The Folk Tales of Lahaul and Spiti

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This is the basic outline of travel experience. We do customization as per the needs of every guest if required. Our experiences are designed not to take you as an observer, but to get you involved hands on and experience the place like a local.

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Travelling to barren mountain desert of Spiti valley is like travelling to another planet. Spiti in local language means ‘middle land’, which means the land between Tibet and India. For centuries, these valleys have been ancient routes for traders and travelers between India and Tibet. The local culture and religion of Spiti is heavily influenced by Tibetan Buddhism. The high altitude mountain passes of Rohtang and Kunzum that you will cross on the way to Spiti will take your breath away. The valley opens for only a small time window during the year because of extreme weather. Summer comes with bright sunlight and emerald green Pin and Spiti rivers. Once the winter sets in post September, not only animals but also humans go in hibernation as the temperature plummets below 20 degrees below zero. We not only take you through the stunning landscapes that will make you skip heartbeats, we will also give you a very local experience of staying with families and storytelling about the Folk Tales. You go as a tourist but come back having formed a deep relationship with the place and its people.
Day 1: Today we start our journey from Delhi via road to Manali followed by overnight stay and acclimatization to high altitude. On reaching Manali, the day is at leisure for you. We will provide you recommendations on places to visit and explore in the town. Manali is a small rustic town with many old wooden structures in traditional architecture and numerous street markets worth exploring. The town has a splendid view of Beas River that originates from Gangotri glacier and that of snow covered greater Himalayas. Due to high altitude mountain passes on the way to Spiti which are more than 4500 mtr. above sea level, it is advisable to acclimatize unless you are a frequent traveler in mountains. Day 2 – 5: We start our upward drive to the Lahaul and Spiti valleys via Rohtang pass. Once we cross the Rohtang pass, you will notice a stark difference in the landscape. Today we will arrive in Kaza via Kunzum Pass and various remote Buddhist shrines on the way. Over the next few days, we visit Dhankar monastery and fort which once housed the royal family of Spiti valley. If the fitness level permits, we also hike up to the Dhankar lake before descending and starting for our stay in Tabo. Tabo  is also called Ajanta of the Himalayas because of its over 1000 year old monastery which is also a UNESCO world heritage site. We visit the Giu village known for its mummified monk followed by Pin valley national park. Throughout the trip, we indulge in activities with local families which give you a glimpse of local life. The ancient trading routes have numerous Folk Tales that we often share with you. You travel as a local, not just a tourist. Day 6 – 8: Over the next three days, we visit and stay in Demul, Komic and Langza villages. Demul is also one of the greenest villages of Spiti valley. Komic which is one of the highest villages in Asia is surrounded vast pastures which we either cover on foot or on the back of a Yak. The villages in this region also have deposits of fossils from the time when Indian subcontinent was submerged under the sea. We take you to lesser known places. Your trip not only gives you an enriching experience of the place and its people, but also will make you more aware about the social, environmental and economic challenges of the place. Day 9: On day 9, we head back to Manali via Chandratal (Moon lake) followed by overnight stay in Manali. Day 10: Onward journey after breakfast.
  1. All accommodations in guest houses, hotels and with local Spiti families – clean and safe
  2. All local and inter-city transportation in Spiti via Non-AC car and from Delhi via AC bus/ car
  3. All guided experiences and activities
  4. Fee of tour guide and any other local experts
  5. Any permits or permissions required
  6. Breakfast on days 1,2,8,9. Meals from day 5 dinner to day 8 lunch. Other meals have been left open for greater flexibility
  1. Any international or domestic flights from base location to Delhi
  2. Travel insurance (Compulsory for non-Indian guests)
  3. Any medical needs that arise during the trip
  4. Entry tickets

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