Himachal Pradesh is a state that has so many places that are worth visiting that you would be in a dilemma as to which one to choose. Mostly hill stations, Himachal Pradesh have many places that are paradise for the lovers of nature as well as for photographers. Nature has been especially partial to this north India state when adorning it with the lush green vegetation, majestic snow covered mountains and beautiful flowing rivers. Part from all these Himachal Pradesh also has mountain desert valleys that are very uncommon in India. The mountain desert valleys of Lahaul and Spiti are hence worth visiting when touring this beautiful state.
Even a few years ago, these two places, especially Spiti was out of bounds for tourists. Visiting Spiti required special permission from the Indian government. This is due to the close proximity of this desert mountain valley to the India and Tibet border. At present times, although visiting this place is permitted for all tourists, not many people visit Lahaul and Spiti. The harsh weather condition of this mountainous desert terrain is the reason that not many tourists are able to travel here. The extremely altitude makes it impossible to breath properly and the many people find it extremely difficult to sustain in the bitter cold.
If you can overlook and overcome all the hardships of these two places, you would be mesmerized with the beauty of these desert mountain valleys of Himachal Pradesh and it would surely be a memorable experience for you. Usually the road way to both Lahaul and Spiti are closed during the winter due to the heavy snowfall. During the summertime as well these two stunning mountain desert valleys are covered in snow. Lahaul is still fertile and greener than Spiti, which is starkly raw desert mountain valley. But nevertheless for people who have not ever seen the wonders of a snow desert, the view of Lahaul and Spiti would be awe striking.
There are not that many places to stay in Lahaul and Spiti for very obvious reason that not many people visit these places. Hence if you are planning to travel to enjoy the exquisite view of these two places, you would do well to book your accommodation in advance. For exploring the beauty of these two snow desert valleys, the best possible way would be trekking or you can also go on a bike expedition.