Just close your eyes and imagine monasteries perched on mountain edge against a backdrop of blue sky. Spiti is not just a figment of your imagination. Sparsely populated, Spiti offers you warmth even though it is mostly surrounded by barren desert. Pristine lakes to widen your horizon and enormous trekking opportunities to quench your soul. It definitely calls for a week long long drive and in return, you get postcard perfect memories.
- Key Monastery
- Chandratal Lake
You will start the day early and meet your gang at India Gate in Delhi. After a quick briefing by the tour leader, you will start your ride. You will cover a distance of 750 odd km passing through Chandigarh and Karnal, and finally reaching Shimla by evening. Later in the evening, explore Shimla town and visit the Jaku temple before retiring for the night at your accommodation.
After a sumptuous breakfast, you will ride to Sarahan covering a journey of about 160 km. You will reach Sarahan by evening and incase you reach early enough, you can visit the bird sanctuary and Bhimakali temple, regarded as a shakti peetha. After a delicious dinner, retire for the night.
Get a tummy full of breakfast and set off for Chitkul, the last village of India on the side of Tibet border.
Stay overnight in Chitkul and rest your aching backs.
Post breakfast, you will proceed for Nako. Enjoy your ride through Kalpa, soak in the views of Kinner Kailash and apple orchards and visit the confluence of Sutlej and Spiti rivers at Khab. You will arrive at Nako village by evening. Indulge in this charming little hamlet located on the banks of a lake.
Overnight at Nako
You will enter Spiti valley on this day. After your first stop at Tabo, home to a 1000-year old monastery, you will continue onward to Kaza. It is one of the bigger villages you will find in the valley, with a school, a BNSL exchange (this is the only place where you will get telephone network and sketchy wi-fi), hospital and a bustling market. If you arrice before it gets too dark, attend the evening prayers at Sakya monastery.
Overnight at Kaza.
Proceed to visit Ki/Key monastery on this day. Perched precariously on a hill, watching over Key village, is the monastery. Climb the rooftop to take in the views. Thereafter, ride to Kibber village, a few miles from Key. You will get walk through the narrow lanes and get a peek at Spitian life. The traditional flat-roofed white houses with blue-red windows are a sight to behold. Also, visit the highest post office in the world at Hikkim village and the highest village in the world connected by motorable road, Komic.
By evening, return to Kaza.
Get ready with your tanks filled, you will ride to Chandratal on this day while passing through many picturesque villages. Take a quick stop awhile at Kunzum Pass where a thousand prayer flags flapping in the strong winds will welcome you, surrounding a resplendent Stupa and Kunzum Mata temple.
The route to Chandratal is a treacherous, but what awaits you at the end precedes the trouble. Camp in near Chandratal and spend your night talking to the fellow travellers and the stars above.
Start your day early and be ready to ride for Manali. Bright and early, set off for Manali. On the way, you will ride through idyllic villages like Batal and Gramphu, and the magnificent Rohtang Pass, one of the highest passes for motor vehicles, also known for being dangerous.
Enjoy your evening at Manali town. Ensure you have a good night’s sleep as the next is your long ride back to Delhi.
Start your ride for Delhi!