01: Delhi - Shimla (375 kms/7 – 8 hrs)
In the morning after early breakfast drive to Shimla by
Toyota Qualis. Lunch enroute. Upon arrival in Shimla, transfer
to hotel. Evening free to explore the Mall Road. Dinner
and overnight stay at the hotel.
was the summer capital of India under British rule. Presently,
it is the state capital of Himachal Pradesh, with its population
around 1.6 lacs (Shimla town only). Shimla has seen many important
historical events such as the famous Shimla Pact between India
& Pakistan which was signed here. The place is also famous
for its natural beauty, architectural buildings, wooden crafts
Morning visit Indian Institute of Advanced Studies built in
1888. Situated on a hillock, this was formally the palace
of the British Viceroy. Also visit the Jakho temple. Evening
visit The Mall the main shopping area of Shimla and The Ridge.
03: Shimla - Sarhan (184 kms/ 7 hrs)
We start our jeep safari to Sarhan Enroute; we visit the palace
in Rampur. We drive further the steep mountain and arrive
in Sarhan (1950m). Sarhan, the tiny village offers the splendid
views of Shrikhanda Mahadev Peak (5155m). You will also visit
the famous Bhimkali Temple, the big attraction of Sarhan.
(2125 m): The gorgeous spectacle of the Himalayan ranges with
the unspoilt pastoral loveliness of an unpretentious village,
Sarahan is truly a haven tucked away in the foothills of the
Himalayas. Situated in the Sutlej Valley, on way to district
of Kinnaur, Sarahan was the old capital of Rampur Bushair,
one of the biggest princely states in Shimla hills. The major
attraction in Sarahan is centuries-old Bhimkali Temple and
Raja Bushair Palace. Steeped in legend, the temple complex
is a resplendent example of hill architecture. Sarahan is
also the gateway to Kinnaur.
04: Sarhan - Sangla (304 kms/ 8 hrs)
Drive along the spectacular Hindustan Tibet road which s carved
in a rock and goes along the wild Sutlej River. A view of
Kinner - Kailash Peak is splendid from Sangla. Visit remote
villages of Rackcham and Chitkul. On arrival in Sangla check
in and overnight at camp.
Valley: This valley starts 57 kms. Short of Kalpa which has
been named after a beautiful & populous village Sangla.
Sangla is situated on the right bank of Baspa river 17 kms
from Karcham. Journey from Karcham onwards is enjoyable and
adventurous throughout the valley. The natural scenery all
around and the eternal snow view are picturesque and charming.
It is also known as Baspa Valley since Baspa River flows through
this area. This is the most charming valley in the entire
District of Kinnaur. A temple dedicated to Nages god is worth
a visit & other places are Sapni, Rackchham, Kilba, Kamru
Fort which can also be visited. There are post offices, banks,
rest houses for the convenience of the visitors.
Day 05: Sangla - Kalpa (53 kms/ 2 hrs)
orning visit Kamru village and fort. Later travel by surface
from Sangla to Kalpa located in backdrop of Kinner Kailash
mountain range. Evening free to explore Kalpa village.
(2759 m): Beyond Recong Peo (14 kms. from Powari) on the link
road, is the main village of the District - Kalpa. Across
the river, facing Kalpa is the majesty of the Kinner Kailash
range. This is a spectacular sight early in the morning as
the rising sun touches the snowy peaks with crimson and gold
06: Kalpa - Tabo (176 kms/ 8 hrs)
Travel by surface from Kalpa to Tabo enroute visiting Nako
village beautifully located on banks of a small lake. On arrival
in Tabo check in and overnight at guest house.
It is another big gompa for serving the population of eastern
side. It belongs to the tenth century and is located 50 kms
from Kaza. It is a famous gompa next to Tholing Gompa in Tibet.
It has about 60 Lamas and a large collection of Scriptures,
wall paintings etc. Murals of this gompa have a great similarity
to that of the Ajanta paintings.
07: Tabo – Kaza (50 kms/ 5 hrs)
Morning visit Tabo monastery. Later travel to Kaza enroute
visiting Lalung and Dhankar Gompa. On arrival in Kaza check
in at guest house.
Monastery: It is situated about 25 kms. East of Kaza and serves
eastern part of central Spiti. Dhankar is a big village and
erstwhile capital of Spiti Kingdom. On top of a hill there
is a fort which uses to be the prison in olden times. The
Monastery has about 100 Lamas and is in position of Budhist
scriptures in Bhoti language. Principal figure is a Statue
of “Vairochana" (Dhayan Budha) consisting of 4
complete figures seated back to back. It has relics in the
shape of paintings and sculptures.
Day 08 : Kaza
Morning visit the Ki monastery, 12 kms from Kaza. 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. Also visit the small
gompa at Kibber, 9 kms further ahead. Kibber at 4205 m/13,792
ft has the distinction of being the highest permanently inhabited
village of the region.
Ki Monastery :
It is situated 12 kms north of Kaza and serves the western
population of Spiti. It is the oldest and biggest monastery
of the valley and located at (4116 m) above Ki village. It
houses beautiful scriptures and paintings of Budha and other
goddesses. Lamas practice dance, sing and play on pipes and
horns. Many Lamas get religious training here. It has murals
and books of high aesthetic value.
(4205 m): It is locally known as Khyipur, one of the highest
villages in the world at an altitude of 4205 m above sea level
in a narrow valley surrounded by mountains from all sides.
Rest Houses available for the visitors. Gette village, at
a short distance away from Kaza, is the highest in the world
with a height of 4270 m.
09: Kaza – Keylong (206 kms /9 hrs)
In the morning drive to Keylong via Kunzam Pass (4558 m/14,950ft)
which provides beautiful views of CB ranges. Enroute visit
several villages of Spiti and Lahaul valley. On arrival check
in at hotel. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
(3340 m): Keylong is the district Headquarters of Lahaul Spiti
on the main road to Leh over Rohtang. It is an oasis of green
fields and willow trees, water streams surrounded with brown
hills and snow capped peaks.
10: Keylong – Sarchu (248 kms/8 hrs)
Today we will drive from Keylong to Sarchu over Baralachala
Pass (4800 m). On arrival check in at camp at Sarchu. Evening
free to walk around in Sarchu. Dinner and overnight in camp.
It is the last border point between Himachal and Ladakh, where
HPTDC put up a tented colony for the convenience of the tourists
during summer season. It is situated at a distance of 116
kms. From Keylong.
12: Sarchu - Leh (248 kms/ 8 hrs)
Early morning drive to Leh gives you a feeling of being in
the high Tibetan Plateau. One climbs a series of Galta loops
consisting of 32 hairpin bends on the way up from Sarchu and
come out in Pang valley. It is here that one can divert to
the right and visit the huge high altitude lakes of Tsokar
and Tsemoriri. This region also has rare wild life like the
Tibetan wild Ass, wolf, and the elusive Snow Leopard, the
black-necked Crane and Tibetan Snow Cock. Cross to the other
side of the Pang, Tzanspo River to continue drive up to yet
another plateau for a long traverse on the legendary Moore
plains. The highest of the Tibetan Plateau at 4200 Mts. Continue
driving Tangling La (5280 Mts.) the second highest motorable
pass in the world that commands breath taking views of the
Zanskar range. A pleasant drive about 20 Kms brings you to
the Ladakhi hamlet, Gya, heralded by prayer flags. After crossing
few more villages one reaches the great Indus River. Further
drive to Leh town, overnight at hotel.
is the fascinating capital of the Autonomous Hill Council
of Ladakh, also known as Little Tibet. The important monasteries
to visit in and around Leh are Shey, Thiksey, Hemis, Spituk,
Samkhar as well as the Shanti Stupa, Stok Palace and main
Bazaar. The Leh palace dominating the town was the former
home of the Namgyal Dynasty. The monastic festivals are very
popular and Hemis, Phyang and Lamayuru festivals in summer
are visited by lot of tourists who throng to see the Cham
After breakfast full day sight seeing. Evening back to hotel
for dinner and overnight stay.
is about 15 kms from Leh. It used to be the summer palace
of the kings of Ladakh. There are lots of Stupas and Gompas
built around the palace. Shey palace was built by Deldan Namgyal
in the beginning of 17’Th century AD. Main attraction
in Shey is the 12m Shakyamuni Buddha statue inside the Dresthang
Gompa, close to Shey is about 17 kms from Leh. The monastery
is considered to be one of the most beautiful in Ladakh and
belongs to the Gelukspa order.
about 45 kms south of Leh it is one of the most famous and
largest monastery in Ladakh. It belongs to the Drukpa order
and was founded in the early 17’Th century. The setting
is perfect with the monastery cradled in a lovely valley,
surrounded by streams and fronted by long Mani walls.
14: Leh (Leh local sight seeing)
In the morning we will visit some other places. Evening back
to hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
The palace is a distinguished monument and a historical building.
The nine- storied palace was built by the 17th century illustrious
ruler of Ladakh Sengge Namgyal.
The historical mosque is situated in the heart of Leh town.
It was built in 1666-67 A.D.consequent to an agreement between
the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb and then ruler of Ladakh, Deldan
The gompa stands prominently on the top of a hillock, 8 Kms.from
Leh, and commands a panoramic view of the Indus Valley for
miles. Many icons of Buddha and five thankas are found in
15th century monastery. There is also a collection of ancient
masks, antique arms and an awe inspiring image of Mahakal.
The monastery is situated 17 Kms. from Leh on the Leh - Kargil
road. It was built by Tashi Namgyal in the later half of the
16th century A.D. and looks like a place from a distance.
The gompa belongs to the Red Cap sect of the Buddhists. Hundreds
of icons of Buddha are kept on wooden shelves.
15: Leh – Khardung La – Leh (40 kms/2 hrs)
In the morning drive for the Khardung - La Pass. This is the
ultimate challenge of the trip. It is the highest motorable
road in the world taking you to a dizzy 5,600m! The view from
the top is spectacular, stretching from the Indus valley in
the South over the endless peaks and ridges of the Zanskar
range to the giants of the Sesser Massif in the North. You
can feel proud of a true achievement as you finish the trip
with your final satisfying descent. Evening back to Leh for
dinner and overnight stay.
16: Leh – Delhi
Early in the morning transfer to airport. From here catch
a flight for Delhi.
Upon arrival at Delhi drive for local sight seeing. Evening
transfer to international airport.
Trip and services ends.