Banjara Retreat – Kaza, Lahaul & Spiti District:

Spiti, locally pronounced "Piti", it is bounded on its south and west by the valleys of Kulu and Lahaul; the region of Ladakh lies to the north and the Kalpa valley lies to the south-east. Geologically and archaeologically, Spiti is a living museum. The mountains are devoid of any vegetation and erosion by wind, sun and snow over thousands of years has laid bare the rocks. The rugged and rocky mountain slopes sweep down to the riverbeds giving the landscape a moon-like appearance. Rudyard Kipling describes Spiti in "Kim" in these words: "At last they entered a world within a world - a valley of leagues where the high hills were fashioned of the mere rubble and refuse from off the knees of the mountains... surely the Gods live here”. The topographical similarity with Tibet and widespread prevalence of Tibetan Buddhism, has led this region to be referred to as Little Tibet. Kaza the capital of Spiti Valley is located at an altitude of 12000 ft / 3650 m, our retreat in Kaza is an oasis of comfort in this mountain desert and the perfect base to see the wonders of Spiti & Lahaul: incredibly located & ancient monasteries like Ki & Dhankar; the world’s highest inhabited villages – Hikkim & Komic, the breathtaking pasture lands of Kibber & Gete, the spectacular Pin Valley National Park…

Best Time to Visit

The Banjara Retreat is open from May- October. The temperatures vary with the altitude and seasons. May to September have pleasant days and cold nights.


Eleven rooms with attached bathrooms. All the rooms are fully furnished and have attached baths with 24 hr hot/cold water supply.


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By road from Shimla

Kaza is 412 kilometers from Shimla. From Tabo, Kaza is only 47 kilometers.

By road from Manali

Kaza is 201 kilometers from Manali via Rohtang Pass (51 kms.) and Kunzum Pass (115 kms.).

Place to Visit Around

Ki Monastery

Ki Gompa, the largest in the valley, is 11 kms away. Located above Kaza at a height of 4116m, fine murals and valuable collection of Kangyur - ancient Buddhist texts are its main attractions.

Gete and Kibber

Gete at 4270m and Kibber at 4205m are perched on a vast rocky stretch of land and surrounded by mountains of limestone rocks, the view from here is truly breathtaking.


Situated at 4270m, Chandertal is a crystal clear natural lake that lies in a broad grassy plain. Perched between a low ridge and the main Kunzum range, the lake is a wonderful camping site and a spectacular trekking destination.

Dhankar Monastery

Dhankar, the traditional capital of Spiti, is a 30 km/approx 1 hr drive from Kaza. The Hilltop fort here that overlooks the Spiti Valley, used to serve as a jail in earlier times. Today, more than 160 lamas reside here. A statue of Dhyan Buddha where four complete figures of Buddha sit back to back is the main attraction of this more than seven-century old monastery. About an hour’s walk from here on a slightly uphill track is a small lake that sits languidly in a bowl. The size of the lake in the summer varies every year depending on how much snow the catchment area had the revious winter.

Pin Valley National Park

Declared a National Park in 1987; the Pin Valley is located in the cold desert region of Spiti and takes its name from the Pin River. Because of its high altitude (3500 M to over 6000 M) and extreme temperatures, the vegetation in the area is scant and mostly dominated by alpine trees, patches of Himalayan cedar and smatterings of several medicinal plants. It is the natural habitat for a number of endangered animals including the Snow Leopard and the Siberian Ibex and rare birds like the Himalayan Snow Partridge, the Tibetan Snow Finch etc. Pin is the greenest area in Spiti. But one does not get that impression while entering the valley from Attargo on the Tabo- Kaza road, as the first 10 kms are very narrow with steep narrow rock walls rising on both sides. Most of the villages are along the Pin River, the largest tributary of Spiti River, with a catchment area of 2200 sq Kms. The fossil rich soil of the upper valleys; the carpet of lush green pasture dotted with sheep, goats, yaks, horses, herds of Ibex; striking rock faces in myriad hues; snow covered mountains thrusting up the azure skies; all join to create images that leave a lasting impression.

Tabo Monastery

The Tabo village is about 46 Kms from Kaza, on the left bank of the Spiti River. The monastery here- Tabo Gompa, is referred to as, ‘Chogs-hkhor’ (doctrinal Enclave). It is one of the most sacred Trans- Himalayan Buddhist shrines and is endowed with a wealth of wall paintings and stucco images. The gompa complex holds nine temples, 23 chortens, a monks' chamber and an extension that houses the nun’s chamber. On the sheer cliff-face, above the enclave, are a series of caves, used as dwellings by the monks. Founded in 996 AD, by the great translator and teacher, Rinchensang Po, it is the oldest continuously functioning Buddhist monastery in India and the Himalayas, with its original decoration and iconographic program still intact. The Kal Chakra ceremony of Tabo Gompa, conducted in 1996 by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, was witnessed by thousands of people from across the lobe.

Langza- Hikkim

A good trek from Kaza is the Langza- Hikkim- Komic circuit which passes through a virtual treasure trove of fossils, the highest motorable villages at 4460m and highest monastery at 4560m respectively. The panorama from these villages is enthralling and inspiring. The mighty peaks can be seen from here in their full glory. The Chocling La Peak (6510 M) is visible clearly like a Shivalingam from these villages.


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