This Spiti valley journey passes through the most spectacular places in Himachal Pradesh and starts from the "Queen of Hills" Shimla and ends at honeymoon destination Manali. SARAHAN, SANGLA, CHITKUL, KALPA, NAKO, TABO, DHANKAR, PIN VALLEY, MUD, KAZA, KEY MONASTERY, LOSAR, KIBBER, CHANDRA TAL LAKE, KUNZUM AND ROHTANG PASS are the prominent pit stops during this spectacular journey.
ARRIVAL CHANDIGARH - SHIMLA (120 km / 04hrs)
Morning Chandigarh arrival and drive to Shimla which is the former summer residence of the British Raj to escape the heat of the plains with stunning views of the foothills of the Himalayas. On arrival transfer to hotel and have dinner and overnight stay at Shimla hotel.
SHIMLA – NARKANDA – SARAHAN (By Surface 170 Kms /07 Hrs)
After early breakfast start a drive to Sarahan which is located at an altitude of 2165 meter in Himachal Pradesh and approx 170 KM from Shimla. You can glance at the beauty of the snow peak of Shrikhand Mahadev and Bhima Kali temple is the main attraction of Sarahan.
Evening checks in to the hotel and have Dinner and overnight stay in Sarahan hotel.
SARAHAN – SANGLA (By Surface 90 Kms /04 Hrs)
After having breakfast drive to Sangla which is known as popular hill town located in the Baspa Valley of Kinnaur district in Himachal Pradesh close to the Tibetan border. Sangla is covered with forest slopes and mountains in the range of the greater Himalayas that gives it a cold climate.
Check in hotel and have Dinner and overnight stay at Sangla Hotel.
SANGLA – CHITKUL – KALPA (By Surface 90 Kms /04 Hrs)
After having breakfast start a drive to Chitkul village visit which is the last inhabited village on the Indo-Tibetan border on the bank of Baspa River. This Chitkul village remains almost covered with snow during the whole winter season. Main attractions of Chitkul are its houses which have either slate or wooden plank roofs. There is a monastery called Kagyupa Temple where an age-old image of Shakyamuni Buddha is worshipped. This valley offers a spectacular view of the Baspa river with the vistas of snow-clad mountains, apple orchards, and wooden houses.
After that drive continues towards Kalpa en route crossing Reckong Peo. Kalpa is a beautiful village from where one can look the changing colors of Mt. Kinner Kailash. The evening reached and check-in-to hotel and have Dinner and overnight stay at Kalpa hotel.
KALPA – NAKO (By Surface 106 Kms/ 05 Hrs)
After having breakfast drive to Nako (2950 metre), Lunch at camp on direct payment. After that visit, the Monastery of Nako, with its four temples single internal aspects but subtle. According to legend, Padmasambhava, the founder of Tantric Buddhism, during a demonstration of his power Tantric is placed on a rock in the village.
The evening reached Nako and have Dinner and overnight stay at Nako camp or Nako Hotel.
NAKO – TABO (By Surface 70 km/ 05 hrs)
Breakfast and start drive to Tabo (3050 metre). Tabo is the ancient village situated on the left bank of river Spiti. It is known as the seat one of the most famous Buddhist Monasteries regarded next to the Tholing Gompa in Tibet. It is also known as 'Ajanta of Himalayas'. After that visit Tabo Monastery which is constructed in 996 AD and its 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. Tabo has the oldest caves on barren mountains and Thanka paintings, one of the most precious paintings of Buddhism.
Evening check in to Tabo Hotel and overnight stay.
TABO – DHANKAR – PIN VALLEY – KAZA (By Surface 90 Kms /06 Hrs)
Breakfast and proceed to Kaza en route visit Dhankar (3890 metre) - It is located in the middle of Ridge in a remarkable place, a 6th century Gompa, there are some beautiful murals. After that continue to drive to Pin which is one of the main tributaries of the Spiti River. This Pin valley is famous for wildlife - Ibex, Snow Leopard and visit monastery called Kungri monastery, which is supposed to be founded by Padmasambhava. The monastery had to stay an ancient monastic site of Padmasambhava days.
Evening checks in to Kaza hotel and have Dinner and overnight stay.
KAZA SIGHT SEEING
Today after breakfast proceed to full day excursion of Key Gompa and later Kibber village which is located at an altitude of 4205 metre which is the highest permanently inhabited village of the region. Key Monastery is located in Spiti Valley region and about 11 km from Kaza on the left bank of the Spiti River is the largest and the oldest monastery in the sub-division and thousands of devotees from all over the world here attended the Kalachakra ceremony which was performed in August 2000 by His Holiness Dalai Lama. Kibber village is 11 km from Key Gompa and is the highest settlement in the world (4205 meters) with a motorable road and electricity. The Ladarcha festival held here each July attracts Buddhists from all over the world.
Evening return to Kaza hotel and overnight stay.
KAZA – CHANDRA TAAL – MANALI (By Surface 200 Km /09Hrs)
Early morning breakfast and start drive to Manali via Kuzum-La, (4551 m) and Rohtang-La, 3980 m) one of the most beautiful mountain roads, passing through the cold desert of the Tibetan high plateau dotted with green oases inhabited by nomads. Mountains of Chandra valley Chandrabhaga River, where the landscape is breathtaking. En-route visit Chandra Taal Lake, a high altitude lake located in Lahaul and Spiti and is the source if River Chandra. It is about 4300 m above the sea level and is also known as 'lake of the moon'. Chandra Taal is an important site for the migratory bird during summer.
Evening checks in to Manali hotel and have Dinner and overnight stay.
MANALI SIGHT SEEING
The morning after breakfast proceed for local sightseeing of Manali. First Visit the Hidimba Devi Temple, a small temple situated in the dense deodar forest is very interesting. Hidimba is said to be the wife of Bhima from the epic of Mahabharata. After that visit oldest temple of Manali Manu Temple and dedicated to the sage Manu, who known as the creator of the world and the writer of Manusmriti. Its located in old Manali and approx three kilometers from the main market. After that visit newly constructed Buddhist Monastery.
Enjoy lunch in the various local restaurant at Mall road on direct payment. After that visit Vashist Kund which is also called Hot Spring, hot baths where a natural sulfur spring is piped into a modern bathhouse. After that Mall road for shopping and buy shawls or handmade woolen clothes. Evening return to the hotel and have dinner and night stay.
MANALI TO CHANDIGARH DROP (320 KM /09 HRS).
The morning after breakfast proceeds to Chandigarh airport or railway station for onward journey.