Spiti Valley is a Himalayan desert mountain valley known for its spellbound scenery. The valley is in Spiti and Lahaul districts of Himachal Pradesh, India. It is located in between India and Tibet. Spiti means ‘The Middle Land’ and hence the name. Spiti Valley and nearby areas are the gateway to the northern reaches of India. District headquarters of Spiti and Lahul are separated from the Kullu Valley by ‘The Rohtang Pass‘, situated at an altitude of 13054 feet.
Spiti Valley locals follow Vajrayana Buddhism which Buddhism followed by people in Ladakh and Tibet. Kye Gompa alias Key monastery and Tabo Monastery are situated in this region. Key monastery is also known by slightly different names like Kee Monastery or Key Gompa, Ki Monastery or Ki Gompa, Kee Monastery or Kee Gompa. Tabo Monastery or Tabo Gompa is the Largest monastery in Spiti. They are among the oldest Buddhist monasteries in the world. Dalai lama his holiness has visited these monasteries many a times. (Gompa means Monastery.)
Spiti River originates from this valley. Pin valley is another famous valley in this area.
Bhrigu Lake, named after Maharishi Bhrigu (Maharishi means Great Hindu Sage), is at an altitude of around 14,100 feet on Garhwal Himalayas. It is situated east of Rohtang Pass, at a distance of around 6 kilometers from Gulaba village. Bhrigu lake is also close to Manali.
Moves shot at Spiti Valley
Hindi movie Paap (Sin in English), Pooja Bhatt’s directorial debut was shot at Spiti valley. This film scored very high for its cinematography. Another film “Milarepa”, about the life of the famous Tibetan Saint and tantric yogi, Melarepa, was also shot at Spiti Valley, near the International Border between India and Tibet. Milarepa, a Tibetan language film, was directed by a Lama from Western Bhutan, Neten Chokling. This movie is also known for its cinematography. Milarepa is considered as a national hero in Buddhist regions in India, Tibet, China, Pakistan, etc.
How Do I Go To Spiti Valley?
Spiti Valley is at a distance of 412 kilometers from Shimla, via Kinnaur. The Valley is accessible all through the year through this route. In summer season, you can enter Spiti from Manali via Rohtang pass & Kunzum pass and the distance is around half the distance of the other route through Kinnaur.
Inner Line Permits
Inner line permit is required for non-Indian citizens, to enter Spiti Valley, via Kinnaur. Indians need to carry a valid photo ID card to prove nationality and does not require any entry permit.