Day 1 Delhi
You shall all be arriving independently at Delhi, and checking into the hotel. You are free to explore the city in the day before an evening welcome meeting.
Day 2 Naggar
In the morning, we will be flying to Kullu, and will be arriving in Naggar in the late morning. Naggar is a traditional and peaceful Hindu village in Himachal Pradesh, 500 km from Delhi. It lies in the heart of the Western Himalayas, in the Kullu valley. Because this area is so beautiful, the Gods – according to the Hindu belief – chose this valley to be their home. That’s why it is still called “The Valley of the Gods”. Hopefully you are hungry, as we have a welcome lunch and a relaxing day ahead. We will be spending the night is a cosy family-run Hotel called Hotel Ragini Cottages. . In and around Naggar, at 1760 meters, thousand-years-old Hindu temples lie scattered around. The view on the valley, the rice fields, the forests and the villages around with their unique culture is breathtaking.
Day 3 Naggar
Today is a ‘warming up’ day. You will get acquainted with your Enfield Bullets and get familiar with handling them, and also learn a bit about the Indian traffic ‘system’. We will drive to Manali for the day and it is a beautiful, green ride down through villages and the Himalayan green mountains. The air is fresh and we will start seeing the rural India and its beauty. Manali is a touristic yet gorgeous spot on the Beas River surrounded by high peaks and beautiful waterfalls everywhere. After this, we will be having a briefing about the tour ahead of us.
Day 4 Banjar
As day 4 approaches, we start the bike tour! We start by driving from Naggar to Banjar Valley, it should take roughly 4 hours. The Banjar Valley is in the middle Himalayan range and going towards east, the peaks progressively get taller, finally giving way to the great Himalayan range, where peaks have heights of 4500 metres and above. In the evening, we will be staying in a guesthouse in Shoja. (89km)
Day 5 Sarahan
Today we drive from Shoja to Sarahan, a picturesque village located 175km northwest of Shimla (capital of Himachal Pradesh). The interesting Bhimakali Tempel, built in the Indo-Tibetan style, is definitely worth visiting. It has shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Raghunath and Lord Narasimha and it also has a small, appealing museum to explore. (124km)
Day 6 Sangla Valley
We will be driving from Sarahan to Sangla and visit the local Temple dedicated to Lord Ganesh, the village is surrounded with beautiful nature, great views, and we will explore the local life. In the village of Kamru, 2 km from Sangla village, there is a wooden five-storey fort. It also has a temple dedicated to Goddess Kamakshi. We will be spending the night here in gorgeous Sangla! (84km)
Day 7 Sangla
An exploration of Sangla Valley today, with a hike to Sangla Kanda which is highly recommended. This really is a day to rest from riding, so either chill out with the beautiful breath taking views, or have a day trek to Sanglakanda. You would have to cross Baspa and ascend along ‘Rukti’ stream passing through Pine and Deodar forests. There’s a small lake atop Sangla Kanda and towards the other side.
Day 8 Nako
Today we drive from Sangla to Nako, which should take about 5 hours. High above the Hangrang Valley Nako is centered on a small sacred lake, behind which rise towering rock-strewn mountains dotted by stupas. On the western edge of Nako you’ll find the four 11th-century chapels of Nako Gompa, containing some fine murals and sculptures! (129km)
Day 9 Tabo
Driving from Nako to Tabo today, we are fortunate enough to path through Giu. Giu happens to be the furthest and most isolated village of Spiti, lying close to the border of Tibet. It is also famous for its old mummy of a monk sitting in meditation… still intact today!
We will check in at the Tabo ‘Monastery Guesthouse’ in the morning, and spend the night there, hoping you all sleep well. Tabo is the largest monastic complex of Spiti, and is famous for its 1000+ year old Monastery. (65km)
Day 10 Kaza
Today we drive from Tabo to Kaza via Dhankar (3890 m). Dhakar village is the ancient capital of Spiti and houses an ancient Monastery. Remnants of the Dhankar Fort, which housed the royal family of Spiti, still remain. A visit to the Monastery, Fort and other subsidiary temples leaves one spell bound at the traditional architectural marvels. The Monastery has some interesting wall murals and thanka-paintings. A short trek above Dhankar lays a spectacular blue-green lake amidst pink-brown hills. At the end of the day, we drive further to Kaza town and stay in a comfortable hotel after our long, thrilling day. (50km)
Day 11 Kaza
Today is a chilled out, sightseeing day around Kaza. You are in for a treat as we visit the largest monastery in Spiti! After this, we will drive up to Kibber village, which lies at 4200m above sea level. It is the old trade route into Ladakh over the Parang La Pass. We continue to the village of Gette and Tashigang and appreciate the view high up in the mountains – this is the area where the famous Spiti horses are bred for trade with the nomads of Ladakh in exchange for the valuable Pashmina wool. (20km~)
Day 12 Kaza
After breakfast, we will drive to Langza village, which should take roughly 2 hours, and is located in a large, high mountain meadow. Here we find evidence of the Tethys Sea before the Indian mainland collided with the Tibetan plateau and formed the Himalayas. Sea fossils can also be found while walking around! After this, we will be visiting Asia’s highest village, Konik village, with another mind blowing legendary monastery. Today really provides a fascinating insight into the Spitian way of life. We return to Kaza for a night’s stay. (30km)
Day 13 Chattru
An early start today as we leave Kaza to go to Chhatru via Chandratal Lake. We will drive over the Kunzum pass (separating Spiti from the Lahaul valley) and first take a detour to the spectacular high altitude lake of Chandratal. After we will descend into the magnificently beautiful valley of the Chandra River. Tonight we will camp in the most scenic and unspoiled part of this valley, as there are no villages or settlements anywhere to be found. (119km)
Day 14 Naggar
Today is our last day on our Enfields, Driving from Chhatru to Naggar, back to Kullu Valley where we started our journey! Before entering back the luscious green valley, we will be passing over the Rohtang pass, the ‘Toughest pass’. The drive back down through the curvy, long stretches of road to the beautiful green valley will send you into a meditative state for sure. (102km)
Day 15 Naggar
Today we have a free day to explore Naggar. There are plenty things to do here. short treks, temples that need exploring, how about Naggar Castle? Whatever you decide to do, you will end up having a lovely relaxing day!
Day 16 Delhi
Early morning we will fly back to Delhi and enjoy some urban exploration. Shopping, site seeing relaxing and spend some last moments together over dinner!
Day 17 Delhi
The last day of the tour, eat your last Breakfast in India and it’s back home time… Till our next trip