Crown of Himalaya – Spiti Valley

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KINNAUR

Kinnaur surrounded by the Tibet to the east, in the northeast corner of Himachal Pradesh, about 235 kms from Shimla is a tremendously beautiful district having the three high mountains ranges i.e. Zanskar, Greater Himalayas and Dhauladhar, enclosing valleys of Sutlej, Spiti, Baspa and their tributaries. All the valleys are strikingly beautiful. The slopes are covered with thick wood, orchards, fields and picturesque hamlets. The much religious Shivlinga lies at the Peak of Kinner Kailash Mountain. The beautiful district was opened for the outsiders in 1989. The old Hindustan-Tibet road passes through the Kinnaur valley along the bank of river Sutlej and finally enters Tibet at Shipki La Pass. And it is not only the scenic beauty which appeals to the young and old alike but also the life styles of the people, their culture, heritage, customs and traditions.

The much honest people who have strong culture and beliefs generally follow the Buddhism and Hinduism believe that the Pandavas came and resided in the land while in the exile. In the ancient mythology the people of Kinnaur are known as Kinners, the halfway between men and gods. Thousands years old monasteries still exist in the area. Both the Buddhists and Hindus live in perfect harmony symbolising the traditional brotherhood and friendship of the people of both the faiths.

The apples, chilgoza and other dry fruits are grown here are world famous. The high terrain here gives way to great adventures sports of all kinds. Beautiful trekking routes include the ‘Parikarma of Kinner Kailash’. Here is also the Beautiful Nako Lake and three famous wild life sanctuaries.


LAHAUL SPITI 

The two units of the district i.e. Lahaul & Spiti have separate historical backgrounds. In the distant past Lahaul had been changing hands between the rulers of Ladakh and Kullu. In the second half of the seventeenth century with the disintegration of Ladakh kingdom, Lahaul passed into the hands of the Kullu chief. In 1840, Maharaja Ranjit Singh took over Lahaul along with Kullu and ruled over it till 1846 when the area came under the sway of the British. From 1846 to 1940, Lahaul formed part of the Kullu sub-division of Kangra district and was administered through the local Jagirdars / Thakurs. One of the thakurs was designated as Wiser of Lahaul & was invested with   judicial and executive powers. Another Thakur was given the powers of a Revenue Officer. These functionaries exercised traditional as well as other power conferred by the Government. The Assistant Commissioner. Kullu used to visit the area once a year for a month or so. In the late thirties the unprecedented prosperity of the people through growing kuth and their consequent awakening created a formidable challenge to the power and influence of the Wiser of Lahaul, which gradually started declining. The inadequacy was soon noticed by the Government which considered the extension of the regular system of administration. Accordingly in 1941, a separate sub-tehsil comprising Lahaul & Spiti was formed and a naib-tehsildar was posted at Keylong thereby divesting the thakurs of their powers. The system remained in vogue till June, 1960 when Lahaul & Spiti district came into being. Simultaneously, Lahaul was constituted into a separate tehsil, and, later on it was formed into a sub-division. The East India Company took over the possession of the Spiti portion in the year 1846 after the cessation of cis-Satluj States as a result of the Anglo-Sikh War. Before that it formed a part of Ladakh, a subsidiary of Jammu & Kashmir. Because of its remoteness and poverty of natural resources, the British following the example of the Ladakhi rulers, did not introduce any substantial changes in the administrative set up of the territory. The Nono of Kyuling was recognized as the hereditary Wiser of Spiti (re-affirmed by the Spiti Frontier Regulations of 1883) and was supposed to represent the British India Government. He collected the land revenue for the Government, his judicial jurisdiction included trial of all criminal cases, except cases of murder; and he performed all functions and enjoyed all necessary powers for the fulfillment of his tasks and duties, as laid down in the regulations of 1883.In 1941, Spiti, with Lahaul, was constituted into a separate sub-tehsil of Kullu sub-division which had its headquarters at Keylong. Later on, after the formation of Lahaul & Spiti into a district, in 1960, Spiti was formed into a sub-division with its headquarter at Kaza.


ORIGIN OF NAME

 Lahaul & Spiti, which now form, a district of Himachal Pradesh, bordering Tibet, were at one time separate Himalayan waziries or cantons of the Kullu sub-divisions, and Kullu itself formed a part of Kangra district of Punjab.

As is clear from the name Lahaul & Spiti, the district comprises two different mountains tracts, one known as Lahaul and the other as Spiti. Hence the name of the district came into being with the formation of these two parts into a revenue district. The names, Lahaul & Spiti, have different origins.

Hiuen Tsiang stated Lahaul to be 1800 or 1900 li (575 or 610 Km) distant by road from the middle of

Kiu-lu-to (Kullu). It is a gross overestimate as the first village in Lahaul is only about 70 kms from Sultanpur. Despite this error, whatever its source may be, Lahaul is clearly the country referred to here. But the Tibetan Li-yul has also been identified by Rockhill with Khotan. If this is correct Hiuen Tsiang placing Lo-u-lo at 1800 or 1900 li north of Kullu might be intelligible though an under-estimate. Probably Hiuen Tsiang confused the two countries as Li-yul (Khotan) and Lo-u-lo (Lahaul) in his estimate of distances, admittedly derived from hearsay.

In ancient Buddhist scripures, Padma thangyiang and Mam-kambum there is mention of a country named Khasa or Hasha to the south of Ladakh and Zangskar. It is possible also that Garzha may be corruption of Khasa or Hasha. Between the 6th century B.C. and the 5th century A.D., the Saka and Khasa tribes, after having been driven out from Central Asia by the Huns, crossed over into India. Many of these settled down in the valleys of Mid-Himalayas between Garhwal and Ladakh. This is borne out by the numerous remains of their graves found in these valleys. There is a Nallah near Keylong known as Shaks, which seems to have taken its name after the Saka tribe settled in the Bhaga valley.

 

 

Destination :                                                    

Shimla-Sarahan-Sangla-Chitkul-Kalpa-Nako-Tabo-Kaza-Keylong-Manali.
Tour Highlights :

♦ Bhima Kali Temple, Sangla Valley, Kamru Temple, Baspa River, India’s Last Village- Chitkul, Kinner Kailash View, Suicide Point, Nako Lake, Tabo, Dhankar Monasteries, Pin Valley, Kaza, Kee Monastery, World’s Highest Kibber Village, Langza, Comic, Trilokinath, Rohtang-Pass.

♦Day 1 ♦ Delhi / Chandigarh To Shimla

Pick up from Chandigarh Railway Station or Airport & transfer to Shimla. Rest evening free for marketing on Mall, Ridge, Lower Bazaar, Famous Kali Temple (on foot) and overnight at Shimla.


♦Day 2 ♦ Shimla - Sarahan

Kufri- Kufri is famous for its Himalayan National Park, Pony and Yak Ride and One can see the endless Himalayan Panorama from Kufri, after lunch sightseeing of various places in and around. Fagu, Narkanda, Rampur, Jeori & Sarahan. Overnight at Sarahan.


♦Day 3 ♦ Sarahan - Sangla

Bhimakali Temple- Bhimakali temple is the most majestic of the few early timber temples left in the Sutlej Valley. The Sutlej valley is renowned for its unusual tradition of housing holy shrines on raised wooden platforms. It is the last temple in the valley to be served by Brahmin priests.

Sangla Valley - This valley starts 57 km short of Kalpa which has been named after a beautiful & popular village Sangla. Sangla is situated on the right bank of Baspa river 17 kms. from Karcham. It is also known as Baspa Valley since Baspa River flows through this area. This is the most charming valley in the entire District of Kinnaur. Overnight at Sangla.


♦Day 4 ♦ Sangla - Chitkul

Kamroo Fort - Kamroo Fort is one of the oldest Forts in Himachal. Distance of 2-km from Sangla, lies this wonderful place, the tower-like fort of Kamru.

Chitkul – the last Indian Village (3460m) – is a quiet and calm village at the end of the old Indo-Tibetan road just before the Tibet Border. Chitkul receives heavy snowfall in the winter and remains virtually closed to the rest of the world. This is the also last and highest village in the Baspa Valley. Chitkul is approx 26 km from Sangla. Chitkul does not offers much and is mostly visited from Sangla as a day trip and one can cover the villages of Batseri, the hidden paradise Raksham, Mastrang enroute to this place. The drive to Chitkul offers spectacular view of the Baspa Valley with Pine Forests, Alpine Meadows and glaciers on both sides. Overnight at Sangla.


♦Day 5 ♦ Sangla - Kalpa

The Kinnaur Kailash has a height of 6500 meters and is considered as sacred by Via Reckong Peo, Kinner Kailash View, The Kinnaur Kailash (locally known as Kinner Kailash) is a mountain in the Kinnaur district of the Indian state Himachal Pradesh both Hindu and Buddhist Kinnauris. This mountain is sometimes confused with the Mount Kailash in Tibet Shiv Mountains, Chini Village, Roghi Suicide point, N/H Kalpa.


♦Day 6 ♦ Kalpa To Nako

Nako Lake is a high altitude lake which is located in the Pooh sub-division of District Kinnaur district in Himachal Pradesh. Near the lake there are four Buddhist temples. Powari, Pooh, Chango, Khat Valley is on the way. Overnight at Nako.


♦Day 7 ♦ Nako - Kaza

Entrance for Spiti Valley, Mulling Nallah, Tabo Monastery (Ajanta of Himalayas), It is 47 km from Kaza. Its exquisite wall paintings and stucco statues have given it the acronym Ajanta of Himalayas. Founded in 996 AD, it has been declared as the World Heritage site by UNESCO. Dhankar Monastery- It is 24 km from Kaza. The monastery once was a fort and Dhankar, in local dialect, means a fort. Here once lived Nono, the ruler of Spiti. Buddhist scriptures in Bhoti are available here these days. Overnight at Kaza.


♦Day 8 ♦ Kaza Local Sightseeing

Kee Monastery, Kibber Valley (Highest inhabitant Valley), it is 20 km from Kaza. Its importance is because it is the permanently inhabited highest village connected by motorble road. This road has further touched the village of Gete at 4995m where there are only six living families. Overnight at Kaza.


♦Day 9 ♦ Kaza - Keylong

Keylong, abounds in mountains and delightful ambience, and is located at an altitude of about 3340 m. This abode of God lies on the Indo-Tibetan border .Chandertal Lake, Chandertal Lake is a high altitude lake located in Lahaul and Spiti and is the source of River Chandra. It is about 4300m above the sea level and is also known as 'lake of moon'. Kunjam Pass is the gateway to the entranceway to Spiti from Lahaul and Kullu. It is situated at an altitude of about 4590 meters above sea level. The road to this pass promises to provide a panoramic view of the beautiful Bara- Sigri, the second longest glacier in the world. Overnight at Keylong.


♦Day 10 ♦ Keylong - Udaipur, Trilokinath

Trilokinath and Udaipur are the main tourist places in Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh. Both the places are located nearby to each other almost at the border of the district towards Jammu and Kashmir (Lahaul side, via Udaipur). Trilokinath is the end point and no way to proceed anywhere. Both of these places have importance because of ancient temples situated here. The temples are a mixed construction of Hindu and Buddhism culture. Trilokinath is famous for the Shiva temple and Udaipur is known for the ancient Marikula Mata temple. Overnight at Keylong.


♦Day 11 ♦ Keylong - Manali

Rohtang Pass - (3979 m) is 51kms. From Manali on highway to Keylong/Leh. It offers a panorama and spectacular Mountain View. The pass is open from June to October each year although trekkers can cross it earlier. It is a gateway to Lahaul Spiti, Pangi and Leh valley just as Zojila pass is a gateway to Ladakh. There are beautiful sights of glaciers, peaks and Chandra River flows down in the Lahaul valley.

Solang Valley- at an altitude of about 8500 feet above the sea level one can enjoy the bliss of nature on the banks of the river Beas. The Solang Valley is also the place where the Ski school of Manali is located. There are wonderful ski slopes and picnic spots in this beautiful place. Overnight at Manali.


♦Day 12 ♦ Manali - Kalka / Chandigarh / Delhi drop.

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