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 The land between India and Tibet – literally translates as ‘The Middle Land’. A desert mountain valley located in the Himalayas, it is one of the least populated regions, having an ancient and deep-rooted Buddhist culture.

Travel dates : 12th Aug to 20th Aug, 2017

ITINERARY - 8 Nights and 9 Days 

DAY 1 – 12th August: CHANDIGARH TO SHIMLA (114km) 

Arrive at Chandigarh. Pick-up and transfer to Shimla. Check-in at your hotel, and rest of the day is free for leisure. Overnight at Shimla.

DAY 2 – 13th August:  SHIMLA TO NAKO (330km) 

Post breakfast leave from Shimla, we halt at Khab village. Khab sangam is the confluence of the Spiti river and Sutlej river.  . We spend our night at Nako with the veiw of screne Nako Lake

DAY 3 – 14th Aug - NAKO to KAZA (110km)

We move on further to explore Tabo – also known as the ‘Ajanta of the Himalayas’. Visit the Tabo monastery. A short drive away is the Giu mummy lama temple. Next, proceed to visit Dhankar Gompa, the traditional capital of Spiti, which sits pretty on a hilltop. We head to Kaza for overnight stay.

DAY 4 – 15th Aug - KI – KIBBER - LANGZA - HIKIM - KOMIC

After an early breakfast, leave for an excursion to the Ki Monastery (approx. 15 km), situated at the foot of steep ridges on the left bank of the river Spiti. From here, a scenic drive takes you into the pasture country of Kibber. From Kibber, the pastures are spread over hundreds of square kilometers. 

Return to Kaza. Evening is free to explore the surroundings. Return back to Kaza for dinner & an overnight stay. 

DAY 5 – 16th August -  KAZA to CHANDRATAL (85km) 

Post breakfast we leave for Losar to rest and post lunch we depart for Chandratal. After crossing Kunzum Pass we arrive at the campsite at Chandratal.  

DAY 6 – 17th Aug: CHANDRATAL 

Post breakfast we start the trek to chandratal Lake. Enjoy a packed picnic lunch on the banks of the lake. Chill and relax the entire day. Experience a night under the stars at the campsite. Overnight at Chandrataal.

Day 7 - 18th Aug -  CHANDRATAAL TO MANALI (126km)

Leave early morning for Manali. Enjoy the scenic drive through Battal – Chattru – Gramphu towards Rohtang Pass. Check-in and relax after the journey. Evening is free for exploring the market and shopping.

DAY 8 – 19th Aug: MANALI to CHANDIGARH (370Km)

Today, we come to the last leg of our trip, as we say goodbye to Spiti and start our journey home. After the long drive, stay overnight at Chandigarh.

DAY 9 – 20th August: DEPARTURE FROM CHANDIGARH

Depart for home, with wonderful memories of the ‘Desert Mountain Valley’.

 

Resort Details 
 
Shimla -  Kamna hill resort - Visit Website 
Nako - Kinner Camps  - Visit Website 
Kaza  - Snow Lion - Visit Website 
Chandratal  - Tented Accomodation
Manali  -  Citrus Hotel - Visit Website  
Chandigarh  - Bestwestern Zirakpur  - Visit Website 

 

Trip cost :

Rs 36,000 + 5% (GST) Per Person 

Cost includes:

- Accommodation on twin sharing

- All Meals

- Surface transfers as per itinerary by A/C Innova

- Inner line permits, entry fees, taxes, parking & toll

The Cost Does Not Include:

  • Cost for supplementary services.
  • Cost for Airfare, Train fare, Insurance Premiums.
  • Cost for service provided on a personal request.
  • Cost for personal expenses such as laundry, bottled water, soft drinks, incidentals, porter charges, tips etc.
  • Cost for any other service not mentioned under the “Cost Includes” head.
  • Difference in cost arising due to change in Taxes by the Government which will have to be collected directly ON ARRIVAL.
  • Difference in cost arising due to mishaps, political unrest, natural calamities. In such case extra will have to be paid on the spot by the guest directly.

Cancellation Policy:

In the event of any cancellation by you, the initial deposit amount paid, shall stand forfeited and further cancellation shall be levied as per the following terms:

- 6 weeks before date of departure: 20% of tour cost + Air / Rail cancellation charges.
- 4 to 6 weeks before date of departure: 50% of tour cost + Air / Rail cancellation charges.
- 2 to 4 weeks before date of departure: 80% of tour cost + Air / Rail cancellation charges.
- 2 weeks before date of departure: 100% of tour cost + Air / Rail cancellation charges (Will be considered as no show).

Spiti Valley

The land between India and Tibet – literally translates as ‘The Middle Land’. A desert mountain valley located in the Himalayas, it is one of the least populated regions, having an ancient and deep-rooted Buddhist culture.

Kaza 

The capital of Spiti valley, Kaza is an ideal town as a base camp for tours to various parts of the valley due to its central location and connectivity.

Chandrataal Lake

The crescent shaped ‘Lake of the Moon’ is situated at 14,100 ft, located in a barren area uninhabited by any human settlements.

Kunzum La Pass

Situated at 15,000 ft and 122 kms from Manali, the KunzumLa pass connects the Spiti valley with the Kullu and Lahaul valley.

Ki monastery

The oldest and the biggest monastery of the Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh, dating back to 1000 A.D. It is a reputed religious training centre for the Lamas. It boasts of eye-catching paintings and murals on the walls, the most captivating being a painting of the Dhyana Buddha. The monastery also has an exquisite collection of thangkas, priceless manuscripts, stucco images, unique wind instruments and above all, a collection of weapons.

Dhankar monastery

Located around 24 km from the town of Kaza, Dhankar means 'a place in the mountains unreachable for strangers'. This 16th century old fort monastery has also served as a prison in the erstwhile era. The monastery is associated with Gelukpa order of Tibetan Buddhism and has around 150 lamas residing in it. The highlight of the monastery is a statue of the Vairochana or Dhayan Buddha, with 4 figures seated back to back.

Tabo monastery

A historic treasure of India, the Tabo Monastery was established in 996 AD by the great teacher and translator Lotsawa Rinchen Tsang Po, and developed as an advanced centre for learning. The monastery complex comprises 9 temples, 23 chortens, a monk's chamber, and an extension that houses the nuns chamber.

Giu monastery

Around 33 kms from Tabo monastery, a diversion takes you to Giu monastery. The monastery is better known for its Giu mummy temple, which enshrines a 500-year old self-preserved mummy of a Buddhist monk.

Tangyud Monastery (Komic)

This monastery is built like a fortified castle on the edge of a deep canyon overlooking the town of Kaza. It has massive slanted mud walls and battlements with vertical red ochre and white vertical stripes. It is one of the highest altitude gompas in India, at an altitude of 4,520 metres (14,830 ft).

Quick Info

Trip cost : Rs 36,000 + 5% (Tax)

 

Travel dates : 12th Aug to 20th Aug, 2017

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Trip Leader : Kaustubh

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