Visit to the Spiti Valley next summer
(24th July to 8th August 2015)
The Spiti Valley lies in the Western Himalaya at 3680 meters, in Himachel Predash in North India near the Tibetan border. Closed to the outside world for over 30 years, the valley opened to foreigners in 1992 when the political borders relaxed. This beautiful Valley with breath taking mountain scenery offers a journey of a life time. Joan Pollock first visited the Valley in 1993 and was appalled by the bad conditions and wellbeing of the 10,000 inhabitants of Tibetan origin and vowed to do something about it. This purely Buddhist Valley still have a medieval lifestyle and their 10th century monasteries in tact. Under snow for 6-8 months a year, the summers are short and subsistence farming of peas, barley and potatoes has to be completed within that time. We will have a unique opportunity to enjoy the hospitality of the local community and share their culture.
Day 1 To Delhi
Depart from London Heathrow on Jet Airways to Delhi.
Day 2 Delhi
Arrive Delhi in the morning. The afternoon is free to go exploring. Stay at Shangri-La Eros Hotel for 1 night.
Day 3 To Manali
Early morning Shatabdi Express train to Chandigarh. A long drive to Manali. Stay at the Mayflower Hotel for 2 nights.
Day 4 In Manali
In the morning visit to Nagar Castle & Roerich Art Gallery. Afternoon walk around the town.
Day 5 Drive to Kaza – Capital of the Spiti Valley
Early start to your journey in the lush green valley of Manali and gradually climb up to the Rhotang Pass (3,987 meters). From here we turn towards the Spiti Valley and the landscape changes dramatically to high snow-capped mountains in the distance. We drive along the Chandra Valley until we reach the Kunzun La Pass (4,551 Meters) where we stop to honour the small
temple dedicated to a local deity. From here we follow the source of the Spiti River and enter the Spiti Valley. Stay at The Spiti Serai Hotel for 4 nights.
Day 6 In Kaza
Today we take it easy to adjust to the alitiude. This is a purely Buddhist valley of 10,000 people, Tibetan by origin who make their livelihood by subsistence farming of Barley, Peas and Potatoes. We shall have lunch at the hospital built by Spiti Projects and completed 15 years ago & visit the site of Community Centre.
Day 7 In Kaza
Today, we have the opportunity to visit Ki Monastery, perched on a craggy hill, 12km outside Kaza. The preparations to be done and decorations to be put up before the VIPs arrive the next day.
Day 8 Grand Opening of the Community Centre
This is a special “Blue Full Moon Day”, a rare event, is the auspicious day chosen for the GRAND OPENING of the Community Centre at 10:30am.The monks will bless the building, the ribbon will be cut and there will be a big celebration by all.
Day 9 To Mane Village
On the way we visit Dhankhar Monastery, one of the most dramatic monasteries on top of a hill, once a fort and Royal Palace. We continue our journey south, cross the Spiti river and drive to Mane village situated on a small plateau in the mountains. In the afternoon we can explore the village and mountains around. We stay 3 nights at a homestay in Mane village.
Day 10 In Mane Village
Today we shall drive to Tabu towards the South end of the valley and visit a Monastery over a thousand years old, designated a World Heritage Site.
Day 11 In Mane Village
A day to relax in the village, walk in the hills, enjoy or take part in the pea harvest.
Day 12 Return to Kaza
Today we drive back to Kaza. Afternoon free to explore the town. Overnight in Kaza.
Day 13 Drive to Manali
Early start for drive back to Manali. Overnight at the Mayflower hotel.
Day 14 Overnight bus to Delhi
Today you are free to explore Manali. We leave at 5pm to get the luxury Volvo bus to Delhi. There are stops on the way for meals and cloakrooms.
Day 15 Arrive early morning in Delhi
Transfer to the Shangri-La Eros Hotel (Rooms may not be ready immediately). Rest of the day free. Farewell dinner. Overnight in Delhi.
Day 15 To London
Transfer to the International airport for your Jet Airways flight to London.
Per person on a Double/ Twin share basis £1,945.00
Single room supplement £ 595.00
Departures from regional UK airports are available on request.
Business Class flight supplements are available on request.
Enquiries and bookings: 020 8901 7320
£10 per booking will be paid to Spiti Projects Charity supported by Joan Pollock.
- Direct Jet Airways flights in economy Class London – Delhi – London.
- All departure taxes from UK and India.
- Accommodation as specified in the itinerary.
- Delhi on Bed & Breakfast. Full board arrangements for rest of the tour.
- All transport and sightseeing arrangements by private chauffeur driven jeeps as per the itinerary.
- Train tickets in the best available class.
- Services of Joan Pollock as Tour Leader.
- Full ATOL Bonding.
Cost does not include
- Visa fee for India (£125.00 per person including our service charges).
- Travel Insurance. Please visit www.indusexperiences.co.uk for a competitive quotation for insurance.
- Any expenses of a personal nature – such as Drinks, Laundry, Tips etc.