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About the Destination:
In addition to the spectacular views of the snow clad peaks, Kinnaur and Spiti Valley introduces the visitors with the diverse culture and traditions of the Spitian and Kinnauri people. Kinnaur - notably known as the land of fairy tales and fantasies, has an amazing terrain of lush green valley, orchards, vineyards, snow clad peaks and cold desert mountains. The old Hindustan–Tibet Highway, runs northeast from Shimla through the Kinnaur Valley, providing access to its rich flora and fauna. Being the border district of Himachal Pradesh, the culture and language is different from other parts of the state.
'Spiti' means the 'middle country' - a name given as a result of its ties with both India and Tibet. With freckles of green over a dry weather-beaten face, the cold deserts of Spiti is characterised by stark beauty, narrow valleys and high mountains. A century ago, Rudyard Kipling in Kim called Spiti "a world within a world" and a "place where the gods live" - a description that holds true to the present day!
About the Departure with Details:
For Spiti Valley Trip via Kinnaur, the moment you depart from Delhi, you are embraced by the cold winds of Shimla and its exquisite beauty. You can enjoy all the way travelling with exclusive sights and scenes that are so native only to India and the location.
The experience will leave you spell bound as it takes you from lakes to apple orchards, from temples to monasteries, from the smallest villages to the largest one and moreover it promises to be all the more exciting as it proceeds in its course.
Have a first-hand experience of some of the Indian heritages that has still been preserved all through these years. Experience how nature can enthral you with mountains, snow, natural lakes and also the fact that it beautifully moulds us the mix too. Fill your memory with exclusive events of the history that has splendidly carved out temples, monasteries and houses for all to experience.
Meal Types: Veg/non-veg, North/South Indian
Activities: Sightseeing, Sampling Local Cuisines
Maximum Altitude: 15,059ft (4,590m)
Temperature Range: 20° C
Begin with the fun and excitement of Spiti Valley trip via Kinnaur at around 0700PM from Delhi with an overnight journey to Shimla.
Explore Sangla (Kinnaur)
After an early morning arrival in Shimla, rest for a while and enjoy your breakfast. Post this, leave for Kinnaur, which is a mountainous district situated at 2,320-6,816m and is among the smallest districts in India. By late afternoon/evening, you will reach the Sangla base at Sangla located on the banks of Baspa River followed by an overnight stay.
Appple Orchards, Chitkul, Kalpa, Reckong Peo
After having a hearty breakfast, leave for Chitkul, the last village on the Indo-Tibet border. Sangla and Chitkul, both being adorned with beautiful snow-clad mountains is often called as the Swiss Alps of India. Hereafter, drive to Kalpa and on reaching there by late afternoon, visit the apple orchards within the vicinity. Post this, explore Kalpa and Reckong Peo to enjoy the stunning views of the Kinnaur – Kailash mountains, visit the sacred temples, monasteries and get an insight of the local life; overnight stay in Kalpa.
Village Exploration, Nako Lake, Buddhist Temple
Post today’s breakfast, you will be transferred to Tabo; visit the Nako Village and the Nako Lake, which is the highest lake on the Kinnaur-Spiti region. Fringed with willow and poplar groves, the lakes seems to swallow almost half of the village! Arriving at the village, visit a Buddhist temple that has a foot-like impression credited to that of saint Padmasambhava.
Dhankar Lake, Dhankar Monastery
Departing early morning from Tabo, today you will be driving towards Kaza; en route, visit the Dhankar Lake and Dhankar Monastery. Once a castle of a regional rulers of Spiti, this monastery is known to be one of the most stunning monasteries in the valley and stands atop a cliff. An hour walk from the monastery will take you further to the Dhankar Lake. Spent amazing moments beside the lake and proceed towards Kaza for an overnight stay.
Ki Monastery, Komic Village
Today, after reaching Ki, you will be visiting the Ki Monastery, which is the largest monastery in the Lahaul-Spiti region. In addition to this, it is also the largest monastery of Spiti Valley and has a training centre for Lamas. Located on a hilltop, this fort-monastery offers spectacular views of the Spiti River flowing down the valley. Arriving in Komic or the highest inhabited village in Asia by afternoon, feel and experience the essence of Spitian village followed by an overnight stay.
Kunzum Pass, Rohtang Pass
Waking up in the morning, get freshened up and prepare to leave Komic Village. Follow the astounding Kunzum Pass (15,060ft) and Rohtang Pass to reach Manali during the end part of the day followed by an overnight stay.
Manali Sightseeing, Overnight journey
Make the best of your last day in Manali by embarking on a local sightseeing tour during the first half of the day. On the second part, you will be boarding an overnight volvo bus to Delhi.
Kinnaur and Spiti ValleyTour Ends Here
Today, with your morning arrival in Delhi, this amazing Spiti Valley Trip via Kinnaur will come to an end.
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