If you want to go extreme, there is no better place than Kinnaur. Exploring the ancient district of Himachal Pradesh is once in a lifetime experience. Extreme mountainous terrain, extreme weather conditions, most dangerous roads and the breathtakingly beautiful valleys accomplish the entire town. A sprawling route takes you to an era where you uncover the glimpses of Indo-Tibetan historic reminisce. On this beautiful land, you’ll discover an array of slate-roofed temples, never-ending apple & apricot orchards, deep gorges, snow-capped mountain ranges and plunging roads.
Kinnaur has a history as old as 1000 years and still a hint of historical monuments, ancient Buddhist monasteries and fossils are prevalent in the town. Majestic Rivers like Sutlej, Spiti, Baspa and their tributaries irrigate the lands of Kinnaur thereby making it quite fertile and favorable for many cash crops. Apples, chilgoza, apricots are some of the major cash crops that grows immensely in the area.
The natives of Kinnaur are most humble and beautiful human beings. They are culturally rich, modest and welcoming. You won’t feel away from home with these incredible people who treat you the best way possible personifying the humanity at large. Talking to them and knowing about the area will definitely give you a perspective in your life leaving you gratified and revived. There is no way you can ignore this place when it comes to best travel destinations.
Location: Kalpa, Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh, India
A tiny town or village lies in the lap of Mt. Kinner Kailash and is breathtakingly gorgeous with no regrets. At an elevation of 19,965 meters above sea level, Kalpa is a centuries old town in Kinnaur district. Kalpa is majorly famous for its apple orchards as it produce one of the best tasting apples in the world. With a climate so extreme, the place is natural paradise located on the banks of River Sutlej. There is no friction in traveling this town easily; it is well connected with major cities of Himachal like Shimla, Kullu, Manali, Kangra etc. The local food is amazingly healthy and local drinks are something to try for sure.
Things to do at Kalpa: Visting The Place
Location: Sangla, Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh, India
Considered as one of the best valleys in the country, Sangla valley is valley of light which receives a good amount of sunlight in a day. Located on the banks of River Baspa, Sangla Valley is green and fertile for most cash crops. Besdies, the place has some enticing views of mountain ranges including Mt.Kinner Kailash which is quite prevalent for the people of Valley. Home to many religious temples and monasteries, Sangal Valley has rich cultural ethics and beliefs. Kamru Fort is one of the major attraction in the Valley.
Things to do at Sangla: Visting The Place
Location: Chitkul, Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh, India
Last and highest village on the Indo-Tibetan border, Chitkul is located at an altitude of 3450 meters above sea level. Covered under the snow for most of year, Chitkul gives you an extreme experience. However, the beauty of the town is incomparable as River flows alongside the Valley keeping it all green and beautiful. Blessed with some of the best walks, Chitkul can best be explored on foot.
Things to do at Chitkul: Visting The Place
Location: Nako, Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh, India
The virgin village of Nako is located at an altitude of 3600 meters above sea level. The village or town is a small area concentrated to few hectares where people live in harmony with each other. It is a last attraction on the Kinnaur Valley and located in between Kinnaur and Spiti Valley with a touch of cultures of both districts. Beside, the village lies on the border Indo-Tibetan border and inspire many travelers to visit there. Due to its border location, travelers require an inner line permit to travel this region.
Things to do at Nako: Visting The Place
Location: Kothi, Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh, India
Chandika Devi Temple in Kothi has a high religious veneration and so does the place Kothi become naturally blissful. Also another temple of Hindu god Bhairon baba holds utmost reverence for localities making a Kothi a must visit place for tourists as well.
You can view an excellent mountain ranges and dense deodar and pine forests against the architectural style buildings.
Things to do at Chandika Devi Temple: Visting The Place
Location: Ribba, Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh, India
Chilgoza is a greatest speciality of Kinnaur and Ribba’s another name ‘rirang’ which is made by adding ‘ri’ which means chilgoza. Ribba is a populous village in Kinnaur situated at an elevation of 3745m above sea level. Pine Nuts are found in abundance here which makes it a beautifully scenic place.
The area is famous for its grape orchards and grape distilled alcohols and the innumerable trees with edible pines.
Things to do at Ribba: Visting The Place
Location: Kinner Kailash, Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh, India
Kinner Kailash or Kinnaur Kailash is not strange to anyone who is aware of Hindu mythology. As per Indian mythology, lord Shiva resides in the snow clad mountain popularly known as Kinner Kailash. The massive mountain has a height of 6050 meters. The only way to reach there is through trekking but you can always view the mountain from Kalpa.
Things to do at Kinner Kailash: Trekking
Location: Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh, India
The valley that matches up to beauty of Kashmir Valley, Bhabha Valley is full of green forests of Mulling, river deltas, wide spread green pastures. If trekking is on your list, you won’t get better trek than this.
Things to do at Bhaba Valley: Visting The Place
Kinnaur has cold climate where winters are extremely cold and freezing. Summers are however pleasant and temperature do not rise more than 15 to 16 degree Celcius.
The summer season in Kinnaur is very pleasant and has a moderate climate and is considered as the perfect time to visit the place. Best time is to visit during May to October months.
Air: You can book your flight from Jubbar Hatti Airport near Shimla and can directly ladn in Kinnaur.
Rail: Kinnaur is not connected to any railway network. However you could reach till Shimla through train and can further drive your way to Kinnaur.
Road: All the corners are well-connected by road. Use the State Transport buses or hire a private taxi for a convenient trip.
There is a lot to explore!
Sarahan - Sangla - Chitkul - Kalpa - Tabo - Kaza - Narkanda - Shimla
Narkanda - Sarahan - Sangla - Chitkul - Kalpa - Tabo - Kaza - Chandertal Lake - Manali