Health and Heritage now hand-in-hand: Spiti Heritage Run

Running long distances is an amazing feeling that subjects you to extremes, putting you in your element. So to say, it gives you an amazing feeling. But here’s a run with a twist. Imagine, a high-altitude run amidst the picturesque snowy mountains of the Himalayas! India has always been famous for its heritage places. So on this World Heritage Day we bring you one of the places considered as a heritage site by the Archaeological Survey of India. We bring you the majestic Spiti.

The Kyi Monastery PC: staticflickr.com
The Kyi Monastery
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Royon Samajik Sansthan is organising a ‘Heritage Run’ to create awareness of the several lesser-known heritage structures spread across India.

India has a long history to boast of with influence and traces of several cultures spread across the land. Although most of them come under the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), the funds are few and hence maintenance of the same has been a hassle. With this ‘Heritage Run’ Royon aims to popularise these heritage structures so as to bring them in the limelight.

Among the many to come, ready yourself for the first run of the series starting at the beautiful village of Tabo, in the Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh on the 26th of June this year.

You read that right. Tabo in Spiti it is!

Spiti Valley has stayed blissfully away from commercialisation and is replete with pretty mud-brick houses in the background of the Spiti River and the snow-clad Himalayas, almost like out of a picture. Among the several exciting opportunities that Spiti holds, the most enchanting is Tabo monastery, a heritage structure of the valley.

The Tabo monastery maintained by the ASI is revered as one of the divine monasteries by His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. It was founded in 996 CE and is noted for being the oldest continuously operating Buddhist monastery in India and the Himalayas.

Tabo Monastery
Tabo Monastery
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Although prettier than most Himalayan towns, Spiti still remains unknown to many as compared to popular towns like Shimla, Manali or even Ladakh. For this reason, travelling till Spiti can be a little tricky.

 

The Half Marathon is a time based run.


DETAILS OF THE HERITAGE RUN

Date of event: 26th June

Last date of registration: 15th June

Reporting time at venue: 9:30 am


COST OF REGISTRATION

HARIT (RunToBreathe 21 kms) – Rs. 2,000/-

DHAROHAR (RunToBreathe 10 kms) – Rs. 2,000/-

SWACHH BHARAT (RunToBreathe 5 kms) – Rs. 2,000/-


FOR THE PARTICIPANTS:

Every participant will get a T-shirt, bib, timing device and a participating certificate.

Every finisher will get a certificate and medal.

PRIZES

Prize Money
Prize Money

 

 

TOUR PACKAGE BY ROYON THROUGH ADVENTUREN

For the ease of arrangements, you can book a seat with Royon which would include travelling and stay starting from Delhi and back in addition to the cost of registration. The cost will include lunch, snacks and tea. The entire journey would last for 9 days and 8 nights.

Participants who will be taking the package must report at Delhi on 21st May. A bus will be arranged from Delhi that will start at 7:30 am and will reach Narkanda by evening covering a distance of 403 kms. There will be a night-halt at Narkanda.

The remaining journey from Narkanda to Kaza will start at 7:30 am and will last for another 12 hours.

The remaining days till the day of the run would be a stay at Kaza which is at a height of 11,975 ft.

Way to Kaza - Heritage Run PC: indiamike.com
Way to Kaza
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The altitude of Kaza is higher than that of Tabo and thus will prove better for participants with respect to acclimatization.

After the run, decent journey would start on the next day with night halt at Narkanda.

** Rooms will be made available on twin/triple-sharing basis, depending upon the number of participants since very few stay-options are available at a higher altitude.

You could choose to make an online booking for the Heritage Run @ http://bit.ly/SpitiRun

FOR INDEPENDENT PARTICIPANTS

For those who wish to reach the venue on their own, here is some basic information that might come handy to you.

There are two routes to Kaza:

  • Simla – Rampur – Tabo – Kaza route
  • Chandigarh – Mandi – Rohtang pass – Kunzum pass – Kaza route

The Himachal Pradesh Tourism Department has regular buses on these routes and the details of the same can be accessed from their website.

To register for the run log on to http://bit.ly/SpitiRegistration

Check out the facebook page too http://bit.ly/RunToBreatheSpiti

 

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