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Discover The old Hindustan–Tibet Highway

Discover The old Hindustan–Tibet Highway

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Kinnaur Valley can be divided in two parts. First is the lower Kinnaur including areas like Sangla, Chitkul, Reckong Peo and Kalpa. Upper Kinnaur is the area around Nako village. Kinnaur district ends at Nako and the road further travels into Spiti valley. With that being said, the villages of Khab and Nako are mostly considered to be a part of Spiti trip; and people traveling to only Kinnaur usually keep their travel limited to Shimla, Narkanda, Sangla Valley and Kalpa.

During this tour we will be covering lower Kinnaur which will cover Sangla and Kalpa.

 

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!

 

During this tour:

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 enthrall 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.

 

Best Season: June to Sept.

09 Nights / 10 Days Ex- Delhi

Tour Plan

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Day 01: Delhi to Shimla: (365 kms; 10 Hrs)

Arrive at Delhi Airport / Railway Station & drive to Shimla a drive of around 10 hours Reach Shimla. O/N Hotel
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Day 02: Shimla to Sangla (230 kms; 8 – 9 HRS)

Drive to Sangla through the thick woods of Kufri, Fagu and Narkanda and along side the River Sutlej to arrive in the evening and check in to Luxury Camp. Enjoy the evening in beautiful surroundings in the river valley of Baspa at a height of 9000ft. This is one of the most beautiful valleys in the Himalayas and is often compared to the famous valley of Kashmir. Known for its rich Kinnauri culture and apple orchards, this valley was opened for tourists only in 1993 for its close proximity to the Tibetien border. O/N Hotel.
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Day 03: Sangla- Chhitkul- Sangla (Stay) (40kms; 03 hrs )

After B/F, explore the vicinity around including an ancient Kamru Fort & Temple dedicated to the Goddess Kamakhya Devi which was brought from Assam & Nages God. Post Lunch, excursion to Chitkul – a last Village on Old Indo – Tibetan Trade Route. Walk through green orchards & brilliant stream. Return back to Sangla for Dinner & O/N stay.
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Day 04: Sangla to Kalpa (49 kms; 02 hrs )

After B/F, check-out from the Hotel & drive to Kalpa – District Headquarter of Kinnar & once a favorite haunt of Lord Dalhousie. Arrive Kalpa & Check-in to your Hotel. Kalpa was known as Chini back in the days when it was the Regional Capital. Kalpa has changed little in the last 500 years. It is said that as & when Lord Dalhousie wanted to take a break from his hectic schedule in Shimla, he would come here on his Horseback. Each & every corner of Kalpa facing Jorkanden & the Kinner Kailash Peaks, considered as one of the mythical homes of Lord Shiva & by its side is a 79 foot rock formation that resembles a Shivlinga that changes the colour as the day passes & is visible to the naked eye on a clear day. Post Lunch rest in Hotel & in evening visit to Buddhist Gompa – Hu Bu Lan Kar. O/N stay.
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Day 05: Kalpa to Tabo

Morning after breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Tabo. On the way visit Nako.  Nako has a beautiful lake which freezes in the winter and villagers play ice hockey during this period and seeing the temple of Padamsambhava, the second incarnation of lord Buddha who made Buddhism popular in the Trans Himalayas. The day has a surprise where a visit to the village of 5oo years old mummy makes your journey and exciting. Later drive to Tabo. Overnight Camp near village.
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Day 06: Tabo to Kaza (106 kms; 4 hrs)

After breakfast journey starts to witness the Ajanta of Himalayas the Tabo monastery. Tabo has the oldest caves on barren mountains and Thanka paintings, one of the most precious paintings of Buddhism. O/N Hotel at Kaza.
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Day 07: Kaza sightseeing

After breakfast excursion to Kee monastery and Kibber village at an altitude of 4205M.After lunch a drive to the highest motorable roar Langza and enroute visiting the Comik and Hikim village. O/N Hotel at Kaza.
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Day 08: Kaza Kumzum La – Pass- Manali (188 kms; 8-9 hrs)

After early B/F by 06:30 Hrs; check-out from the Hotel & drive to Manali via Kunzumla Pass which is 4590 M. highest pass on Spiti Lahaul Road. Rudyard Kipling said of the region “Surely the God live here this no place for Men”. Reach Manali in the evening. O/N Hotel.
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Day 09: Manali sightseeing

After breakfast sightseeing of places in and around Manali, Like Hadimba temple, Manu temple, Vashisht Bath, Van Vihar and evening shopping at the local market. O/N Hotel
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Day 10: Manali to Delhi (570 kms; 14 Hrs )

After breakfast checkout from hotel and drive to Delhi . Drop at Delhi Airport/Railway Station.Tour Ends...
Tour Price
No of PaxStandardDeluxeLuxuryMeal Plan
02 Pax492945788877413MAP
04 Pax334814207561600MAP
06 Pax282113680556330MAP
Extra Bed116251781329275MAP
Proposed Hotel
DestinationStandardDeluxeLuxury
ShimlaWoodrina/ Hotel Sukh Sagar (veg)Silverine / Snow Lotus / Rock castleShimla Havens / Similar
SanglaRupin River/ Hotel PrakashPrakash Regency/ Royal Castle/UttarayanKinner Camp /Hotel Batseri
KalpaRolling Rang / Apple PieShangrilaKinner Villa
TaboSidharth/TrojanDewachan RetreatDewachan Retreat
KazaHotel La KarzeSakya Abode / Hotel DyzorGrand Dewachen
ManaliPark Residency/Surya International/JupiterSarthak Regency /Royal Park Resort / Rohatang heights/Snow Peaks/ Manali GrandAllure Grand/Manali Inn/Orchard Green / De Vivendi
   
Includes & Excludes
Includes:
  • Transportation by Tata Indigo/ D’zire / Etios (2Pax) , Toyota Innova (4 to 6Pax)  for the entire tour
  • All sightseeing and excursions as per the itinerary
  • Mentioned or similar hotels on as per the meal Plan
  • Child of the age of below 5 Years of complimentary without extra bed
Excludes:
  • Personal expenses
  • Train/Air fare
  • Guide
  • Entry Charges
  • GST 5%
  • Unforeseen Expenses because of the weather conditions.
Best time to go: April to early-October when roads are open, but dates vary every year. Catch the autumn colours in October and munch apples fresh from the trees. No vehicular movement is possible the rest of the year ( October to May) via Manali and Kunzum Pass. Roads are open longer when coming via Shimla but you can only go up to Kaza. Connectivity & Mobile Networks: Only state-run BSNL mobiles work in Tabo and Kaza, and service is erratic. Internet access is limited and slow. But in Kinnaur you can find  airtel connectivity as well but  BSNL has a broader reach and better signal and connectivity in the region. Vehicles to use: It is best to use SUVs – these need not be 4-wheel powered. But people do use sedans too, Sedan is only recommended if you plan to visit only kinnaur from Shimla  and come back through same route back to Chandigarh to Delhi. Else if you wish to travel to Spiti and want to connect to Manali  Sedan is not recommended because of the rough terrain of the road.. Permits: Foreigners require Inner Line Permits. Minimum 4 person are required to move in group if one wants to visit Kaza and Tabo from Shimla. The permits can be acquired in Shimla from ADM Shimla or at Recong Peo SDM Office.. Altitude Sickness : Going till Kinnaur does not affect the body metabolism as such but  entering to spiti can affect  your body metabolism as you go higher in altitude in Spiti. Basic precautions: (a) Keep sipping water regularly, (b) Cover your head and ears with something warm when it is cold and windy (c) Don’t push yourself physically too much (d) Don’t stay at high altitude passes for too long (e) Go easy on yourself for the initial 1-2 days, you should be ok after that. It is advised strongly to  keep  one night stay in and around Shimla/Manali and start slowly in first two days. Later the body gets acclimatized to  high hill driving.. Climate: Biting cold from November to March with temperatures falling many degrees below normal. Everything is frozen over. The months of April to October are pleasantly warm, while it is comfortably cold during the other months. It is always cold at higher altitudes. Make sure you carry warm clothes at all times. Very little precipitation in this rain shadow area..Packing your Bags: While visiting Kinnaur & Spiti.  Warm light woolen cloths are required from May to October . As a cold mountain desert, the weather in Spiti is almost confusing! The sun's rays are harsh enough to burn your skin, while shaded areas remain cool enough to wear a jacket. It's best to pack clothes in layers, and carry full-sleeve T-shirts, sun hats, sun glasses and any other sun protection you can find. Good walking shoes are a must.Distances/Sightseeing and Roads: Kinnaur & Spiti being the remoter destination of Himachal offers the travel to the lesser known lifestyles, religion and landscapes, the region is well connected by roads but at times you find the patches which are very rough and terrain very challenging to travel. Guest has to acknowledge the fact that he is not travelling to leisure destination. At times you can find the road blocks, traffic jams because of the landslides and weather conditions. Kindly be prepared  that the travel time mentioned depends upon the road conditions and usual time calculated in reaching from one place to another on approximation. Health Precautions: Carry personal medication (Mainly Crocin, ORS/Electrol, Eno, Disprin/Asprin, Band Aids, Thermometer, Adhesives, Alcohol based sanitizer, Tensor Bandages, Antiemetics). Do not over eat while travelling to a higher altitude to avoid nausea/ vomiting. Must Carry:
  • Sunscreen lotion & Moisturizing lotion
  • Heavy Woolen Clothing & socks
  • Good rubber-soled shoes
  • Personal Medication
  • Camera with sufficient batteries and film / memory cards
  • Dark polarized Sun glasses with retainers
  • Id Proofs
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