Villages in spiti Valley
Komic monastery also known as the Tnagyud Monastery has the honor of being one of the world’s highest motorable monastery at 4587m overlooking the Komic village and mountain peaks. There are a few stories behind the existence of this monastery and they go like this:-
As per the sacred ‘Gum Maro’ (Red Box) kept in the monastery, it was foretold in Tibet that a monastery would be built in Spiti in the backdrop of a mountain with the shape of a snow lion on the left and a beheaded eagle on the right-hand side with 4 springs in the vicinity. The area in between these mountains was to be in the shape of the eye of a snow cock, which was foretold as the exact location where the Monastery would be built. On the basis of this, the area was to be named Komic (‘Ko’– Snow Cock, ‘Mic’– Eye). The monastery is known as the Komic Lundup Tsemo Gompa and dates to the early 14th century built like a fortified castle with massive slanted mud walls and battlements with vertical red ochre and white vertical stripes.
Next to the monastery is a small hill with prayer flags on it. The prayer flags are clearly visible from the monastery area. We suggest that everyone should spend an afternoon sitting on this hill and see the sunset. We wonder if there is any better sunset than this.
If you want to stay in Komic, then homestay and 2-3 rooms in the Gompa guesthouse is the only option here and booking it first in Kaza should be preferred.
Kaza being the centre of all activity has a few hotels, guesthouses and restaurants. Kaza also has the only ATM machine in the whole of Spiti valley but it is not always active. We suggest you do not rely on it.
Langza is also well known for its rich fossil reserves. Millions of years ago, Spiti lay submerged under the Tethys sea. Fossils of sea life can easily be found scattered close to the village. Regular fossil excursions are organized for a unique insight into the history of the Himalayas.
There are a few homestays and a guesthouse in this village
The region is also under strong religious influence with some very famous Buddhist monasteries or gompas located here. The valley is renowned for being Spiti’s main stronghold of Nyingmapa Buddhists and home to the last surviving Buchen Lamas. Pin Valley is home to the snow leopard, and its prey, the ibex. Set against a back-drop of awe-inspiring icy mountain ranges, Pin Valley is snowed in for a good part of the year and a trek to this fascinating country should only be attempted by the spirited, adventurous and fit.
The mummy is remarkably well preserved for its age. Its skin is unbroken and the hair is still on the head. The process of mummification of this mummy is natural and no chemicals have been used to preserve it. Gue also straddles an ancient trading route over which spices, wool, salt, precious stones and sugar moved between India and Tibet. Monks and high Lamas frequented this route.