Spiti Valley

Overview

More than 20 kinds of animals and birds, including the critically endangered Snow Leopard, are found in the magnificent Pin Valley National Park, which is situated in the chilly desert region of Lahaul and Spiti in Himachal Pradesh. This amazing park, which is located in the frigid Spiti Valley, was created in 1987 as a section of the Great Himalayan National Park Conservation Area. The Pin Valley National Park is a gem of an attraction that is blessed with a remarkable variety of flora and animals. It is perched at an altitude that varies between 3,300 and 6,632 metres above sea level.

Best Time to Visit

From July to October: This is a really pleasant weather period. Since the weather is neutral throughout this time, August is among the best months to travel.

From November through March, the region experiences heavy snowfall and very cold temperatures. The best time for individuals to go to this national park could not be at that moment.

From April through June, the area sees moderate sunshine and the end of the winter season, but there are still few tourists around. In this dry area, rain is quite infrequent.

Park Closure

Open:  All Year Around
Safari Options: Jeep Safari

Fauna

Being a high altitude sanctuary, It is home to a variety of rare animals like the Ibex, blue sheep, red fox, Tibetan woolly hare, Himalayan Wolf (canis lupus laniger), lynx, pika, Tibetan wild ass – and the majestic but elusive snow leopard. A sighting of the snow leopard is very rare partly due to its elusive nature and partly due to its dwindling number. But signs of its presence – killed prey, pug marks, scat, and spray – are omnipresent

Flora

The Tibetan Plateau region is estimated to contain 10,000 species of plants, of which more than 10% are plants with medicinal qualities. A few of these plants are also found in the Western Himalayan region and form an important part of the Tibetan traditional healing systems.

Despite being a high altitude cold desert, Spiti boasts of more than 450 species of medicinal & aromatic plants. These include Seabuckthorn, Hatagirea, Aconitum, Ratanjot (Khamad), Ephedra, Artemisia and other condiments. The alpine pastures on the high plateaus are home to a variety of small bushes and grasses including the Rosa sericea, Hipopheae, and Lonicera among others.

How to get there ?

By Air

The nearest airport from Kaza, the capital of Spiti Valley, is Bhuntar Airport, the major airport of the Kullu region. The Bhuntar Airport is situated 234 km away from Kaza. It is well-connected with the country’s major cities by direct and connecting flights, including Delhi, Chandigarh, Kangra, Bangalore, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Chennai. From the airport, travelers can hire a private taxi or board a bus for Kaza, which ply daily.

By Rail

Shimla railway station is the nearest railhead, connecting Kaza to the rest of the country. The railway station is approximately 400 km from Kaza, which takes almost 12 hours to reach. From the railway station, tourists can board a bus or hire a private taxi from the railway station to Kaza.

By Road

The nearest major town from Kaza is Manali and Shimla, which are well-connected with the major towns and cities of the nearby states, including Delhi, Jammu, Chandigarh, Haryana, and Punjab. There are regular buses ply from Shimla and Kullu for Kaza. Tourists can reach these towns and board the government-run buses or shared jeep that runs on a daily basis. Also, travelers can hire a private taxi from their respective cities or Shimla and Manali.
 
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