Himachal Pradesh has a gem located in it that goes by the name of Lahaul Spiti. The region is interesting because it retains a lot of its culture. The region is as unique as it is beautiful.
Lahual spiti is home to some rare customs.
- The people there practice polyandry. The brothers may share their wife with her consent just like Draupadi.
- Sex with consent is not looked down upon in any way. Anybody is free to have sex without judgement.
- Furthermore, if a boy or girl decide to get married, he may fake kidnap her while she struugles but later goes along and a party is held in celebration. The next day, the boys family offers liquor to the girls parents as an apology which is accepted along with a wedding.
- A woman has equal rights over the property of her family – a widowed woman has a right to her husbands property while an unmarried sister shares equal rights with her brothers
Here are some popular places you can visit when you are there:
1. THE GIU MUMMY:
A 500 year old mummy of a buddhist monk was found burried under an avalanche and is now inside a glass cabin converted shrine for all to see
2. THE KEY MONASTRY:
Overlooking the Spiti River, the most beautiful monastery The Key Monastery is 4100m high and dates back to the 11th century. Witness the early morning chanting and the ornate prayer hall while experiencing a beautiful ambience.
The best time to visit this moon shaped colour changing river is between noon and 4PM. Try walking around the lake to witness its beauty from all sides.
4. Kunzum Pass:
Open only till July, the only way you can go is when the glaciers decide to let you! The 15000 feet high Kumzum pass is beautiful as you pass. A milestone surrounded by Buddhist prayer flags will let you know when you’ve entered the pass.
5. Spiti River:
With water that comes from melting glaciers and other rivers feeding into it, the spiti river looks like a paradise. Most villages and monasteries for thousands of year have settled here. If the weather permits, go for a swim or try out the mud baths that take place there.