Bara Shigri Glacier – Largest Glacier in Lahul & Spiti

Bara Shigri is the largest glacier located in Lahaul Spiti region in Chandra Valley, Himachal Pradesh.   It is a 30-km long glacier, the second longest glacier in the Himalayas after Gangotri. It flows northwards and feeds the Chenab river. Bara Shigri, Bara meaning   big and Shigri meaning glacier, in Lahaul   dialect.

The glacier is so heavily covered with surface moraine that ice is not visible for long stretches except along the crevices and in the ablation areas. Estimates differ as to the breadth of the glacier where it is crossed, as owing to its movement and roughness no two caravans cross it in exactly the same way, but it is not less than a mile wide. It is just 4 kms away from Batal and around 40 Kms from Rohatang Pass.

Across the Bara Shigri is another glacier known as Chhota Shigri. It is a comparatively smaller glacier and does not reach down to the bed of the river, but it is most steep and slippery, difficult to cross. There are number of prominent glaciers in Chandra valley in Lahaul. Some of them are, Kulti, Shpting, Pacha, Ding Karmo, Tapn, Gyephang, Bolunag, Shili and Shamundri. Gyephang is the chief deity of Lahaul valley and the Gyephang glacier is named after him.

Kunzum Devi – Protector of Kunzum Pass & Travelers

Kunzum Pass at a height of around 14,900 feet which connects Spiti valley with Lahul & Kullu valleys. It is one of India’s highest motorable mountain Pass and is one of the routes to Kaza. Kunzum La gives unbelievable 360-degree sight of the Bara-Shigri Glacier which is the 2nd longest glacier on the planet, a jaw-dropping panorama of the Chandrabhaga Range and also a stunning sight of the Spiti valley.

Kunzum Devi Temple on the deserted Kunzum pass at an elevation of 14,900 feet. It is devoted to Goddess Durga (Kunzum Devi) and every vehicle that goes to the pass needs to take a whole roundabout of the temple to make certain security for the rest of their trip. It is stated if you do not take it, you may enter into problem. Another interesting belief of the locals pertaining to the holy place is that there sits a decider of fate inside this temple. There is an upright stone the dimension of our clenched fists that is enclosed in a cave inside the temple.

The rock is venerated and also has actually been stated to inform the visitor if he/she is a saint or a sinner. You rise to the rock as well as stick a coin to the rock. If the coin sticks, you are a saint and if it does not you are sinner. There were a lot of coins adhered to the rock however mine fell short to stick. Yes, God is watching whatever!

Shashur Monastery – Bhuddhist Pilgrimage in Keylong (Lahul & Spiti)

Shashur or Sashur Monastery is a Buddhist monastery of the Drugpa sect in Lahaul and Spiti, Himachal Pradesh, northern India. It is located 137 kilometres from Manali. Sha-shur means “blue pines” in the local dialect, as patches of blue pine can be seen around the monastery. . The monastery was built in the 17th century by Lama Deva Gyatsho of Zanskar who was a missionary of Nawang Namgyal, the king of Bhutan.

The lamas of the gompa are of the Drukpa sect (red hat sect). Namgyal founded this sect and the name originated from Dug, which in the Bhoti language, translates to Bhutan. Before Deva Gyatsho renovated the present monastery, there existed a small gompa. Deva Gyatsho stayed at the monastery till his death. When he was being cremated, it is said, that his heart did not burn and was enclosed in a black image of Gyatsho. This monastery has large Thangka paintings, some of them over fifteen feet, and wall paintings depicting all the 84 siddhas of Buddhism. 

Dhankar Lake – Stunning High-Altitude Lake

Dhankhar Lake is located in Dhankhar village in the Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh. Dhankhar Lake Located at an altitude of 4300 meters above sea level is picturesque as it is surrounded by the snow-capped Himalayas and has water coming to it from a glacier. The lake is frozen for about eight months of the year and is only accessible from mid-May to September. The lake is surrounded by shrubs that are characteristic of the region. The lake appears blue and green from different angles.

It is a 5 km uphill trek from the Dhankhar village along a barren, muddy and dusty path across the mountain range. This is the only way to get to the lake and yes it is a difficult trek. The trek is a true test of fitness and stamina as both are needed to go from a height of 3750 meters to 4200 meters in a matter of hours. The trek witnesses a change of temperature for which extreme endurance is needed as it goes from warm to windy to very cold. 

Once up there, this magical lake changes colors, shimmers in the sun and plays multiple tricks on the mind all with a superb calming effect. From here you can also get a wonderful view of Manirang Peak (6593 meters)– the highest peak of Himachal Pradesh lying on the border of Kinnaur and Spiti dirtrict.

“Less to be said about this enchanting lake, more to experience “