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The Grand Himachal Traverse
18 Days Jeep Safari across Simla Hills, Kinnaur, Spiti, Lahaul, Kulu and Kangra Valley
A thrilling safari, breathtaking in its expanse. Starting at Delhi and travelling to Simla by mountain train, the tour traverses the entire Himachal ranges taking you to Sangla Valley, Upper Kinaur, 3662 m, Tabo, 3050 m, Ki Monastery, in Spiti, 4118 m, to Keylong, Manali, Dharamsala - abode of the Dalai Lama, Amritsar - the holy city of the Sikhs, and finally back to Delhi. Facinating blend of terrain from the foothills to the cold deserts, and from subtropical to alpine.Exotic high mountain Buddhist monasteries, interesting range of people and faboulous views.
- Maximum altitude: 4551 m.
- Starts and terminates at Delhi.
- Available in June-July.
Day 01: New Delhi to Kalka, in the Himalayan foothills. Travel in the evening by overnight air conditioned sleeper train.
Day 02: From Kalka continue by meter gauge train to Shimla, 2498 m. Afternoon free to explore bazaar. Overnight at hotel
Day 03: Shimla: Local tour of colonial buildings of the "Raj" including erstwhile Viceregal Lodge, state museum, and Jakhu temple. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04: Drive 176 kms to Sarhan, 2165 m in 06 hrs. Visit exotic Bhima Kali Temple - with gilt pinnacled twin wooden pagodas. Overnight at hotel.
Day 05: Drive 121 Kms to Chitkul, 3480 m in Sangla Valley in 05 hrs. Overnight in camp, located on banks of Bapsar River, on forested slopes at the foot of Mount Kinner Kailash.
Day 06: Chitkul - a free day to explore valley.
Day 07: Drive to Nako, 3662 m, in Upper Kinnaur. 176 kms in 06 hrs. Visit eleventh-century Buddhist Gumpa. Overnight at Guest house or in camp.
Day 08: Entering Spiti Valley, drive to Tabo, 3050 m. 72 kms in 03 hrs. Visit Monastery established in 996 AD. Overnight at Guest house or in camp.
Day 09: Drive to Losar - a picturesque hamlet at 4076 m, with grand view s. 118 Kms in 08 hrs. Enroute visit Dankar Gumpa, 3890 m, and Ki Monastery, 4116 m. Overnight in camp.
Day 10: Drive across 4551 m high Kunzum-la to Keylong, 3350 m in Lahaul Valley. 130 kms in 06 hrs. Overnight at Guest House.
Day 11: Keylong - Explore Keylong, and visit Khardong Gompa. Overnight at Guest House.
Day 12: Drive across Rohtang Pass, 3990 m to Manali, 2050 m, in Kullu Valley. 115 kms in 05 hrs. Overnight at hotel.
Day 13: Manali: relax and explore surroundings. Overnight at hotel.
Day 14: Drive to Palampur, 1500 m in the Kangra Valley via Kulu and Mandi. 200 kms in 08 hrs. Overnight at guest house or hotel.
Day 15: Palampur - a day to relax and explore a tea estate, and visit Chamunda Devi Temple.
Day 16: Drive 40 kms to Mcloadgunj in 02 hrs. Visit monasteries, and Dalai Lama's residence. Overnight at hotel.
Day 17: Drive 220 kms to Amritsar in 06 hrs. Visit golden Temple and bazaars. Overnight at hotel.
Day 18: By train to Delhi in 06 hrs. Tour ends
- Stay in first class hotels on full board
- Drive in all weather non air conditioned jeeps/cars shared by 3-4 pax, for transfers, sightseeing and safari.
- All baggage and camping arrangements, except sleeping bags and personal kit.
- English speaking escort /guide.
For train journeys travel by air conditioned coaches providing sleepers at night