Lahaul and Spiti is the northern most district in Himachal Pradesh bordering Leh Ladakh and China to its north. Lahaul and Spiti were two different districts earlier with its headquarters at Kardang and Dhankar respectively. Keylong in Lahaul is the present administrative head quarter of Lahaul and Spiti. Kunzum la pass midway between Lahaul and Spiti is the gateway to Spiti valley from Lahaul.
Lahaul and Spiti although not as wel known a Leh Ladakh is a region with a spectacular valley. Separated from the Kullu Valley by the 3978m Rohtang La pass Lahaul is greener and more developed than Spiti which lies across the Kunzum La pass. Spiti is the remotest part of Lahaul and Spiti, and offer a dry but breathtakingly beautiful and unique panorama
Best Time to Visit Lahaul & Spiti
The best time to visit Lahaul & Spiti is during summer from May to mid October. Lahaul stays isolated from rest of the world from October - May due to closure of the Rohtang Pass.
Keylong is the district head quarters of Lahaul and Spiti. Located on the higway connecting Manali to Leh Keylong is perched at an altitude of 3156 mts. Keylong is the hub of commercial activities in Lahaul valley with a regular bazaar. Keylong area is strikingly different from the other part of Lahaul and Spity valley in being a refreshing green agaist the brown backdrop of hills and snow capped mountains. Three of the best known monasteries in Lahaul, Tayul, Kardang and Sha-Shur are located within a few kms from Keylong.
Kaza - Spity Valley
Kaza, the sub-divisional headquarters of Spiti, is situated on the left bank of the Spiti river at an altitude of 3650 m. Kaza makes a ideal base camp for all treks and tours within the Spity valley. Kaza has one of the two Sa- kya- pa sect monasteries.