In his novel Kim, Rudyard Kipling called Spiti “a world within a world” and “a place where the gods live.” Located in the Himalayan rain-shadow between high, barren mountain ranges, this is a fascinating land of ancient Buddhist monasteries, remote villages and cultural traditions going back centuries. Our tour guides you to the best of this spectacular part of India.

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Tour Profile

This is a popular Jeep safari to some of the remotest regions of northern India. We will start by travelling from from Delhi into the lush foothills and Shimla, the enchanting hill-station that was once the summer capital of British India.

A two-night stay gives the opportunity to explore the town and its beautiful surroundings, with an optional trip aboard the local ‘toy’ train, a narrow-gauge line that winds through the forested hills. Next we will step back in time as we journey north into the remote valleys of Kinnaur and Spiti along the Hindustan-Tibet highway, with the first stop at Sarahan and its imposing Bhimakali temple. In the days ahead we will visit isolated settlements including Kibber, the highest permanently inhabited village in the world, the otherworldly Buddhist monasteries of Ki, Tabo, and Dhankar, and follow the mountain road through narrow gorges and across high mountain passes: we’ll traverse Kunzum La (4,590 metres) and Rohtang La (3,980 metres), with spectacular views of snowcapped peaks, rugged terrain and hanging valleys.

Towards the end of our journey we’ll reach Chandratal lake (4,220 metres), an unforgettable sight with its crystal-clear water and amazing mountain vistas. The scenery changes dramatically as we descend into the green and fertile Kullu valley on our way to Manali. Here we will explore the ancient wooden Hadimba temple and other local attractions.

Our journey draws to a close as we drive south to Delhi via Chandigarh.

Tour Highlights

  • The dramatic landscape, from lush sub-tropical greenery to barren mountains
  • Kaza, Spiti’s colourful capital
  • Shimla, a delightful hill station with colonial buildings and great views
  • Awesome Chandratal lake at 4,300 metres
  • Narrow-gauge train journey through the mountains

Tour Itinerary

  • Please note: You can use this itinerary as a guide to fully customise this tour as per your budget and requirements. Flexible options include travel dates and duration, places visited, activities and experiences, hotel category (star/rating) and any specific requirements that you may have.

  • DAY 01 - Delhi

    Arrive Delhi, transfer to hotel. free afternoon and evening. Overnight Hotel

  • DAY 02 - Shimla

    Drive to Shimla, evening hotel check-in (2,205 metres). Overnight Hotel

  • DAY 03 - Shimla

    Shimla full-day exploration, optional narrow-gauge train journey. Overnight Guest House

  • DAY 04 - Sarahan

    Drive to Sarahan on the famous Hindustan-Tibet road, visit Bhimakali temple (2,313 metres). Overnight Guest House

  • DAY 05 - Sangla

    Drive to Sangla along the Sutlej river, visiting the fort at Kamru village en route (2,710 metres). Overnight Guest House

  • DAY 06 - Sangla

    Excursion to the valley of Chitkul (3,450 metres). Overnight Guest House

  • DAY 07 - Nako

    Drive from Sangla to Nako, en-route visit the confluence of Sutlej and Spiti rivers at Khab (3,662 metres). Overnight Guest House

  • DAY 08 - Tabo

    Drive to Tabo, visit the famous monastery (3,280 metres). Overnight Guest House

  • DAY 09 - Kaza

    Drive to Kaza and en route visit Dhankar monastery (3,650 metres). Overnight Guest House

  • DAY 10 - Kaza

    Visit Ki monastery and Kibber village (3,650 metres). Overnight Guest House

  • DAY 11 - Chandertal

    Ascend the Kunzum La pass (4,590 metres) by road, then trek to Chandertal lake (4,300 metres). Overnight Camp

  • DAY 12 - Manali

    Drive across the Rohtang pass (3,980 metres) to Manali (2,050 metres). Overnight Hotel

  • DAY 13 - Manali

    Morning visit to Hadimba temple and Roerich art gallery, then free time. Overnight Hotel

  • DAY 14 - Delhi

    Full-day drive from Manali to Delhi, evening check into hotel. Overnight Hotel

  • DAY 15 - Delhi

    Departure transfer to international airport.

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