Situated on the Indo-Tibetan border in the north Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, Lahaul is as remote as it gets making it seem like time has come to a standstill. Straddling the Leh-Manali bus route, Lahaul boasts of scenic mountain villages, pristine mountain rivers and medieval monasteries. Lahaul and Spiti jointly form a district in Himachal Pradesh with Keylong as the administrative centre. The Lahaul Valley region is rightly called as the Barren Splendour of Himachal Pradesh.
The word ‘Lahaul’ is derived from the Tibetan word Lho-yul meaning country in the south or of Lhahi-yul meaning country of the gods. Chandra and Bhaga which originate on either side of the Baralacha La, nourish the Lahaul valley. Lahual’s snow-covered mountains, lush green fields, milky white rivers and streams, placid lakes and mountain passes, make for a picture perfect location. Its simple rustic charm, festivals, folk dances and culture attracts tourists from all over the world.
The Lahaul plateau is surrounded by the Great Himalayas to the North, the Pir Panjal to the South and the Spiti and Chandra to the East. The Bara Shigri, Chota Shigri, Samundari and Sonapani glaciers are also located near Lahaul. Lahaul Valley is a thriving centre of Tibetan Buddhism and home to several Buddhist monasteries which are repositories of culture and art. Lahaul Valley is perfect for hiking, trekking and adventure drives.
BEST PLACES TO STAY IN LAHAUL
The places to stay are located at Keylong where one can find State Tourism Department and PWD bungalows besides several private hotels. You can also find rooms in the local monasteries. Tented accommodation with reasonably good facilities, are also available in summer.
BEST PLACES TO EAT IN LAHAUL
There are a number of small restaurants in Lahaul where you can enjoy exotic and hearty meals. Indian delicacies including lip-smacking Punjabi and Gujarati food and Continental cuisine are also available at some restaurants in Lahaul.
The average minimum and maximum temperature of Lahaul is as given below. The best time to visit Lahaul is also specified.