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Kinnaur Travel

Located in the dizzying heights of the Himalayas, with passes that remain closed for six months linking them with the rest of the world, Kinnaur, is the land of fairytale and fantasies. Today, this area has been opened for the daring and adventurous; to discover what had been hidden from the world for centuries. Kinnaur has got the spectacular terrain of lush green valleys, orchards, vineyards, snow-clad peaks and cold Desert Mountains. This border district of Himachal Pradesh is also rich in flora and fauna and its culture and languages is different from other parts of the state. Also known as the tribal district of Himachal Pradesh, Kinnaur is situated 250-km away from Shimla and is situated on the National Highway No.22. The landscape varies from the luxuriant green orchards of the scenic Sangla valley to the stark magnificence of the of the Hangarang valley. The peak of Kinner Kailash dominates the massive snow clad ranges that provide a regal dignity to the scene, and Kalpa is one of the biggest and beautiful villages of Kinnaur district. The gushing rivers of Kinnaur abound in Trout-the angler's prize catch, their waters have over the centuries chiseled beautiful gorges across this picturesque land and nurtured one of the most unique societies on there banks. In the lush land live the descendants of the Kinners- the demi-gods of the Hindu pantheon, whose deeds have been immortalized in epics and the poems of ancient Sanskrit poets. There are thirty-three Buddhist monasteries and temples in Kinnaur's breathtaking beautiful setting. The Nyingma-pa, Drug-pa sects are all well represented over here.

Location: Himachal Pradesh
Altitude: 2670m
Places of Interest: Reecong Peo, Kalpa, Sangla Valley, and Puh
Best Time To Visit: May to October

Recong Peo: 38-km
Kalpa: 50-km
Lippa: 64-km
Morang: 89-km
Puh: 109-km
Chango: 172-km
Nako: 157-km
Sumdo: 154-km
Kaurik: 174-km

Recong Peo (2290 Mts., 38 Km from Sangla village):

Recong Peo is Kunnaur's district headquarters and has recently built a gompa, where His Holiness the Dalai Lama conducted a 'Kalchakra' ceremony in 1992. The ancient settlement of Kalpa with spectacular views lies just above Recong Peo. Here is the Hu-Bu-Lan-Kar gompa said to have been founded by Rinchensang-po in 950-1055 AD

Kalpa (2759m):
Beyond Recong Peo, 14-kms from Powari, on the link road, is the main village of the District-Kalpa. Across the river, facing Kalpa is the majesty of the Kinner Kailash range. This is a spectacular sight early in the morning as the rising sun touches the snowy peaks with crimson and gold light.

Chitkul (3450m):
This is the last and highest village in the Baspa valley. Situated on the Right Bank of Baspa river and there is a road along the left bank from Karcham. There are 3 temples of local goddess Mathi; the main ones are said to have been constructed about 500 years ago.

Nichar (2150m):
This village is situated between Taranda & Wangtu on the left bank of Satluj about 5-kms above Wangtu. The scenery is enchanting and Ghoral, antelopes, black & red bears are seen sometimes in higher ranges.

Kothi is also called Koshtampi. It is little below Kalpa, and is overshadowed by the Kinner Kailash peak. The village with its attractive temple, gracious willows green fields, a fruit tree makes an altogether lovely landscape. Goddess Shuwang Chandika temple is also located in the village.

Locally pronounced Spuwa, is the tehsil headquarters 71-kms from Recong Peo. It is situated above the National Highway No.22, having all modern amenities as well as green fields; vineyards, apricot, almond and grape orchards enhance its beauty. The local god 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. The whole being called Fobrang, it is occasion brought to the Santhang.

Rakchham (2900m):
Rakchham is situated on the Right Bank of river Baspa. Its name has been derived from "Rak" a stone and "Chham" a bridge. The location of the village is striking.

Ribba (2745m):
Ribba or Rirang is another largely populous village at a distance of 14-kms from Morang, the tehsil headquarters. Ribba is situated between the villages of Purbani & Rispa. In the local dialect 'Ri' stands for chilgoza and 'rang' means a peak of a mountain. Another village Rispa is known for its grapes.

About 105-kms from Recong Peo perched on a small rocky eminence, on the right bank of the Spiti river is the headquarters of sub-tehsil Hangrang in Puh subdivision. The temple of Jamato is worth visiting.

Lippa (2438m):
Situated near the left bank of Taiti stream, this village can be approached from Kalpa by the old Hindustan-Tibet road to Jangi-Lippa-14-kms. Ibex are said to be found near the forest. The three Buddhist monasteries over here are dedicated to Galdang, Chhoiker Dunguir and Kangyar.

Morang (2591):
This village is situated 39-kms away from Kalpa on the left bank of river Satluj. The location is very beautiful and approach to this picturesque village is through apricot orchards. The local deity is Urmig and there are three structures dedicated to the deity each existing in Thwaring, Garmang and Shilling. Generally these are empty as the ark of the deity remains in the fort. On a sacred day the ark is taken to the above named places. The ark has got 18 'mukh', made of silver, gold and brass and they represent the 18 days of the great epic Mahabharat.

Chango (3058m):
At a distance of 122-kms from Kalpa, is a collection of 4 hamlets in Pargna Shuwa, sub-tehsil of Hangrang on the left bank of river Spiti. It is encircled on every side by high hills, which is a witness to the presence of a former lake. Buddhism is generally practiced here but there are some local Hindu deity too namely Gyalbo, Dabla and Yalsa.

Nako (2950 Mts., 107 km from Recong Peo):
7-km on a side-road from bifurcating near Yangthang, the village is built around an emerald-like lake. On its northern side are four Buddhist temples with stucco images and murals. Within the village, two temples house large prayer wheels. Near Nako is a rock where a footprint-like impression is ascribed to Padmasambhava. 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. This is the highest village in the valley and the existence of lake formed out of the masses of the ice and snow above ad beauty to the village. Local village deity is Deodum and another Lagang temple with several idols exists over here.

On the border of Spiti at a distance of 104-kms and 124-kms respectively from Kalpa, are the entry points to Spiti valley. There is a Police Check Post to assist and help the visitors.

Kinner Kailash Circuit (Parikrama):
One can undertake this holy Parikrama from Morang and return to Kalpa / Karcham in 7-8 days.
This is a complete monastic village and dates back to the time of Rinchensang-po. 'Kanum' means 'a place of sacred books'. It has seven large and small temples and several reliquaries.

Baspa/Sangla Valley:

This valley starts 57-kms short of Kalpa, which has been named after a beautiful & populous village Sangla. Sangla is situated on the Right Bank of Baspa River 17-kms from Karcham. Journey from Karcham onwards is enjoyable and adventurous throughout the valley. The natural scenery all around and the eternal snow view are picturesque and charming. It is also known as Baspa Valley since Baspa River flows through this area. This is the most charming valley in the entire District of Kinnaur.

Air: Nearest airport is at Jubberhatti, 30-km from Shimla.
Rail: Nearest railway point is at Shimla.
Road: Regular buses run daily from Shimla.

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