An enchanting drive through the ancient civilization of Spiti Valley and mesmerizing view of the breathtaking landscapes.
9 Nights/10 Days
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Best Season to Travel
The inhabitants of this area live a very simple life. For most parts the seasons change happens quite dramatically and the people living in the high altitude terrain have to keep moving in case the weather conditions become unbearable to live through. Even then each season has its own charm. The pro travellers may not be inclined to visit Spiti valley during peak tourist season which is :
May to October
Highlights of Spiti Valley Tour
Himachal Pradesh terrains are blessed with amazingly beautiful natural landscape. The 2 sublime rivers Beas and Sutlej flow through the beautiful valleys of this hill station enhancing the country’s view. Lahaul & Spiti Valley due to it’s proximity to the Himalayas are the 2 districts which have become a preferred tourist destination in the recent years.
1) Comfortable Travel – Comfortable drive in a comfortable car for all 10 days of your Travel journey. You will drive through both the highways – Shimla – Kaza Highway & Kaza – Manali Highway which covers the entire distance and offers best view of Spiti valley.
2) Best Camping facilities – Camping experience at Sangla Lake & Chandratal Lake are arranged in comfortable & well equipped fixed Swiss style tents.
3) Monasteries & Gompas – Buddhism is primarily followed in this part of the country. The influence of Buddhism is strong throughout the trans Himalayan region. A detailed information on Buddhism, monasteries or Gompas in Spiti Valley can be found at this link for those interested to know more.
4) Hot Sulphur Springs – The Hot sulphur springs at Vashisht is around 6 km away from Manali town in Kullu district. Many tourists visit Vashisht to take a dip into this hot water spring for religious purpose.
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Day 1 - Bangalore - Chandigarh - Shimla (at 7,238feet)
Reach Chandigarh via your preferred mode of transport. The car & your friendly driver will meet you at the Chandigarh Airport around 2 pm. The road drive from Chandigarh to Shimla will cover 112 km and will take 3 to 4 hours approx.
Shimla is the capital of Himachal Pradesh & was the summer capital of British governance during pre Independence era. The city is named after a Hindu goddess "Shyamala Devi" believed to be an incarnation of Goddess Kali. One can almost sense the influence of British Raj quite permeated deep down here in it's retro culture and looking at the bazaars. Cars are banned from the main town. It's quite a harmonious blend of local hill town & touristy holiday areas.
The drive to Shimla is quite a comfortable one. This is an important part of the journey as staying in Shimla allows your body enough time to adapt to the altitude and get ready for the journey ahead. Overnight stay at Shimla.
Day 2 - Shimla - Sarahan - Sangla - Chitkul (at 8,900 feet)
At 8 am we start our journey towards Sarahan in a comfortable car. Sarahan, a small villagein Himachal Pradesh is famous for Bhima Kali Temple. The temple is about 180 km from Shimla & is one of 51 Shakti Peethas. At a distance of about 7 km from Sarahan is River Sutluj.The Bhima Kali Temple was an important religious center during the 18th century. During religious ceremonies, human sacrifices were carried out to appease the Gods here. This ancient form of worshiping is no longer followed here though animal sacrifices are still common during religious events.
After Sarahan we move towards Sangla Valley. Sangle Valley or Baspa Valley is a part of Kinnaur and inhabited by Kinnauris. The main source of their livelihood is Agriculture and this is the area where "world's best quality apples" are grown . The valley remains closed for 6 months during winter when the snowfall is heavy.The drive along the Sangla valley is exquisitely beautiful. Sangla is known as "Land of Gods" no doubt for it's picturesque & breathtaking locales. The Sutluj river flows through the valley giving the travellers a sense of peace & harmony within.
After lunch we drive towards Chitkul - often called as the last Indian village. The extensive Nila range where the greenish blue Baspa River originates marks India on one side and Tibet on the other. At a height of 3450 m, Chitkul is picture perfect locale. After the tour of Chitkul, we drive back to Sangla.Overnight at Sangla camps.
Day 3 - Chitkul - Kalpa - Nako (at 12,000 feet)
We start our journey at 8 am towards Kalpa, a small town in the Sutlej river valley in Himachal Pradesh. This village is inhabited by Kinnauri natives and is famous for the apple orchards. The locals here follow both Hinduism & Buddhism and over the period of years have blended both the practices. There are many temples here dedicated to both Hindu & Buddhist Gods & Goddesses. It is a legend here that Kalpa was the winter home of Lord Shiva due to it's enthralling majestic view of Kinner Kailash and Jorkandan Peaks looming right above the village.
After Kalpa the landscape changes from green mountains to desert mountains as we continue our journey through Kinnaur. We drive on the Hindustan - Tibet Highway often called as the most treacherous and beautiful road. We drive through Puh, which is the last fuel station on the road before Kaza towards Nako.
Nako is a beautiful village in the Himalayas. This village is located near Indo-China border in the norther part of Himalayas. The famous Nako lake which is an oval shaped lake forms part of the boundary of Nako village. The sight of Nako lake is quite breathtaking and pristine. The lake freezes during the winters and is used as a hub for Ice skating by pro travellers. Nako village is the embodiment of Buddhish culture and traditions evident through the presence of various monasteries and practices of the locals.Overnight stay in a Guest House near Nako Lake.
Day 4 - Nako - Tabo - Dhankar - Kaza (at 12,774 feet)
We start our jorney towards Tabo at 8 am from the Nako Lake Guest House. The highlight of sighseeing at Tabo is the Monastery which is more than 1010 years old and has a collection of precious Thangka paintings including the famous Pillar of a thousand Buddhas. The entry of this monastery compound is made up of earthern walls with a dark interior, shading the many marvelous and colorful frescoes inside. The paintings depict the life cycle of The Buddha and legendary tales from the Jataka Tales and were made in Tibetan style by the artists from Kashmir. The Tabo Monastery is also known as the Ajanta of the Himalayas is listed by UNESCO as the World Heritage site.
From Tabo we head towards Dhankar. Dhankar used to be a capital of Spiti Valley at an altitude of 12,774 feet above sea level. It is situated mid way between Kaza & Tabo, slightly off the route on top of a steep sided mountain ridge jutting out of the valley. We will easily spend few hours just marveling at this fascinating place full of history & tradition. The Dhankar Fort & Monastery are the highlights of this village. A short trek from Dhankar, lies Dhankar Lake,at an altitude of 13,570 feet in the middle of hills. You can attempt this short trek if you have the interest or the energy to sustain the high altitude climb.
We drive to Kaza from here and stay overnight at a hotel in Kaza.
Day 5 - Kaza - Lalung - Demul - Kaza (at 14,435 feet)
At 9 am we start our drive to Lalung, another beautiful high altitude village in Spiti Valley. The word Lalung means "land of God" and is located at the foot of Tangmar Mountains. The village houses the oldest Gompa in the Spiti Valley. The Lalung Monastery which is also known as Sarkhang and Golden Temple is located at an altitude of 3658 metres. The monastery has number of gold leafs because of which it get's the name "The Golden Temple". In olden times, the temple used to be a centre for learning and education for the local people, although now many parts of the temple have worn out due to neglect.
From Lalung, we further drive to Demul. At a height of 4400 metres, Demul is a village in the remotest corner of Himalayas. There is no cell phone of internet reception in this quiet and quaint village. There are less than 50 families residing in this village & they will welcome you gaily into their homes followed by the best of Spitian hospitality.
You are free to explore the village on your own or you can opt for a short yak safari. You can learn how to make momos at one of the houses you are staying and can have a delicious self made lunch. We will drive back to Kaza in the evening and stay overnight at a hotel there.
Day 6 - Kaza - Komic - Langza - Kaza (at 14,800 feet)
We start our journey towards Komic at 9 am. The highest village in Asia, Komik is situated at a height of 4513 metres. This farming village has a population of 84 people living by themselves isolated from the rest of the world for most parts of the years. This small hamlet is surrounded by hills and slopes and has a monastery around 500 metres down the road. Even a normal stroll in this village requires tremendous efforts because of lack of oxygen and cold wind blowing at high intensity.
From Komik, we head to picturesque village of Langza. We will visit the ancient Lang Temple which is estimated to be around 1000 years old. The houses at Langza are made of mud and have prayer flags tied around them. The main tourist attraction at Langza is to collect fossils and to visit the monastery.We drive back to Kaza in the evening for an overnight stay in the Hotel.
Day 7 - Kaza - Ki Monastery - Kibber (at 13,800 feet)
We hit the road again at 9 am towards Ki Monastery. Ki Monastery is a world famous monastery and a training centre for Lamas. We stop at the base to admire & absorb the view of the remarkable structure. This monastery is situated at a height of 13,668 feet and was founded by a disciple of famous teacher Atisha in the 11th century. Being remotely located atop a hill overlooking the expansive plains, the Ki Monastery is an ideal choice for those seeking peace & calm.
We will continue our journey further to the scenic village of Kibber. Kibber lies in a narrow valley on the peak of a limestone rock. The village has around 80 houses made of stones unlike the most other villages of Spiti Valley which are made of mud. Kibber is located at a height of 4205 meters and is around 18 km from Kaza. From Kibber one can trek to Chicham village located across a sharp & precipitous canyon and which can be reached only by a suspended wire cable basket system known as Jula.
We will spend the night at Kibber in an authentic homestay with a local family listening to stories of Spiti Valley at 14000 feet high altitude.
Day 8 - Kibber - Chandratal Lake (at 14,000 feet)
We will start our journey back home after the last stop at Chandratal Lake. The drive towards the lake will begin at 8 am. The mystical & astonishingly beautiful Chandratal lake literally translated - Moon Lake is located at an height of 14000 feet. The Chandra Bhaga mountain range provides a striking backdrop for the lake and it changes appearance depending on the pictures naturally painted in the sky.
Dont' just take our word for it. You will get to experience it firsthand. Enjoy the overnight camping near Chandratal lake.
Day 9 - Back to Manali
A delicious breakfast will be served at the camp and we get ready to head back home. If time permits, we will visit the lake once again before our final goodbye to Spiti Valley. We continue driving on the Kaza - Manali Road and pass the famous Rohtang Pass in few hours of drive. Once we reach Manali the Spiti Valley Tour ends. Overnight stay at a hotel in Manali.
Day 10 - Manali - Chandigarh
We will start the drive back at 8 am to Chandigarh. The road drive is about 291 km and will take approx 8 hours to reach Chandigarh. Reach Chandigarh and take your preferred mode of travel back home.
It's been a great Journey. It might seem you would have stepped right in the ancient civilized world where people enjoy natural & basic elements of life. You would have made friends for life with people in here, soaked in the colors of the landscape, wondered at the intensity of fresh air, gazed at million stars and smiled at ever smiling inhabitants of this beautiful paradise called Spiti Valley.
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- Accommodation at all destinations as per the itinerary in double / triple sharing rooms.
- Breakfast and dinner at all hotels, homestays and camps except in Manali and Shimla
- Comfortable non-AC Toyota Innova / Force Traveller for all days as per the itinerary
- Reliable, experienced and courteous English-speaking local driver with great knowledge of the area and the terrain.
- Driver charges, driver accommodation, fuel and inter-state toll.
- Camping fees, comfortable tents and sleeping bags and three meals at Chandratal Lake
- Monastery / Museum Fees
- GST @5% on the package cost
- Any Personal Expenses / Tips / Beverages / Meals that are not mentioned in the itinerary.
- Guide / Porter charges (if any)
- Any permits, activities, accommodation or transfers other than what is mentioned in the itinerary.
- Any cost arising out of unforeseen circumstances including medical emergencies and acts of God.
- Anything that is not mentioned in the above list of inclusions.
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- SELFROADIEZ/TRAVEL CURATION PARTNERS holds the right to alter the tour schedule in case of bad weather and other conditions beyond our control that might affect the normal itinerary.
- Meals at the accommodations or other services not utilized during the tour shall be not liable for any kind of refund from the tour price.
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