Himachal Road Trip Experience
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Dates : 19th June – 3rd July 2016
Type : Road trip
Starting point: Shimla
Cost : On Request
Drive through the gorgeous landscapes of the Himalayas
This Road trip requires a certain amount of madness and a spirit of adventure. Exploring Himachal on our designed Road trip will take you to some unfamiliar yet gorgeous terrains that changes as you drive through various landscapes from the lush mountains of Kinnaur Valley, the rugged moonscape of Spiti, spectacular Peaks and Valley, and stunning deep blue lake of Chandratal.
You will be driving on N22 highway – the old Hindustan Tibet road which is billed as on the “world”s deadliest roads”. This is a journey of the body and spirit as we travel through the foothills of the world”s highest mountain. Apart from the ”dare to do” attitude, these mystical lands will etch your spirit with it crisp clean mountain air, culture very different from rest of India and the warm hospitality of the local – A perfect balance of physical and spiritual world.
Pictureque landscape at Chandertaal Lake.
Hike to Komic, Asia”s highest village.
Explore scenic location in Kinnaur District.
Camping in wildernest with camping crew to set up camp site.
19th June. Shimla :
Shimla arrival and transfer to Hotel. Half day local sightseeing and evening stroll around Mall road and ridge of your own. Overnight at hotel.
20th June. Shimla – Sarahan:
Today we will be driving towards Sarahan which is famous for its Bhimakali temple, dedicated to the Goddess Bhimakali, presiding deity of the rulers of former Bushahr State. Sarahan is also known as the gateway to Kinnaur. Overnight at hotel.
21st June. Sarahan Sangla:
You will be travelling to one of the most beautiful valleys of Himalayas, Sangla valley also known as Baspa valley because of river Baspa. Once you enter the border of Kinnaur you will be passing through beautifully engineered roads that takes you to different villages of Kinnaur district. Overnight at camp/hotel.
22nd June. Sangla – Kalpa:
After breakfast leave towards the last village of Sangla valley, Chitkul which is an hours drive from Sangla. Return back to Sangla, and drive towards Reckong Peo, the headquarter of Kinnaur and further few minutes drive will take you to Kalpa. Kalpa is a beautiful place overlooking the Kinner Kailash in the vicinity of famous apple orchards of Kinnaur. Overnight at hotel.
23rd June. Kalpa – Nako:
Nako is situated at an altitude of 12014 ft above sea level with the back drop of Reo Purgyal, the highest mountain in Himachal Pradesh. Nako is famous for its lake, Guru Padmasambhava has his footprints on a rock near by and is revered by Buddhists all around the world. Overnight at camp.
24th June. Nako Tabo:
We will be entering Spiti valley at Sumdo and little further we will take the link road to Gyu where you will be visiting the famous mummy of the old monk. Later drive towards Tabo, also known as the Ajanta of the Himalayas. Lotsawa Rinchen Zangpo, the reknowned translator is said to have built this monastery. Interestingly the statues are very similar to that of Alchi monastery in Ladakh. Overnight at hotel.
25th June. Tabo Kaza:
After breakfast you will be visiting Dhankar monastery beautifully perched on a hill top over looking Spiti river. Today you will be going to Pin Valley and visit Kungri monastery. Pin Valley National Park is established in 1987 and is a natural habitat for endangered species like snow leopard and Siberian Ibex. We will later drive to Kaza, the district headquarter of Spiti valley. Overnight at hotel.
26th June. Kye, Kibber, Langza, Komic.
Kye monastery is the largest monastery in Spiti Valley and is founded in 11th Century.Little further is the beautiful Kibber village at the height of 4270 m. Visit Kibber monastery and walk around the village. Kibber is also the starting or end point of famous Parangla trek which connects Spiti valley with Ladakh. If you wish to go for a off road ride follow the link road towards Tashigang and enjoy the rugged terrian of the Himalayas. Later drive back to Kaza for a hot lunch and there after visit Langza known for fossils and Komic village, the highest village in Asia. Overnight at hotel.
27th June. Kaza Losar:
Spend half of your day exploring the local bazaar of Kaza, visit Kaza monastery and later drive towards Losar, the last village of Spiti Valley towards Lahaul. Overnight at hotel/cottage.
28th June. Losar Chandertaal Lake:
Situated at an altitude of 4300 m, this lake due to its crescent shape has got the name of Chandra meaning moon and taal for lake ( the moon lake). We have to cross Kunzom Pass to reach this lake, the Pass that connects Spiti Valley with Lahaul valley. The lake is very famous amongst the trekkers and also a must visit place for the nature lovers. One can also do trek from here to Suraj Taal or Baralachala Pass. Overnight at camp.
29th June. Chandertaal – Gemur:
Leaving the fresh memories of barren Spiti valley we will now be travelling to the greener belt of the valley – Lahaul. Lahaul is comparatively more fertile and you can see lots of vegetation like potato, green peas, cauliflower, cabbages and now a days the young educated local farmers are well aware of the floriculture. You will be travelling along the Chandra river till Tandi, the Sangam ( confluence of river Bhaga and Chandra) which later becomes Chenab. On your way stop for some breathtaking views of Sissu waterfall and Gondhla fort. Reach Gemur by late afternoon and enjoy overnight at the camp.
30th June. Khangsar Khar, Gemur monastery and Jispa.
Khangsar Khar is another 20 minutes drive from your campsite which is the earstwhile residence of local rulers known as Thakurs. The palace has recently been renovated and is said to have 108 rooms. The palace has a small worship room ( chodkyang ) which is open to public. We will further go and visit Gemur monastery, the largest in Todh valley. Later visit Jispa, a beautiful village on the banks of river Bhaga. Darcha is another 5 km from Jispa and is the last village of Lahaul valley towards Ladakh, the neighbouring district of Jammu and Kashmir. Overnight at camp.
1st July. Gemur Trilokinath – Keylong.
Trilokinath is the most revered temple both by Tibetan Buddhists and Hindus. It is built in early 10 century according to a stone inscription found in the temple recently. The six armed marble statue inside the temple is revered as Avalokiteshwar by Buddhists and Shiva by Hindus. You will be driving through the most fertile valley of Lahaul ( Pattan Valley) and in approx 3 hours time you will reach Trilokinath temple. Further you will be visiting Mrikula Devi temple dedicated to Goddess Kali and is believed to have constructed in the 11th Century. The temple was constructed from a block of wood by the Pandavas during Mahabharat time. Return back to Keylong for overnight stay.
2nd July. Keylong Manali:
After a short visit to Kardang Gompa, you will be driving back to Manali via Rohtang Pass. Overnight at hotel/cottage.
3rd July. Manali Delhi :
Visit Hadimba temple, Vashist hot sulpher water, Tibetan monastery and Mall road. Board your bus in the evening with sweet memories of the Trans Himalayan journey.