21 Facts about Lahaul Spiti that you probably don’t know

 The district of Lahaul-Spiti in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh consists of the two formerly separate districts of Lahaul and Spiti. The present administrative centre is Keylong in Lahaul. The district was formed in 1960Kunzum la or the Kunzum Pass (altitude 4,551 m; 14,931 ft) is the entrance pass to the Spiti Valley from Lahaul. It is 21 km from Chandra Tal. This district is connected to Manali through the Rohtang Pass. To the south, Spiti ends 24 km from Tabo, at the Sumdo where the road enters Kinnaur and joins with National Highway No. 22. The language, culture, and populations of Lahaul and Spiti are closely related. Generally the Lahaulis are of Tibetan and Indo-Aryan Hindu descent, while the Spiti Bhot are more similar to the Tibetans, owing to their proximity to Tibet. Most of the Lahaulis follow a combination of Hinduism and Tibetan Buddhism of the Drukpa Kagyu order, while the Spiti Bhotia follow Tibetan Buddhism of the Gelugpa order.

  1. Before the two districts were merged, Kardang was the capital of Lahaul, and Dhankar the capital of Spiti.
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  2. 2nd Least populous district out of 640 districts in India with a population of 31564, according to 2011 census.
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  3. It is the only district which has seen decrease in its population in past 10 years. It went down to 31564 from 33224 in 2001 which is roughly -5.10% decrease.
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  4. Bara Shigri is the largest glacier located in the state of Himachal Pradesh, India. It is the second longest glacier in Himalaya after Gangotri, both are around 30 km long.
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    The glacier is located in the Chandra Valley of Lahaul. The glacier feeds the Chenab River.

  5. Before the spread of Tibetan Buddhism and Hinduism, the people were adherents of the religion ‘Lung Pe Chhoi‘, an animistic religion that had some affinities with the Bön religion of Tibet.
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  6. The Dalai Lama has expressed his desire to retire to Tabo, since he maintains that the Tabo Monastery is one of the holiest.
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    Dalai Lama

  7. The Mummy of Sangha Tenzin, which is now kept on display in a temple in Gue, is said to be more than 500 years old.
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  8. Tourists from outside India need inner line permits to enter Spiti through Kinnaur.
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  9. January is the coldest period of a year in Kaza town with an average temperature of -45 °C.
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  10.  Marine fossils found in and around Langza village are supposed to be millions of years old.
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  11. Hikkim Village near Kaza is one of the highest year-round inhabited locations in India, with residences from 4330 to 4400 meters.
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  12. Hikkim is credited to have the World’s highest Polling Station.
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  13. It is also credited to have the World’s highest post office. The Pin code is 172114.
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  14. Key monastery is the highest altitude monastery in India at 4166 meters and is second highest in the world.
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  15.  Tabo monastery is referred to as the “Ajanta of the Himalayas” and is also declared as a World heritage site by UNESCO. It is situated at 3500 metres above sea level.
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  16. Tabo monastery was built in 996 AD and is more than 1000 years old.
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  17.  The Lahaul Valley is one of the India’s major disease-free seed potato-producing regions, with more than 90 percent of the produce going to states like West Bengal, Bihar and Karnataka.
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  18.  Lahaul Spiti has the Highest irrigation intensity for the area under the plough in Himachal, which means most of the cultivable land is used for irrigation.
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  19. Lahaul-Spiti has the Highest Per Capita income in the State.
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  20. It also has the Highest incidence of poverty according to the figures released by the State. 43.50 per cent of the total families are living below poverty line.
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    It is in contrast to the above point and the reason is that the wealth distribution is uneven and Lahaul is comparatively more developed and politically strong compared to Spiti.

  21. Lahaul Spiti has the Highest coverage of Social security pensions in the State.
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