LAHAUL & SPITI LAHAUL & SPITI

LAHAUL & SPITI

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The journey to Lahaul and Spiti Valley begins from Chandigarh at the break of dawn, making a quick stop at Timber trail for breakfast and getting back on the road towards the idyllic town of Narkanda in Himachal Pradesh. Nestled amidst tranquil apple orchards, the warm people at the Tethys Resort treat us to a roaring bonfire and a delicious buffet dinner, with an ample serving of stories about the rich history of the region. The following day had us driving towards Sangla via the gorgeous Kinnaur Valley. Here, we get the opportunity to visit India’s largest private sector hydroelectric plant, the Karcham Wangtoo Hydroelectric Plant on the Sutlej River. Post this exciting & informative tour of the plant; we set out towards Banjara Camps, a luxurious glamping experience for the next two nights.

Having had our fill of the stunning Sangla Valley, we drove to Chitkul which enjoys the distinction of being India’s last village on the ancient Hindustan – Tibet route. And if this was not heavenly enough, a picnic lunch beside a rippling stream made sure even the most unyielding amongst us were charmed by the grace of unspoilt nature. Day four of the excursion was tailor-made for driving enthusiasts. With the World’s Most Treacherous Road splayed out before us, we proceeded to cover the 190 kilometres distance to Tabo for a well-deserved break. The setting of India’s oldest monastery, a mud structure which dates back to 996 A.D., Tabo was a welcome revelation. The following day we continued towards Kaza – the largest township in Spiti, situated at an altitude of 12,000 feet. We decided to explore the place at night on foot and walked around for hours gazing at the mesmerising glittery stars shining in the sky, lying down in the middle of the road, and wondering about our place in nature’s grand scheme of life.

The villages around Kaza are believed to be some of the highest in the world. Frozen in time, these make for some of the most picturesque drives of the entire expedition. Amongst other main attractions, we also paid a visit to the Key Monastery; prettily perched atop a cliff overlooking the spectacular valleys below. We also visited Hikkim – the highest post office in the world from where we send out postcards to family and friends along with visiting Komic, the highest village in the world connected by a motorable road.

On the seventh day, we left at dawn for Manali with 205 kilometres of momentous terrain ahead of us, which took us through the famous Kunzum and Rohtang Pass. Gliding across rivers, glaciers and undulating tracks in our vehicles, this was the best and the most fascinating drive of our journey. After 15 hours of arduous – yet spirit-lifting – driving the previous day, the penultimate day of our journey offered a much-needed break to all the participants. Sleeping, shopping at the Mall Road, sightseeing, cafe hopping in Old Manali – we did it all!

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  • Pravin Thakur, LAHAUL & SPITI DRIVE 2019

    I’ve driven to Lahaul & Spiti in 2016 and 2019, Road to London in 2017 and Jordan in 2018. They take personal care of each one of us on the expedition, and one feels completely secured, and well looked after, even while driving through gruelling terrains on surfaces with no roads.

    Pravin Thakur

    LAHAUL & SPITI DRIVE 2019
  • Mamtha Dembla, LAHAUL & SPITI DRIVE 2019

    Right from planning and registration stage, the team at AO were polite, helpful and patient. The team seamlessly transitioned from the experienced traveller to being a guide, buddy, problem solver, stop-gap nurse, storyteller,  and whatnot. Not a single dull moment all through.

    Mamtha Dembla

    LAHAUL & SPITI DRIVE 2019
  • Nainesh Nandu, LAHAUL & SPITI DRIVE 2019

    I have travelled thrice now - Russia 2018, Jordan 2018 and Lahaul & Spiti 2019 with them and have enjoyed every moment with their team. It’s not the destinations but the journeys that matter where we just don't make friends on these trips with the participants - we make extended families for life.

    Nainesh Nandu

    LAHAUL & SPITI DRIVE 2019
  • Anjna Satija, LAHAUL & SPITI DRIVE 2019

    What the eyes saw, and the heart felt - it is difficult to express through words. Amazing breathtaking beauty of the valley gracefully traversed by the group under the able and excellent leadership of Sanjay and Tushar. We started as strangers on the first day but finished the trip as a big family on the final day.

    Anjna Satija

    LAHAUL & SPITI DRIVE 2019
  • Dimple Tanna, LAHAUL & SPITI DRIVE 2019

    Thank you Adventures Overland for the amazing experience that we had with you in Lahaul and Spiti. It was way beyond our expectations. We loved the accommodations as even in the most deserted areas, there was still a soft bed and a feast waiting for us to tuck into. Our kids had also enjoyed this trip thoroughly.

    Dimple Tanna

    LAHAUL & SPITI DRIVE 2019
  • Karishma Patel, LAHAUL & SPITI DRIVE 2019

    Well, where do I begin, most warm and wonderful hosts, felt that meeting my old buddies and the organisation of the full journey was fabulous, looking forward for many more adventures with you guys, love you guys. Thank you Adventures Overland!

    Karishma Patel

    LAHAUL & SPITI DRIVE 2019
  • Komal Shah, LAHAUL & SPITI DRIVE 2019

    Very good organisation, safety and security for travel. Love and respect from Tushar and Sanjay is really admirable. They make families among members of trip. Stays, hotels and food was up to mark. Schedule of travel was also comfortable. I would like to join for many more trip with AOL.

    Komal Shah

    LAHAUL & SPITI DRIVE 2019
  • Mihika Dembla, LAHAUL & SPITI DRIVE 2019

    It would be no exaggeration to say a trip with Adventures Overland is a once in a lifetime experience. There was not a single situation where things were not taken care of from good food, beautiful and comfortable accommodation to any other support one needed. Thank you, AO, for giving me a trip to remember for life.

    Mihika Dembla

    LAHAUL & SPITI DRIVE 2019
  • Raji Suresh, LAHAUL & SPITI DRIVE 2019

    My husband and I recently completed the Lahaul and Spiti road trip organized by AO. We drove through winding perilous roads that passed through every form of landscape - snow, water, mountains, rustic, but awesomely beautiful! Our organisers were so thorough about the terrain and the vehicles, that they handled every situation with calmness and competence.

    Raji Suresh

    LAHAUL & SPITI DRIVE 2019
  • Raunak Dembla, LAHAUL & SPITI DRIVE 2019

    You should travel with AOL. They never shy away from rolling up their sleeves and getting their hands dirty to help you. They go to great extents to ensure you are safe and comfortable. It feels like one big group and they ensure you leave with memories and friends to last a lifetime.

    Raunak Dembla

    LAHAUL & SPITI DRIVE 2019
  • Mitrajit Chatterjee, LAHAUL & SPITI DRIVE 2017

    Exhilarating, Awesome and Brilliant! Adjectives don't do justice to the marvellous efforts and arrangements that the duo of Sanjay & Tushar put together. For every driving aficionado, the Lahaul and Spiti Drive organised by Adventures Overland is simply a "Must Do".

    Mitrajit Chatterjee

    LAHAUL & SPITI DRIVE 2017
  • Rajat Asawa, LAHAUL & SPITI DRIVE 2017

    I had the pleasure of joining Tushar & Sanjay Bhai for the Lahaul & Spiti drive 2017. Apart from getting a lot more than what you expect from a fixed departure trip, the icing on the cake was their company. I highly recommend Adventures Overland, these guys have given me some serious travel goals!

    Rajat Asawa

    LAHAUL & SPITI DRIVE 2017
  • Ela Sawhney, LAHAUL & SPITI DRIVE 2016

    Thanks Adventures Overland for yet another wonderful experience during The Lahaul and Spiti trip. All the arrangements were impeccable, and they also catered to our last minute requests with a smile. Well done Sanjay and Tushar and the rest of the AO team.

    Ela Sawhney

    LAHAUL & SPITI DRIVE 2016
  • Chandrashekhar Kulkarni, LAHAUL & SPITI DRIVE 2016

    Lahaul and Spiti tour was full of driving adventure in mesmerizing nature. Though we were initially little apprehensive about the tour, being senior citizens, all our queries were answered patiently. Every promise given was fulfilled and much more. Our every need was taken care of thoughtfully. All members of the team travelled as a family member which added to the overall fun!

    Chandrashekhar Kulkarni

    LAHAUL & SPITI DRIVE 2016

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