Spiti & Lahaul


Tabo Monastery

Dhankar Monastery

Moonscapes at Dhankar.

Confluence of Spiti and Pin Rivers.

The Spiti River at Ki village.

Ki Monastery

Ground Zero at Kibber village.

Pea farm, Kibber

Chichum Village.

Chortens at Kunzum La.

Kaza-Manali Road

Rohtang La

Rohtang to Keylong.

The Chandra and the Bhaga meets at Tandi to form the Chenab.

The Bhaga River in Lahaul Valley.

Keylong, the capital of Lahaul and Spiti district and a night halt on the road from Manali to Leh.

Chortens at Shashur Gompa in Lahaul Valley.

Gadi shepherds tending their flock of she eps on the road to Gramphu.



The Spiti Valley is a desert mountain valley located high in the Himalaya mountains in the north-eastern part of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. The name “Spiti” means “The Middle Land”, i.e. the land between Tibet and India. The valley and surrounding region is one of the least populated regions in India. Long isolated from the outside world, Buddhism flourished in the valley. It possesses a distinctive Buddhist culture similar to that found in the nearby Tibet and the Ladakh region of India. The Gompas of Spiti are some of the oldest in the world, and contains some of the finest collections of Buddhist art and manuscripts. In the past Spiti was the beginning of an ancient trade route to Ladakh and, from there, over the Karakoram Pass on to Yarkand and Khotan in the Tarim Basin.


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