20 Photos to Inspire You to Visit Spiti Valley this Summer

Here are 20 Photos to Inspire you to visit Spiti Valley this Summer. Ladakh’s lesser known cousin.

Separated from the popular Kullu valley in Himachal Pradesh by the Rohtang Pass, this middle land between India and Tibet is home to some of the most stunning lakes and monasteries in the world.

Of which, the mythical Chandratal Lake is one. Roads to the lake open mid July. So, peak tourist season in the Spiti Valley (for lack of  a better word, tourism is yet to catch on here the way it has in Ladakh) is July and August. A difficult terrain as is, the four months of summer is when this desert valley in the Himalayas is most accessible.

Road Trip through tricky terrains, along rocky roads.

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Be amazed by the stark landscapes.

Or the ‘moonscape’ of this land, as it has come to be known.

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Rediscover colour.

Vivid skies, cloud shadows, wild flowers et al.

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Fall in love.

With the starry nights.

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Find peace amidst the many Himalayan Monasteries.

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Befriend the most adorable kids you will ever see!

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Stay with the locals in a homestay and experience life, their way.

Get to know them. In their houses that are built to shelter them in the harsh winter months when they can only be indoors. Over soft, doughy bread which is but a variant of our regular Indian roti and sweet milky chai.

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& of course, no trip to Spiti Valley is complete without a visit to the Chandratal Lake.

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Did You Know? The Chandratal Lake reflects the colour of the sky. So the lake is a bright turquoise blue  at sunrise and a lush serene green at sunset!

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Besides, it isn’t just this one lake in Spiti Valley that is breathtaking. There are more.

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Read Next: a Fortress, a Monastery & a Lake: Dhankar

Read More on Spiti:

Driving through Lahaul & Spiti
Where The Monasteries are.
The Road to Serenity: Chandratal

Author: Neeharika Satyavada

Hi! I am Neeharika. An award winning photographer and travel writer based out of Hyderabad, India. I love telling stories of heritage, art, culture and off-the-grid travel. But, here on Map In My Pocket you will find more. From moody pictures to comprehensive travel guides; words and images enough to inspire you to travel and also be of help along the way. Thanks for coming along on this visual journey with me, I do hope you enjoy the ride. 🙂

14 thoughts

  1. The pictures of the Chandratal lake look so beautiful! Each of the pictures tells a great story in itself! Lovely!

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