Cold Desert Safari in Himachal

Daily Tour 10 nights / 11 days
Kinnaur, Shimla, Kullu & Manali, Lahol & Spiti

OVERVIEW:

This route passes through the most spectacular places in Himachal Pradesh. The journey starts from the “Queen of Hills” Shimla and ends at Manali. SARAHAN, SANGLA, CHITKUL, KALPA, NAKO, TABO, DHANKAR, PIN VALLEY, MUD, KAZA, KEY MONASTERY, LOSAR, KIBBER, CHANDRATAL LAKE, KUNZUM  AND ROHTANG PASS are the prominent pit stops during this  ADVENTURESOME SAFARI.


HIGHEST ALTITUDE
4551 m

DURATION OF TOUR
10 Nights/11 Days

BEST SEASON TO VISIT
Mid June to Mid October

INCLUDED
  • 10 Nights’ accommodation on Twin / double sharing at the hotels mentioned above or similar.
  • Daily Breakfast & Dinner on fixed Menu.
  • All Arrival/Departure transfers, excursions and sightseeing tours will be by air-conditioned transport: A/C Medium Car [for  02 pax]; A/C Toyota Innova { for 04 -06 Pax } & A/C Tempo Traveler { for 08-12 Pax}as per itinerary including Road / Toll taxes, Parking fee, Fuel charges, Interstate taxes, Driver Allowances etc.
  • TSI representative for assistance on all arrival and departure transfers.
  • All Currently applicable taxes.

NOT INCLUDED
  • Expense of personal nature like Airfare, Railway Tickets, Bus Fare, tipping, Portage, laundry, and telephone / fax calls, alcoholic beverages, monuments’ fees, medical expenses, any Insurance etc.
  • Services of a Transfer Rep / Local Guide / Monument entrances in any place.
  • Any other services not mentioned in the inclusions.
  • Anything else not specifically mentioned under the “Cost Inclusion” column.

CANCELLATION POLICIES:

In case of cancellation of tour/travel services due to any avoidable/ unavoidable reasons we must be informed in written. Cancellation charges would be effective from the date we receive letter in written and cancellation charges would be as follows:

  • Once the booking is confirmed   – 25% of the tour/service cost.
  • 15 days prior to arrival                  – 50% of the tour/service cost.
  • 07 days prior to arrival                 – 75% of the tour/service cost.
  • Less than 72 hours or no show   – NO REFUNDS
DAY 1: DAY 01 DELHI – CHANDIGARH (TRAIN) – SHIMLA (120 KM / 04HRS)

Early morning arrival transfer from Chandigarh to Shimla, the former summer residence of the British Raj to escape the heat of the plains with stunning views of the foothills of the Himalayas. Check-in-to hotel.

Dinner and overnight at hotel in Shimla.

DAY 2: SHIMLA – NARKANDA – SARAHAN (BY SURFACE 170 KMS /07 HRS)

Morning after breakfast drive to Sarahan at an altitude of 2165 meter in Himachal Pradesh approx 170 KM from Shimla. From this town the snow peak of Shrikhand Mahadev is visible. Bhima Kali temple is the main attraction of Sarahan. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Sarahan.

DAY 3: SARAHAN – SANGLA (BY SURFACE 90 KMS /04 HRS)

Morning after breakfast drive to Sangla which is a popular hill town located in the Baspa Valley of Kinnaur district in Himachal Pradesh close to the Tibetan border, this place is covered with forest slopes and mountains in the range of the greater Himalayas that gives it a cold climate. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Sangla.

DAY 4: SANGLA – CHITKUL – KALPA (BY SURFACE 90 KMS /04 HRS)

Morning after breakfast drive to visit Chitkul village, the last inhabited village on the Indo-Tibettan border on the bank of Baspa River. The village remains almost covered with snow during winter season. The main attractions of Chitkul are its houses which have either slate or wooden plank roofs. It also houses a small Buddhist Temple. There is a monastery called Kagyupa Temple where an age old image of Shakyamuni Buddha is worshipped. The valley proffers an unsurpassed view of the river Baspa with the vistas of snow-clad mountains, apple orchards and wooden houses.

Later continue drive to Kalpa enroute crossing Reckong Peo. Kalpa is a beautiful village from where one can on look the changing colors of Mt. Kinner Kailash. Evening arrival and check-in-to hotel. Evening free to explore the way of life and local culture at Roghi village. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Kalpa.

DAY 5: KALPA – NAKO (BY SURFACE 106 KMS/ 05 HRS)

Morning after breakfast drive to Nako (2950Mts.). Lunch at camp. Later visit the Monastery of Nako, with its four temples single internal aspects but subtle. According to legend, Padmasambhava, the founder of Tantric Buddhism, during a demonstration of his power Tantric is placed on a rock in the village. Dinner and overnight at camp in Nako.

DAY 6:NAKO – TABO (BY SURFACE 70 KMS/ 05 HRS)

Morning after breakfast drive to Tabo (3050 mts), the seat of Buddhist learning, Gompa is considered next in importance Tholing Gompa in Tibet. The Tabo monastery was established there about 1000 years and has been a part of western Tibet school originally designed differently Mandala as statues on the walls of monasteries. Lunch and on to Tabo, high spiritual center of Buddhism, the famous monastery for its World Heritage of UNESCO. The houses are stately, well-cultivated fields produce abundant crops. The recent gompa place where religious life and young people develop active monks around the former monastery, an energetic atmosphere. Visiting a school, pen gifts, erasers, notebooks etc. can be made. Theatrical Performance Buddhist morality linked, religion and social life in Buchen, a sect of artistes.

Dinner and overnight at hotel in Tabo.

DAY 7: TABO – DHANKAR – PIN VALLEY – KAZA (BY SURFACE 90 KMS /06 HRS)

Morning after  breakfast drive Mud,  En route, visit Dhankar (3890 mts) – It is located in the middle of Ridge in a remarkable place, a 6th century Gompa, there are some beautiful murals. Continue to Pin, one of the main tributaries of the Spiti River. The valley is famous for wildlife – Ibex, Snow Leopard. There is also a monastery called Monastery Kungri, which is supposed to be founded by Padmasambhava. The monastery had to stay an ancient monastic site of Padmasambhava days. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Kaza.

DAY 8: KAZA SIGHT SEEING 

Morning after breakfast full day excursion to Ki Gompa and later Kibber village at an altitude of 4205 mts which is the highest permanently inhabited village of the region.  Ki Monastery: Situated in Spiti about 11 kms from Kaza was founded by Dromton (1008-64 A.D), the founder of the Ge-lug-pa sect in the 11th century. On the left bank of the Spiti River the Ki Gompa (4116) is regarded as the largest and the oldest monastery in the sub-division.  Thousands of devotees from all over the world here attended the Kalachakra ceremony which was performed in August, 2000 by His Holiness Dalai Lama. Kibber is 11 km from Ki Gompa, and is the highest settlement in the world (4205 meters) with a motorable road and electricity. The Ladarcha festival held here each July attracts Buddhists from all over the world. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Kaza.

DAY 9:KAZA – MANALI. EN-TOUTE VISIT CHANDERTAL LAKE, SUBJECT TO ROAD / WEATEHER CONDITION (BY SURFACE 200 KMS /09HRS)

Morning after breakfast drive to Manali via Kuzum-La, (4551 m) and Rohtang-La, 3980 m) one of the most beautiful mountain roads, passing through the cold desert of the Tibetan high plateau dotted with green oases inhabited by nomads. Mountains of Chandra valley Chandrabhaga River, here the landscape is breathtaking. En-route visit Chandertal Lake, a high altitude lake located in Lahaul and Spiti and is the source if River Chandra. It is about 4300 m above the sea level and is also known as ‘lake of moon’. Total area of wetland is about 1.53 sq km (49 hac) and the Lake has a circumference of 2.5 km. The lake has been formed due to blockades of rock basin by scree and para glacial deposits and the glaciers are the main source inflow. There is also a regular outflow of water that keeps on varying depending upon the season. Chandertal is an important site for migratory bird during summer. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Manali.

DAY 10: IN MANALI SIGHT SEEING 

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. 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. A staging point for a number of different – different treks and adventure sports such as white-water rafting, Manali is also on the road to Ladakh via the valley of Lahaul and Spiti and the Rohtang Pass which is the main attraction near Manali. Morning after breakfast visit Hadimba Devi Temple at Dhungri, Manu Temple at old Manali and Vashisht hot water spring at Vashisht village. Evening free to explore local Manali Market. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Manali.

DAY 11:MANALI TO CHANDIGARH DROP (320 KMS /09 HRS).

After morning breakfast at hotel departure transfer to Chandigarh railway station / airport for your onward journey.

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