Spiti – The Middle Land between India & Tibet !!
About the Lahaul-Spiti Valley Offbeat Tour :
Spiti Valley known as an “Unknown World” The definition of word “Spiti” means middle land i.e. land between Tibet and India. It is located in trans Himalayan belt of Himachal Pradesh. This area has lots to explore and hold treasures and secrets of ancient civilization, Tibetan Monastic traditions. Wanderers and explorers always have fascination for this place due to its isolated location, rich cultural heritage and spiritual prosperity. The beauty of this location is as beautiful as Ladakh and its worth visit Destination. Very few people knows about it and hence its a perfect destination for any hardcore traveller who are interested in less traveled destinations only.
SHORT INFO & DATES
Outing Date : 14th-25th July 2018Category : Biking Expedition & Offbeat Tour
Duration : 11 Nights / 12 Days
Route : Chandigarh – Narkanda – Sangla – Nako – Tabo – Pin Valley – Mud village – Hikkim – Langza-Kaza – Ki Monastery – Kibber Village – Kumzum La – Chandratal Lake – Batal – Manali – Chandigarh
Day 01 :
Chandigarh – Reach Chandigarh by 05:00 pm. Check in hotel. Late evening introduction and briefing session followed with dinner. Overnight stay at Hotel Shagun or Similar
Day 02 :
Chandigarh-Narkanda (175 kms) – Early morning depart from Chandigarh and proceed towards Narkanda. Enroute halt for lunch at Shimla. Evening arrival at Narkanda.
Day 03 :
Narkanda to Sangla (160 kms) – Gear up for the very first day of the most awaited Lahaul-Spiti Valley Tour. Enjoy breathtaking views of Sutlej River and deep valley of Kinnaur throughout the ride. En route visit Bhimakali Temple. Late evening arrival at Camp Site. Overnight at Sangla.
Day 04 :
Sangla Sightseeing – This is the day to explore the land of fairy tales – Sangla ! Start your ride to the last village of Indo-Tibet Border -Chitkul where the Indian roads ends. Explore Chitkul and return to Sangla. Visit famous Kamroo Fort. Evening take a walk to Batseri Village, with its modern wooden houses and beautiful wood carvings of lord Badrinarayan Temple. Then further take a leisure walk along baspa river to the quaint Rakcham village. One can also see the magnificent view of Kinner Kailash from Sangla. Evening camp fire followed by dinner. Overnight in Camp.
Day 05 :
Sangla to Nako (130 kms) – Start our journey towards Nako. En-route visit Reckong Peo (districts headquarter of Kinnaur). Late evening arrival at Nako. Nako is slated to be decleared a heritage village and its built around a small lake. It has an important Buddhist Gompa which is 1000 years old and a small Temple. Overnight in Camp.
Day 06 :
Nako-Tabo-Pin Valley (130 kms) After breakfast start the journey to Pin Valley. On the way visit the ancient village of Tabo which is situated on the left bank of the river Spiti. It is the seat of one of the most famous Buddhist Monasteries regarded next to the Tholong Gompa in Tib. It is also known as ‘Ajanta of Himalayas’.
It was constructed in 996 AD; – not just in Spiti but in the whole of the Tibetan Buddhist world is called Chogs – Khor [‘Doctrinal Circle’ or ‘Doctrinal Enclave’]. It is a complex that holds 9 Temples, 23 Chortens, a Monk’s Chamber & an extension that houses the Nun’s Chamber. On the sheer cliff-face above the enclave are a series of Caves, used as dwellings by the Monks & includes an Assembly Hall. The monastery contains large number of Scriptures & Pieces of Art, Wall Painting & Stucco. There is also a modern Gompa & Painting School founded by the Dalai Lama. Check-out from Tabo after Lunch. After Tabo stop at Dhankar Gompa, Samling; the traditional Capital of Spiti, which sits pretty on a hilltop. The hill-top Fort that overlooks the Spiti Valley also used to serve as a jail in old days. Today, more than 160 Lamas reside here. A Statue of Dhyan Buddha where four complete figures of Buddha sit back to back is the main attraction of this more than 7th Century old Monastery.
Continue to explore the beautiful Mud Village. Arrive at mud & check-in to your Hotel. Dinner & Overnight at Hotel.
Day 07 :
Mud village-Hikkim – Langza-Kaza (100 kms) – After early breakfast by 07 am; start the scenic ride towards Hikkim. Hikkim- highest post office of world Langza – last village of Spiti valley. Reach Kaza for Dinner & Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 08 :
Kaza – Ki Monastery – Kibber Village – Kaza (40 Kms) – After early breakfast by 07 am; excursion to Ki Monastery. Situated at the foot of steep ridges & on the left bank of river Spiti is the Ki Monastery which is the Biggest Gelupa Sect Monastery in Spiti. It’s hilltop position points to a post 13TH Century construction. The three storied structure consists largely of storage rooms at the bottom level while the middle floor houses the Dukhang – the Assembly Hall & the uppermost floor has another Temple & Head Lama’s Quarters on the one side of an Open Terrace. The greatest wealth of Ki Gompa lies in its collection of ‘Thangkas’salvaged with difficulty from the devastating raids of the Dogars & the Sikhs in the 19TH Century. Hundreds of Lamas receive their Religious Training in this Monastery & is famous for its ancient Murals & Books. From here a scenic drive takes you into the Pasture Country of Kibber. From Kibber, the Pastures are spread over hundreds of square kilometres. Return back to Kaza for Dinner & Overnight stay at Hotel. Evening free time to explore Kaza Market. Overnight at Hotel
Day 09 :
Kaza-Kumzum La-Chandratal Lake (95 kms) – Today after breakfast we commence our journey towards another Spitian wonder – Chandratal Lake. The mystical and beautiful Chandratal lake which is also known as moon lake is located at a height of 14,100 feets. A Chandrabhaga mountain range forms a perfect back drop for the lake. which changes its appearance according to the pictures painted in the sky. After visiting Chandratal lake, we stay at Batal. (Basic Tented Stay)
Day 10 :
Batal – Manali (114 kms) – After breakfast start the trip towards Manali. The road towards Manali is full of off-roading patches and Paagal Nala’s to deal with. En route ride through famous Rohatang pass. Arrival at Manali. Evening leisure time to explore Mall road. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 11 :
Manali to Chandigarh (292 kms) – It will be the longest leg of the Spiti Valley Tour. Post breakfast, start tarvelling towards Manali via Kullu-Mandi-Sundarnagar-Roopnagar. Late evening arrival at Chandigarh. Overnight stay at Hotel Sunpark or Similar
Day 12 :
Chandigarh – Return journey back to Mumbai.
Tour Concludes With Happy Memories….!!
Tour Price For Non-Bikers : Rs.40,000/- per person+Tax as applicable
Tour Price For Bikers : Rs.37,000/- per person+Tax as applicable
For Lifetime Members : Discount of Rs.700/- per member
For Lifetime Membership Details (Rs.1000/- only) , click here
- 11 Nights / 12 days accommodation in deluxe hotels/tents on triple sharing basis
- Breakfast and Dinner throughout the tour
- Back up Vehicle with well trained mechanic throughout the tour (for bikers)
- Xylo / Innova / Tempo Traveller for transfers and sightseeing (for non-bikers)
- Inner line permits
- Entry tickets, wherever necessary
- Experienced experts and riders
- Any transfer till Chandigarh and back from Srinagar (Train/Airways/ Roadways)
- Lunch on tour. Any personal orders, soft/hard drinks and mineral water
- Any personal expenses like Laundry Bills, Table Bills, Camera Fees, Tips or gratitude.
- Any medical / rescue evacuation due to mishaps like bad weather, ill health, roadblocks and/or any factors beyond control.
- Any cost arising due to natural calamities like landslides, roadblocks etc (to be borne by the clients directly on the spot.)
- Anything other than above mention inclusions
- Taxes as applicable.
THINGS TO CARRY
ID Proof Compulsory
1. Hat / Cap.
2. Woolen cap / Balaclava
3. Warm Scarf, Pair of Woolen Gloves
4. Round neck T-shirts (min 3)
5. Fleece Sweatshirt / Sweater (min 1)
6. Windproof Jacket (min 1)
7. Leggings from a Track-suit, min 01 pair, shorts
8. Pair of sturdy sports shoes with rubber sole
9. Cotton Socks, Woolen Socks, min 03 pairs each
10. Thermal Inners, Lower & Upper, (min 2)
11. Raincoat / Poncho (min 1)
12. Torch with spare batteries, (min 1)
13. Sunscreen lotion, min 30 SPF, Toiletries
14. Medicines as specified by doctor
15. Camera, Cam charger, Mobile Charger.
What kind of of Hotels you are going to provide in it ?
-We are providing Deluxe Category Hotels in it on Double / Triple sharing basis
Is this tour schedule hectic?
-Yes, it’s a bit hectic as we are exploring unexplored destinations; we have to cover targeted distance in a day to complete a tour in a give time duration
How many Female Travellers will be travelling ?
-Generally for every outing we have 40% girls count at times we get 60-70% girls on tour. So girls seems to be exploring the world more !!
Will there be network there?
-Generally we don’t get networks on such destinations as this places are untouched and are far away from human disturbance. But there are few destinations where you get networks, so you can consider few exceptions.
Will you assist us with train/flight bookings ?
-We don’t assist with such bookings but we have a very professional Ticketing agent who can help you with any mode of transport bookings you can get in touch with him directly: Alok Singh : 08097327743
What will be weather of the place we are travelling to ?
-As we are fortunate to get birth in India, we have three different seasons accordingly you can prepare yourself for the event. But human disturbance has caused unwanted weather at times, if such is the case you will be informed about the weather 2 days in advance of the outing date.
I am Jain, so will you be able to arrange Jain food for me ?
-Most of the Hotels do provide Jain food. But as the its locally traditionalist destinations we cannot assure you that you will get complete Jain meal at all the destinations
How will be the transport arrangements ?
-The type of vehicle depends upon the batch size. Mostly it will be wither a tempo traveler Or Innova. But we make sure private vehicle are provided.
Why lunch is not included in the tour cost ?
– Lunch is not included because its not a routine travel destination so preset food booking is not available. There are lots of stand alone dhaba’s en route where we going to stop for lunch so you will get a chance to taste local food as per your choice and food is lot cheaper as compared to preset lunch.
Can I get room on twin sharing ?
-Definitely yes, but it will be on extra cost and as per availability. One needs to inform us well in advance.
What does quadruple or Triple sharing means ?
-Quadruple sharing means 4 travellers will be sharing in one room and triple means travellers sharing one room, extra mattress will be provided accordingly.
What is tentative arrival & departure time ?
-It will be communicated to you mail only.
What all things to carry ?
-Every tour has different things to carry list depend on the season as well. It is mentioned on the itinerary itself on the website. So you can go through it before registering for the tour
What is the Age group of travelers joining the tour?
-Normally travelers of all age group travel with us as Journey of Travel is not limited to any specific age. To be specific for bike expeditions, we strictly allow 18+ experienced riders to join.
Who will be leading the tour ?
-The leader’s details with contact number will be mailed to you all a week prior the tour.
Is everyone coming in group and I will be travelling alone ?
-We get many individual registrations and few group registrations also, so no need to worry you will make some really good friends on event you won’t be left alone.
What is the group size ?
-The group size will be min 10 to max 20
Are the entry fees included ?
-Please check the inclusions and exclusions list.
How much baggage we need to carry ?
-Carry all required things with minimum baggage. As its an long tours one need to carry your luggage accordingly as we are travelling from one place to other everyday.
Can we get a discount for 02 People ?
You will only get a discount for a group size of minimum group of 05 people. You may also register as Lifetime Member to avail the discounts on such trips.
Is the flight / train cost included ?
– No, The flight / train cost are excluded from the tour cost.
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