Kinnaur is a district/region of Himachal Pradesh [ HP] State of Nothern India.Due to its steep and difficult mountainous terrain and very cold climatic conditions,this region is quite remote,
underdeveloped and thereby not much visited by tourists. In fact Kinnaur comes under the tribal zone of [HP] and the rural inhabitants are given special attention and special priviledges by government of [ HP ], for the upliftment of their living standards.
The remoteness of the region,probably is a boon in disguise as the spactacular beauty of the nature,it by and large possesses , is still virgin and not yet spoilt by the influx of visitors.Few
interesting and approachable villages/towns are ;
Nichar , Wangtu , Karcham , Sangla , Kalpa ,Rakcham, Reckong-Peo , Chitkul ,Puh , Kibber and Nako. The town of Sarahan is known as " Gateway to Kinnaur ",though it is not in Kinnaur.
All above places have direct/indirect access by mountainous road [ NH 22],by car/vans/Bus.
Friends all these almost unknown places,have their own inportance,all of which can not be
clubbed in a single write-up here. I would therefore dwell upon the most charming place of
Kinnaur " Chitkul ".Few interesting features of " Chitkul" are;
1. "Chitkul " is the last inhabitated village on old Hindustan[ India] - Tibet Road
2. It is situated at an altitude of 3450 Mtr. [ 11,345 ft.],which makes it the highest village of
Baspa Valley of Himachal Pradesh [ HP ]
3. River Baspa originates from the snow-mountains of Chitkul,flows through Chitkul towards
next fantastic village "Rakchem"
4. The latest consensus indicates,the population of " Chitkul " 583.
5. Its location, is marvellous from point of view of Nature's Beauty.Snow covered mountains
from all round,with lush green forests and River Baspa flowing through the Village. The
wonderful charm of nature ,at its peak, in my opinion , is around mid-March, when snow is
not troublesome for approach to this remote point and simultaneously you get snow every-
where around you , to enjoy.
6. The nature's charm of " Chitkul"[ like any other outstanding place] has to be seen to
appreciate it.The pictures/video's can only give good idea about it, for making up one's
mind to visit the place , to experience it yourself.
I , personally would rate the natural beauty of " Chitkul" as good , as fascinating as the
Austrian and Swiss Alps.
7. Both " Chitkul " & " Rakcham " are nice places for trekking and fishing in river Baspa.
During summer time one can enjoy " Igloo Nature Camps " near Sangla.
Sangla-- Rakcham is 10 Kms pleasant drive and Rakcham-- Chitkul is 14 Kms highly
picturesque drive,along the mountain-river Baspa. This drive is one of most memorable
drive. I have never seen a stretch , scenically more beautiful than this 14 Kms. It can not be
described in words . It has to be seen with one's own eyes , to believe it .
For this, i will repeat once again, the time must be mid-march of the year. Believe me, I
told my driver to drive slowly,while I was treking this stretch,taking photographs,interacting
as a stranger with any villagers,on the way,asking them about the place and all about
them. It was my maiden visit to " Chitkul " ," Rakcham " [ 2 most beautiful villages of
8. There are 3 temples of local Goddess " Mathi" here. The main temple is said to have
been made 500 years ago.
9. Great Pagoda " Kagyupa Temple " has old image of " Sankyamuni Buddha"
After my visit to " Chitkul " & " Rakcham " [ 2 most fascinating villages of Kinnaur] , I was really
proud of my planning my trip to such great region,though it is remote.I would love to visit these
wonderful places again in future.
Here are few pictures of " Chitkul " village and its surroundings from my Photo-gallery,which I
believe would be helpful to readers and to have some idea of the place/people of " Chitkul "
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