Spiti Valley is a cold desert mountain valley located high in the Himalayan region in the north-eastern part of the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, India.
The Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh, India is unique due to the presence of Tethyan sediments that are exposed and have abundance of fossils that makes it a rich and valuable geoheritage site. Geotourism based on the geoheritage sites render geographical sense of place and is of paramount significance in the study area. The research focuses upon the study of various existing tourist hot spots and potential geoheritage site.s. The main objective of the study is to assess the human response(geotourism) to the diversity of existing and potential geoheritage sites in the area. The study is largely based on the field work conducted in the study area between 20014-19 in which data has been collected through structured questionnaire survey, observation and in-depth interviews and SWOT analysis has been done accordingly. The locations of geoheritage sites have been marked using Global positioning System (GPS) and an overlay map has been prepared using Arc Map 10 (GIS software). Overall, the major issue is the lack of geoconservation policy and inaccessibility which needs to be addressed with better management efforts such as fossil park or geo-park establishment.
In his travel documentary Dr. Krishnanand explains the geological formations and geographical understanding of SPITI VALLEY giving insights to the middle country i.e. Spiti Valley.
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