Arrival at Delhi
On arrival at Delhi airport you will be pickup by our tour representative and transfer to hotel. Check in to hotel. Night stay at Delhi.
Delhi – Shimla
Morning checkout from hotel and transfer to Shimla. On arrival check in to hotel. There are two recently built monasteries. The Geluk-pa sect at Sanjauli and the Nyingma-pa, at Kasumpti. Night stay at Shimla.
Shimla – Sangla
Morning check out from hotel and leave for the Baspa valley in Kinnaur. 229 km from Shimla. There are 33 Buddhist monasteries and temples in Kinnaur district and the Nyingma-pa Drug-pa and Geluk-pa sects are well represented. En route visit the small nineteenth century Buddha temple at Rampur 130 km from Shimla. Night stay at Sangla.
Sangla – Recong Peo
Morning check out from hotel and leave for Recong Peo (2290 m) 38 km from Sangla village. En route visit some of the four small temples in the picturesque village of Sapni, Baru, Sangla and Batseri. Recong Peo is Kinnaur district headquarters and has a recently built gompa where his Holiness the Dalai Lama conducted a Kalchakra ceremony in 1992. The ancient settlement of Kalpa with spectacular views lies just above Recong Peo. Here is the Hu-Bu-lan-kar gompa said to have been founded by Rinchensang-po. Night stay at Recong Peo.
Recong Peo – Nako
Morning checkout from hotel and leave for Nako. At 2950m, 107 km from Recong Peo, 7 km on a side road bifurcating near Yangthang the village of Nako is built around a lake. On its northern side are four Buddhist temples that house large prayer wheels. Near Nako is a rock where a footprint like impression is ascribed to Padmasambhava. Lippa: 14 km from Jangi. The gompa has three temples. Two house the sacred Kangyur and Tangyur texts and the third is the ‘Goldang Chakodar’ Kanum. Access from Spillo. This is a complete monastic village and dates back to the time of Rinchensang-po Pooh. On the highway. This has a Drug-pa monastery. Night stay at Nako.
Nako – Tabo
Morning check out from hotel and leave for Tabo. At 3050m, 65 km from Nako. Tabo is in arid Spiti where there are thirty monasteries spread over its rugged terrain. Tabo is the largest monastic complex in Spiti and has nine temples, twenty three chortens, a monks’ chamber and a nuns’ chamber. The Tabo monastery was founded in 996 AD by the great teacher Rinchensang-po and is renowned for its breathtaking murals and stucco statues. This has been declared a ‘World Heritage Site’ by UNESCO. Night stay at Tabo.
Tabo – Kaza
Morning check out from hotel and leave for Kaza. At 3660 m, 47 km from Tabo. Kaza is Spiti sub-divisional headquarter and has a gompa. En route visit Dhankar gompa. This rests high over the valley and is a stupendous example of local architecture. It is regarded to have once been a fort and was also the residence of the ruler of Spiti – the Nono. Dhankar is a repository of Buddhist scriptures in the Bhoti script. Night stay at Kaza.
Kaza – Sightseen
Morning visit the Ki (Kye) monastery – 4116 m, 12 km from Kaza. This labyrinth of rooms and corridors once acted as a fort. It houses valuable thangkas and offers a panoramic view of the area. Also visit the small gompa at Kibber – 4205m, 9 km from Ki gompa. Kibber is the highest permanently inhabited village of the region connected by a motorable road. More time at Kaza will enable you to visit the Hikim, Komic and Langja monasteries. Night stay at Kaza.
Kaza – Keylong
Morning check out from hotel and leave early for Keylong (3350 m), 188 km. Lahaul has twenty nine Buddhist monasteries. Almost all are affiliated to the Drug-pa sect. The rugged route from Kaza to Keylong is over Kunzam Pass (4551 m). En route, there are gompas at Damphug, Chokur, Jagdang, Shashin, Khangsar, Gondhla, Teling, Dalang and Gajang. Night stay at Keylong.
Keylong – Sightseen
Morning based at Keylong visit the following monasteries – Guru Ghantal (8 km), associated with both Padmasambhava and Reinchensang-po. This is regarded to be the oldest one in Lahaul. Kardang (5 km), is one of the most revered places of the Drug-pa sect. Tayul (6 km) and Gemur (18 km) may also be visited. Night stay at Keylong.
Keylong – Manali
Morning check out from hotel and leave for Manali. At 2050m, 115 km. The route is over the Rohtang Pass. Manali has four recently-built monasteries. The main one is located in the city centre. Night stay at Manali.
Manali – Riwalsar
Morning check out from hotel and leave for Riwalsar. 132 km. Legend has it that this was the place from where Padmasambhava left to spread the word of the Buddha in the eighth century. This has three monasteries built around a lake. Now rebuilt, the oldest one belongs to the Nyingma-pa order. Adorned with tiny prayer flags the lake has tiny island of floating reed supposedly embodying the spirit of Padmasambhava. Night stay at Riwalsar.
Riwalsar – Mc Leodganj
Morning check out from hotel and leave for McLeodganj. 1830 m, 160km. This is the residence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The impressive Namgyal monastery houses larger than life images of the Buddha, Padmasambhava and Avalokteshwara. En route visit the recently built monasteries at Bir and Tashijong. Night stay at Mc Leodganj.
Mc Leodganj Sightseen
Today Spend more time at the monastery and visit the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts. Night stay at Mc Leodganj.
Mc Leodganj – Delhi
Morning checkout from hotel and proceed to Delhi 550Kms. On arrival check in to hotel. Night stay at Delhi.
Morning checkout from hotel as per your flight timing and you will be dropped at Int. airport to catch your flight for your onward journey.
(1). This is the itinerary for a tour which we run regularly. It can be altered, and we like to discuss plans with clients and can make suggestions about special places to visit depending on our clients’ interests, and available time. The itinerary is planned in such a way that you gain altitude gradually , you get a good and proper time to acclimatise properly while travelling through the Central Himalayas . Every day there is enough free time to make walk / or to relax your own so you could experience the people and culture from much close on the tour.
(2). In case you require accompanying tour escort / local guide with you please tell us and we will be happy to arrange local, knowledgeable guide for your tour, as per your choice.
(3). Please do not hesitate to collect any travel information from us, before working a final tour programme for yourself. We would be glad to provide you all the travel information and hotels details etc. at the time of planning your holidays with us, before you book your tour with Incredible Himachal Holidays. Being local, we can provide you with a wonderful private, personalise, tailor-made holiday tour in India at a cheaper cost than the standard package / group holiday that you might find elsewhere. We believe in delivering the service, more than- promised to our clients.