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Sissu, Lahaul Valley, Lahaul and Spiti, Himachal Pradesh, 175140
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Sissu also known as Khwaling, is a town situated in the Lahaul Valley of Himachal Pradesh, India. One of the off-beat destinations, Sissu is a magical experience to go through, especially during snowfall when this small village turns into a white paradise covered with blankets of snow all around. Located at an elevation level of 3,150 meters approximately, this village is known for its scenic beauty and tranquil natural surroundings. Earlier the visit to this village was restricted at particular periods, but is now accessible almost throughout the year after the construction of the Atal Tunnel, one of the finest to be built at such an altitude.

Sissu is nestled amidst the breathtaking snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas, offering panoramic views of lush green valleys, glittering rivers, and snow-capped mountains. Sissu has gained popularity for its natural attractions, including the Chandra River, which streams through the village. The river is known for its crystal-clear waters and is a famous spot for picnics and strolls among tourists. The surrounding landscape is adorned with apple orchards, meadows, and vibrant flowers, making it a mesmerizing haven for nature enthusiasts and photographers.

One of the main attractions near Sissu is the Sissu Waterfall, a visual treat to the eyes, formed by the melting water through glaciers cascading down. The waterfall is a sight to behold, especially during the summer months when the water is flowing with full rush. Visitors can witness this majestic sight while enjoying a happening trek toward the waterfall. Sissu also serves as a spot for various adventure activities such as skiing, hiking, etc, providing a delight of thrill for that adrenaline kick.

The village has a small population and delivers a peaceful and soothing atmosphere for those seeking a getaway from the hustling mundane routine of city life. Sissu with its awe-inspiring beauty and surroundings provides you the perfect solace in the laps of the Himalayas and the gifted nature.

What is the best time to visit Sissu?

The best time to visit Sissu is from March to July and September to November.

How to reach Sissu?

Option 1 - Delhi > Karnal > Ambala > Kurali > Rupnagar > Bharatgarh > Kiratpur Sahib > Swarghat > Sundernagar > Mandi > Kullu > Manali > Sissu

Option 2 - Chandigarh > Bharatgarh > Kiratpur Sahib > Swarghat > Sundernagar > Mandi > Kullu > Manali > Sissu

Travel to Manali via any means of transport. From Manali, rent or hire a vehicle to visit. You can also go for HRTC buses that are available from Manali to Sissu at set intervals of time.

How to checklist the journey to Sissu?

There are two options available to visit Sissu:

Option 1 - Manali > Atal Tunnel > Sissu

Option 2 - Reach Rohtang Pass and from the returning route you can visit Sissu.

What permit is required?

A permit will be required if you are visiting Sissu through Rohtang Pass, you can issue this permit either online through or can visit the SDM office in Manali.

Via Atal Tunnel there is no permit required but there are some rules to be followed:

  • Two-wheelers are not allowed.
  • Visiting hours to enter Sissu will be from 10 AM - 3 PM. 
  • You are allowed to visit only if you have an already booked accommodation or plan to stay for the night and not otherwise.

It is advisable to carry your passport for foreigners, ID proof, and passport-size photographs for all, as it can be required at some places such as hotels and guesthouses.

Who should visit Sissu?

  • Adventure sports enthusiasts
  • Photographers
  • Nature lovers
  • People who love snow and winters.
  • Looking for a vacation or picnic trip.
  • For an escape from the city chaos.
  • Budget/ Solo / Backpack travelers.

Who should not visit Sissu?

  • People who can't walk much
  • Have respiratory sickness
  • Intolerant to cold temperatures
  • Luxury seekers
  • Looking for a vibrant nightlife
  • Desiring party ambiance for their vacation

What to do at Sissu?

  • Trekking/ Ziplining/ Camping and more adventure activities 
  • Photography 
  • Create Panoramic and Cinematic shots and videos
  • Observe Nature 
  • Enjoy a vacation away from the city crowd and pollution
  • Enjoy the Snowfall
  • Stargazing
  • Visit the Atal Tunnel and Rohtang Pass.

What are the places to visit near Sissu (2km)? 

  • Sissu Waterfall
  • Sissu Lake
  • Raja Ghepan Temple
  • Sissu Snow Point
  • Sissu Nala Bridge

What is the climate there?

Summer Season - Sissu in summer have pleasant weather with greenery all around shining brightly and making the journey comfortable as it's neither too hot nor cold. The temperature in summer here ranges from 17°C to 35°C. 

Rainy Season - During the rains, this village receives intense rainfalls making the atmosphere cool and humid with green pastures and muddy fragrance and freshness in the environment. The only concern is the roads and surroundings that become wet and slippery to be cautious about.

Winter Season - During winters Sissu will be fully covered with a blanket of snow giving glimpses of the peak beauty of the village. If you wish to go for snowfall this is the best time for it. The temperatures can be extremely cold and freezing in winter in Sissu, dropping below 0°C and even in negatives.

What kind of mobile network is available?

All kinds of mobile networks are available. Jio and Airtel are best to go on with.

What should I carry with me while visiting?

Make sure to carry your medicines, water, essentials, warm clothes and thermals, and comfortable shoes. Gadgets like drones and DSLRs can also be carried if you are interested in capturing scenic views and wonders. You can bring tents if you wish to do camping near the attractions, for some amount of time or as a picnic.

Where to stay?

There are very limited options available at Sissu for stays. One can book a room online which will be much more convenient before visiting. The options available here include dormitories, homestays, and guesthouses.

What to eat at Sissu?

The very preferred eateries here are the food trucks and dhabas which provide staples such as Maggie, Momo, Sidu, Dal Rice, or Rajma Rice, the dishes which will give you a homely taste. There are in-house eateries available too, in some accommodation spots.

When are the shops closed?

The local shops here close between 8:30 PM-9:30 PM.

What are the special events or festivals hosted?

  • Snow Festival
  • Tribal Food Festival
  • Sisu Ski Fest
  • Sissu Fair
  • International Ski and Snowboard Championship 

How much cash should I carry?

You can carry 1000 Rs - 2000 Rs per person, which will be sufficient.

What is expensive and cheap in Sissu?

Some of the accommodations and adventure activities might get expensive.

How to hire or rent any vehicle?

You can hire or rent the desired vehicles through local vendors and agencies.

How to drive and the condition of the road?

The roads are smooth and clear to drive, the problem that can occur is only when the roads are covered with snow as it can get slightly difficult to lead ahead.

Where to park the car?

There are parking spots available near and around where you can park your vehicles.

What are the problems tourists may face?

  • Cold and freezing weather temperatures
  • Network Issues
  • Slippery roads
  • Roadblocks due to heavy snowfall
  • Respiratory issues
  • Rare availability of ATMs and Petrol Pumps.
  • Altitude Sickness

What are the safety measures to be taken?

  • Carry your medicines and all the essentials.
  • Wear comfortable shoes/boots.
  • Keep cash with yourself, due to the rare availability of ATMs.
  • Keep your gadgets such as phones, earphones, etc., safe while going for any adventure sport.
  • Carry warm and woolen clothes, the weather can be extremely cold.
  • Have maps and other necessary documents/contacts available offline on your phones.

What not to do?

  • Don't litter and pollute the area.
  • Don't walk too fast or run on the roads, especially on the snowy trails/roads.
  • Don't drive rashly.
  • Don't make any kind of noise pollution through loud noises and music.
  • Don't smoke or consume alcohol, as it can affect your respiration while hiking/trekking or while visiting any high-altitude region.
  • Don't disrespect the values and beliefs of the natives.
  • Don't be out till dark or late at night, the weather can turn freezing and surroundings difficult to trace.
How many days will be enough for sightseeing?

Overall, 1-2 days will be enough to visit the entirety of Sissu, also if possible keep an extra day as a spare, so as to manage your itinerary, if it gets affected by the change in weather.

What is the best way for sightseeing?

The best way for sightseeing is preferably by walking, also if you wish, you can opt for bikes or taxis to wander around. To explore Sissu, daytime will be the most suitable as it is bright around and manageable.

Where is the Tourist information office? 

Himachal Tourist Information Center, Manali, Himachal Pradesh 175101.

Which are the nearest Hospitals?

There aren't many of the best hospitals/medical services available in Sissu, as it's a snow-clad region with very few people to stay in, with nothing much of an infrastructure. It's advisable to carry your own medical kit in case of any emergency or you can visit the hospitals around the Lahaul and Kullu district respectively.

  • District Hospital Keylong
  • Primary Health Centre 
  • True Care Hospital
  • Community Health Centre

Which is the nearest police station?

Koksar Police Station, Leh Manali Highway, KOKSAR, Himachal Pradesh 175140

Who to contact if you are in trouble?

You can contact the nearest police station, or your hotel manager, or can get help from local people.


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