Lahaul Spiti

About the Hill Station of Manali

In spite of being a city of the state of Himachal Pradesh, this is a place of snow capped hills. Located on the Himalayan foothills, this is among the popular and frequently visited hill stations of India. The thriving lush green valley of Manali is positioned at an altitude of around 1, 950m from the sea level and is a part of the Beas river valley, which is based towards the northern side of the Kullu valley. Though the area is said to be blessed with picturesque beauty and profuse serenity, the Beas River that meanders through the deep canyons and gorges just adds on to the spectacular beauty of the place. Apart from being frequented by the nature lovers, this region is even visited by many other people throughout the year. The place has got a pleasant weather, which remains more or less cold all through the year. The city of Manali has got everything so as to make one fall in for the nature. Besides spending some quality time on the nature's lap, one can even visit the neighboring areas while on their way to or from Manali. Lahaul Spiti is one such place that is often visited by travelers while visiting the Manali city.

Lahaul Spiti: An Overview

This is one of the districts of the Himachal Pradesh state, which is based towards the northern part of the beautiful Kullu valley. The area of Lahaul is quite fertile and is, thus, covered with lush greenery whereas, Spiti appears to be mostly of the nature of a desert. However, the natural contrast of both of these places gets reflected from its barren mountains and snow-fed glaciers. This is what makes the region more beautiful. The twin valleys of Lahaul and Spiti have got several temples and monasteries. These valleys can be best visited from April to the month of October.

Travel from Manali to Lahaul Spiti

If one plans to reach the Lahaul Spiti district from the city of Manali, then he or she needs to make an entry to the district through the valley of Lahaul. The entire distance of about 1, 15 km between the Manali city and Keylong, which is the district headquarter of the Lahaul valley can be done within an approximate time of 6 hours. Tourists can either avail any of the buses, which are plied regularly from the main bus stand of the city or they can even hire private jeeps or cars or travel on their own car with required road permit. The buses are run on that route by both the public as well as private transport companies. The famous state transport company running such buses in the area is the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation Transport or H. P. T. D. C. Transport. Many tourist buses are even available from the Manali bus for a trip to the district of Lahaul Spiti.

Driving Direction from Manali to Lahaul Spiti

The route in between the Manali city and the Lahaul valley, mainly, starts from the N. H. - 21 since, the city is located within the proximity of this N. H. or National Highway and ends in the Manali - Leh Highway though. While traveling along this route, one would pass through the following places, names and other basic details of which are provided in the below mentioned table:

Sl. No.Name of the PlaceIndividual ElevationDistance Covered
1Manali1, 950 m20 km
2Gulaba2, 500 m13 km
3Marhi3, 400 m18 km
4Rohtang Pass3, 998 m15 km
5Gramphu3, 320 m17 km
6Chhatru3, 300 m16 km
7Chotadara3, 517 m16 km
8Batal in the Lahaul Valley3, 950 m11 km

Car Fares from Manali to Lahaul Spiti

Though the fare of the hired cars or jeeps varies from one transportation company to another, however, the following table shows an approximate rate of the different kinds of cars, which can be hired by a traveler so as to drive from this city of Himachal Pradesh to the valleys of Lahaul Spiti:

Sl. No.Name of the CarApproximate Rate
1Mercedes Benz - S classINR. 1, 60 per km
2Mercedes Benz - E classINR. 65 per km
3Honda AccordINR. 47 per km
4Chevrolet OptraINR. 26 per km
5Honda City A/CINR. 18 per km
6Ford Fiesta A/CINR. 18 per km
7Hyundai Accent A/CINR. 15 per km
8Ford Ikon A/CINR. 15 per km
9Chevrolet Tavera A/CINR. 12 per km
10Tata Indica A/CINR. 9 per km

Last Updated on 03 April 2012