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A CIRCUIT OF BUDDHIST MONASTERIES

         IN HIMACHAL PRADESH

      'As the dew-drop slips into the shining sea', the teachings of the Buddha 'The Enlightened One' (c 563 -c 483 B.C.) sought for the individual to merge with the universal life .He could thus attain nirvana and end the cycle of birth, rebirth and suffering.

In Himachal Pradesh, a part of the world where natural beauty abounds and where legends seem to merge with verifiable history, there lies a necklace of Buddhist monasteries, gompas etched across its landscape. And no measure of money can value this treasure, for its significance is something past compare.

                     

          Dhankar Monastery Image by Hakam Sharma  

Some gompas go back to the time when Buddhism was a shadow less sapling in the region. The seed for its rise in the area had been sown in the seventh century A. D.When the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo (Sron-b Tsan Sgam -po) was influenced by two of his wives -Wen Cheng from China and Bkrikuti Devi from Nepal. A century later, king Trison Detsen (Khri-Sron-lde- btsan 755 -797 A.D.) embraced the way of the Buddha. And from India came masters like Santarakshita and the famous teacher and tantric Padmasambhava.

 

    The ninth century witnessed a break in the spread of Buddhism, but the tenth and eleventh centuries witnessed a grand revival and it was an age of great teachers -Atisha, Marpa, Milarepa and Rinchensangpo. With the passage of time, Buddhism became the major religion of Tibet, Ladakh, Lahaul and Spiti -and its influence also lay in other neighbouring areas like Kinnaur. And the gompas -apart from their religious influence -also became the founts of power and the repositories of the region's art and manuscripts. A millennium old, Tabo in Spiti is one of the area's most revered monastery.

    There are monasteries which are barely a few decades old and came into being after 1959, when His Holiness the Dalai Lama left Tibet along with several followers and came to reside in India.

    And as surely as the chant of prayers accompanied with rhythmic drum beats and interspersed with the roll of cymbals and the calls of long horns-ring out of their hallowed halls, they stand blessing the land and welcoming every pilgrim and traveler.

                                      TOUR DESCRIPTION:

                      KINNAUR  SPITI  &  LAHAUL  VALLEY.      

    THIS ROUTE IS KNOWN AS "BUDDHIST CIRCUT" OF HIMACHAL PRADESH. ROUND ABOUT TEN SMALL AND ANCIENT MONASTERIES COME ENROUTE. SOME OF THEM ARE BETWEEN 500 YEARS TO 1000 YEARS OLD. THE ENTIRE ROUTE HAS A VARIETY OF CHOICES, LIKE APPLES OF KINNAUR ARE DELICIOUS ONE IN H.P. THE FRESH GREEN PEAS. THE MIGHTY RIVER SUTLEJ, THE GREEN SANGLA VALLEY AND THE DESERT MOUNTAINOUS PART OF KAZA. THE TOUR IS WORTH

    ENJOYING. IT IS ADVISED TO DO THIS TREK IN JEEPS INSTEAD OF DELUXE  BUS, AS THE JEEPS CAN GO EVERY WHERE, EVEN ON THE NARROW ROADS.

     JEEP SAFARI CUM TREKKING ITINERARY.

    DAY ONE STARTING FROM SHIMLA  SHIMLA-SARAHAN-TOTAL DISTANCE APP. 170 KMS. LUNCH ON THE WAY NIGHT STAY IN A HOTEL ORRH AT SARAHAN. A VISIT TO BHIMAKALI TEMPLE AND A BIRD SANCTUARY.
    DAY TWO AFTER BREAKFAST A DRIVE TO SANGLA AND CHITKUL LUNCH NEAR BHAWANAGAR AREA. AND NIGHT STAY AT SANGLA AFTER VISITING CHITKUL. DINNER CAN BE PREPARED. APPROXIMATE DISTANCE 121 KMS.
       DAY   THREE CHITKUL TO KALPA : 77 KMS. AN EXCURSION IN THE TOWNSHIP OF RECONG PEO. VISIT TO THE BUDDHIST MONASTERY. STAY IN A HOTEL.
    DAY FOUR  KALPA TO NAKO : A BUDDHIST MONASTERY ESTABLISHED BY RINPOCHE AMITAYU. A LAKE AT AN ALTITUDE OF 3662 METERS, NEAR INT. BORDER. AN AREA KNOWN FOR THE SWEETEST PEAS CROPS.
    DAY FIVE NAKO TO TABO : HALF DAY DRIVE TO 1000 YEARS LAKE. LUNCH AT TABO. VISIT TO MONASTERY. FULL REST.
    DAY 6TH TABO TO KAZA : AND KI-MONASTERY : 83 KMS. A FULL DAY DRIVE TO DHANKAR GOMPA, GULING MONASTERY-KAZA TOWN AND STAY IN KI-MONASTERY
    DAY 7TH A VISIT TO KIBBER AND GETE VILLAGE. LUNCH AT KIBBER NIGHT STAY IN KI-MONASTERY. A VISIT TO THE TOWN OF KAZA.
    DAY 8TH KAZA TO LOZAR : 75 KMS. STRAIGHT DRIVE.
    DAY 9TH FROM KUNZOM PASS TO CHANDERTAL : A FULL DAY TREKKING AND BACK TO KUNZOM (24 KMS) NIGHT STAY AT BATAL.
    DAY 10TH BATAL TO TRILOKINATH : 110 KMS
    DAY 11TH A VISIT TO UDAIPUR- KEYLONG-AND BACK TO MANALI.
    DAY 12TH MANALI TO DELHI-RETURN
                         MAXIMUM TEN PEOPLE CAN BE ACCOMMODATED.
    ONE JEEP CAN ACCOMMODATE THREE PERSONS EASILY      BECAUSE IT IS A HILLY DRIVE AND EVERY CLIENT HAS ENOUGH LUGGAGE
    TENTED ACCOMMODATION AND FOOD IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE.
     ALL MEALS PROVIDED ARE VEGETARIAN.            
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