Lahaul and Spiti, located behind the mighty Dhauladhar sub-range of the Himalayas, is a destination replete with stunning landscapes. The district was formed by politically combining the two districts of Spiti and Lahaul. It is famous for its rugged natural beauty, and the distinctly powerful Buddhist influence and culture that it possesses. Kaza is the administrative centre of the valley of Spiti and a popular holiday destination. It lies around 12000 feet above sea level and has a cold arid climate. The weather here remains cold and dry for most part of the year. Banjara Camp in Kaza provides comfortable accommodation to visitors. The property has 11 rooms with attached bathrooms; each room provided with basic amenities. Be it summers or winters, guests have the option of using hot or cold water, supplied throughout the day.
Leave Banjara Camp in Kaza and head out for a while. Just stroll through the town and look at the naturally rugged and beautiful landscape all around. There are a number of monasteries near Kaza, where a lot can be learnt about the Buddhist faith. Tangyud Monastery, about 14 away from the main town, is one of the oldest Buddhist institutions in the region. It is located at an elevation of over 14000 feet above sea level and has strong fortifications. You may visit it and interact with monks to learn about the Sakya sect of Himalayan or Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism. Just about 14 km from Kaza is the well-known Key Monastery, which is located on a hilltop on the banks of the Spiti River. It is believed to have been built in the 11th century and belongs to the Gelugpa sect of Buddhism, which is headed by the famous 14th Dalai Lama.
Make camping at Kaza an unforgettable experience by travelling to the nearby Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary because in many ways camping and nature walks go hand-in-hand. This is the best place in Himachal Pradesh to spot rare mountainous animals like snow leopard and Tibetan wolve. The region is devoid of trees as it is located at such an elevation where trees cease to grow. You may however spot numerous herbs of medicinal value here including aconite, also known as wolfsbane; arnebia, ephedra, gentiana and dactylorhiza hatagirea. Another such wildlife hotspot in the region is Pin Valley National Park, located between altitudes of 11000 feet and 20000 feet. Though it mainly consists of the cold desert biome, coniferous strands of fir, spruces and deodars are seen at lower elevations.
How to Reach:
Due to its remote location deep in the Himalayas, the only way to reach here is by road. You could either come here via Shimla or Manali; whichever route you choose, you are in for a scenic journey. The sight of snow-covered mountains, lush coniferous forests, clear blue rivers, deep gorges and small villages will definitely lift your mood. Shimla, the capital of the state of Himachal Pradesh, is approximately 422 km from the town, and the journey may take about 7 hours 30 minutes. A more picturesque drive would be from the beautiful hill station of Manali, about 204 km away. On this journey, you will drive through Rohtang Pass, which is another popular holiday destination in the country. Another mountain pass that you will cross is named Kunzum and it lies at an altitude of over 15000 feet. A popular tourist attraction near Kaza is the monastery in Tabo, which is at a distance of around 44 km from the former town.
The best time for camping at Kaza is during the summer season, when the region experiences a cool weather. From May all the way through October, the weather remains pleasant, and the maximum temperature stays around 15 degree Celsius.
1). Rates are per person per night on twin sharing basis with mandatory requirement of minimum 2 paying adults
2). All meals
3). Accommodation in Standard rooms
1). GST @ 5.0%
2). Air/Train fare
3). Anything not mentioned under the head inclusions.
4). Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary / stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, road blocks and / or any factors beyond control.
5). The tariff does not include barbeque and activities.
6). Does not include a 3 % Service Charge on the above cost, which the guest is liable to pay directly on site.
The driver/helpers are charged Rs. 300 for food and Rs. 200 for stay i.e. Rs. 500 per day.
Please note: In case the camp /retreats you are booked at becomes inaccessible due to natural calamities like floods, landslides, earthquakes etc. we shall endeavor to put you at an alternate Banjara Camp/Retreat convenient to you (subject to availability).
Other facilities on direct payment at resort:
Trekking: Local guides available for nature walks @ Rs. 500 per guide per day.
Transport: Innova/Scorpio available for hire ex Delhi /Chandigarh/Shimla.
Laundry: At an extra charge.
Bar- be- Cue: At an extra charge.
Local dance (in Sojha): INR 10000/-
Inner Line permit: INR 500 per person - for entry into Tabo and for foreigners only.