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Himachal Guide - Lahaul / Spiti

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The valley of Lahaul is situated to the south of Ladakh. For this very reason this place derived its name "Lho-Yul" meaning "Southern Country". To its south is situated the beautiful valley of Kullu across the Rohtang Pass (3195Mtrs) and the Bara Bangahal (Kangra) across the "Asakh" pass (5051Mtrs). Its western boundaries touch the Pangi and Churah areas of Distt. Chamba. To its north situated the valleys of Zanskar and Ladakh across Shingola (5090 Mtrs) and Baralacha la (5450 Mtrs) respectively. Its eastern and south eastern boundaries coincide with those of Spiti and Western Tibet across the Kunzom Pass (4500 Mtrs).

Altitude: 3,165 meters.
Temperature: Summer - Max.38°C, Min.8°C & Winter - Max.10°C, Min.-10°C.
Clothings: Summer - Light woollens, Winter - Heavy woollens.
Best Season: Lahaul - Mid June To Late October / Spiti - August To October
Languages Spoken: Hmachali,Pahari (Local Dialect), Hindi.
STD Code: 01906.

TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATION
Air :
Kullu and Shimla are two closeby airports that are well connected to other parts of India.
Rail:The nearest railheads from Lahaul & Spiti lie at Shimla and Pathankot.
Road:The sole access to Lahaul-Spiti lies over the 3,978 metres high Rohtang Pass. The high Rohtang Pass is at the top of the Kullu valley near Manali.

DISTANCE
Distance between Keylong and Manali is 115 km. And distance between Keylong and Shimla ( via Kunzum Pass ) is 610 km.

SHOPPING
Keylong is the most attractive place for shopping in Lahaul & Spiti.Carpets, woolen shawls, baby shawls, ponchoos, mufflers, stoles, caps and other local handicrafts are the most favoured buys for tourists in Keylong. Merino wool is used to manufacture most of the woolen garments. Angoora and Pashmina shawls are also available in the market of Keylong, along with warm and classy woolen jackets and silver jewellery.
The Kaza markets are other fascinating destinations for shopping and food lovers. Here there are a number of bookstores and music stores to delight your leisure activity. Tibetan markets of Kaza offer best opportunities for shopping. Metalwork, shawls, pullovers, local tweed caps and Tibetan carpets are some of the wide range of shopping items found here. Pickles, jams and squashes are also available in the Kaza markets. Woolen and pashmina shawls, handmade shoes, woolen caps, dolls, toys and carved wooden sticks are the products of local artisans of Kaza. Tibetan jewellery and trinkets are the specialty of the Tibetan market of Kaza.

FOOD & RESTURANTS
There are few remarkable restaurants in Lahaul & Spiti, but you can enjoy exotic food at restaurants of luxury hotels of the city. Hotel Chandra Bhaga of Keylong, Tourist Lodge of Kaza and the Spiti Kaza are some luxury hotels of the Lahaul & Spiti District.
Restaurant at Hotel Chandra Bhaga is located on the Manali-Leh highway, nestled in the beautiful surroundings of nature. An extensive array of delectable fare is provided at this restaurant. Restaurant at the Tourist Lodge of Kaza is located on the left bank of Spiti River, and here also dining is a sumptuous option. An authentic range of Punjabi and Gujarati food is also available at some restaurants in Lahaul & Spiti, and you can find them if you search. If you want to try some local food style at affordable rates, you can arrange a night out in the surrounding places with the local people. They can serve you with their traditional food, which may match the best fares in best restaurants. However, it is all a matter of taste.

MapLahaul Spiti

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Keylong:
The district Headquarters, Keylong is situated at the height of 3440 meters and in the heart of Lahaul, on the Manali Leh road. It is located above Bhaga river, the district headquarters of Lahaul & Spiti has been described as oasis of green field. It is the only place in Lahaul which has a regular bazaar. This is the most populated and busy village having more than 250 houses with a population of around 1800.

Triloknath:
The famous Triloknath shrine has been revered by both Hindus and Buddhists for centuries. This is primarily a Buddhist place of worship situated on the left bank of the Chenab River, high above the bed. A good branch road from the Tandi-Udaipur road leads to Triloknath.Prayer flags that seem to always flutter in the cold mountain air adorn the approach to the shrine.

Udaipur:
Udaipur is a town in Lahaul and Spiti District of Himachal Pradesh. It is located at an altitude of 2,743 meters, and is around 53 km north of Keylong.The village was called 'Markul' in olden days. Major attraction here is the Markula Devi Temple.A temple dedicated to this goddess is quiet famous in Lahaul because of the wooden carvings in it. The village is situated at the point where the Chenab and Mayar Nallah meet, hence it also becomes a starting point of the Mayar valley.

Chandertaal:
Chandertaal lake in Lahaul and Spiti district is situated at an altitude of 4270 metres. It lies between a low ridge and the main Kunzum range. This lake is also known as Moon Lake. The lake is 6 kms from the Kunzam Pass that connects Spiti and Lahaul. Surrounded by snows and acres of scree, this deep blue-water lake has a circumference of 2.5 kms. This is the source of the river Chandra.

Kaza:
Kaza, the sub divisional headquarters of Spiti, is a beautiful town situated on the left bank of Spiti River, at an altitude of 3600 m in Himachal Pradesh. It is located 76 km to the south-east of the Kunzum Pass and is around 200 km south of Manali.

Kibber:
Kibber, the highest village in the world, is located in Lahaul and Spiti District of Himachal Pradesh, at an altitude of about 4205 mThe main attraction is Kibber Sanctuary. Kibber also serves as a base camp for the trek to the Tso Morari Lake in Ladakh.
Kibber Sanctuaryis the only sanctuary in the country which is situated in the cold desert area and covers about 1400 sq km. Wildlife species include blue sheep and ibex. Panoramic views of Shilla Peak and Parang La Pass are the added features.

Tabo:
Tabo village is located in Lahaul and Spiti District and is around 46 km south of Kaza. It lies on the left bank of the Spiti River, at an altitude of 3280 m.Surrounded by lofty brown hills, the village is famous for the 1000-year-old Tabo Monastery.