Himalayan Jeep Safaris

Jeep Safaries

The valleys of Kinnaur & Spiti offers, unsurpassed adventures and thrills for keen adventurers. Located deep in the heart of the Himalayas, this region has preserved its history, culture and traditions of over a thousand years. The ancient Hindu temple at Sangla, and the 1000-year-old monastery at Tabo shows strong presence of the two most important religions co-existing in harmony since time immemorial. The awe-inspiring landscape; serene and peaceful environment along with simplicity of the local culture, enable a visitor to come close to the heart of mother nature and rediscover oneself.

Season: July to September
Duration: 14 Days:
Day 1: Arrival Delhi:

Met on arrival by Himalayan Vagabond Adventures representative and transfer to the hotel.
New Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines the ancient with the modern. Along with the fast spiraling skyscrapers, the city is dotted with many historical monuments that stand as silent reminders to the region’s ancient legacy. The first impressions for any visitor traveling in from the airport are of a spacious, garden city with roads lined by trees.

Day 2: Delhi:

Full day guided city tour of Old Delhi & New Delhi.
The division between New Delhi and Old Delhi is the division between the capitals of the British and the Mughals. It also marks the division in lifestyles. Old Delhi or The Walled City is all tradition where one will be able to glean a past life-style in all its facets, colours and spells. New Delhi in contrast is a city trying to live up to the best of 21st century standards.
We visit Raj Ghat, a simple memorial to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. Afterwards we drive past the Red Fort. The magnificent Red Fort, overlooking the river Yamuna was built during 1638 – 48 when the Mughal Empire was at its peak. The tour continues to Jama Masjid, one of Asia’s largest mosques. We see the mosque from the outside. People stream in and out of the mosque continuously and the presence of a nearby bazaar means that the area is always buzzing with activity.
The tour of Imperial Delhi will include a visit to the Qutab Minar, the tallest stone tower in India and Humayun tomb, built by the widow of the second Mughal Emperor, Humayun. The tomb, an outstanding monument in the Indo-Persian style, is said have inspired Emperor Shah Jahan to make the world famous Taj Mahal.

Day 3: Delhi – Chandigarh – Shimla (Train & Drive 85 Km/ 3 hrs):

Early morning board Shatabdi Express train to Chandigarh. Meet and greet by Himalayan Vagabond Adventures representative at the railway station and drive to Shimla. Overnight in hotel.

Day 4: Shimla:

Day at leisure to explore the town.

Day 5: Shimla – Sarahan (Drive 185 kms / 6-7 hrs):

Morning after breakfast we drive to Sarahan (1920 m), a beautiful village surrounded by apple orchards and dominated by Shrikhand Mahadev Peak (5155 M) which resembles the “Shivling”, and is famous for the Bhimakali Temple, a wonderful mixture of Buddhist and Hindu architecture. It is very sacred to both the communities. The Bhimakali goddess idol is approximately 200 years old. In ancient times, human sacrifice was prevalent here, but now only goats are sacrificed. Overnight at HP Tourist Bungalow.

Day 6: Sarahan – Sangla (Drive 92 Km/ 3 hrs):

Today we drive along the Sutlej river and then continue the journey through the breathtaking gorges of the greater Himalayas to Baspa Valley (also known as Sangla Valley). It is by far the most beautiful valley of Himachal Pradesh, full of wooded slopes as far as Chitkul (3435 m), the last inhabited village in this valley.
In the evening visit the nearby Kamru Fort. Dinner and overnight stay at a semi-permanent camp. Accommodation here is in big safari tents.

Day 7: Sangla (2680 m):

Today we go for an excursion to the hamlet of Chitkul (3436 m) in the Sangla valley and explore the adjoining areas.
Chitkul is picturesquely surrounded by green fields and high mountain peaks. The quaint houses, temples, gompas and the people of Baspa Valley conjure up the perfect image of Shangri-la. Evening return back to the Camp. Overnight at Camp.

Day 8: Sangla – Kalpa (Drive 51 Km/ 2.5 hrs):

Today we drive to Kalpa en-route stopping at Recong Peo and visiting the new Buddhist Monastery built to commemorate his holiness Dalai Lama’s ‘Kalchakra Sermon.” Looming in front of Kalpa is the impressive Mount Kinner Kailash (6050 M). En route visit the Kothi, Telangi & Pangi villages. In the evening walk to Chini village. These villages offer a wonderful opportunity to observe the traditional and unchanged lifestyle of the inhabitants. Overnight at HP Tourist Bungalow.

Day 9: Kalpa – Tabo (Drive 194/ 8 hrs):

Today, we drive through the Spiti valley to Tabo (3200 m), famous for its 1000 year old Monastery. Though it is an ordinary monastery but inside it there are beautiful frescoes which earned Tabo the epithet of “Ajanta of Himalayas”. Overnight in Camp.

Spiti, locally pronounced “Piti”, is surrounded by stark mountains devoid of any vegetation where erosion by wind, sun and snow over thousands of years has laid bare the rocks. The rugged and rocky mountain slopes sweep down to the riverbeds giving the landscape a moon-like appearance.
Describing Spiti, Rudyard Kipling says in “Kim”: “At last they entered a world within a world – a valley of leagues where the high hills were fashioned of the mere rubble and refuse from off the knees of the mountains… Surely the Gods live here.”

Day 10: Tabo – Kaza (Drive 47 Km/ 2 hrs):

Today after breakfast, we drive to Kaza (3450 m) en route visiting Dhankar monastery. Dhankar is located between Tabo and Kaza, at an altitude of 12,774 feet. It was the traditional Capital of Spiti valley in the 17th century. The Castle here is set picturesquely on a clay hill above Schilling village. Two kms away from the village, there is a natural lake at about 13,500 feet. Reach Kaza, the capital of Spiti Valley.

Day 11: Kaza:

Morning after breakfast we visit Kye Monastery (4116 m), which has served as a centre of learning for Buddhists since many centuries. The Monastery has rare paintings and scriptures. The scriptures are written in Bhoti language, the language of the Bhotias who came from Tibet to Spiti to spread Buddhism in the area.
Further up is Kibber village (4400 m) said to be the highest village in the world. Here we can interact with the local people and visit one of the houses to observe the simple but systematic construction of their houses. Overnight in Camp/ Guest House.

Day 12: Kaza – Manali (201 Km/ 8 hrs):

Today early morning after breakfast, we drive over the Kunzum-La at 4551 m (Pass) and reach Koksar at the base of Rohtang pass. From here, we then drive uphill to Rohtang Pass and enter the Kullu valley. Overnight in hotel at Manali.

Day 13: Manali:

Day for acclimatization. Visit Hadimba Temple, Tibetan Monastery, Roerich Art Gallery & Naggar Castle etc.

Day 14: Manali – Delhi (Flight):

Delhi – Onward destination:

The road from Manali in Himachal Pradesh to Leh in Ladakh crosses the Himalayas from south to north. It is one of the most exciting and remote roads of the world, and certainly the highest. This trip passes through three important ranges namely Pir Panjal, Great Himalayan ranges & Zanskar with four passes en route – Rohtang pass 3980 m, Baralachala 4830 m, Lachlangla 5065 m & Tanglang la 5340 m. As we drive pass the route, the scenery changes from lush green valleys of Kulu – Manali to semi-arid plains of Lahaul followed by dry barren high plateau of Ladakh region.

Best Time: Mid June to Mid September
Duration: 13 Days
Day 01: Arrival Delhi:

Met on arrival by Himalayan Vagabond Adventures representative and transfer to the hotel.
New Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines the ancient with the modern. Along with the fast spiraling skyscrapers, the city is dotted with many historical monuments that stand as silent reminders to the region’s ancient legacy. The first impressions for any visitor traveling in from the airport are of a spacious, garden city with roads lined by trees.

Day 02: Delhi:

Morning at leisure to recover from jetlag. Afternoon half day guided city tour of New Delhi.
The division between New and Old Delhi is the division between the capitals of the British and the Mughals. It also marks the division in life styles. Old Delhi or The Walled City is all tradition where one gets a glimpse of a past life-style in all its facets and colours. New Delhi in contrast is a city trying to live upto the best of 21st century standards.
The tour to Imperial Delhi will include a visit to the Qutab Minar, the tallest stone tower in India. Visit Humayun’s tomb, built by the widow of the second Mughal Emperor, Humayun. The tomb, an outstanding monument in the Indo-Persian style, is said have inspired Emperor Shah Jahan to make the world famous Taj Mahal.
Overnight in Delhi.

Day 03: Delhi – Kullu (Flight)/ Kullu – Manali (Drive 45 km/ 1 ½ hrs):

Early morning transfer to the airport to board the flight to Kullu. Meet & greet on arrival by our representative at Bhuntar airport and drive to Manali (1920 M). Upon arrival in Manali, check in at the hotel.
Rest day at leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Situated on the banks of the Beas River, Manali is surrounded by a deodar (Himalayan cedar) forest and towering peaks.

Day 04: Manali:

Day for acclimatization. Visit Hadimba Temple, Tibetan Monastery, Roerich Art Gallery & Naggar Castle etc.

Day 05: Manali – Jispa (Drive147 km/ 6 hrs):

After an early breakfast we drive up a winding road to Rohtang pass (3978 M) and then descend into the Lahoul valley. As we cross the pass, we can see the landscape changing dramatically with greenery being replaced by barren hillsides. As we enter the valley, the Buddhist influence is visible. The people here have distinct Tibetan features. We cross the Chandra River via a bridge and continue our drive to Jispa, a small village on the bank of another river, Bhaga. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 06: Jispa – Sarchu (Drive 82 km/ 4 hrs):

The route from Jispa to Sarchu can be either cheerful or menacing depending on sunlight. A cloudy sky makes the mountains look especially severe and intimidating. But at all times the drive has the capability of making one speechless – rocks of shades of grey, red and purple, barren hillsides and a thrashing wind. Sarchu has a tented camp to serve as a night halt. Here, mountains give way to a vast plain that extends so far that the road loses itself in it. Here the days are warm and breezy and very conducive to good cheer.
We cross a high pass the Bara Lacha La (4955M above sea level) en-route to Sarchu. After coming down from Bara Lacha La to Sarchu, we shall climb up the Gatta Loops, a series of 21 hairpin bends carved into the mountainside. Overnight stay in Fixed Camp.

Day 07: Sarchu – Leh (258kms, 08 hours):

After breakfast drive to Leh. We wind our way up the Lachung La (4985M above sea level). From here the road twists its way to Pang through an amazing canyon with sheer cliffs and rocky outcrops looming up on both sides of the road.
After a short break at Pang we continue our drive over the more planes to Tanglang La (5183 m) where breathing becomes a bit of a chore. We shall arrive in Leh – the capital of Ladakh region by late evening and check in at the hotel. Leh is the headquarters of the Ladakh region and an interesting town – colorful, with unusual people and food. A walk in the town will show how the inhabitants of Leh live. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 08: Leh

Morning at leisure to recover from the long drive. Lunch at the hotel. Post lunch visit Shey, Thiksey & Hemis Monasteries.
Shey Palace was built in 1645 by Deldan Namgyal as a summer residence for the kings of Ladakh. It is the oldest palace in Ladakh and above the palace is an even older, ruined fortress. In 1655, the same king built the two-storey Shey Gompa adjacent to the palace. The Gompa has a 12-m high seated Buddha metal statue and is made of gilded copper sheets and is the biggest metal statue in the region.
Thiksey Gompa is the most picturesquely situated monastery in Ladakh, perched high on a hill above the Indus. Its buildings are arranged at various levels, leading up to the private apartments of the incarnate lamas on the summit. From here one commands a magnificent view of the valley. The gompa possesses a rich and beautiful collection of hundreds of hand-written or painted prayer books.
Hemis Gompa is one of the most important in Ladakh, the largest and also the wealthiest. It was built in 1620 by the king-architect Singe Namgyal, a great patron of Buddhism. He filled Hemis with golden statues, stupas set with precious stones and thangkhas brought from many places, including Tibet. The lamas of Hemis were associated with the Ladakhi royal. Although only about a dozen lamas actually live here, Hemis has several hundred lamas attached to its subsidiary monasteries.

Day 09: Leh – Pangong Tso Lake (Drive 8 hrs):

After an early breakfast we drive to Pangong Tso Lake. From Leh we reach Karu, an Army camp on Leh-Manali road and then turn left and cross Changla Pass (17500 ft) and finally to Tangtse.
Pangong Lake, situated at 14,000 feet (4,267 m), is a long narrow basin of inland drainage. About 1/3rd of the lake is under Indian occupation and remaining under China. The Chinese border is just beyond the mountains across the lake. There are spectacular views of the mountains of Changchenmo range to the north and their shimmering reflection in the ever-changing blues and greens of the lake’s brackish waters is breathtaking. Above Spangmik are the glaciers and snow-capped peaks of the Pangong range.
Spangmik and other scattered tiny villages along the lake’s southern shore are the summer homes of a scanty population of Chang-pa, the semi-nomadic herdsmen of Tibet and southeast Ladakh. The Pangong Chang-pa cultivate sparse crops of barely and peas in summers. During the winters that they pack their tents (rebo) and take their flocks of sheep and pashmina goats out to the distant pastures.
Overnight stay at the Guest house at Tangse.

Day 10: Pangong Tso Lake – Leh (Drive 8 hrs):

Morning after exploring the area drive back to Leh the same route and check in at the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel in Leh.

Day 11: Leh:

Morning after breakfast full day excursion with picnic lunch to Lamayuru Monastery. The drive is about 125 Km/ 4 hrs each way.
Lamayuru Monastery is remarkably built on a rock on the Leh – Srinagar highway and belongs to the Drigunpa order of Tibetan Buddhism. The history of this monastery begins with the visit of Arahat Nimagung to this place, when there was merely a lake here. It is said that Arahat made a prophecy that “a monastery will come up at this spot” and he made offerings to the Nagaserpent spirits. The corns mixed with the earth and formed in the shape of Swastika (Yungdrung), later it came to be known as Yungdrung Monastery.
Evening return to Leh. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 12: Leh:

Morning half day excursion tour to Khardung La (Pass) – the world highest motorable road at 5600 M. It is a test of your physical endurance and is at the same altitude as the base camp of Mt Everest.
Evening at leisure for independent activity like shopping etc.

Day 13: Leh – Delhi (Flight, IT 3342, Dep. 08:10 hrs/ Arr. 09:25 hrs):

Delhi – Onward destination
Early morning transfer to the airport to board the flight to Delhi. Transfer to the hotel. Rest day at leisure.
Late evening depart for onward destination.

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