Tribal Tour for Kinnaur and Spiti Valley

9 Nights Itinerary Covering: Chandigarh – Shimla – Narkanda – Sarahan – Sangla – Chitkul – Kalpa – Nako – Tabo – Kaza – Chandertal - Manali


Overview

Himachal Pradesh is one of those destinations that feeds the soul with solace and lets the worries fade away with a glance. Sharing joyful moments with valleys and perennial rivers, the state is all about beautiful experiences that envelop in its rural life. Through our Tribal Tour for Kinnaur and Spiti Valley, we tend to offer a soothing sojourn that you remember for a lifetime. The 9 nights itinerary begins from the ‘Queen of Hills’, Shimla and holds your hand on the ride to monasteries, cross villages with a tinge of adventure. The tour sums up with a sightseeing tour of Manali.

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Highlights

  • Visit the top attractions of Shimla
  • Explore Sarahan and seek blessings at Bhimkali Temple
  • Traverse through the Kamru village and admire the fort at Sangla
  • Stopover at Nako Monastery
  • Witness the Tabo Monastery, Tabo village, and Dhankar Monastery
  • Pay homage at Key Monastery and visit the highest motorable village, Kibber
  • Admire and soak the good vibes at Chandertal Lake
  • Tour to the tourist spots in Manali

Itinerary

Day 1 - Pickup from Chandigarh and drive to Shimla (125 km)

As soon as you arrive in Shimla, complete the check-in formalities and relax. Shimla, the capital city of Himachal is popularly known as a perfect summer getaway destination. The Himalayas and the lush greenery beautify the surroundings and make holidays here blissful.

Later in the day, visit the famous attractions of Shimla namely Himachal State Museum, Jakhoo temple, Institute of Advanced Studies, and Christ Church. You will also take a tour to The Ridge and The Mall.

Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Shimla.

Day 2 - Shimla – Sarahan (170 km/ 7 hrs)

Begin the day with a delectable breakfast. Get ready for a drive to Sarahan and check out of the hotel at Shimla. Sarahan is a hamlet in the state which is popularly known as the "gateway of Kinnaur" for it sits close to the Indo-Tibetan Road. The village is settled at an elevation of 2165 m and is graced with the presence of Shrikhand Mahadev peak. Besides, Sarahan is famous for the Bhimakali Temple, one of the 51 Shakti Peethas. The temple revers the name of Goddess Bhimakali, the presiding deity of Bushahr dynasty. Pay homage at Bhimakali.

Dinner and stay at the hotel in Sarahan.

Day 3 - Sarahan – Sangla (92 km/ 4 hrs)

On day 3 you will be heading to Sangla. Post breakfast, get ready for the road trip traversing the mesmerizing surroundings and enter the Baspa Valley of Kinnaur district, as that's where the town is cuddled. Sangla is situated close to the Tibetan border and is covered with forest slopes and the scenic Himalayas.

As you reach Sangla, check in at the hotel or camp. Relax for some time and later visit Rackcham and Chitkul villages.

Head back to the hotel to unwind for the night.

Day 4 - Sangla – Kalpa (51 km/ 3 hrs)

Kick start the day with a healthy breakfast and head out to visit the Kamru village and fort at Sangla. You will actually love spending some time here as the whole aura is so refreshing and soothing. Later leave for the road trip to Kalpa, a village with great spiritual importance. It is tucked to the base of the Kinner Kailash ranges.

Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel and freshen up. You can also explore the village and meet the locals to know more about the area and share experiences.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 5 - Kalpa – Tabo (145 km / 6 hrs)

Start the day with a delectable breakfast, post which you will head to Tabo. Stopover at Nako village on the way. Here you will get to spot the Nako monastery which is home to four temples. Marvel at the fine Buddhist paintings, ancient murals and attend the prayer.

Resume the journey to Tabo. On arrival, check-in at the hotel where you will be staying overnight.

Day 6 - Tabo – Kaza (70 km/full day with Dhankar and Lalung Visit)

Today you will be visiting Tabo Monastery. The shrine was founded in 996 CE and is part of the Spiti Valley above Tabo village. It is popularly known as the 'Ajanta of the Himalayas' because of the beautiful frescoes and stucco paintings. Tabo is believed to be oldest continuously operational Buddhist enclave settled in India and the Himalayas. An interesting fact about the iconography during this period applauded the bond between the diverse cultures of India and Tibet.

Guests can also visit Tabo village, where they can spend some time with the locals and witness the stately houses and the cultivated fields. Followed by being a part of a theatrical performance.

After the tour, begin a road trip to Kaza. Stopover at Dhankar Monastery sitting high in the Himalayas at an elevation 3890 m. The shrine is blessed with murals which depict Buddhist legends and related local stories.

As soon as you reach Kaza, complete the check-in formalities and get proper rest for the night.

Day 7 - Kaza

Kick start the day with a healthy breakfast and leave for a visit to Key Monastery. Located on the left bank of River Spiti atop a hill with an elevation of 4166 m, it is the biggest monastery of Spiti Valley. The monastery is believed to be built by Dromtön in the 11th century who was a pupil of Atisha. He was one of the major figures who helped in the spread of Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism in Asia.

The next attraction to be covered is Kibber, a village in the Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh. Resting at an elevation of 4270 m is known to be the highest motorable village in the world. Kibber is mostly visited for the monasteries and Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary.

Dinner and overnight stay at Kaza.

Day 8 - Kaza – Kunzum La – Chandertal Lake

Begin the day with a delectable breakfast and gear up for a road trip to Manali. On the way, you will traverse through Kunzum La at 4551 m and Rohtang Pass at 3980 m. Both of them are astounding mountain passes that are blessed with green oasis home to nomads.

Resume the journey and visit Chandertal Lake also known as the Moon Lake. This famous attraction at an elevation of 4300 m sits in the upper Chandra Valley with an outlet in the River Chenab. Spend some time admiring the mesmerizing view of the surroundings and you might also get a chance to see migratory birds if you are visiting in summer.

Night stay in camp at Chandertal Lake.

Day 9 - Chandertal Lake – Rohtang Pass – Manali

Day 9 is scheduled for a visit Manali which normally takes 6-7 hours. The landscapes changes as you leave Spiti Valley and zoom into a refreshing and greener surrounding. By the time its afternoon, you will reach Rohtang Pass and visit Beas Kund.

Post a short tea break, the journey resumes to Manali. On your arrival, complete the check-in formalities and enjoy the stay.

Day 10 - Departure

On this day visit the famous Hadimba Devi Temple at Dhungri, Vashisht hot water spring at Vashisht village and Manu Temple in Old Manali. Later in the evening, you will be escorted to the Kullo airport for a flight to Delhi or Manali Volvo stand for the overnight bus journey to Delhi.


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