The Great Himalayan road trip is something that every traveller must undertake at least once in their lifetime. Among the many different routes one can explore, the Kinnaur-Spiti route is one of the most popular ones. Wondering why? Read on to know what makes travelling to some of the deadliest roads in the world, namely the Kinnaur-Spiti road trip, worth it. We for sure cannot wait to pack our bags and head there once #CoronaBeGone. By Amitha Ameen

1. World’s Deadliest Roads

 

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NH 22 or Hindustan-Tibet Road is known as one of the deadliest roads in the world. Certain stretches of the route snake through some of the most unusual and maddening terrain you will ever see. But at the same time, the most stunning scenery you will ever witness as well. A thrilling adventure that will see you maneuver through some of the deadliest hairpin bends and turns, making it far less crowded

2. Stunning Ancient Monasteries

 

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If you love history or relics, this one is for you. The region is sprinkled with some of the most important and historically relevant monasteries, important to both Hindus and Buddhists. The biggest monastery of Spiti Valley – Key Monastery, Tabo monastery, circa 996 CE, the powerful Bhima Kali temple dedicated to goddess Bhimakali and the 16th century Dhankar Monastery, which was previously part of a fort.

3. A record-breaking post office

 

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Imagine receiving a handwritten postcard from the highest post office in the world? Come rain, snow or storm, the post office in the village of Hikkim remains open all year-round. Happiness personified!

4. Moon Lake

 

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No, not the actual moon but pretty close. Chandratal or Lake of Moon as it is known is located in Spiti. Striking blues and green, shaped in a crescent form, have led to its name. Camp the night here and you might just be able to spot the milky way galaxy!

5. Sea Fossils

 

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Yes, you read that right. High up in the mountains, in Langza village, you will find sea fossils embedded in the sedimentary rocks there. The ‘Fossil Village of Spiti’ has mere 200 residents and offers the perfect homestay experience.

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