The valley is covered in snow for 4-5 months of the year. Sub-zero temperatures drop to -30 degrees Celsius in winter, and rocky outcrops and ravines, as well as high altitude areas above 3000m, provide ideal habitat for endangered snow leopards and rare trans Himalayan species such as Himalayan blue sheep, Ibexes, and red foxes.
Reach Manali a day before on own. Wake up to the sun hitting your eyes through the peaks of the curtains, have your breakfast and set out to explore Manali all by yourself. You can chill out at the Mall Road. Take a closer look at the Jogni Falls, a beautiful waterfall located approximately 7.5 kilometers from Manali's bus station and approximately 4 kilometers from Vashisht Temple. If you feel adventurous, you can take a trek from Vashisht temple to the waterfall which takes about 1.5 hours. The entire route is quite scenic, providing some of the best views of Manali. This 4000-year-old Vashisht temple is dedicated to the ancient Indian sage Vashisht, who was Ram and Lakshman's Guru. This temple is well-known for its sacred hot water springs, which are thought to have skin-healing properties. Men and women have separate Turkish-style bathing enclosures. Visit the Hidamba Temple, which is dedicated to Hidamba Devi, the wife of Bhima, a character in the Indian epic Mahabharata
Freshen up, gather all the energy you need for the journey forward to Lahual and Spiti. 12 hours, 200 km, roads that take you through valleys, mountains, rivers, plains and endless stretches of wilderness. Your journey to Kaza begins in the picturesque town of Manali in Kullu Valley, from which you will drive 54 kilometers to the Rohtang Pass, which is 3978 meters above sea level. The famous mountain passes you'll have to cross, as well as the numerous adventures you'll be able to partake in. This is incredible since the locations by driving from Manali to Kaza, the administrative center of the Lahaul district in Spiti Valley will leave you in awe. Cross the Engineering Marvel - Atal Tunnel to Lahaul and watch the landscape change from lush green valleys to brown arid deserts. Kunzum La, at 14,931 feet, is another high-altitude pass and the gateway to the Spiti Valley. On your way to Lahaul Valley, you will have to pass through stop points such as Chhatru and Batal, which is a
Wake up to catch the sun rising over the snowcapped mountains and melting the ice caps. As you get ready, have your breakfast and feel more alive with hills and the raw beauty of nature which is as close to heaven itself. Start your day with a visit to the Key Monastery to feel the sense of peace and mindfulness amidst mother nature’s best creations. It is Spiti Valley's largest Buddhist learning center, is over 1000 years old. It is the oldest Lama training center. The monastery is well-known for its Pasada-style architecture. Pasada style is distinguished by two or more stories and frequently takes on the role of a fort-monastery. The monastery is divided into three floors: underground, ground, and first. The underground is primarily used for storage, while the ground floor serves as an assembly hall known as Du-Khang. Monks have small rooms on the ground floor as well. Tangyur rooms with murals are a must-see. The monastery is well-known for its historic murals, rare thang
You will begin early in the morning, following breakfast. Today's journey is very exciting and you will get a taste of the local life here. Hikkim village is approximately 4 kilometers from Komic and approximately 16 kilometers from Kaza, and is located at an elevation of approximately 4440 meters. It is well-known for having the highest post office in the world as well as the highest polling station in the world. Of course, you can see the Chau Chau Kang Nelda peak from Hikkim, but it's not as beautiful as it is from Langza. The entire circuit from Kaza to Langza to Komic to Hikkim to Kaza is only about 44 kilometers long and can be completed in a single day due to the short distance. Tanggyud Monastery in Komic village is one of only two Sakya sect monasteries left in Spiti Valley. The other is in Kaza, which is relatively small and somewhat insignificant in comparison. The village has some high vantage points from which to see some spectacular views of the Spiti Valley.
Get ready for a new day full of adventure. We begin to retrace our steps back to Manali and make one last stop to see another Spitian wonder, Chandra Taal Lake. Chandratal Lake is located at an elevation of 4270 meters (14220 feet) (approximately) A blend of adventure and wild, desolate nature will engulf you. This pristine lake can only be reached by traversing the most treacherous roads and climbing the high glaciers between Rohtang Pass and Kunzum Pass. This is a haven for trekkers and adventure lovers! The Moon Lake” is also one of the sources of the ferocious Chandra River. The Moulkila and Chandrabhaga mountain ranges have snow-capped peaks, and the valley's snow slopes range in elevation from 3000 to 6500 meters. Locals believe that Chandertal is the location where Yudhishtra (the eldest of the Pandavas in the Mahabharata epic) was taken to heaven in his mortal form. Chandratal Lake is an enticing place in and of itself. If you adore the Himalayas, this must be at the top
The Manali Kaza route is approximately 200 kilometers long and takes nearly 12 hours to complete. It engulfed the mountain peaks. The Beas River was only audible, not visible. It rendered the road indistinguishable. It is as if you are driving into a white wall. As soon as you step out of the Manali bus station, you will be engulfed in a thick fog. Glaciers above, on a mountainside turn, and wild horses below, on a valley side turn, began to keep us company. Tall conifers peered through the white sheet of fog at the start of the Rohtang Pass. As you reach Manali, check into the hotel and have a leisurely day going to the local cafes, handicraft shops or just relaxing in your room before you depart to Delhi on the Volvo.
Reach Delhi in the morning, board your flights, cabs, buses or trains and go back home with a treasure box full of memories to cherish.