Kinnaur is about 235 km (146 mi) from the state city, Shimla, located on the northeast edge of Himachal Pradesh bordering Tibet to the east. It has three high mountains ranges, namely, Zanskar, Himalayas, and Dhauldharthat enclose valleys of Sutlej, Spiti, Baspa and their tributaries. The slopes are covered with thick wood, orchards, fields and picturesque hamlets. At the peak of Kinnaur, Kailash mountain is a famous natural rock Shivling(Shiva lingam). The district was opened to outsiders in 1889. The oldHindustan-Tibet Road passes through the Kinnaur valley along the bank of river Sutlej and finally enters Tibet at Shipki La pass
It is not only the scenic beauty which appeals to the young and old alike but also the lifestyles of the people, their culture, heritage, customs, and traditions. The people have strong culture and beliefs, generally follow Buddhism and Hinduism, believing the Pandavas came and resided in the land while in the exile. Thousands-year-old monasteries still exist in the area. Buddhists and Hindus live in harmony symbolizing the traditional brotherhood and friendship of the people of both the faiths. Apples, chilgoza (chestnut) and other dry fruits are grown here. The high terrain here facilitates adventures and sports. Trekking routes include the ‘Parikarma of Kinnaur Kailash’.
Lahaul Spiti, Chandratal, Manali Travel
- Chandigarh – Shimla – Sarahan
- Sarahan – Reckong Peo – Kalpa
- Kalpa – Puh – Nako – Sumdo – Tabo
- Tabo – Dhankar – Lalung
- Lalung – Kaza – Langcha
- Kaza – Ki Monastry – Kibber
- Kibber – Chicham
- Chicham – Kunzum La – Chandrataal Lake
- Chandrataal Lake – Batal – Chatru
- Chatru – Rohtang Pass – Manali
Sight-Seeing in Detail
Chandigarh – Shimla – Sarahan
We will start from Chandigarh early morning and stop in Shimla for a brunch. From Shimla, we’ll drive past Wangtu bridge and reach Sarhan to stay for the night. If we reach there in evening, we can visit the bird park or visit Bhim Kali temple. If needed, we can also begin from Shimla or New Delhi.
Sarahan – Reckong Peo – Kalpa
We’ll drive to Kalpa village and spend some time in meadows and apple orchards. Reckong Peo is district headquarter of Kinnaur district and the launching pad for most expeditions to Spiti. Out hotel over there is nestled between beautiful orchards of apple and cherry trees in a very quaint and romantic location.
Kalpa – Puh – Nako – Sumdo – Tabo
From this point, you’ll notice a change in the terrain as the barren cold desert landscape of Spiti becomes visible. Driving through, we’ll reach Nako village and stay there for a night. We’ll visit the Nako lake and monastery in a village to observe rituals of local Buddhist monks. The walk in nearby areas will provide some great views of the mountainous scenery.
Tabo Monastery is more than 1000 years old and contains many priceless Thanka paintings and artifacts including Pillar of a Thousand Buddhas. This monastery is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The entry to the monastery which is spread over 6300 square meters is made of earthen walls and covered with beautiful frescoes. These paintings depict various lives of Buddha and stories from Jataka tales painted in typical Tibetan style. You can also visit nearby caves which are used by monks to meditate in solitude and introspection.
Tabo – Dhankar – Lalung
Dhankar is about 3 hours drive away from Kaza and is also the ancient capital of Spiti and seat of Spitian Kings. There are ruins of an ancient castle and a monastery constructed in the 16th century. It’s situated on top of a steep mountain ridge overlooking the valley. A walk to Dhankar lake takes about 90 minutes, We’ll then drive to Lalung village which is a small picturesque village inhabited by friendly and helpful villagers. Lalung monastery is famous for its statue of Three Cornered Buddha made with 3 sides to symbolize Buddha looking in every direction. It is believed that Rinchen Zangpo, founder of major monasteries in Spiti planted a willow tree and instructed the locals to construct a monastery of the tree survives. Today, an ancient willow tree stands in front of the monastery constructed in 10th century.
Lalung – Kaza – Langcha
Langcha village hangs over Kaza town at an altitude of 4250 meters. The road leading to Langcha village is among the highest motorable roads anywhere in the world. Traveling along this road, the travelers get spectacular views of the valley and sparkling waters of Spiti river flowing through it. The route eventually leads to Shilla valley on a plateau above which has grazing grounds for local livestock. Langcha village is divided into Upper and Lower village. We’ll have lunch there in a local house and enjoy the authentic delicious cuisine of Spiti. We’ll visit a 900 years old Buddhist temple and then visit Komik. We will then hunt for millions of years old fossils in Langthis Natural Fossil Center. After that, we can visit the Komic monastery, which is one of highest monasteries anywhere in the world as well as another ancient monastery near Hikkim village which was destroyed in an earthquake in 1975.
Kaza – Ki Monastery – Kibber
We’ll travel on road to Kibber and visit the world famous Ki Monastery located at an altitude of 4120 meters. We’ll walk around it and see a vast collection of ancient paintings and manuscripts contained in the large complex. Ki monastery belongs to Gelugpa Sect of Tibetan Buddhism. After monastery, we’ll move towards Kibber village which is among the biggest villages in Lahaul Spiti region and situated at an altitude of 4250 meters. The surroundings offer a good spot for wildlife sightings. We’ll spend the night in our hotel there.
Kibber – Chicham
Next day, we’ll trek to Chicham village which is located on another side of a sharp and precipitous canyon. We can also go there by a thrilling ropeway ride (called jhoola in the local dialect). It’s not uncommon to spot the elusive snow leopard here. It’s also a good place to spot other wildlife like ibex, blue sheep, golden cock, pika, Himalayan wolf and more.
Chicham – Kunzum La – Chandrataal Lake
We’ll leave early next morning and drive up to Kunzum La for a short break. Kunzum La is a vital pass in the region at an altitude of 4550 meters. There’s also a temple dedicated to Goddess Kunzum. We can either trek to Chandrataal Lake ( 8 km) from there or drive via Batal. Chandrataal Lake is one of the major attractions of Spiti valley famous for its crystal clear water and stunning views. We’ll spend the night at our campsite about 1 km from the lake.
Chandrataal Lake – Batal – Chatru
Next morning, we’ll drive to Batal, a popular resting stop for vehicles on this route and have tea inhospitable Chandra dhaba. We’ll get close to Chandra river and spend some time soaking in the views. After that, we’ll reach Chatru and camp there for the night near the river. We’ll see the fields, spend some time with local Gaddi shepherds and enjoy the views of dozens of small streams flowing through mountains and joining Chandra river as it gains more volume.
Chatru – Rohtang Pass – Manali
Next morning, we’ll leave for Manali. The drive normally takes between 6 to 7 hours. As we leave the valley, the desert landscape of the valley is left behind replaces by greenery all over. We’ll reach Rohtang Pass by noon and visit Beas Kund. After having a cup of tea, we’ll reach Manali in evening. Check in the hotel and walk around Old Manali town for sightseeing.
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