India
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10 days
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9/10
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Begin your jeep journey from the beautiful city of Chandigarh. Enjoy the ride on the wide and winding road that leads from Chandigarh to Shimla.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Chandigarh
TOUR DURATION 10 Days
TOUR ROUTE Chandigarhi-Shimla-Narkanda-Rampur-Sarahan-Sangla-Chitkul-Poo-Nako -Gue-Tabo-Dhankar-Dhankar Lake-Kaza-Key–Komic–Langza–Komic-Kunzum Pass-Chandertaal Lake-Rohtang-Manali-Chandigarh

 

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Day 01: Chandigarh – Shimla - Narkanda

Begin your jeep journey from the beautiful city of Chandigarh. Enjoy the ride on the wide and winding road that leads from Chandigarh to Shimla. The mountainous area starts after approx 45 mints of drive. The journey continues as you enter the scenic landscape of Himachal Pradesh. After a couple of stops in between, you arrive at Narkanda via Shimla.
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Day 02: Narkanda – Rampur - Sarahan

Early in the morning take a walk to the Hatu Peak for a scenic sunrise view above 10,500ft. Post breakfast, we depart for Sarahan which is approx 80km from Narkanda. Sarahan is famous for the Bhimakali temple, dedicated to the goddess Bhimakali, presiding deity of the rulers of the former Bushahr State. BHIMAKALI TEMPLE COMPLEX; the historical temple is a multistoried structured building, a fusion of Hindu and Buddhist architecture. The tall tower like structure and unusual roof of the temple dominate the complex. The centuries old temple is now locked and in the newly built temple, the goddess Bhimakali is portrayed as a maiden and as a woman. Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Sarahan.
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Day 03: Sarahan - Sangla - Chitkul

After breakfast, depart for Chitkul, a village in Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh and the last inhabited village near the Indo-Tibet border. The Indian road ends here & the first village of the Baspa Valley is located here too. It is also the last point in India one can travel to without a permit. Chitkul’s attractions are its houses with slate or wooden plank roofs, a Buddhist temple and a small tower. The Kagyupa temple has a highly valued old image of the Shakyamuni Buddha, a Wheel of Life mandala and four Directional Kings on either side of the door. Dinner followed by overnight stay at either in a hotel or a campsite.
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Day 04: Chitkul - Poo - Nako

After breakfast in Chitku, we proceed towards Nako. Enroute, we stop at Poo which is renowned for its natural beauty, green fields, apricot orchards, vineyards and almond trees. Nako is a beautiful village located by on the banks of a lake. The points of interest in this village are the Buddhist temples with stucco images & murals and a rock where a footprint like impression is ascribed to Padmasambhava. Dinner followed by overnight stay in a hotel.
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Day 05: Nako - Gue - Tabo

Start an easy day with morning tea, bread & butter & leave for Gue 45km from Nako. Located near the Indo-Tibet border, the village has a naturally preserved unique Mummy, placed in a room constructed on a hilltop. It is believed to be that of a Lama and is more than 500 years old. After Nako, leaave for Tabo. situated on the left bank of the Piti river at an altitude of 10004 feet. The biggest attraction of this village, is the Tabo monastery. Tabo monastery is renowned for its breathtaking murals and stucco images and is often called “The Ajanta of the Himalayas”. Dinner followed by overnight stay in a hotel.
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Day 06: Tabo -Dhankar - Dhankar Lake - Kaza

Today we move from Tabo towards Dhankar. Dhankar is a Gompa, a Buddhist temple and was the traditional capital of the Spiti Valley Kingdom during the 17th century. The complex is built on a 1000-foot (300-metre) high spur overlooking the confluence of the Spiti and Pin Rivers – one of the world’s most spectacular settings for a gompa. Dhankar was built as a fort monastery on the Central Tibetan pattern. It was reported to have had 90 monks in 1855. Dhankar. After visiting the Dhankar Monastery, move towards Dhankar Lake, a 2 hrs walk on undulating stretch. You can choose to take a dip at Dhankar Lake. Lunch is at Dhankar and then we leave for Kaza. Dinner followed by overnight stay in a hotel in Kaza.
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Day 07: Kaza – Key – Komic – Langza – Komic - Kaza

Enjoy Breakfast at Kaza and then move towards Key, Langza & Komic. Key Gompa is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery located on top of a hill, close to the Spiti River. It is the biggest monastery of Spiti Valley and a religious training centre for Lamas.

Next we move to Langza village, which is divided into 2 sections, namely Langza Yongma (Lower) and Langza Gongma (upper). This Homogeneous Buddhist village belongs to the Sakyapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism.

Now we move to Komic crossing Langza, where you get to witness mesmerizing view of a handful of peaks which are all above 6000 meters. Komic situated at an elevation of 4513 meters is one of the highest villages in Asia and literally means the eye of a snow cock. One of the world’s highest monasteries (4513 meters), called “Komic Lundup Chhemo” is situated in this village and belongs to the Sakyapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. From Komic we move back to Kaza. Dinner followed by overnight stay in a hotel in Kaza.

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Day 08: Kaza - Kunzum Pass - Chandertaal Lake

Leave Kaza early in the morning for Chandertaal Lake. Enroute visit Losar, located 60 kms from Kaza and is the last village of Spiti Valley & enter Lahaul Valley. We stop for breakfast at Losar & then proceed for Chandertaal Lake. Enroute witness the Kunzum Pass.

Kunzum Pass is a high mountain pass which connects the Kullu Valley and Lahul Valley with the Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh. Kunzum Pass offers spectacular views of Bara-Sigri glacier, the second longest glacier in the world. There is no accommodation option available at Kunzum, hence we spend some time at Kunzum Pass & then move to Chandertaal Lake.

Chandra Taal (meaning the Lake of the Moon), or Chandra Tal, is situated at an altitude of about 4,300 metres in the Himalayas. The most surprising thing about this lake is that there is no visible source of this lake but there is a visible outlet of this lake which means that water to this lake comes from underground. Lunch is at Chandertaal. Dinner with bonfire, followed by overnight stay at a campsite n Chandrataal.

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Day 09: Chandertaal - Rohtang - Manali

Today early in the morning we leave for Manali, crossing the Rohtang Pass which is at a height of 3,979 mtrs and then meandering our way down to Gramphu. From Chandertal Lake to Gramphu it’s a dirty but scenic road with views of the Bara Shigri Glacier and CB ranges. Our first stop would be at Batal for breakfast & then we move to Chatru. Lunch is at Chatru & then we ride along the Chandra River, 14km more towards Gramphu. After that there is an uphill drive to Rohtang and you reach Manali. Dinner followed by overnight stay in a hotel in Manali.
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Day 10: Manali - Chandigarh

This is the last day of the drive and is also quite a lengthy drive. Leave early in the morning for Chandigarh. We will stop for breakfast & lunch on the way. You reach Chandigarh by evening.
The Tour comes to an end.

HIGHLIGHTS
Kunzum Pass
Rohtang Pass
Oldest Monastries; Key, Dhankar, Tabo, Nako Sakeya
Lahaul Valley
Spiti Valley
Kinnaur Valley
Asia Highest Village Komic
Last Habitat Village Chitkul
River Crossings
Highest Lake – Chandertal
Camping with Bonfire
Incredible Jeep Safari

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