The Spiti Valley is a desert mountain valley located high in the Himalaya mountains in the north-eastern part of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. The name "Spiti" means "The Middle Land", i.e. the land between Tibet and India. The Spiti Valley is another piece of Tibet transported to India.
Spiti offers a rare experience of discovering life in the high Himalayas. The introspective winters of Spiti make it a land of many legends, and its strong Buddhist influence is evident in the hospitality and warmth of its people.
Kangra Fort or Kot Kangra as it is locally called was the largest fort in India north of Delhi. This was the arbiter of much of Kangra's history for a millennium. The earliest definitive reference of the fort is in 1009 AD in the chroniclers of the invader, Mahmud of Ghazni. Built on a rocky hill over the confluence of the Banganga and Manjhi rivulets, its high ramparts and walls have a circumference of approximately four kilometres
Dalai Lama Temple
The Dalai Lama Temple complex is open daily, from sunrise to sunset, and visitors are welcome to explore the peaceful ambiance of the surroundings. Once one enters the main part of them temple one will notice thousands of people sitting on the floor praying and chanting with their prayer beads, prayer wheels or from their books. Tourists are allowed to join in the prayers or walk around and have a look at the unique sculptures and art work in the temple while the monks and locals are busy in their chants and meditation. One gets to know a lot about the struggle in Tibet, about the way of life of the Tibetan people and about their religion
McLeod Ganj is the sum of many enchanting parts. It is one of the most flourishing grounds of Tibetan culture and Buddhism in the world today, even though it is tricky to count them to be mutually exclusive
It is blessed with such brilliant natural beauty that a vacation dedicated to just staring at the majestic Dhauladhar mountain ranges will be forgiven. Its streets, just 3 main ones and a few zig-zags, are crammed with touristy souvenirs and restaurants. But you will still not feel smothered by its sights and sounds; you will love your walks and you will surely bump into many interesting stories.
You will find a strong community fervour with which Tibetans are trying to preserve their culture, traditions and way of life. It will also, of course, give you generous time frames to explore the mountains and the beautiful paths that are sheltered by deodar canopies.
From the moment you step inside the gates of Norbulingka, it is as if you are transported to a different world. Gurgling streams run through immaculately maintained Japanese styled gardens, while birds of all different species can be seen flittering among the treetops. The architecture, built in traditional Tibetan style gives a feeling of returning to old Tibet. There is much to see and do here, and you will want to allow for at least several hours to explore the institute.