| Langza Village - A Brief Introduction |
Langza is a small village situated at the base of “Chau Chau Kang Nilda” mountain, which is also known as the “princess mountain”. The Langza village is situated on two hills and is divided into upper Langza Gongma and lower Langza Yongma. There are a few homestays in the village, which are comfortable enough. Water is very scarce is the village. Due to this most of the homestays have a dry composting toilet. This is an Eco friendly solution to human waste and saves a lot of water. Slowly in the previous few years, Langza has become popular amongst the travellers coming to Spiti valley for a variety of reasons.
Langza Village Attractions :
The Lang :
There is an ancient temple known as Lang in the village from which “Langza” derives its name. This ancient Lang is believed to be the home of all the Dieties of Spiti Valley.
The Giant Budha Statue:
The Langza village also has a giant statue of Budha which according to local beliefs protects the village from all evil. This iconic Budha statue has become a famous landmark for Langza.
Langza village is famous for huge quantities of fossils found here. Because of this the village is also known as the “Fossil Village”. It is believed that Spiti was once submerged under the Tethys sea and this is the reason for the abundance of these marine fossils in Langza village. The locals call these fossils “Chaudua”. Also, there is a local fossil centre called the “Chauda Centre” where you can find a collection of fossils.
The Zama pottery done in the Langza village is a local speciality. Black soil collected from the valley is used to create various items by the villagers. Items made from Zama Pottery can be purchased from the villagers. It recommended to purchase local handmade items to support the local livelihood. This way you’ll also take a part of the Himalayas back home with you.
Langza Village - Nearby Attractions
There are two high altitude lakes situated near Langza village. One is Tsonyeti lake, which is situated at an height of 4526 metres. The other one is Chumo Tso lake which is a little bigger than Tsonyeti lake. The altitude of Chumo tso lake is 4619 metres above sea level. Both of these lakes are reachable after 2 – 4 hours walk depending on your experience. However it is recommended to take a local with you if going first time.
How to Reach Langza village
The only way to reach Langza village is by road. It is one of the highest villages connected by a motorable road. There are no flights to Langza nor any trains to Langza village. Via road the distance from Kaza to Langza is 16 kms approx. Alternatively, one can also trek to Langza from Kaza for which the distance would be around 8 Kms.
Accommodation / Hotels in Langza
There are a very few accommodation options in Langza. As per now there are no Hotels in Langza. There are a few homestays in Langza village which are run by the humble locals. One important thing to note is that in most of the homestays the toilet is outside of the homestay and is a dry compost toilet, which is basically a hole in the ground. So if you expect a luxurious stay, it would be better to stay at Kaza and visit Langza only during the day. For those of you who want to experience the real Himalayan life in the Langza village, we recommend one night stay in Langza as well. Just send us an enquiry with your requirements and we’ll try our best to provide a nice Spiti valley package.
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