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About Spiti Valley
Unique geographical features make Spiti more desirable by explorers of different age groups belonging to different walks of life. But there are a few things that one must be aware of before sealing the Lahaul Spiti tour plan.
Best Time To Visit Spiti
May end to the beginning of October is considered the best time to visit Spiti because that’s the time when Shimla – Kinnaur highway is open, which makes the valley accessible to the rest of the world.
Is Spiti The Right Destination For You?
Spiti is a traveller’s muse, but is it the right destination for you? Let’s figure out.
With its rough terrains, Spiti is definitely not for the weak-hearted. It faces extreme weather conditions, and you need to pass through risky routes to reach the valley. Expect only basic facilities on the way as well as in the hotels you stay in. In some places, stay options will be limited to monasteries and homestays only. So clearly, a trip to Spiti is not everyone’s cup of tea.
Of the few people who brave these odds to reach Spiti, some seek solace, some do it in the name of adventure, and some are keen to explore the hidden riches in the of the Trans-Himalayan region. Mostly, we see adventure seeking youngsters and mountain lovers biking to Spiti, or some tired souls who desperately want to unplug from the mundane city life by engaging in meditation and some volunteer work in the valley.
And in case you are an adventure loving couple, who don’t care much about the luxury part of the honeymoon, Spiti is the ultimate destination for you! Begin a new chapter of life in a perfect set up around the colossal sky, vast mountains, and glittering stars, thus making the moments most romantic and perfect.
If you are among any three of the above – an adventure seeker, a spiritual seeker, or a daring couple who love adventure as crazy as this, here is what Spiti has in store for you!
Day wise Itinerary
Day 1: Delhi – Shimla 350KM in approximately 9-10 hours
On arrival you will be welcomed by our representative and Transfer to Shimla by road, Afternoon reach Shimla, Dinner and overnight at hotel
Day 2: Shimla – Sarahan / Rampur 170 Kms 06 Hrs
Today, drive towards Sarahan on the way you can visit Rampur Market. Evening reach Sarahan check in to pre booked hotel, overnight at the hotel.
Day 3: Sarahan to Sangla 150 km 04 Hrs
Today after breakfast visit the Bird Park walk for 2 hours, visit the Bhima Kali temple one of the most important temples of Kali in India where there use to be human sacrifice before 18th Century ,drive to Sangla via Jeori – Wangtu – Tapri – Chooling – Karcham. Your journey from here will take you to another spectacular destination in the middle of the Himalayas which is also known as Baspa valley. It is, without doubt, the prettiest valley in Himachal. Arrive at Sangla and check in to the hotel. Today enjoy a comfortable overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 4: Sangla – Chitkul – Sangla
Today explore the ancient Kamru Fort and Temple which is dedicated to the Goddess Kamakhya Devi which was brought from Assam. Afternoon, leave for an excursion to Chitkul, the last Village on an old Indo-Tibetan trade route. Walk through the green orchards and enjoy the serenity as a brilliant stream passes by. As the day ends, return to the hotel in Sangla for dinner and a comfortable overnight stay.
Day 5: Sangla – Kalpa 49 kilometres
This morning drive to Kalpa. 2670 metres above the sea level, Kalpa is the district headquarter of Kinnaur and was once the favourite getaway of Lord Dalhousie. Once known as Chini, little has changed in Kalpa in the last 500 years. Legend has it that when Lord Dalhousie wanted to take a break from his hectic schedule in Shimla, he would come here on his Horseback. By the side of Kalpa is a 79 feet high rock formation that resembles a Shivlinga that changes its colour as the day passes. Visit the Buddhist Gompa, Hu Bu Lan Kar. Return to the hotel for a comfortable overnight stay.
Day 6: Kalpa to Tabo via Nako 179 Kms 7-8 hrs
Early in the morning, witness the beautiful sunrise over the Kinnaur Kailash Peaks. After that drive to Tabo. On your way, visit Kinnaur’s most picturesque hamlet and the Nako Lake. Nako is a heritage village built around a small lake and has an important Buddhist Gompa and a small temple. A footprint like impression on a rock is ascribed to the saint Guru Padmasambhava. Explore the scenic Spiti Valley that has few signs of vegetation. The beauty of Spiti lies in its unspoiled, untainted raw landscape. Rudyard Kipling describes Spiti in ‘Kim’ in these words: “At last they entered a world within a world – a valley of leagues where the high hills were fashioned of the mere rubble and refuse from off the knees of the mountains…surely the Gods live here. ” On arrival at Tabo, check in to the hotel. The ancient village of Tabo is situated on the left bank of the river Spiti. It is the land of one of the most famous Buddhist monasteries, regarded next to the Tholong Gompa in Tibet. It is also known as the ‘Ajanta of Himalayas’.
Day 7: Tabo – Kaza 47 kilometres in approximately 3 hours
Join the morning prayers at the Tabo Monastery which was constructed in 996 AD. It is a complex that consists of 9 Temples, 23 Chortens, a monk’s chamber and an extension that houses the nun’s chamber. Above the enclave is a series of caves which are used by the monks. The monastery contains large number of scriptures and pieces of art including wall paintings and stucco. There is also a modern Gompa and a painting school founded by the Dalai Lama. Check out of the hotel in Tabo and head to Kaza 3870 metres above sea level. On your way to Kaza the capital of Spiti Valley, visit Dhankar Gompa, the traditional capital of Spiti. This hilltop fort that overlooks the Spiti Valley used to be a jail earlier. Today, more than 160 lamas reside here. Notable sights at Dhankar Gompa include a statue of Vairochana Dhayan Buddha consisting of 4 figures seated back to back in addition to ious crumbling Thangkas. On arrival at Kaza, check in to the hotel & a comfortable overnight stay at the Kaza.
Day 8: KAZA KEY MONASTERY
Take a trip to Ki Monastery. Ki Monastery, situated at the foot of steep ridges and on the left bank of river Spiti, is the biggest Gelupa Sect Monastery in Spiti. A post 13th century construction, the three-storey structure consists largely of storage rooms at the bottom level while the middle floor houses Dukhang – the Assembly Hall, and the uppermost floor has another temple on one side and Lama’s quarters on the other side of an open terrace. The greatest wealth of Ki Gompa lies in its collection of ‘Thangkas’ rescued from the devastating 19th century raids of the Dogars and the Sikhs. The monastery is famous for its ancient murals and books; and hundreds of lamas receive their religious training here. Afterwards, take a scenic drive to the pasture country of Kibber. From Kibber, the pastures are spread over hundreds of square kilometres. Overnight stay at Kaza
Day 9: Kaza —-Chandertal
We’ll leave early next morning and drive up to Kunzum La for a short break. Kunzum La is a vital pass in the region at an altitude of 4550 meters. There’s also a temple dedicated to Goddess Kunzum. We can trek to Chandertal Lake (8 km) from Kunzum Pass. Chandertal Lake is one of the major attractions of Spiti valley famous for its crystal clear water and stunning views. We’ll spend the night in our campsite about 1 km from the lake.
Day 10: Chandertal – Kaza – Kalpa approximately 9 -10 hours
Check out of the hotel and drive to Kalpa, check in to the hotel and enjoy a comfortable overnight stay at
Day 11: Kalpa – Shimla 200 kilometres in approximately 8 hours
Check out of the hotel and proceed to Shimla. Night stay in Shimla
Day 12: Shimla –Delhi 350 kilometres in approximately 9-10 hours
After breakfast drive to Delhi and drop at airport or railway station for your onward journey. The tour concludes with memories
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