Spiti is an ultimate destination for the adventurer in you and you can’t miss exploring the grandeur of this valley. It is almost every traveler’s dream destination to once visit this mountain land located in Himachal Pradesh and bordered on all sides by the Himalayas. Taking the Shimla Dhankar route to Spiti, instead of the Manali Gramphu route, you are ensured of reliability and accessibility. It is not just culture and natural beauty that Spiti offers. Trekking and jeep safaris are some of the activities that you can do here. Trekkers flock to Spiti attracted by its scenic mountains, enchanting landscapes, glaciers and pristine environment. This year, do not miss out on this stupendous opportunity to travel with like-minded individuals coming together from all parts of India to make your journey even more exciting and memorable. So what are you waiting for? Join us for this thrilling and one of a kind trip to the land of Lamas and lush landscapes to make memories for life.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Shimla, India|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Date: 1st September 2018
7:30 AM, Shimla Bus station
|RETURN TIME||7th September 2018|
|CLOTHING INSTRUCTION||Warm clothing for the mountains|
Day 1 - Shimla – Sarahan – Reckong Peo
We start our road trip from Shimla, after breakfast to reach Kinnaur. Pick up can be arranged from Chandigarh as long as it is early in the morning. We expect to reach Reckong Peo by dusk if we are met by favorable roads and less traffic. On arrival we recommend a long walk into the nearby village and exploring the surroundings.
Day 2 - Reckong Peo – Nako – Tabo
In Reckong Peo, foreign nationals need to get a permit, which takes few minutes of our time. We now stop at Nako #village and have lunch. Post lunch we enjoy trekking to the village to drink in the sights and rest a while. From here we drive back to Tabo, where we again enjoy some sightseeing before we retire.
Day 3 - Tabo – Dhankar
We reach Delhi on Monday at around 6 am, kickstarting the week with positivity and with bucket loads of memories, new bunch of friends to count on and some breathtaking experiences. Thereby you may wish to work on your next trip with The Indian Tourist.
Day 4 - Dhankar – Key – Kibber
Dawn breaks and we are surrounded with rare birds around the Dhankar lake. You may be able to click a few pictures of the exotic wildlife there. From there, we go to Kibber, passing Key village as we witness the magnificent Key monastery atop a hill. A drive to the largest village in the region- Kibber and again we have the rare opportunity to see wild #birds and Spitian #animals.
Day 5 - Kibber – Kaza
We take a drive to Kaza post breakfast. Kaza is the largest town of the district. Here we spend our time dwelling in the simple sights of the urbanized town. A look at the valley and you will see a stupendous view of the shimmer of the Spiti #river beside the #mountain. We follow the route to Shilla valley, which is on high altitude and where you will find locals grazing their herds of livestock. A chance awaits to volunteer to help them.
Day 6 - Kaza – Kalpa
We now head to the amazing apple #orchards of Kalpa village from Kaza. A wonderful array of colorful and green ambience surrounds you as you enjoy your picnic there. Enjoy some volunteer work and help the villagers with their daily tasks. And as you retire for the day, you will be rewarded with a typical Spitian dinner.
Day 7 - Kalpa – Sarahan – Shimla
And here comes the end to a fascinating tour as we drive back to Shimla. We pass Sarahan on the way, where we can enjoy momos and say good bye to the breath-taking view as we reach Shimla in the evening.
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Tabo monastery – Here is the biggest surprise of all. Around 33 km from Tabo, in a small village named Gue, rests a 500-year-old mummified body of a Buddhist monk, named Sangha Tenzin. What is surprising is that the process of mummification of the monk’s body is completely natural and no chemicals were used in the process. Despite natural mummification, the mummy’s head is intact with hair, his darkened skin looks tight, he still has teeth and he sits upright with his chin resting on his knee in a meditative posture. He has a meditation belt (gomtag) running around his neck and legs which might have kept him in the same position till his death.
Key Monastery – Located on top of a hill, around 12 km from Kaza, this whitewashed monastery is the largest monastery of Spiti valley. The location of this Gompa is stunning and the view of surrounding hills are amazing. The Gompa has medieval prayer rooms, including one that has a bed on which the Dalai Lama is known to have rested in 1960 and 2000.
Dhankar Lake – To spot this gem, you have to take a 2 km steep trek from the Dhankar village. Once you reach the lake, you are gifted with magnificent views of the valley and also the Manirang Peak which is one of the highest peaks of Himachal Pradesh.