dedicated to the Goddess Kunzum, on the top of the hill. It provides an attractive place to stop and take in the scenery too!

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    Kunzum Pass Prayer Flags

    Kunzum Pass flags.
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    After Kunzum Pass

    After Kunzam Pass
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    After Kunzam Pass, the landscape is colorfully blanketed with grass and tiny yellow flowers.

     

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    Men and Horses

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    Goat Herd

    Goats
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    It's surprisingly common to find different types of animals being herded along the remote road.

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    Road to Losar

    Road to Losar from Kunzum Pass.
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    The landscape again changes on the road to Losar from Kunzum Pass.
     

     

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    Losar Village

    Losar Village
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    Losar village is the first inhabited village in the Spiti Valley, on the way to the main town of Kaza. It's located at an altitude of 4,085 meters above sea level.

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    Losar to Kaza

    Losar to Kaza
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    The road from Losar to Kaza becomes very striking.

     

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    Kaza Town

    Kaza town.
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    Kaza is the main town and administrative center in the Spiti Valley. It's located at a height of 3,810 meters (12,500 feet) above sea level.

    Plan your trip to Spiti with this special Spiti Travel Planner or see more photos of Spiti Valley.