Spiti Valley tour in India

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Environment
1. Water for bathing is also heated by solar power which is in abundance and is freely available. These initiatives are in sync with Goal No. 7 of UN Sustainable Development Goals which promotes 'Affordable and Clean energy' for all
2. Remote Himalayan villages do not have any waste management plants. Therefore, it is important to be cautious of the kind of waste we generate. Keeping that in mind, we have eliminated use of plastic disposable bottles. On an average a tourist used 3-4 disposable plastic water bottles per day which can cause environmental disaster in Spiti. To deal with this issue, we will provide you with alternative solutions of clean drinking water in reusable portable bottles as you travel. This initiative is in sync with Goal No. 12 of UN Sustainable Development Goals which promotes 'Responsible Production and Consumption' of resources
3. We also follow environmental responsibility in office where we do not practice taking taking physical printouts. Most of the work is done in digital form
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The Impacts of this Trip

1. Experiencing homestays in Spiti are a must because tourism provides major income for these households followed by farming. With shifting climate patterns, the income from homestays is all the more important. The homestays are also allocated in rotational form so that everyone gets equal opportunity
2. The additional activities designed for you which involves handicrafts, traditional medicine, dances and songs from Spitian culture help in conserving these age old traditions. It also provides additional income for such custodians of knowledge. Not only your trip gives you a deep insight into the life of Spiti, but also leaves maximum positive impact locally
3. When you involve with locals during the activities mentioned above, we facilitate conversations that help you know the local culture and their daily life. These activities are executed in the house or village of the artist itself rather than in a commercial place. It gives you a truly authentic experience and creates mutual respect between you and locals
4. Traditionally, the men and women of Spiti have been involved in farming and Spiti used to be cut from outside world for major part of the year. But with homestays and cultural activities, there is a greater opportunity for women to come forth and support men equally in tourism. Often the traditional roles of women like cooking or looking after children are shared by men and vice versa as it is suitable

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Reviewed on 10 Oct 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Both Ladakh and Spiti are both stunning regions with breath-taking scenery and Buddhist monasteries precipitously perched on rocky outcrops. Lamayaru and the hike to Rumbak were highlights in Ladakh, whilst Key and Dhankar monasteries are truly iconic. Amritsar, at the end of the trip, was equally as fulfilling, despite the shock of going from rural, mountainous regions to a large city, albeit with a relatively modest 1 million inhabitants, so hardly a mega city by Indian standards. The Golden Temple is a must-see, and a place that stirs the soul.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


The biggest and most important tip: acclimatise to the altitude. Both Ladakh and Spiti are high altitude regions where the vast majority of places are over 3500 metres above sea level. The route to Spiti from Chandigarh, through Shimla, Sarahan and Kaplan allows one to adjust in suitable time, but our mistake was to go straight from Delhi to Leh in Ladakh via plane at the very start of the trip, and we all received chest infections, which we feel was probably brought on by a lack of acclimitsation, and not helped by having jet lag too! Having said this, we tried to pack a lot into three weeks, and I donít think this could have been avoided, although I probably wouldnít include Chandigarh if I were to repeat the trip, as itís not the most attractive of cities, I dont think it would be too far off the mark to call it the Indian Milton Keynes! The architecture geek in me drove me there to see the Le Corbusier buildings, but then we didnít even get to see the star attractions close up!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes I do to some extent. In terms of local people, I feel from a personal/cultural level we benefitted the people we stayed with in Leh, Shimla (who were so kind and helpful; it felt a bit like a cultural exchange, as they just wanted to share their culture and learn about ours). We obviously benefitted local people by eating in local restaurants and staying predominantly in home stays - although the HP hotels in Sarahan and Kalpa were very disappointing and didnít provide us with any cultural insights, and little benefit would have been bestowed upon people there. And of course the purchase of local crafts and textiles, such as shawls, jewellery and hats and gloves. In terms of environment, the Life Straw water bottles enabled us to get through less plastic. Local produce and predominantly vegetarian food (and not difficult to come by!) has its environmental credentials, although I probably did eat too much paneer!Lots of solar energy as well - itís good to see there is funding going into renewal energy in the region. However, waste is a problem, with rubbish piled up in a lot of places.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Overall, it was a fantastic trip, amid really stunning scenery on the doorstep of the Tibetan plateau. Most of the places we stayed at were relatively basic, but the owners friendly and attentive, and the locally sourced, home-cooked rather delicious at times! The HP hotels in Sarahan and Kalpa were disappointing, and the people running the hotel in Kaza seemed very disorganised and didnt seem to want to serve us in the restaurant. Despite an issue with being picked up at Leh airport, the trip was impeccably planned,Gaurav did a sterling job of pulling the stings behind the scenes to make sure things went like clockwork. The guides were very good, and both main drivers fantastic, especially Ramen in Ladakh.

Read the operator's response here:

Hi Matt,
Thank you for your review. After your feedback, we have immediately fixed the problems in hotels in Kalpa, Sarahan and Kaza. We have also introduced oxygen cylinder support
for high altitude regions. And it's really great to know that you enjoyed the holiday overall. Please do come back :)

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