Kinnaur and Spiti Tour Experience Two of the least populated regions in the state of Himachal Pradesh, Kinnaur and Spiti lie towards the…
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Kinnaur and Spiti Tour Experience
Two of the least populated regions in the state of Himachal Pradesh, Kinnaur and Spiti lie towards the northeastern corners of the state. Kinnaur is characterized by snow-capped Himalayan ranges, and valleys formed by the Sutlej and the Baspa rivers; the Spiti Valley is a cold desert in the higher altitudes along the Spiti River.
Our tour of the Kinnaur and Spiti Valley tour starts at Chandigarh from where guests are driven down by road to Narkanda. After a night’s rest here, the onward journey begins. The first stop is Kalpa in Kinnaur district nestled in between Kinnaur Kailash (the divine abode of Lord Shiva), Raldang Massif and Jorkanden range and the Sutlej River. After freshening up, guests go for a visit to the Chandika Devi Temple, Narayan Nagni Temple, the Hu-Bu-Lan-Kar monastery and an adventurous trip to Roghi village. Next day the halt is at Tabo at 3280 meters above sea-level.
Explore the Tabo local market after a visit to the Tabo monastery from 996 A.D. Day four starts with a trip to the 16th century Dhankar monastery. Later in the day, guests are driven to the Pin Valley after crossing the Spiti River. The overnight stay is at Kaza located at 3810 meters altitude. Kaza has plenty of places to visit like the Key Gompa, Kibber village, Langza village, Hikkim village and Komic village.
Komic located at a height of 4250 meters is the highest motorable village on this Earth. Adventure seekers can walk down from Komic to Hikkim Village that houses the highest located post office in the world. From there on the trip will take you to Nako at 3625 meters height where you get glimpse of the Nako lake and the Gue monastery that houses a 600-year old mummy.
The next day is a stop-over at Sangla at 2680 meters in the Kinnaur region. Visit the Chitkul village that is the last colonized village on the Indo-china border. The last leg of the journey is Shimla at 2200 meters height where you can visit the Mall at leisure. Finally, it’s time to bid goodbye to the mountains and move towards Chandigarh for your onward journey.
Hotels Envisaged – Standard rooms used unless specifically mentioned
|Shillaroo (Narkanda)||Hotel Hill Top Resort|
|Nako||Knaygoh Kinner Camps|
Kalpa, Tabo, Dhankar, Pin Valley, Kaza, Kibber, Langza, Hikkim, Komic, Gue, Nako, Sangla, Chitkul, Shimla.
Arrival Chandigarh by flight / train, Chandigarh - Shillaroo by Surface (Approx. 180 Kms / 07 hrs drive + stops)• Arrival at Chandigarh Airport / Railway Station. Upon arrival you will be picked up and will be driven to Shillaroo (Narkanda), approx. 170 kms drive. Later upon arrival check in at your hotel. • Dinner at the hotel. Overnight stay in Narkanda.
Shillaroo (Narkanda) - Kalpa (Approx. 175 kms/06.5 hrs drive + stops)• Breakfast at the hotel. • Later drive to Kalpa (approx. 2759 mts above sea level). Upon arrival at Kalpa, check in at the hotel. • Kalpa was earlier the headquarters of the Kinnaur region. However, it was later replaced by the city of Reckong Peo. The town on Kalpa is located in Sutlej river valley and is famous for its apple plantation. The quaint town of Kalpa is cradled between the majestic Kinnaur Kailash (the mythical abode of Shiva), Raldang Massif (21,250 ft) and the Jorkanden ranges. On the left of the Kinnaur Kailash peak (19, 849 ft) stands the Shivling peak, named after the 79-ft high phallic boulder perched on the top, looking rainbow-hued in the sunlight. • Late afternoon visit Chandika Devi temple Kothi, Narayan Nagni temple and buddhist monastery i.e. Hu-Bu-Lan-Kar monastery. The monastery is said to have been founded by Rinchen Zangpo (950-1055 AD), who translated Sanskrit Buddhist texts into Tibetan. • Also visit nearby village i.e. Roghi village. Road to Roghi village is adventurous and famous for a high cliff. Village has a nice old wooden temple as well which you can also visit. • Evening witness mesmerizing Kinner Kailash peak during sunset. • Dinner at the hotel. Overnight stay in Kalpa
Kalpa - Tabo (Approx. 165 kms/08 hrs drive + stops)• Early breakfast at the hotel. • Later you will be driven to Tabo (approx. 3280 meters above sea level). Upon arrival check in at hotel. • Afternoon visit famous Tabo monastery, also known as Ajanta of the Himalayas. The monastery, established in 996 AD, The Year of the Fire Ape by the Tibetan Calendar, by great teacher and translator Lotsawa Rinchen Tsang Po, is today more than thousand years old. It was developed as an advanced centre for learning and till date it has managed to preserve the Buddhist legacy with the same steadfastness. • Evening explore local market of Tabo. • Dinner at the hotel. Overnight stay in Tabo.
Tabo - Pin Valley - Kaza (Approx. 90 kms/05 hrs drive + stops)• Early morning you can again visit Tabo monastery for prayer ceremony. • Breakfast at the hotel. Later drive to visit famous Dhankar monastery. Dhankar means 'a place in the mountains unreachable for strangers'. This place houses a monastery associated with the Great Translator, Rinchen Zanggpo. • Located around 24 km from the town of Kaza, the Dhankar Monastery stands at an altitude of 12,774 feet. The 16th century old fort monastery has also served as a prison in the erstwhile era. A new monastery stands in the small village of Shichilling below the old monastery. • The old monastery complex comprises a number of multi-storeyed buildings perched together. This old complex, also known as the Lha-O-pa Gompa has five different halls including Kanjur, Lhakhang, and Dukhang. A huge life size silver image of Vajradhara, the Diamond Being, is kept in a glass altar adorned with scarves and flowers. A must visit in this monastery is the Lhakhang Gompa, a small chapel, situated on the uppermost peak above the main monastery. This chapel is beautified with depictions of Shakyamuni, Tsongkhapa and Lama Chodrag on the central wall. • The monastery is associated with Gelukpa order of Tibetan Buddhism and has around 150 lamas residing in it. The highlight of the monastery is the a statue of Vairochana or Dhayan Buddha with 4 figures seated back to back. Apart from this, the monastery also houses Buddhist scriptures in Bhoti language, murals of Medicine Buddha, protector deities and Budhist thangkas. • Later we will cross the Spiti river and enter Pin Valley and drive little beyond Sangnam village to see beautiful mountains in Pin Valley. After the visit continue your drive to Kaza (Approx. 3810 meters above sea level) and upon arrival check in at hotel. • Dinner at the hotel. Overnight stay in Kaza.
Kaza• Breakfast at the hotel. • Morning visit famous Key monastery and Kibber village. Key Gompa is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery located on picturesque hilltop at an altitude of 4,166 metres above sea level, close to the Spiti River. The monastery has the distinction of being the oldest and the biggest in the Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh and a religious training centre for Lamas. It is home to around 300 lamas who receive their religious education here. • Key Gompa is said to have been founded by Dromtön (Brom-ston, 1008-1064 CE), a pupil of the famous teacher, Atisha, in the 11th century. The monastery is a wonderful example of the monastic architecture that came into prominence during the 14th century because of the Chinese influence. Regular invasions have led to temples built on top of one another. There are low rooms and narrow corridors. Dimly lit passages, difficult staircases and small doors lead to prayer rooms which themselves do not conform to a single design. • The walls of the monastery are decorated with beautiful paintings and murals, thangkas (a painted or embroidered Tibetan banner), valuable manuscripts, stucco images, and unique wind instruments. There is also a collection of weapons which were probably used to defend the monastery from the attackers. The wind instruments are still put to use during the enaction of Chham in summers. • Also visit nearby Kibber village, which was earlier famous as the world's highest village linked by motorable road. • Overnight stay in Kaza.
Kaza• Breakfast at the hotel. • Later visit Langza, Hikkim and Komic villages. Komic village (4,250 m) is now the highest village in world linked by a motorable road. • There are small but nice monastries in Langza and Komic villages and you can visit the same. • If interested, you can walk down from Komic village till Hikkim village. At Hikkim village there lies one of the world's highest post office (Approx. 4,440 meters from sea level) and from here you can send postcards to your loved ones. • Return back to Kaza after the visits. Rest of the day is free at leisure. • Dinner at the hotel. Overnight stay in Kaza.
Kaza - Gue - Nako (Approx. 130 kms/07 hrs drive + visits)• Breakfast at the hotel. • Later drive to Nako (Approx. 3,625 mts above sea level). Enroute visit Gue monastery, famous for naturally preserved mummy which is said to be approximately 600 years old. • Later upon arrival at Nako, check in at the hotel. • Nako is the highest village in the valley of Hangrang surrounded by barren and dusty landscape and famous for a small but beautiful lake. • Late afternoon visit Nako lake, a Buddhist monastery located in the village. • Dinner at the hotel. Overnight stay in Nako.
Nako - Sangla (Approx. 130 kms / 07 hrs drive + stops)• Early morning you can hike a bit to enjoy mesmerizing views of the Himalayan ranges. • Breakfast at the hotel. • Later drive to Sangla (Approx. 2,680 meters above sea level). Upon arrival check in at the hotel. • Sangla is a picturesque hill town situated in the Kinnaur District of Himachal Pradesh. Located in the valley of Baspa, this place lies in proximity to the Tibetan border. The scenic beauty of the region is mesmerizing as it rests in the Greater Himalayas and is enveloped with forest slopes and mountains. The entire region lies amid beautiful pine trees and oak forests and the presence of the glacier streams and forests further enhances the beauty of the place. • After some rest you can walk to the village of Batseri and visit the village and temple. • Dinner at the hotel. Overnight stay in Sangla.
Sangla - Chitkul - Sangla• Breakfast at the hotel. • Morning go for a half day excursion to Chitkul (Approx. 3450 meters above sea level), approx. 20 kms / 01 hr drive each way. Chitkul is the last inhabited village near the Indo-China border. You can visit village temple famously known as Mathi devi temple, the village and baspa river. • Return back to Sangla after the visit. Rest of the day is free at leisure. Optional visit is Kamru fort which is in village Kamru near Sangla. The village is an ancient capital of the Bushahr principality which later shifted to Sarahan. You have to hike a bit to reach this small fort. No one is allowed to visit the temple located inside this fort. • Dinner at the hotel. Overnight stay in Sangla.
Sangla - Shimla (Approx. 230 kms / 08 hrs drive + stops)• Breakfast at the hotel. • Later drive to Shimla (Approx. 2200 meters above sea level). Upon arrival check in at the hotel. • Shimla is the capital of the state of Himachal Pradesh, India. Well known as the Queen of Hills, is an all time destination for tourists, for lovers of nature and solitude. Situated on the lower spurs on North-West Himalayas at a height of 2205 meters it has always enticed and cast a spell on anyone who set ones foot on these slopes once. The hill station is enveloped by seven hills that include Jakhoo Hill, Bantony Hill, Prospect Hill, Summer Hill, Observatory Hill, Invererarm Hill and Elysium Hill. In 1864, Shimla was declared as the summer capital of the British Empire in India. • Evening is free at leisure to rest or you can explore the famous market street of Shimla i.e. The Mall. • Dinner at the hotel. Overnight stay in Shimla.
Shimla - Chandigarh (Approx. 110 kms / 04 hrs drive) - Chandigarh Departure by flight / train• Breakfast at the hotel. • If interested you can visit some places in Shimla like Jakhu temple, located at highest hill of Shimla i.e. Jakhu hill and Indian Institute of Advance studies (earlier known as Viceregal Lodge). • Later you will be driven to Chandigarh and upon arrival you will be transferred to Chandigarh Railway station / airport for an onward journey.
* Hotel accommodation for 10 nights on Double sharing basis – Standard category rooms used in all hotels.
* Tented accommodation in Nako with attached toilets.
* Daily i.e. 10 breakfasts at the hotel starting from day 02 till day 11.
* Daily i.e. 10 dinners at the hotel starting from day 01 till day 10.
* Transportation using Non Air conditioned vehicle for the entire tour as per the program. Ac will be on in the plains only.
– Toyota Innova car for 02 to 06 persons
– Tempo traveller for 07 to 08 persons
* All expenses related to vehicle like parking, toll charges, interstate tax, driver’s outstation allowance.
* 01 Mineral water (01 litre) bottle per person per day in the vehicle during transfer, sightseeing and inter city drive.
* 5 % GST i.e. Goods and Service Tax.
* Expense of personal nature like laundry, alcoholic / non alcoholic drinks, telephone calls, camera / video camera fee at
monuments, medical expenses, etc.
* Any insurance cover or airport taxes.
* Any domestic airfare / Train ticket.
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