Spiti – The Middle Land between India & Tibet !!
About the Lahaul-Spiti Valley Offbeat Tour :
Spiti Valley known as an “Unknown World” The definition of word “Spiti” means middle land i.e. land between Tibet and India. It is located in trans Himalayan belt of Himachal Pradesh. This area has lots to explore and hold treasures and secrets of ancient civilization, Tibetan Monastic traditions. Wanderers and explorers always have fascination for this place due to its isolated location, rich cultural heritage and spiritual prosperity. The beauty of this location is as beautiful as Ladakh and its worth visit Destination. Very few people knows about it and hence its a perfect destination for any hardcore traveller who are interested in less traveled destinations only.
What is included in the tour
- 11 Nights / 12 days accommodation in deluxe hotels/tents on triple sharing basis
- Breakfast and Dinner throughout the tour
- Back up Vehicle with well trained mechanic throughout the tour (for bikers)
- Xylo / Innova / Tempo Traveller for transfers and sightseeing (for non-bikers)
- Inner line permits
- Entry tickets, wherever necessary
- Experienced experts and riders
What is NOT included in the tour
- Any transfer till Chandigarh and back from Srinagar (Train/Airways/ Roadways)
- Lunch on tour. Any personal orders, soft/hard drinks and mineral water
- Any personal expenses like Laundry Bills, Table Bills, Camera Fees, Tips or gratitude.
- Any medical / rescue evacuation due to mishaps like bad weather, ill health, roadblocks and/or any factors beyond control.
- Any cost arising due to natural calamities like landslides, roadblocks etc (to be borne by the clients directly on the spot.)
- Anything other than above mention inclusions
- Taxes as applicable.
Day 01 :
Chandigarh – Reach Chandigarh by 05:00 pm. Check in hotel. Late evening introduction and briefing session followed with dinner. Overnight stay at Hotel Shagun or Similar
Day 02 :
Chandigarh-Narkanda (175 kms) – Early morning depart from Chandigarh and proceed towards Narkanda. Enroute halt for lunch at Shimla. Evening arrival at Narkanda.
Day 03 :
Narkanda to Sangla (160 kms) – Gear up for the very first day of the most awaited Lahaul-Spiti Valley Tour. Enjoy breathtaking views of Sutlej River and deep valley of Kinnaur throughout the ride. En route visit Bhimakali Temple. Late evening arrival at Camp Site. Overnight at Sangla.
Day 04 :
Sangla Sightseeing – This is the day to explore the land of fairy tales – Sangla ! Start your ride to the last village of Indo-Tibet Border -Chitkul where the Indian roads ends. Explore Chitkul and return to Sangla. Visit famous Kamroo Fort. Evening take a walk to Batseri Village, with its modern wooden houses and beautiful wood carvings of lord Badrinarayan Temple. Then further take a leisure walk along baspa river to the quaint Rakcham village. One can also see the magnificent view of Kinner Kailash from Sangla. Evening camp fire followed by dinner. Overnight in Camp.
Day 05 :
Sangla to Nako (130 kms) – Start our journey towards Nako. En-route visit Reckong Peo (districts headquarter of Kinnaur). Late evening arrival at Nako. Nako is slated to be decleared a heritage village and its built around a small lake. It has an important Buddhist Gompa which is 1000 years old and a small Temple. Overnight in Camp.
Day 06 :
Nako-Tabo-Pin Valley (130 kms) After breakfast start the journey to Pin Valley. On the way visit the ancient village of Tabo which is situated on the left bank of the river Spiti. It is the seat of one of the most famous Buddhist Monasteries regarded next to the Tholong Gompa in Tib. It is also known as ‘Ajanta of Himalayas’.
It was constructed in 996 AD; – not just in Spiti but in the whole of the Tibetan Buddhist world is called Chogs – Khor [‘Doctrinal Circle’ or ‘Doctrinal Enclave’]. It is a complex that holds 9 Temples, 23 Chortens, a Monk’s Chamber & an extension that houses the Nun’s Chamber. On the sheer cliff-face above the enclave are a series of Caves, used as dwellings by the Monks & includes an Assembly Hall. The monastery contains large number of Scriptures & Pieces of Art, Wall Painting & Stucco. There is also a modern Gompa & Painting School founded by the Dalai Lama. Check-out from Tabo after Lunch. After Tabo stop at Dhankar Gompa, Samling; the traditional Capital of Spiti, which sits pretty on a hilltop. The hill-top Fort that overlooks the Spiti Valley also used to serve as a jail in old days. Today, more than 160 Lamas reside here. A Statue of Dhyan Buddha where four complete figures of Buddha sit back to back is the main attraction of this more than 7th Century old Monastery.
Continue to explore the beautiful Mud Village. Arrive at mud & check-in to your Hotel. Dinner & Overnight at Hotel.
Day 07 :
Mud village-Hikkim – Langza-Kaza (100 kms) – After early breakfast by 07 am; start the scenic ride towards Hikkim. Hikkim- highest post office of world Langza – last village of Spiti valley. Reach Kaza for Dinner & Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 08 :
Kaza – Ki Monastery – Kibber Village – Kaza (40 Kms) – After early breakfast by 07 am; excursion to Ki Monastery. Situated at the foot of steep ridges & on the left bank of river Spiti is the Ki Monastery which is the Biggest Gelupa Sect Monastery in Spiti. It’s hilltop position points to a post 13TH Century construction. The three storied structure consists largely of storage rooms at the bottom level while the middle floor houses the Dukhang – the Assembly Hall & the uppermost floor has another Temple & Head Lama’s Quarters on the one side of an Open Terrace. The greatest wealth of Ki Gompa lies in its collection of ‘Thangkas’salvaged with difficulty from the devastating raids of the Dogars & the Sikhs in the 19TH Century. Hundreds of Lamas receive their Religious Training in this Monastery & is famous for its ancient Murals & Books. From here a scenic drive takes you into the Pasture Country of Kibber. From Kibber, the Pastures are spread over hundreds of square kilometres. Return back to Kaza for Dinner & Overnight stay at Hotel. Evening free time to explore Kaza Market. Overnight at Hotel
Day 09 :
Kaza-Kumzum La-Chandratal Lake (95 kms) – Today after breakfast we commence our journey towards another Spitian wonder – Chandratal Lake. The mystical and beautiful Chandratal lake which is also known as moon lake is located at a height of 14,100 feets. A Chandrabhaga mountain range forms a perfect back drop for the lake. which changes its appearance according to the pictures painted in the sky. After visiting Chandratal lake, we stay at Batal. (Basic Tented Stay)
Day 10 :
Batal – Manali (114 kms) – After breakfast start the trip towards Manali. The road towards Manali is full of off-roading patches and Paagal Nala’s to deal with. En route ride through famous Rohatang pass. Arrival at Manali. Evening leisure time to explore Mall road. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 11 :
Manali to Chandigarh (292 kms) – It will be the longest leg of the Spiti Valley Tour. Post breakfast, start tarvelling towards Manali via Kullu-Mandi-Sundarnagar-Roopnagar. Late evening arrival at Chandigarh. Overnight stay at Hotel Sunpark or Similar
Day 12 :
Chandigarh – Return journey back to Mumbai.
Tour Concludes With Happy Memories….!!