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Kaza in Spiti Himachal Pradesh

Kaza, in remote Spiti in the Himachal Himalayas, is a destination for the spirited traveller.

Kaza Situated at an altitude of 3600 meters, Kaza is the sub-divisional headquarters of Spiti. Higher than Leh, it boasts of the highest diesel & petrol outlet in the world! Inspite of the height, Kaza is the only place in the entire Himalayas connected by road throughout the year. This is because Spiti gets scanty snowfall and that too contains very little water content.Kaza is best connected by road from Shimla (412 kms.). The road from Manali (201 kms) crosses over 3978 meters high Rohtang Pass and 4551 meters high Rohtang Pass and is open only from June to October.

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Kaza Of late, an NGO has started to exploit the widely available seabuckthorn berries. Here in Kaza as in Leh, the berries are being exploited for its juice that is being sold in tetra packs. In the near future, it is likely to be exploited for it's huge medicinal value, the way it is being done in China.

The old Kaza market across the nallah is famous for its painted Thankas. A traditional fair, Ladarcha, is celebrated here every year in the month of August.

Kaza is the perfect place to explore Spiti Valley. Places of interest around Kaza include Ki & Dhankar monasteries, Kibber, Gete, and Pin valley. The circular walk that covers Langja, Comic and Kaza is highly recommended. One can walk on the road to Langza (9 kms.). From here, it is a cross-country walk to Comic (8 kms.). From Comic to Kaza is about 6 kms. over scree slopes.

The Banjara Retreat at Kaza overlooks the Spiti river and the Rangrik village across.

Contact details:
Banjara Camps & Retreats
Tel. 91 11 26855152
e-mail: info@banjaracamps.com
website: www.banjaracamps.com

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