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Spiti - Unknown Tibet in Western Himalaya


 

Spiti, literally translated “middle province“, belongs ethnically and culturally to Tibet, however, lies like Ladakh, in Indian area. It borders in the north on Ladakh and Lahoul, in the west to the Kulu region of "green" India, in the south to mainly Hindu region of Kinnaur in the Indian Himalayas and in the east to the former Guge empire in western Tibet.

The very dry climate resembles that of Ladakh or Southern Tibet, with an average altitude of 11500 feet. With only 7076 inhabitants in an area of 7500 square miles, “Piti”, as the locals call this region, is one of the most thinly populated areas in the Indian Himalayas.

Before the present day division of India and China, Spiti lay on an important point of the commercial and pilgrim's routes between Kashmir, Ladakh, Kingdom of Guge in western Tibet and Central Asia. 1000 years ago this region in the western Himalaya was the cultural center in the Buddhist Himalayas, even before the second golden age of 12th -13th Century in Central Tibet.

 

Day 1: Depart for Delhi

Day 2: Delhi
Arrive Delhi in the evening.

Day 3: Delhi - Manali (B, L, D)
In the morning take Shatabdi Express train for Chandigarh. Continue by jeep up into the hills to the town of Manali.

Day 4: Manali (B, L, D)
A day of acclimatising and explore your surroundings at your own pace.

Day 5: Manali - Losar (B, L, D)
Today begin your journey into Spiti.

Day 6: Losar - Kaza (B, L, D)
Drive to Kaza for a 4-night stay.

Day 7: Kaza: Ki Gompa - Kibber (B, L, D)
Visit the spectacular Ki Gompa. Also visit Kibber, the largest village of Spiti valley.

Day 8: Kaza - Langcha - Kaza (B, L, D)
Travelling to Langcha Kaza involves a journey along one of the world’s highest motorable roads.

Day 9: Kaza: Dhanker - Lalung (B, L, D)
Dhankar is the ancient capital of Spiti and seat of the Spitian Kings and is home to their ruined castle as well as a splendid 16th Century Monastery.

Day 10: Kaza - Tabo (B, L, D)
Today you visit the Tabo monastery, built in 996 AD under the patronage of the Western Tibetan king Khorre and spiritually conceived by the Great Translator, Lotsava Rinchen Zangpo, soon became an important centre of learning and the Kadampa School.

Day 11 and 12: Tabo - Manali (B, L, D)
Begin your return drive to Manali on the spectacular road thru the western Spiti panorama.

Day 13: Manali - Chandigarh (B, L, D)
Drive down thru the hills to Chandigarh, staying overnight in a local hotel.

Day 14: Chandigarh - Delhi (B)
Return to Delhi by “Shatabdi Express” train.

Day 15: Depart for homeward journey (B)

Trip dates:
August 6 - 20, 2016
Custom dates available

Trip cost:
including flights: $5,240
excluding flights: $3,790

Included in tour price:
Flights, tour coordinator/guide, accommodation on full meal basis, Monument admission fee, ground transportation, internal flights

Excluded in tour price:
Insurance, visa fee for India, additional programs, gratuities

Flights:
Los Angeles/Delhi