Manali & Spiti Valley - Yoga and Meditation in Monastery Tour

4th - 17th September

Spiti Valley is surrounded by high mountain ranges, up to 4590 meters. This peculiar geo-climatic cold desert region borders to Tibet in the east and Ladakh in the north. This is, why it is called „Spiti - The Middle Land“. In Spiti the people live a Buddhist culture, simular to their neighbours in Tibet and Ladakh. On this part of the tour you will visit different monasteries, you can serach for fossils, know local families and meditate in this spectacular landscape.

In Manali – The Valey of Gods – you have the opportunity to know this beautiful natural place, practice yoga and have walks in the surroundings of the city.

About Spiti Valley - After exploring Manali (Kullu valley), you will drive over the Rohtang pass (4050 m), through the summer pasture of the local shepherd to the barren land of Spiti also known as Little Tibet; The topography of Spiti is marked by high mountains and narrow river valleys with flat land being an uncommon occurrence. The rugged climate and high altitude makes the region somewhat difficult for human habitation. The great range of the main Himalayas in back ground is beautiful and refreshing. Wild life as Ibex and Thar can be seen in the herds as well as the snow wolves too. You will explore the century’s old monasteries which belong to Tibetan Buddhism where monks practice meditation and other monastic rituals preserving old Stucco images and Thangkas depicting different life stories of Guru Padmasambhava, who brought Buddhim to Tibet and founded the of Gelug-Pa school. People of Spiti live with their herds of Yak, Sheep and goat; they grow Barely and other vegetables. They are hospitable and in villages still maintain the centuries old tradition. This is leisure trek, accessible for all.

Day 01 - Landing in Delhi

Reception at the Indie Gandhi Airport and transfer to Hotel – overnight in Delhi Hotel

Day 02 - Short Delhi Tour

You have time after breakfast to relax or do some sightseeing around Delhi – there are many options such as visiting the Red Fort, the Jama Masjid Mosque, see Old Delhi by bicycle rickshaw, In the early evening we will drop you to the over-night bus to Manali. We suggest an early dinner / late lunch since you will be transferred from the hotel to the Deluxe Volvo Bus at approx 6:00pm.
The bus provides bottled water and blankets and they stop for a late dinner (at approx. 9:30 - 10pm). There will also be additional rest stops on the way to Manali. The bus journey takes 12 - 14 hours.

Day 03 - Arrival in Manali

At around 8:00 am you will arrive Manali. From here you will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel or family house 4km up the road in the town of Vashisht (Elevation 2000 meters).
You can rest and relax or take your toiletries and towel and head to the local temple to bathe in the deliciously warm natural hot springs – wash away your travels and nourish yourself in these especially healing waters.
Enjoy lunch at the Ram Family house. After lunch we will have a short orientation talk. In the evening you will meet Yoga Shala and he will talk to you about yoga and meditation. Introduction with Indian yoga teacher .
Dinner. Night in family house or hotel.

Day 04 - Yoga in Manali

First day of yoga – pranayama and asana practice for 2 hours
Breakfast
After breakfast guided walk to Jogney Falls. These are beautiful waterfalls about an hour along the wall of the Valley from Vashisht. These falls descend from high above and run into the Beas River below. Dinner. Night in family house or hotel.

Day 05 - Exploring Manali

After lunch at 2:30pm we will take a walk with our local guide Amar. We will walk up along the valley to three distinct villages that dot along the Beas River. We will visit the village of Burwa, Shanag and Goshal.
Around 7pm supper will be served

Day 06 - Visit Old Manali

Second Yoga Class - pranayama and asana practice for 2 hours
Breakfast
After breakfast do some local sightseeing. Visit the village of Old Manali and the beautiful Hadimba Temple. Hadimba temple is about one km from Manali - it is very old and surrounded by the tall cedar pine trees on the edge of Dhungri village. According to legends, Bhima one of the Pandava brothers fell in love with an aboriginal woman named Hadimba, the sister of the local chief by the name of Hadimba and married her....
After lunch you have time to visit new or old Manali and shop or just have a look around. In your own time you can take a rickshaw back to Vashisht. Dinner. Night in family house or hotel.

Day 07 - Manali to Kaza (3600 m), 196 km – 8 hours drive

Early morning breakfast drive over Rohtang La (3900 m), the gateway between Lahaul and Spiti valley
Drive up to the pass Kunzum La (4700 m), which offers extensive views of snow-capped mountains and the valley of the Chandra Bhaga (C B Range) The road winds its way through villages and deserted stretches of Spiti Valley, giving you the opportunity to marvel again at the dramatic landscape.

Day 08 - Visit Key and Kibber

Visit the famous Kye gompa, of the Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism, perched high on a pyramid-like mountain
Also explore Kibber (4200 m), one of the highest permanent inhabited villages in the world, which is located in a bowl-shaped narrow valley
Return to Kaza in the evening
Meditation in key Monastery

Day 09 - Exploring "Hidden" Spiti (4500 m)

Drive to Langza, visit the village; further to Komik, known for one of the highest monasteries in the world and for fossils
You can have fun fossil-hunting! You can also visit local houses to know more about the life of the inhabitants of these high-altitude places
Night in Langa in Home stay with Buddhist Family
Here you will enjoy Buddhist-Tibetan food.

Day 10 - Langza to Tabo - 60 km

Drive thought Dhankar monastery
Dhankar gompa, the site of the ancient capital of the Spiti rulers, has the most incredible location, perched high on barren, rocky mountain slopes.
Tabo Its famed gompa was founded in 996 AD, and is replete with magnificent thangkas and statues
In trans-Himalayas Buddhism, Tabo monastery's sanctity is next only to Tibet's Tholing gompa
Meditation in key Monastery

Day 11 - Tabo to Kaza Via Pin valley

Visit pin valley continue drive to Kaza Night in Kaza

Day 12 - Kaza to Manali (2000 m), 230 km – 9 hours drive

Early breakfast drive from kaza and same road till Manali
Night in Manali

Day 13 - Manali to Delhi

Free visit in Manali till 4 M
Evening transfer to Bus stand night bus to Delhi
Night in Bus

Day 14 - Arrive in Delhi

Transfer to hotel
Free day
Evening transfer to airport
Flight to onward

Tour Cost

Cost per Person 1580 €
Booking untill 19th June 1430 €

Extra charges if required

  • Single room Supplement charges 290 €
  • 1 Night Hotel Delhi - 50 € DBL SGL with Breakfast (If required for extra night)
  • Same day Agra tour - 60 € Min 2 person required by car without guide
  • English Speaking guide for Agra for same day trip - 40 € divided by nubby number of person if required

Cost Includes:

  • Airport Transfer to hotel in Delhi
  • Hotel in Delhi - one night upon arrival and rooms for shower and change on last day
  • Arrival Manali transfer to hotel from Bus stand
  • Twin sharing room in home stay or simple hotel or Guest house
  • 1 night in Family house at Langza
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary by walk
  • 1 monk for meditation in Key and Tabo Monastery
  • Daily breakfast and dinner in family house prepared by the women of the family or in hotel at restaurant
  • Deluxe Volvo bus from Delhi to Manali and from Manali to Delhi
  • Mineral water
  • Lunch in local restaurant / Hotels or packed while traveling to Spiti
  • Dinner in local restaurant while traveling Manali to Delhi
  • 1 Kirtan Live Indian Music in Vashisht
  • Yoga and Meditation sessions
  • 1 Local guide for sight and and Hiking

Not Included:

  • Other beverages
  • Sleeping bag for Trekking
  • Monument fees
  • Travel Insurance and Medical evacuation
  • Tibetan Ayurveda medicine and personal consultation
  • Massage, Reiki or another Therapy