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Buddhist Paths

This Buddhist Paths jeep safari starts from Manali and first takes you over the magnificent Rohtang pass to the valley of the Bhaga river in Lahaul.

We will visit some of the famous ancient Vajrayana Buddhist monasteries of this region and backtrack along the Chandra river and over the Kunzam pass into Spiti valley. Enroute we will visit the Chandra-tal (lake of the moon).

We then retrace the footsteps of the great guru Padmasambhava, who was responsible for Buddhism's initial spreading in this region. Also those of the great translator and temple builder, Lotsawa Rin-chen Zang-po, who was responsible for Buddhism's resurgence in this region.

We will travel to the high villages of the left bank where you will sample and experience Spiti's traditions and culture through our traditional homestays. Then it is onto the Pin valley, the last bastion of the Bhuchens, a unique and rare sect of Tibetan wandering minstrel lamas who preach religious, social and ecological morals to the locals through diverse theatrical performances.

TRIP ESSENTIALS

Duration – 11 Days (12 days if we add a rest day).
Mode of Travel – Jeep
Accommodation – Specialty Camp/ Retreat, Traditional Homestays, Guesthouse/ Hotel, Wilderness Camping
Highest Point – Kunzam La (pass) 4551mts.
Highest Village – Komik (4513 mts).
Season – June to October**.
Route – Manali-Lahaul-Chandertal-Spiti-Nako*-Sarahan*-Shimla* (*subject to alterations due to road conditions)

PLEASE NOTE

This itinerary can also be run in reverse (starting Shimla and ending at Manali) *provided the route is operational. The trip can also be booked as a Delhi to Delhi trip, wherein the Delhi to Manali and Shimla to Delhi add on’s can be designed as per your need and convenience.

**The road to Spiti valley via the Kunzam pass usually opens for vehicular traffic in the beginning of June, Before that the road is heavily snowbound and hence unusable as a Spiti IN access.