Kinnaur Spiti Cultural Tour
Day 01: Arrive Delhi
Day 02: Full day sighseeing in Delhi
Day 03: Delhi - Chandigarh by Shatabdi Train
Day 04: Drive Chandigarh – Kullu - Manali (320 km)
Day 05: Full day singhseeing in Manali
Day 06: Drive Manali - Losar (154 km)
Day 07: Drive Losar - Kaza (50 km)
Day 08: Drive Kaza - Key - Kibber - Kaza (40 km)
Day 09: Drive Kaza - Gulling (Pin Valley ) (50 km)
Day 10: Visit Kungri Gonpa
Day 11: Drive Gulling - Lalung - Dhankar - Tabo (80 km)
Day 12: Local Sightseeing in Tabo
Day 13: Drive Tabo - Nako (50 km)
Day 14: Drive Nako - Kalpa (80 km)
Day 15: Drive Kalpa - Rakcham (Sangla Valley) (52 km)
Day 16: Drvie Rakcham - Chitkul - Rakcham (50 km)
Day 17: Drive Rakcham - Sarhan (107 Km)
Day 18: Day free/ visit in Sarhan
Day 19: Drive Sarhan - Rampur - Narkanda (102 km)
Day 20: Drive Narkanda - Shimla (60 km)
Day 21: Sightseeing in Shimla
Day 22: Drive Shimla - Kalka drive, then train to Delhi
Day 23: Departure
Day 01: Arrive Delhi
Arrive Delhi Airport where you be met and then transferred to your hotel. Overnight at Hotel in Delhi.
Day 02: Delhi
Full day sightseeing of Delhi. Overnight at Hotel in Delhi.
Day 03: Train Delhi - Chandigarh
Early morning breakfast at the Hotel. Later transfer to railway station to take Shatabdi Express to Chandigarh. Arrive Chandigarh Railway station where you be met and then transferred to the Hotel. Later visit this beautiful city. There are lots of interesting places to be visited in this city of gardens. Evening: Dinner at the Hotel Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 04: Chandigarh – Kullu - Manali (320 km)
Morning: Breakfast at the Hotel. Later drive to Manali via Mandi. Arrive Manali in the evening. Mandi is renowned for its 81 old stone temples and their enormous range of fine carvings. Mandi is also known as Varanasi of the hills because of its temple. Later continue your drive towards Kullu Manali. Dinner at the Hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 05: Manali
Morning: Breakfast at the Hotel. Manali is the main tourist resort in the valley. It is ideally situated along the western bank of the river Beas, close to the snows of the Rohtang Pass and Solang valley Manali has lot of important interesting points for the visiting tourists. Overnight at hotel.
Hadimba Temple – The outstanding feature of this 450 years old temple is four tired pagoda shaped roof and a beautifully carved doors. Legend has it that the ruler who built this temple did not wish its carvings to replicated, so he had the right hand of the artist cut.
Tibetan Monastery – Has several images of Buddha, Thangkas Paintings and a handicraft center.
Vashishth Baths & Club House – It is perched on a steep hillside across the river Beas below the temple there is a hot water sulfur baths.
Day 06: Manali - Losar (154 km)
Morning: Breakfast at the Hotel. Later drive to Chottadhara. After crossing the Rohtang Pass which is at an altitude of 3978 meters and which offers some of the most spectacular views of Himalayas and it is the only access to Lahaul and is open only from June to September each year. You drive downwards to enter Spiti region which is also often called as "Middle country". Spiti is a cold desert, which Rudyard Kipling in Kim called a "Place within a world" and a "Place where the Gods live". Driving down Chottadhra the panoramic view of Bari Shigri Glacier (second longest in the world) is thrilling and inspiring. Continue towards Kunzum La Pass which is at an altitude of 4500 meters above the sea level. This a very rough and narrow road which Leads towards Spiti Valley. The first village that you will come is known as Losar. The culture and the architecture of the houses here resembles with that of Ladakhi and Tibetan customs. Evening: Dinner at the Camp. Overnight at the Camp.
Day 07: Losar - Kaza (50 km)
Morning: Breakfast at the Camp. Then proceed to Kaza is a sub divisional headquarters of Spiti valley. It is situated at the foot of steep ridges on the left bank of Spiti River. Evening: Dinner at the Hotel. Overnight at hotel in Kaza.
Day 08: Kaza – Key – Kibber - Kaza (40 km)
Morning: Breakfast at the Hotel. It is locally known as Khyipur . One of the highest villages in the world situated at an altitude of 4205 meters above the sea level. It is located in the narrow valley surrounded by the mountains from all the sides. It is located towards the North of the Kaza. Key Gompa at an altitude of 3850 meters has one of the most beautiful monasteries in this area. It is perched on the top of the hill. It houses a rich collection of Tibetan scriptures, images of Buddha, Thangkas, paintings of Buddha and other Goddesses. Here one sees lama's practice dance, music and play on pipes and horns. Drive back to Kaza. Overnight at hotel.
Day 09: Kaza - Gulling (Pin Valley ) (50 km)
Morning: after breakfast at the hotel drive to Gulling which takes 3hrs drive. We drive along the river upto Attargu from there we cross the river and turn right of valley and enter into Pin Valley. This small beautiful valley is specially known for Mane-pa (The holly magician). Rest of the day, discover the valley and visit local house. Overnight at camp.
Day 10: Visit Kungri Gonpa
Day visit Kungri Monastery which is walking distance from Guling. Kungri Gompa is at an altitude of 3520 meters. This monastery which dominate the valley has some beautiful shrines with old fresco paintings. The monastic community with the aid of the villager, they are building new building for the monastery.Rest of the day free at liesure. Overnight at Camp.
Day 11: Gulling - Lalung - Dhankar - Tabo (80 km)
Morning: Breakfast at the camp. Later drive to Tabo. It is a nice drive through the mountains enroute visiting Lalung and Dhankar Gompa. Lalung which is situated in a remote village is one of the exmample of Buddhist art in 111th century. The paintings on the wall with the statue of different Buddha and Boddhisatva shows the richness Tibetan Buddhism which still practice now and then. Dhankar at an altitude of 3890 meters which, used to be the fort of the rulers of the Spiti area in the past in the Pre-medieval era. It boasts of rich collections of Buddhists manuscripts and thangka paintings. Dhankar is a big village and was erstwhile capital of the Kings of Spiti. On the top of the hill there is a fort which used to be the prison in old times. To the East of Kaza and serving as Eastern part of central Spiti. Overnight at camp / Guest House.
Day 12: Tabo
Day visit Tabo monastery. Tabo monastery is one of the biggest and oldest monastery in the Spiti valley. Tabo monastery has celebrated its 1000 years existence ceremony in 1996. It contains nine Shrines and has a beautiful collection of Buddha's made of terracotta. Overnight at Camp/ Guest House.
Day 13: Tabo - Nako (50 km)
Morning, after breakfast, drive to Nako along the riverside. After an hour drive at Sumdo show your passport and permit for that perticular region which you will get in Kaza. Sumdo is the frontier between Spiti and Kinnaur from Sumdo the road become larger and you will follow the Sutlej River. On the way you will see several beautiful villages.
Nako is situated on a slope which dominate narrow valley of Kinnuar. This is one of the most beautiful village in this valley with picturesque view. The monastery which is in endangered is also the same era of Tabo and founded by the same Lama. The holly lake surrounded by the village makes you feel to be in the nature. Overnight at Camp near the village.
Day 14: Nako - Kalpa (80 km)
Morning: Breakfast at the Camp. Today we will be entering another forbidden land known as Kinnaur. Kinnaur is very beautiful and scenic land and very sparsely populated. Here are two of the world's greatest mountain ranges- the Karakoram and the Great Himalaya. It is also the home to some of the India's oldest legends. This is the winter home of the Lord Shiva. The religion of its people is remarkable mix of Hinduism and Buddhism. It is no wonder that a local tradition maintains that Kinnaur with all its beauty fell from the clouds as a gift from the Gods. Continue drive to Recong Peo is also in Kinnaur district. Further a few hundred meters higher and about 12 Kms by road is the Picturesque Kalpa. The majesty of the Kinnaur Kailash Mountain is in direct vision from here. Evening: Dinner at the Hotel . Overnight at Hotel.
Day 15: Kalpa - Rakcham (Sangla Valley) (52 km)
Morning, Breakfast at the hotel then drive to Sangla valley. From Kalpa we take the same route upto Recongpeo, from there we continue along the Sutlej then turn into Sangla Valley. This valley is the most beautiful valley of this region in scenic point of view. Sangla is the capital of this valley here we can visit one fortress which dominate the valley. Then continue towards Rakcham village, this small but very beautiful village is very convenient to visit the last village village of this valley (Chitkul). Overnight at Rakcham Guest House/Camp.
Day 16: Rakcham – Chitkul - Rakcham (50 km)
Chitkul is the last village of towards the border between Tibet and Kinnuar. The unique beauty of this village is the old wooden houses traditionally built. The people are follow both Hindu and Buddhist religion. After visiting this village drive back to Rakcham. Overnight at Rakcham Guest House/Camp.
Day 17: Rakcham - Sarhan (107 km)
Morning: Breakfast at the Camp. Later drive to Sarhan. It is said that the Gods were generous when they gave Sarhan its setting. Located halfway up on a mountainside. The road to Sarhan passes through flowery jacaranda trees that give way to stately pine trees. Evening: Dinner at the Hotel . Overnight at Hotel.
Day 18: Sarhan
Morning: Breakfast at Hotel. This little but beautiful villages ON THE OLD Indo – Tibet road is the last town of the district Mahasu. This sparsely populated area is steeped in ancient legends. Here is the famous Bhimakali Temple A masterpiece of wooden architecture built in early 16th century. Is regarded as one the 51 Shaktipeeths. The temple's unusual architecture and wealth of carvings have made it a resplendent example of what is loosely called the " Indo Tibetan style" a mixture of Hindu & Buddhist architecture, the temple is multi – storied structure and is scared to both the communities. Besides the temple an attractive Rest House commands a panoramic view of the rolling fields and rising hills adding to the attraction of the place. Deep down the valley flows the river Sutluj. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 19: Sarhan – Rampur - Narkanda (102 km)
Morning: Breakfast at the Hotel. Drive down to Rampur. It is a nice drive through the hills and narrow bridges. Arrive Rampur, which has beautiful Palace belonging to the family of local king. It is the site for a major trade fair, which takes place in the second week of November each year and once was a major center for trade between India and Tibet. After visiting this Palace continue towards Narkanda. The beautiful hill drive continues till the end of the day with beautiful view of different valleys. Overnight at Prakriti Fixed Camp/Hotel.
Day 20: Narkanda - Shimla (60 km)
Morning breakfast at the hotel then drive to Shimla. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 21: Shimla
Much has changed in Shimla since the days when thew British ruled one fifth of mankind from this small Himalaya settlement. The official summer capital of the Raj from 1864 to 1947 has becomes the permanent capital of one of India's smallest run states, Himachal Pradesh. Fire has destroyed a few of the oldest Raj buildings but neither fire nor developers could efface the omnipresent signs of the past the 'wild west Swiss' of the Mall and the ridge, and the two buildings which still dominate the skyline – Christchurch and the Vice regal Lodge. Mall is still the social Center of the station, the lower bazaar is still the same rabbit warren it was and the Ridge still looks out over snows. In short Shimla remains one of the largest and most successful hill stations in India. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 22: Shimla - Kalka drive, then train to Delhi
Leave hotel after breakfast drive to Kalka. Late after depart from Kalka by train to Delhi. Arrive Delhi, transfer to hotel for day use only. Late evening transfer to IGI Airport for catch the return flight.
Day 23 Departure
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