Sissu is a picturesque village located in the Lahaul Valley of Himachal Pradesh, India. Known for its stunning landscapes, serene ambiance, and cultural richness, snow clad mountains. Sissu offers a wonderful travel experience for nature enthusiasts, adventure seekers, and those looking to immerse themselves in local culture.
Sissu and Lahaul valley is not known to many people as mostly people are aware of Manali in Himachal. Manali is on the top list of every person. People plan their trip to Manali only and but trust me ditch Manali and plan your trip to Sissu, you will ove it! Explore this beautiful destination by just crossing Atal Tunnel. Here’s a travel guide to help you make the most of your trip to Sissu:
1. How to Reach
Sissu is located just 40 kms away from Manali on the Leh-Manali Highway, 6 kms from Atal Tunnel. It is easily accessible by road. You can take volvo till Manali and book taxi or cab from there to reach Sissu. We took volvo from Manali and reach Sissu by cab. It was a beautiful road journey with amazing views. You can reach Sissu by Air and rail as well. The closest airport is Bhuntar Airport (Kullu-Manali Airport), and the nearest railway station is Joginder Nagar Railway Station.
2. Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Sissu is during the summer months of May to June and September to October. During these months, the weather is pleasant, and the roads are generally open, allowing easy access to the village. Winters (November to April) can be extremely cold and challenging due to heavy snowfall and road closures.
Sissu offers a range of accommodation options, including guesthouses, lodges, and camps. These accommodations provide basic amenities and a cozy stay amidst the natural beauty of the region. We stayed at Hotel Alyas Sissu, our stay was great. This hotel is located at good location offering stunning views of the Sissu waterfall and food is also good.
4. Things to Do
While it’s a relatively small destination, there are several wonderful things to do in and around Sissu. You can try multiple things in Sissu village to collect some unforgettable memories of your trip.
• Trek to Sissu Waterfall
• Enjoy boating at Sissu lake
• Visit Geyphan Temple
• Go for nature walks
• Witness amazing landscapes
• Take hot air balloon ride
• Day trip to Keylong
• Day trip to Baralacha La pass
Read here for detailed information on things to do in Sissu.
5. Travel Tips
Carry warm clothing, even during summer, as temperatures can drop significantly, especially in the evenings. Pack clothes in layers including cotton tees, light jackets, heavy woollens. Also, wear clothes in layering so that you can easily remove or add on clothes according to weather condition. Stay hydrated and carry some snacks while traveling, as the journey through mountainous terrain can be tiring. Respect local customs and traditions. Check road conditions and weather forecasts before embarking on your journey, especially during the winter months.
8. Safety Precautions
Altitude sickness can be a concern due to the high elevation. Being at the height, there may be chances of AMS. Have you ever noticed or felt short of breath, dizziness, headache, vomitting? I am sure you must have came across such situations while travelling. Acclimatization is the reason. Therefore, it is important to take medicine before and keep yourself hyderated. We have consulted our doctor and took AMS medicine – Diamox as prescribed by him.
Exploring Sissu will not only expose you to the natural beauty of the region but also allow you to witness the simple yet rich lifestyle of the local inhabitants. Enjoy the tranquility, capture stunning vistas, and create unforgettable memories in this hidden gem of Himachal Pradesh.