Himachal Pradesh iterally “snow-laden province” is a state in northern part of India. Situated in the Western Himalayas, it is bordered by states of Jammu and Kashmir on the north, Punjab on the west, Haryana on the southwest, Uttarakhand on…
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Himachal Pradesh iterally “snow-laden province” is a state in northern part of India. Situated in the Western Himalayas, it is bordered by states of Jammu and Kashmir on the north, Punjab on the west, Haryana on the southwest, Uttarakhand on the southeast, and Tibet on the east. As its southernmost point, it also touches the state of Uttar Pradesh. The state’s name was coined from the Sanskrit—Him means ‘snow’ and achal means ‘land’ or ‘abode’. Himachal is in the western Himalayas. Covering an area of 55,673 square kilometres (21,495 sq mi), it is a mountainous state. Most of the state lies on the foothills of the Dhauladhar Range. At 6,816 m Reo Purgyil is the highest mountain peak in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Himachal Pradesh Tour organized by Himalayan Destination can make your vacation memorable one, as we are specialist in this sector.The state is spread across valleys. About 90% of the state’s population lives in rural areas. Many perennial rivers flow in the state with numerous Hydro-Power plants producing surplus electricity that is sold to other states. Tourism and agriculture are also important constituents of the state’s economy. Himalayan Destination is one of the best Kalpa Kinnaur Spiti Valley tour and travel operator.
The drainage system of Himachal is composed both of rivers and glaciers. Himalayan rivers criss-cross the entire mountain chain. Himachal Pradesh provides water to both the Indus and Ganges basins. The drainage systems of the region are the Chandra Bhaga or the Chenab, the Ravi, the Beas, the Sutlej, and the Yamuna. These rivers are perennial and are fed by snow and rainfall. They are protected by an extensive cover of natural vegetation.
Himachal Pradesh has around 463 birds, 77 mammalian, 44 reptile and 80 fish species. The Great Himalayan National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Pin Valley National Park are the national Parks located in the state. The state also has 30 wildlife sanctuaries and 3 conservation reserves. Shimla Manali Tour or Kalap Kinnaur Tour or Spiti Valley Tour organized by Himalayan Destination can make your vacation memorable one, as we are specialist in this sector. Himalayan Destination is one of the best Shimla Manali tour and travel operator or best Kalpa Kinnaur tour and travels operator or best Spiti Valley tour and travels operator, who organize Shimla Manali Tour or Kalpa Kinnaur Tour or Spiti Valley Tour.
Shimla or Simla is the capital of the state of Himachal Pradesh in India. It is a very popular holiday-retreat during the summer months and is well-known for its Victorian architecture, which is reflected in certain areas of the Mall and The Ridge. It is also a famous holiday spot for honeymoon. The elevation of Shimla is 2276 m above from the sea level.
Set amidst beautiful hills and mystical woods, Shimla is one of most aesthetically planned cities in India. An erstwhile summer capital of British India, this town’s captivating natural beauty, and the atmosphere are bound to leave any tourist overwhelmed. The well-knit roads, impeccable cleanliness, and an efficient administration make for a perfect combination for any tourist destination in the world. This town has colonial-style buildings alongside the historic temples and the amalgamation of the worlds leaves everyone visiting this region spellbound. Within this city, one must visit the Mall Road, The Ridge, Institute of Advanced Studies and Jakhu Temple. Shimla is also used as a base to cover other nearby places like Chail, Kufri, Naldehra, Mashobra, Tattapani and Narkanda. The Toy Train to Shimla from Kalka passes through beautiful hills, valleys and is one of the most beautiful train routes in the world. From Kalka to Shimla Toy train route passes through 108 nos of tunnels makes more attractive.
There are quite a few theories regarding the origin of the word Shimla. Locals insist that the name originates from Shyamali Devi, a re-incarnation of the fearsome Goddess Kali.
Solan, located on the Punjab-Himachal Border, Solan lies on the lower ranges of the Himalayas and is more of an industrial town with various industries. Solan is a more low-key hill station ideal for travelers looking just some time away from city rush. A beautiful city in Himachal Pradesh, Solan has ancient temples and monasteries that attract hundreds of tourists and devotees every year. Being set in the backdrop of majestic hills adds and quaint charm to these centers of worship. This city also has a 300-year old fort located at the top of a hill which is in ruins but has an awe-inspiring panoramic view of the countryside. The Shoolini Mata Temple and jatoli Shiv Temple are must-visits for both devotees and tourists. One of the most famous monasteries in this region is the Yundung Monastery, which must be visited by everyone travelling to Solan.
Solan has one of the oldest breweries in the country and is popularly known as The Mushroom Capital of the country owing to the amount of Mushrooms produced every year. Solan is also called as The City of Red Gold as it produces bulk quantities of tomatoes.
The Mall, is the main shopping centre of Shimla. This shopping centre has a good number of banks, restaurants, post offices, clubs, bars and tourists offices. There is a famous theatre of Shimla called Gaiety Theatre. The Mall is also the main meeting place for the people of Shimla. Statue of Mahatma Gandhi just outside Christ Church located at the heart of the Mall.
The Ridge, built at the top of the town at 2230m, The Ridge is the center of Shimla’s cultural and social life – an excellent place to view the surrounding mountains.
Christ Church, The Ridge (Near Municipal Library). Open every day, services Su 8:00AM-11:00AM. Constructed in 1846, this is the second oldest church of the North India. The stain-glass windows, representing charity, faith, patience, hope, fortitude and humility, and 19th century organ are particularly impressive. The fresco that surrounds the chapel window was designed by Lockwood Kipling, Rudyard Kipling’s father.
Lower Bazaar, The Mall (Below Central Section). Shops Open Mo-Sa. The Lower Bazaar is home to the city’s less expensive hotels, cheaper restaurants and stores, and a congested wholesale vegetable market. Although less opulent than its upper neighbor, the Lower Bazaar retains an old worldly charm and is an excellent place to try some Shimla specialty dishes, like Uradh Dal with rice or Shepard’s Pie. It also sells clothes and household items.
Viceregal Lodge, The Mall (A top Observatory Hill), Open every day (Only the entrance hall and gardens are open to the public). This lodge is now part of the Institute of Advanced Studies. An imposing British-raj mansion built under the guidance of Lord Dufferin in 1888. Manicured British style gardens surround the mansion on three sides, while the fourth side is a place to relax and watch the sun dip below the Himalayan foothills. The teak-paneled interior is impressive, and well worth a viewing. This lodge is a 1 hour walk from the end of the mall, near the Oberoi hotel.
Tara Devi Temple, is named after one of the many forms of Goddess Kali. This well-maintained temple is located at the top of a steep hill about 11 kms from Shimla bus stand. There are stunning views of Shimla town and the Himalayas. This is a perfect location for people who are looking for some rest and peace at a high altitude, around 6070 ft. The temple is very clean with a beautiful flower garden surrounding it.
Chadwick Falls, 7 km away from Shimla, the inviting spot of Chadwick Falls is a premier travel destination. A trip to the Chadwick Falls during the monsoons will be an unforgettable experience. Located in an incredible landscape, the place is home to some old shrines that are sites of immense significance for pilgrims.
Dorje Drag Monastery, Sarasvati Garden Estate, Kusmuti. A monastery in the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, also known as Thubten Evam Dorje Drag.
Kufri, in Shimla district, Himachal Pradesh is one of the most sought after holiday destinations, and more so for couples, because of its proximity to Shimla and relatively higher altitude which makes it a place with snow all through the winters.
Kufri is just about 10 km from Shimla and is quite a retreat if you’re in Shimla and snow is something which excites you. While there’s not much to see in Kufri as such, but the panoramic views and temples after a bit of trekking are worth the time. Kufri itself is mostly treated as a spot for the tourists visiting Shimla and it is advisable to club sightseeing in Shimla or nearby areas like Chail, Mashobra, Naldehra or Narkanda as well if you intend to visit Kufri. Also, Kufri is a relatively crowded and popular attraction as almost everyone visiting Shimla comes here.
Kufri Amusement Park located at 8500 ft. above sea level offering adventure activities like Burma Bridge Crossing, Flying Fox, Commando Net, Rock Climbing etc and also activities like Boating, Bump’em Cars, Rides, Indoor Golf and a number of virtual reality, redemption & video games. Other attractions include Restaurant, Coffee Shop, Shopping, Telescopic View etc. The food at the restaurant is excellent.
Chail, is a quiet hill station close to Shimla, known for the world’s highest cricket ground and the heritage hotel, Chail Palace, in the midst of pine and deodar trees. Surrounded by lush greenery and mesmerizing views from such a great height, known as a hiker’s paradise, Chail is bound to give a tourist a memorable travelling experience to a tourist. This place is famous for having the world’s highest cricket and polo grounds and has a luxurious resort situated on three hilltops. Once the summer capital of The Patiala, the palace has now been converted into a hotel and a tourist destination. This is the quintessential destination for tourists looking for a calm and relaxed vacation away from the more bustling and crowded tourist destinations in this state. Being the summer capital of the majestic kings of Patiala, the most famous place to visit in Chail is their palace which has now been converted into a heritage hotel. One must also visit the Chail Wildlife Sanctuary and the famous cricket ground.
Narkanda, surrounded by forests and woodlands, Narkanda is a quaint little town in Shimla district which is popular for skiing in winters.
Situated at a height of 9000 feet, this town attracts tourists for its ethereal natural beauty and its beautiful apple orchards. Surrounded by tropical forests and majestic hills, this is one place that tourists to Himachal Pradesh should not miss. Narkanda also has a lake called the Tannu Jabar Lake which is one of the most important tourist attraction here. There also exists a temple near the lake which is a must visit for all tourists and devotees coming here. Narkanda also has various trekking routes which all adventure-seekers should go for. Narkanda has a beautiful hill called Hatu Nag which one can trek up to. This hill offers a panoramic view of the town below and all adventure lovers travelling to this town should try it. One can also go for skiing during the winters.
Mashobra, is a lush green expanse in Himachal Pradesh, tucked away at a height of about 7700 feet, ensuring minimal human obstruction in the course of nature to provide you with the most pure and liberating experience of your lifetime.
Mashobra’s proximity to Shimla makes it a perfect alternative for people who are looking for a peaceful little hill-station. With just about enough resorts and enchanting natural bounty, come to Mashobra if you have a for a lazy weekend outing or a week-long vacation.
Sankat Mochan, A popular Hanuman temple is located here. We get an excellent view of Shimla from the temple. It can be reached by car or on foot.
Rampur, is located an average elevation of 1021 m (4429 feet). Rampur is one of famous place en-route Kalpa-Kinnaur. It is a very beautiful place situated at the bank of the river Satluj. The city is nearby to popular places like Jhakri, Sarahan Busahr, Green valley Dhar Gaura and Shraikoti to name a few. The city is also the home to Asia’s Largest Hydro Power Project – The Nathpa Jhakri Hydro Power Station built by Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd.(formerly known as Nathpa Jhakri Power Corporation) at Jhakri and world’s deepest Surge shaft at a Shah (22 km from Rampur).
Sarahan, a beautiful hamlet located in the Sutlej Valley, is a major tourist destination situated in the Shimla District of Himachal Pradesh. This place offers visitors the opportunity explore nature at its best. Placed at an average altitude of about 2165 m above sea level, the place is popular for its apple orchards, pine forests, small streams, rustic settings and slate roofed houses.
Once in Sarahan, one beholds a range of the snow-capped Himalayan peaks and one of them is the Shrikhand Peak. The rather peculiar thing about Shrikhand peak is that it is only one whose tip remains uncovered with snow. In the evening, sunrays adorn the peaks and the sight is simply stupendous.
It is the site of the Bhimakali Temple, originally known as Bhimadevi Temple, dedicated to the mother goddess Bhimakali, presiding deity of the rulers of the former Bushahr State. The temple is situated about 170 kilometres from Shimla and is one of 51 Shakti Peethas. The village is known as the “gateway of Kinnaur” it being near the old Indo-Tibetan Road. Seven kilometers below (17 km by road) Sarahan is the river Satluj. Sarahan is identified with the Shonitpur mentioned in Puranas. Sarahan Bushahr has been the summer capital of Bushahr kingdom, with Rampur Bushahr considered the winter capital.
The Bhimakali Temple houses the “Kuldevi” (the presiding deity of the dynesty) of Bushahr Kingdom. The Bhimakali Temple contains both Hindu and Vajrayāna Buddhist statues and decorations which reflect the trade through here between India and Tibetan regions through ancient Indo-Tibetan Road. The traces of old Indo-Tibetan road still passes through Shalabag near Sarahan. It also shows Kushan influence in its architecture and possibly some of the images in it are Kushan (1st to 3rd centuries CE).
There are two adjacent temple buildings. One is old and resurrected, and the other is relatively new. The temple is built in an Indo-Tibetan style of architecture, is called Kath kuni Architecture. Alternate rows of grooved and interlocked stones and wood provide strength to the walls. Thick walls with lower roofs found in typical mountainous region buildings provide warmth during winters. Bushahr kings are believed to be dynastic priests of the Bhimakali temple, and used to reside in temple premises before moving to palace 100 meters from the temple.
Kinnaur, is one of twelve administrative districts in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, India. The district is divided into three administrative areas – Pooh, Kalpa, and Nichar(Bhabanagar)– and has five tehsils (counties). The administrative headquarters of Kinnaur district is at Reckong Peo. From here Kinnaur Kailash, considered to be the abode of Lord Shiva, can be seen. Kinnaur, is about 235 km (146 mi) from the state capital, Shimla, located in the northeast corner of Himachal Pradesh bordering Tibet to the east. It has three high mountains ranges, namely, Zanskar and Himalayas that enclose valleys of Sutlej, Spiti, Baspa and their tributaries.
Sangla Valley / Baspa Valley, starts at Karcham and ends at Chitkul. Sangla is the major town in the valley with a petrol pump, Bank ATMs, Post Office, Restaurants, Bar, mid range hotels and shops. Sangla is a scenic and popular hilly area that is located in the Baspa Valley of Kinnaur district, Himachal Pradesh, beautifully nestled in the lap of the Himlayas. Situated close to the Tibetan border, Sangla is surrounded by forest slopes and mountains. This valley is located at the distance of 30 km from the Tibetan border and stretches from Karcham where the Baspa River in the east joins Satluj. In Tibetan language, the word ‘Sangla’ means ‘Pass of Light’. The villages in this place feature houses and temples that are built in Kinnauri wood and stone style. The serene Sangla valley is flanked by thick forests of Himalayan cedar and known as an abode to alder, spruce and the unusual birch. The place attracts every tourist with its beautiful Temples, Gompas, and friendly habitants.
The valley is surrounded by forested slopes and offers views of the high mountains. Its location in the greater Himalayan range gives it a milder climate than the plains. The Baspa River flows in the Sangla Valley which is rich in apple orchards, apricot, Wall-nut, Cedar trees, and glacial streams with trout. Travelling to Sangla offers one the opportunity to take in the pleasant view of the region dominated by pine nut orchards, cherry trees and apples. The glacial streams and the villages in this region like Karchham, Chitkul and Batseri add charm to its beauty. The main villages in the valley villages include Chitkul, Rakcham, Batseri, Themgarang, Kamru. Besides the natural beauty of Great Himalaya Kamru Fort, 14th Century Lord Badri Nath Ji Temple , Mata Devi Temple & Bearing Nag Temples are the main attractions of the Valley. Kamru Fort in this region is also one of the prime attractions of Sangla, which is an ancient fort but now it has been converted into a temple which is dedicated to Goddess Kamakshi. Other attractions of this region include Kanda Trout Farm, Sapni, etc. Moreover, the popular festival ‘Fulainch’ is also celebrated with zest and many tourists crowd the region during this time to enjoy this annual flower festival.
Sangla Valley is a part of Kinnaur and inhibited by Kinnauris. The main livelihood is agriculture while apples are a major cash crop here. The most significant achievement of this region which is worth laudable is that this area boasts of growing the world’s best quality apples. The weather along with the soil are both conducive to its exclusive and superior variety and quality. A part of the population also depends on tourism. The valley remains closed for six months during winter (from December till may) when the snowfall is heavy. The old Indo-Tibet road connects Sangla to The National Highway 05 at Karcham.
Chitkul, is a village in Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh, located at an elevation of 3450m above from sea level. It is the last inhabited village near the Indo-China border. The Indian road ends here. During winters, the place mostly remains covered with the heavy snow and the inhabitants move to lower regions of Himachal. Potatoes grown at Chittkul are one of the best in the world and are very costly. Chitkul, on the banks of Baspa River, is the first village of the Baspa Valley and the last village on the old Hindustan-Tibet trade route. It is also the last point in India one can travel to without any special permit.
Kalpa, is a small town in the Sutlej river valley, above Recong Peo in the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh, Northern India, in the Indian Himalaya. Inhabited by Kinnauri people and famous for its apple orchards. Apples are a major cash-crop for the region. The local inhabitants follow syncretism of Hinduism and Buddhism, and many temples in Kalpa are dedicated to both Hindu and Buddhist gods and goddesses.
It has an average elevation of 2,960 metres. It is located 265 km from Shimla on the NH-5 in Kinnaur district. It is located at the base of the Kinnaur Kailash snow-capped ranges. The Shivling peaks rise up to 20,000 feet (6,000 m), that changes its color at different points in the day. Kalpa is among apple orchards, pine-nut forests and the stately Deodhars. It is above the town of Reckong Peo, the district headquarters of Kinnaur, which has a hundred-year-old Buddhist monastery.
In Reckong Peo where travelers must stop to get their Inner Line Permits to continue upwards to the Spiti Valley, which is a small ancient part of what used to be Tibet. Spiti Valley is also called Mini Ladakh.
Nako, is the small village at an elevation of 3,662 m & built around the Nako Lake, in the Pooh sub-division of Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh with the backdrop of Reo Purgyal which has an elevation of 6,816 m and is the highest mountain in Himachal Pradesh. It is 103km away from Reckong Peo. Although a part of Kinnaur, it is located in the border of Spiti, and displays similar landscapes of the cold desert. It is a small village but has a rich history and many stories related to Padmasambhava. The village is now on a more stable location near the Nako Lake (formed by the slopes of the mountains of Reo Purgyal), compared to the opposite bank across the Nako river where it was located earlier and then shifted because of tectonic upliftment of the site. Nako Monastery in the upper part of the Nako village and the Nako Lake are important landmarks in the village. The monastery dated to the 11th century (1025 AD), oriented towards Tibet, similar in style to the Tabo Monastery consists of four large halls of which the oldest and largest is known as Dukhong. It is also known as ‘Lotsava Jhakang’ meaning “Complex of the Translator” named so in honour of Rinchen Zangpo who translated Buddhist scriptures from Sanskrit to the Tibetan language. Apples and Sun dried apricots are the agricultural produce from the village.
Spiti Valley comes after Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh. Spiti, means ‘The Middle Land’, and the place is very appropriately named, as Spiti Valley separates India from Tibet. Scantily populated. Long winding roads and picturesque valleys presenting glimpses of cold deserts and snow-crowned mountains, with intermittent greenery and picture-perfect villages welcome you when you set foot into Spiti Valley. Bordered on all sides by the Himalayas, Spiti Valley, located in Himachal Pradesh, has an altitude of 12,500 feet above sea level, and gets around 250 days of sunshine in the year, making it one of the coldest places in the country. With the thick Himalayan snow cutting Spiti off from the rest of the country for around 6 months in a year, the summer months are the only time Spiti is directly accessible through road. Spiti is a high altitude or cold desert having close similarities to the neighboring Tibet and Ladakh regions in terms of terrain, climate and the Buddhist culture.
Giu Village, is called The Mummy of Spiti Valley. Giu is a remote village deep in Spiti Valley, which has achieved its fame thanks to a naturally preserved dead body. A small village, with only about 50-60 households, Giu is situated at an elevation of 10,000 ft. Tourists often ignore Giu when planning a trip to the Kinnaur / Spiti region, and most people come close to the region. Giu has some stunning views keeping in line with the region! Even though the area is challenging to reach, the Giu Mummy has started attracting tourism for the tiny village. It is a good stop-over when in the region and looking for something different and unique to experience.
The Mummy is a tiny and fragile body, which is sitting and a little hunched. The body seems to have shrunk through the generations in a manner that looks like dehydration. With a chocolate brown color, covered in traditional yellow and white monk clothes, inside a glass casing, it seems the body has lived many a life cycle since the time it was alive.
Tabo, village is situated at an altitude of 3,280 m. Tabo is a small town in the Lahaul and Spiti district on the banks of the Spiti river in Himachal Pradesh, India. The town lies on the road between Recong Peo and Kaza, the sub-divisional headquarters of Spiti. The town surrounded by snow capped peaks of the Trans Himalayas. The town is known for the Buddhist monastery which, according to legend, is said to be over a thousand years old. The Tabo Monastery or Tabo Gompa was founded back to 996 A.D. It the oldest continually operative Buddhist institution in India. The Dalai Lama has expressed his desire to retire to Tabo, since he maintains that the Tabo Monastery is one of the holiest. In 1996, the Dalai Lama conducted the Kalachakra initiation ceremony in Tabo, which coincided with the millennium anniversary celebrations of the Tabo monastery. The ceremony was attended by thousands of Buddhists from across the world. Tabo Monastery’s spiritual head is Tsenshap Serkong Rinpoche. Climb the mountain face and explore the Tabo caves. These ancient caves were used by Buddhist monks for dwelling and till date, some of them are still used for meditation. Tabo caves used by monks are marked by flags and are prohibited to enter.
Climate in Tabo is very unpredictable as it ranges from cloudy to sunny and from snow to heavy snowfall. Summers are short from May to August and winters are longer from mid-September to April. Winter temperatures in Tabo can range from −15 °C (5 °F) in the day to −45 °C (−49 °F) overnight. In summers, temperature ranges from 20 °C (68 °F) in daytime to −5 °C (23 °F) at night.
Mud Village, is a part of a cluster of 17 villages of Pin Valley, housing around 200 people in its 30 homes. Some Bollywood film has been shooted here, Paap is one of them. A striking feature of the village is how lush green it is, probably because the Pin river flows right beside the village. The river nourishes this land and enables its soil to harbor healthy crops. Mud village gained popularity among travelers for being a trekking base to Pin Parvati Pass, trek to Bhabha Pass and of course, the entrance to Pin Valley National park.
At an altitude of about 3600 meters, Mud is the last inhabited village of Pin valley, located 50 km away from Kaza. People travel to Pin Valley from Tabo and then Mud Village to Kaza after sleeping for a night. The distance from Tabo to Mud Village is 65 km, and generally, tourists visit Dhankar Monastery and Dhangkar Lake before staying overnight at Mud village in Pin Valley.
Pin Valley National Park, is a National park of India located within the Lahaul and Spiti district, in the state of Himachal Pradesh, in far Northern India. The park is located in the desert habitat of the Spiti Valley, within the Cold Desert Biosphere Reserve, in the Himalayas region.
The Pin Valley National Park established in the year of 1987. Total area of the park is about 1150 Km2 (Core Area – 675 Km2). Spreading south of Dhankar Monastery near the Tibetan border, the park marks the border between the formerly separate districts of Lahaul and Spiti. The elevation of the park ranges from about 3,500 m near Ka Dogri to more than 6,000 m at its highest point. Because of the park’s high altitude and extreme temperatures, the vegetation density is sparse, consisting mostly of alpine trees and groves of Himalayan cedar. In summer, rare birds such as the Himalayan Snow Cock, Chukar Partridge, Snow Partridge and Snowfinch flourish in the park. It is famous for Snow Leopard. The region is a cold desert, which is adjoined to the Great Himalayan National Park in the southwest and Rupi Bhabha Sanctuary in the south. Visitors not only enjoy the unique fauna and flora of the national park, but they also love to roam around the region. The nearby areas are equally beautiful. They are dominated by the influence of Tibetan culture.
National park is an area which is strictly reserved for the betterment of the wildlife & biodiversity, and where activities like developmental, forestry, poaching, hunting and grazing on cultivation are not permitted. Their boundaries are well marked and circumscribed.
Dhankar Monastery, is a village and also a Monastery, a Buddhist temple in the district of Lahaul and Spiti in India. It is situated at an elevation of 3,894 m in the Spiti Valley above Dhankar Village, between the towns of Kaza and Tabo. A serpentine road now takes you to the base of the monastery and with a flight of few steps you will find yourself standing in an ancient space where monks have prayed for centuries—uninterrupted. Dhankar Monastery was a part of a fort, in fact the word Dhankar itself means fort in local language. Monasteries in Spiti impress you with their unique location—almost hanging on the tip of a peak and overlooking beautiful valleys. The complex is built on a 1000-foot (300-metre) high spur overlooking the confluence of the Spiti and Pin Rivers – one of the world’s most spectacular settings for a gompa. Dhang or dang means cliff, and kar or khar means fort. Hence Dhangkar means fort on a cliff. Dhankar, like Key Monastery and Tangyud Monastery in Spiti, and Thiksey in Leh, Likir in Ladakh and Rangdum monasteries in Zanskar, was built as a fort monastery on the Central Tibetan pattern.
Komic, literally meaning ‘eye of a snow cock’ (Ko means snow cock, Mic means eye), is a remote village in Spiti valley. Having its fame as the Highest village in the world connected with a motorable road, Komic is quite a destination for most people traveling to Spiti. Komic village is situated at an elevation of 15027ft above sea level. There are many important and noteworthy spots near the village, including Langza village (Fossil Village of India) and Hikkim village (highest village with a post office).
Set handsomely within the splendid peaks of Himachal Pradesh, the beauty of this place cannot be described in words; you need to feel it. Bounded by snow capped mountains and majestic valleys, Komic Village attracts countless tourists who want to experience firsthand the stunning beauty and the beautiful culture. All you need to do is come and explore the delightful vistas of this scenic valley.
The monastery houses the ‘Maitreya Buddha’ (Future Buddha). People believe that the Maitreya Buddha looks after the well-being of the Villagers. The 14th-century monastery has a fortified castle made of slanted mud walls, taking you back to the yester years through the beautiful murals, scriptures, and arts. The monastery has an amazingly unique look, as it is situated on the edge of a canyon. It almost looks like a fortified castle. Being situated on the periphery of the Kibber wildlife sanctuary, the views are stunning, and you might even be able to spot a Himalayan red fox! Inside the monastery, you’ll spot a stuffed leopard.
Langza, is a high altitude village situated on the way to Komic from Kaza. It is also known as the Fossil Village. This village has many stories to tell and has preserved them with all its might.
Thanks to the many fossils carefully kept from over the many years, it can invoke great senses in the curious souls. Also, a striking feature of the village The Chau Chau Kang Nilda Peak adorns its landscape majestically.
Hikkim village, is situated at an altitude of 14,400 ft. A local signboard will inform you that it holds the title of the Highest village with a post office. Of course, this has managed to grab the attention of every traveler coming to Spiti valley.
Hikkim is situated at a distance of around 4 Kms from Komic. Most importantly, if you are in Komic and need medical supplies, the nearest medical shop in Hikkim village. Hikkim is situated at a distance of 16 km from Kaza, 45 minutes of the uphill drive with dizzying roads. You can approach it while going to Komic and Langza villages from Kaza.
Being a sky lover, this has been my favorite activity whenever I am in Spiti. Night sky at Spiti is magical, with millions of stars looking down upon you, the milky way seems like an arm’s length away, and the moon is a giant white-spotted ball – all of this silhouetted against the trans-Himalayan mountains.
At night Spiti becomes a mysterious land, totally gripping you in its charm. Same goes for Hikkim, try your hand at Astro-photography or night photography, if you are into it. Spiti is one of the best places in the word to do that. Or simply gaze at the alluring night-sky and make twinkling memories of a lifetime.
Kaza, is the sub-divisional headquarters of the remote Spiti Valley in the western Himalayas in the Lahaul and Spiti district of the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. The beautiful town of Kaza is located at an altitude of about 12,500 ft., on the left bank of the Spiti River in the majestic Lahaul and Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh. Kaza is surrounded by high mountains, crystal clear river & streams, and barren landscapes interspersed with green landscapes and meadows. It is a marvelous destination, which houses several beautiful palaces, monasteries, gompas, and other historical buildings. Kaza is the largest township and commercial center of the Spiti valley.
Key Monastery, is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery located on top of a hill at an altitude of 13,668 ft above sea level, close to the Spiti River, in the Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh. Also known as Key Gompa, it is biggest centre of Buddhist learning in Spiti Valley and the oldest training centre for Lamas. It is home of around 300 lamas who receive their religious education here. The place is considered to be one of the most important and oldest research and debate centre for Buddhists of Spiti Valley.
Kibber, is a village high in the Spiti Valley in the Himalayas at 14,200 ft in Himachal Pradesh in northern India. Kibber has the distinction of being the highest motorable village in the world. The village is known for its scenic mountains, barren splendor and monasteries. The landscape of Kibber and the entire Spiti Valley resembles that of Ladakh and Tibet. The culture also is similar to that of Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism is the predominant religion. No wonder then that Spiti is also known as Little Tibet. Kibber Village comprising 80 houses. It contains also the Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary. Kibber lies in a narrow valley on the summit of a limestone rock. It is located 20 km from Kaza. Agriculture forms the backbone of the local economy and lush green fields are abundant. The Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1992, which spans over an area of 2,220.12 sq-km of land. The elevation range of this sanctuary is 3,600-6,700 m above sea level. In Kibber you can found Snow Leopard and Kibber is called The Land of Snow Leopard.
Demul, is high altitude village situated at an altitude of 14,170 feet at a Trans-Himalayan valley in the Spiti region. Demul is around 32 kilometers eastward from the town of Kaza. Demul is a village with a little over fifty houses, which is big enough by Spiti standards. It personifies solitude, simplicity, and remoteness in this middle land of Spiti. Driving from Kaza to Demul, it will take one hr drive to reach this beautiful hamlet of Spiti Valley. An uphill offshoot of the main road along the Spiti river, just before Lidang village will take you to Demul. Demul is connected to all of the high villages of Spiti Valley. Some travelers choose to trek to Demul from Koumic or Hikkim as well on their home stays trek of these high villages.
Balari Top, is a hilltop point at the elevation of 16,000 feet, which presents an amazing bird’s eye view of Spiti valley. Balari top is the only place from where you can see 18 no of villages spread across the Spiti valley, three meandering rivers (Spiti, Lingti, and Pin), Dhangkar monastery, wind-sculpted rocks and a landscape which is the signature of Spiti. The famous Chao Chao Kang Nilda and Kanamo peaks are also visible from this gem of a point near Demul.
Balari top is three hours of a hike away from Demul village with a gentle gradient but the elevation can be arduous. Hence, it is important to understand the basics of high altitude trekking in the Himalayas.
Losar, is peaceful, soothing, and absolutely delightful village in Spiti Valley is located at an altitude of 4,085 meters above sea level. Your visit to Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh is incomplete if you have not visited this heaven like place, situated near the confluence of Losar and Peeno streams. It is located in the extreme end of the Spiti Valley, which is much similar to Ladakh in appearance. There are magnificent mountains, stunning rivers, and breathtaking vistas in Losar that can spellbind any tourist with its unparalleled beauty.
There are a few hotels and home stay options in the valley, having come of late that offer comfortable stay to the guests. The distance between Losar and Kaza is only 56 km and therefore, tourists can visit the main town of Spiti Valley ‘Kaza’ in just a few hours from Losar.
Kunzum Pass, situated at an elevation of 15,060 ft, is a high mountain pass on the eastern Kunzum Range of the Himalayas some 128 km from Manali. It is one of India’s highest motorable mountain pass on the route to Kaza the sub-divisional headquarters of Spiti. It’s the highest point in the Spiti Valley Road. The road over the pass is not a road. Just a dirt track leading upto the top of the hill. The surface on this gravel road is often loose, especially along the sides of the road. The drive is definitely worth it. The top of the pass offers spectacular views of Bara-Sigri glacier, the second longest glacier in the world. Also visible from the top of the pass are the Chandra-Bhaga Mountain and Spiti Valley. Besides the panoramic view of the region, Kunzum Pass has got a temple of Goddess Durga at its top most point. Avalanches and heavy snowfalls can sometimes block some sections of the road and can be extremely dangerous due to frequent patches of ice. It connects the Kullu Valley and Lahaul Valley with the Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh, India. It is the only motorable route connecting Lahaul Valley on the western side of the pass with Spiti Valley on the eastern side. There is also a 15 km trek to the Moon Lake or Chandratal from the Kunzum Pass. It consists of 15 sharp hairpin turns, testing driving skills of even experienced drivers. The drivers, travelers and passer by seeks blessings of Kunzum Mata before undertaking the dangerous journey.
Chandra Tal lake, is also called the Moon Lake, is situated on the Samudra Tapu plateau, a crescent-shaped basin, surrounded by the gigantic Himalayan Mountains on all the sides, which overlooks the Chandra River. The name of the lake originates from its crescent shape. It is situated at an altitude of about 14,100 ft in the Himalayas. Mountains of screed overlook the lake on one side, and a cirque encloses it on the other in Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh. Chandra Tal is a tourist destination for trekkers and campers. Earlier, the lake was the resting point for the traders and voyagers who used to come from Tibet or Ladakh. One will get awestruck when they will see that the color of the lake keeps on changing with the color of the sky. The shimmering lake is flanked by the green-carpeted Chandra Baga mountain range. The lake is accessible on foot from Batal as well as from Kunzum Pass from late May to early October. There is also a motor road accessible as far as a parking lot around 2 km from the lake. The route from Kunzum Pass was accessible only on foot before, but now motorcycles and 4×4 cars do travel this distance where you take a right cut from a T-point, the road to left leads to Bataal. It takes approx 2 hours from Kunzum Pass to Chandra Taal. Chandra Taal is also accessible from Suraj Tal, 30 km away situated near Baralach La Pass or Baralacha La in Lahaul district situated Leh-Manali highway.
Khokhsar, at an altitude of 10302 ft. Just a few km before Gramphu, you will reach Khoksar which is the first settlement in the Lahaul Valley of Himachal Pradesh. This place has several Dhabas where you can enjoy the food, a clean washroom or toilet to fresh-up yourself. There are few houses as well in this small village. You can found few options of night stay in hotel as well as guest house / home stay. The Chandra river flows through this place, and the surrounding views are just amazing from the village. It is a major eating point on Manali Leh Highway (especially when you going to Ladakh from Manali).
Gramphu, at an altitude of 10499 ft. After you crossed the northern area of Rohtang Pass, you reach a place called Gramphu. At Gramphu, there is a diversion towards the right which will lead you to Spiti Valley via Kunzum Pass. If you want to visit Chandratal then you need to take the diversion towards Spiti and once you reach Batal, go straight towards Chandratal. There are no stay options at Gramphu, but you will find a couple of tea stall / dhabas there.
Rohtang Pass, at an altitude of 13058 ft. Distance to Manali from here around 51 km. Rohtang Pass connects the tribal valleys of Lahaul and Spiti to Kullu Valley. This is the hottest Himalayan tourist spot in Northern India and people flood this place in the month of May and June. Though there has been some respite since the introduction of Rohtang Pass permit.
Do expect heavy tourist rush and traffic jam, if you are late in leaving from Manali in the early season (If you start you Ladakh trip from Manali).
Rohtang Pass remains closed for more than six months in the winter months due to heavy snowfall and thus closing the Manali Leh Highway. No permit can be issued on every Tuesday for crossing Rohtang Pass (if anyone start there journey to Ladakh from Manali).
Many people feel the altitude factor after reaching Rohtang Pass with headaches and feeling to puke. So, it better to keep yourself hydrated on the way. There is no place to stay or eat at Rohtang Pass.
Rohtang Pass is the last of the five major mountain passes from Leh – Manali Highway.
Rani Nala, is few km ahead of Rohtang Pass, which is a glacier point. This place is famous for its huge snow walls, more than 20 feet high. You can find snow here almost 8 out of 12 months. The feeling of going between these huge walls of snow is impeccable, especially in the early season. You can face traffic jam in this area in the early season due to the narrow passage and kill your time. You need to leave as early as possible like 5 am from Manali to avoid the traffic jam on Manali – Rohtang Pass road (If you start Ladakh Journey from Manali).
It is perhaps the last major point on the southern portal of Rohtang Pass. No stay options are available at Rani Nalla.
Marhi, at an altitude of 10827 ft. After Rani Nala, you reach Marhi which is the highest snow point in winters when the road to Rohtang Pass is closed. There are few Dhabas on Marhi by HPTDC but there are no stay options. Marhi is a common stoppage point for people doing cycling on Manali Leh Highway. Cyclists put up their own camps to spend the night at Marhi and get acclimatized for the ride ahead.
Gulaba, is famous as one of the lower winter snow point when the road to Rohtang Pass gets closed. There are only a few Dhabas on Gulaba and no options to stay. Running through few small villages (Kothi, Palchan etc.) of this beautiful lush green valley you reach to Manali from Gulaba, around 20 km.
Nehru Kund, is located at the distance of around 6 km from Manali. It is one of the natural springs of natural water in India. Nehru Kund is named after the late Prime Minister Jawar Lal Nehru. Nehru used to drink water from this Kund, while his journey to Manali. Nehru Kund is on the Manali-Keylong road, about 6 kms from Manali.
Manali, at the northern end of the Kullu Valley in Himachal Pradesh, is a hill station situated at a height of 2050m (6398 ft) in the Himalayas, is one of the most popular, beautiful and awe-inspiring hill stations in this country. Surrounded by majestic hills and woody forests, the quaint charm of Manali has captured the world’s attention and has become one of the most visited tourist destinations in India.
Situated on the Beas river (Vyaas in Hindi) and near its source, it is a popular tourist spot for Indians in summer and a magical, snow-covered place in winter. The pristine River Beas flows right through the town, creating a mesmerizing and spellbinding landscape. Nestled at one end of the Kullu Valley, Manali is a popular hill station with attractions such as the Rohtang Pass and Solang Valley nearby. Rohtang Pass is covered with snow throughout the year and is a good experience in itself. This is the ideal place for tourists looking to unwind and rejuvenate in the lap of nature, for there is no place in the country more vibrant and charming as Manali.
This town also has a multitude of options for tourists looking for adventurous activities like trekking, paragliding, skiing, zorbing, white water rafting etc. Besides adventurous activities, Manali also has a lot of temples which all tourists and devotees love to visit including the Raghunath Temple and Jagannath Dev Temple being one of the important ones. Hadimba Temple, a 14th-century temple is famous for its wooden architecture and for its religious values. Manali is also used as the base town for the Manali-Leh highway and Leh is around 479 km from here. Lahaul and Spiti district can also be accessed from here during the summers using the same highway.
Mostly BSNL Connection does work on major places. But most of the time when you traveled through the remote areas network might not available.
It is not easy to find fuel or petrol on Spiti Valley. Do not forget to full your car tank from Shimla / Narkanda / Rampur / Recong Peo / Kaza. When you travel from Shimla last petrol pump at Recong Peo and next also only at Kaza. But when you travel from Manali don’t forget to full from Manali as after Manali only petrol pump at Spiti at Kaza.
Apart from Shimla or Manali there might have ATM in Rampur, Sarahan, Sangla, Reckong Peo and Kaza in Kinnaur and Spiti Valley. But it is advisable to carry enough cash along with you because most of the time the on route ATM have run out of money or become un-operational at any day or any time.
Medical Facilities in Spiti are basic, although there is a well equipped hospital in Kaza there are only a few primary healthcare centers outside of the district headquarters. Traditional medicinal practitioners known as Amchi are present in every part of the valley and can provide preventative herbal remedies for most afflictions.
The road is just a relative term here and for most part of the journey, you will be driving around on a complete nightmare. Mud, slush, dirt trail, water crossings, boulder and big stones on the road, shooting stones, narrow steep climbs. Car ground clearance will play the most important part while driving through Spiti. You cannot risk the underbelly of your car hitting the ground every time you get across a water stream, or your car getting stuck as you try to take it through a rivulet, mud or slush. Driving through lose gravel will mean stones flying and hitting the belly of your car. Any SUV will probably be the best car for Spiti Valley. It doesn’t matter if it is a 2 wheel drive or 4×4 but the good ground clearance an SUV offers will be of great help while traveling through Spiti.
Best Time to travel to explore Spiti Valley / Mini Ladakh
Spiti valley is accessible from Shimla side throughout the year however from Manali; it is accessible only for 5 months, from June till September. So if you are planning from Shimla, from June till September, you can complete the circuit by exiting from Manali. However from late October till early May; you can only drive up to Kaza from Shimla and will have to return the same way. There is no high altitude pass between Shimla and Kaza however when it comes to Manali; you will cross two high altitude passes, Rohtang and Kunzum Pass. Both these passes remain close from anytime in October till May (depending on the weather and road conditions) so a journey from Manali to Spiti valley can only be done from June till September.
Please note that even though you can travel to Spiti from Shimla throughout the year, in peak winter the entire valley remains under a thick sheet of snow so a road journey will not be only difficult but also very challenging.
So, the best time to visit Spiti valley depends on what your preference is. If it is snow you are after, then the best time would be to go sometime in February or March otherwise July till September would be an ideal time to visit Lahaul & Spiti. More specifically as below –
- Spiti Valley In January, Not a good time to go at all. Winter is at its full swing and there is heavy snow all around, starting right from near Shimla until Kaza. Chances of catching a live snowfall, roads being closed and getting stranded somewhere are highest during this time. The road from Manali to Kaza remains closed at this time so the only way to get into the valley is to travel from Shimla however the road goes through some regions that experience heavy snowfall due to which it is best to avoid traveling at this time. There is not much of accommodation options available too in January. Please do keep in mind that life in Spiti Valley in winter is really not that easy. Water freezes everywhere including in pipes and taps; which means there will be no running water and you will have to depend on water in buckets.
- Spiti Valley in February & March, If you want to see snow blanket, then the best time would be to go from mid Feb till March. There will be huge snow near Shimla, Narkanda, Kufri, Sarahan, Nako and Kaza at this time. Please do carefully plan your accommodation though because this is not really the tourist season and most of the hotels at this time remain closed. Please do keep in mind that life in Spiti Valley in winter is really not that easy. Water freezes everywhere including in pipes and taps; which means there will be no running water and you will have to depend on water in buckets.
- Spiti Valley In April & May, Snow starts to melt in this time. Hotels and guest houses too start to open up by this time however tourists are still few in numbers. If it is solitude you seek with not a lot of people around, then this is the best time to go. Chances of catching snow will be very less however the weather will still be extremely cold. Accommodation will still be limited and you will not be able to complete the circuit as well. You can hope to find whatever is left of the snow in the months of April and May but it is also the time when roads are in worst condition.
- Spiti Valley In June till September, The complete Spiti circuit will open only at this time. You can start your journey from Shimla and end at Manali or vice versa. While Spiti does not experience much rain, almost next to none for that matter; roads leading to the valley can still close due to landslides in monsoon. Kunzum pass opens in late June and it takes some time for BRO and PWD to improve the road conditions from Khoksar till Kaza. The entire patch from Khoksar to Kunzum, especially till Batal is a nightmare to drive on.
Landslides often occur in this region and you may have to wait for a few hours for the road to reopen and turn back and return the next day. Road from Shimla however does not have that large of a risk of closing down, even though it is equally bad. But even after all this, you can still comfortably complete the journey and enjoy the valley.
Chandratal is open during this time so you can add that too to your itinerary. Hotels are all fully functional so finding accommodation will not an issue. If travelling in June or early July, your trip will pretty much be event-less. However, monsoon would have arrived around Shimla and Kinnaur Valley by late July bringing in chances of landslides along with it. Best to keep a couple of buffer days while planning your itinerary in July or August. By September, monsoon would have gone and the valley would be colorful all around which makes it an ideal time to be travelling here. Temperature however would start to dip by late September or early October; so ensure that you are carrying heavy woolens at this time. During September, Kunzum Pass and Rohtang Pass are remain open so you can complete the circuit as well.
- Spiti Valley In October till December, gets one sided during this time because Kunzum pass remains closed till June. You can start from Shimla, travel till Kaza and return taking the same road back.. The region starts to receive snowfall sometime in late December so until then; it will just be cold winds that you will experience which makes it a bad time to be travelling to Spiti. Most of the hotels are in the process of closing down in October so choice of accommodation is just a few hotels and guest houses still operational. Please do keep in mind that life in Spiti Valley in winter is really not that easy. Water freezes everywhere including in pipes and taps; which means there will be no running water and you will have to depend on water in buckets.
From June till September is the best time to explore the hidden Himalayan destination, Spiti Valley by road. This way you will be able to complete the circuit and will not be limited to just visiting from Shimla to Kaza. Places like Chandratal and Kunzum Pass are also accessible during this time only.
The months of April, May, June and September would be best to visit Spiti valley on Bike. From January till March, the weather will be cold with chances of snowfall and black ice on the road which is not really an ideal situation to be riding around on a bike. Some people do make a winter ride to Spiti but not everyone can do that without getting hurt. July and August would bring the season of monsoon with chances of rain, landslides and slush which again is not ideal for a bike ride. From October to December, you can indeed ride to Spiti valley but the weather would then be cold. These three months in my opinion are worst time to be going to Spiti valley. There will not be much greenery anywhere on the route; there will be no snow as well and you will just be riding through cold winds and an overall dull landscape.
This will depend on what exactly you like to captured. If a valley covered under a thick sheet of snow is on your mind, then you must go in January or February. For lush green hills, you must visit in August. If the colors of autumn interest you, then plan it by late September or early October.
If you are on a budget, you must plan your trip between June and September when it is the peak tourist season. All the hotels are operational during this time and you will easily be able to find a budget accommodation. You will also not have any trouble at all finding public transport services during this time.
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Chandigarh / Kalka Railway Station or Airport to ShimlaAfter pick from Chandigarh / Kalka Railway station / Airport, start your wonderful vacation to Hidden Himachal Spiti Valley called Mini Ladakh with Kalpa-Kinnaur, starting from Shimla. Shimla renowned its name as Queen of hills due to its flattering sceneries and colonial heritage which has retained its charm from British India time to till now. Reach Shimla within 4 hours and check into the hotel. After some rest and post lunch explore Mal & Kali Bari by own. Dinner & overnight stay in hotel at Shimla.
Shimla to Sarahan via RampurToday morning after breakfast check out from the hotel and proceed towards Sarahan. On the way to Sarahan, cover the sightseeing of Kufri Fun world, Fagu Valley, Green Valley. On the way stop for lunch at Rampur and enjoy the beauty of Rampur village. You can enjoy the journey with beautiful Satluj river. Sarahan known for the temple of Goddess Bhima Kali. The village is surrounded by apple orchards and opposite to the Sarahan you can witness the Shrikhand Mahadev Peaks (5155M). On reaching at Sarahan, check in to the Hotel, after some refreshment visit the Temple by walk. Dinner & overnight stay in hotel at Sarahan.
Sarahan to SanglaToday morning after breakfast check out from the hotel and proceed towards Sangla. On the way to Sangla your only companion till Karcham is Satluj river. Enroute cover Jeori, Badhal, Bhaba Nagar, Tapri & Karcham. Enjoy some beautiful moment at the side of Karcham Dam. After Karcham left Satluj and go with Baspa river. On reaching at Sangla, Check in to the Hotel, after getting fresh n up explore the hamlet by own. Dinner & overnight stay in hotel at Sangla.
Chitkul ExcursionToday Morning after breakfast visit the Kamru Fort (1 hours trekking required) followed by an excursion to Chitkul village via Rakcham & Mastarang. Chitkul is a fairy land located at the bank of River Baspa. The traditional houses, temples, Gompa and the people of Baspa valley conjure up the perfect image of Shangri La. After some enjoyment take lunch at Chitkul. During back Journey you can visit Batseri Village which is on the way to Sangla In evening get back to Sangla. Dinner & overnight stay in hotel at Sangla.
Sangla to KalpaToday morning after breakfast check out from the hotel and proceed towards Kalpa. On the way to Kalpa your only companion till Karcham is Baspa river. After Karcham leave Baspa and follow the Satluj river. Enroute cover the sightseeing of Karchan Dam, Songtong & Reckong Peo and the new Monastery. Reckong Peo is the district headquarter of Kinnor district. On reaching at Kalpa, Check in to the Hotel, after getting some refreshment explore the hamlet with sightseeing Roghi village, Chini Village, Chaka Peak, Sapni Fort, Suicide Point, Hu-Bu-Lan-Kar Monastery, Narayan-Nagini Temple & Kinnor Kailash. Dinner & overnight stay in hotel at Sangla.
Kalpa to Tabo Via NakoToday morning after breakfast check out from the hotel and proceed towards Tabo. On the way to Tabo your companion till Khab is Satluj river after Khab follow Spiti river. En-route you will pass through Reckong Peo, Karsang Nala, Ribba, Akpha, Janghi, Spillo, Pooh & Khaab. You can enjoy the beautiful confluence of Spiti and Satluj river at Khab. After Khab further proceed towards Nako and reach Nako visit the beautiful Monastery and Nako Lake. The Nako Lake freezes in the winter and villagers play ice hockey during winters. After enjoyment take complete lunch at Nako and proceed towards your further journey to Tabo via Maling Nalla, Chango. On reach Tabo check in to the hotel. After some fresh up explore the beautiful village. Don’t forget to enjoy the spectacle view of Galaxy with lots of stars from the Tabo in the evening. Dinner & overnight stay in hotel at Tabo.
Tabo to Kaza Via Dhankar MonasteryToday morning enjoy the sunrise from Tabo and after fresh up proceed towards beautiful Caves by walk, those are used by local villagers and enjoy view of beautiful Tabo village from the hill. Explore the Tabo Monastery which is famous for the painting, which describe the life story of Lord Buddha. Tabo Monastery is known as Ajantas of Himalayas. Back to the hotel and after breakfast check out from the hotel and proceed towards Kaza. On the way to Kaza your companion is Spiti river. En-route enjoy the beautiful Pin Valley, which is famous for Snow Leopard. After Pin Valley visit one of the oldest monastery in Spiti is Dhankar Monastery. It is situated at an elevation of 3894m. After spend some memorable time at Dhankar Monastery proceed towards Kaza. After reach Kaza check in to the hotel and take lunch. After some rest explore the beautiful small town. Visit local Monastery & Temple. Dinner & overnight stay in hotel at Kaza.
Key Monastery And Kibber Village ExcursionToday morning after breakfast proceed towards beautiful Key Monastery. Key Monastery which is located at the top of the Hill close to the Spiti River. This monastery is one of the oldest and holly monastery entire Spiti and was founded in11th century by Dromton. Don’t forget to take a sip of hot tea offer by Monk. After enjoy some memorable moment proceed towards Kibber village. This small village contains a monastery and Kibber Wild Life Sanctuary. One can see the beautiful and rare animal IBEX en-route the journey. Anyone can taste the local food and complete the lunch at Kibber with local food. After spend some beautiful time back to Kaza. Dinner & overnight stay in hotel at Kaza.
Kaza to ChandratalEarly morning leave Kaza and proceed towards Khoksar with packed breakfast. En-route Spiti river will give you companion till Losar. En-route cross the beautiful village Rangrik, Khurik, Pangmo, Losar. In Losar complete you breakfast. After fresh up proceed towards Chandratal. En-route passes through Kunzum Pass (4590m), it connects the Kullu Valley and Lahaul Valley with the Spiti Valley of Himachal. After enjoy the scenic beauty of Kunzum Pass and Kunjum Mata Temple further proceed towards most beautiful lake Chandratal with beautiful Chenab River or Chandra River. It is located at an elevation of 4250m, name of the lake originates from its crescent shape. Enjoy some memorable moment at lake side. Check-in to the camp at Chandratal. Enjoy the beautiful Galaxy view from the camp sight. Dinner & overnight stay in camp at Chandratal.
Chandratal to ManaliMorning after leisure breakfast proceed towards Manali. Further proceed towards Batal your companion will be Chenab River or Chandra River. Enroute cover Chota Dhara, Chatru. Reach Khoksar in the afternoon. Further proceed towards Manali en-route cover Rohtang Pass, Rani Nalla, Marhi, Rahala Water Falls, Kothi. Afternoon check in to the Manali hotel. You can enjoy Mall by own in the evening. Dinner & overnight stay in hotel at Manali.
Manali Volvo Stand DropAfter breakfast you can enjoy the Manali local sightseeing by own and after noon drop you at Manali Volvo Stand for your further journey while recalling all the memorable moments of your exotic trip…
Pick up from Chandigarh / Kalka Railway Station or Airport by individual Cab and drop at Manali Volvo Stand.
10 Nights Accommodation in double or triple or quad shearing basis.
Transfers & sightseeing by 1 Non AC cab (Tavera / Xylo / Scorpio / Tempo Traveler) as per the itinerary.
Taxes& Expenditures Included: Parking, Toll Tax, Luxury Tax, Green Tax Fuel Exp. and Driver Exp.
10 Breakfast & 10 Dinner
Air Fare / Train Fare / Travelling or Accidental Insurance or Claim or settlement.
Monument Entrance Fee / Camera Fees.
Any Adventure Activity River Rafting, Yak ride, Boating, Paragliding Etc.
Any Personal Expenses – Laundry, Shopping, Tip, Extra Meals, Hard or Soft Drinks Etc.
Extra sightseeing other than specified or normal route.
It can be fully customized as per customer's choice. Customer can choose any date as per there availability.
Yes, you can. The mention costing is calculated based on mentioned persons. If no of persons have changed then costing will be automatically revised.
Spiti Valley is accessible from Shimla side throughout the year however from Manali side it is accessible only for 5 months, from June till September. So if you are planning from Shimla, from June till September, you can complete the circuit by exiting from Manali. However from late October till early May; you can only drive up to Kaza from Shimla and will have to return the same way. There is no high altitude pass between Shimla and Kaza however when it comes to Manali; you will cross two high altitude passes, Rohtang and Kunzum Pass. Both these passes remain close from anytime in October till May (depending on the weather and road conditions) so a journey from Manali to Spiti valley can only be done from June till September.
Please note that even though you can travel to Spiti from Shimla throughout the year, in peak winter the entire valley remains under a thick sheet of snow so a road journey will not be only difficult but also very challenging.
So, the best time to visit Spiti valley depends on what your preference is. If it is snow you are after, then the best time would be to go sometime in February or March otherwise July till September would be an ideal time to visit Lahaul & Spiti.
For safe and secure from June till September is the best time to explore the hidden Himalayan destination, Spiti Valley by road. This way you will be able to complete the circuit and will not be limited to just visiting from Shimla to Kaza. Places like Chandratal and Kunzum Pass are also accessible during this time only.
This 202 km long Kaza to Manali Highway usually opens up by the first week of June or latest by the second week of June.
Eventually, it will all get down upon the weather and snow conditions in the months April and May when snow clearance operations are at peak in many parts of the Himalayas including this belt of Himachal Pradesh too.
When making a road trip to Spiti Valley from Kaza to Manali, you must keep in mind that even when the road from Kaza to Manali opens, it takes some time to get them stabilized. Due to snow sliding and loose gravel, the roadblocks are very common in the initial days.
Hence, it is recommended that you wait for a couple of weeks before planning the trip on Spiti Valley to Manali after its official opening. The last thing you will want on your much-awaited Spiti Valley trip is to get stranded on the lonely stretch from Batal to Gramphu in early June.
Generally we used Non AC vehicle -
Upto 6 persons group - Xylo / Scorpio / Similar
upto 8 persons group - Sumo / Bolero / Tavera / Similar
upto 12 persons group - Tempo Traveler / Similar
Yes you can spent a night at Chandratal Lake and enjoy the galaxy more clear at night. Chandratal is open during June to September, so you can add that too to your itinerary. You can find few camping options are there. The camp sight are around 2 km from the lake sight. Suggested to book the camp before your journey.
No hotel options are there. Only limited camp sight are there. Few camps have attached toilet facility and few are common. Choose a good quality of tent to resist the chilled wing at night.
If you are traveling from Manali side to Rohtang Pass, you will not be allowed to travel on Manali – Rohtang Pass road. Also, the permit to cross Rohtang Pass will not be issued on Tuesday.
However, you can travel from Kaza side to Rohtang Pass on any day, including Tuesday also. Then you do not need and permit for Rohtang Pass when you travel to Manali from Kaza side.
So you can plan any day of the week.
Hikers, skiers, and adventurers who travel to high altitudes can sometimes develop acute mountain sickness. Other names for this condition are altitude sickness or high altitude pulmonary edema. It typically occurs at about 8,000 feet, above sea level. Dizziness, nausea, headaches, and shortness of breath are a few symptoms of this condition. Most instances of altitude sickness are mild and heal quickly. In rare cases, altitude sickness can become severe and cause complications with the lungs or brain.
Higher altitudes have lower levels of oxygen and decreased air pressure. When you travel in a plane, drive or hike up a mountain, or go skiing, your body may not have enough time to adjust. This can result in acute mountain sickness. Your level of exertion also plays a role. Pushing yourself to quickly hike up a mountain, may cause acute mountain sickness.
The symptoms of acute mountain sickness generally appear within hours of moving to higher altitudes. They vary depending on the severity of your condition. Few type of sickness are as follows with there general symptoms -
1. Mild acute mountain sickness : If you have a mild case, you may experience.
General symptoms are dizziness, headache, muscle aches, insomnia, nausea and vomiting, irritability, loss of appetite, swelling of the hands, feet, and face, rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath with physical exertion etc.
2. Severe acute mountain sickness : Severe cases of acute mountain sickness can cause more intense symptoms and affect your heart, lungs, muscles, and nervous system. For example, you may experience confusion as a result of brain swelling. You may also suffer from shortness of breath due to fluid in the lungs.
Symptoms of severe altitude sickness may include with Mild acute mountain sickness as followed by coughing, chest congestion, pale, complexion and skin discoloration, inability to walk or lack of balance, social withdrawal etc.
Your risk of experiencing acute mountain sickness is greater if you live by or near the sea and are unaccustomed to higher altitudes. Other risk factors include the follows :
1. Quick movement to high altitudes.
2. Physical exertion while traveling to a higher altitude.
3. Traveling to extreme heights.
4. A low red blood cell count due to anemia.
5. Persons who have Heart or Lung disease.
6. Taking medications like sleeping pills, narcotic pain relievers, or tranquilizers that can lower your breathing rate.
7. Past bouts of acute mountain sickness.
8. Taking Alcohol or Tobacco may increase the chances of AMS.
If you’re planning on traveling to a high elevation and have any of the above conditions or take any of the above medications, talk to your doctor about how best to avoid developing acute mountain sickness.
You can take some important preventive steps to reduce your chances of acute mountain sickness. Get a physical to make sure you have no serious health issues. Review the symptoms of mountain sickness so you can recognize and treat them quickly if they occur. If traveling to extreme altitudes (higher than 10,000 ft), ask your doctor about ACETAZOLAMIDE, a medication that can ease your body’s adjustment to high altitudes. Taking it the day before you climb and on the first day or two of your trip can lessen your symptoms.
When climbing to higher altitudes, then you have to plan accordingly to gain altitude gradually.
Yes, there are options of hotel in Shimla & Manali but limited options are Sarahan, Sangla, Chitkul, Kalpa, Tabo, Kaza & Khoksar. In Chandratal very few options are available of Tent, which are around a kilometre away from the lake. But please note that night stay at Chandratal is not suggested due to high altitude and very remote location. It may change on eleventh hour for smooth and healthy vacation.
Deluxe category hotel & camp will be used for this package. But anyone can upgrade there package options as per availability.
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Yes you can. But it is fully depends on hotel / transportation availability. Cancellation policy may applicable as per hotel / transporter policy. Seasonal hike may applicable for this circumstances.
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