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Ladakh is great, yes. It is awesome, no doubt. It is one of the finest places to visit in India and the Leh-Manali highway is one of the most spectacular routes to drive on. BUT, it is closed now. Every year, the highway remains open just for a few months (June to September) before the dropping temperatures and snowfall shut it down. What do you do then? Abandon the beautiful region? NO. There is one stunning destination not very far from Ladakh which can easily make up for it during these months. Some may actually prefer it over Ladakh and find it more beautiful! It is none other than the mesmerizing Spiti valley in Himachal Pradesh. Often called Ladakh’s cousin, Spiti has its own charm thanks to its unparalleled natural beauty and terrain. Here are 5 stunning pictures and reasons why Spiti can easily replace Ladakh as your dream destination.(ALSO SEE 10 places in India where summer actually feels like winter) Also Read - Spiti: Top Monasteries in The Cold Mountain Desert



The roads in Spiti valley are as scenic and adventurous as those in Ladakh. Whether you are a rider or a driver, the roads offer plenty of thrilling moments for you to enjoy! Also Read - How to Cycle From Kinnaur to Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh



The lakes are mesmerizing and surreal. The Chandra Taal lake is one of the most serene and magnificent lakes of the country. Its location is ideal and the enchanting color of water against the rugged mountains is simply out of this world.

The landscapes are right out of a painting. The mix of blue, green, brown from all kinds of terrains make every landscape worth gazing upon for hours.

Not to forget, Spiti is home to some of the finest monasteries in India. The Key monastery is one of the oldest and most beautiful monasteries in the country.

Key monastery

The people in Spiti valley are the most friendly, nice and pleasant people you will meet. From Buddhist pilgrims to foreign tourists and backpackers to couples, you might run into all kinds of travelers here once in a while. However, most of the time, you will be alone in your solitude right in the middle of raw, barren, beautiful nature.

Convinced yet? So, for your next trip, consider Spiti valley which is as spectacular as Ladakh (if not more)!

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