The largest township in Lahaul Valley and Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh, Kaza boasts of high mountains with snowy crowns, crystal clear rivers, streams and barren splendor interspersed with patches of green. Kaza is known for its colorful festivals and the Sakya Tangyud Monastery.
Perched high up at an altitude of close to 12,000 feet, Kaza is a remote village in the Spiti valley of Himachal Pradesh. Surrounded by cold, snow-clad mountains on all sides, silence prevails in this place at all times. It’s one of those places where a traveller can sit and enjoy stunning views for hours, and experience the slow and relaxed way of life for a few days. With a predominant Buddhist population, Kaza is home to the 14th century Tangyud Gompa, which is built beautifully in the form of an ancient fortified castle. The mud walls of the gompa are massive in size and slanted in shape. There are battlements with vertical red ochre and white vertical stripes. Located at the edge of a deep canyon, the gompa offers unparalleled views of Kaza and the surrounding landscape.
Kaza is a popular tourist place in the Lahaul and Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh. It is divided into two areas-the old Kaza and the new Kaza, while the old kaza is called Kaza Khas and comprises king’s palace, monasteries, gompas, and ancient buildings, the new Kaza is called Kaza Soma and houses government offices, hotels & restaurants. Tourists from all over the world visit this stunning destination to get a glimpse of the beautiful mountain terrains and pristine locals that also offer adventurous activities such as trekking, mountaineering, etc.
There are three most popular trails from Kaza that conects to the lovely villages around here, plunged in a rich natural beauty of the Spiti Valley. Also, available here are some very ancient and exquisite monasteries and gompas that depict the culture and tradition of Kaza. One can easily reach this amazing spot from the Kinnaur Valley and Lahaul Valley. The route from Kinnaur Valley is most appropriate as it remains open throughout the year, while the Lahaul Valley route opens only during the summer as the Kunzum Pass closes during winter.
Temperature: These days, Kaza is averaging a maximum of minus five degree celsius and a minimum of minus 15 degree celsius.
How to reach: The best way to reach Kaza is by road. The village is located at a distance of 115 km from Manali, which takes six hours to cover if one travels by a hired cab. Another option is to avail the bus service from Shimla, which takes one to the place via Kinnaur. The 412-kilometre-long route from Shimla to Kaza is open only between the months of May and October.