Monasteries in Himachal
Trip Highlights :-: Delhi | Shimla | Kalpa | Tabo | Kaza | Manali | Delhi |
Tour Duration : 11 Nights / 12 Days
Arrival in India (New Delhi), traditional welcome by our representative at airport, transfer assistance to hotel. Check-in at hotel, before you proceed to your room/s, our representative will hand-over the travel documents and brief you about the tour programme. Overnight stay at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel, this morning explore India's capital city by touring its magnificent monuments, start your tour by visiting - Old Delhi: An ancient walled city earlier known as Shahjahanabad. Take a photo stop at Red Fort: the most opulent Red sandstone fort and palace of the Moghul Empire (1639-1648 built by Shah Jahan the 5th Mughal Emperor of India and the builder of the Taj Mahal in Agra), visit Jama Masjid, Largest mosque in India, the foundation of the historic Jama Masjid was laid on a hillock in Shahjahanabad by Emperor Shah Jahan in 1650 AD, this mosque was the result of the efforts of over 6,000 workers, over a period of six years (1650-1656 AD). The cost of the construction in those times was 1 million rupees. This Mosque has three great gates, four towers and two 40 m-high minarets constructed of strips of red sandstone and white marble. About 20,000 people can pray here at a time. The mosque has a vast paved rectangular courtyard, which is nearly 75 m by 66 m. The whole of the western chamber is a big hall standing on 260 pillars.
Visit Chandni Chowk, the bustling and colorful market of the old city, designed by Emperor Shah Jahan's daughter Jahanara Begum. Jahanara laid the foundation of Chandni Chowk, which is the largest trading center of Delhi as well as India. At present the street is a busy thoroughfare and is really congested. This area is renowned for 'Kuchas and Katras' also known as Alleys. These alleys house traditional Havelis, places of worship: Temples, Mosques, Church and Gurudwara, popular specialised markets and century-old eating joints. Enjoy a cycle-rickshaw ride.
Visit the Raj Ghat, the memorial site of Mahatma Gandhi - Father of Nation.
Later visit New Delhi designed and built by the British in the 1920's it's a city of wide boulevards impressive Government buildings, green parks and gardens. First drive past Connaught Place, the heart and main shopping district of the capital, then drive to Rajpath (King's Way), India Gate - the 42mt high stone ‘Arch of Triumph', erected in the memory of Indian soldiers who died in First World War. Drive past Rashtrapati Bhawan (President Palace) and Parliament House.
Sightseeing will also include drive past the elegant Lodhi Garden and Safdarjung's tomb.
Visit the exquisite Humayun's Tomb, built in 1570 is of particular cultural significance as it was the first garden-tomb in the Indian subcontinent, the structure was built inspired by Persian Architecture, it's architect was Mirak Mirza Ghiyath. This memorial of Emperor Humayun, second Mughal ruler of India was built by his widow, Hajji Begum 14 years after his death.
Later visit Qutab Minar 12th century minaret built by Qutub-ud-din Aibek of the Slave Dynasty - this building complex dates back to the onset of Muslim rule in India and is fine example of Afghan architecture which is graceful and well sculptured and stands 75 mt. Also visit the Baha'i Temple (Lotus Temple) Lotus being a symbol of peace and prosperity all around the world, the shape of the temple personifies the purpose for which the foundation of this marvelous man-made architectural was laid. Lotus temple is made of pristine marble blocks, cement, dolomite and sand and the entire ascetic value is coddled by the group of nine pools filled with crystal clear water. In accord with the mores of Baha'i religion, the temple is open to everyone from anywhere in the world who is looking for inner peace & tranquility.
Return to hotel for overnight stay.
Early breakfast and check-out. In morning drive by car from New Delhi to Shimla. En-route there are good number of mid-way points and eating joints for a stopover.
Upon arrival in Shimla proceed to hotel for check-in. Remaining day will be at leisure for independent activities.
Overnight stay at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel. Shimla - famous for its Scenic beauty, Apple orchards, Wooden Craft and Raj-era heritage. Its year round pleasant climate makes it a popular destination for honeymooners and weekend travellers. This hill station is dotted with several shopping area - The Mall, Lower Bazaar, Tibetan Bazaar and Lakkar Bazaar. There is an enormous range of goods that Shimla has to offer which includes Handicrafts, Wood & Metalwork, Shawls, Pullovers, local Tweeds, Wooden articles and Toys, Caps, Tibetan Carpets and Pickles, Jams and Squashes. The Lakkar Bazaar is famous for its Wooden Crafts and day today items can be purchased from the shops in the lower bazaar. The Tibetan Market is famous for imported goods mainly electronics goods and fancy items.
Shimla can be visited throughout the year, as each season has its charm. The snowfall during the Winters attract many tourists. During Summer one can escape from the scorching heats of the plains and can enjoy the cool breeze in Shimla and in its vicinity. In Summer, Shimla has the attraction of excellent walks and treks against the backdrop of the scenic beauty of wooded ravines, flowers and pines. Mall of Shimla becomes alive once again with tourists strolling and shops tastefully decorated and various exhibitions, craft fair etc. organised at locations on the mall.
In Winters, it is home to Winter-sports and an Ice-skating carnival. Today, Shimla is the capital of Himachal Pradesh and a favourite for filmmakers who wish to incorporate its scenic romanticism in their movies.
The Mall road which is lined up with shops is where tourists walk around. Visit the Vice Regal Lodge, built for British viceroys for their stay during summer months. Also known as Rashtrapati Niwas, it is located on Observatory hills, it was formerly the residence of the British Viceroy Lord Dufferin, was the venue for many important decisions, Vice Regal Lodge now called Indian Institute of Advance Studies. This rambling Scottish baronial edifice was designed by Henry Irvine, architect to the Public Works Department of the colonial government in India.
Visit The Ridge and Christ Church - The most prominent building on the Mall is the Christ Church, reputed to be the second oldest church in northern India and is the most important landmark here.
Visit Gaiety Theatre, building designed by architect Henry Irwin. It was opened on the 30th May 1887, Queen Victoria's Jubilee Year. The formal inauguration of the Shimla A.D.C. took place in the year 1888 and since then plays have been staged in the Gaiety with unfailing regularity. The history of ADC goes back to the times when theatre was looked upon as a major and serious source of entertainment and, therefore became a cultural necessity for the English elite.
Overnight stay at The Oberoi Cecil.
Early breakfast and check-out. In the morning start your drive en-route at Rampur take a Tea / Coffee break.
Continue your drive to Sarahan (151 Kms from Shimla) and visit Bhimakali Temple. Arrive in Kalpa and check in at hotel. Remaining time at leisure to relax after a long drive. Overnight stay at hotel.
Breakfast & check-out. Drive to Reckong Peo located at 2,670 mt - Headquarter of the district is located in the North-Eastern part of Himachal Pradesh. Kinnaur shares its Eastern boundary with Tibet. The Zanskar mountains form the international frontier between Kinnaur and Tibet. Kinnaur is a tribal area of Himachal Pradesh in true style. The breathtaking Sangla valley offers the visitors the breathtaking view of captivating lush green orchards in the lap of majestic mountains covered with pure and dazzling white snow.
The district has a number of valleys varying in altitude from 1000 mt to 4000 mt. The main of them are - The Satluj valley, The Hangrang or Spiti valley, The Ropa or Shiasu valley, The Baspa or Sangla valley and the Tidong valley. Late afternoon drive to Tabo. After getting the Inner line Permit at Sumdo or Reckong Peo. En-route visit Nako Monastery. Arrive and check-in at hotel Dewachan Retreat.
Breakfast at hotel. Tabo - Located at a height of 3050 mt. in the magnificently isolated Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh. Tabo has been given the name of 'The Ajanta of the Himalayas' because of its beautiful murals and stucco images. Tabo Monastery founded in 960 AD by the great scholar, Richen Zangpo, as an institution for advanced learning. An important tourist place in the Buddhist pilgrimage list, famous for the ancient monastery, believed to be built before the Alchi monastery, which has considerable similarity in terms of Kashmiri art paintings, which might be due to their originality, and being routed to Tibetan Buddhism principles. The monastery is also important for being an interesting place to study the growth and flourish of Tibetan art during the 11th to 20th century. The monastery preserves some of the most antique paintings and ancient murals which date back to 11th century that are worth a close examination.
During the day visit the Chogskhor monastery. The monastery has nine structures, the most famous of these being the Duwang Lakhang. Besides these, there is the four-faced magnificent Buddha idol, the Amitay Buddha in seated position, a stucco idol of Bodhisttva Maitreya, and the huge Chaitya hall is really one of the finest examples of Buddhist sculpture and architecture.
Remaining day at leisure for independent activities. Overnight stay at hotel Dewachan Retreat.
Breakfast & check-out. In the morning drive to Kaza and en-route visit Dhankar Gompa (15.5 Kms). Dhankar was the traditional capital of the Spiti Valley Kingdom during the 17th century and has some features dating back to the 12th century. This Monastery stands at an altitude of 12,774 ft, it consists of a number of multi-storeyed buildings perched together, giving a fortress like impression. The main attractions of the Dhankar Monastery are the brilliant wall murals depicting the life of the Buddha and the four-figured statue of the Dhyani Buddha. The fort of Dhankar now lies in ruins, but still is a place worthy of visit. From the remnants of the fort one can see vast expanses of the Spiti valley.
Arrive in Kaza and check-in at hotel, later during the day visit Ki monastery, Chango monastery and Langza Gompa.
Return to hotel Grand Dewachan for overnight stay.
Breakfast & check-out. Excursion to Kungri Monastery - It is a Buddhist monastery of the Nyingma sect of Tibetan Buddhism in the Pin Valley in Lahul and Spiti. Kungri is Spiti's second oldest monastery, built around 1330. The Gompa consists of three detached rectangular blocks facing east. Kungri recently received large foreign donations for its renovation. It is noted for its sword dance by the buzhens of Mud village on the right bank of the Pin River. Later visit Sagnam Monastery. Arrive in Tabo and check-in at hotel Dewachan Retreat for overnight stay.
Breakfast and check-out. Drive to Kalpa, arrive and check-in at hotel Grand Shangrila for overnight stay.
Breakfast and check-out. Morning drive to Shimla, en-route visit Kufri.
The spell binding beauty of Kufri hill station will leave you enchanted. Breathtaking views and tranquil surroundings - this is what Kufri is all about. Check out the Kufri hill resort near Shimla and make sure you stay here for some time to experience pure bliss. There are a number of picnic spots, hiking and trekking trails in and around Kufri. Travelers can explore Kufri and its surrounding areas also on horseback (Subject to availability). The snow-clad hills of Kufri provide the ideal locale for Skiing. In winters, Kufri is literally filled with tourists who come here to seek adventure.
The region around Shimla including Kufri was once a part of the Kingdom of Nepal until the area was ceded to the British Raj as part of the Sugauli Treaty. This region remained obscure from the rest of the world until the British 'discovered' it in 1819.
After the visit drive to Shimla, check-in at hotel for overnight stay.
Breakfast and check-out from hotel. In the morning drive to New Delhi, proceed to local restaurant to farewell dinner. Afterwards transfer to international airport to board return journey flight.
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All distances in KMS mentioned are based approximately.
• PERMIT REQUIREMENTS TO VISIT SPITI
1. Indian nationals do not require a permit.
2. The government of India has also relaxed requirements for foreign tourists. Foreigners are allowed to travel to Tabo via Kullu – Manali – Kaza without a permit. However, for entry to Tabo via Shimla – Kinnaur, a permit is required.
3. Foreign tourists are advised to apply at the DC office (District Collectorate office) at Shimla or Rekong Peo, Himachal Pradesh, for a permit to visit Tabo from Kinnaur side.
4. The route via Kinnaur may remain open all year. However it is possible it may close from January to March.