Kinnaur valley is one of the most beautiful valleys in Himachal Pradesh that has gained popularity in recent few years. The Facebook posts and Instagram feeds has influenced number of travelers and tourists to visit this incredible place. Situated in the northeast corner of Himachal Pradesh, Kinnaur is about 235 km from the state capital, Shimla. Often referred as ‘The Land of Gods’, Kinnaur is well-known for its traditional custom and rituals which are still alive in this modern world. Snow-clad mountains, green valleys, icy cold rivers, beautiful hamlets and kind people make it a perfect valley to explore for the travelers.
Kinnauri people are known as Kinners, the halfway between men and Gods according to ancient mythology. Kinnaur is known widely for apples, chilgoza (Pine nuts) and other dry fruits. The Kinnaur Kailasha (also known as Kinner Kailash) yatra is a popular trekking route in Kinnaur. A large number of trekkers and adventurers trek up to the monolithic pillar (Shivling) located at an altitude of around 4500 meters every year during the month of July-August.
Places of Interest
Sangla Valley also known as Baspa Valley is situated on the right bank of Baspa River. Sangla is the biggest village of the valley surrounded by high mountain ranges. Slate-roof temples and low wooden houses depict traditional Kinnauri architecture throughout the valley. Sangla is situated at a height of 2712 meters and is about 223 km from Shimla. The Sangla Valley is renowned for royal apple orchards, apricot, cherry, walnut and Cedar and Fir trees. The glacial streams are a good source of the famous trout fish. Bering Nag temple, Kamru Fort and Sangla Buddhist temple are few other attractions nearby.
One of the most popular places in Kinnaur district, Chitkul is the last inhabited village on the old Hindustan-Tibet trade route. Situated at an altitude of 3450 meters, it is the first village of the Baspa Valley. The blue-colored Baspa River originates at Nila range near Chitkul. It is about 23 km from Sangla and remains covered in snow during winters. Social media has made Chitkul famous among tourists and that is why lots of homestays, hostels and hotels are coming up at Chitkul. According to a study by Centre of Atmospheric Sciences at IIT Delhi, Chitkul has the cleanest air in India.
Kalpa is a small town in the Sutlej river valley at an elevation of 2,960 meters and at a distance of 265 km from Shimla. Kalpa is about 8 km from Reckong Peo, the headquarters of district Kinnaur. Chandika Devi temple and Shree Bharma Vishnu Narayan ji temple are few ancient places one can visit in Kalpa. Besides that, one can also go to the Roghi suicide Point for some adventure. Kalpa offers grand views of the Kinnaur Kailash mountain range which looks spectacular in the morning.