Situated at an altitude of 3600 meter above sea level on left bank of river Spiti, Kaza is presently the headquarters of Spiti sub division. Translated, ‘Spiti’ means the ‘middle country’ – a name obviously given as a result of its ties with both India and Tibet. With freckles of green over a dry, weather-beaten face, Spiti is a cold desert where the monsoon rain never comes. It is characterised by stark beauty, narrow valleys and high mountains. A century ago, Rudyard Kipling called Spiti “a world within a world” and a “place where the gods live” – a description that holds true to the present day.