Come together to experience the various hues of the picture perfect surroundings of nature in a holiday packed with romance, adventure, spirituality, fun and sightseeing. This Lahaul- Spiti travel package is also suited for families and a small group of friends. This is not a travel package for people who want luxury, though the hotelsand other aspects are carefully designed to be as comfortable and romantic as possible.. It is more suited for people who love nature and want to enjoy the sights in company of their beloved one.
Travel Package Features:
- TRANSPORT : In a private car or SUV with driver.
- ACCOMMODATION: In hotels, guest houses and campsites.
- ACTIVITIES: Camping, Trekking, Bird watching, Jungle safari, Cultural activities,
- PHYSICAL LEVEL: Any one. Almost anyone can do it without any problem
- DURATION: 11 Days
- FOOD: Breakfast on all days.
- COST: US $ 1500 onwards
Day 1: Chandigarh – Shimla – Sarahan
Starting from Shimla post breakfast or Chandigarh, we drive towards Sarhan. . As we cross Wangtu bridge on the way, we will reach Sarhan during evening hours. We might be lucky to check out Sarhan Bird Sanctuary and Bhim Kali temple.
Day 2: Sarahan – Reckong Peo – Kalpa
We go from Sarhan to Kalpa village.Kalpa village houses wondrous apple orchards and breathtaking meadows. A small town, Reckong Peo, here serves as the district headquarters for Kinnaur district and also serves as the starting point for journeys to the Spiti Valley. Our hotel here, is a lovely romantic getaway, between apple and cherry orchards, where you can spend some quality time.
Day 3: Kalpa – Puh – Nako – Sumdo
You will now witness the oncoming gradual terrain change as the scenery changes from greenery to the deserts of Spiti. We drive for 3-4 hours and reach Nako village, to spend the night there. The next day we go to visit an old Buddhist monastery to see hou Buddhist monks perform their rituals, From there , we head to Nako lake, an awesome and amazing spec of land showing the beauty of the mountains as we walk towards it.
Day 4: Tabo
Hereafter we reach the Tabo monastery in Tabo. It has a history of 1000 years and is one of the oldest monuments with respect to Buddhist monasteries. Particularly famed for its Thanka paintings and plenty of artifacts, Tabo monastery is recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site. The entry gate has walls made of earth, splattered with frescoes. A breathtaking pillar of a Thousand Buddhas will catch your attention. The entire area occupies 6300 square kms. The wall paintings show the Buddha’s life in various stages along with Tibetan style Jataka paintings. Next on the cards is a visit to special mountain caves used by monks for their meditation
Day 5: Tabo – Dhankar – Lalung
We start the drive to Dhankar lake, the ancient capital of Spiti during the rule of kings. Here, we come across the remains of an ancient castle and a monastery of the 16th century. High o the top of a mountain is the town which overlooks the whole picturesque valley. We then walk to Dhankar lake, a walk of about 90 minutes.
We walk towards the Lalung village. This is very beautiful and has the famous statue of the 3 cornered Buddha. It is believed that the Buddha keeps an eye on all the directions. Famous for its legend, it is believed that Rinchen Zangpo, the founder of almost all monasteries in the Lahaul- Spiti region planted a willow tree and told the villagers that if it happens to grow, build a monastery around it. You will see the tree ina gnarled shape in front of the monastery.
Day 6: Lalung – Kaza – Langcha
Baosting of the highest place inhabited by people the world over and also the highest motorable pass in the world, we come across Langcha village. Tourists will be able to see magnificent views of the valley with its sparkling waters of the Spiti river. We finally go to Shilla valley, where we observe the local villagers bringing their livestock to graze in the grasslands.
The two parts of Langcha, lower and upper are both beautiful. After having a hospitable Spitian lunch,we go to the 900 years old, ancient Buddhist temple. From there we embark to Komik, which is famous for its fossils in Langthis Natural Fossil Center. Then comes a visit to Komic monastery, known as the highest monastery in the world and another monstery near Hikkim village, destroyed earlier by an earthquake in 1975.
Day 8: Langcha – Kaza – Ki Monastry – Kibber
Kibber road is our next drive, to visit the Ki monastery belonging to the Gelupga Sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Here we find a boastful collection of beautiful paintings and old manuscripts. It is located at an altitude of 4120 meters. We then visit the biggest village in the Lahaul Spiti Area, Kibber village as we drive 4250 meters. This is an ideal place for wildlife photographers. We, then head to our hotel to relax, and call it a day.
Day 9: Kibber – Chicham
Passing the canyon, we move to Chicham village. For adventurers amongst you, we can opt for the jhoola ride, a local ropeway. The main attraction of this place is the sight of rare and exoctic spitian wildlife such as blue sheep, ibex, pika, golden cock, Himalayn wolf and ofcourse, if you a lucky enough, the snow leopard.
Day 10: Chicham – Chandrataal
We’ll drive towards Chandrataal Lake and pass Kunzum La pass which has a small shrine dedicated to Goddess Kunzum. We can either drive or trek to the lake via a 8 km long trekking route. Chandrataal Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes on the planet. It’s water is crystal clear and it looks even more beautiful on a full moon night. We’ll stay in a campsite for the night there.
A drive then follows to the Chandratal lake, extremely beautiful and clear. On the way we pass a shrine of the Kunzun goddess at the Kunzun La pass. It is your choice to either walk or trek for the 8 km distance to Chadrataal lake. We camp here for the night.
Day 11: Chandratal – Lohsar – Manali
Early morning we start for Manali. Depending on roads and the traffic it is a 6-8 hour drive, where we stop at Batal on th way for lunch and at the sell bound Rohtang pass for tea. On the journey we come across small settlements like the Chota Darra and Chatru. In the evening we arrive at Manali and take back memories to last a lifetime.