Spiti Valley (Himachal Pradesh, Himalayan State)
Geologically and archeologically, Spiti is like a living museum. This cold desert offers a landscape almost as if from another world. The 150-km wide valley offers unparalleled panoramic view which makes Spiti valley's outlandish landscape. Rudyard Kipling called it a "world within a world." Mount Gya (6794 metre above sea level) of the valley is the highest peak in Himachal.
Sumdho,located at the confluence of river Spiti and Pare Chu, is the last village of Kinnaur.
Tabo Gompa, 3050 metre above sea level, is having Buddhist manuscripts, statues etc which is being protected by the Archaeological Survey of India. The thousand year old large monastic complex comprises of many chortens and temples. Abounding in splendid and fabulous wall paintings, this monastery is often termed as the "Ajanta of the Himalayas".
Pin Valley National conserves the endangered and rare species of wild animals in its natural habitat. The Hangrang and Lingti valley are trekkers' paradise.
Kaza, 3660 metre above sea level, is the sub-divisional headquarter of Spiti. The nearby Hikim, Komik and Langja monasteries, other Buddha stupas and Gompas can be viewed. There is good arrangement for accommodation as well.
Kye Gonpa, 4160 metre above sea level and located 12 km far from Kaza, has a rich collection of sacred Thangkas and an array of musical instruments.
Kibber (4205 metre above sea level), known as the roof of Himalayas and situated 8 km away from Kye Gompa, is the highest vote-casting centre in the world. Nearby Kibber- Gate Wildlife Sanctuary is considered among the highest sanctuary in the world.
Losar, 4079 metre above sea level and the last village of Spiti valley, leads just 18 km ahead to Kunzumpass(76 km from Kaza and 4551 metre above sea level) which is the point of entry into Lahaul valley.
Tabo, on National Highway number 30, is situated 31 km away from the village of Kinnaur valley, Sumdho.