Shimla – Sangla – Rekong Peo – Kalpa – Nako Lake – Tabo – Dhankar – Kaza – Keylong – Manali – Rewalsar – Dharamshala
This circuit can start either at Shimla or Dharamshala which are well connected by air, road and rail. Visit the recently built monasteries in Sanjauli and Kasumpti and continue on to Sangla in Kinnaur District. The Nyingma-pa, Drug-pa and Geluk-pa sects are well represented here and Kinnaur is home to 33 Buddhist monasteries. Visit the recently built gompa in Rekong Peo, and continue on to the ancient settlement of Kalpa to visit the Hu-Bu-lan-kar gompa, said to have been founded by Rinchensang-po. Leave for Spiti valley, which is completely immersed in Buddishm from the footprint of Padmasambhava on a rock near Nako, past monastic villages, ancient monastery complex in Tabo, to the internationally renowned Ki monastery near Kaza. Continue on to Keylong and visit the monasteries in Lahaul Valley most of which are associated with the Drug-pa sect. Guru Ghantal, in Keylong is the oldest monastery in Lahaul and is associated with both the Padmasambhava and Reinchensang-po. Leave for Manali, where there are four recently built monasteries and continue on to Rewalsar, said to be the place from where Padmasambhava left to spread the word of the Buddha in the eighth century. End your journey at McLeodganj/Dharamshala the current residence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.