Duration : 12 Nights / 13 Days
Loction : Kinnaur and Spiti, Himachal Pradesh
Best Season : Mid June to September End
Category : Buddhist Circuit Tour of Himachal
Covering : Shimla > Sarahan > Sangla > Chitkul > Kalpa > Nako > Tabo > Dhankar > Kaza > Comic > Langza > Ki > Kibber > Chanderatal Lake > Manali > Chandigarh
You can take it : As a private, personalised tour (tour dates would be of your choice)
Special About Tour :
The relaxing summer tour package Himachal takes you to Kinner Kailash tour and Spiti valley tour into the Tribal Circuit of Himachal Pradesh covering the beautiful Sangla valley tour, Kalpa tour, Kinnner Kailash tour and Spiti tour. Most of the places covered during the tour are still out of reach for a regular tourist and are considered as the favourite off beat tour in tribal circuit of India. One can enjoy and feel relaxed in the unspoiled beauty of the mountains and nature over here. The Mt. Kinner Kailash (6,050 metres) is regarded as one the mythological abodes of Lord Shiva, and you can have the magnificent view of the peak from Kalpa village in Kinnaur valley tour.
The Buddhist Circuit tour Himachal provides you experience of rich cultural heritage with old monasteries, high mountain passes, remote valleys, clear blue water lakes, warm hearted people having the faces and physique more like those from Tibet than of India act as a draw to artists and explorers from all over the world. The valley is like a goldmine for the student of art and history, to a devotee and a seeker-the shrine is full of divine bliss and spiritual vibrations and to the explorer- the views of the high altitude desert, precipitous valleys, beautiful mountain treks , the Himalayan wildlife, the glaciers, high passes, beautiful lakes, rich traditions, is a beautiful relaxing experience, one will never forget after a visit to the Sangla and Spiti valley tour.
On the tour we also provide you memorable experience of camping in Sangla valley and Camping in Nako with an ultimate experience of camping in Himachal Pradesh, where you will stay a couple of nights in fixed luxury tented accommodation with bonfire in the evening….!
Brief Itinerary : Shimla > Narkanda > Sarahan > Sangla > Chitkul > Kalpa > Nako > Tabo > Dhankar > Kaza > Comic > Langza > Ki > Kibber > Chanderatal Lake > Manali > Chandigarh
On your arrival at Chandigarh railway station / airport you will be met by our driver and he will drive you to Shimla ( 4 hrs) via Barog, Solan. Enroute you will stop for lunch break at Barog ( 2 hrs from Chandigarh) and comfort breaks and would have enough time to stop for photo breaks. You will reach Shimla in the evening and will transfer to your hotel in Shimla. Overnight stay in Hotel in Shimla. Evening is free to explore the mall road of Shimla.
After breakfast at your hotel your driver will take you for a full day of sightseeing tour of Shimla town. We will visit the famous Viceregal Lodge, also known as the Indian Institute of Advance studies- where arrangements for the partition of India and Pakistan were worked out the Jakhoo temple (monkey temple) on the top of Jakhoo hills, and we will also take you to visit Kufri or Naldera where one can go for pony rides in the countryside’s. Later on after the lunch drive back to Shimla and walk around the Mall road of Shimla to visit the Christ Church, the Gaiety Theatre, Mall Road with its scandal point. Second night in the same hotel in Shimla.
After breakfast at hotel we will set off at around 9:00A.M. Today it is a drive of 9-10 hrs, driving through the beautiful villages of Fagu, Theog, Matiana, Narkanda and Rampur. En route we will have many comfort breaks and will visit the Apple orchards and Hattu peak (3,400 metres/ 11,154 feet) at Narkanda, from where you can have a spectacular view of the mighty Central Himalayas and will also visit the traditional wodden carved temple of Godess Kali on the top. We will also stop by a small lake on the way to Hattu Peak. Later on we continue our drive to Sarahan via Rampur and enroute we will stop for lunch break and various picture breaks and comfort breaks.Sarahan – the tiny village offers the splendid views of Shrikhanda Mahadev Peak (5,155 metres). The major attraction in Sarahan is centuries-old Hindu temple of Godess Bhimakali. Steeped in legend, the temple complex is a resplendent example of hill architecture. Sarahan is also the gateway to Kinnaur valley.. Overnight stay in Hotel in Sarahan.
After breakfast at your hotel, we will visit the famous temple of Bhimakali at Sarahan. This is the same temple in which human sacrifices were made about two centuries ago. After visiting the temple we will continue driving to Sangla (4-5 hrs) where you will check in at your hotel or could also choose to stay in fixed luxury tented accommodation. After lunch you will be taken on a walk through Kamru and Sangla villages ( 1-2 hrs) and we will visit the beautifully carved old temples and Buddhist monasteries. You will have plenty of opportunity to speak to the local people in these valleys. The Sangla valley is also known as the Baspa Sangla valley, after river Baspa which flows through the valley and it is the part of Kinnaur valley. Overnight in luxury tented accommodation / hotel in Kinner in Sangla.
(A day to have short comfortable walks around the area)
This morning after breakfast we will be driving you to Chitkul ( 20 kms, total 1 hrs, each side – 3,450 metres / 11,318 feet.) which is the last village on Indian side on the Indo–Tibetan border. The village of Chitkul is like something from a fairy tale, and you will have a chance to walk slowly around it. The landscapes are stunning, and you will have plenty of time to enjoy them and talk to the local people. We will return to Sangla for lunch in the local restaurants and later the rest of the day is free to relax in the mountain landscape or if you like you can walk to another nearby villages or nature walk. We will have this second night at the same hotel / luxury tented accommodation at Sangla.
After breakfast at the hotel you will be driven to Kalpa village (2-3 hrs.) Enroute we will stop at Recongpeo and will have a walk around the local market. Recongpeo is the district headquarters of Kinnaur district. We will have lunch in a local restaurant where you have a choice to enjoy Indian or Tibetian food. After lunch we will drive to kalpa ( 7 kms), you will check in to your hotel. After some rest you may wish to take a walk to Kalpa village and the nearby Roghi village. These villages are covered with thick pine forests and are famous for apricots and apples. The finest view of the Mt. Kinner Kailash Mountain (6000 metres) can be had from here. This is a spectacular sight early in the morning as the rising sun touches the snowy peaks with crimson and gold light.
After breakfast we will drive you to Nako (5-6 hrs). Here you will check in to the hotel or in the luxury tented accommodation. Later on after lunch we will take you for a walk in the village with your guide and visit the buddhist monastery related to guru Padmasambhava (a great buddhist scholar, whose teachings spread to Tibet from India), we will also visit Nako Lake, the residence of His Holiness The Dalai Lama ji. Later on next morning you may wish to walk to the nearby peaks with your guide and enjoy a wonderful view of the whole Nako village with the Himalayas as the backdrop of the village.
After breakfast we will drive start early at 08:00 A.M to Kaza. Today we will be entering the beautiful Spiti valley which is also known as the cold desert of the Himalayas (this area is cut from rest of the world due to heavy snow in the winters). en route we will visit the Gue village which is also the last Indian village on Indo-Tibetan boarder. Here we will be visiting the naturally preserved mummy of a Buddhist monk which is about 600 years old, which was discovered here while building the road. Later on we continue our drive to Tabo. On arrival at Tabo we will visit the Tabo monastery which is the oldest monastery in the Himalayas. Lunch would be in tabo and later we continue our drive to kaza via Dhankar monestry and Dhanjar fort. We will arrive Kaza by late evening. Overnight stay in Kaza.
Today after breakfast we will be driven to the village of Lagnza. Here there is an opportunity to walk around the village with your guide. You may wish to visit the monastery at the top of the village and on the way look out for fossils. Here you can also see the yak working in the fields or yak grazing in the pastures. If weather permits there is an option drive on to Hikkim, and the Comic village, which is now the world’s highest village (4,450 metres) joined to a motorable road. Later we will continue our drive to Kee Monastery and the village of Kibber. Once Kibber (at 4,200 metres) was considered the world’s highest village. There is also the option to walk to the nearby mountains where there are big herds of Himalayan blue sheep and snow ibex gather in the evening. Lunch will be at Kibber village, in a local restaurant, where you will be offered a choice of delicious Tibetan dishes. In the evening we will return to Kaza for a second night at the hotel.
Today we will make an early start (06: 30 AM) as it is the longest day’s journey driving to Manali (9-10 hrs). On the way we will stop for breakfast at Losar, and then for lunch at Batal. Today we will cross two high mountain passes one of which is the highest point on the whole journey (Kunzum Pass, 4,558 metres / 14,950 feet) and also visit the temple on the pass where travellers say prayers before heading down the pass. The Kunzum Pass provides beautiful views of CB ranges and Glaciers. We will visit Chanderatal Lake also , if the road is open and see the lake, this lake is also known as the lake of the moon. Later on we will continue our journey over the Rohtang pass (3,980 metres / 13058 feet) and enter Kullu valley. We will reach Manali in the evening and check in at the hotel. Evening would be free to explore the local market of Manali.
Today you will make a late start after a leisurely breakfast. We will visit Old Manali village, Hadimba Devi temple and Vashist village (with hot water springs) with your guide. Later on we will take you to visit the nagger village and castle. Naggar Naggar was the ancient seat of the ruler of Kullu Valley and now the Naggar Castle is run as a Heritage hotel and Resturant Property by the tourism department of Himachal. We will visit the Naggar castle and will have a cup of tea or lunch here, before we drive back to Manali. In the evening you are free to explore the Manali market and shops and to finish with your final shopping.
Today after breakfast we will drive you to Chandigarh via Kullu, Aut, Hanogi devi temple and Pandoh Dam. If interested we will stop you at the shawl weaving factory at Kullu for 1-2 hrs for the shopping or you can also go for river rafting on Beas river. Later on we will continue our drive to Chandigarh. Enroute we will also visit Hanogi Devi Temple, Pandoh Dam and will stop at Sundernagar for the lunch Break. We will arrive Chandigarh by evening, where you will stay overnight in a hotel.
After breakfast as per your flight schedule / train schedule we will drive and drop you at the Chandigarh airport / railway station to board your flight / train back to your home town.
This is where the tour ends. However, if you wish to stay longer in Chandigarh we can make arrangements for you to be transferred to the airport / railway station at a later time.
This is the itinerary for a tour which we run regularly. It can be altered, and we like to discuss plans with clients and can make suggestions about special places to visit depending on our clients’ interests, and available time. The itinerary is planned in such a way that you gain altitude gradually , you get a good and proper time to acclimatise properly while travelling through the Central Himalayas . Every day there is enough free time to make walk / or to relax your own so you could experience the people and culture from much close on the tour.
In case you require accompanying tour escort / local guide with you please tell us and we will be happy to arrange local, knowledgeable guide for your tour, as per your choice.
Please do not hesitate to collect any travel information from us, before working a final tour programme for yourself. We would be glad to provide you all the travel information and hotels details etc. at the time of planning your holidays with us, before you book your tour with Summit Safari. Being local, we can provide you with a wonderful private, personalise, tailor-made holiday tour in India at a cheaper cost than the standard package / group holiday that you might find elsewhere. We believe in delivering the service, more than- promised to our clients.
You will follow the itinerary as a private tour, accompanied by one of our excellent Guides/ tour escorts through out the trip. Internal travel chauffeur-driven luxury jeep / car.
The Kinnaur and Spiti valley is still hidden by groups of tourist and few tourists come to explore these beautiful parts of the Indian Himalayas. These Himalayan valleys have plenty of hotels which are well equipped with all modern amenities and comprises variety of deluxe and budget hotels, guest houses, home stay with local people, fixed luxuary tented accommodation all which are run by the locals of these areas . One can choose the place of accommodation according to one’s requirement and budget.
You stay in comfortable Neat and Clean local hotels , guest houses including some charming home stay properties and in a luxury tented camp all as preferred by you.
In Shimla, Spiti valley you can choose to stay a couple of nights with a local Indian family, with your hosts who are incredibly friendly and hospitable people. Your living arrangements are not going to be 5 star on this tour, but we do believe that we cater to people requiring different levels of comfort, and most importantly where you stay is CLEAN and COMFORTABLE. We would like to discuss and make suggestions about accommodation at the time of planning your holidays with us.
Meals Plan: Room + Breakfast + Dinner.
Cloths: cottons with woollens.