From Shimla to Taj

Presentation

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Jeep Tour / 3 weeks / June > September / Areas : Himachal Pradesh / Spiti / Penjab / Uttar Pradesh   

Kiang Adventures proposes you a wonderful and  three weeks “tailor made” exclusive tour by car from Delhi to Delhi passing by Shimla, the beauties of Lahaul Kinnaur & Spiti, Tabo, Kibber, Manali, Dharamsala and a wonderful conclusion culminating with the amazing Amritsar’s Golden Temple and THE Taj Mahal. Another must !!!

Itinerary

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Day 1 Delhi

Day 2 Delhi to Shimla (343km)

Day 3 Shimla (rest)

Day 4 Shimla to Sarahan (160km)

Day 5 Sarahan to Sangla (45km)

Day 6 Sangla to Kalpa (40km)

Day 7 Kalpa (rest)

Day 8 Kalpa to Nako (100km)

Day 9 Nako to Tabo (64km)

Day 10 Tabo (rest)

Day 11 Tabo Kibber Kaza (90km trip)

Day 12 Tabo to Chandertal (186km)

Day 13 Chandertal (rest)

Day 14 Chandertal to Manali (140km)

Day 14 Manali

Day 15 Manali to Rawalsar lake (131km)

Day 16 Rawalsar to Dharamsala (156km)

Day 17 Dharamsala to Amritsar (202km)

Day 18 Amritsar

Day 19 Amritsar to Delhi (449km)

Day 20 Agra (232km x 2)

Day 21 Delhi (Departure)

Details

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Day1 Delhi

Delhi landing (night time) and boarding in Hotel. Rest and visit of the Red Fort and other Delhi’s monuments.

Day2 Delhi to Shimla (350 km)

Driving to Shimla by car or Volvo bus and stay in hotel

Day3 Rest day and visits at Shimla

Strung out along a 12km ridge, with steep forested hillsides falling away in all directions, the Himachal capital is a good appetite-whetter for the awe-inspiring mountain tracts of the state’s interior. Shimla is one of India’s most popular hill resorts, buzzing with a happy flow of Indian vacationers and full of echoes of its past role as the summer capital of British India. The long, winding main street, the Mall, runs east and west just below the spine of the hill. South of it, the maze-like alleys of the bustling bazaar cascade steeply down to traffic-busy Cart Rd, which has the train station, Old Bus Station and taxi stands. Traffic is banned from the central part of town, so walking anywhere is pleasant – even when huffing and puffing uphill. A passenger lift provides a quick route between the eastern Mall and Cart Rd.

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Day 4 Shimla – Sarahan (164 km)

The former summer capital of the Bushahr kingdom, Sarahan is dominated by the fabulous Bhimakali Temple (visit), built in the traditional Kinnauri manner from layers of stone and timber to absorb the force of earthquakes. There are two towers here, one recently rebuilt after the 12th-century original collapsed, and one from the 1920s (on the left) containing a highly revered shrine to Bhimakali (the local version of Kali). The place is considered as the gate to Kinnaur.

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Day5 Sarahan – Sangala – Chitkul – Sangla (96 km)

Chitkul is the last inhabited village near the Indo-China border. The In dian road ends here. During winters, the place mostly remains covered with the snow and the inhabitants move to lower regions of Himachal. Of particular interest at Chitkul are its houses with either slate or wooden plank roofs, a Buddhist temple and a small tower.

Sangla : Sangla Valley or the Baspa Valley starts at Karcham and ends Chitkul. Sangla is the major town in the valley with a petrol pump, Bank ATMs, Post Office, Restaurants, Bar, mid range hotels and shops. The valley is surrounded by forested slopes and offers views of the high mountains. Its location in the great Himalayan Range gives it a milder climate than the plains.

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Day6 Sangla- Kalpa (40 km)

Kalpa is a town with a history of ancient temples. The Sutlej River below hurtles through deep gorges, the winding mountain road is bordered by chilgoza forests. The serenity of this sleepy hamlet was not often visited by foreigners until recently, but there are still relatively few visitors. There are now over 5 places to stay in Kalpa and more, below, in Reckong Peo where travelers must stop to get their inner line permit to continue upwards to the Spiti Valley, which is a small ancient part of what used to be Tibet. The view from Kalpa is beautiful with an observer getting the feeling that he is sitting in the lap of the mountains with the entire range of peaks being visible. Also visible from this place is the sacred Shivling rock on the Kailash mountain that changes its color at different points in the day.

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Day7 Kalpa – Nako (100 km)

Nako (3600m) is a small village liyng in the sensitive restricted zone along the border with Tibet, which requires an Inner Line Permit to travel through. That, coupled with its remote location and limited tourist infrastructure, makes it a little-visited but rewarding destination. It used to be prohibited to stay overnight anywhere within the restricted zone, but this is no longer the case if you have a valid permit.

tabo_fotor Day8 Nako – Tabo (64 km)

Little Tabo, in a dramatic valley setting hemmed in by scree slopes. The dull mud-brick walls of Tabo Gompa hide some of the finest of all Indo-Tibetan art, and Tabo makes a fine place to kick back for a couple of days. The magnificent Tabo Caves are located just above the ancient Tabo Monastery, which was founded more than 1000 years ago. This ancient monastery has been hollowed out by several caves that serve as dwellings for monks during the harsh winters of the Himalayas. Termed as ‘Tabo Caves,’ these magnificent caverns are artificially excavated for monks and were initially used as an assembly hall. The whole center of the village is pedestrian and the atmosphere is s relax that one has the feeling to be out of time … A must.

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Day9 Tabo – Kaza – Kibber – Kaza visit Ki Gompa and Kibber Village (90 km all day)

Kibber situated at altitude of 4200 m, approx. 20 km from Kaza. It’s one of the highest inhabited village in the world.

Walk from Kibber to Ki … steep but very spectacular descend !

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Ki : On the road up to Kibber, about 12km from Kaza, Ki village is dominated by the whitewashed buildings of Ki Gompa. Set atop a conical hillock, this is the largest gompa in Spiti and the views of it from the surrounding hillsides are wonderfully photogenic. On request, the monks will open up the medieval prayer rooms, including the Zimshung Lhakhang, which houses the bed slept in by the Dalai Lama during his visits in 1960 and 2000. Around 350 monks, including many students from surrounding villages, live here.

After Ki’s visit return to Kaza for the night.

Day10 Kaza – Chandertaal (4360 m) (84 km)

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The name of the lake originates from its crescent shape. It is situated at an altitude of about 4,300 metres. Mountains of scree overlook the lake on one side, and a magnificent cirque presents a view on the other. A must !

Overnight in camp – tent.

Day11 Chandertaal – Manali (140 km)

Drive to Manali passing by THE mythic Rothang Pass

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Day12 Manali

Rest in the pearl of Himachal …

Day 13 Manali – Rewalsar Lake in Mandi (103 km)

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Famous for housing the second largest statue in India, Rewalsar Lake is about 24 km from Mandi in Himachal Pradesh.

The lake is shaped like a square with a shoreline of 735 m. The lake lies on a mountain spur protected by a variety of dense vegetation and is known for its floating islands of reed. It is believed that all of them can be moved by prayer or breeze. The place is held sacred by Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists. Legend has it that sage Padmasambhava used tantric powers to take flight from Rewalsar to Tibet to preach Buddhism. Also known as Guru Rimpoche, it was under his influence that Mahayana Buddhism took root at Rewalsar and his spirit is said to reside in the tiny islands of floating reed that drifts over the water.

Day14 Rewalsar – Dharamshala (130 km)

Day15 Rest at Dharamshala

INDHA Dharamsala

Nestled in the mystic hills of the district of Kangra is Dharamshala, a hill station that captures your imagination with its picturesque natural beauty and unique mix of Tibetan, British and Himanchali cultures.

Quietude surrounds Dharamshala from all sides, and it also offers some of the most picturesque views of the adjoining Kangra valley and the snow-clad Himalayas beyond. This is as close as you can get to harmonious bliss in the hills. As hill stations become popular, their beauty tends to get hackneyed by excessive commercialisation and often irresponsible tourism, but Dharamshala has managed to keep off this trend; it is still as pristine as a concealed hilltop hamlet should be.

Dharamshala is broadly divided into two parts; Upper and Lower Dharamshala. Upper Dharamshala, also referred to as McLeodganj is the major tourist attraction, as it is more scenic and is home to the Dalai Lama and magnificent Buddhist hermitages. Lower Dharamshala, on the other hand, comprises the civic structures like educational institutions, offices, the bus station and hospitals.

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This hilltop retreat, perched almost 1,500 metres above sea level is the abode of the holy Dalai Lama, and is a major pilgrimage for Buddhists (also referred to as the ‘Little Lhasa’), as it houses several monasteries, including the Tsuglagkhang Complex where Dalai Lama resides, and Namgyal monastery, which is one of the most important Buddhist temples in India.

Day16 Dharamshala – Amritsar (192 km)

Day17 Rest at Amritsar
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Founded in 1577 by the fourth Sikh guru, Ram Das, Amritsar is home to Sikhism’s holiest shrine, the spectacular Golden Temple, one of India’s most serene and humbling sights. The same cannot be said for the hyperactive streets surrounding the temple.

Amritsar is divided in two by a tangle of railway lines. The old city, containing the Golden Temple and other historic sights and bound by 12 medieval gates, is southeast of the railway lines. This is a fascinating area to explore, with a capillary network of narrow bazaars that seems to float between the centuries.

To the north of the railway lines, ‘modern’ Amritsar has grown up in haphazard fashion around a scattering of colonial-era boulevards. Gleaming malls and upmarket hotels stand testament to the prosperity of the city, but the hectic traffic makes this area hard to love at street level. Crossing between the old and new cities is best done by cycle-rickshaw, but once you’re in the old city, walking is often the quickest way to get around.

Taxis taking you to the Golden Temple area will often drop you at Furwara Chowk from where you can walk the last few hundred meters.

Day18 Amritsar to Delhi (450 km)

Day 19 Agra – Taj Mahal

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Standing majestically on the banks of River Yamuna, the Taj Mahal is synonymous to love and romance. The name “Taj Mahal” was derived from the name of Shah Jahan’s wife, Mumtaz Mahal, and means “Crown Palace”. The purity of the white marble, the exquisite ornamentation, precious gemstones used and its picturesque location, all make a visit to the Taj Mahal gain a place amongst the most sought-after tours in the world. However, until you know the love story behind the construction of the Taj Mahal, the beauty of the same would not enliven in your heart and mind and instead would come up as just another beautiful building/monument. It is the love behind this outstanding monument that has given a life to this monument. Come and explore the visceral charisma that it emanates

At the brink of dawn when the first rays of the sun hits the dome of this epic monument, it radiates like a heavenly abode, cloaked in bright golden. And then at dusk, basking in the glory of moon, it shines like a perfectly carved diamond; appearing as if straight owwut of some magical tale, leaving the viewers awestruck by its sense of grandeur. Nothing short of an architectural marvel, no wonder it stands proud at being one of the Seven Wonders of the World. And the rich beauty of this visual spectacle turns visceral when one hears the story behind it. The story of Taj Mahal!

Taj Mahal, “the epitome of love”, is “a monument of immeasurable beauty”. The beauty of this magnificent monument is such that it is beyond the scope of words. The thoughts that come into the mind while watching the Taj Mahal of Agra is not just its phenomenal beauty, but the immense love which was the reason behind its construction. Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan got this monument constructed in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, with whom he fell in love at the first sight. Ironically, the very first sight of the Taj Mahal, the epitome of love and romance, also leaves visitors mesmerized and perpetually enthralled.

Day 20 fly back to home

Last day in India … Transfer to airport in night time and departure 

Note :- All by car

Map

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Price

PARTICIPANTSPRICE / PERSON (€)
51500
41600
31700
22000

Conditions

WHAT A TOUR COST WILL INCLUDE :

  • Accommodation
  • All entrance fees
  • All transport by car
  • Arrival and departure transfers at airport with assistance
  • First Aid Box (No imported medicines and accessories)
  • Any Inner-line permits applicable as per the regions.

WHAT A TOUR COST WILL NOT INCLUDE :

  • Airfares
  • Food
  • Visa fee
  • Trekking shoes
  • Medical and insurance of any kind.
  • Emergency evacuation for the Rescue.
  • Any expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like flight delay/cancellation, strike or any other natural calamities
  • Tips, laundry, liquors, wines, mineral water, telephone charges and items of personal nature.

CANCELLATION POLICY

  • If cancellations are made 30 days before the start date of the trip, 25% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
  • If cancellations are made 15-30 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
  • If cancellations are made within 0-15 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
  • In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain activities may be cancelled and in such cases the operator will try his best to provide an alternate feasible activity. However no refund will be provided for the same.

REFUND POLICY

  • The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days

CONFIRMATION POLICY

  • The customer receives a confirmation voucher via email within 24 hours of successful booking
  • In case the preferred slots are unavailable, an alternate schedule of the customer’s preference will be arranged and a new confirmation voucher will be sent via email.
  • Alternatively, the customer may choose to cancel their booking and a full refund will be processed.

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