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iXiGOers Apr 15 2013

Suggest a 3 day tour itinerary for Lahaul-Spiti.

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The way to enter Lahaul Spiti Valley from Manali is through Rohtang Pass. The headquarters of the district, Keylong is around 122 km from Manali. Keylong has Himachal Tourism’s hotel named Chandrabhaga. There are other private accommodation options available here. Remember to either carry your own food or get packed lunches from the hotel since there are hardly any restaurants on the way. Stay for a night in Keylong to start afresh the next day.


Day 1


Start early morning for Guru Ghantal Monastery (8 km from Keylong), regarded as the oldest monastery in Lahaul. The monastery enshrines an image of Goddess Vajreshwari Devi, a wooden image of the Buddha and a marble head of Avalokitesvara. There are a number of small monasteries, around Keylong in Lahaul which could be visited including Kardang monastery (5 km away), Shashur monastery (3 km away), Tayul (6 km away), Gemur monastery (18 km away), Jispa monastery (22 km away), Tandi monastery (6 km away), Shansha monastery (27 km away) and Jalma monastery (33 km away).

You can also visit Keylong Museum, also known as the museum of Tribal Art. The museum features archaeological findings, Thangka Paintings and objects of everyday use as they existed before the development of modern mechanised equipments in the district. Apart from this, it also houses manuscripts in Bhoti Scripts and Tankri documents. There is an auditorium within the museum premises for hosting cultural events. The museum is open for general public on all days, except Tuesday, from 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM. To get more information check out our page on Keylong Museum.


Located around 53 km from Keylong is the Trilokinath Shrine. A shrine revered both by Hindus and Buddhists, it pays homage to a single image. Hindus regard this image as that of Lord Shiva while the Buddhists regard it to be the image of Avalokitesvara, the personification of infinite light and compassion. 53 km north of Keylong lies Udaipur, a small town housing an ancient temple named Markula Devi Temple. Dedicated to Goddess Markula, it is quite famous for its wooden carvings. Udaipur is situated at the confluence of Chenab and Mayar Nallah, thus it is also the starting point of the Mayar valley. After sightseeing, go back to your hotel or guesthouse, have dinner and rest for the night.


Day 2


Next day morning, leave Keylong for Kaza (around 188 km away from Keylong) via Kunzum Pass. Kunzum pass connects Lahaul to Spiti valley and is known for its terrain, offering breathtaking views of the Himalayas.This pass is quite famous among adventure enthusiasts, who like to explore the rough terrain in chilly surroundings. Kunzum Pass remains open only from the months of June to October, the rest of the year it remains inaccessible due to heavy snowfall.

Around 6 km away from Kunzum Pass lies Chandra Tal, also known as moon lake, it is surrounded by snow clad mountains. The beauty of the surroundings is reflected in the azure waters of this lake, a truly magnificent sight to behold. Reach Kazo by evening and stay in a hotel or guesthouse.


Day 3

Early morning head to Tabo Monastery, which is situated at a distance of 47 km from Kaza. Often referred to as the 'Ajanta of the Himalayas', this exquisite monastery is perched on a height of 3050 meters. This 10th century monastery was founded by the great scholar, Richen Zangpo. Declared by UNESCO as the World Heritage Site, the monastery houses more than 6 lamas. Apart from this, it also features a rare collection of scriptures, pieces of art, wall paintings of both Thangkas and Stucco. At a distance of 45 km from the town of Kaza, it is surrounded by mud brick wall with 9 temples, 23 chortens, monk’s residence and a guest house. Other monasteries around Kaza are Dhankar monastery (24 km away) and Ki monastery (12 km away).


Kibber village lies around 10 km south of Kaza, it is the highest permanently inhabited village of the region. Kibber acts as the base of many high altitude treks. You can visit Kibber Sanctuary, spread across an area of 1400 sq km, known for blue sheep and ibex. This sanctuary is the only one in the country to be situated in the cold desert area. The sanctuary offers panoramic views of the Shilla Peak. Parang Pass here is one added attraction of this place.


Around 85 km away from Kaza is the Pin Valley, which lies below the Kungri Glacier. Pin Valley is a home to many beautiful and important monasteries. The Pin Valley National Park is situated at height of 12,000 m above sea level. Given the high altitude and extreme temperatures, the vegetation here is scant, consisting mostly of alpine trees and patches of Himalayan cedar.The park is a home to quite a few endangered species like the endemic Himalayan ibex, Snow leopard, the mighty Bharal or Blue Sheep and Lynx. For more information check out our page on Pin Valley National Park.

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