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This biking expedition will discover the hidden geographical and cultural treasure of jewel of Himalayas (Kinnaur and Lahaul & Spiti) covering the tract of Lahaul & Spiti and Kinnaur which wears a veil of mystery in their wonderland.

Shimla-Sarahan-Sangla-Kalpa-Nako-Tabo-Kaza-Keylong-Udaipur-Rohtang-Manali-Chandigarh12 Nights/ 13 Days

This biking expedition will discover the hidden geographical and cultural treasure of jewel of Himalayas (Kinnaur and Lahaul & Spiti) covering the tract of Lahaul & Spiti and Kinnaur which wears a veil of mystery in their wonderland.

This biking tour starting out from Shimla (former summer capital of British Empire in India) head into the apple country, Satluj valley to explore Mystic Kinnaur, move into Spiti (The wonderland of Himalayas) cross over Kunzum La into Lahaul, retrace the journey over Rohtang Pass to visit charming Manali.

Day 01: Arrive Chandigarh – Shimla (120 kms/ 04 hrs)

Meet on arrival at Chandigarh Airport / station. Pick up and transfer to Shimla. Upon arrival, proceed for check-in at the hotel. Shimla, the former summer capital of British India and now the capital of Himachal Pradesh offers some stunning views of the mighty Himalayas. Rest of the day at leisure and overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Shimla – Narkanda – Sarahan (175 kms/ 06 hrs)

After breakfast drive from Shimla to Sarahan via Narkanda and Rampur. Sarahan is a small village surrounded by apple orchards. On reaching check in at your hotel and later after rest and relaxation, visit the Bhimakali Temple at Sarahan, the former summer capital of Bushahr Empire. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel

Day 03: Sarahan – Sangla (91 kms/ 04 hrs)

After breakfast continue the drive to Sangla, also referred as Baspa Valley. Reach and check in at your hotel/ camp. Afternoon proceed for a walk around the Batseri village. Overnight at Sangla.

Day 04: Sangla – Rakcham & Chitkul Excursion

This day take a full day excursion visiting Rakchamm and Chitkul villages. Chitkul is the last village on the old Indo-Tibetan trade route. Visit to temple of local goddess Mathi said to have been constructed about 500 years ago. Return back to Sangla. Overnight at Sangla

Day 05: Sangla – Rekong peo – Kalpa (51 kms/ 02 hrs)

After making a small walk to Kamru fort and temple, head on for Kalpa enroute crossing Reckong Peo. Kalpa is a beautiful village from where one can on look the changing colors of Mt. Kinner Kailash. Evening free to explore the way of life and local culture at Roghi village. Overnight stay in Kalpa.

Day 06: Kalpa – Nako (106 kms/ 05 hrs)

Morning after breakfast, drive to one of the most important one happens to be the at the scenic lakeside village of Nako. Afternoon explore one of the four large halls in the monastery is a stucco of yellow Tara, a rare form of female Buddhist deity. Rest of the day at leisure. Stay overnight at Nako.

Day 07: Nako – Tabo (70 kms/ 04 hrs)

After breakfast drive beyond Nako, as one heads up River Spiti, a major tributary of Satluj, one enter a land that has several important monasteries, some of which are over a thousand years old and continue the drive to the inner Himalayas along the barren territories of Spiti Valley. Reach Tabo and check in at hotel. Later visit Tabo monastery (1000 years old) often called ‘The Ajanta of the Himalayas’. This old Gompa contains murals and sculptures that are some of the only surviving examples of Indo-Tibetan art. Stay overnight at hotel in Tabo.

Day 08: Tabo – Dhankar – Pin Valley – Kaza (full day)

After breakfast headed the river beyond Tabo, hanging along a high cliff is Dankar. At one point in time, this strategically located village was the capital of Spiti. The fort like monastery, atop a cliff with spectacular views of confluences of Pin River with Spiti and sparse farm lands, is one of the most important Buddhist centres of the valley. Later head toward south of Dankar in the picturesque Pin Valley is Gungri, locally known as the Pin monastery which is founded by Guru Padmasambhava, who is said to have spread Buddhism in Tibet. Continue your drive to Kaza. On arrival, check-in and overnight at hotel.

Day 09: In Kaza (full day)

After breakfast go for an excursion to Kye monastery- the largest learning center in Spiti valley which has rare statues and painting of Lord Buddha. It also houses some very rare musical instruments. Later visit to Kibber village at an altitude of 4205 mts which is the highest permanently inhabited village of the region. Post lunch visit Langza, Hikkim (Tangyud) and Komic villages which are some of the highest villages of the world.

Day 10: Kaza – Kunzum pass – Keylong (200 kms/ 10 hrs)

Today drive to Keylong crossing over Kunzum Pass from Spiti, one enters Lahaul, a land of monasteries and glaciers. Most of the Buddhist centers, like the Guru Ghantal, Kardang and Tayul Gompa, are centered around Keylong. Enroute visiting villages like Rangrik, Hal and Losar. Reach late evening for overnight stay at Keylong.

Day 11: In Keylong – Udaipur & Trilokinath Excursion

Today you go for an excursion visiting Trilokinath and Mrikula Devi temple at Udaipur in Pattan valley revered by both Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims. Late at evening explore Guru Ghantal and Kardang monasteries. Overnight at hotel.

Day 12: Keylong – Rohtang pass – Manali (115 kms/ 06 hrs)

After breakfast proceed from Keylong to Manali. The route takes traveler over Rohtang pass (altitude 13,051 ft (3,978 m)), on the eastern Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas. This pass is an ancient trade route between the people on either side of Pir Panjal. Late afternoon arrive Manali and check-in at hotel. Rest of the day at leisure and discover nearby attractions in Manali. Overnight at hotel.

Day 13: Departure Manali – Chandigarh (300 kms/ 08 hrs)

After breakfast proceeds from Manali to Chandigarh for onwards journey.

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