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  • 1. s u in V i l im A to nd g H alay l as a g e T o u r i s m P r o m o t e r s In ‘Sikand Purana’ it is recorded, in a hundred ages of God, I could not tell thee of the glories of Himalayas’. Astounding Himalayas Village tourism Promoters Kishori Niwas, Longwood, Shimla – 171001, Himachal Pradesh (India) Contact : Shimla (0091- 9816149102, 91 – 9218797990), Delhi (0091 - 9313348742), E – Mail : astoundinghimalayas@gmail.com Website : www.astoundinghimalayas.synthasite.com Even if you are not traveling with us you are welcome to contact us for any kind of information regarding your visit to The Himalayas. Can You Visit M..o…o..n ?????? Perhaps….Y!….e….ssss!!……..N…n.n……oO!!!!!! But here at Astounding Himalayas We Promise to Take you to The Moonland Welcome to Astounding Himalayas – Village Tourism Promoters. We are sure that you enjoy traveling in Himalayas ……Yes??? Well, no one can say No…… This overland Adventure takes you away from your daily hectic life to the North Indian Himalayan States. You shall visit some of the Most Breathtaking Natural Scenery, crossing uninhabited Plains, Gorges, Valleys and Mountain Passes. You shall also be exploring isolated Monasteries, Trekking in the remote areas, walk or drive through the stunning Landscapes and be Staying in Village Houses at some places. We start from Shimla – The Former Summer Capital of British Empire in India before 1947, and before returning to Manali, we cross the highest passes on the way Kunzum Pass (4551mt) & Rohtang Pass (3978 mt) OR Head towards Lehn crossing world’s second highest Motor able pass Tanglang La (5350 mt).
  • 2. Astounding Himalayas Village Tourism Promoters E – Mail : astoundinghimalayas@gmail.com Website : www.astoundinghimalayas.synthasite.com Kindly Read the Following Carefully before you Take These Trips Travel Research These trips are for those who enjoy traveling without the knowledge of what is around and the next corner. Although we run these tours on fixed itineraries but still we keep the trips as flexible as possible for your convenience and comforts of our clients. In these trips we offer the opportunity to travel to some remote areas where every one wishes to go at least once in his or her life but due to certain reasons such as health or time sometimes can’t go there. The following is to inform you that these trips require a very Special Type of Traveler; • One who enjoys in the unknown. • One who is ready for the ups and downs of exploratory travel. • One who does not expect silky comforts during the trips. • One who is prepared to pitch in and help when required. • One who does not care what is there around and after the next curve. Physical Rating The participant to these trips should have a good level of fitness. You may be expected to Walk, Cycle, Travel for 5-6 hours a day with your own day pack. During the Jeep Safari Trips we carry a supporting vehicle that is a lorry or a truck or an additional Jeep to carry all the material such as Tents, Your Luggage, Kitchen Equipment, Kitchen staff and injured. If required, ponies, mules & porters will be hired to carry additional supplies. The terrain of the region is Mountainous and Challenging. The roads at a number of places are narrow, bumpy or dusty. At some places our vehicle might be crossing the streams or water flowing over the roads. So due to these conditions vehicle are likely to run at slow speed and might become irritating for you. But only those shall enjoy these trips who know how to enjoy the Natural beauty and the landscape around. We are dead sure that the Geographical Carvings and the Landscape on these tips is so stunning that it does not give you any opportunity to get irritated and leave your camera. The effects of altitude can be a problem, so the itineraries have been designed in such a way that we gain height gradually. Group Size Looking at the comforts of the Travelers and the Staff our group size remains as follows : • Maximum – 18 pax • Minimum - 2 pax Accommodation Guest Houses, Low Budget Hotels, Tented Resorts. During these trips we shall be traveling away from the usual and crowded tourist places. So some accommodations are very basic and may involve group share. Although all the guest houses used are decided after a personal visit and have attached toilets and bathrooms but may not be able to provide hot water showers. At some places where are unable to reserve the accommodation in advance, so we just approach them on our arrival and by chance if we are unable to get the accommodation as they might be sold out, then we have to camp and we use pit tented toilets. Body sponging is possible at the places where showers are not available. Transport Train, Jeeps, Bus, Walking. There are some very long travel days, often on rough dirt roads. Landslides, road Blockage or Vehicle Malfunction may cause disruption to the trip. So be ready for a sudden change in the itinerary that might extend your stay in India by two to five days. Meals All the trips are accompanied by a Professional Cook, Helpers and an Escort cum Guide who take care for comforts of the groups. All possible kitchen equipment and ration is carried along and Chinese, Continental & Indian items are the parts of the meals. Every time we try our best to provide the best possible food that includes, Fruits, Salads, Drinks, Juices, Mineral Water, Soup, Sweet Dish and the Main Course, but at some places may be we are unable to provide some particular item due to the shortage or unavailability of the material. Travel Insurance It is compulsory to get your Travel Insurance certificate to participate on any of our trips. When traveling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance has been checked by your leader, who will take note of your insurance details. Health Before you travel to India it is advised that you should consult your doctor for up to date information and prescriptions for vaccinations, anti-malarial requirements and any reasonably foreseeable illnesses. Although a First Aid Box is always a part of our Kit along with the Oxygen Cylinder and Mask (One for each vehicle), still we recommend that you carry any personal medical requirements if you have.
  • 3. Astounding Himalayas Village Tourism Promoters E – Mail : astoundinghimalayas@gmail.com Website : www.astoundinghimalayas.synthasite.com You might experience Acute Mountain Sickness and Oxygen deprivation while traveling in Spiti & Ladakh. If you reach these places by air you need minimum 24 hours to get acclimatized. As we reach these places gradually so we get sufficient time for acclimatization. A first aid box is always carried along with the trip that contains all the required medicines. Cultural Shock India is a country which may be very different from something that you may have experienced before. In most of the small of big towns here pollution, poverty and the crowds can result in initial culture shock. Some villages are still under the poverty line but they follow their traditions and culture strictly. So all this should be seen as an exciting new challenge. Weather Conditions July to September is the monsoon months in India and there could be some unforeseen problems like road blockages due to land slides or roads damages. Although the Boarder Road Organization people are very well equipped and work very fast in these conditions but still then a change or delay in itinerary could be there or we reach the destination from some other route, however it is quite unlikely. In these conditions Government of India and the State tourism Department also become very active and extend the best possible help but we always seek your cooperation. Check out the India Meteorological web site http://www.imd.ernet.in/main_new.htm for the latest news on the weather forecast in India. Inner line Permit Spiti falls in the inner line area as it shares it boarders with Tibet & China. So you need to have inner line permit to visit these places which is an easy process. We attach herewith a form for the same that is to be filled and send along with the documents required. • A copy of Passport. • A copy of Visa. • 4 copies of your Photograph. Safety and Security Check with the embassy in your country and follow their advice for their latest travel information. It is recommended that you use a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travelers’ cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewelry at home as you won't need it while travelling. Keep your baggage under lock and key. Check List • Travel documents: passport, visa, travel insurance, air tickets. • Health requirements arranged. 1 photocopy of above documents, Money: cash/credit card/ travelers cheques, Money pouch. • First aid kit including rehydration salts, Sunscreen, lip balm and sunglasses due to harsh sunlight and exposure to high altitudes. • Wide brim hat or umbrella • Antibacterial hand gel, when water is scarce. • Day pack to carry your personal needs during the day. • Trekking boots and warm socks. (Just incase if you have to walk). • Alarm clock and torch/flashlight. • Lightweight travel towel. • Refillable water bottle, for filling from thermos. • Iodine based water purification tablets. • Ear plugs can be useful if you are a light sleeper. • Inner sheet/sleeping sheet are recommended due to the basic nature of some of our accommodation. • Please bring your own sleeping bag. • Warm clothes. It is recommended to bring thermal under wear, and either a down or a fleece jacket. • A wind proof jacket. • A pair of gloves. • A scarf or face mask for dust, Sarong for covering up when washing / showering. • Food- although you can buy quite a variety of food (trek mix, nuts, dried fruit, chocolate) for the trek in Delhi, there may be specific brand items you should consider bringing from your home country if it is important to you. • Underwear. Three pairs are enough. • Bras. For Women, a couple. • Tampons or Sanitary Napkins. They are easily available in the open market. • Sleeping Bag Travel Light During the itinerary you will be traveling most of the time so pack as lightly as possible (stay under 10 kg/22lb). It is in your own interest as you are expected to carry your own luggage, though distances are never great. Most travelers carry their luggage in a back pack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice. Avoid Suitcases. Keep your bags locked. The smaller your bag is the better, for when it comes to traveling on trains or buses usually only smaller bags will fit into the storage areas. If your bag does not fit in these areas, often the only place to put it is on your seat or on the roof. So to get maximum comfort, pack small and light!
  • 4. Astounding Himalayas Village Tourism Promoters E – Mail : astoundinghimalayas@gmail.com Website : www.astoundinghimalayas.synthasite.com The mountains can be cold. Night time temperatures can be as low as 5 degrees, so bring a set of warmer clothes; thermal underclothes, being small and light, can be very useful. A warm jumper/jacket, cap, gloves and sunglasses no matter what time of the year, as we travel at altitudes above 3500m. Dressing It is very important that when you are travelling to India, you kindly dress up keeping in mind the respect for the locale culture, especially Ladies. In some area you might have some people gathering around you, touching you and looking at you for a long time, as you are a foreigner. As a general guideline full shirts and full length skirts or knee covered skirts are recommended at all times. At some places or the religious buildings shorts are not allowed as it will restrict your entry into buildings. At religious places such as Bhima Kali Temple at Sarahan or Kamru Fort in Sangla or some Monasteries you shall be required to cover your head. The cloth is provided by the temple. So kindly follow the tradition other wise the authorities might not allow you to enter the premises. You are required to cover your head before entering every Sikh Temple. You may cover it with a handkerchief or a piece of cloth provided by the temple. In India before entering all religious places you are required to remove your shoes. You can also bring a pair of floaters footwear those are easily available in the markets in India too, these footwear are easy to remove and wear. Photography and Interaction with Local During our trip there will be many opportunities for you to meet and talk with locals. You are allowed to take pictures but it is also suggested that you take permission before clicking their houses, lifestyle and them. One way to start any conversation is with pictures. Children in the villages might ask you to click their picture. If you have a digital camera you are click and show them on screen. Also if possible for you to bring some photos/postcards of your family, home, city or country where you live, animals peculiar to your country to show them. People in Indian villages are very simple and hospitable. They might ask you to come to their house and have a cup of tea as tea is a very common and untimely drink in India. They shall be very happy if you accept their invitation. Single Travelers Single travelers are welcome too. Although they have to pay more than the group members as they shall require a separate room and in case they require a separate vehicle too they have to pay extra amount for the full vehicle. Your Escort cum Guide Our all clients are accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to help you through out the trip and let you have a hassle free tour. He provides information about the places you are travelling through, offers suggestion for things to do and see, recommends local eating venues and introduces you to the local friends. He is your guide too as well and keeps a vast knowledge about the country, its traditions, culture, lifestyle, religion, and society. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting. Your leader is available with you from on arrival day until your departure day. Your group leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety and security reasons. Village Gete – The Highest Village in the World (4980m) Connected with Road
  • 5. Astounding Himalayas Village Tourism Promoters E – Mail : astoundinghimalayas@gmail.com Website : www.astoundinghimalayas.synthasite.com Jeep Safari in the Cold Desert Delhi / Shimla / Sarhan / Sangla / Kalpa / Nako / Tabo / Kibber / Ki Monastery / Kaylong / Trilokinath & Udaipur / Sarchu / Leh Duration : 19 Days / 18 Nights Type of Area You are Travelling Through : Your enter from Green to Brown, gradually and cross some of the very high passes such as Kunzum Pass (4551 m) and Tanglang Pass (5328 m). Drink lots of water and use aspirin if you suffer Acute Mountain Sickness. Best Period to Travel : Mid June to September End (subject to the opening of Kunzum Pass, otherwise we change the route and go via Manali). Please Note : (The following itinerary has been prepared after a deep research and personal visits of the places. The details of the places mentioned in the itinerary and some other places are also given here in this document. You are welcome to discuss with us to add or remove any places, if you want, to the itinerary as per your comfort. It is very much possible to do so as most of the places mentioned in the details are on the way from Shimla to Leh). Day 01 : Arrival at Delhi : Our representative waits for you at the airport. Met on arrival at the airport and transfer to you hotel. Day 02:Train to Kalka : Early morning transfer to New Delhi Railway Station to board Shatabadi. (dep : 0630. Arr kalka : 1200). Arrive Kalka and change to Toy Train to Shimla. (dep. 1210. Arr Shimla : 1730). The toy train is linked with Shatabadi Express and does not leave till Shatabadi Express has arrived. Arrival at Shimla at 1730 and transfer to your hotel. Day 03 Shimla : Half day Heritage walk visiting Christ Church, Jakhu Peak and Viceregal Lodge. In the after noon we shall meet and discuss anything you have in your mind regarding the trip. Day 04: Shimla to Sarhan : 2165 M (175 KM – 6 hours drive) : Today’s drive takes you through lush green Apple Orchards. On the way river Satluj runs along side the age-old Indo-Tibet road. By early evening you arrive at Sarhan, perched high above the river Satluj. Check into the quaint little Guest House in the temple or Hotel Srikhand Mahadev. Day 05: Sarahan to Sangla : 2680 M (95 KM – 3 – 4 hrs. drive) You now enter the Kinnaur district and the beautiful valley of Sangla. It is also known as Baspa valley as Baspa river flows through the valley. The valley offers enchanting view of snow clad peaks in the surroundings. On arrival check into a guest house or the pitch your tents. Day 06: Sangla : Visit to the ancient Kamru fort & temple dedicated to Nag Devta – The Snake God. Afternoon visit to Chitkul, the highest and the last village in this valley. Day 07: Sangla to Kalpa : 2759m (55 KM – 2 hrs. drive) : Kalpa is the main village of the District - Kalpa. Across the river, facing Kalpa is the majesty of the Kinner Kailash range. This is a spectacular sight early in the morning as the rising sun touches the snowy peaks with crimson and gold light. Day 08 : Kalpa to Tabo : 2950 M (200 KM – 8 to 9 hrs drive) : Another pleasant day drive to the small village of Nako. On this drive you enter from green to brown area gradually. Day 09 :Tabo to Kaza : 3050 M (45 KM – 4 hrs drive) Tabo is known as The Ajantas of Himalayas due to its wall paintings in the old Monestery of Tabo. On the way visit to Dhankar Monastery – once the house of Royal Family of the valley, Lalung Monastery in Lingti Valley. Reach Kaza in the evening and check into guest house. Day 10 : Kaza : 3750 M. : today we shall visit Langcha (4275 M) and Komic Village and its Monastery (4587 m). the view and the landscape is breathtaking, mind blowing and out standing. Day 11 : Kaza to Chandertal (4500 m) Today after a hot breakfast, drive to Kibber is the highest village of the world that is connected with electricity, water, road and telephone. Ki Monastery located at the height of 3969 Meter. Visit the ancient monastery built on what is believed to be have been a crater of an extinct Volcano. The Monastery boasts of ancient brass instruments consisting of Trumpets, Cymbals & Drums. Drive to Losar (2.5 hrs drive). Drive to Kunzum pass and walk to Chandertal lake (9 km – 3 hrs walk). Those who cannot walk can drive to the lake. This moon lake is the origination point of Chandra River that becomes Chinab when it enters Pakistan. The lake is located at elevation of 4550 m. Over night stay at the camps. Day 12 : Chandertal to Kaylong : 3350 Meter (4 to 5 hrs. drive) : Here you enter Lahaul Valley. Drive along the Chandra River, The landscape is barren all around while the valley floor is lush green with fields of Barley, Potato, and Hops spring with trees of Willow & Poplar. En-route we stop at tiny hamlet of Chatru for refreshment. Day 13 : Kaylong to Udaipur (2650 Meter) and Trilokinath (2760 Meter) : Today drive along the Chandra Bhaga to sacred sites of Trilokinath & Udaipur. Trilokinath is famous for its temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Perhaps the only place in the world that is revered by both Hindus & Buddhist. Udaipur is famous for the temple of Mrikula Devi, that was built by Pandas during their exile. After visiting these exquisite temples return to Kaylong after a full days 100 KM drive. Day 14 : Keylong to Sarchu (4253 Meter) : 115 KM : 6 to 7 hrs drive : Morning after breakfast drive over the Baralacha Pass (4883 meters) and the picturesque Suraj Tal Lake (4800 Meters) slowly entering another cold desert in Himalayas. Overnight at camp Sarchu. Sarchu is the place where we leave Himachal Pradesh Behind and enter Jammu & Kashmir State. Day 15: Sarchu – Leh : (3450 Meter) : 246 KM – 8 to 9 hrs drive) : On this route we also cross the plateau of ‘More Plans’ for 45 kilometers. The beauty here is unexplainable. Then over the Tanglang La Pass (5328 meter) the highest point of the tour where you stand on the world’s second highest motor able pass. Day 16 : Leh : A Complete day of visit to the monasteries (104 Kms) After breakfast drive to visit the Shey Palace, Thiksey, Hemis monasteries and Stok Palace Museum. Packed or Hot Lunch will be provided. Return to Leh in the evening. Overnight Hotel. Day 17 : Leh – Nubra Valley (120 Kms) : After Breakfast drive to Nubra Valley via Khardungla (Highest Motorable road in the World, 18,380 ft). Arrive at Deskit by Afternoon. Rest of the day one is free to explore Deskit, Hunder Villages and camel Safari in Sand Dunes between Deskit and Hunder Village. Overnight Hotel.
  • 6. Astounding Himalayas Village Tourism Promoters E – Mail : astoundinghimalayas@gmail.com Website : www.astoundinghimalayas.synthasite.com Day 18 : Nubra Valley to Leh (120 Kms) : After Breakfast visit Deskit Monastery and drive back to Leh by same Route, crossing Khardungla Pass. Overnight Hotel. Day 19 : Leh – Delhi : Transfer to airport and fly back to Delhi with Sweet Memories of Ladakh. Met on arrival at the airport in Delhi and transfer to Hotel / International airport. *****
  • 7. Astounding Himalayas Village Tourism Promoters E – Mail : astoundinghimalayas@gmail.com Website : www.astoundinghimalayas.synthasite.com Kinnaur & Spiti Valley : Buddhist Safari with Taj Mahal Delhi / Shimla / Sarhan / Sangla / Kalpa / Nako / Tabo / Kibber / Ki Monastery / Kaylong / Trilokinath & Udaipur / Manali / Dharamsala / Amritsar / Delhi / Agra Duration : 20 Days / 19 Nights Type of Area You are Travelling Through : Your enter from Green to Brown, gradually and cross some of the very high passes such as Kunzum La Pass – 4551 meters and Rohtang Pass (4090 m). Drink lots of water and use aspirin if you suffer Acute Mountain Sickness. Best Period to Travel : Mid June to September End (subject to the opening of Kunzum Pass, otherwise we change the route and go via Manali). Please Note : (The following itinerary has been prepared after a deep research and personal visits of the places. The details of the places mentioned in the itinerary and some other places is also given here in this document. You are welcome to discuss with us to add or remove any places, if you want, to the itinerary as per your comfort. It is very much possible to do so as most of the places mentioned in the details are on the way from Shimla to Manali). Day 01 : Arrival at Delhi : Our representative waits for you at the airport. Met on arrival at the airport and transfer to you hotel. Day 02:Train to Kalka : Early morning transfer to New Delhi Railway Station to board Shatabadi. (dep : 0630. Arr kalka : 1200). Arrive Kalka and change to Toy Train to Shimla. (dep. 1210. Arr Shimla : 1730). The toy train is linked with Shatabadi Express and does not leave till Shatabadi Express has arrived. Arrival at Shimla at 1730 and transfer to your hotel. Day 03 Shimla : Half day Heritage walk visiting Christ Church, Jakhu Peak and Viceregal Lodge. In the after noon we shall meet and discuss anything you have in your mind regarding the trip. Day 04: Shimla to Sarhan : 2165 M (175 KM – 6 hours drive) : Today’s drive takes you through lush green Apple Orchards. On the way river Satluj runs along side the age-old Indo-Tibet road. By early evening you arrive at Sarhan, perched high above the river Satluj. Check into the quaint little Guest House in the temple or Hotel Srikhand Mahadev. Day 05: Sarahan to Sangla : 2680 M (95 KM – 3 – 4 hrs. drive) You now enter the Kinnaur district and the beautiful valley of Sangla. It is also known as Baspa valley as Baspa river flows through the valley. The valley offers enchanting view of snow clad peaks in the surroundings. On arrival check into a guest house or the pitch your tents. Day 06: Sangla : Visit to the ancient Kamru fort & temple dedicated to Nag Devta – The Snake God. Afternoon visit to Chitkul, the highest and the last village in this valley. Day 07: Sangla to Kalpa : 2759m (55 KM – 2 hrs. drive) : Kalpa is the main village of the District - Kalpa. Across the river, facing Kalpa is the majesty of the Kinner Kailash range. This is a spectacular sight early in the morning as the rising sun touches the snowy peaks with crimson and gold light. Day 08 : Kalpa to Tabo : 2950 M (200 KM – 8 to 9 hrs drive) : Another pleasant day drive to the small village of Nako. On this drive you enter from green to brown area gradually. Day 09 :Tabo to Kaza : 3050 M (45 KM – 4 hrs drive) Tabo is known as The Ajantas of Himalayas due to its wall paintings in the old Monestery of Tabo. On the way visit to Dhankar Monastery – once the house of Royal Family of the valley, Lalung Monastery in Lingti Valley. Reach Kaza in the evening and check into guest house. Day 10 : Kaza : 3750 M. : today we shall visit Langcha (4275 M) and Komic Village and its Monastery (4587 m). the view and the landscape is breathtaking, mind blowing and out standing. Day 11 : Kaza to Chandertal (4500 m) Today after a hot breakfast, drive to Kibber is the highest village of the world that is connected with electricity, water, road and telephone. Ki Monastery located at the height of 3969 Meter. Visit the ancient monastery built on what is believed to be have been a crater of an extinct Volcano. The Monastery boasts of ancient brass instruments consisting of Trumpets, Cymbals & Drums. Drive to Losar (2.5 hrs drive). Drive to Kunzum pass and walk to Chandertal lake (9 km – 3 hrs walk). Those who cannot walk can drive to the lake. This moon lake is the origination point of Chandra River that becomes Chinab when it enters Pakistan. The lake is located at elevation of 4550 m. Over night stay at the camps. Day 12 : Chandertal to Kaylong : 3350 Meter (4 to 5 hrs. drive) : Here you enter Lahaul Valley. Drive along the Chandra River, The landscape is barren all around while the valley floor is lush green with fields of Barley, Potato, and Hops spring with trees of Willow & Poplar. En-route we stop at tiny hamlet of Chatru for refreshment. Day 13 : Kaylong to Udaipur (2650 Meter) and Trilokinath (2760 Meter) : Today drive along the Chandra Bhaga to sacred sites of Trilokinath & Udaipur. Trilokinath is famous for its temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Perhaps the only place in the world that is revered by both Hindus & Buddhist. Udaipur is famous for the temple of Mrikula Devi, that was built by Pandwas during their exile. After visiting these exquisite temples return to Kaylong after a full days 100 KM drive. Day 14: Kaylong to Manali through Rohtang Pass (13500ft) and Transfer to Hotel. Day 15: Manali : Visit to ancient Hadimba Temple, Manu Maharishi Temple, Buddhist Monastery & Solang Valley and back to Hotel. Day 16: Manali – Dharamsala (280 km - 8 hrs drive) : Drive to Dharamshala, the seat of Dalai Lama. On arrival check into hotel. Day 17 : Dharamshala : Visit Dalai Lama Monastery, Tibetan Children Village and Narbulinga Institute where Tibetan Handicrafts are made and displayed. Day 18 : Dharamshala - Amritsar ( 6 hrs drive ): Drive to Amritsar. Check into the hotel and proceed to see the Flag Ceremony to Waga boarder. Evening visit to Golden temple, the holy Sikh Shrine. Day 19 : Amritsar - Delhi : Morning transfer to railwa station to board Shatabadi Express to Delhi . (Dep : 0515 Arr Delhi : 1115) On arrival transfer to hotel / International airport to board flight to your next destination.
  • 8. Astounding Himalayas Village Tourism Promoters E – Mail : astoundinghimalayas@gmail.com Website : www.astoundinghimalayas.synthasite.com Day 20 : Delhi – Agra : Morning transfer to New Delhi Railway Station to board Shatabadi Express to Agra. (Dep : 0615 Arr Agra : 0815). Met on arrival and drive to see Taj. Visit Taj mahal. Followed by the Agra Fort. Lunch at Agra and drive to Fatehpur Sikri (35 km) from Agra. This site was established by the Third Mughal Emperor Akbar to be used as his Capital but he had to shift ot Delhi very soon. Evening transfer to Raiway Station to board shatabadi Express to Delhi. (Dep : 0815 PM : Arrival Delhi at 1015 PM). Met on arrival and transfer to the Hotel / International airport to board flight to your next destination. *****
  • 9. Astounding Himalayas Village Tourism Promoters E – Mail : astoundinghimalayas@gmail.com Website : www.astoundinghimalayas.synthasite.com Amazing Seraj & Kinnaur with Taj Mahal Delhi / Dharamsala / Jibhi / Sarhan / Sangla / Kalpa / Shimla / Delhi / Agra Duration : 11 Days / 10 Nights Type of Area You are Travelling Through : Your shall be travelling only in the green area and the highest pass that we cross is Jalori Pass (3300 m) Best Period to Travel : March to November End Day 01 : Arrival at Amritsar : History of Amritsar is really fascinating. According to the legend, when the fourth Guru of the Sikhs Guru Ram Das heard about the healing powers of the pool, he ordered his son Guru Arjan Dev to erect a temple at the site. In 1588, the foundations of a city were laid which later on became an emblem of Sikh culture and history. I will come personally to receive you at the Airtport. We shall drive to the Hotel. On arrival Check in. After lunch we shall visit Jalianwala Bagh where General Dyerof British Army had opened Fire on Hundreds of Hindus and Sikhs who were having a public meeting in the Park. A number of them had been killed and many jumped into a well to save their lives but after some time the well was also full of dead bodies. In the evening we shall visit the Wagha Boarder (45 kilometer) to see the boarder Ceremony. The gates between India and Pakistan are opened every evening to pull the Flags down. The soldiers of both the side perform a Parade together. There is dance, music and Flag Ceremony. Drive back to your hotel. Dinner shall be served in the hotel. Day 02 : Drive to Dharamsala (6 hours drive) : Morning after breakfast Visit to Golden Temple. The Temple compound was completed in 1601 and then, Guru Granth Sahib (Also called Adi Granth), holy book of Sikhs was installed in the Temple. The Temple became popular as Harmandir (Temple of God). The temple is situated in the middle of the Pool of Nectar. Amrit – Means Nectar & Sar – Means Pool. The huge complex is made of Marble and here you can see a number of Sikh men and women cleaning the ground, washing utensils, bating in the pool and bowing before the temple. Drive to Dharamshala with packed lunch. Dharamshala is located at the elevation of 6000 ft above sea level but we shall be driving more ten Kilometers upside to reach McCleodganj. This is the seat of H.H. Dalai Lama who is running his Government in Exile from here. Dalai Lama arrived Dharamshala from Tibet in 1959 and since then he has been fighting to get his country free from China. McCleodganj is such a place where you might have a chance to see Faces from all Races. On arrival check into the hotel. Dinner at the hotel. Day 03 : Dharamshala : Morning After breakfast visit to Dalai Lama Monastery. The Monastery was built in 1987 and H.H. Dala Lama lives just opposite to that. The Monastery has a There is a Museum next to the Monastery that explains the life that used to be in Tibet and what is there now. Tibetans are fighting in peace to get their country free from China. Our next visit is to the Tibetan Children’s Village. This is a school where nearly 2000 children ( of all ages – 10 months to 18 years) from Tibet live. They are provided education, accommodation, meals, love, families and a chance to have a good future. Most of them are orphans or have lost their parents. Lunch at the hotel or at a restaurant in the Market. After lunch we visit the Narbulinga Institute where Tibetan Handicrafts are made and displayed for sale. A doll Museum also depicts the life style in Tibet. Dinner with drinks at Mcleo Restaurant. Day 04 : Dharamshala – Jibbi : (215 km - 8 hours drive) : We start at 0830 am. Jibhi is a sleepy village in Seraj Valley where you shall be staying in a Village House converted into a Guest House with neat and clean rooms with attached toilets and bathrooms. The owners has two more mountain huts up side across the rivulet. The route is through the Tea Estates once set up by British. We shall stop to visit the Tea Estates. A visit to a 6 century old Shiva temple shall be worth before we have Lunch at Visco Resort – at the banks or a rivulet in Mandi. We reach Jibbi in the evening. On arrival check into the guest house. Dinner with drinks shall be served at the guest house. Day 05 :Jibhi : Morning after breakfast we drive for 6 kilometer from where we hike up to Chaini Fort in Chaini Village. The fort is a 1000 years old vertical tower. These type of towers were built to place soldiers hon the top to keep a watch around. Afternoon visit to Jalori Pass (3350 meters) from where we can trek for 5 kilometer to Seolsar Lake. The view from the Pass is astounding on a clear day. The trek to Seolsar is through the thick Himalayn Oak Forest that give you chance of seeing wild life and Himalayan Birds. The beautiful lake is located at the other end of the trek with a small temple erected in a typical Himalayan style of architecture next to it. Day 06 : Jibhi - Sarhan : (8 hours drive) : Driving through the Seraj Valley along with a rivers, through the villages, crossing the pass and visiting villages and temples we come out at the other end of the valley. On the way visit to Bhaina Devi temple at Village Bhaina. The drive here is through the Himalayan Villages those are the marvel example of Himalayan architecture, Lifestyle & Culture. Lunch enroute and arrive Sarhan in the evening. Check into the hotel and then visit to Bhima Kali Temple. This temple is the biggest structure made of timber in the entire region. It is famous for its woodwork, location and the Goddess Bhimakali. Day 07: Sarahan to Kalpa : 2680 M (96 KM – 3 – 4 hrs. drive) : You now enter the Kinnaur district and the beautiful valley of Sangla. It is also known as Baspa valley as Baspa river flows through the valley. The valley offers enchanting view Snow clad Kinner Kailash – The Holy Mountain. On arrival check into Hote Kinner Villa. Kalpa is the main village of the District - Kalpa. Across the river,
  • 10. facing Kalpa is the majesty of the Kinner Kailash range. This is a spectacular sight early in the morning as the rising sun touches the snowy peaks with crimson and gold light. Day 08: Kalpa to Shimla : (250 km – 8 hours drive) : Drive to Shimla is through the forests, along with Satluj River, over Narkanda and through the Apple Orchards. Shimla has been the Summer Capital of British during Raj. The whole of Indian sub continent was controlled form here during summer every year from 1864 to 1947. This is the place where the documents of Independence were prepared in the Viceregal Lodge. Ar Arrive Shimla in the evening and check into hotel. Day 09 : Shimla : Morning after breakfast we drive to the Viceregal Lodge. This astounding building has been the official residence of the Viceroy of India during British Raj. The building keeps many historical dates in its lap such as Shimla Conference, historical Meetings of Viceroy with Mahatma Gandhi about the independence and of course the evening parties of Viceregal’s life. After tthis we visit to Annadale Ground that is the only table land in the vicinity of Shimla. The ground was once used by British for Gymkhana, Shimla. Polo, fairs and many other public functions. Today it is with the Indian Army who used it as a Golf Course, a part of the ground is used to park the Helicopter of the Chief Minister of the State and a Museum dedicated to the History of Indian army is housed in one old bungalow type building t the entrance of the Ground. Lunch shall be served in Hotel Clark’s at the eastern end of Shimla. Clarkes is the base of the Oberoi Group of Hotels’ Empire. In the evening we proceed to a Jungle Resort where a group of Folk Dancers wait for us to perform. Before that you are welcomed b he by a priest from the nearby temple. The priest performs Hawan (a way of worshipping that is always performed on marriages, birth birth, before entering a new house, before starting a new business and on may other similar occasions). After the Hawan a Gift shall b fore be presented to all the guest as this is the last day in the hills. This is followed by the program of folk dance performed by t the locale artists, dinner with campfire and drinks. Day 10 : Shimla - Delhi : Morning after breakfast transfer to the railway station to board Toy Train to Kandaghat. (Dep : 1030 – Arr. Kandaghat : 1230). From Kandaghat we drive to Chandigarh to board flig to Delhi. (Dep. 1740 – Arr Delhi : 1845). Met flight on arrival at Palam airport in Delhi and transfer to the Hotel. Day 11 : Delhi – Agra : Early morning transfer to New Delhi Railway Station to board Shatabadi Express to Agra. (Dep : 0615 arly Arrival Agra : 0815). Met on arrival and drive to see Taj. Visit Taj mahal. Followed by the Agra Fort. Lunch at Agra and drive to . Fatehpur Sikri (35 km) from Agra. This site was established by the Third Mughal Emperor Akbar to be used as his Capital but he had to shift ot Delhi very soon. Evening transfer to Raiway Station to board shatabadi Express to Delhi. (Dep : 0815 PM : Arrival Delhi t at 1015 PM). Met on arrival and transfer to the Hotel / International airport to board flight to your next destination. ***** Chaini Fort in Chaini Vilage Bhimakali Temple – Sarhan Bhaina Temple – In Seraj Valley
  • 11. Astounding Himalayas Village Tourism Promoters E – Mail : astoundinghimalayas@gmail.com Places Annandale Ground : This is the only tableland in the vicinity of the town, perhaps associated with a place England or drives its name from a Lady by the sa same name. It has been once famous for Gymkhanas and Horse Races. The ground is now with Army and converted into a Golf Course. A part of that is also used for the parking of the Helicopters of the Chief Minister and of Army. Army Heritage Museum : Near the gates of the Annandale Ground a building has been converted into Army Heritage Museum. Thanks to the idea of Lieutenant General Kuldip Singh Jamwal who recently had the Army Heritage Museum prepared. The museum describes the history of Army. In particular, it is about the Indian soldiers and their virtues ‘loyalty to comrades, fidelity to an oath, courage under stress’, about their mind set and military thinking, passed down from generations for over 5000 years; about regiments and the intense Christ Church - Shimla regimental pride which they so passionately treasure, about ide Indian captains of war and their contribution which make an Shimla Indian proud. ‘There is a town in Himalayas that is situated over the passes Cecil Hotel : Another British time building of Shimla and under the snow peaks’ wrote a British writer in nineteenth from where Mr. Oberoi – the owner of Oberoi Group of Hotels century. Today it is visited by a number of tourists from all over started his career as a clerk and became the owner of the world the world and remains an attraction for them through out the famous chain of hotels. year. State Museum : The Shimla Museum has a very good imla ‘I cannot doubt that Simla will rise in importance as it I collection of stone work, antiques, miniature paintings, old becomes better known‘. Wrote Captain Mundy, the ADC of coins, old weapons and local dresses. Lord Combermere in 1829. How true he was. The town started Viceregal Lodge : A marvel example of Baronial its journey from a ten or fifteen houses village and arose up to Scottish style of architecture, the house is still the biggest house the present level in just 190 years. in the town. This has been the seat of the Viceroy of India during Today it is one of the most charming and alluring Summer and from here the entire Sub Continent was controlled. destination in the Northern Hills of India. The town is visited by Jakhu Peak : This is the hig highest peak of the town and a number or tourists from all over the worlds because of its dominates the entire area. The peak is crowned by the temple of natural beauty, heritage, history, religion and its Moc Tudor Monkey God – Hanuman. Style of architecture. A few of them are: Christ Church : the corner stone was laid in 1845 but Shimla to Rampur : 130 KM : T way to Rampur is through The opened for the general Public in 1857. The Church is a Kufri, Theog, Narkanda & Kingal. Situated at lower altitude of prominent landmark in the town and famous for its Chancel 1200 meters on the left bank of river Satluj The place is famous Satluj. Windows designed by Mr. Lockwood Kipling, father of the for Lavi trade fair held in November. famous writer Rudyard Kipling. Gaiety Theatre : in 1925 Sir E. Buck wrote in his famous book Simla – Past & Present, ‘Simla is the Mecca of amateur actors in the East, and the A. D. C. – probably the best equipped Amateur Dramatic Club in the world – is an example of the pitch of efficiency to which the amateur organization can e be brought to’. Famous for its Neo-Gothic style of architecture the Gothic building was built in 1887 and it has been responsible for making a number of artist of Indian Silver screen, who started their carrier from here as an actor and arose to the starry heights. d Scandal Point : The main gossip point and the center of the town where everyone is found in the evening if he is not available at home. The place is associated with an old story that may be fake, as the daughter of the Commander in Chief was der Damul village in Spiti Valley abducted from here by the King of Punjab. Gorton Castle : This is perhaps the second biggest Sarahan : A summer capital of erstwhile state of house in Shimla. The building is famous for the absolute blend Rampur Bushehar offers charming climate during summer. of Gothic and Rajasthani architecture. The basic attraction of the house is the Rajasthani jaliwork in its windows and balconies. asthani Presently it houses the office of Accountant General.
  • 12. Astounding Himalayas Village Tourism Promoters E – Mail : astoundinghimalayas@gmail.com Bhimakali temple is a big attraction besides Srikhand god is Dabla who neither have any dwelling nor possesses an peak view and base for trekkers to Sangla valley and other ark. The only manifestation of deity is a small pole with a areas of Kinnaur. It is 17 kilometers above main road of Jeori small idol set on its upper portion and adorned with Yak tail connected with a metaled road. hair and long pieces of colored cloth. Bhava Nagar : 35 KM from Sarhan : On e can have Chango : 3058 meters : At a distance of 122 a view of Satluj River and can pay a visit of course with pre kilometers, is a collection of hamlets in Pargana Shuva, sub permission to underground hydro project known as Sanjay tehsil hangrang, on the left bank of river spiti. It is surrounded Vidyut Paryojna is of its own kind in Asia. by high hills which is a witness to the presence of a former Nichar : 2150 metre : This village is situated lake. The village is under the influence of Buddhism but there between Tranda and Wangtu on the left bank of Satluj River are few local Hindu deities too namely Gyalbo, Dabla and and is about 5 kilometer above Wangtu. The Scenery is in Yalsa. enchanting. Ghoral, Antelopes and Black and Red Bear are Nako : 3662 meters : Situated about 2 kilometers seen sometime in the higher and cold portion of the range. above the hangrang valley road and is 103 kilometer from Wangtu : It is 5 kilometer ahead of Bhava Nagar and Kalpa on the western direction of the huge mountain of an entry point for tribal area of Kinnaur. Pargial. This is the heist village in the valley and the existence Tapri and Karcham : 10 kilometer : small town of lake formed out of the masses of the ice and snow above with small facilities. Karcham is a bifurcation point for Sangla adds to the beauty of the village. Village deity is Deodum and Valley. another Langang temple with several idols exist there. Sangla Valley : It is 17 kilometer from Karcham, offers heavenly charming view during the season. One can pay a visit to Kamru Temple and Fort. Trout fishing can be done in Baspa River with the permission from the fisheries office. The valley is surrounded by the snowy peaks. Rakcham : 2900 meter : Rakcham is situated on the right bank of the Baspa River. It is a name derived form ‘RAK’ stone and ‘CHAM’ a bridge. The situation of the village is striking. Chitkul : 3450 meter : This is the last and highest is Baspa valley. It is situated on the right bank of Baspa River. There is a road along with the left bank from Karcham. There are three temples of local goddess Mathi, the main one said to have been constructed around 500 years ago. Poari : 15 kilometer from Tapri : Petrol Pump Key Monastery in spiti Valley facility for whole of Kinnaur district is available here. Road bifurcates to Recongpeo, 7 kilometer and Kalpa 18 kilometer Sumdo / Kaurik : On the border of Spiti and at the from here. distance of 104 KM. and 124 KM respectively from Kalpa, are Recongpeo and Kalpa : 18 kilometer : This is the the entry points of Spiti Valley. There is a police check post to district head quarter of Kinnaur district and is famous for assist and help visitors. Chilgoza, Apple gardens, dry fruits and offers the nearest view Tabo : It is another big Gompa for serving the of Kinner Kailash (Shivling peaks etc.). Local wine known as population of eastern side. It is 10th century old and is located angoori of Riba (14 km) is very famous. 50 kms. From Kaza. It is a famous Gompa next to Tholing Kothi : This is also called Koshtampi is little below Gompa in Tibbet. It has about 60 Lamas and has a big Kalpa proper and is over shadowed by a Kinner Kailash peak. collection of scriptures, wall paintings etc. Murals of this The village with its attractive temple, gracious Willows, green Gompa have a great similarity to that of Ajanta paintings. fields, fruit trees make altogether lovely landscape. Goddess Dhankar : It is situated about 25 km. east of Kaza Shuwang Chandrika’s temple is famous one in the village. and serving eastern part of central Spiti. Dhankar is a big Riba : 2745 meter : Riba is another large populous village and erstwhile capital of Spiti King. On top of the hill village at the distance of a 14 kilometer from Morang. The there is a fort which used to be the prison in olden times. The tehsil head quarter and situated between the village of monastery has about 100 Lamas and is in possession of Poorbani and Rispa. Buddhist scriptures in Bhoti language. Principal figure is a Moorang : This is the first point where foreigners Statue of Vairochana consisting of 4 complete figures seated have to show their Inner line permits. back to back. It has relic in the shape of paintings and Chaso Khud : Bifurcation from Chaso khud to scriptures. Sunnam Valley that is 10 kilometer from Chaso Khud. This Kaza : 3800 meters : 224 km from Manali, 197 km valley is famous for grapes, almonds, apples and three from Kaylong and 425 km from Shimla. Kaza is the sub villages. divisional headquarter of Spiti Valley. It is situated at the foot Pooh : 56 kilometer : Situated at a distance of 71 of the steep ridges on the left bank of Spiti River. kilometer from Kalpa. It has all modern facilities, Green Fields, Vineyards, Apricots, Almonds, Grapes Orchards. Local
  • 13. Astounding Himalayas Village Tourism Promoters TIPS for TOURISTS E – Mail : astoundinghimalayas@gmail.com The followings are the Tips for those Foreigner Travelers who wish to travel on their own: Kibber : 4205 meters : It is locally known as • Foreigners who wish to over stay, should contact the nearest Khypur, one of the highest villages in the world in a narrow Foreigners Regional Registration Office or the Sadar Police valley surrounded by mountains from all the sides. Station in town. Kye Monastery : It is situated 12 km north of Kaza • Stay only in the Hotels/ Guesthouses that are registered with the State Tourism Department. A certificate to this effect is displayed and serving the western population of Spiti. It is the oldest and by them near the reception counter. biggest monastery of the valley and located at 4116 meter • Photography is prohibited inside of some buildings Government above key village. It has beautiful scripture and paintings of Buildings, Monasteries, Temples, Army and Police offices. For Buddha and other Goddesses. Lamas Practice dance, songs assistance or guidance ask your guide or nearest tourist office. • There are various people in the town who offer guide services. and play of pipes and horns. Many Lamas get religious Although they are approved by State Tourism Department but training here. It has Murals and books of high value. agree to work for a very small amount for the reasons mentioned. Thang Yud Gompa : it is located 13 km above Kaza During the trip they insist on or suggest going for shopping or serving western part of central Spiti situated in a secluded insist to go to the places where get a commission. Kindly do not get deceived by cheap rates quoted by them. Hire only reliable palace in the narrow gorge of Kaza Nullah. It generally has guides. It does not matter if you have to pay a little more. You Lama from Tibbet. Above this there is a long pleatue which may also contact at whht@sancharnet.in for Escort cum Guide leads to Shilla Peak. services in Himalayas. Gungri Gompa : It is situated in the Pin valley about • Change money only at the Authorised Foreign Exchange Outlets / Banks / Hotels. Insist on a receipt for the money changed. 10 km from Attargo, where Spiti river has to be crossed to • If you have lost some important document such as your passport enter Pin Valley. or air ticket, immediately inform or contact the nearest Police Losar : It is situated near the confluence of Losar station or the State Tourism Office. and Peeno streams. This village is worth a visit being the first • For medical assistance, contact Government hospitals, private big village and because of its location. Yak and horses riding clinics or nursing homes. • Dispose off liter carefully. There are dustbins placed at every are other charms to add. corner. Use of plastic bags is banned in Himachal Pradesh. Kunzum Pass : 4590 meters : As Rohtang pass is the • Smoking is not allowed at public places such as railway stations, gateway to Lahaul, Kunzum pass is the gateway to Spiti from railway trains, buses, markets etc. Kullu and Lahaul. After crossing Rohtang Pass and drive • For sightseeing and excursions, contact Government Tourist down 20 kilometer one has to turn to right from Gramphoo Office or Government approved Travels Agents and Transporters. while going to this pass, the panoramic view of Bara Shigri Glacier (Third Longest Glacier in the world) is enthralling and ****** inspiring. Even if you are not traveling with us Gramphoo – Manali : 66 km : Road bifurcates to You are welcome to Contact us for any Kind of Kaylong and further to Leh and also to Pangi Valley over Information Regarding your visit to Himalayas Kunzum pass which is the gateway from Manali. One can proceed to Shimla or Mandi or Palampur. Leh : Situated between two of the world's highest For Further Details and Reservations mountain ranges - the Karakoram and the Himalayas here you Contact Us at witness some of the most breathtaking natural scenery, crossing desolate plains, gorges, valleys and mountain passes. A to nd s u ing H a as im lay Exploring isolated monasteries, trekking diverse and beautiful V i l l a g e T o u r i s m P r o m o t e r s landscapes and coming face to face with warm hospitality, we travel to Leh via one of the highest motorable roads over the Kunzum Pass and Tanglang Pass . Dharamshala : The seat of the Government of Tibet in Exile where Dalali Lama fights against China to get his country free. Jibhi : Jibhi is a sleepy village in Seraj valley, one of the most enchanting valleys in Himachal Pradesh. Here you are surrounded only by the towering Cedars and high mountains. The narrow valley brings you closer to the Astounding Himalayas Himalayan Culture and Lifestyle as well. Village Tourism Promoters Kishori Niwas, Longwood, Shimla – 171001, Himachal Pradesh (India) Contact : Shimla (0091- 9816149102, 91 – 9218797990), Delhi (0091 - 9313348742), E – Mail : astoundinghimalayas@gmail.com, **************
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