Shimla To Manali Via Spiti

 

Duration - 16 days
Location - Shimla, Kaza and Manali
Grade - Challening +
Season - July, August and Mid September

Day 01  Arrival Shimla ex Delhi / Kalka by train
Board morning Shatabdi express train to Kalka. On arrival in Kalka board on connected toy train to Shimla. The Kalka–Shimla Railway was built to connect Shimla, the summer capital of India during the British Raj, with the Indian rail system. Spectacular scenery along the whole route, and the marvels of its construction, keeps the traveler on this line spell bound. On arrival in Shimla transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day free to explore The Mall & the Ridge. Overnight at hotel in Shimla

Day 02 In Shimla
Shimla was the summer capital of India under British rule. Presently it is the state capital of Himachal Pradesh. Shimla has seen many historical events such as the famous Shimla Pact between India and Pakistan which was signed here. The place is also famous for its natural beauty, architectural buildings, wooden crafts and apples. In the evening join for dinner and overnight stay at hotel. Visit Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Gaiety theatre, Christ Church, Jakhu Temple, The Mall and The Ridge. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 03  Shimla - Narkanda ( 65 kms )
Today is your first day cycling up to Narkanda It’s also a “warm up" for the ride ahead. The road goes through pine forests, with great views across deep valleys terraced with orchards. If the weather allows, there is a tremendous view of snowy Himalayan Mountains on the horizon. There are several small villages on the way. On arrival in Narkanda check in at hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 04  Narkanda - Sarahan ( 90 kms )
Bike along the Sutlej River from Narkanda enroute visiting Sun temple at Nirath and Rampur. it is level road till Rampur, continue onto Sarahan – summer capital of Rampur Busheher. The Bhimakali Temple is a big attraction; you can also get magnificent views of the ShirKhand peaks. This temple is about 1500 years old. Overnight stay in hotel.

Dday 05  Sarahan - Sangla ( 90 kms )
After an early break fast at hotel cycle down to the main road, to ride further on to Sangla, also called the Baspa Valley. It is the most scenic valley of Kinnaur. Check in at camp/ guest house. Dinner and overnight at camp/ guest house

Day 06 In Sangla
After a leisurely breakfast explore the beautiful & the picturesque village of Chitkul. Ride back to Sangla. Rest of day free to relax or make walks to nearby Batseri village. Overnight at camp/ guest house.

Day 07 Sangla - Kalpa ( 51kms )
Morning visit Kamru village and fort. Later continue to Kalpa located in backdrop of Kinner Kailash mountain range. On arrival check in at hotel. Rest of the day free to explore Kalpa village. Overnight at hotel.

Day 08  Kalpa - Nako ( 110 kms )
It is a mix of downhill, level and uphill ride along the River Sutlej towards Spiti via Khab, where the Satlej joins in to the Spiti River. Then an uphill ride to Nako – the most charming village offers scenic views all around. Nako village is beautifully located on banks of a small & sacred lake called Tso Pema (Lotus Lake). The monastery complex in the village has four temples in an enclosure built with mud walls. It is also dated to the second coming of Buddhism to the region and is credited to Rinchen Zangpo. An impression of a foot found near the Nako Lake is ascribed to Guru Padmasambhava. Overnight stay on a camp/ guest house.

Day 09  Nako - Tabo ( 69 kms )
Enter Spiti Valley. After we reached a small hill of 3800m, leads a wonderful downhill through impressive rock formations to the Sumdo Spiti River. The small "hamlet" Tabo at 3050 meters above sea level, which is surrounded by high mountains. The temple complex of Tabo in one of the most important Tibetan Buddhist Monasteries around the world and home to important art treasures.Tabo Monastery was founded in 996 AD by Tibetan scholar Rinchen Zangpo. It is often called the Ajanta of Himalayas; famous for its murals and statues. In trans Himalayas Buddhism, Tabo sanctity is next only to Tibet's Tholing Gompa. Overnight stay in guest house

Day 10 Tabo - Dhankar - Kungri ( 50 kms )
After breakfast at guest house ride your cycles to Dhankar the old capital of Spiti and visit the Monastery later a 9 kms downhill ride till Attargu bridge the gateway to pin Valley. One of the four local units of Spiti is the Pin valley which lies on either side of the Pin river. Geographically, the Pin valley is shut off from the rest of Spiti by high mountains. The only opening has been provided by the Pin River that forces its way through a deep narrow gorge to join the main river Spiti, at Attargu.

Day 11  Kungri - Kaza ( 48 kms )
After an early breakfast visit the Kungri Monastery and ride your cycles to Kaza. It is a level ride till Kaza. Set up of camp at Rangrik near Kaza. Overnight at tents.

Day 12  In Kaza
After a leisurely breakfast at camp, ride on your mountain bikes to Kibber village (21 kms) one of the highest permanent inhabited village in the world, situated at the elevation of 4200 m located in a semi bowl-shaped narrow valley. Later ride downhill back to Kaza enroute visiting Ki monastery. This centuries – old gompa is a labyrinth of rooms and corridors – and at one time also acted as a fort. It houses valuable Thangkas and offers a panoramic view of the area. dinner and overnight at tents

Day 13  Kaza - Losar ( 58 kms )
It is almost a level road to Losar as you pass through several beautiful villages of Spiti Valley. The last village of the valley is Lossar, where you can visit the Gompa and village. Later, it will be a short ride to the beautiful campsite. Dinner and overnight stay on camp.

Day 14  Losar - Chattru over the Kunzum Pass 4558 m, ( 62 kms )
From here it is a level raod till the base of Kunzum pass and then a 9 km uphill ride to reach the Kunzum Pass (4590mt) which offers an extensive view of the mountains. A small temple along the pass is dedicated to the Goddess Kunzum Devi. From Kunzum a descending rough road to Batal and further onto the Chandra Valley, to Chhatru. Overnight stay in camp

Day 15 Chattru - Manali over the Rohtang La ( 3980 m ) ( 81 kms )
It is a dirt road to Gramphu that joins the main highway of Manali – Leh. From Gramphu an uphill ride to the Rohtang Pass (3980 m). Rohtang is the gateway between Lahaul/ Spiti and Kullu. From Rohtang descent by a snake-curved road through pastures of wild flowers to Manali. Arrival Manali by late evening. On arrival check in at hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 16  Departure Manali
Day free for relaxation or you have option to explore the surrounding places. Later in afternoon (4:30 pm) transfer to Volvo bus station to board overnight Volvo coach to Delhi. End of the tour and our services.

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