The mystical land of Spiti transforms into a winter wonderland when the landscape is covered in snow. It looks mesmerizing to the onlooker with the purity of the white canvas strewn around with natural challenges for a motorbiker and anyone who wishes to view its beauty at this time of the year from October to March that becomes the perfect time yet challenging too in many ways.
The beauty of nature galore with adventure of travel and photography are just a few words that describe about the secluded Spiti culture in winter. What makes the trip memorable and adventurous is the driving terrain through the snow covered Spiti. However, the breathtaking view of the colors of snow is enough to beat the exhaustion and the breathlessness that one feels after reaching this destination.
Located on the high Himalayan Mountains with an average altitude of 4000 meters. The name Spiti means The Middle Land that is where it lies exactly between the borders of Tibet and India. Another fascinating fact about Spiti is the ancient monasteries like Kye, Tabo, Dhankar and Sherkhang to name a few. Due to all these monasteries it is popular for its Buddhist culture, visiting any of these monasteries is another world experience.
Beauty of Spiti in Winters
It is all a frozen valley with its distinctive charm that attracts adventure riders like myself and photography professionals equally especially during winters. Everything stands still the rivulets, the rivers and even the waterfall, for a moment looking at these feels like frozen in time.
From October to March beginning is when you will love visiting it and I chose the same timeline for my visit too.
Temperature = 8 degrees day. Night = -10
Least sunshine during this time, foggy and cloudy that makes it alluring as if a page ripped from a fairytale storybook.
The minimum temperature falls way below -30 degrees in December- January
What all to do in Spiti apart from visiting Monasteries?
- Frozen waterfall climbing
- Spotting a snow leopard
Reaching Spiti the Less Trodden Path
Due to all the snow and the dangerous path, it is a real challenge reaching Spiti. The Manali road is the most dangerous due to extreme weather conditions:
Manali to Spiti Via Rohtang Pass is the road you would be travelling through.
The thing that you need to be careful about is the engine seizure that you may experience if you are taking short break to admire the natural beauty and to take some awesome shots of nature. The best would be to keep the engine running along with the following tips that may help you:
- Use antifreeze for your bike to keep it running in mountain.
- Give way to other vehicles, it is best never to apply sudden breaks.
- Maintain a safe distance while driving and keep the speed in control.
- Anti-fog visor / anti-fog coating should be used prior to your travel.
- Sunglasses and a sunscreen
- Warm clothing
- A torch/ flashlight
- Extra antiskid snow boots and socks
- Woolen cap, mufflers and winter biking gloves
- First-aid kit and OTC medicines
- Energy bars
- Water bottle
- Carrying extra cash as often the ATM may not be functional