Duration: 3 Nights/ 4 Days in Lahaul Valley
Best season: May to November
Region: Himachal Pradesh
The two twin Valleys Spiti and Lahaul in the north eastern corner of Himachal Pradesh are a region of nature at it wildest. The threshold of the Lahaul Plateau is nourished by the Chandra and Baga Rivers. Dry and very cold, it is surrounded by high mountains on all sides. There are many glaciers, the biggest is Bara Shigri. Lahaul is a fascinating area for Buddist art and culture. The monasteries of Lahaul and Spiti are rich repositories of ancient murals, thankas, wood carvings and golden images of the Padmasambhava. The people are charming, friendly and hospitable with their own traditional dances, ballads, folk tales and legends. The Valleys lie at a height of 2745 meters above sea level. Summers here are cool and pleasant with green grass, alpine flowers and an abundance of crops. There is no Monsoon, only sunshine and dry crisp air.
Day 1 Manali to Keylong 115 km
Keylong is situated at an elevation of 3350m in the heart of the Himalayas in a lonely corner with high cliffs covered with snow. This place is lush green. Only here you can find a permanent Bazar. In Keylong, the head quarter of Lahoul and Spiti Valley, you can visit following attractions:
Day 2 Sightseeing
Shashur (3km) monastery, perched upon a mountain-side, nearly 600 m above the valley, opposite Khardang. Gondla (18 km), on the right bank of the river Chandra, the tall imposing structure up on a hill is also a fortification. Kardang (5 km), the largest monastery in the area, it has barrel sized prayer drums that the monks turn during their perambulations, paintings, ancient weapons, musical instruments and large life-size statues of Buddha and the Bodhisattvas.
Day 3 Keylong to Trilokinath Temple to Udaipur 70 km
The Trilokinath Temple is sacred to both, Hindu and Buddhist. Udaipur is famous of the Mekula Devi temple. Since it is on a low altitude, apples, walnuts and apricots are growing here.
Day 4 Udaipur to Manali 151 km
Today we enter the Kullu Valley via Rohtang Pass (3980m) and reach in Manali. End of tour