Himalayan Buddhist Circuit Tour

Himalayan Adventurers

Manali – Spiti – Kinnaur – Shimla – Chandigarh
Season : July to October
Duration : 10 days
Regions : Manali, Spiti, Kinnaur and Shimla

ITINERARY

Day 1 : Manali to Keylong Pick up from Hotel and drive to Keylong 115 Km 05 Hrs. Overnight in Tashi Deleg.
As we start our journey, leaving the lush green countryside of Manali towards Rohtang pass (3,978 Mts.). Rohtang Pass – Few places on the Earth can mark so dramatic a change in landscape as the Rohtang Pass. To one side, the lush green head of Kullu Valley; to the other, an awesome vista of bare, chocolate – colored mountains, hanging glaciers and snowfields that shine in the dazzlingly crisp fight. As we cross to the pass other side and at place called Gramphu we follow the main Leh – Manali Highway and enter into another Valley the Chandra Bhaga. Wonderful views of high mountains (snow covered), beautiful villages, green peas and potatoes fields. We also see the confluence of Chandra Bhaga at Tandi. Few more (06) kilometres drive to reach the beautiful town of Keylong. Overnight in Hotel Tashi Deleg.

Day 02 : Keylong
Sightseeing in Keylong (Visit to Kardang Gompa, Udaipur Mrikula Devi Temple and Trilokinath Temple.) This day is free for the local sightseeing of the city. Visit the Famous Golden Temple of Amritsar in the morning. In the evening, visit the jallianwala Bagh, Ram Bagh and at the end of the day, visit the wagah Border. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 03 : Keylong – Kaza Over Rohtang Pass (3978 Mts) And Kunzum Pass (4551 Mts.) (200 Km 9-10 hrs.)
We keep driving along the Spiti River and series of other Villages follow – Kyoto, Hansa, Morang, and Rangrik etc. We finally reach Kaza – The main town and headquarters of Spiti. The town lies in the core of the cold desert and hence is extremely arid. Arctic conditions prevail in winter and the Town remains under a thick blanket of snow. Subzero temperatures are experienced for long periods during the cold seasons. July, August, September & October are the warmest months, with maximum temperature not rising above 21 degrees Celsius at Kaza. Overnight in a Hotel (Spiti Sarai) at Rangrik, 3 Kms before the Main township of Kaza, offering a nice view of Kye Monastery.

Day 04 : Kaza : Drive to the villages of Langza (4400 mts), Hikkim – Komik (4500 mts), Kibber (4,205 mts) and Ki Monastery (5-6 hrs).
These Villages are all situated over the height of 4000 Mts. With striking locations and house some of the most interesting monasteries in the Spiti Valley. The ancient Monastery of Hikkim also known as the Tangyur Gompa is of unique importance as this is one of the two Sakya Pa Monasteries In Spiti Valley second being situated at Kaza. This Monastery was responsible for the revision or propagation of Tantra teachings during the 14th Century. Abundance of fossils, comprising of Shells etc. takes one 50 million years back when Indian subcontinent drifting northwards across the Ocean of Tethys on its tectonic plate slammed into the stationary mass of Asia and gave birth to the mighty Himalayas.

Day 05 : Kaza – Tabo via Dhankar, Lhalung and Pinn valley (110 Km altogether)
Driving through the Spiti valley and its little villages we visit few ancient monasteries, situated in the middle of the beautiful village of Dhankar, Lhalung in the Lingthi Valley, and then continue to Tabo.

Day 6 : Tabo – Kalpa – (7-8 Hrs) Go via the little village of Kanam, ‘place of the sacred texts’, where the Kagyur temple was founded by the 10th century scholar Rinchen Zangpo. Follow the old Hindustan-Tibet road, if conditions allow. Overnight in Hotel Kalpa

Day 7 : Kalpa – Sangla (2-3 Hrs)
Drive to Sangla, on the most adventurous road. Drive is wonderful and rewarding you Sangla Valley paradise in Himalayas. Valley is incredibly beautiful. Continue towards the Sangla Valley, visiting ancient villages like Sangla. In Sangla, Overnight in Hotel Royal Castle.

Day 8 : Sangla Excursions
A day exploring beautiful villages with striking forts and temples and meeting villagers – Here we visit the beautiful villages of Baspa Valley such as Chhitkul (3450 mts), Batser, Rakchham and Sangla. the route in this stretch is very narrow and steep till Chitkul, the last and highest village in Baspa Valley. It is situated on the Right Bank of Baspa Valley; there is a temple dedicated to local Goddess, Mathi, which is said to have been constructed some 500 years ago. The location of Rackcham – another village in Baspa Valley is striking as rocky cliffs of granite rocks and forests surround it. One can visit Kamru Temple and fort in Kamru Village, situated on a top of Sangla Village. The whole day is spending visiting all these beautiful villages and meeting their beautiful inhabitants. Overnight in Hotel Royal Castle.

Day 9 : Sangla – Sarahan (4-5 Hrs)
Traveling through the gorges of the Satluj and Baspa, we reach Sarahan, with its significant Bhima Kali temple. Overnight in a hotel. Day 08 Sarahan – Shimla (7-8 Hrs) – Continue to drive down the Satluj valley visiting villages – at Nirth there is a sun temple, and Dutt Nagar is of archaeological significance. We reach the old Raj hill station of Shimla, today the state capital of Himachal Pradesh.

Day 10 : Shimla – Excursions. (4-5 Hrs)
Visit to famous Mall Road, Himachal Museum, Himachal Pradesh Institute of Advance Studies, Jakhu (Hanuman) Temple

Day 11 : Shimla – Chandigarh
Drop evening train Shatabadi Express to Delhi

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