A Look At Langza: Spiti's Fossil Village

A Look At Langza: Spiti's Fossil Village
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The hamlet may not be home to many inhabitants, but fossils from 200 million years ago can be found in abundance

OT Staff
December 01 , 2022
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The hamlet may not be home to many inhabitants, but fossils from 200 million years ago can be found in abundance
Situated at an altitude of 14,500 ft, Spiti's Langza Village paints a surreal image. The village includes diverse scapes, with barren cascading plains dotted with green pastures and snow-capped peaks. 
Like most villages in Spiti, Langza also finds itself divided between upper and lower parts. The latter is called Langza Yongma, and the former is Langza Gongma. It is scarcely populated, with only around 100 or a few more inhabitants occupying the white houses dotting the area. 
However, the village is known for much more than picturesque views and starry skies. More than 200 million years ago, Langza and the surrounding villages of Spiti were submerged under the ancient Tethys ocean. 
But 50 million years ago, the ocean disappeared when the Himalayan range and the Tibetan plateau rose due to the collision between Laurasia and Gondwana. All one can find of reality epochs ago are fossils of marine animals. 
Even if one does not possess archaeological knowledge or skills, one can dig up fossils from beneath the ground across Langza. 
The remote village of Langza, situated 16 km from Kaza, is known for its hostile and rough terrain, which only gets more challenging to navigate during winter. 
The grand Buddha statue looks over the whole village from atop a hill. It is undoubtedly the image the little hamlet is recognised by. One needs to set on a 10-minute hike to reach the statue. 
The landscape is akin to an impressionist painting, with brown cascading valleys carpeted with stretches of green. From here, one can get the best of the mighty Chau Chau Kang Nilda Peak, the tallest peak in the region.
Langza is a paradise for stargazers. As the sun sets, the sky is sequinned with shining stars. It's common to be able to spot the Milky Way from here. 
The village is best known for fossils of marine animals and plants left behind millions of years ago. Featured is an ammonite fossil, which can be found lying around like it may be pebbles. 

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