Himalayan trails – the cultural trail

rustic_15Spiti – ‘a world within a world’ as described by Rudyard Kipling (of ‘Kim’ fame) – is a relatively unknown world, tucked away in the Trans-Himalayan belt of Himachal Pradesh.

Reaching for the skies at average (valley floor) altitudes of 3600 mts, this peculiar geo-climatic cold desert region borders Tibet in the east and Ladakh in the north. Spanning an area of approximately 8000 sq km Spiti is home to a purely homogenous Buddhist Society of just over 10,000, who bear stark cultural similarities with their neighbours in Tibet & Ladakh.

Home to some of the oldest Buddhist monasteries and temples in the world, this Trail provides the key to those interested in a peek into Spitian life, culture and Buddhist heritage.

Set on the highlands of this magnificent valley, the trail traverses along Spiti’s (and Asia’s highest villages) highest settlements. Each village along this trail is adorned by unique and ancient Buddhist monasteries and temples dating back to over a 1000 years and encased in legend and folklore. The homestay accommodation along the trail further enriches the experience by giving one an authentic understanding of the life and culture in a Spitian home. Your hosts are the local people of Spiti, accommodating you in their homes to enhance your sojourn in Spiti.

If you prefer, you can also choose to traverse this trail on mountain bikes or yaks.

To get a glimpse of cultural festivities, we can organise local cultural dances in the villages glimpse of cultural festivities on request.

TRIP ESSENTIALS: Duration: 9 Days, Grade: Medium, Mode of Travel: Jeep and Trek, Accommodation: Traditional Homestay & Guesthouse, Season: Mid May till Mid October, Route: Manali – Spiti – Manali, Can also be booked as a Delhi to Delhi trip.