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Kinnaur Travel Guide

Kinnaur - The Destination

Kinnaur, the land of fairy tales and fantasies, has a spectacular terrain of lush green valley, orchards, vineyards, snow clad peaks and cold desert mountains. Kinnaur is a breathtakingly scenic and sparsely populated valley. This thousand feet deep lower valley of Spiti and the Sutlej gorge is carved out by the icy waters of the Sutlej river. The landscape varies from the lush green orchards of the Sangla valley to the barren beauty of the Hangrang valley. The Kinner Kailash mountain, considered as the abode of Lord Shiva, dominates the valley. A giant rock lingam on a spur at about 5,000 mt attracts local

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pilgrims every year.

Along the Baspa valley, villages are perched on the higher reaches and the houses cling to the hill-sides in rows. Nearby are thin strips of terraced fields. The larger land holdings of the village are at a higher level, where the hill-side rolls out to open meadows. In spring, these meadows are filled with iris and other wild flowers along with shrubs of rhododendrons in varying hues of pink.

Kinnaur is most suited for growing fruits. Besides it is also famous chilgozas (pine nut). Kinnaur also produces some of the best apples, almonds, walnut, peaches and apricots in the country. However, Kinnaur is more famous for it's local wine.

The drive on the old Hindustan Tibet road takes you through sudden waterfalls by the road referred to as chashmas here. The shadow of the mounting rocks seems like one is in a tunnel for a few seconds. The Dhauladhar range gets craggier without foregoing its lushness. At places like Tapri and Choltu, where the roads converge, scenic spots will became a regular feature. The Kinnaur valley has no individual highlights of it’s own but fantastic views aplenty and the nice simple folk who are ever helpful.

The gushing rivers of Kinnaur abound in trout-the angler's prize catch, their waters have over the centuries carved beautiful gorges across this picturesque land and fostered one of the most unique societies on there banks. It is no wonder then that a local tradition maintains that Kinnaur with all its beauty fell from the clouds as a gift from the gods.

Kinnaur - Facts at a Glance

State : Himachal Pradesh
Area : 6,553 sq kms
Temperature : 12.7°C - 25.9°C (Summer)
1.3°C - 11.8°C (Winter)
Altitude : 1000 – 4000 mts
Language : Himachali, Hindi
Best Season : May - October

Attractions in Kinnaur

Kalpa - At 2,670 metres, it is one of the main villages of the district connected by link road beyond Rekong Peo. Looming in front of Kalpa is an impressive view of 'Kinner Kailash' directly across the Satluj river. This mountain changes colors several times a day with a change of weather conditions or may be as destined by Lord Shiva his eternal abode. 'Parvati Kund' is located on the top of Kinner Kailash. The ancient villages of Pangi, Moorang and Kanum are situated close to Kalpa.

- Also called Koshtampi, it is little below Kalpa proper and it is overshadowed by Kinner Kailash peak. Goddess 'Shuwang Chandika' temple is a famous one in the village. The village, with its attractive temple, gracious willows, green fields, fruit trees, make a beautiful landscape altogether.

Sangla Valley in Kinnaur
Sangla - It is an important village of the Baspa valley situated on the right bank of the Baspa river, built on a slope with houses rising one above other with gigantic 'Kinner Kailash' peak (6,500 meters). Towering from behind is also the famous 'Kamru Fort'. This fort was the place where the Rajas of Kinnaur were crowned. The entire place is ornamented by soothing saffron fields and alpine meadows.

Pooh - It is also known as 'Spuwa' and it is a tehsil headquarters located on National Highway-22 . The place is renowned for vineyards ,
apricot, almond and grapes orchard. The local god here is called Dabla, who neither has any dwelling nor possesses an ark. The only manifestation of the deity is a pole with a small idol set on its upper portion and adorned with Yak tail hair and long pieces of colored cloth.

Nako - It is the highest village in the valley and the existence of lake formed out of the masses of ice and snow further enhances the beauty of the village. Situated about 2 kms. above the Hangrang valley road and is 103 kms. from Kalpa on the western direction of the huge mountain of Pargial. Local village deity is Deodum and another Lagang temple with several idols exist here.

Ribba - Also called 'Rirang', it is another popular village at a distance of 14 kms. from Morang, the tehsil headquarters and situated between the village of Purbani and Rispa. It is widely acclaimed for its grapes, orchards and the alcohol distilled from grapes (angoori).

Nichar - This village is situated between Taranda & Wangtu on the left bank of Satluj. The scenery is enchanting. Ghoral, antelopes, black & red bears are seen sometimes in the higher ranges.

Recong Peo - Located 240 km from Shimla and 7 km from Powari, Recong Peo is the head quarters of the district Kinnaur. It location provides a fine view of the Kinner Kailash.

Kinner Kailash Circuit (Parikrama) - You can undertake this holy parikrama from Morang and return to Kalpa / Karcham in 7- 8 days.                          
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