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Start Time
8:30 am
Saturday
May 11, 2019
End Time
7:30 pm
Thursday
May 16, 2019

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Source Location:
Sangla
Country:
India

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Trip description

The quaint village of Chitkul, the last inhabited Indian village before the Indo-China Border at 11,320 feet high offers a distinctive connection with nature and unforgettable experience. Breathe in the fresh mountain air, and soak in the tranquil environment. The sights, sounds and smells are all as nature intended, truly magical destination for the nature enthusiasts.
With snow-strewn mountains, pristine gurgling rivers, beautiful temples, traditional Kinnauri-style slate-roofed houses, this village is a perfect escape.
We also make a visit to the nearby villages of Rakchham, Sangla and Kalpa which extend equally postcard perfect views.
ITINERARY:-
DAY 00 | Delhi – Shimla (350 km / 8 hrs)
We start our road trip to Chitkul from New Delhi ISBT Kashmiri Gate Bus Terminus at 9:00PM. We take an overnight Volvo AC Bus to Shimla. (-/-/-)
DAY 01 | Shimla – Narkanda (65 km / 2 hrs)
We reach Shimla and after a quick breakfast head to Narkanda by our vehicle. The scenic drive takes us to Narkanda which is situated at 8,800 feet ASL. Narkanda is a peaceful hill town far away from the touristy Shimla with stunning views of the lofty Himalayan ranges famous for the splendid towering trees and is famous for ski slopes, apple orchards and the Hatu Peak.
Trek through thick pine forests to Hatu Peak, 11152 feet high. From the summit, you will be able witness panoramic view of the snowcapped mountains. There is a small Hatu temple as well which is worth visiting. (B/L/D)
DAY 02 | Narkanda – Chitkul (180 km / 6 hrs)
Today, we start on our journey to Chitkul through the breathtaking gorges of the Greater Himalayas. The drive on the Hindustan-Tibet Highway towards Chitkul is one of the most memorable routes with the panoramic views of the snow-clad mountains. We’ll be accompanied throughout our journey by the Sutlej River. We pass by several impressive villages adorned with the traditional Kinnauri-style wooden houses topped with slate roofs. We stop at Sangla town for our lunch.
We finally reach the tiny picturesque settlement of Chitkul situated on the banks of river Baspa in the Baspa Valley, predominantly known as India’s last inhabited village on the Indo-China Border. Situated at 11,320 feet, Chitkul is inaccessible for about 6 months in a year due to heavy snowfall. This place is sure to hypnotize the visitors with its pristine and untouched beauty. Rivers, streams, mountains, forests, meadows and apple orchards, this hidden gem has everything!
Take a stroll in the village. Sit on the stones on the banks of Baspa with your feet in its ice cold water. (B/L/D)
DAY 03 | Chitkul
Today, we set on a short trek to Nagasathi along a marked pathway with the stupendous snow-strewn mountains to your company. It takes roughly about an hour to reach Nagasathi, the last village on the old Hindustan-Tibet trade route beyond which the entry is prohibited. The entire trekking route is adorned with the post-card picture-perfect sceneries with Baspa flowing to the right, surrounded by lofty snow-clad peaks, gurgling streams from the melting glaciers and lavish green meadows.
We return to Chitkul for our lunch & the rest of the day is for relaxation. Soak in the environment, read some interesting books, stroll around and converse with the locals. (B/L/D)
DAY 04 | Chitkul – Sangla (25 km / 1½ hrs)
After paying tributes to the 500 years old Goddess Mathi temple in the village, we leave Chitkul. We stop at Rakchham, a charming village in between Chitkul and Sangla. The temples and houses built in pagoda style make it an interesting place to explore. After a few hours of exploration, we proceed to Sangla.
Sangla is a picturesque small town at 9050 feet high with the Baspa River flowing alongside that is sure to take your breath away. Sangla valley is widely acknowledged as one of the “most beautiful valleys in the Himalayas”. The valley offers never-ending sight of the Himalayan Mountains covered with dense cedar forest and many glacial streams gushing through the motorways.
After relaxing for some time in the guesthouse at Sangla, we visit the ancient Kamru Fort and Temple dedicated to the Goddess Kamakhya Devi which was brought from Assam. Stroll in the villages of Sangla where you will have plenty of opportunity to speak to the local people. (B/L/D)
DAY 05 | Sangla – Kalpa (40 km / 2 hrs)
This morning, we set-off to apple-orchard dotted Kalpa, another gem of a village. Kalpa is said to be the winter abode of Lord Shiva. Truly, he couldn’t have found a better place than this haven for himself with entrancingly majestic views of the Kinner Kailash and Jorkandan Peaks looming right above the village.
Kalpa's central temple group encompasses the colorful Buddhist monastery Lochawa La-Khang; a recently rebuilt, tower-style fort just above it; and the Hindu Narayan-Nagini temple about 50m along the path past the Lochawa La-Khang. The Narayan-Nagini's ornate sculptures include tigers (a vehicle of Durga, to whom it's dedicated) and dragons (evidence of the strong Tibetan influence in this region). We visit the monastery and temple before we reach our homestay overlooking Kinner Kailash. (B/L/D)
DAY 06 | Kalpa – Shimla (225 km / 7 hrs)
Rise early to have the splendid views of the Kinner Kailash and Jorkandan Peaks. After early breakfast, we depart and take our return journey to Shimla. We reach in time to take our return Volvo Bus to New Delhi. Trip concludes! (B/L/-)
Those interested in exploring Shimla can stay back and return the next day.
The itinerary is loosely drafted, and allows you to do as little or as much as you like.
This itinerary is just to give you an idea on the tour structure but in no means final and is subject to change.
TRIP DATES:-
Start Date: Saturday, 11th May 2019
End Date: Thursday, 16th May 2019
The participants are requested to reach NEW DELHI by 8PM on Day 00 (10th May) so that we all can leave to SHIMLA by 10PM. We return to New Delhi on Day 07 (17th May), early morning.
TRIP COST:-
INR 18500 per person for the entire trip
 The trip will have a maximum of 14 members (13 participants + 01 facilitator). Pls invite your friends to join.
 Suitable for singles / solo travelers / small group of friends / couples
 Suitable for members between the age group of 16-55 years. We do take members above 55 years too based on their physical fitness.
BOOKING PROCEDURE:-
Please confirm your participation by paying INR 5000 to book your seat. Rest to be paid 30 days before the trip start date.
Pls write to us at unusualescapes@gmail.com for our Bank Account Details to transfer the Booking Fee (or) pay via Google Pay at 9052220466. Credit Card payment option also available. Your spot will be confirmed as soon as we receive your Booking Fee.
INCLUSIONS:-
 Comfy, simple accommodation on double / triple sharing basis depending on the room size in Home-stays / Guesthouses for 5 nights
 Meal starts with Breakfast on 1st Day and ends with the Lunch on the 6th Day, as mentioned in the Itinerary.
 All transfers / sightseeing trips by a Toyota Innova or a similar vehicle depending on the number of participants. Exclusive vehicle for the entire trip from Day 1 to Day 6, but not at disposal.
 Volvo AC Bus from New Delhi & return
 Permits, Toll Taxes, Parking Charges
 Guide charges, wherever required.
 All applicable taxes & service charges
EXCLUSIONS:-
× Train fare / Air fare
× Food / Snacks other than mentioned above
× Camera charges, Entry Fees in places of interest
× Additional cost arising due to mishaps, political unrest, natural calamities like – landslides, road blockage, etc. In such case extra will have to be paid on the spot by the guests directly.
× Personal expenses such as laundry, room heater charges, bottled water, soft drinks, incidentals, porter charges, tips, medicines, etc.
× Any item not specified in the ‘Inclusions’.
For further details & booking your slot, email us at unusualescapes@gmail.com or call SARATHY at 9052220466.
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