Spiti & Kangra
Route : Delhi - Shimla - Sangla - Kalpa - Tabo - Kaza - Keylong - Manali - Dharamsala - Pragpur - Amritsar - Delhi
This Journey encapsulates the traditional magic of this enchanting frontier region in the Himalayas. Time has done little to diminish the eternal appeal of Spiti and Kangra; their stunning landscapes punctuated with sacred living monasteries and alive with ancient Buddhist culture. Along the way, you will stay in some delightful heritage bungalows and simple family-run guesthouses and also camp in the wilderness with views to take your breath away.
The road journey along the Old-Hindustan Tibet road is an extraordinary once-in-a-lifetime experience. You will go on gentle village walks with a resident guide, allowing you to meet the local inhabitants and share a cup of salted butter tea with them in their modest homes, getting to know how they subsist in this remote land. The contrast between the colonial hill-station of Shimla, the alpine valleys of verdant Kangra and the barren desolate landscape of Spiti can be truly mind-boggling.
• Ancient temples & monasteries.
• Tea Gardens.
• Nature Walk.
• Snow-capped Himalayan peaks
• Village Life
• Charming Jungle Camps.
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Arrival TimeEarly morning
Dress CodeCasual, Warm and Sports Wear
Tour Itinerary : - Spiti & Kangra
Day 01: Arrive Delhi
Arrive at New Delhi International airport. After completing the immigration and customs, proceed towards the arrival hall. Meeting and assistance upon arrival with a traditional welcome of garlanding and transfer to the hotel (the room being held from the previous night). Delhi, the capital of the largest democracy of the world, can’t be defined in just one single sentence. The city has been plundered, destroyed, reconstructed and ruled over by several dynasties. Having its existence for centuries, today the city stands as a metropolitan city and a center of the business sector. However, even after being a city of skyscrapers and modern lifestyle, the city has kept its ancient heritage alive even today.
After leisurely breakfast, set off to explore Old and New Delhi, what India’s Capital Delhi has to offer. The visit of Old Delhi includes a drive past of the Red Fort (closed on Monday), built-in 1648 during the reign of Shah Jehan in red sandstone, which gave the fort its name. Jama Masjid is one of the largest mosques in India, built of red sandstone and white marble in the middle of the 17th century. Chandni Chowk is one of the liveliest places in Old Delhi which happened to be the imperial avenue where Emperor Shah Jehan rode at the head of the royal parade. Now, Chandni Chowk is full of shops, ateliers and stalls.
Overnight in Delhi
Day 02: Delhi to Shimla
This morning, we start early from the hotel to the railway station to board the train to Kalka railway station – this is the terminus for the main railhead before the start of the mountain rail journey. On arrival at Kalka station, board the five-hour mountain railway journey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that connects Indian plains to the Queen of Hills Shimla - spread along the ridge that overlooks terraced hillsides and cultivation, it is incredibly layered in thick forests of oak, fir, pine and rhododendron. Originally a small village with a temple to Shamla Devi as its main attraction, the British developed the settlement for its bracing climate and scenic location to make it the summer capital of India for many years. The toy train journey is one of India’s incredible feet covering through a series of tunnels, bridges and curves.
Meeting on arrival at Shimla station and transfer to the hotel.
Overnight in Shimla
Day 03: In Shimla
This morning after a leisurely breakfast, we set off to explore this hill town. The interesting places to visit include Shimla’s Principal promenade that ends at Scandal Point, one can get magnificent views of Himalayas from here; The Mall and the Viceregal Lodge, the erstwhile viceroy's residence is today the Institute of Advanced Studies. The Shimla State Museum houses numerous art objects from around India including a priceless collection of paintings. We also visit Jakhu Temple
Overnight in Shimla
Day 04: Shimla to Sangla (2680m)- (215 km/about 7 hrs)
This day after early breakfast, drive to Sangla - situated on the bank of river Baspa in the Baspa Valley which is built on a slope famous for its highly fertile soil. Due to its flat terrain and thick foliage grown on the not so steep slopes, Baspa Valley looks mesmerizing.
On arrival, we check into the guest house or camp.
Overnight at the guest house or camp in Sangla
Day 05: In Sangla.
This morning, after breakfast enjoy the Nature walk in Sangla Valley.
Late morning, we proceed to visit the small Buddhist Gompa.
This afternoon excursion to Chitkul - it has many typical houses, Buddhist temple and a small tower.
Overnight at the guest house or camp in Sangla
Day 06: Sangla to Kalpa (2950m) – (67 km/about 2.5 hrs)
This morning, after breakfast drive along the Sutlej River and through beautiful pine forests to Kalpa (2950m) – the principal town and the former capital of Kinnaur, situated in the shadow of the Kinnaur Kailash massif.
This afternoon, visit Baudh Mandir and the interesting temple complex at Kalpa.
Overnight at the guest house or camp in Kalpa
Day 07: Kalpa to Tabo (3050m) – (150 km/about 6 hrs)
This morning, we start early and drive to Tabo (3050m) – a small town in the Lahaul and Spiti District on the banks of Spiti River. The town surrounds thousand year old Buddhist Monastery. The drive is along the cascading Sutlej river and then from Khab along Spiti rivers. En route, we will visit Nako, the largest village in the Hangrang valley, with its small lake and gompa.
After the visit, we continue driving through the dramatic landscape to Tabo – it is the only living monastery outside Tibet and also the home of the incarnated H.H. the Dalai Lama's junior tutor.
Overnight at the guest house or camp in Tabo
Day 08: In Tabo
This morning after leisurely breakfast visit the ancient Tabo Gompa, also known as the “Ajanta of the Himalayas” because of its paintings, built in 996 AD by the great translator, Rinchen Zangpo, who bought the artist from Kashmir to decorate the gompa. It houses very rare frescoes and sculptures. Close to the main complex visit the new Tibetan Gompa.
This afternoon, we explore the murals and sculptures.
Overnight at the guest house or camp at Tabo
Day 09: Tabo to Kaza (3600m) – (50 km/about 1 hr)
This morning, after leisurely breakfast drive to Kaza – the sub-divisional headquarters of Spiti overlooked by high mountain ridges on all sides.
On arrival, we check into the guest house of Ibex and Snow Leopard – it adjoins the Great Himalayan National Park and Rupi Bhabha Sanctuary and varies in altitude from 3,600m to 6,630m.
Later in the afternoon, we set off to explore the valley and visit Kungri monastery, under the order of the oldest sect Nigma pa.
Overnight at the guest house at Kaza
Day 10: In Kaza (3600m)
This morning, after breakfast drive about 25 km to Kibber - the highest inhabited village in Asia with a population of about 400 people.
We visit the small gompa at Kibber and later drive back to Ki Gompa- the biggest Gompa in the whole Spiti Valley with about 300 Lamas (monks).
Later in the afternoon visit the township of Spiti Valley where we visit the small Sakya Gompa and walk around the colourful bazaar, which is the trade centre of the whole Spiti.
Overnight at the guest house at Kaza
Day 11: Kaza to Keylong (3350m) – (190 km/about 7 hrs)
This morning, after early breakfast, drive to Keylong (Lahaul Valley) - Keylong is an important stop and an amazing detour from the Leh-Manali Highway.
Keylong is a Buddhist, green town which looks like a meadow in first sight, surrounded by snow-covered mountain peaks.
We drive crossing the first motorable pass on the route - Kunzum Pass (4551m). On the way, we get the fabulous views of the high – ranging snow-clad mountains.
This afternoon, visit the 17th century AD Shashur Gompa and then head to Khardang Gompa. This gompa is said to be made around 900 years ago which went under renovation process in 1912.
Overnight at Keylong
Day 12: Keylong to Manali (115 km/about 6 to 7 hrs)
This morning, after early breakfast to Manali (2050m), over Rohtang Pass (3978m), which offers spectacular views of Pir Panjal Range, capturing Lahauls haunting beauty.
This afternoon visit Old Manali and Hadimba Devi temple.
It is believed archaeologically and historically that the Dhoongri Temple is dedicated to goddess Hadimba, the wife of Bhim (Mahabharata). The temple has a roof shaped in four-tiered pagoda. The doorway of the temple is decorated with carvings of legendary symbols and figurines. Roaming in a temple constructed in 1533 is truly an incredible experience.
In Old Manali visit Vashisht Hot Spring and temple, a small old village located on the left bank of river Beas towards Rohtang pass is worth a visit. The place is well-known for temples and hot springs. Adjacent to it, is located the stone temple of Vashist Muni, made in a pyramidal shape. Two bath tanks of natural hot sulphur spring are made for the tourists. The water is said to have therapeutic properties.
This evening, stroll around the town and the colourful Mall Road.
Overnight in Manali
Day 13: Manali to Dharamsala (1387m)- (215 km/about 7 hrs)
This morning, after early breakfast, we proceed to Dharamshala, another hill station.
Dharamsala, the current home of the Dalai Lama. It is also the principal township of the region which is magnificently set amongst pine forests with the backdrop of the Dhauladhar range.
We suggest the rest of the day to be at leisure after a long drive.
Overnight in Dharamshala
Day 14: In Dharamsala
This morning after a leisurely breakfast, we set out to explore the hill region, Dharamshala.The full-day trip will include highlights like the visit to Norbulingka Institute, Kangra Fort.
We start with a visit to the Norbulingka Institute, a registered trust organization which operates under the leadership of the spiritual and temporal leader of Tibetan people, HH Dalai Lama. This institute preserves Tibetan culture in the form of literature and arts. Famous places to visit here are Losel Doll Museum and Seat of Happiness Temple.
Later, we will visit the Kangra Fort and Temple Complex, built by Bhuma Chand the founder of the Katoch Dynasty. Located on a very steep cliff, which overhangs Ban Ganga and Manjhi River, the fort still dominates Kangra Valley.
In the afternoon, we visit the Tibetan Children’s village which is located nearby. This boarding school provides Tibetan education, healthcare, clothes, food, etc. to the orphans. We will continue our journey to Mcleod Ganj from here and will stop at Kangra Art Museum on the way. The museum houses a great collection of arts and crafts indigenous to Kangra Valley.
Overnight in Dharamshala
Day 15: Dharamsala to Pragpur (75 Km/ about 02 hrs drive)
This morning after breakfast, we drive to Pragpur – the drive is through the Dhaula Dhar range. Pragpur (founded three centuries ago) is built around an ornamental pool. With its cobbled streets, colourful mud-brick houses and slate roofs, Pragpur is known as India's first 'heritage village'. It is the centre of the Kangra School of Painting and a vibrant and interesting place to spend an afternoon. There are great views back north to the snow-capped peaks of the Dhaula Dhar.
Late afternoon, visit Pong Dam to see the birds and enjoy the pristine nature walks here. Evening take a gentle walk in the old cobbled streets of the village.
Overnight in Pragpur
Day 16: Pragpur to Amritsar (175 Kms / about 4.5 hrs drive).
This morning after an early breakfast drive to Amritsar – the home of Sikh community and their beauteous, most holy shrine: the Golden Temple. Amritsar was effectively founded by the fourth Guru of Sikhism, Guru Ram Das, who excavated a pool or ‘tank’ in 1577, which subsequently became known as Amritsar (meaning Pool of the Nectar of Immortality). The city grew up around this pool and, in due course, a splendid Sikh edifice (that we now know as the Golden Temple) was constructed in the middle of this pool.
On arrival, after a short rest, we proceed to explore the city of Amritsar = the "Pool of Nectar", named after the sacred pool in the Golden Temple.
The highlight of this city is The Harmandir (Golden Temple). The temple is the spiritual nerve centre of the Sikh faith. The Akal Takht is the seat of the Sikh's religious committee. Guru Gobind Singh's shrine is dedicated to the 10th and last guru of the Sikhs. Also, visit Jallianwala Bagh, a memorial noted for the most notorious massacre under British rule. The Jallianwala Bagh is located about a quarter of a mile from the Golden Temple.
Late afternoon, drive to Wagah Border to see the Guard of Honor Ceremony or Ceremonial lowering of the flag of the two countries (India and Pakistan). Later drive back to Amritsar during sunset.
Late evening, visit Golden Temple under beautiful lights to feel the spiritual solace and also to witness the Bed Chamber Ceremony of the Religious book (Guru Granth Sahib).
Overnight in Amritsar
Day 17: Amritsar – Delhi - Home (Fly).
This morning during sunrise, visit the Golden Temple – the start is around 0400 hrs in the morning. We return to the hotel for breakfast.
Late afternoon, you will be transferred to the airport to board the flight to Delhi, the capital city of India.
Meeting on arrival at Delhi airport and connect the international flight back home with fresh memories of Spiti Kangra.
Tour Itinerary : - Spiti & Kangra
Delhi To Simla By Train
Amritsar to Delhi by Flight
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Price, Inclusions and Exclusions
Prices per person
01 paying person in a Single Room
02 paying persons in a Double Room
Validity - July till September 2021.
• Accommodations in one room/tent for 18 days/17 nights
• Meal plan
✓ Buffet Breakfast at cities – Delhi, Shimla, Manali, Dharamshala and Amritsar
✓ Full board basis - (Simple Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) at – Sarahan, Kalpa, Tabo, Kaza, Keylong, and Pragpur
• Transport services using Good Conditioned Small Caras follows
✓ Arrival transfer from the airport in Delhi to the hotel on Day 01
✓ Sightseeing tour of Delhi – half day on Day 01
✓ Departure transfer from the hotel in Delhi to the railway station on Day 02
✓ Beginning with the pickup at Shimla railway station on Day 02 till drop at Amritsar airport on Day 17
• Meet and greet services in Delhi, Shimla and Amritsar only
• One time entrance fee to the monuments/monasteries as per the program.
• 01 Cycle Rickshaw ride in Delhi as per programme
• Inner line permit of Spiti valley
• Services of an English speaking local cultural guide(different guides in each city) as per itinerary:
> Day 01 Half day in Delhi
> Day 03 Full day in Shimla
> Day 14 Full day in Dharamsala
> Day 16 Half day in Amritsar
> Day 17 Half day in Amritsar
• Services of an accompanying English speaking guide for Spiti Valley – from Day 4 till Day 12
• Train travel
> Delhi to Kalka - Air Conditioned chair car
> Kalka to Shimla Toy Train – Non air conditioned chair (JOY RIDE)
• Domestic air travel (ONLY INDICATIVE)
> Airfare(economy class)
✓Amritsar to Delhi
• All currently applicable taxes
• International airfare for travel (from your home country to the destination and return)
• Visa charges or fees
• Airport taxes
• Meals on board the overnight train
• Camera fees during the visit to the monuments, temples or National Parks
• Tips to driver/guide/naturalist
• Additional meals
• Drinks or mineral water at the hotels or restaurants
• Ayurvedic massages or treatments, laundry etc or any other items of personal nature
• Travel, health and cancellation insurance
• Any other expense/changes due to unforeseen circumstances while in India
• Any other thing not mentioned in program or “Price Inclusions”
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