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Forbidden Himalayas

India, Asia

Contact provider for price 15 Days April-November
Boutique accommodations Exertion level: 3
Operator: Royal Expeditions 12 people max
  • Delhi airport, igi airport t3 road, new delhi, delhi, india
  • Active & Adventure trips
A glorious journey taking you to the mystique and mystery of the remote Spiti region, once a part of the kingdom of Nariss Korssum (Western Tibet) on the Indian side of Tibetan plateau, on an odyssey of discovery and delight on the old Hindustan Tibet Road once apart of the legendary ancient Silk Route.

The mystical stunning valley of Spiti - home to some of the world’s oldest Buddhist monasteries and temples, endangered wildlife and panoramic vistas, has opened its doors to leisure travellers in the remote cold desert lands of its Trans-Himalayan environs of Himachal Pradesh, standing cheek by jowl with the Tibetan Plateau . Isolated from the rest of the country for half the year by the snowbound passes of the mountains encircling it, its rarefied environs offer the intrepid visitor a stunning bouquet of gorgeous landscapes, warm hospitality and cultural highs that leave you with a dazzling array of holiday memories. The Old Hindustan Tibet road was once a part of the legendary Silk Route of ancient times and the place for high adventure, profitable commerce and cultural exchange.

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  • This is a custom departure, meaning this trip is offered on dates that you arrange privately with the provider. Additionally, you need to form your own private group for this trip. The itinerary and price here is just a sample. Contact the provider for detailed pricing, minimum group size, and scheduling information. For most providers, the larger the group you are traveling with, the lower the per-person cost will be.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive Delhi

Arrive Delhi and transfer to the hotel.Overnight The Claridges or available alternative.

Day 2 - Delhi / Chandigarh / Shimla

Morning transfer to railway station in time to board train for Chandigarh to begin tour of the Himalayas.

Met on arrival and drive (120 kms, 3-4 hrs) to Shimla, former summer capital of the British government in India. Overnight at The Clarkes Hotel Shimla or available alternative.

Day 3 - Shimla

Morning sightseeing of Shimla visiting Institute of Advance Studies, Sankat Mochan (Temple), and Himachal State Museum. Evening at leisure. (During the day visit the District Commissioner's Office to obtain the inner line permit

Note: This should be a working week day) Overnight at The Clarks Hotel or available alternative.

Day 4 - Shimla / Sangla

Morning drive (240 Kms, 8-9 hours) to visually stunning Sangla valley with packed picnic lunch. Overnight at Sangla Camp or available alternative.

Day 5 - Sangla

Trek to Chitkul (3450 metre) last village on the old Indo-Tibetian trade route & Rakcham villages. Overnight at Sangla Camp or available alternative.

Day 6 - Sangla

Day at leisure. Overnight at Sangla Camp or available alternative.

Day 7 - Sangla / Kalpa

Morning drive (60 kms, 2-3 hours) to Kalpa  with a scenic destination where British Viceroys came during summers. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at Kinner Villa.

Day 8 - Kalpa / Nako / Tabo

Morning drive (122 kms, 4-5 hrs) to Nako with packed lunch enroute visiting the high altitude Nako Lake which is surrounded by willow and popular trees. Later drive to Tabo (59 Kms, 2-2.5 hrs). Overnight at Dewachan Retreat.

Day 9 - Tabo / Dhankar / Lalung / Kaza

Morning drive to Kaza (47 kms, 2-3 hrs) enroute visitinfg monastery at Dhankar & Dhankar lake which is about 4270 m above sea level.

Later drive to Lalung in Kaza. Overnight Kaza Retreat.

Day 10 - Kaza

Visit the ancient Ki Monastery (4116 m) the oldest and biggest in spiti pocessing priceless Thanka's (fabric painting) and an array of ancient musical wind instruments. Later drive to village of Kibber (4205 m) and Gete (4270 m) which are among the highest motorable inhabited villages in the world. Overnight at Kaza Retreat.

Day 11 - Kaza / Manali

Drive to Manali (202 Kms, 10 hours) with packed picnic lunch. Overnight at Baikunth Resort or available alternative.

Day 12 - Manali

Day at leisure. Overnight at Baikunth Resort or available alternative.

Day 13 - Manali / Delhi

Early morning drive to Kullu Airport (50 Kms, 2-3 hrs) to catch morning flight to Delhi.

Evening sightseeing tour of Delhi. Overnight the Claridges.

Day 14 - Delhi / Departure

Transfer to International airport to board flight to onwards destination

(Check out at hotel is 1200 hrs noon)

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