Drench yourself with wonderful lakes of Chandra Tal, Suraj Tal and Deepak Tal apart from picturesque Lahaul and Spiti Valley. Welcome to the abode of snow at Himachal
About Lahaul & Spiti
We have seen in movies especially after 3 Idiots was filmed and wanted a taste of that part of India and Himachal Pradesh just provides that to the travelers.Miles of flatlands, several glaciers and high peaks, sudden surprises in patches of verdant green, eighteen Buddhist Monastries, secluded Hindu temples, high lakes and two large rivers – The Chandra & Bagha creates this place called Lahaul. It is derived from Tibetan word “Lho-yul” meaning ‘Country of the South.
From here, we shall be proceeding to Spiti Valley. Spiti means ‘Middle Country’ a name derived due to its proximity to India and Tibet. With freckles of green over a dry, weather-beaten face, Spiti is extremely cold desert where there is no rainy season. But it is blessed with contrasting beauty of vivid high mountain ranges, narrow valleys and monasteries built on top of mountains from where you start guessing on how they could ever build that.River Spiti flows with cold snow melt through the region and is formed at base of Kunzum range.
For a traveler, Spiti provides with one of the best views of landscapes which include mountain ranges, valleys, snow clad mountains and above all, reveal the innermost geological secrets at various places which not only look splendid to the eyes, but those who like to spend hours on photography, it would be a visual delight.
BEST TIME TO VISIT : JUNE – OCTOBER
Day 1 : Arrive at Manali and check-in to Manali Continental. Our representative will pick up from the bus terminus. After refreshing, we shall be visiting, Manu temple,Siali Mahadev temple,Tibetan monastery,Vanvihar, Vashishat hot springs. Overnight stay at Manali
Day 2: Today after breakfast we start to Nehrukund,Kothi gorge,Rahlafalls,Gulaba slops,Marhi and Rohtang Pass. On way back visit to Solang valley adventure sports;paragliding,horse riding etc., Overnight stay at Manali
Day 3: Visit to Vaishno mata temple Kullu,Shawls factory,fishing spots at Kasol,Manikaran hot springs in Parvati valley and back to Manali. Overnight stay in Manali
Day 4: Today early morning, we shall leave to Keylong via Rohtang Pass. Sightseeing of Keylong / Lahaul consisting of following location and overnight in Keylong.
1. Gondhla Fort: Is situated just about eighteen kms from Keylong. The fort is situated on the right bank of the River Chandra. It was built in 1700 AD. The fort of Gondola is a magnificent fort and stands eight storey’s in height. This was the command center for the sub division. The Gondola Fort towers over the region, and seems to guard the entire area.
2.Tandi Confluence: You would be seeing confluence of Chandra & Bahga river and provides a picturesque sight of mountains.
3.Lady of Keylong view: Across the snow clad mountains, you would see a rocky bare which resembles a lady with her hands stretched. Locals say that the snow never gathers over this rocky portion at all. The road passes through the incredibly barren landscape on route to Jispa.
4.Ghemur Monastery: Is a 700 year old monastery, located at a distance of about 18 km from Keylong in Himachal Pradesh. Situated in the Bhaga Valley of Keylong, this gompa lies 600 to 700 yards above the Gemur Village. Every year in the month of July, a ‘devil dance’ is organised in the monastery. The main attraction of this religious shrine is the 11th century statue of goddess the Marichi and Vajravarahi, who are said to have their origins in Varahi, a Hindu goddess.
Day 5: Today in Lahaul Valley, we shall be visiting the following and overnight stay in Keylong.
1. Udaipur: Located at an altitude of 2,743 meters, around 53 km north of Keylong has an ancient temple dedicated to Durga and has some fine paintings apart from amazing landscapes.
2. Markula Devi temple: A temple dedicated to this goddess is quiet famous in Lahaul because of the wooden carvings in it.
3. TrilokNath Temple: A temple is situated in the village which is about 4 km short of Udaipur on the left bank of Chenab river. Devotees from far off places come to pay their respects at this unique temple. This Shiva temple was given a look of Budhist shrine by Guru Padmasambhava by installing the 6 armed image of Avalokiteshvara within an amazing landscape.
Day 6: At Spiti Valley, we shall be visiting following places and overnight stay in Spiti.
Kunzum Pass: As Rohtang pass is a gateway to Lahaul so Kunzum pass (4590 m) is the gateway to Spiti from Kulu & Lahaul. After crossing Rohtang pass and driving 20kms, one has to turn right from Gramphoo. While going to this pass, the panoramic view of Bara-Sigri glacier (second longest glacier in the world) is enthrilling and inspiring.
Chandra Tal Lake: This is situated at a height of 4300 m and 6 kms away from the Kunzum Pass in Spiti and Lahaul district of Himachal Pradesh India. Boasting of a circumference of about 2.5 kms, the deep blue-water of Chandra Tal Lake is the source of the Chandra river.This crystal clear blue water lake lies in a broad grassy plain, which in ancient times was a glacier, Ideal for camping, can be approached from Manali and by Kaza.
Lossar: This is the first village while entering in Spiti Valley from Kunzum Pass. Situated at high altitude near Spiti River it comes under the Lahaul and Spiti district. The landscape and culture is quite similar to Tibet and people also dress up in Tibetan style and Buddhism culture is more prominent in Lossar. The Spiti region is also known as ‘Little Tibet’ due to similar culture.
Kaza: Situated along the Spiti River river at an elevation of 3,650 metres (11,980 ft) above mean sea level, is the largest township and commercial center of the valley. From this place, we shall be visiting various monasteries like Ki (Kye), Kibber, Tabo and Dhankar next day morning.Kaza also boasts amazing landscapes of Spiti Valley and a visual treat.
Day 7: Today at Spiti Valley, we shall be visiting following places and overnight stay in Spiti
1. Ki Monastery: On the left bank of the river Spiti, the Ki Gompha is built on the spur that extends froma high hill. Portions of the structure are three stories high, while others are lower. From Ki Monastery, one can have a breathtaking view of mountains and landscapes.
2. Kibber Monastery: Highest village of the world situated at 4205 mtr or 12,187 feet. Kibber monastery provides a panaromic view of mountain ranges and landscapes and acts as the base for several high altitude treks in the region.
3.Dhankar Monastery: Perched over high valley, this is a superb example of Spiti traditional architectural skills. Dhankar is a repository of Buddhist scriptures in the Bhoti Script apart from providing breathtaking views.
4. Tabo Monastery: This monastery has exquisite wall paintings and stucco statues and often referred as “Ajanta of Himalayas”. In terms of area, this is the largest monastic complex in Spiti.Above the monastery there are a number of caves carved into the cliff face and used by monks for meditation.
Day 8: Today, we start back to Manali and reach Manali via Rohtang Pass and the trip ends.
What is included and excluded?
Cost Includes: Transport, Boarding and Lodging, sight seeing at all locations indicated in itinerary and transfers to hotel in Jeeps/SUV/Car depending upon terrain and location. Breakfast and Dinner all locations.
Cost Excludes: Personal expenses, insurance, incidental expenses, porter tips or tips to staff, medical and evacuation due to personal health.
What if the locations on itinerary changes while on tour? Will there be refund for not showing them?
Due to changes in weather conditions, strike or communal disturbances the itineraries need to be changed instantly. Our representative would take care of ensuring that they provide different options at that time. However, we would not be able to refund the amount where the locations were not covered due to aforesaid reasons as these are beyond our control.
We strives for cost effectiveness by having a maximum 6 guests and hence initial amount collected is based upon that. It might so happen that the number of people might become smaller than expected. Himalayan Fantasy representative will get in touch with guests within 15 days of the departure date on the final group size.Thus, the differential amount need be paid by guests due to this change.
Booking must be confirmed 20 days prior to date of departure by paying the full amount – It takes lot of effort, time and money in planning the tours in remote locations due to terrain and logistics involved. You would appreciate that it causes lot of inconvenience to people staying there due to cancellation as they would have reserved the hotel/lodges for us.
All expenses accruing from change in schedule due to weather conditions or health issues are to be borne by the guests. We shall take adequate precaution and always check the weather condition in advance, but acts of nature is beyond our control.
Cancellation policy – While we strive to plan everything for you well in advance, enabling your trip to be hassle-free and fun filled. Implication is that fees, permits, accommodation expenses need to be paid in advance at those locations and in most cases they would not refund to us. Any cancellation would be inconvenient and loss to all those who were involved in making your journey memorable. Considering the cascading effect you would appreciate that it is fair that the cost has to be borne by you. As a goodwill, our policy on cancellation would be as under:
- Cancellation prior to 20 days from date of departure : Full Refund
- Cancellation between 19 days to 15 days prior to date of departure: 50% Refund
- Cancellation between 14 days prior to date of departure and departure date: No Refund
- No Show : No Refund
What kind of clothing is required?
In all the locations normally, the average temperature would be 10-25 C during morning and 0 to 10 C in night. It is preferrable to bring warm clothing like shawls, sweaters, pullover etc., Also since the weather is very cold, it would be hard to wash the clothes and dry them. Spare inner wears would be recommended.
What kind of hotels are we going to be put up? Would they be neat for the price being charged?
The hotels would be standard category. Standard here refers to a well furnished, clean and hygenic and food is of good quality. We don’t compromise on boarding and lodging and ensure that the hotels meet the set criteria.
Can we use mobile phones at these locations?
Since we would be at an altitude greater than 10,000 feet, in most of the places, the mobile network might not be available. Our guide would be providing information as we travel.
Can we charge mobile phones?
While staying in hotels at all locations, we could charge the mobile phones.
How would be the quality of the roads at these locations?
Many a times, due to landslides which is a common feature in these locations, the roads might not be in good conditions. The local administration does everything to restore, but then might not be adequate. Thus you might experience bumpy rides at certain places. The guide would keep you informed about road condition.
What if the road is cut off or blocked? What should we do?
There is nothing to panic. We shall provide you with information on how the condition of road is on the day of travel to these high altitude places. If the road is blocked, we shall work out a different itinerary to ensure that you enjoy the holidays stress free and without hassles.
Can we get children on board?
Children above 6-8 years are certainly welcome and they would certainly enjoy the nature.
What kind of food is available in these high altitude places for eating?
Most of these places, the religion is Buddhist and follow Tibetan culture. There is high possibility of getting Indian food and also a good idea to have Tibetan food like momo and noodles.
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