Sakya Abode is one of the finest places to stay in Spiti Valley. The enriching experience you get at this hotel is just too good to be real. Every time I travel to Spiti Valley, there is no other place where I stay than Sakya Abode or Snow Lion
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I rarely stay at some hotel or guest house twice but Sakya Abode Kaza – Spiti Valley is one such place I love most that every time I am in Kaza, I stay only with Sakya Abode or Sakya Homestay or Snow Lion or Kumphen. All of them run by a gem of a person named Tsering who not only believes in cultural values of Spiti but respect the environment, tourism and concern about doing his bit for local society, equally. Spiti Valley has its head quarters in Kaza and due to which it has varied number of hotels or guest houses or home stays suiting to various budgeting needs. However, what makes Sakya Abode Kaza so special is that it is value for money, the locals running it are concern about their surroundings & respect it and above all the warmest of hospitality you will receive from Tsering and his staff including motu bhai 🙂 🙂
So, if you are traveling to Spiti Valley and looking for a decent, value for money stay in Kaza for you or your family where you find yourself lost among many options on offer, then believe me and head to Sakya Abode Kaza or Sakya Home Stay any given day or time when you are in Spiti Valley. It is such a nice place to stay at the price on offer that we recently awarded Sakya Abode, our DoW Community’s: Devil’s Den Award too. Along with Sakya Abode, Tsering also runs couple of home stays by the name of Sakya Home stays, one hotel named Kumphen which is almost there in the complex of Sakya Tangyud Monastery in Kaza and one hotel named Snow Lion. All three of them are near to each other and have separate kitchens.
Like I have said, there are many options of stay in Kaza but today I will share my enriching experience of Sakya Abode and Sakya Home stays I had over last few years of my visit to Spiti Valley…
Despite being popular among many travellers, Sakya Abode & its home stays continues to offer better and better quality topped with great hospitality with every passing year… Hats off to the dedication & efforts put in by Tsering & his team to continuously offer this enriching experience to the travellers in Himalayas. All this comes at a great VFM price range of Rs 1000-1300 per day based on the season and time you traveling. With the experience of staying at so many properties in Himalayas over last 5 years, I can easily say that it is quite decent in return of the enriching experience you live at Sakya Abode including the hospitality and support on offer to you The only concern I see is the limited room sizes sometimes and hence, if you planning to fit in way too many in one room, it could be difficult prospect. Max of 3 will be comfortable with extra bed on floor. However, since it (including Home Stays) is built on traditional grounds & architecture, it is much warmer than other properties run by Tsering in Kaza including Snow Lion & Kumphen.
I will start writing the detailed travel tale of my last winter trip to White Spiti Valley soon but before that let me share the detailed review of Sakya Abode Kaza. Those who are not aware of Spiti Valley & how to reach there can of course check out couple of articles linked here and here.
Complete review of Sakya Abode Kaza – Spiti Valley
First and foremost, as my trademark saying goes pictures are better than a thousand words…
Price & Bookings
You can get in touch with Sakya Abode using the below contact details:
- Tsering: +91-9418208987
- Here is the email where you can get connected with them: firstname.lastname@example.org
The price ranges from Rs 1000-1300 per day based on the season and time you traveling. You can refer my name or DoW name and I am sure whatever best price Tsering can offer you will be given to you. He is more than a friend to me, so I can assure he will be able to offer best he can for you 🙂
As you reach Kaza, keep going straight on Kaza – Losar road. Just before the Sakya Tangyud Monastery or Kaza Petrol pump, Sakya Abode lies on the road towards left. The Kumphen lies in the complex of Sakya Tangyud Monastery and Snow Lion comes first, left on road as you are moving towards Monastery before crossing the bridge over the stream. Sakya Abode and Snow Lion are opposite of each other with water stream separating them.
Parking has to be done on road for Sakya Abode, but you will find a safe place somewhere near the hotel to park your car.
Personal Experience at Sakya Abode Kaza
Like I said above, my experience has always been fantastic every time I stayed with Tsering in Sakya Abode or his home stay or at Snow Lion. Apart from Tsering, all the members in the team I have interacted with including the ever so nice Motu Bhai, have been very helpful, supportive and were always present there whenever there was any need. The rooms especially in Sakya Abode and home stays were very cosy despite cold conditions of October and even March too.
I have always loved the way the dining of Sakya Abode has been setup and wonderfully done giving it to an extent a feel of an authentic Himalayan dining room of Spiti. There is a small setup of Internet Cafe too in the dining room itself. Market is also at walking distance if you know the right short cuts, else by road you need to take your car.
Rooms in the guest house are small, basic YET quite comfortable, nice, very cosy and of course, very clean. The best thing was at such a remote location you are getting such kind of homely experience, which is a kind of luxury in itself for a person like me. Rooms are small (but can fit 3 people) with attached bathroom having hot water supply and on request room heaters can be arranged.
If somehow you could not get booking or room at Sakya Abode or his Home stay or Kumphen then first three rooms of Snow Lion (branch of Sakya Abode) are much cosy than other rooms, so prefer them over others.
In case of Sakya Home Stay, you will need to come down to restaurant or dining room of Snow Lion Hotel for food.
Quality of food is quite good and homely. The cook especially at Sakya Abode Kaza has a great gift to cook some delicious food. I loved the food there and in fact we had food always in the hotel itself, sharing some gup-shups with Motu bhai or Tsering bhai. Motu bhai is just a call away and will always be present for you to take care of anything required, a bit shy but very helpful 🙂 🙂
An ample garden or lawn space is also present in Sakya Abode, good to bask in the sun on a cold day and read some good books they have available for reading in their hotels.
Well for booze lovers, Liquor shop is there in Kaza market but do take care and be away from liquor in initial days so as to acclimatize properly. Otherwise, liquor can hamper the acclimatization which can lead to AMS.
Hospitality we received from Tsering has always been exceptional. They always took care of most of our on the fly requests too. Thanks to them that they even opened the hotel just for me and my friend when I went there in March this year in difficult circumstances of extreme cold and lack of their staff too. They were always present there for us, no matter what and took extremely good care of us in such extreme cold. It was hard to believe in this unreal world but that is what we went through 🙂 🙂 … Tsering also guided us for executing our DoW Causes, a step towards Responsible Travel by DoW, in the villages of Lalung and Kibber. You can read about these causes at the links DoW Cause | GYAAN 500 in action at Lalung, Spiti Valley and DoW Cause | GYAAN 500 in action at Kibber, Spiti Valley
For any medical assistance, you will have to approach the Hospital in Kaza which is very near to Sakya Abode, hardly 5-10 minutes of walk. In case of extreme emergency you need to get to Shimla mostly or Reckong Peo whichever is suggested by doctors in Kaza. Locals in all over Spiti Valley rely on the hospital facilities of Kaza.
There is an SBI ATM in Kaza and for all the SBI Account Holders, the adjacent branch of SBI has also installed couple of POS where also you can withdraw money in case ATM is facing some issues.
Kaza also has an Indian Oil petrol pump, very near to Sakya Abode, which they claim to be the highest petrol pump in the world 🙂 …
Activities and Attraction In-Around Sakya Abode Kaza
Kaza is considered as the base for exploring entire Spiti Valley, so there is no dearth of places or attractions to visit around. You can pay a visit to Ki, Kibber, Hikkim, Komik, Langza, Pin Valley, Dhangkar, Tabo, Gete, Tashigang, etc.. It needs an entire dedicated Travel Guide to list them all and provide details. I am working on that comprehensive travel guide, should be up in couple of months.
Then, you can try some Hikes to near by villages as well from Kaza. If interested, you can also try Mountain Biking, Camping, Rafting in Spiti River and gears/equipment for such activities are available for rent too at Sakya Abode or they can arrange. In fact Rafting in Spiti Valley has been started by Tsering only. They can arrange the downhill mountain biking rides too for you, if required 🙂
In the end, I will again say that Sakya Abode Kaza is a great Value for money option for stay in Spiti Valley in terms of return you get from the stay, support of staff and decent food. Hospitality is one of the best you will receive and being one of the properties to have bagged our community’s Devil’s Den Award, you will surely be getting an enriching experience in Himalayas of Spiti Valley 🙂 🙂
I just hope that as more and more people visit Spiti Valley, Sakya Abode Kaza continues to provide this excellence in hospitality and amazing services to the people traveling to this part of Himalayas.