Arrive Delhi by flight. Welcome to the capital of India and the second most populous city of India - Delhi. The city’s importance lies not just in its past glory as the seat of empires and magnificent monuments, but also in the rich and diverse cultures.
Private van will pick up from airport and transfer you to the hotel for check-in. After refreshing, head out for sightseeing. Drive past the Rashtrapati Bhavan (the residence of President of India). Then visit the India Gate, (it is a memorial to 82,000 soldiers of the Indian Army who died in the period 1914–21 in the First World War).
Dinner & overnight stay at hotel in Delhi.
After breakfast check out from hotel & head towards Chandigarh. Arrive at Chandigarh - ‘The City Beautiful’. It is the best planned and one of the cleanest cities of India.
Check-in to hotel on arrival and relax. In the evening visit the beautiful Sukhna Lake that lies in the foothills of Shivalik range. One can enjoy cool breeze and the beauty of nature here. Later visit the famous Rock Garden which is a sculpture garden.
Overnight stay is at hotel in Chandigarh.
After breakfast check-out from hotel and head towards Manali; it is going be around 9-10 hour’s journey. A beautiful driving experience through the Himalayas and then you arrive Manali. It lies at an altitude of 2,050 m (6,726 ft) in the Beas River Valley.
Reach Manali by late evening hours. Check-in to hotel on arrival, relax. The evening is at your leisure.
Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Manali.
After a nice breakfast, set out for local sightseeing tour of Manali starting with Vashisht, well known for its hot springs & Vashisht Rishi Temple. Then visit “HADIMBA TEMPLE” built in 1553 with a superbly crafted four tiered pagoda roof, it is famous for its exquisitely carved doorway and the jungle park in which the temple is built. Afterwards visit Van Vihar, a small and popular forest park in the Manali town itself. Van Vihar is close to Mall road where you can hangout and shop for local stuff.
Dinner & overnight stay is at hotel in Manali.
You will check-out from the hotel early morning. Sharp at 4:00am and will leave for Chandratal via Rohtang Pass, Gramphu, Chatru and Batal. The distance is about 114 km and it will be around 7-8 hours journey. Stop at Marhi for breakfast and at Batal for lunch. After Gramphu the road actually disappears and path gets really bumpy and adventures. On the way you will witness numerous beautiful waterfalls, sheeps and horses grazing in the green fields, tiny little wild flowers, snow peaks. The landscapes change from green mountains to dry Rocky Mountains covered with snow but one needs to be focused to see and feel the beauty around. The wind gets really chilling at Batal and sky looks clear blue. At Batal you will take a short break for lunch at famous Chacha Chachi dhaba (roadside restaurant). Reach Chandratal by and check-in at the Camps on arrival. The evening is at your leisure. Spend your time walking around the heavenly lake or just relax in you camps.
Dinner & overnight stay is at camps overlooking the Chandrabagha peak and the mind blowing night sky.
Wake up early and experience the best sunrise of your life. The silica in dry mountains at ChandraTal gives a silver sparkle shine. The view is amazing from the camp site. Hike to ChandraTal Lake; it will be around 1hr moderate walking. Sit by the lake side and gaze at the changing colors of the lake. You will find the beauty in every moment. The banks of the lake are carpeted with hundreds of kinds of wildflowers. The legends say this is the site where fairies descended from the heavens.
Return back to camps, have breakfast and check out from the camps. Then you will head towards Kaza crossing Kunzumla Pass which is the highest Pass (14,928ft or 4550 m) in the region and offers spectacular views. The capital of Spiti, Kaza is about 77kms from ChandraTal and sits on the eroded flood plain of the Spiti River; it is the biggest settlement you’ll encounter in this empty corner of the planet.
Kaza is also the starting point for trips to Ki Gompa and the villages of Kibber, Langza, Hikkim and Komic, high on the east side of the valley. The landscapes between Losar and Kaza are the most beautiful and captivating. For whole of the time you will be looking out of the window admiring the mesmerizing, pure and untouched beauty of Mother Earth. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Kaza.
After breakfast check-out from Kaza and head towards Tabo crossing Dhankar. Welcome to the land of famous Buddhist monastery – ‘Tabo Monastery’ which according to legend, is said to be over a thousand years old, founded back in 996 A.D. The land here looks barren and desolate moonscape with no vegetation. It is the largest monastic complex of Spiti which has since been declared a protected monument under the Archaeological Survey of India.
Check-in at hotel on arrival. The evening is at your leisure. You can explore the caves behind the monastery, which are used by the monks for meditation. There is also an assembly hall in the caves and some faded paintings on the rock face. Dinner & overnight stay is hotel in Tabo.
After breakfast head out for Gue Village tour. Gue Village is a small indiscreet village at an altitude of almost 3000 metres, houses India’s only known mummy preserved naturally. The mummy has been supposedly identified as that of monk Sangha Tenzin. According to carbon dating, the mummy is believed to be around 500 to 600 yrs old. In the evening visit Tabo monastery (optional), it is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
The ancient paintings here depict the life cycle of The Buddha, and legends from the Jataka Tales and were made in the Tibetan style by artists from Kashmir. It is also called the Ajanta of the Himalayas. Dinner & overnight stay at hotel in Tabo.
Now it’s time for return journey. After breakfast check out from hotel and head towards Langza village. The village is surrounded by green pastures, snow-clad mountains and barren landscapes. Langza is adorned by a beautiful Golden statue of Buddha which can be noticed instantly and an ancient temple called ‘Lang’ said to be the Abode of the Deities of the region and it is over 1000 years old. Langza is well known for its rich fossil reserves of marine animals and plants. Millions of years ago, Spiti lay submerged under the Tethys Sea. Fossils of sea life can easily be found scattered close to the village. Upon arrival check-in to a home stay, relax.
Evening at your leisure. Dinner & overnight stay is at a home stay in Langza.
After breakfast set on to visit Komic Village & Hikkim which lies at an altitude of (14,830 ft) above sea level and is known as the highest motorable village in Asia. Visit the highest motorable Buddhist monastery in the world – ‘The Tangyud Monastery’. It is believed that the monastery has 'Matrey Buddha,' or 'the future Buddha,' who looks after the well being of the people of Komik Village.
Return to Langza by evening. Dinner & overnight stay is at a home stay in Langza.
After breakfast check-out from hotel and head towards Losar. On the way stop at Key Monastery. It is the most important and the biggest Buddhist centre in Spiti Valley. It also serves as a religious training centre for Lamas. The monastery is famous for its murals, thankas, rare manuscripts, stucco images and wind instruments. It was founded in 11th century.
Continue towards Losar. On the way you will see some breathtaking patches of precipitous ravines where any sound echoes three times. One can actually hear the sound of silence in villages of Spiti valley. It will be around 5-6 hours drive. Reach Losar in the evening. Rest of the time is at leisure. Dinner and overnight stay at Losar.
Wake up early morning and head towards Manali. It will be around 8-10 hours journey. Bid farewell to the days spent in Spiti valley. We will stop at Batal for breakfast and tea break. Reach Manali by evening hours, check-in to hotel on arrival.
Evening at your leisure. Overnight stay at hotel in Manali.
After a filling breakfast check-out from hotel and head towards Mandi. Spiritually enlightening and amazingly photogenic, Mandi is decorated with shimmering lakes, pious temples and beautiful landscapes.
Reach Mandi by afternoon. Check-in at hotel & relax. Evening at your leisure. Dinner & overnight stay is at hotel in Mandi.
After breakfast, check out from the hotel and head towards Chandigarh. Reach Chandigarh by afternoon. Check-in at the hotel on arrival.
Overnight stay is at hotel in Chandigarh.
After breakfast, check out from the hotel and transfer to Chandigarh airport for your return flight.
Bid farewell with the memories of amazing fun-filled 15 days trip through the Himalayas and Spiti Valley.
Moods: Adrenaline Rush
Ages: Min 15
Group size: Min 1, Max 14
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