Himalayas, India Photo Tour

The Hidden Jewel of the Himalayas

Spiti Valley Luxury Overland Expedition – Sept 15th to 25th 2018

SPITI VALLEY TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Enigmatic and enchanting hidden treasure of Buddhist culture
  • Hidden Jewel of the Himalayas
  • A unique landscape crafted by Mother Nature
  • Picturesque mountain journey on rugged terrain.
  • Experience Homestay
  • Monumental Monasteries
  • Highest Post Office in the world
  • Highest Bridge of Asia
  • Highest villages connected by road
  • Highest monastery in Asia
  • Traditional village lifestyle
  • Camping onboard Taurus, equipped with quality comforts, at exotic locations like river banks and open landscape, sometimes near a village (means few houses).
  • Taurus offers NOMADIC LIFESTYLE in comfort – a unique experience which has no match as of now in India.
  • Evening Outdoor Meditation Session (If Interested )

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive at Chandigarh airport. Transfer to a hotel for the night at Chandigarh.

OPTIONAL: If clients arrive around lunch, they may go to explore the city by evening, after check-in formalities at the hotel. Chandigarh is the most planned city in India and one can see the contrast it offers with rest of India. Also, may like to visit the world famous Rock Garden. The transport will cost extra for the excursion.

Food: Dinner at a restaurant in town. Since we are not sure what time the flight arrives, the lunch for Day 1is not included.

Note: Group will be received at the airport by our rep and escorted to the hotel. Transport will be provided for pick up.

Day 2: Early morning departure in a hired transport (minibus which can easily accommodate 10 to 12 participants) for Spiti Valley, night stopover at Rampur, heritage hotel.

Journey: Total 240 km for the day, may take 6 to 8 hours. The journey, after 15 km from Chandigarh is all through the mountains till return at Chandigarh.

Day 3: After early breakfast resume road journey to Tabo. On arrival at Tabo you are welcomed by the passionate crew of Taurus, enjoy your first cup of tea/ coffee, you may ask for bottled fruit juice. Dinner from the kitchen of Taurus, with hot soup (some accompaniments). Night onboard Taurus around Tabo.

Journey: 235 km, may take 7to 9 hours.

Food: Breakfast at the hotel. Lunch will be either packed or field lunch from the local establishments on the way. Dinner onboard Taurus.

Day 4: After leisurely breakfast, visit Tabo monastery and Dhankar monastery (hired transport provided for the excursion). In the meantime, Taurus will wind up to travel around 55 km. Drive through Kaza town to reach Taurus, guests may take a pit-stop at Kaza for a cup of tea/ drink or to take a stroll in the town. Arrive at the camp set up onboard Taurus, dinner with hot soup (some accompaniments) and night stay onboard Taurus around Kaza/ Rangrik outside at a quiet place.

Journey: 75 km approx. Time taken depends on clients for their visit to Tabo monastery and Dhankar Monastery.

Food: Breakfast onboard Taurus, field lunch (it could be pack lunch, may be at a homestay, Taurus may also offer field lunch on the way) dinner from Taurus.

OPTIONAL: If guests prefer to explore the local restaurant at Kaza, may enjoy lunch, at extra cost.

Note: All expenses in the market of Kaza, while taking a pit-stop are not part of the package.

Day 5: Enjoy morning tea! After breakfast, a car will drive clients to the famous villages Hikkim, Langza, Komic in the higher mountains offering amazing views and glimpses of the unique culture. In the meantime, Taurus will move to Pin Valley to offer camp. Evening arrives at the camp in Pin Valley (paradise on earth) onboard Taurus, enjoy your tea, soup, dinner and night stay onboard Taurus. You may enjoy walks…

Journey: 100 km approx

Food: Breakfast from Taurus, lunch at a homestay in one of the villages (as part of the package). We will also pack few items i.e. bottled juice, aerated drinks, dry snacks, cookies, bread with spreads (jam and cheese), etc. for the excursion.

Transport: The hired transport will also be available to explore Pin Valley.

Activity: Photo sessions at these villages.

Night Stay: Aboard Taurus in Pin Valley.

Day 6: Morning tea at such locations is bliss and the nicely designed kitchen of Taurus adds to this blissful ritual of morning tea.  Explore Pin Valley which has villages with mud-brick houses and beautiful landscape, crafted by Mother Nature. Walk around and meet the locals and photograph, enjoy a cup of tea with them in their house.

Food: Meal with locals in one of the houses, as part of the package.

Transport: The hired transport will also be available to explore Pin Valley.

Activity: Leisurely walks in the villages of Pin Valley to photography village life. We may organize portrait session with locals (clients may offer tips to models, as optional).

Night Stay: Aboard Taurus in Pin Valley.

Day 7: After early tea and breakfast, hired transport drives to well-known Spiti villages of Gette, Kibber, and Chicham in higher mountains. It’s an exhilarating drive with views to be captured with cameras and over one of the highest bridges in the world (from ground level to the bridge surface).

In the meantime, the crew will wind up the camp and Taurus reaches towards village Losar by the time you have enjoyed your excursion. The crew will be brewing tea/ coffee and hot snacks for you. Dinner and night onboard Taurus.

Journey: Approx 100 km

Activity: Photography landscape, portrait, village life, etc.

Food: Breakfast on board, lunch at homestay and dinner from Taurus.

Night Stay:  Taurus in Losar area.

Day 8: After breakfast, its time to say goodbye to Taurus and move ahead. Explore the beautiful landscape and move in your transport to Chandertal lake and spend a night in a camp on twin sharing basis. It’s a treat to be here in the evening. Dinner at the camp.

Activity: Drive over Kunzum Pass is breathtaking, photo session will be available at 2 to 3 places, or as much as you can afford to squeeze time. Evening photography at the lake. Photography of landscape and villages.

Food: Breakfast from Taurus. Lunch at a local restaurant (will add some packed items and bottled juice).

Transport: Hired transport will take us from Taurus to the hired camp for Chandertal Lake.

Day 9: After breakfast at the camp, drive in transport towards Manali (one of the most beautiful mountain towns in India) and over Rohtang Pass.Check-in at a hotel/ cottage for one night at Manali. If your energy and time permit, take a walk in the picturesque town.

Activity: Rugged terrain. Breathtaking view of the river and landscape.

Food: Breakfast at the camp. Lunch at local Dhaba (roadside restaurant). Dinner at a restaurant at Manali. We will also pack some items along with plates and mugs etc which can be used for the lunch on the way, best will be that we provide you packed items for the safe lunch.

Transport: Hired transport from Chandertal location to Manali hotel.

Day 10: After breakfast, drive to Chandigarh (around 7 to 8 hours) with the following options:

  1. And check into our hotel at Chandigarh and catch your flight next morning to Delhi.
  2. Departure very early from Manali and arrive at Chandigarh, well within time to catch a flight to Delhi.

Activity: Photography at some spots, nice drive, though with traffic now.

Food: Breakfast at Manali, lunch on the way to Chandigarh, dinner at Chandigarh in a restaurant.

Transport: Same transport from Manali to Chandigarh

WHAT IS INCLUDED:

  • Pick up at the airport and transfer to hotel at Chandigarh as a group. Individual pick up and drop will cost extra.
  • One night hotel stays at Chandigarh on twin sharing basis. Single supplement applicable
  • Surface transport in an air-conditioned taxi – Chandigarh to Spiti Valley for 2 days
  • One night heritage hotel stay (if bookings are done in advance and rooms are available)on the way to Spiti Valley as a transit facility
  • Transport/ Taxi for local excursions in Spiti Valley for all days.
  • Transport/ Taxi to Chandertal Lake
  • Transport/ Taxi Chandertal  to Manali
  • Transport/ Taxi Manali to Chandigarh
  • One night hotel/ Cottage stay at Manali as transit facility, twin sharing basis
  • One night camping at Chandertal lake, twin sharing basis
  • Food (all three veg meals per day as available under the conditions) Chandigarh to Spiti
  • All veg meals onboard Taurus in Spiti Valley, Morning evening tea/ coffee and during the day (sometimes with freshly cooked hot snacks) onboard Taurus.
  • Nonalcoholic beverages
  • Safe drinking filtered water (filter from ShurFlo), basically to reduce the plastic bottles
  • One night stay at a hotel at Chandigarh for homeward departure
  • Transport for drop hotel to airport Chandigarh
  • Local Taxes
  • Taurus as mobile camping and transport for various camping locations.
  • Camping equipment (camp chairs, sleeping bags, camp stools)

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED:

  • The journey from hometown to Chandigarh.
  • All air travels
  • Tourists Visas
  • All kinds of insurances (theft, medical, accident, and rescue).
  • Anything which is not mentioned in the list WHAT IS INCLUDED
  • Any transport and stay if extended for any reasons
  • Entry fee to monuments (as of now not sure how much it can be, but it will be very nominal, in case its applicable at any stage)
  • Personalized excursions and treks
  • Any kind of rides (animals or transport)
  • Modeling fee for any photography (if anyone asks or we are asked to organize local models, it will be very nominal)
  • Porters and guides
  • Tips and gratuities

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • This program is subject to changes during the course of the tour if needed ( weather, better shooting opportunities, safety etc)
  • We don’t use disposable items for camping to reduce trash
  • We support sustainable tourism ethics and nature conservation issues as much as possible.
  • You will be arriving by international flights after a long journey in Delhi. We advise you to take the connecting flight to Chandigarh, it takes around 45 min to 1 hour. You will be greeted at Chandigarh as a group and check-in at a th hotel so you can finally relax. There are also flights from Delhi to Shimla, but can tricky because of clouds in the mountains.
  • Transport from Chandigarh to Spiti Valley is usually in a minibus called Tempo Traveller (originally designed by Mercedes) comfortable and widely used transport for group travel in India.
  • We use only high-quality fresh food.
  • We maintain high standards of hygiene for camping conditions.
  • Comfortable hotels in Chandigarh.
  • The best hotel at Rampur (while traveling from Chandigarh to Spiti) for transit facility will also be an experience being heritage hotel of the Raja (King) of Himachal Pradesh (and ex-Chief Minister)

TOUR PRICE: $4500 (USD) 

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