is in the most northern part of Himachal Pradesh in India, running
parallel to the Tibetan border. Spiti Valley has only been opened
to tourists since 1992.
This website is sub headed 'Eco Tourism' because our objective is
to promote local people and businesses that will incorporate the
Spitian community at large. All moneys paid for services mentioned
on these web pages will go totally and directly to these local people.
International tour operators come and go to Spiti, sometimes bringing
their own tents, food, cooks, guides and leaving only rubbish behind.
They do not support or mix with the community.
Self-sufficiency has been the tradition of the Spitian people and
therefore employment for money is limited. Tourism is one of their
few viable options. By supporting Eco Tourism in Spiti the people
will not have to leave their valley for work which will help to
preserve their unique culture.
All businesses mentioned on these web pages are run by people from
either Spiti, Kinnaur, Shimla, Manali, or Tibet. The advantages
of making bookings through this web site are that you will employ
only local people and you will be welcomed and included into the
lives of the Spitian people.
When you stay in a Spitian homestay not only your hosts will benefit
but many more in the same village. Your money will pay others for
their contributions of food, song, dance and transport etc.
If you have any comments, suggestions or would like to contribute
in any way please contact firstname.lastname@example.org