Lossar is the first village while entering in Spiti Valley from Kunzum Pass. Situated at high altitude near Spiti River it comes under the Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh in north India.
The landscape and culture is quite similar to Tibet. People also dress up in Tibetan style and Buddhism culture is more prominent in Lossar. The Spiti region is also known as ‘Little Tibet’ as the culture here is almost the same.
Spiti river, large spread meadows and surrounding glacial mountain range collectively gives Lossar a beautiful scenic location. It is for this reason trekking and jeep safari quite popular in Lossar. It is starting point for trek route to Chandra Tal.
The small Gompa in the village is quite sacred for the villagers and Buddhist monks. Every celebration in the village includes dance and music and even the monks and lamas also participate. The festivals attract a large number of tourists. Yak dance is quite popular in the region.
The local population depend more on their handcrafts skills, tourism for their livelihood and less on agriculture. The time when the region is cut off from the country for six to eight months as Rohtang Pass is closed due to snow is used to make shawls, caps, woollen jackets, wooden crafts, and other art works. Pure pashmina shawls are in huge demand across the country.
The area is being developed as ecotourism destination.
Lossar has accommodation that suits every budget. Himchal Pradesh tourism guest house are also available but you need to book in advance.
Eating options are limited. The restaurant and hotels serve Indian and Tibetan food.
Best time to visit Lossar is during summer from May to October. From October end, Rohtang Pass remains closed due to snow fall.
Address: Himachal Pradesh, IndiaURL for more details/booking: http://himachaltourism.gov.in/