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Different people have different ideas of Spiti. Some imagine it as a land of rugged mountainous terrain and a cold desert much like the neighbouring Ladakh region, others as a region dotted with quaint villages, lush green surroundings, rivers, streams and waterfalls, and others still as an arduous adventure destination with unforgiving trek trails. Interestingly, all of these descriptions are on-point. Spiti is all of this and much more. Besides abounding in raw natural beauty, the region is a cultural extravaganza in its own right. The name Spiti, which literally translates to ‘The Middle Land’ owing to it being located between India and Tibet, is the perfect summation of the character this unique land. Influences of Tibetan Buddhist and Indian cultures have so seamlessly blended together that it is hard to tell them apart, giving birth to distinct lifestyle unique to this region. So if a Spiti trip is on…