Duration: 10 Nights / 11 Days
Destination Covered: Delhi – Chandigarh – Shimla – Narkanda – Sarahan – Sangla – Chitkul – Kalpa – Nako – Tabo – Dhankar – Pin Valley – Kaza – Manali – Chandigarh
In the heart of the Himalayas, Himachal Pradesh is blessed with not just breathtaking beauty but also incredible heritage. With Tribal Tour for Kinnaur and Spiti Valley, embark upon a memorable tour with Indian Holiday. The 11-day journey takes you through some of the most spectacular places in Himachal Pradesh. The journey starts from the “Queen of Hills” Shimla and ends at Manali, covering beautiful towns of Narkanda, Sarahan, Sangla, Chitkul, Kalpa, Nako, Tabo, Dhankar, Pin Valley, Kaza, etc. The impressive sights Key Monastery, Losar, Kibber, Chandra Tal Lake, Kunzum and Rohtang Pass add to the thrill of the adventuresome safari.
- Visit architectural sites, built during the British Raj, Shimla
- Excursion to Bhimakali temple, Sarahan
- Tour to Chitkul, and Kamru fort, Sangla
- Tribal tour to Kalpa, Nako, Tabo, and Kibber
- Visit Ki Monastery, Kibber
- Excursion to Chandertal
- Sightseeing tour to Manali
Day 01: Delhi – Chandigarh (Train) – Shimla (120 km / 04hrs)
Start from Delhi early in the morning to board “Shatabdi Express” for Chandigarh. Arrive by 11:05 Hours and later drive to Shimla. En route stop for lunch. Enjoy the charming beauty of the former summer residence of the British Raj. The capital city of Himachal Pradesh has always been the ideal retreat to escape the heat of the plains. Settled at the foothills of the Himalayas, the town enjoys stunning views of snow covered mountains, lush valleys and some masterpieces of colonial architecture.
Upon reaching Shimla, check-in-to hotel. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 02: Shimla – Narkanda – Sarahan (By Road 170 km /07 Hrs)
Start the day with breakfast at the hotel. Later, check out of the hotel and proceed with a scenic drive to Sarahan. Settled at an altitude of 2165 m, the picturesque town in Himachal Pradesh is approx. 170 km from Shimla. The snow covered peak of Shrikhand Mahadev blesses the town with its mighty divine presence. Pay a visit to Sarahan’s popular tourist landmark, the Bhima Kali temple.
Stay at the hotel in Sarahan, for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 03: Sarahan – Sangla (By Road 90 km /04 Hours)
After breakfast at the hotel, continue with a drive through the mountains to Sangla. The pictorial hill town is located in the Baspa Valley of Kinnaur district in Himachal Pradesh. Close to the Tibetan border, the town is surrounded with forest slopes and mountains that range of the greater Himalayas which in turn is the reason for the cold climate.
Overnight stay and dinner and overnight at hotel in Sangla.
Day 04: Sangla – Chitkul – Kalpa (By Road 90 km /04 Hrs)
As soon you are done with breakfast, drive to visit Chitkul village. Known to be the last inhabited village on the Indo-Tibetan border, it is settled on the bank of Baspa River. The remote village remains almost covered with snow, half of the year and makes for a postcard scenery. Enjoy your stay amidst charming view of River Baspa, vistas of snow-clad mountains, apple orchards and wooden houses The main attraction of Chitkul are its charming houses of slate or wooden plank roofs. Pay a visit to the small Buddhist Temple in the town called Kagyupa Temple where an age old image of Shakyamuni Buddha is worshipped.
Later, continue driving to Kalpa, passing through the scenic Reckong Peo. Kalpa is a beautiful village in Himachal from where marvel at the changing colors of Mt. Kinner Kailash. On your arrival by evening, check-in-to hotel. You are free to explore the mountain way of life and local culture at Roghi village.
Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Kalpa.
Day 05: Kalpa – Nako (By Road 106 km/ 05 Hrs)
Begin the day with breakfast at the hotel. Later, check out and start with your drive to Nako (2950m). Lunch is organized at camp. The days’ sightseeing includes a visit to the Monastery of Nako, comprising of four temples basking in divine bliss. Marvel at the ancient murals, Buddhist painting dating back to the 11th century. Attend the ritual prayers of the monks at the monastery.
Check in the hotel at Nako for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 06: Nako – Tabo (By Road 70 km / 05 hrs)
After a hearty breakfast in the morning, check out of the hotel. Proceed by road to Tabo. Settled at 3050 m, the hill town of Himachal is known for being the seat of ancient Buddhist learning. Stop for lunch and then proceed for a visit to Tabo Monastery.
The Tabo Monastery is considered next in importance Tholing Gompa in Tibet. Established about 1000 years ago, Tabo Chos-Khor Monastery was established as an advanced centre for learning by the King of western Himalayan Kingdom of Guge, Lotsawa Rinchen Tsang Po. Tabo is on the list of suggested UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Check out the unrivalled collection of manuscripts and thangkas (Buddhist scroll paintings), beautiful statues in stuccos, frescos and murals illustrating tales from the Mahayana Buddhist Pantheon.
Also visit the Tabo village, dotted with stately houses surrounded by well-cultivated fields produce abundant crops. Spend time with the locals. Attend a theatrical performance Buddhist morality linked, religion and social life in Buchen, a sect of artistes.
Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Tabo.
Day 07: Tabo – Dhankar – Pin Valley – Kaza (By Road 90 km /06 Hrs)
After a delicious breakfast at the hotel, start with your drive. First, pay a visit Dhankar. Settled at an altitude of 3890 m in the Himalayas, it is located in the middle of Ridge. Explore the 6th century Gompa, where you can check out some beautiful murals relating to Buddhism legends and the local tales. Next, continue to Pin Valley, settled along one of the main tributaries of the Spiti River. Famous for wildlife, the valley is home to Ibex, Snow Leopard and many other species of the animal kingdom inhabiting the Himalayan landscape. At Pin, pay a visit to Kungri Monastery dedicated to Nyingma sect of Tibetan Buddhism, which is believed to be founded by Padmasambhava, the holy guru of Buddhism.
On arrival in Kaza, check in the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 08: Kaza Sightseeing
After breakfast, proceed for full day excursion. 11 km from Kaza, Ki Monastery is an ancient monastic establishment founded in the 11th century by Dromton (1008-64 A.D), the founder of the Ge-lug-pa sect. Settled at the height of 4116 m, on the left bank of the Spiti River, Ki Gompa is regarded as the largest and the oldest monastery in the sub-division. Thousands of devotees from all over the world gathered at Ki to attend the Kalachakra ceremony which was performed in August, 2000 by His Holiness Dalai Lama. The next stop, Kibber is 11 km from Ki Gompa. It is believed to be the highest settlement in the world, at 4205 m. Equipped with a motorable road and electricity, the town lures tourist, especially during the Ladarcha festival, held every year in July.
Get back to Kaza for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 09: Kaza – Manali. En-route visit Chandertal Lake, subject to road / weather condition (By Road 200 km /09Hrs)
After breakfast, get ready for a road trip to Manali. The journey will take you Kunzum-La at 4551 m and Rohtang-La at3980 m, two of the most beautiful mountain roads, passing through the cold desert of the Tibetan high plateau dotted with green oases inhabited by nomads. If weather permits you will be taken for a short visit to Chandertal Lake. Enjoy the breathtaking view of mountains of Chandra valley and Chandrabhaga. Chandertal Lake, the high altitude lake located in Lahaul and Spiti is the source if River Chandra. Settled at 4300 m above the sea level, it is also known as ‘lake of moon’. The lake is inhabited by migratory birds, especially during summer.
On arrival in Manali, check in at the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 10: In Manali Sightseeing
Begin the day with breakfast at the hotel. Manali is one of the beautiful hill stations in Himachal Pradesh situated at a height of 2050m (6398 ft) in the Himalayas. Situated on the banks of Beas River, Manali is a popular tourist spot for Indians in summer and a magical, snow-covered place in winter. Inviting tourist with its thrilling adventures, there are options of trekking, white-water rafting, mountaineering and other excitements.
On your sightseeing tour, visit the Hadimba Devi Temple at Dhungri, Manu Temple at old Manali and Vashisht hot water spring at Vashisht village. Evening is free to explore local Manali Market.
Return to hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 11: Manali to Chandigarh drop (320 km /09 hrs)
Today is the last day of your tour. After breakfast, pack your bags and check out of the hotel. Take assistance for transfer to Chandigarh railway station / airport for your onward journey.