We welcome you warmly in Delhi and leave directly for Shimla. We arrive at the end of the day. Overnight in Shimla. After your check at the hotel, we go for a walk on the ridge, a large bustling esplanade, and on the famous 'Mall road', a long pedestrian street lined with shops of all kinds. Overnight in Shimla.
Shimla, summer capital of Himachal Pradesh
We will continue our visit of Shimla with the temple of Jakhoo, the most famous Hindu shrine of the city. Dedicated to Hanuman, the monkey god, the temple stands at the top of the Jakhoo hill at 2,455 m altitude and its 33 m high statue is visible from afar; it is one of the greatest effigies of Lord Hanuman in the world. When back to the city centre, we will visit the Church of Christ, which is part of the postcard of Shimla. The stained glass windows are particularly remarkable and illustrate peace, hope, charity, courage, patience and humility. In the afternoon, we will pass the Shimla Town Hall, which has a beautiful half-timbered Tudor architecture and see the railway company building, a fine example of British architecture with a beautiful steel structure and a iron spiral staircases. We will end the visit of Shimla with the Viceregal Lodge, a mansion of Gothic architecture, which was once the summer residence of the British Viceroy of India. Overnight in Shimla.
We take the road towards Manali but before reaching it we will have a refreshing stop in the charming village of Jibhi. We will have our lunch at the hotel prepared with local products; perhaps you will be tempted by fried fiddlehead ferns (Lingdu Ki Sabji), a delicious dish typical of the Himalayan areas. In the afternoon, we will enjoy a walk in the village ans its lovely wooden houses. Overnight at Jibhi.
Departure for Manali, a popular mountain resort. Check in at the hotel. Night in Manali.
This day will be dedicated to visiting Manali and its surroundings: the famous Hidimaba Devi pagoda temple, the Old Manali, the traditional village of Vashisht and its hot springs and the Naggar Castle. Overnight in Manali.
Departure for Kaza, our first stop on this adventure in the Spiti Valley. We enter the Spiti Valley via the Rohtang Pass (3,978m), which forms a natural dividing line between the Kullu Valley and the arid high-altitude valleys of Lahaul and Spiti. We will continue this scenic route and will drive further up the Kunzum La pass (4,590 m), then drive down to 3,800 m when arriving in Kaza. We check in at the hotel. Night in Kaza.
Kaza - Komic - Hikkim - Langza - Kaza
After breakfast, we will travel to the Langza Valley to visit Komic, located at 4,513 meters above sea level, one of the highest villages in Asia. The road that leads to it offers a splendid panorama of high Himalayan peaks, all above 6000 meters. We will then drive to Hikkim, a small village that is said to have the highest post office in the world. We will admire the huge Buddha statue of the Langza monastery and then we will return to Kaza to visit the fantastic Kye Monastery, located at 4,116 meters, the largest in the valley of Spiti. We will continue our route to Kibber, a typical village in the valley. Back to Kaza, overnight in a guesthouse.
Kaza - Kungri - Mud - Kaza
We leave for the peaceful village of Mud located in the Pin Valley National Park. We will also visit Kungri, the second oldest monastery of Spiti (1330 AD) after Tabo. overnight in Kaza.
Kaza - Tabo - Dhankar - Lhalung
Departure for Tabo, famous for its 1000 years old monastery. It is said to be the favourite of the Dalai Lama. The monastery complex of Tabo have beautiful murals and earthen statues. Above the monastery there are caves that once served as dwellings for the monks during the harsh winters of the Himalayas. We will also stop at the spectacular Dankhar Monastery (940 years old) perched on a rocky peak over 300 meters above the confluence of the rivers Spiti and Pin. We will end the day in Lhalung, a small village whose name literally means "land of the gods". Overnight in a guest house in Lhalung.
Lhalung - Chandratal Lake.
We leave in the morning for the last leg of our trip in the Spiti Valley and what a final! Lake Chandra Tal (literally 'moon lake' because of its crescent shape) is the blue diamond of the Spiti Valley nestled between two mountain ranges, at an altitude of 4,250 meters. We will have peaceful night in tent and a tasty meal around an open fire. Dance and folk music can be reserved in advance.
Chandratal - Manali
Departure for Manali. Arrival in the evening. Overnight in Manali.
12 Manali - Nalagarh
After breakfast, we will travel to Nalagarh, a stopover town where we will rest before returning to Delhi. Nalagarh was the seat of a Rajput princely state, founded in medieval times under the name of Hindur. There are not so many vestiges of this prestigious period beside the palace where you will spend the night. Overnight in the heritage palace of Nalagarh.
Back to Delhi. End of this beautiful trip. Looking forward to meeting you again. Namaste.