Looking for a combination of romance with adventure? Here is your chance to build lasting memories with your better half in the company of nature with the Lahaul Spiti package. Mix adventure with sightseeing, or spirituality with romance. Either way you spend precious moments together having a lot of fun. This travel package can accommodate couples, families and also a small group of friends.
We begin the trip after breakfast and go to Sarhan from Shimla. We can also start from Chandigarh. Passing Wangtu Bridge, we reach Sarhan, by evening. We spend the night in Sarhan. If we are on time, there is the opportunity to see the Sarhan Bird sanctuary and Bhim Kali temple.
Day 2: Sarahan to Reckong Peo and Kalpa
From Sarhan we proceed to Kalpa village, which boasts of magnificent meadows and beautiful apple orchards. We then go to Reckong Peo, a small town which is the district headquarters of Kinnar district and also the starting point for almost all journeys to Spiti valley. Enjoy your romantic getaway in the midst of apple and cherry orchards, where our hotel is located.
Day 3: Kalpa to Puh –and Nako – Sumdo
Proceeding from Kalpa, we approach Spiti valley. There will be a change in conditions as Spiti is a cold desert area, yet picturesque. A 3-4 hour drive, brings us to Nako village. We spend the night in Nako village. In the afternoon, we learn about the various rituals of Buddhist monks in the Monastery. Nako village also has a splendid lake, where we can walk to and behold the majestic mountains.
Day 4: Visit to Tabo
The next morning we arrive in Tabo. Boasting of a history of more than 1000 years, the Tabo monastery is one of the oldest monasteries in India. Known for its wonderful artifacts and beautiful Thanka paintings. You will love the famous Pillar of a Thousand Buddhas. This monastery is a recognized World Heritage site by UNESCO. The magnificent entrance made of earthen walls, decorated with frescoes, will catch your attention. Spread over a large 6300 sq. kms, this complex is breathtaking. The wall paintings depict various stages of the life of Buddha and Jataka tales in Tibetan style. Post this visual feast, we get to view the nearby mountain caves utilized by monks for meditation.
Day 5: Tabo to Dhankar and Lalung
A drive to Dhankar, the ancient capital of Spiti, while it was ruled by kings gives a start to our day. There are remains of the old Castle and a 16th century monastery. Situated on the top of a high mountain, overlooking the entire valley, the view of the town is breathtaking. We can reach Dhankar Lake by walking for about 90 minutes.
A nearby village, Lalung is very scenic. It has a 3 cornered Buddha statue to symbolize Buddha looking in every direction. There is a legend involved with this monastery. The founder of almost all monasteries in the Lahaul Spiti region Rinchen Zangpo planted a willow tree and instructed the villagers to construct a monastery if it survived. The tree not only survived but took a gnarled shape and stand in front of the monastery.
Day 6: Lalung to Kaza and Langcha
The most inhabited places in the world at an altitude of 4250 meters lay Langcha village. The road leading there is also the highest motor able roads in the world and the landscape is splendid, as we can view the river Spiti and the valley. This trail leads to Shilla valley where the locals graze their cattle.
Langcha is divided into two parts. The upper village and the lower village. Here we have the traditional Spiti lunch and go to the Buddhist temple, which is 900 years old. We now go toward Komik. Koumik has ancient fossils in the Langthis Natural Fossil centre. From there, we approach the Komic monastery, the highest monastery in the world and one more old monastery previously destroyed by the earthquake in 1975, near Hikkim village,
Day 8: Langcha to Kaza and Ki to Kibber
On our drive to Kibber road, we visit the monastery on an altitude of 4120 meters, belonging to the Gelupga Sect of Tibetan Buddhism, the Ki monastery. Here we explore ancient manuscripts and wonderful paintings. We, then drive towards Kibber village which is the largest village in the Lahaul – Spiti Region and is a wonderful place if you are a wildlife lover. We spend the night in our hotel.
Day 9: Kibber to Chicham
From here we proceed to the Chicham village, passing the canyon. We might also take a more adventurous route in a local ropeway called jhoola, and you may also be able to spot some rare wild animals like the blue sheep, ibex, pika, golden cock, Himalayan wolf amongst others and also the rarely seen snow leopard.
Day 10: Chicham to Chandrataal
As we progress in our drive to the Chandrataal Lake we come across the Kunzum pass with a small idol of Goddess Kunzum. An 8 km long trekking route leads us to Chandrataal Lake. Also known as Moon Lake it is a paradise on earth. Rightly named it looks its best on a full moon night. We camp here and enjoy the beauty of the lake at night.
Day 11: Chandratal to Lohsar and Manali
Next morning, we start early to reach Manali. Depending on road and traffic conditions it takes about 6-8 hours. Time permitting we could stop at Batal for some relaxation ad have lunch there. On the way we come across tiny villages, Chota Darra and Chatru on the way to Rohtang pass. Rewarded here by hot tea, we take a short break and reach Manali in the evening.
TRAVEL PACKAGE SERVICES:
TRANSPORT: In a private car or SUV with driver.
ACCOMMODATION: In hotels, guest houses and campsites.
ACTIVITIES: Camping, Trekking, Bird watching, Jungle safari, Cultural activities,
PHYSICAL LEVEL: Any one. Almost anyone can do it without any problem
DURATION: 11 Days
FOOD: Breakfast on all days.
COST: INR 36000 ( US $ 600 ) onward 1 US $ = INR 60