After entering in Spiti Valley from Kunzum Pass, Lossar is the first village. It is located in Lahaul and Spiti district, Himachal Pradesh, India. It is located near Spiti River. Culture of this place is same that of Tibet. Buddhism culture dominates at this place. Tibetan Style of dresses can be seen here. This place is also known as Little Tibet.
What to see in Lossar: Major attraction of this place is Lossar Gompa. This is a sacred place for the Buddhist monks. During the festival season of this gompa tourists rush is more. Celebrations of this festival include music and dance of the villagers. Lamas and Monks also participate in this dance and music programmes. Other attraction of this festival is Yak dance.
This is one of the best places for natural lovers. It is surrounded by glacial mountain ranges, large spread meadows, Spiti River. This is the starting point for trekking to Chandra Tal. Shopping lovers can have wooden crafts, woollen jackets, Caps, Shawls and art works. Across India demand for Pure Pashmina Shawls is huge.
What to see around Lossar:
Ki Monastery: In the Spiti Valley this is the largest monastery. This monastery is famous for wind instruments, stucco images, rare manuscripts, thangkas, and murals. This monastery is dates back to 1000 years. This is the best place for Pasada Style of architecture. It consists of 3 floors. Small rooms in the monastery are allotted to monks. Underground is used as storage and Ground Floor is used as assembly hall. It is located 57kms away from Lossar.
Kaza: It is the base point for trekking. Places to visit in Kaza are Hikkim Monastery and Sa Kya Pa Sect monastery. It is located 57kms away from Lossar.
Dhankar Monastery: Main intension to build this fort is to to keep an eye on enemies and enjoy the Spiti Valley by seeing from this place. Old temple in Dhankar is known as Lha O Pa Gompa.
Pin Valley: It is located on the banks of river Pin. Major activities in this place are archery competitions and Horse racing. Most of the tourists attracts towards Chamurti Horses. It is a part of Spiti Valley.
Kunzam Pass: Height is 4590 meters above the sea level. It is the gateway to Spiti Valley. It offers best view of Shigri Parbat. It is located 17kms away from Lossar.
Langza: It is located 67kms away from Lossar. Langza is known as maritime fossils.
Lahaul Valley: Major attraction of this valley is Greenery. Gateway to Lahaul is Rohatang Pass. It is located 58kms away from Lossar
Getting to Lossar: There are two ways to reach Lossar, one way is from Manali and other way is from Shimla. The route from Shimla to kaza via Lossar remains open between May to October. Nearest railway station is located Jogindernagar. Nearest broad gauge railway stations are Chandigarh and Shimla. Taxis and buses are available from the railway station to Lossar. By airways Spiti can be reached either from Shimla or from Manali. Nearest airports are located at Manali and Shimla.
Getting around Lossar: Lossar can explore on foot. Buses and Jeeps are available to visit the surrounding places of Lossar.
Best time to visit Lossar: Best time to visit Lossar is from May to October.
Where to stay in Lossar: Budget hotels are available to stay in Lossar. HP tourism guest house is also available here.
Where to eat in Lossar: Limited restaurants are available here. Tibetan and Indian Food are available to eat.