Spiti Valley is a high-altitude desert valley located in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It is situated at an average altitude of 12,500 feet above sea level and is known for its stark beauty, rugged landscapes, and unique culture.

The Spiti Valley is surrounded by the Himalayas on all sides and is a popular destination for adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers. It is also home to a number of ancient monasteries, including the famous Key Monastery, which is one of the largest Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in the region.

The best time to visit Spiti Valley is during the summer months from May to September, when the weather is mild and the roads are accessible. However, the winter months from November to February can also be a great time to visit for those who want to experience the valley covered in snow.

Some of the popular attractions in Spiti Valley include the villages of Kaza, Dhankar, and Tabo, the Pin Valley National Park, and the Chandratal Lake. The valley is also known for its unique festivals, including the Spiti Winter Carnival and the Spiti Valley Festival, which showcase the region’s rich culture and traditions.


Dedicated road bicycles have drop handlebars and multiple gears, although there are single and fixed gear varieties. Road bikes also use narrow, high-pressure tires to decrease rolling resistance, and tend to be somewhat lighter than other types of bicycle. The drop handlebars are often positioned lower than the saddle in order to put the rider in a more aerodynamic position. In an effort to become more aerodynamic, some riders have begun using aerobars.

And when aerobars where invented is unclear but they seem to date back to the early 1980s. The light weight and aerodynamics of a road bike allows this type of bicycle to be the second most efficient self-powered means of transportation, behind only recumbent bicycles due to the latter’s higher aerodynamic efficiency.

Mountain bikes fitted with slick or semi-slick are also popular for commuters. Though less efficient, the upright riding position allows the cyclist a better view of traffic, and they can also be readily fitted with mudguards, cargo racks and other accessories. Mountain bikes are usually ridden on unpaved roads and tracks but they are not to be confused with cyclocross bikes.

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