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Heaven for Riders, Photographers, Trekkers, Poets, Writers and many more, Spiti is one place which cannot be described in words. You have to visit this region to believe the beauty it can offer. A variety of Lakes, Monasteries, Glaciers and wildlife, it offers a perfect off city destination to search your soul.
Spiti is 7000 sq km of snow-topped mountains and high-altitude desert, punctuated by tiny patches of greenery and villages of whitewashed houses clinging to the sides of rivers and meltwater streams. As in Zanskar and Ladakh, Tibetan Buddhism is the dominant religion in both Spiti and Lahaul, though Hinduism is prominent in lower Lahaul. Some Lahauli temples encompass both religions.
Lahaul and Spiti are perfect locations for nature lovers and trekkers too. Located at an altitude of 3340 m in the northeastern corner, these are the two remote villages of Himachal Pradesh. Before these two districts were combined, the Lahaul capital was Kardang and Dhankar was the capital of Spiti. But now, these are spread over an area of 13835 sq. km and as per 2001 census, the total populations of these districts were recorded around 33,224. The breathtaking snow-capped hills and the craggy beauty of these regions lure the travellers. Lahaul and Spiti are two isolated Himalayan valleys of Himachal Pradesh that lie on the Indo-Tibet border. The beautiful land of captivating Buddhist art and culture- Lahaul is distinguished by inflicting mountains and glaciers while the vegetation, climate and the landscape of Spiti are similar to that of Tibet. That’s why the village of Spiti is also popular as ‘Little Tibet’.
 
Route
  • Chandigarh   (26 June Night 8 pm we will start)
  • Chitkul.          (27 June)
  • Nako              (28 June)
  • Tabo              (29 June)
  • Kaza              (30 June)
  • Kaza              (1 July)
  • Chandrataal(2 July)
  • Manali          (4 July )
  • Delhi             (5 July  Manali to Chandigarh )
Day 1

We’ll leave from Chandigarh Airport at around 8 pm in our private vehicle. There’ll also be a pickup/drop vehicle from Delhi to Chandigarh for extra 1000 bucks. After having dinner en route and spending a night in the vehicle we’ll reach our first and fascinating destination, Chhitkul.

Picture From Our Last Spiti Trip
Night Stay : Chitkul

We’ll reach our campsite in Chhitkul by 11 in the morning. Check in at the riverside camp and enjoy the beautiful view of the Baspa Valley. Chhitkul is a village in Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh. It is the last inhabited village near the Indo-China border. The Indian road ends here. According to a recent study by Centre of Atmospheric Sciences at IIT Delhi, Chhitkul has the cleanest air in India.

Day 2
Chitkul to Nako 
Picture From Our Last Spiti Trip
Highlights: We will start before dawn so that we don’t miss the sunrise in mesmerizing Valley and have our breakfast on the way.
Night Stay: Stay at Nako

After getting up early in the morning and fill in our self with the mesmerising sunrise we’ll have our breakfast and right after that we’ll leave for our next destination, Nako. A picturesque village tucked away in the Himalayas, near the Indo-China border in district Kinnaur in Himachal Pradesh. Nako Lake is the main attraction of this hamlet, flanked by mountains, which are adorned by stupas. Nako is every bit Tibetan in its features, with Nako Gompa being another prominent place, home to 11th century chapels containing vibrant sculptures, murals and festival masks.

Day 3  Nako to Tabo
Picture From Our Last Spiti Trip

We’ll start early today to see the mesmerizing sunrise on our way to the Spiti Valley. We’ll also visit Gue Monastery on our way (if time permits), where exists India’s only Mummy, before reaching our today’s destination, Tabo. The Tabo Monastery is one of the most pious, biggest and oldest surviving Buddhist establishments in the Trans-Himalayas. It was developed as an advanced centre for learning and till date, it has managed to preserve the Buddhist legacy with the same steadfastness. Flanked on either side by hills, surrounded by high boundary walls made of mud bricks, the monastery stands at a secluded, barren ground in the bottom of the valley. You will be welcomed at the monastery by the Buddhist chanting, early morning cold breeze and bliss. You can head toward the assembly hall from where the sound was coming. After the prayer was over, a lama will explain the significance of these chanting and then guide on the details of the assembly hall, wall paintings, clay structure and other temples. The monastery complex comprises of 9 temples, 23 chortens, a monk’s chamber and an extension that houses the nuns’ chamber. The monastery’s importance can be judged from the fact that its significance is second only to the Tholing Gompa in Tibet in the entire Himalayan region. Tabo is famous for its beautiful paintings and stucco sculptures which bear a striking resemblance with the paintings and sculpture in the Ajanta caves. The monastery also treasures some centuries-old paintings.

Tips from travellers: 
You’ll experience the first-ever “You Don’t Call It A Road” episode near Wangtu where you drive about 8 km towards Tapri under an angry bright sun. It took me 40 mins to cover this nasty 8 km stretch. I had to stop every 10 minutes to check if my bike is not yet punctured. Tapri, however, awards you with a perfect Hot Spring where you can relax a bit. The hot spring is situated about 2 km away from the town of Tapri. The town also has a petrol pump, in case you’re planning a little detour towards Chitkul – the last Indian town.
Stay at Tabo
Day 4:
Tabo to Kaza via Dhankar 
Picture From Our Last Spiti Trip
Explore this gorgeous place and its serene beauty, which can wrap you in its magnificent valleys.
Night Stay: At Tabo
The Tabo Monastery is one of the most pious, biggest and oldest surviving Buddhist establishments in the Trans-Himalayas. It was developed as an advanced center for learning and till date it has managed to preserve the Buddhist legacy with the same steadfastness. Flanked on either side by hills, surrounded by high boundary walls made of mud bricks, the monastery stands at a secluded, barren ground in the bottom of the valley. You will be welcomed at the monastery by the Buddhist chanting. Early morning, cold breeze and bliss. You can head toward the assembly hall from where the sound was coming. After the prayer was over, a lama will explain the significance of these chanting and then guide on the details of the assembly hall, wall paintings, clay structure and other temples.
The monastery complex comprises of 9 temples, 23 chortens, a monk’s chamber and an extension that houses the nuns chamber. The monastery’s importance can be judged from the fact that its significance is second only to the Tholing Gompa in Tibet in the entire Himalayan region. Tabo is famous for its beautiful paintings and stucco sculptures which bear a striking resemblance with the paintings and sculpture in the Ajanta caves. The monastery also treasures some centuries old paintings which are not allowed to be photographed.

Kaza, the capital of Lahaul & Spiti, is an hour away from Tabo and is located at an altitude of about 12,500 ft., on the left bank of the Spiti River in the majestic Lahaul and Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh. It is known as the sub-divisional headquarters of Spiti and the largest township in the Lahaul and Spiti Valley, which is one of the most beautiful valleys of Himachal Pradesh. Kaza is surrounded by high mountains, crystal Clear River & streams, and barren landscapes interspersed with green landscapes and meadows. It is a marvelous destination, which houses several beautiful palaces, monasteries, gompas, and other historical buildings. We’ll checkout from Tabo hotel after breakfast and reach Dhankar monastery and take a short (2-3 hours) detour to the Pin Valley and then reach our hotel in Kaza by evening to rest for the day.

Day 5 
Kaza
Picture From Our Last Spiti Trip
The beautiful town of Kaza is located at an altitude of about 12,500 ft., on the left bank of the Spiti River in the majestic Lahaul and Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh. It is known as the sub-divisional headquarters of Spiti and the largest township in the Lahaul and Spiti Valley, which is one of the most beautiful valleys of Himachal Pradesh. Kaza is surrounded by high mountains, crystal clear river & streams, and barren landscapes interspersed with green landscapes and meadows. It is a marvelous destination, which houses several beautiful palaces, monasteries, gompas, and other historical buildings

We’ll experience the remaining parts of Kaza today which includes, Key Monastery, Kibber village, located at 4205 m, Kibber used to be the highest inhabited village in the world with its own polling station during elections, but now it has lost out to Komic. Komic village, the attractions of Komic are: A population of just about 100, crystal clear air that zips right down to your lungs, the fame of now being the highest inhabited village in the world, at 4550 m, and above all, the fascinating journey to get there. Hikkim village, a village with an operating post office which, by the way, is also the world’s highest post office from where you can send a postcard to your loved ones. Langza village, on our way back to Kaza we’ll cross Langza, a scenic village where just 20 huts sit on a hillside. Laid out in front sre some sparkling green fields where the farmer has grown peas. A farmer is busy ploughing his fields, using a pair of slow, limbering yaks. A towering statue of sacred Buddha keeps meditative watch from the top of the hills. Overnight at Kaza. In evening we’ll enjoy a Karaoke night in café nearby.

Day 7:
Chandratal:
Kaza – Chandratal 

After having our breakfast we’ll checkout from the hotel and start our journey to the Chandratal Lake.
Chandra Taal Lake is on the Samudra Tapu plateau, which overlooks the Chandra River. The name of the lake originates from its crescent shape. It is at an altitude of about 4,300 metres (14,100 ft) in the Himalayas. Mountains of scree overlook the lake on one side, and a cirque encloses it on the other. We’ll stay here in a camp for overnight.

Day 8

Chandratal – Manali

Highlights: This day we will start at dawn and cross Rohtang Pass to see this magnificent valley.
Night Stay: At Chandratal
The name Rohtang means ‘ground of corpses’ due to the number of people who lost their lives trying to cross it. The Rohtang Pass is on the Pir Panjal Mountain Range of the Himalayas. The Rohtang Pass is a natural divide between the humid Kullu Valley, which has predominantly Hindu culture and the arid, high altitude Lahaul and Spiti Valleys which mainly has Buddhists.
Known for its scenic beauty, Rohtang Pass holds strategic importance for India. The Pass offers beautiful sights of glaciers, peaks, Lahaul Valley and the Chandra River. The twin peaks of Geypan are also visible from Rohtang. The pass is on the watershed between the water basins of the Chenab River and the Beas River

After waking up early enjoying the view over breakfast we’ll leave for our last destination, Manali. The hill station of Manali is a charming town situated in the northern end of Kullu valley with a growing number of tourists contributing to Manali tourism. Manali, Himachal Pradesh once served as the ancient trade route between India and China. Today it is an abode for modern creativity with astounding hills and adventurous activities. For people who wish to travel back in time and indulge in the exquisite display of culture and heritage at the Museum of Himachal Culture & Folk Art during their Manali trip.

Day 8:
Party in Manali
Highlights: This day we will bump into the mythological place called Manali.
 
According to mythology, one day, Varvasvata, the seventh incarnation of Manu found a tiny fish in his bathing water. The fish told him to look after it with devotion as one day it would do him a great service. The seventh Manu cared for the fish till the day it grew so huge that he released it into the sea. Before departing, the fish warned Manu of an impending deluge when the entire world would be submerged and bade him to build a sea worthy ark. When the flood came, Varvasvata and seven sages were towed to safety by Matsya, the fish which is regarded as first avatar of Lord Vishnu. As the water subsided the seventh Manu’s ark came to the rest on a hill side and the place was named Manali (2,050 m) after him.
Day 10:
Manali- Chandigarh

Wake up early in the morning to leave for Chandigarh; we’ll be dropped at the airport to catch our return flights.

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    Details

    Start: June 26 @ 7:30 pm
    End: July 5 @ 7:30 pm
    Approximate Budget:

    Venue

    Spiti

    India

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    Schedule

    • Route
    • Chandigarh (26 June Night 8 pm we will start)
    • Chitkul. (27 June)
    • Nako (28 June)
    • Tabo (29 June)
    • Kaza (30 June)
    • Kaza (1 July)
    • Chandrataal(2 July)
    • Manali (4 July )
    • Delhi (5 July Manali to Chandigarh )
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    Gaurav
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