Between the reminiscence of the charming past and the yearning for a glorious tomorrow, here’s what we love about Spiti, Hampi, and Leh.

Spiti

Himachal Pradesh

Spiti Hampi Leh
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Once you leave behind the cemented roads and traffic snarls of Himachal Pradesh, and cross the Kunzum Pass, the striking moonscape of Spiti greets you with its soaring mountains and scattered villages. The turquoise-grey ribbon of the River Spiti snakes through rugged terrain. Skip the popular hill stations teeming with bustling crowds and arrive in Spiti for its Buddhist monasteries, quiet villages, and scenic alpine lakes.

GETTING THERE

One can drive from Delhi to Lahaul-Spiti region via Manali (731 km).

Hampi

Karnataka

Spiti Hampi Leh
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Not only does it take you back to the glorious days of the Vijayanagara Empire, but Hampi also lets you linger at your own pace in an unearthly landscape. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is easy to fall in love with—thanks to its 14th-century stone temples with monolithic carvings, giant boulders, and countless ruins that dot its rugged landscape.

GETTING THERE

Belgaum Airport is well connected to major cities. Hampi is 271 km away from the airport and can be reached by hiring a private taxi.

Leh

Ladakh

Spiti Hampi Leh
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Speckled with ancient stupas and white-washed houses, Leh is the largest town in Ladakh. A Tibetan-style palace atop a rocky ridge dominates the scenery of this old Himalayan town, below which is a bustling bazaar, labyrinthine lanes, barley fields, gushing streams, and wild terrains that promise adventure.

GETTING THERE

The airport in Leh is well connected with Delhi airport. Take a taxi or direct bus to the main city from the airport (9 km).

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