Honeymoon in Spitti Valley
Spiti Valley sandwiched between Northwest Frontier Province of Pakistan and Nepal has all the attributes of being an immaculate honeymoon destination. Spiti Valley offers you a heavenly backdrop for your honeymoon. You can bet that every moment you spend in Spiti with the new person in your life will be sublime and worth recollecting for the rest of your life.
Spiti falls under the Spiti & Lahaul district in the state of Himachal Pradesh and is comfortably ensconced in the Northern Himalayas. Tibet and Pakistan are the closest neighbours. The area is scantily populated and most of the inhabitants are of Tibetan origin. Spiti Valley has an average elevation exceeding 11,000 ft and many of the hamlets in the region lie at an altitude of almost 14,000 ft.
As you approach Spiti, you’ll be awestruck by miles and miles of barren stretches of land enveloped in a thick blanket of snow. The intensely harsh climate, the high elevation, and a rugged landscape with alternate patches of greens and barren terrains make Spiti a land of intriguing contrasts. As a honeymooner you’ll need to have the resilience and the toughness to tolerate the extremes of weather.
If you can withstand the searing heat during the daytime and the freezing temperatures at night, you’ll be witness to some of the finest natural spectacles on earth. The average height of the mountains surrounding Spiti Valley is more than 18,000 ft and the lowest point in the vale is over 11,000 ft above sea level.
You can take a flight to Kullu from Delhi airport and thereafter head to Spiti via Kaza. Simla is the nearest railhead from where you need to get to Kaza. You can also take a bus from Delhi or Simla and head to Spiti via Rohtang and Kunzum passes. You’ll treasure every moment of your journey to Spiti.
Best Time of Visiting
Visiting Spiti between the months of July and October will be perfect as chances of heavy snowfall and landslides during this period are slim. The weather is also congenial for a honeymoon tour between July and October.
What to Carry
Owing to the unpredictability of the weather, surely carry enough warm clothes, knee-length boots, essential medications, sunscreen lotions, first-aid kit, dry foods, sunglasses, and so on. Also carry other essentials like your travel documents, debit/credit cards, emergency phone numbers, guide-maps, travel insurance papers etc. Your tour agent will be able to guide you thoroughly on what exactly you’d need to pack up for your trip.
Where to Stay
If you want to experience the breathtaking panorama of Spiti from close quarters, you should choose to stay in a cottage or hut in any of the villages dotting the area. Homestays can also be arranged. You’ll find the villagers very warm and hospitable. Alternatively, you can also make arrangements for putting up in a resort or hotel in Manali, Keylong, Tabo or Kaza.
You can start your Spiti tour from Kunzum Pass situated at a height of 4590m. The pass is the entry point for Spiti via Lahaul and Kullu. You’re sure to have a feeling of déjà vu when you look at the Bara Shigri Glacier. Visit the Kunzum Devi temple atop the pass and seek blessings for a long and happy married life. Your next stop is Ki monastery.
Take your time touring this oldest of Buddhist monasteries where a room has been dedicated to Dalai Lama. The monastery is a treasure trove of ancient Buddhist manuscripts, rare artefacts and war weapons. Thereafter take a tour of the villages of Gete and Kibber that are enveloped in a blanket of snow for the better part of the year.
Do not miss visiting the Tabo Monastery which is the biggest monastery in Spiti. The visual delights inside the monastery including the murals and frescoes will surely mesmerize you and make you feel romantic. You must make a stopover at Kaza for obtaining permit for treks, for exchanging currency and for choosing an experienced guide.
You can shop for Pashmina carpets, woollen shawls, Buddhist artefacts and talismans, and baby shawls. Do not feel embarrassed to bargain for the best deals.