Nanital is a wonderful hill station situated at the prisitne Naini lake and surrounded by the majestic Kumaon ranges of Himalayas. As soon as you enter Nanital, you will be welcomed by the beautiful sight of the Naini Lake surrounded amidst the mountains offering a spectacular view. Nainital is named after Goddess Naina Devi and the temple is situated right by the lake side. Nainital is situated at a height of 2000 meters above the sea level. It is one of the most popular hill station in India and attracts large number of tourists throughout the year, dominating the summers. The travel tips for Nainital in this blog will help you to explore the gorgeous hill station in a right way, so that you have the best experience and memories to cherish for life.
How To Reach Nainital
You can easily reach Nainital by Railways & Roadways connected from Delhi.
BY TRAIN: Kathgodam is the nearest Railway Station located 34 kms from Nainital. There are regular trains running from Delhi in this route. You can book a taxi after you get down at Kathgodam station. You will have to pay approximate fare of 10$ – 15$ ( Rs. 750 – 1200) depending on season.
Kathgodam Railway Station
BY Air: If we calculate the distance, Dehradun is the nearest Airport located 173 kms from Nainital. I recommend you fly to Delhi (as it has great connectivity) and book a private cab from there for the entire round trip. The average cost for the car will be approximately $40 per day (INR 3000) but the good thing is that the vehicle will be available with you 24 X 7. You are advised to prebook the cab from a good travel agency. If you need any assistance you can contact me directly.
BY Road: Nainital has good road connectivity and you can travel from the major cities around it. It can be easily reached from Delhi, Agra, or Dehradun. You can club Nainital tour along with Mussoorie & Jim Corbett
If you are travelling in a group of 8 people and hiring big vehicles (Tempo Traveller/ Buses) , then your vehicle might not be allowed to enter Nainital & you will be stopped 3 to 4 kms before Nainital. So I suggest you speak to your hotel to arrange your pickup for the same or you can book your hotel outside Nanital and later you can book small cabs for sightseeing. You can book Dynasty Resort, a beautiful property amidst the hills and a lake by the side. If you need further discounts you can contact me as the manager became my good friend during my stay.
Top 5 Places To Visit In Nainital
Apart from the famous Naini Lake, following are the top 5 places that you must definitely visit when you are in Nainital.
Dorothy’s Seat Tiffin Top
Tiffin Top is the famous sightseeing point in Nainital which offers spectacular view of the Nainital Town and the dazzling hills of Kumaun region. It is located in Ayarpatta Hill at a height of 2292 meters or 7500 feet. You will never get tired clicking pictures with those lovely background. You can also enjoy adventure activities such as repelling and rock climbing at Tiffin Top
Tiffin Top Nainital. PC Amit Sah FB
View from Tiffin Top | PC FB
Ropeway Ride To Snow View Point
The ropeway ride of Nainital is strongly recommended as it is one of the best activities to experience in Nainital. The thrilling cable car will take you to the Snow View Point in just 3 minutes which is actually 2 kms by road. Enjoy the breathtaking view of the majestic snow covered mountains. The chilling atmosphere makes this place amazing. It offers options to shop around some local stuffs and also the dhabas here serves lip smacking Noodles and parathas. The cost for the Ropeway Ride is INR 150 Per Person for roundtrip.
Cable Car In Nainital
View of Snow Capped Mountains in Nainital
The G.B Pant High altitude Zoo is one of the best attractions in Nainital for the Wildlife lovers. It exhibits number of endangered species like Himalayan Black Bear, Civet, Tibetan Wolf, Goral, Royal Bengal Tiger, Japanese macaque etc. You must definitely visit this place if you are travelling with kids and family. The entry ticket is INR 50 for Adult & INR 20 for child and is closed on Mondays.
It is one of the most unique places I have ever visited. Imagine crawling in a jungle through the caves and habitats of various wild animals like Tiger, Leopard, Apes, Fox etc. Sounds interesting, isn’t it? The Eco Cave Garden also organises musical fountains with audio and video effect every evening. However this place is not recommended for senior citizens and toddlers. Entry fees in INR 50 for adults & INR 20 for Child.
Eco Cave Park / Cave Garden Entrance
Naina Devi Temple
It is a small and beautiful temple located adjacent to the Naini Lake. It is dedicated to Goddess Naina Devi and is one of the shakti peeths holding great importance for the devotees of Hindu religion. Naina means eyes and the Goddess in the temple is represented by her two eyes. One must definitely visit and seek blessings of this holy temple when in Nainital.
Naina Devi Temple, one of the Shakti Peeth located near Naini Lake
Best Time To Visit Nainital
- Summers: March to June is the best time to visit Nainital as the weather is Cool, pleasant and clear. Due to the clear weather the visitors can enjoy the uninterrupted views of the snow capped Himalayas. Nainital sees large number of tourists in this season as most of the people visit here to escape the scorching heat in other parts of the country.
- Winters: November to February is the best time to visit Nainital if you love to enjoy the cold weather. Also there are possibilities of snow falls in winters which converts this place into paradise. Don’t forget to carry heavy jackets and woollen clothes if visiting at this time.
- Rainy Seasons: It is not recommended to visit Nainital from July to September as it rains heavily here and there are chances of road blocks due to landslides.Also you won’t be able to enjoy the sightseeing points.
Shopping & Food
Mall Road, situated just beside the lake is the place for all the shopaholics and foodies. You can visit Bhotia Bazar, Tibetan Market, Bara Bazaar all located to the proximity of the Mall Road purchasing various handicrafts, wooden crafts, decorative items, Shawls, jackets and woollen clothes, jewelleries and accessories etc. Don’t forget to purchase the popular candles of Nainital.
Shopping at Mall Road, Nainital
Foodies has a lot of options of street food including the local momos, noodles, Thukpa, You will also find wide range of veg & non veg Indian meals. You must try the local food of Nainital which consists of Ras (dal) , Aloo ke Gutke, gulgula, Arsa which is a sweet dish. Don’t forget to try the famous Bal mithai of Nainital which made from roasted Khoa coated with sugar balls.
The Famous Bal Mithaai
Hello readers, Welcome to the yet another exiting blog and in this post i am gonna tell you about Coonoor & Ooty. In this article you will be given a brief idea about these beautiful places and things to do as a tourist in Coonoor and Ooty.
Coonoor and Ooty are beautiful hill stations located in the state of Tamil Nadu in India and are situated at a distance of just 20 kms from each other. The area is well known for its famous Tea estates covering the slopes of majestic mountains. Ooty is situated amidst the Nilgiri Hills which actually means blue mountains and it was the summer headquarters during the British regime. The former name of Ooty was Udagamandalam.
Ooty is nestled at an elevation of 2240 meters and the weather is cool and pleasant throughout the year. The breathtaking view of the mountains, the greenery, the cascading waterfalls and various flora and fauna attracts many tourists from the nearby cities. It is also one of the most popular destination for Honeymooners, as the newly wedded couples look to begin their new chapter of life visiting these romantic hill stations
How To Reach Coonoor & Ooty
Coimbatore is the nearest Airport & Railway Station. Coimbatore is located at a distance of 85 kms and it takes nearly 3 hours to reach Coonoor or Ooty. You will easily get shared taxi and bus from Coimbatore. If you would like to have a comfortable journey and at your own pace then it is recommended that you book a private cab.
You also have the option to start your journey from Bangalore and club your Ooty trip with Mysore. The sector Bangalore Mysore & Ooty can be easily covered in a weeks time.
On the way to Ooty from Coimbatore
Best Time To Visit
It is one of the destination which can be planned throughout the year and is generally categorised as per following seasons
April To June (Summers) is the best time to visit Coonoor and Ooty as the weather remains cool and pleasant as compared to other parts of the country.
November to March (Winters) is a great time to enjoy the winters with cool and foggy weather covering the mountains.
If you love rains, then you should definitely visit this place during July to September (Monsoon) season. Yes, you might not be able to enjoy the sightseeing points but the rain scenes here will have a soothing effect for your soul, to its core. Just ensure you book a hotel room with a good view.
Fog View during Monsoon
Places To See In Coonoor & Ooty
Honestly, each and every place and even a little corner situated here is blessed with special kind of beauty. Anyway, some of the major sightseeing places to see & experience in Coonoor and Ooty are as follows:
Ooty Lake is located amidst the greenery of the Nilgiri mountains. It is at a distance of 2 kms from the main town of Ooty. Surrounded by the Eucalyptus trees, the beautiful carpet of green grass and various colourful flowers makes this place looks very attractive. You can try boating across the lake and enjoy peace and serenity of this place.
Enjoy boating at the beautiful Ooty Lake
Ride at the Toy Train Nilgiri Mountain Railways
The toy train of Nilgiris is one the most famous attraction of Coonoor & Ooty. You must enjoy the picturesque journey of this magnificent train which covers total distance of 46 kms. It has been declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The train goes through the dense forests, dark tunnels on a green and verdant slopes creating an experience to cherish for lifetime. If you don’t wish to cover the entire journey, you can take a short ride booking your tickets from Ooty Station to Coonoor Station
Toy Train ready to enter the tunnel
Botanical Garden In Ooty
Botanical garden is spread over an area of 54 acres and is one of the most important tourist spot in Ooty. It is located on the lower slopes of Dodabetta Peak with variety of flowers and exotic species of various plants. The Botanical garden is divided in six different sections which are trimmed and maintained very beautifully and the name of the sections are New Garden, Lower Garden, Nurseries, Italian Garden, Conservatory, and Fountain Terrace. Enjoy strolling through these parks admiring the beauty of this place which will have soothing and peaceful effect on your body, mind and soul.
Botanical Garden Ooty
Sims Park In Coonoor
Sim’s park is one of the most famous sightseeing point in Coonoor. It is famous for thousands of varieties of trees, plants and flowers which are nicely maintained and taken care of. You can walk through this park and enjoy the beauty of the nature. There is also a small lake and a park for the kids
Enjoy View Dolphin’s Nose Head
Dolphin’s nose head is a view point located at an altitude of 1500 meter offering stunning views of the Nilgiri mountains. The St. Catherine falls and Coonoor stream is also visible from this point. It is named as Dolphin Nose Head because of the huge rock visible from here which resembles nose of a Dolphin. You must definitely visit here to enjoy the panoramic view of the hills, occasionally covered with clouds.
View point Dolphin Nose Head
Visit Tea Museum
Tea Museum near the Dodabetta Tea Factory is located amidst the tea gardens processing some the finest quality of teas from the Nilgiri ranges. You can learn the insights of tea making, the history and the entire process from harvesting to packaging. You can purchase variety of flavoured teas and herbal oil from the store located inside the premises.
Tea plantation around the Tea museum
Avalanche Lake is a stunning place located 28 kms from Ooty. The lake was formed due to landslide in the year 1800 and hence got its name as Avalanche. The lake attracts nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts who love trekking and camping. Personally speaking this is my favourite place in this location.
View of the Avalanche Lake
Lambs Rock is located at a distance of 8 kms from Coonoor. It is famous for exquisite view of the mountains, Coimbatore plains, Tea & Coffee estates. It is also known as suicide point. Enjoy the greenery and nature while walking to the top. Don’t forget to try eating the noodles while enjoying the view.
Dodabetta is the highest point of the Nilgiri Mountains rising at a height of 2637 meters which means Big Hill in Kannada language. It is located at a distance of 10 kms from Ooty and offers an astonishing view of the nearby areas covered with dense forests. It is one of the best sightseeing point offering the best view of the Nilgiri Hills.
Can you see the Ooty town from Dodabetta Peak?
Shopping in Coonoor & Ooty
Ooty offers lots of options for shopping and you can purchase variety of products including winter wears and good quality woollen clothes from the market. The Tibetan market near the Botanical garden sells colourful shawls, stoles, embroidery clothes and jewelleries. You can Grab some fresh spices like cumin, turmeric, pepper, nutmeg etc from Upper Bazaar Road. Do not forget to purchase the local Tea, herbal oil, fruit jellies, fruit cheese, chocolates and honey.
Where to eat in Coonoor & Ooty?
Cafe Diem Coonoor: It is a wonderful restaurant with amazing ambience. It is a vegetarians restaurant serving some exotic cuisines including Mediterranean French and Italian cuisines. Cafe Diem serves varieties of homemade pastas, pizzas, risotto soups, salads and desserts. Please ensure you reserve your table before visiting as this place is usually full.
The Culinarium Coonoor: It is an European cafe situated on the main highway between Coonoor and Ooty. One must try Pastas, Pot cooked pie, meat lasagne and goulash. They serve some exotic ice creams and varieties of breads and pastries. You can also enjoy alcoholic drinks here.
Place To Bee- Ooty: Place to bee is situated close to the boathouse where you can enjoy variety of soups, appetizers and desserts. It is said that you visit to Ooty is incomplete without visiting this restaurant.
Hyderabad Biryani House Ooty: Located near Wellback Residency hotel, this little restaurant is paradise for the non veg lovers. It serves variety of Veg, Chicken and mutton biryanis along with Kebabs and curries. The view from the restaurant is equally amazing.
Home made Chocolates of Ooty
So, in this blog you were given a good, brief idea about these beautiful destinations. I hope you enjoyed reading the post about things to do in Coonoor and Ooty. I request you to please leave your feedback and suggestions in the comment box. You can contact me for any assistance, If you are planning to visit Coonoor and Ooty.
Mussoorie is one of the most popular hill stations in India which is located at a distance of 290 kilometers from Delhi. As soon as you arrive here, you will instantly realise why it has been nicknamed as “The Queen of the Hills”. It is situated in the Indian state of Uttarakhand at an elevation above 6500 feet. This post will guide you about the activities you must experience and places to visit in Mussoorie.
The hill station is blessed with picturesque landscapes with a backdrop of Doon Valley and Shivalik ranges of the Himalayas. The weather remains cool, calm and pleasant throughout the year and experiences snowfalls in winters. Mussoorie was very popular amongst the Britishers and the lovely colonial architecture marks the witness of their presence in the past.
How To Reach Mussoorie
Mussoorie can be easily reached from Dehradun and is the nearest Airport, Railway Station and Bus Stand. Once you reach Dehradun you can hire private cab, shared taxi or bus to reach Mussoorie.
Flight: The Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is the nearest Airport to reach Mussoori. It is located at a distance of just 34 kilometers from Mussoorie.
Train: Dehradun railway station is connected to all the major cities in India. You can book your tickets from the official IRCTC website. If you don’t find a direct train from your town then you can break your journey from Delhi.
Road: Mussoorie is well connected by road from Delhi. You can hire a cab directly from Delhi or even enjoy self-drive which takes nearly 7 hours time to reach Mussoorie. The upcoming Delhi- Dehradun Expressway will make it easier and convenient as the duration will be reduced to less than 4 hours.
Dehradun Railway Station
Places To Visit In Mussoorie & Things To Do
Mussoorie is an enchanting hill station which offers various options for sightseeing and activities for its visitors. The following are activities and places to visit in Mussoorie.
Take a Rope Way To Gun Hill
Gun Hill is the second highest summit in Mussoorie. It offers spectacular view of the entire hill station and the surrounding Himalayan ranges of Doon Valley & Garhwal. It is located at a distance of 400 from Mall Road. You can take the Cable Car to reach the top and enjoy the bird’s eyes view of the entire town. It was named as Gun Hill during the pre-independence period because of the presence of gunfire on these hills. The gun was fired during the day to enable people to adjust their watches.
The cost for the round trip is INR 75 per person and timings are as follows:
- 10 am to 6 pm in peak winter season during snow (December & January)
- 8 am to 10 pm in Summer peak season ( May to July & October)
- 10 am to 7 pm in moderate season (November to April & August to September
Ropeway Gunhill Point best place to visit in Mussoorie
Bathing at Kempty Falls in Mussoorie
Kempty is a lovely waterfall with water cascading from a height of 12 m which looks extremely beautiful. Your trip to Mussoorie is incomplete without visiting this splendid place. You are free to jump inside the large pool under the waterfalls and enjoy swimming beautiful. Make sure you are not visiting this place during the peak hours or weekends because it gets crowded at times. The Kempty Falls is located at a distance of 15 kms and is one of the best places to visit in Mussoorie.
Telescopic View from Lal Tibba
Lal Tibba is the highest point located on the top of Depot Hill in Landour at a distance of 6 kms from Mussoorie. Lal Tibba is considered as one of the most spectacular viewpoint in the entire Mussoorie. The name Lal Tibba means Red Hill and is situated at an elevation of 7160 feet. The telescopes installed here showcases the view of the magnificent Neelkanth Peak, Kedarnath Peak & Banderpoonch mountain ranges which rises up to 19600 Feet.
Amazing sight from Lal Tibba
Relax At The Lake Mist
The Mist Lake is one of the most beautiful and serene picnic spot in the entire Mussoorie. The emerald waters are surrounded by dense green forests, waterfalls and the panoramic view of mountains. Sitting by the lake side, you will find yourself in the lap of nature with serenity and peace all around you.
The Serene and Beautiful Lake Mist
Nag Tibba Trek
The best part of Nag Tibba is that it is not very famous amongst the tourists. So it is less crowded compared to other sightseeing places. This trekking trail is quite thrilling which leads you to climb above 10000 feet. Once you reach to the top, you will find yourself amidst the snow-clad mountains and serene beauty all around. You are advised to book this trek with local trek organizers or travel agents as they will escort you along with group and also provide necessary equipments that are useful for trekking.
Base Camp At Nag Tibba
Hiking in Nature at Benong Wildlife Sanctuary
Benong Wildlife Sanctuary, which is famous for the rare & endangered species of mountain quails and other birds and animals, The sanctuary is a part of Rajaji National Park and is located at a distance of 12 km from Mussoorie. It is home to the red-billed blue magpie, white-capped water redstart, deer and leopards. This place is a paradise for the nature-loving people and it can only be explored by walking & hiking. So I suggest you be prepared for the same. It also offers a spectacular view of Bandarpoonch and Chaukhamba mountains.
Mussoorie Wildlife Sanctuary
Adventure Activities in Mussoorie
The Queen Of Hills, Mussoorie offers many adventurous escapes. You can go for Trekking & Hiking at Nag Tibba, Bhadraj temple & forest, Dodital and Has Ki Dun Trek. Similarly there are sites for Skywalk Ziplines Rock climbing & Rapelling, Paragliding & Roller skating.
Strolling, Eating & Shopping At The Mall Road
The Mall Road of Mussoorie is the most popular shopping place located in the heart of Mussoorie. The colonial style houses and buildings along with the lamp post and benches makes the entire street looks very beautiful. It will keep reminding you about their presence over the past. You can shop around with plenty of local items like ceramic vases, lamps, British furniture and local handicrafts. One can also shop the local jewelleries, jamawah shawls gifts and antiques.
You will also find many eateries and restaurants serving various cuisines at the Mall Road. One should definitely visit Kalsang friends Corner, serving amazing Tibetan & Chinese food. Casa Mia bakery is famous for exotic pastries, frozen drinks and desserts.
Ornaments, Jewellery shop at Mall Road
Hello Readers! Are you planning to visit Srisailam but confused about how to travel, what to do and where to stay around the temple? In this post I will give comprehensive idea about everything related to your visit to Srisailam from Hyderabad
First of all, let me clear one thing. Most of the people think that Srisailam is in Hyderabad. However, it is located 220 kms away from Hyderabad amidst the serene and lush green surroundings of Nallamala Hills.
You will be amazed to know that the temple is dedicated to two dieties. The Mallikarjuna is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Bhramarambha is dedicated to Goddess Parvaty. It is one of the jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva and Shakti Peeths of Goddess Parvaty respectively. The temple is located in a beautiful complex and comes under the jurisdiction of Andhra Pradesh.
How to Reach Srisailam from Hyderabad
- The best way to reach Srisailam is by hiring taxi from Hyderabad.
- There are no direct Flights or Trains for Srisailam.
- Nearest railway station is Marakpur located 62 kms from Srisailam.
- Nearest Airport is Hyderabad located at a distance of 195 Km.
- There are buses running from the nearby major cities like Hyderabad, Guntur, Kurnool and Vijaywada.
*Note: If you are travelling in a group and have hired a private bus from Hyderabad. Then you will have to pay border tax for entering Andhra Pradesh. It costs around INR 400 Per Seat. (Total around 19600/- for entire BUS).
Where To Stay In Srisailam
I personally found that the best place to stay in Srisailam is inside the Temple Complex. It is a complex providing options of staying in Dharamshalas. They have basic rooms with AC & Non AC options. Options of VIP Cottages, ordinary Cottages are also available. Bookings can be made online by visiting the official website Srisailam Devasthanam.
I stayed in Haritha, a standard hotel with reasonable tariff managed by APTDC. It has options of Standard / Deluxe AC & Non AC Rooms. You can make the booking online by visiting APTDC website.
Places To Visit In Srisailam
A visit to Srisailam will fill your heart and mind with peace and divinity. Following are the must visit places of Srisailam.
The Mallikarjuna Temple
Shri Mallikarjuna Temple was build in 14th century and holds a very important rank amongst the most visited temple in India. The temple is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas dedicated to Lord Shiva. It marks as an important religious site for Hindus. The architecture is inspired from the Vijayanagara and Dravidian style. It is believed that Lord Kartikeyan, the youngest son of Shiva & Parvaty once got angry and had come on these hills from Kailash. Thereafter Shiva & Parvaty stayed here with the name Arjun & Mallika. Therefore the name of the temple is Mallikarjun.
Pathalaganga is a small temple located on the banks of River Krishna. People come here for holy bath and get purified before visiting the temple. The view of the pristine river water along with the green plateaus on the background leaves you mesmerised by its beauty. You can also take the cable car ropeway ride and enjoy the panoramic view of this magnificent place from the top.
Srisailam Dam is the second largest hydroelectric power station in India. It is build over Krishna River surrounded by Nallamala Hills. The best time to visit here is during rainy season when radial crest gates are opened and the water flows through the dam. The sight looks absolutely amazing with gargling water and drops coming out of the river. It forms rainbows (If Sun is out) right in front of you.
Srisailam Dam on River Krishna
It is believed that the famous ascetic lyricist and philosopher Akkamahadevi came here in the 12th century AD from Karnataka. She used to meditate in these caves for few years and worshiped Lord Shiva. The Shivlinga is believed to exist naturally in deep and dark end of the cave. Hence the name of the cave is Akkamahadevi caves. These caves are also believed to be the abode of the Siddhas.
To reach the caves, you will have to take a boat ride through the Krishna River. You will enjoy the beautiful sceneries surrounded by forests and hills all around. Carry a torch or switch on the flashlights of your mobile phone, since these caves are usually dark inside. One will find a sacred Shiva Linga inside the caves.
Srisailam Tiger Reserve. (200 Km from Hyderabad)
Nagarjunasagar-Srisailam Tiger Reserve is the largest reserves for tiger in India. The total area of the jungle is 3568 acres. One can take jeep safari to enjoy the wildlife experience of this vast forest. You will have the opportunity to spot Tigers, Leapords, Deers, Blackbuck, Chinkara etc. This dense Forest is also home to reptiles like King Cobra, Python and peafowl. The cost for the Jeep Safari is about Rs. 1500 to 2000, per jeep.
Jungle Safari Entrance
Octopus View Point
The place offers magnificent views of the lush green forests & beautiful valleys offering spectacular view of Krishna River. It’s named as Octopus View Point because of the shape of the Krishna river from the top. It actually look like an octopus placed between the forests. The location of the point is near the jungle safari which is at a distance of 30 kms from the Srisailam Temple.
Octopus View Point is 36 kms from Srisailam Temple
Shikareshwara Temple is situated at the highest point (Shikhar) of Srisailam. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shikhareshwara Swamy, a form of Lord Shiva. It holds great importance and one who visits the temple, becomes free from all his sins of the past. He also escapes from the cycle of rebirth. Shikareshwara offers spectacular view of the town along with the majestic mountains and Krishna River.
Food In Srisailam
As Srisailam is a holy place you will find simple, vegetarian yet tasty food in most of the restaurants. Do try the local Andhra Thali served in most of the restaurants inside the temple complex. You can try tiffin for breakfast. You will also find variety of tasty Dosas and Sambhar. Trishul restaurant also serves North Indian cuisines along with chat items and ice cream.
Andhra Style Tiffin
I hope you like this detailed post about Srisailam. Do share your feedback and suggestion in the comment box. You can contact me for more help in planning your trip to Srisailam. Do follow me on my social media handles. Stay connected, cheers!
Spiti means “the middle land”. The land which stands between India & Tibet. Spiti valley is a cold desert mountain in the northeastern part of Himachal Pradesh near the China Border. It lies on the Tibetan Plateau at a height of more than 11000 feet and is considered as one of the most peaceful and less visited places in India. In this post I will guide you on how to reach Spiti Valley and experience the best of this amazingly beautiful place.
Spiti valley is accessible only during the summers as the roads are blocked with heavy snowfall throughout the year. Most of the people living here follow Buddhism and lead a very simple and basic life. You won’t find mobile operators, only BSNL & Landline is accessible that too in some of the prime villages. Most of the tourists visiting Spiti are adventure seekers, trekkers, and bikers.
Manali to Spiti Valley Route
Spiti Valley is a destination with a difference and makes for an ideal getaway for backpackers and travelers. If you are a cultural enthusiast, a history buff, an adventure addict, or simply a hungrily eyed nomad who wants to see some amazing landscape, then Spiti is the place for you. Once you reach Spiti Valley, You should give a minimum of seven days to explore the beauty of this place. However, you will need 1-2 days to get acclimatize to the high altitudes and you may feel the lack of oxygen in air and experience minor headaches. Things become quite normal once your body is properly acclimatized.
How To Reach Spiti Valley
There are two ways to reach Spiti valley, One is from Manali & the other is from Shimla. You can start your journey from either of the places and end on another making a round trip. It is recommended to hire a private car with a local expert driver, self-drive, or even book a bike trip organized by many tour operators.
Chhatru Village, we took lunch break here.
Manali: If you are starting from Manali, you have to take the route through Rohtang pass on Manali- Leh highway. Turning right from Grumphu, passing through Chhatru and Batal. Then crossing over the Kunzum Pass (4600 meters) driving towards Kaza.
Shimla: From Shimla, you will have to take take NH-22 route passing through Narkanda, Rampur, Wangtoo and Kharchham. Later continue the journey through Kinnaur towards Nako and reaching Kaza.
Shimla to Spiti Valley Road
The Best Time to Visit Spiti Valley
The best time to visit Spiti valley is from June to October. One must make a note, it is not advisable to plan a trip to Spiti other than these months. The reason is simply because most parts are not accessible and are blocked with a heavy layer of snow.
Places To Visit Once Reach Spiti Valley
Kaza is the main village/ town of entire Spiti. It is also considered as the capital of Spiti Valley. It is situated at an altitude of 3800 meters. You will find most of the hotels, restaurants, and small markets along with a hospital located here in Kaza.
Mesmerising view of Kaza Town in Spiti
Dhankar (Dhankhar) was the former capital of the Nono Kings of Spiti. It is well known for its 1200-year-old Dhankar Gompa built on a rock with a barren rock slowly drowning in a river. The monastery is influenced by impenetrably motivating ideas. It is also an endangered site as the river is slowly destroying its base every year. The beautiful site of the confluence of the Pin and Spiti river can be seen from here.
Tabo Gompa is Dalai Lama’s favorite monastery and a world heritage site which was founded in 996 AD by the great translator – Rinchen Zangpo. The Monastery of Tabo is also known as Ajanta of the Himalayas because of Indo- Tibetan art. Gompa has huge statues of Bodhisattva and elegant wood carvings. It is located at a distance of 48 km from Kaza.
Tabo is the favourite Monastary of Dalai Lama
Key Monastery is also known as Ki Monastery and Kye Monastery. It is the biggest monastery in Spiti Valley and is more than a thousand years old. It is one of the religious training for Lamas and is situated at an altitude of 4100 meters. The Key monastery holds cultural and religious importance for the people living in Spiti.
Key Monastery View
Chandrataal Lake in Spiti Valley
Chandratal is the most beautiful place you will find in the entire Spiti. The lake is situated at an altitude of 4300 meters surrounded by the mighty Himalayas. The name Chandratal means Lake of the Moon and is inspired by its crescent shape. Few camping sites are also available near the lake.
The beauty of Chandratal Lake in Summers
The National Park Of Pin Valley is the home of rare snow leopard & the ibex of the Himalayas. You can enjoy trekking here which is an amazing experience in itself. Make sure that you obtain the necessary permits to enter the park. Please note that foreigners are not allowed inside the park.
Pin River with the view of Pin Valley
Kumzum La pass, located at an elevation of 4500 meters is one of the highest motorable roads in India. The area is safeguarded by a small temple of Goddess Kunzum and almost all the drivers will stop here to offer prayer. It offers 360-degree view of the magnificent mountains covered with snow for almost all round the year.
World’s Highest Post Office
Hikkim Post Office located at an altitude of 4440 meters above the sea level is the highest in the world. You can try posting a letter to yourself and see how many days it takes to reach your home.
Hikim – World’s Highest Post office
Local Food & Beverages
Thukpa, Churpe, Momos, Tsampa, buckwheat chiltas are some of the must-try local dishes of Spiti Valley. You can also try Chhang which is the local beer made from barley. Yak cheese is also very popular amongst the local living in the high altitudes
Shopping In Spiti Valley
Kaza market is a great place to buy souvenirs from this beautiful part of the world. You can buy local potteries, artistic handicrafts, local shawls and winter wear, Buddha statue, prayer flag, local jewellery, and accessories.
Kaza Market in Spiti
Festivals Of Spiti Valley
Losar is the biggest festival of these regions. Losar is also known as Tibetan New Year celebrated somewhere around January end or starting of February. Cham Dances which depicts the victory of good over evil are organized at different places throughout the year. Dachang is celebrated at the end of winter which organizes dances in traditional clothes and sword dance. Ladarcha is the biggest fair in Kaza held in the month of August.
Losar Festival Celebration in Spiti