Located remotely in Himachal Pradesh, Spiti is the part of District Lahaul-Spiti. It has got everything for a travel enthusiast. Although reaching Spiti by public transport can by tricky as there are not many buses from Shimla or Manali to Kaza, the administrative headquarters of Spiti area. I travelled Spiti in May 2017 and in these 2 videos I am showing you how to reach Spiti by bus.
Spiti Via Shimla or Manali?
There are Two routes to reach Spiti. One goes through Manali and the other one through Shimla. The route from Manali to Kaza passes through Rohtang and Kunzum passes which are not open round the year. Therefore, the other route is more feasible and remains open for a longer time than the Manali route. In the year 2017, till the end of May, the Manali route was not open. Hence, I took the Shimla – Rampur – Reckong Peo road.
- Delhi to Rampur – I took a bus from Delhi to Rampur Bushahar, operated by Himachal Roadways from Kashmere Gate Bus terminal (Watch this video).
- Rampur to Reckong Peo – I had to change another bus from Rampur Bushahar to reach Reckong Peo (Watch this video).
- Reckong Peo to Kaza – From Reckong Peo I got another bus which takes around 10 hours to reach Kaza (Watch these videos – Part 1 & Part 2).
Why should you travel by HRTC
All these buses are operated by HRTC, also known as Himachal Roadways. This is a Government authority. These buses are the only means of public transport to reach Spiti. I recommend these buses to every backpacker and budget traveller because of these reasons –
- Drivers are more experienced on these roads. Hence, these buses are safer than other private taxi or buses
- Being public transportation, travelling in HRTC buses is the cheapest way to travel in Himachal.
- Tourists get a better experience of the daily life of Himachal and the culture & lifestyle of its people when travelling in HRTC buses.
The Spiti Series
These videos are the part of my Spiti trip. You can watch all the video of the series here – https://goo.gl/wiwdjk
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