• Paul Nicodemus

The Fossil Village of Spiti

Updated: Oct 10, 2018

Langza village in the Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh, India, is a cradle of fossils reminding us of the prehistoric times. It possesses a rich reserve of fossils from thousands of years ago when Spiti was undersea. The quaint village reminds of the marine past of the mighty Himalayas.

It is a picturesque high altitude Himalayan village at a height of 4435 meters, set against the scenery of the magnificent Chau Chau Kang Nilda peak. Green meadows, snow-clad peaks and barren landscapes surround the village. The towering golden statue of Buddha stands out from a distance. Inside the village, you will find houses made of mud and most people belong to the Sakyapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism.

Langza is located at a distance of 12 km from Kaza, the sub divisional headquarters of the Spiti Valley in the western Himalayas. It has a motorable road and one can either travel in their own vehicle, take a bus or hike through the mountains. The best time to visit the village is from May to September as snow covers the valley in winter.

Langza Village in Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh, India

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