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Early in the morning, begin the Lahaul Spiti road trip from Delhi, heading towards Narkanda. You will
get to notice the changing landscape and scenery during this approximately 7 hours drive. The vast northern
plains will transform into deciduous forests in the Shivalik Hills. These in turn will be taken over by forests of
pine at moderate altitudes. By the time you reach Narkanda, the pines will be disappeared, and towering
pindrows and deodars will be seen. - On arrival in Narkanda in the evening, transfer to your lodging. Enjoy
watching the bewitching sunset over thickly forested mountains. Enjoy stories and history of the place over a
bonfire and then relish a buffet dinner, followed by an overnight stay.
Just after dawn, enjoy a leisurely and refreshing stroll through the orchards and then relish a nourishing
breakfast. Post breakfast, start the road journey to the village of Sangla. Pass through the village of Sarahan, a
pretty hamlet in Kinnaur Valley, which has buildings made of wood and topped by concave sloping roofs. The
Chinese Buddhist influence on the architecture makes evident that the Lahaul and Spiti region is not too far. Further on the way to Sangla, enjoy a picnic and on arriving in the village, travel to your lodging. Make the most
of a breathtaking twilight by sipping freshly prepared tea. End the experience with an overnight stay.
Take a break from this exciting road expedition, and spend two days acclimatising to the weather
conditions. Put this time to better use by driving to Chitkul – the last Indian village before the India-Tibet
border. Notice the vegetation grow thinner at higher elevations, and also see the jungles transform into meadows.
You can either choose to have a picnic here or embark on a short hike of about 5 km to the Indian Army
border check-post, which overlooks the Tibetan Plateau. Adventure sports, such as rappelling, rock climbing and
river crossing can also be enjoyed here (Additional Charges may apply). Trekking enthusiasts may undertake easy
or tough hiking expeditions in the area around Sangla. Also as part of this sightseeing trip, visit some local
villages to understand the culture of the inhabitants. Spend the rest of the time sitting on the banks of the
hissing Baspa River and gazing endlessly at the mountains.
Start the journey before dawn to witness a spellbinding sunrise over the mountains in Kalpa. Later, move
on to Nako Lake – a small alpine pond next to the Nako village. This sparkling lake is surrounded by deciduous
trees that become yellow in autumn and shed their leaves. Post relishing lunch on the shores of the water body, travel to the village of Tabo, which has the famous Tabo Monastery. Like most such places in the country, Tabo
Monastery has temples, halls and stupas; and its interiors are richly decorated with wall paintings. There are also
caves carved into the mountains where monks still meditate. Later, travel deeper in the Spiti Valley to arrive in
the town of Kaza. On reaching here in the evening, transfer to your lodging and stay overnight.
We will spend the entire day sightseeing in and around the town of Kaza. Also as part of this sightseeing
trip, travel to Pin Valley National Park – located between altitudes of 11500 feet and 20000 feet. The cold
desert climate of the region supports trees like juniper and birch. Animals, such as snow leopards, Tibetan wolves, griffon vultures and lammergeier are found here. Get a taste of the local culture by taking trips through the high
altitude villages of Komik, Hikkim and Langza. All these villages are situated at around 14000 feet altitude, making them some of the highest settlements in the world. Later visit Ki Monastery, which was constructed in
the 11th century. It is built amidst mountain peaks, and from the monastery the Spiti River is visible
meandering below. Return to your lodging in Kaza after sightseeing, and enjoy a good night’s sleep.
Post recommencing this Lahaul Spiti road tour, drive to the summit of Kunzum La. This mountain pass
has an altitude of approximately 15000 feet, and owing to this reason it is always freezing here and snow is
visible almost all through the year. Following the descent from the pass, drive on a rough, muddy and rocky road
for about 12 km. Feel the adrenaline rush and the adventure level of the expedition increase while traveling on
this track. We will later on trek to Chandra Taal, one of the most beautiful lake in the world, and get to stay
overnight at camp underneath the stars.
In the morning, start the penultimate phase of this Spiti road trip by leaving Kaza and heading towards
Manali. Ascend to the summit of Rohtang Pass, and upon descending from here see the landscape change yet
again. The barren and desert-like terrain of the Lahaul and Spiti region will transform into thickly forested
Himalayas once the pass is crossed. On reaching Manali at dusk, transfer to your lodging and recollect the
memories of the journey over champagne and pizzas. Thereafter, enjoy an overnight stay in the hill station.
End this amazing venture by driving from Manali on the winding mountain roads and reaching Delhi.
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