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15 important facts about Sissu in Lahaul, Himachal Pradesh

Sissu is a small village located in the Lahaul Valley of Himachal Pradesh, India. It is become more and more a day trip place for those coming to Manali. Here are some facts about the place:

1. Sissu Geography

Sissu is also known as Khwaling. The place is situated at an elevation of approximately 3,100 meters (10,170 feet) above sea level. It is surrounded by beautiful snow-capped mountains, making it a picturesque destination.

2. Location

It is located on the right bank of Chandra River. It is located on the banks of the Chandra River, which is a tributary of the Chenab River. The region is known for its stunning natural beauty, with lush green valleys, gushing rivers, and breathtaking landscapes.

3. It is situated at 3,120 m (10,235 ft) above sea level.  

4. The village Sissu is surrounded by snow-capped mountains, glacial rivers, waterfalls, and  roads lined with willow and poplar trees. 

5. It is the location which is ideal to get a glimpse of the daily lives and the Buddhist culture and architecture of Lahaul valley. 

6. The locals are very friendly and it is very common to be invited for food by  residents. 

7. The place forms a base and a gateway to 3 major destinations in the Himalayas – Ladakh,  Lahaul and Spiti. 

8. Access

The best time to visit is between April–August. The village is well-connected to other parts of Himachal Pradesh through roadways. The nearest town is Keylong, which is about 22 kilometers (14 miles) away. Manali, a popular tourist destination, is approximately 90 kilometers (56 miles) from the place.

9. Tourism

It also has a Helipad and an adjacent Lake, which is a major tourist attraction. The place is gaining popularity among tourists due to its serene and untouched surroundings. It offers opportunities for trekking and exploring the scenic beauty of the Himalayas. The snow-covered peaks, meadows, and waterfalls attract nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts.

10.  Buddhist Monastery:

It is known for its various nature trails with an amazing view of mountains, rivers,  valleys, lakes and waterfalls. The place is home to a beautiful Buddhist monastery called Gyephang Gompa. The monastery is adorned with vibrant colours and intricate artwork, providing visitors with a glimpse into the local culture and beliefs.

11. Local Culture

Activities to do are trekking, hiking, camping, road trip, stargazing, rock climbing, etc. The inhabitants of the place are predominantly of Tibetan descent and follow Tibetan Buddhism. The village offers a glimpse into the unique traditions, customs, and lifestyle of the local people.


12. Adventure Activities: 

During spring season, the green pastures and potato and cauliflower fields are in full bloom. The place is a gateway to several high-altitude trekking trails, including the famous Hampta Pass and Baralacha-La. These treks attract adventure seekers from around the world who wish to explore the Himalayan region.

13. The major attractions are Sissu Lake, Sissu Waterfall, Raja Ghepan Temple, Ghepan  Lake Spiti.  

14. It is a small town in the Lahaul valley of Himachal Pradesh in India.  

15.  Weather: 

It is around 40 km from Manali. Many of tourist take Manali-Sissu trip to enjoy their trip.

The weather in the place can be challenging and unpredictable, especially during winters. Snowfall is common, and the temperatures can dip below freezing point. The summer season, from May to September, is relatively mild and pleasant.

Overall, the place is a hidden gem in the Himalayas, offering stunning natural beauty, cultural richness, and adventurous experiences for those who visit.

Text by Ashutosh Kumar 

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