Manali Jeep Safari

Spiti valley Jeep Safari Overland - 15 days

Trip Title: Spiti valley Jeep Safari Overland - 15 days
Destination: West to East and North Himachal
Type: Adventure + Culture + Scenic Beauty
Duration: 14 nights / 15 days
Best Time: June to end of Sep
Grade: Moderate
Maximum Altitude: 2200 M ASL / 451 M ASL)

Destinations Highlights: Shimla Town – Sarhan – Sangla valley – Kalpa Kinnar Kailash – Nako The Last Village in the east – Tabo – Pin Valley – Kaza – Rohtang Pass – Manali Town.
Remarks: This jeep safari can be customized and total no of days can be reduced. You may expect a span of around 10 days to complete the same program

Your highlights may start from your first ride to toy Train from kalka to Shimla. Worth visiting this beautiful hill station – Shimla and capital of Himachal Pradesh. Your second encounter would be driving towards east Bhima Kali temple at Sarhan. Beautiful landscape and Himalayan panorama will attract your cameras.

Sangla valley is famous for its greenery and beautiful landscapes and rich flaura and fauna. Kalpa situated on bit high altitude offers an incredible view of Kinnar Kailash Peak on an aerial distance. Full of apple orchards and kamru fort would be another attraction at this location.

Kalpa onwards by following Satluj river originating from Tibet your vegetation will get change and arrive Nako the last village of this border area. Nako has a beautiful lake which freezes in the wnter 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 is worht seeing where we can see the foot prints of the Padamsambhava.

Further drive will take you to one of the major monastery called Tabo.

Spread over an area of almost 3000 sq. m, surrounded by a thick mud wall, Tabo gompa is divided into three buildings with the middle structure being most interesting and important. Tabo (also spelt as Ta-pho) was established a thousand years ago and was a part of Western Tibet school which originally designed different mandalas in the form of statues hanging on the walls of the gompa to meditate upon. However 800 years ago with the arrival of Guru Padmasambhava in Tibet, and with the introduction of his new sect - Gelugpa - the old philosophy of Western Tibet schools was lost and their unique philosophical practices almost died. Now Tabo is the only living monastery outside Tibet depicting similar mandalas on the walls of the Dukhang.

Tabo is also the home of the incarnated H.H. The Dalai Lama's junior tutor.

From the bridge of Attargu, cross the Spiti river by a pucca bridge and follow the Pin - one of the major tributaries of the Spiti - upstream. Drive through the villages of Chidang and Gyuling. Arrive at the tri-junction of Spiti, Pin and Khamengar valleys with the villages of Pokchung, Khar and Sangam on the three sides. Drive a little further up the Parachio Nalla, cross it over the bridge to reach the village of Sangam, situated on the true left bank of Pin river. Camp near the village.

The Pin Valley is known to be full of wildlife - ibex, khangral, marmot, bharal, are commonly seen on the high slopes with the elusive snow leopard occasionally visible looking for prey. In the afternoon walk around and explore the Pin valley.

Visit the monastery at Ghungri which is the main centre of the Nyingma pa sect in Spiti. The monastery is believed to have been founded by Guru Padmasambhava.

Dhankar, a most incredibly-situated gompa, perched high on barren rocky mountain slopes. As you progress, the whole Dhankar village opens up in front of you like something artificial crops up from nowhere. Park your vehicles at the beginning of the village and walk for about half an hour past mud houses on to your right and fields to the left with the Spiti river flowing down below.

Kaza, the sub-divisional headquarters of Spiti. It boasts of a P.W.D. Rest House, a couple of small private guest houses, a branch of the State Bank of India, a school, a dry cleaners, post and telegraph office and a helipad. three kms from Kaza is the Rong Ting Hydel Project which generates electricity for most of the villages in Spiti. Also visit the new Sa-kya-pa monastery.

Manali is circled by beautiful glades of deodars and flowering horse chestnuts, tiny leveled fields and fruit orchards with the Beas River meandering through the town. It is an ideal place for walks, climbs, treks and picnics.

Visit Dhoongri Temple, also known as the Hadimba Temple, believed to be a thousand years old, It is dedicated to the goddess Hadimba, wife of Bhima, the Pandava of Mahabharata fame. Set in tranquil surroundings, The Vashisht Springs are located in the small village of Vashisht on the left bank of the Beas. The hot water sulphur springs have been made into Turkish-style baths with shower rooms and temperature controlled water piped in. The nearby temple dedicated to Vashista Muni is well worth a visit.

Jagatsukh, originally known as Nast, is located 6 km from Manali on the left bank of the Beas on the Manali-Naggar Road. It was the ancient capital of Kulu for some ten generations and is famous for its temples, particularly the shikara-style Shiva temple and the interesting Devi Sharvali temple.

Some 12 km from Jagatsukh and halfway between Manali and Kulu, is the small town of Naggar. The capital of the Kulu Raja for some 1,400 years, where the medieval world still survives, Naggar is untouched by time. It is situated on a wooded slope and commands an extensive view, especially of the north west of the Kulu Valley. The town has been made famous by the Russian painter Nicholas Roerich, whose works are displayed in a gallery. The Naggar Castle, with its tales of love and chivalry, is now converted into a hotel. There are several ancient temples in and around the town including the Vishnu, Tripur-Sundari Devi and Krishna temples.

Day 01 : Delhi to Kalka by Shatabdi train and Toy Train to Shimla

Your morning train departs early morning from new Delhi railway station and arrive Kalka in the afternoon. Change the train and board on your Toy train for a fantastic ride up to Shimla. Arrive in the evening and you will get transferred to the hotel. Evening explore The Mall and overnight at Hotel in Shimla

Day 02 : In Shimla

Shimla the summer capital of Britishers. Sight seeing of varous places in and around Shimla mosques built in(1830), Vice regal Lodge built in (1885), Christ Church built in (1844), The Gaiety Theatre- the first beauty contest of world was supposed to start (1887), The Grindlays Bank (1912)- the world wide bank started by Robert Melville Grindlay, The Scandal Point and The Mall.

Day 03 : Shimla to Sarahan

The Drive today takes you to the place known for the temple of Goddess Bhima Kali.174Kms/7 hrs. The village is surrounded by apple orchards and opposite to the Sarahan you can witness the Shrikhand Mahadev Peak (5155M).Overnight at Hotel.

Day 04 : Sarahan to Sangla

Early morning after visit to the holy temple of Godess Bhimakali. Bhimakali Temple, a wonderful mixture of Buddhist and Hindu architecture. It is very sacred to both the communities. The Bhimakali goddess idol is about 200 years old drive from Sarahan to Sangla .102 Kms and 05 hrs drive. Sangla is the most beautiful valley of Himachal Pradesh, Surrounded by green fields and high mountain peaks.O/N At Sangla

Day 05 : Sangla

After beakfast visit to the Kamru Fort and later excursion to chitkul village. Chitkul is a fairy land. The traditional houses, temples, Gompas and the people of Baspa valley conjure up the perfect image of Shangri La.Evening back to Sangla. O/N Sangla.

Day 06 : Sangla to Kalpa

64 Kms/04 hrs. En route visiting Rekang Peo and the new Buddhist monastery. One gets excied on witnessing the magic mountains "Kinnar Kailash" (6050M).In the evening visit to the Kalpa village where we can witness the traditional houses and temple of the Vishnu and Shiva which opens only in the evening for evening prayer.O/N at Hotel Kinner Kailash

Day 07 : Kalpa

After breakfast a walk to a nearby village Ragi nearly two Kilometers from the hotel which offers a good oppurtinity to observe the lifestyle of the inhabitants,its architecture, custom religion anf culture.O/N at Hotel

Day 08 : Kalpa to Nako

(3959M),A distance of 122Kms and six hour drive.Enroute visiting Kanum monastery, library of Kangyur, Gompa Labrang, main temple of Gelugpa Landup Ganfel Gompa (Khache Lakhang), the Gompa of Tashi Cholling, Morang and Labrang villages.Ascending further to Nako. Nako has a beautiful lake which freezes in the wnter 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 is worht seeing where we can see the foot prints of the Padamsambhava. Overnight Camp near village.

Day 09 : Nako to Tabo

After breakfast journey starts to witness the Ajanta of Himalayas.It is a distance of 64Kms and a drive of three hour. Today we will be entering into the Spiti valley. Spiti is known as the living museum. The mountains are devoid to any vegetation due to erosion by wind, sun and snow over thousands of years. Before reaching Tabo and witnessing the Ajantas of Himalayas we are going to unfold the mysteries of Mummy in Spiti and taking you to a village of Mummy . Name of the village isGue and you can find a 500 years old mummy in the termple of the Lama here nearbt the BSF check post. This mummy was found in 1984 when Army personals were digging the place for making the post near the village. It is believed that there can be more mummies around if excavation is done. This mummy still has its hairs and nails . This village is the remotest village of the Spiti.After spending some time at the village drive towards Tabo. The monastery at Tabo is the largest monastery in Spiti.

Day 10 : Tabo to Pin Valley

In the Morning visit to see the Ajanta s of Himalayas oldest caves on barren mountains of Tabo enjoying The Thanka paintings, one of the most precious paintings of Buddhism Later drive to Pin Valley and visit to Kungri Gompa, where KalChakra is Scheduled in 2004. Evening drive to the largest village of the Spiti Sagnam Overnight at Camp at Sagnam.

Day 11 : Pin Valley to Kaza

Enroute visiting the Dankar Gompa and Lalung monastery.Rock cut monasteries of Dankar are worth seeing overnight camp at Kaza.

Day 12 : Kaza

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 Kaza.

Day 13 : Kaza to Manali

Today is the long drive over majestic Kunzam La pass. Kaza (3600M) to Chota Dadarpul (3960M) is an adventures drive but the different landscapes enroute makes your journey really adventurous. Following river Chadra you will Arrive at Gramphu at the base of Rohatng pass and uphill drive for few minutes will take to you at the top of Rohatang pass. Rohatang means Heap of Dead bodies in Local language as there use to occur many causalities because of land slides , Glaciers and heavy snow during winter when modes of transportation, communication and evacuation use to be very limited over night in the Hotel at Manali.

Day 14 : Manali

After breakfast visit to Hidimba temple and Manu temple on the way back visiting to the Tibetan Monastery and after lunch excursion to Nagar Castle and Roreich art Gallery. Going from Manali to Nagar Castle on the left bank is a wonderfull drive where green fields and deodar forests beckons you . Evening free to explore the local market.

Day 15 : Manali - Chandigarh

Driving back from Manali to Chandigarh may take around 8 hours – 325 Kms from where you can take a train / flight or by road for your onward destination else you can take an overnight VOLVO from Manali to Delhi departs at 4.30 PM approx and next day around 7 AM you will be in Manali.

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