Known as the queen of the hills, Shimla is the picturesque capital of the state and is situated in the Himalayan ranges. It is an ideal spot to stop when setting off to explore the higher ranges of the Himalaya and the mall road is a very popular tourist attraction here.
Home to many high mountain ranges of the Himalaya, Kinnaur district also has three rivers and their tributaries flowing through it. The Kinner Kailash parikrama is a popular expedition on foot for those who wish to explore their adventurous side and the old Hindustan-Tibet Road also passes through this district. The Kinnauri apple is well known for its incredible flavour and freshness.
Located in the North-East section of Himachal Pradesh, Spiti Valley comprises a high-altitude cold desert surrounded by snowcapped peaks. It is separated from Lahaul valley by Kunzum pass and has the Spiti river flowing through it.In Spiti, we will visit Tabo, Nako, Hikkim, Kibber and Langza, all of which provide great insights into the life and culture of the region.
Located in the centre of Himachal, Kullu district enjoys views of beautiful snow-capped mountains and has many different landscapes present within it. Manali is a popular tourist destination that also serves as a base for many treks and trails into the surrounding districts of Lahaul, Spiti and even Mandi.
The Highlights of Himachal Expedition is an 11-day expedition that covers a number of districts and attractions in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Beginning in Chandigarh, we will bring you up to Shimla where a night stay at a hotel will be arranged and from the hotel you can venture out into the local market to shop or eat dinner.
DAY 2 Shimla to Baga-KulluSarahan
After an early breakfast, we will set off towards BagaSarahan, we will visit Hatu temple in Narkandaenroute and then descend towards theSatluj River, driving along the Satluj is a fabulous experience and we will cross Nirmand village which is known forits fabled temples, before proceeding towardBagaSarahan, known for its forests and meadows.
BagaSarahan is located in Kullu District. The mountains ranges, the ancient temple of sage Sahana Rishi and the beautiful stream are the main attractions. The tranquil surroundings that consist of green meadows and a waterfall are only enhanced by the sheer climb through thick forests to get here..
Overnight stay will be organised at Parasol Camp.
DAY 3 Baga-KulluSarahan
We can enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the camp followed by a short hike to the waterfall. The spot is ideal for a picnic lunch and offers a divine view of the valley.
For the more adventurous lot, we also have an option to Trek to Bashleo Pass which is a 6 km uphill trailbeginning from near the campsite. The walk takes you through the meadows, farms, a pine forest and it finally brings you towide openpasture land situated at about 3277 meters above sea level. After lunch and a short nap in the meadows, we will head back down for a relaxed evening.
We can also organise a visit to theBagaSarahan Village, where one can acquaint themselves with the village life.
DAY 4 BagaSarahan-Sangla- Chitkul-Sangla
After an early breakfast, we will set out towardsChitkul, the famous last village on the Indo Tibetan border. On crossing Rampur, you can see theWangtooKarcham Dam and the Sutlej River. Once in Chitkul, we will spend some time in the village and have a cup of chai by the river. For the night, we will head towards the local accommodation, where we have organised your stay.
DAY 5 Sangla-Kalpa
The Kamru fort in Sanglais on our itinerary for the morning after which you can take a stroll around the village before headingout for Kalpa.
Kalpais a beautiful village surrounded by cedar forests at an altitude of about 10,000 feet. The main crops cultivated hereare apricots & apples and if you happen to be here during harvest season, you can get a taste of the fresh Kinnauri fruits. On reachingKalpaand catching up on some rest, you explore the village, the local temple and the monastery if you are feelingupto it.
DAY 6 Kalpa to Tabo via Khab, Nako&Gue
As we proceed withour journey beyondRekongPeo, the terrain changes drastically. We will travel beyond the tree line and hence the dense forests will be replaced with shrub like desert plants and the landscape will become increasinglydry and rocky. We will take a 10-minute break at Khab, where you can take beautiful photos of the crystal blue Spiti river flowing into the muddy Sutlej. We will then continue climbing to a beautiful village called Nako. After reachingNako and catching up on some rest, we can venture out for a stroll to the famous Nako lake and explore the village. AsNakois located in the upper Kinnaur region closer to Spiti, the village identifies with aspects of Spitian life and architecture.
We also plan to take you to the entry point of Spiti from the southern side- Sumdo where we make our visitor entries before heading to Gue to see the 550 year old Mummy of a Monk. The mummy is one of its kind and was found only a few years ago. From Gue we will proceed towardsTabo, which is knownby some as theAjantas of the Himalayas. The1000-year-old monastery at Tabo has been active all along and the murals, wall paintings and thankasalso date back to when the monastery was first set up. The wall of the 1000 Buddhas in the main sanctum is an incredible site to see andif we have enough time, we can also take a short hike to the nearby meditation caves.We will stay in Tabo for night.
DAY 7 Tabo to Kaza via Dhankar& Mud (Pin Valley)
After exploringthe Tabo Monastery in the morning, we will drive to Kaza viaDhankar Monastery- a 1000 years old monument with an idyllic setting. Dhankar Monastery is situated on a cliff overlooking the confluence of Spiti and Pin River. Dhankar use to be the seat of the King in ancient times and the monastery use to follow the sect of the King. The hike to Dhankar lake is a 45 minutes hike from Dhankar village and is well worth it if you are upto it. If not, you can take a walk around the village before lunch. After Dhankar, we will visit Khungri monastery on our way to Mudh Village in Pin Valley. And we will end the day in Kaza.
DAY 8 Kaza – Komik, Hikkim, Langza& Kye-Khibber
After breakfast at our hotel in Kaza, we plan to take youto various high-altitude villages in Spiti Valley. We will begin the tour atKomic,which is one of the highest motorable villages in the world and the views of the snow-capped peaks are spectacular.Komic is also home to the Tangyud monastery which identifies with the Sakya sect of Buddhism. This monastery is active even in the heightof winters when temperature dips down to -30 degrees. After Komic, we will proceed to Hikkim where apparently the world’s highest post office is located and if there isn’t a rush, then you cansend some post cards to friends or family from here. Following Hikkim, we will head to Langza, which is famous for its fossils. Millions of years ago, Spiti lay submerged under the Tethys Sea. Fossils of sea life are visible in areas surrounding the village and we urge not to pick up any so as to ensure that others can also partake in this incredible experience.
Later we will visit Ki monastery, the centre of learning in Spiti valley. The monastery is set on a small hill from where you get a splendid view of the valley alongside a nice hot cup of tea. Next, we will head over to Khibber village, which used to be the highest motorable village in the world before Komic was connected by road. A short hike from Khibber village is Chichum Bridge which is the highest bridge above sea level in Asia. In the evening we will return to Kaza for the night.
DAY 9 Kaza to Chandrataal Lake via Losar and Kunzum pass
Enroute to Chandrataal, we will stop at Losar for a cup of chai andat Kunzum Pass for aparikrama of Kunzum Mata Temple.Chandrataal lake is a picture-perfect spot where you find you can’t actually take a bad picture because of the sheer beauty of this location. To get a real taste of adventure, we will camp near the lakein state-of-the-art Swiss cottage tents.
DAY 10 Chandrataal to Manali via Atal Tunnel
We begin our journey to Manali after an early breakfast and stop to say goodbye to Chacha and Chachi at Chandra Dhaba in Batal. We will aim to try and cross Atal Tunnel before 2pm as the tunnel is shut between 2 and 3 pm.
DAY 11 Manali Solang and local
Many believe that to have a complete experience of Manali, a visit to Solang Valley is a must.
located at a distance of 13 kms from Manali, Solang valley offers the view of glaciers and snow-capped mountains and peaks. As SolangValley is known for its fine ski slopes,the Mountaineering Institute of Manali has installed a ski lift here. Besides skiing in the winter, the are a number of adventure sports and activities offered here, that you can partake in all year round. In the afternoon, we will visit Hadimba Temple and Vashisth Kund. Also known as the Doongri Temple,Hadimba Temple is a four-tiered pagoda-like wooden temple with beautiful carvings situated amidst adeodar forest. If you are interested, we can alsovisit the Manali Club House which offers many facilities including a roller skating rink, an auditorium, billiards rooms, a library, a bar and a restaurant.
DAY 11 Manali to Chandigarh
After breakfast, we willcheckout fromour hotel and drive to Chandigarh. We will offer a drop to Chandigarh Airport/ Railway station for anyone who requires it.
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