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Trip Starting From: Chandigarh
Trip Location: Lahaul - Spiti
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Drive from Chandigarh- Shimla- Kufri- Narkanda
Around noon start from Chandigarh and head to Narkanda.
Hit the lower Himalayas a few kilometers from Chandigarh and head to Narkanda.
You shall escape the traffic of Shimla city and take a different route taking to Chail and Kufri.
Enjoy the beautiful ride via Chail and Kufri. Stop for a cup of tea at Chail.
If time permits, you shall visit the famous Hatu temple and spend sometime there.
Relax in the evening.
Drive from Narkanda- Rampur- Wangtoo- Sangla
Head out early in the morning, after breakfast visit the Hatu temple in Narkanda and hit the road to Sangla valley.
Witness one of the most beautiful valley in India on your way to Rampur.
Marvel the huge construction sites of Wangtoo Karcham Dam and the ruthless side of Sutlej River.
You shall call it a day after reaching Sangla.
Stay overnight in Sangla.
Drive from Sangla- Chitkul- Kalpa
Wake up early in the morning and enjoy the beautiful view of Sangla valley.
You can also see the back side of Kinner Kailash peaks from Sangla. After tea, you'll head for a walk to Basteri village through the woods and crossing the Baspa River.
Walk through the village, the apple and apricot orchards and visit the ancient Badri Narayan temple.
Have breakfast and leave for Kalpa via a visit to Chitkul- the last village on Indo- Tibetan border.
The drive to Chitkul is simply out of the world. Head to Kalpa from Chitkul.
Enjoy the scenic view Kinner Kailash peaks over a cup of tea in Kalpa.
If time permits you shall visit the Old Shiva Temple and Buddhist Monastery in Kalpa.
Enjoy your evening.
Drive from Kalpa- Pooh- Khab- Nako- Sumdo- Tabo
Have your breakfast early and head out to enter the cold desert terrain also known as Trans Himalayan Terrain.
As you leave Kalpa, you shall notice the change in terrain where you shall find lesser trees, greenery and increasing rocky, dry kind of mountains.
Take a 10 minutes break at Khab- the confluence of Sutlej and Spiti river which is a beautiful scenic spot for photography.
From here head into the high mountains and climb to a beautiful village called Nako and stop here for lunch.
Walk through the village and spend sometime next to the lake. Head to the entry point of Spiti from the southern side
Sumdo is where you make your entries and head to Gue- where a 550 years old Mummy of a Monk is kept in the sitting position.
It is one of its kind in the entire Himalayan region and was found a few years back after an earthquake.
You can spend sometime wondering and looking at the Mummy and then head to your final destination of the day- Tabo.
Reach Tabo and rest for the night.
Drive from Tabo- Dhankar- Pin Valley
Start your morning with a refreshing breakfast and take a visit to the Ajantas of Himalayas- Tabo Monastery.
A 1000 years old monastery and not even a single day has passed since it inception that prayers have not been offered.
Marvel the murals, wall paintings and thankas will leave you speechless- especially the wall of the 1000 Buddhas in the main sanctum.
Take a walk to the other side of Tabo where you shall visit the caves where the monks use to meditate in the ancient times.
Your next stop will be Dhankar Monastery- a 1000 years old monument whose setting is like none other.
Dhankar Monastery hangs on a cliff overlooking the confluence of Spiti and Pin River.
Take a 45 minutes hike from Dhankar village to Dhankar lake for a delicious lunch.
Post lunch head to Pin valley- the home of Snow Leopard and Siberian Ibex.
On your way to Pin Valley- you shall visit Khungri Monastery in Sagnam which is the strong hold of Buchen Lamas of Nyingma sec of Buddhism.
Finish your journey for the day at Mudh village- the entry point of Pin Valley National Park.
Stay in a homestay at Mudh and understand the life of locals at this altitude- how they live, what they grow, what they eat, how do entertain themselves, their culture, music, food etc etc.
Drive from Pin Valley- Kaza- Kye- Khibber- Kaza
Mudh is the starting/ ending point of 2 very famous treks- the Pin Parvati Pass trek and Bhaba Pass trek.
Early morning take a walk inside the park and head to Kye and Khibber after breakfast.
Spend sometime next to the river near Kaza over the lunch- all picnic style.
Then visit one of the most famous monastery of Spiti valley- The Kye Monastery, have a cup of tea with the monks and understand their life.
Kye Monastery is the biggest monastery in Spiti valley and is home to a young monks who come here to follow Buddha’s path.
After spending some time at the Monastery, then head to Khibber village which use to be highest village in the world some time back before Komic took that position.
Walk and hike around this beautiful village which is also part of a sanctuary.
Then head back to Kaza for a overnight stay.
Drive from Kaza to Hikkim- Komic- Langza
After breakfast head to Langza which is the 2nd highest motorable village after Komic and is home to Fossil search in the country.
If you are lucky then you shall surely find some beautiful fossils while you take a stroll here.
To make it a little more interesting at this altitude, the interested ones can hike from Langza to Komic via a small stop at Hikkim.
In order not to forget our loved ones, visit the world’s highest post office in Hikkim and post a few post cards to your loved ones.
Head to your last point for the day, Komic and enjoy the spectacular view of snow capped peaks around over a cup of tea and chat with the monks.
The monastery in Komic is functional in winters when temperatures dip down to -30 degrees and roads get blocked.
Head back to Langza for a homestay with a local family. The life in Spiti might be harsh but each and every aspect of it has a cozy side and you will feel that
while sharing space with a local family.
Drive from Kaza to Lohsar- Kunzum Pass- Chandrataal Lake
After Breakfast with the local family, head towards Chandrataal Lake. This is another location where you will find it hard to stop clicking photographs.
So if you don’t have a camera, you should buy one, This lake is a landscape photographer’s dream come true, changing its appearance almost with every passing hour.
Tonight you'll camp in an excellent dome tents set up to protect you from the cold and biting night winds.
Drive from Chandrataal to Batal- Chatru- Gramphoo- Rohtang Pass- Manali
Leave early this morning to Manali after an early breakfast.
Take a small break at Batal and say goodbye to owners of Chandra Dhaba over a cup of tea.
You will try to reach Rohtang pass by early afternoon and spend some time at the pass.
Head to Manali and relax to have a small get together in the evening over dinner.
Stay in Manali for the night.
Drive from Manali to Kullu- Mandi- Chandigarh
Get ready early in the morning to end this beautiful journey and say goodbye to some amazing people who shared this journey with you.
Take a drive from Manali to Chandigarh and end the trip.
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