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“Chitkul, the Crown of Kinnaur” 5 of 5 stars
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“Chitkul, the Crown of Kinnaur”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012

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
Kinnaur ].
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 "

Visited March 2012
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“Virgin destinations awaiting for you”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2012

Weary of the crowds??Then these places are waiting for you.Confront a different India.
Just to avoid the hustle and bustle of Shimla,we halted at Mashobra,10 km ahead .There are many home staying options there at Mashobra, Naldhera. Amidst thick conifer jungles, these places where you can feel nature are still left out at some patches near Shimla, which offers you great stay.Next stop can be Rampur or Sarahan. As we earlier visited Sarahan, so stayed the night at Rampur. Next day started early. Rampur ,used to be the district head quarter of Bussher estate has a distinct identity with its old pagoda style buildings. Next day we headed for Kalpa.The road till Jeori was in good condition.Later it was in real bad shape till Powari.From here one has to climb uphill. As we started climbing up a different world started unfolding in front of us.Snow cladded peaks touching the sky was visible all around . But to experience the real thrill you should reach the place by afternoon. As we reached Recong Peo, the whole Kailash range was dazzling all around you. Then the beautiful road through thick Deodar forest took us to Kalpa at least 1000 ft higher to Recong Peo. The vast range will almost appear at touching range there .Kalpa is a place which deserves at least 2 day stay. Explored the monasteries, temples and strolled around the village roads.Or one can simply enjoy the precious leisure sitting quiet in front of the majestic range. Seeing the Kailash peak changing to reddish purple at dusk and dawn.After spending two nights at Kalpa we headed for Rakhchham, 10 km ahead of Sangla. Again the bad road till Karchham then left turn and going along Baspa river. After 15 km from Karchham ,scenic beauty around will suddenly change. Green slopes,covered with snow at the top and terribly romantic Baspa wiil compel you to say wow!! As we moved towards Chitkul, the last village of India from Sangla, we got speechless by the beauty of nature. Falls, Brooks, glaciers, green meadows, orchards, clear sky,clearer water roaring through Baspa, green conifers and white snow covered mountains fetching fresh cool breeze was heavenly.There are many staying options ahead of Sangla and they should be tried.If you don't stay in this heaven and explore nature at its fullest then your visit to hills will be incomplete.Baspa valley with its untouched beauty is awaiting for you. Rejuvenate yourself.

Visited May 2012
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“Rekong Peo, Kinnaur”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2012

Beautiful mountain view off the beaten path.
The trip may take up to ten hours as sometimes the road is barely there--that's an unexpected "thrill"--and it's rough going, but the scenery is worth it, both the destination and the trip there.

Visited June 2012
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“Kinnaur -- Sarahan, Kalpa & Sangla”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2012

Travel to Kinnaur and marvel the snow cladded peaks of the himalayan range. In Sarahan you will find the Mount Srikhand peak, in Kalpa the Kinnaur Kailash peak of the Lord and Sangla will preesnt you with the option of trekking to various places and to the origin of BASPA River.

Visited May 2012
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“Beginning of a great trail”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2012

The trip started from Shimla to Kalpa enroute the Narkanda, Jeori, Rampur and Reckong Peo. Stopover either at Sarahan or drive straight to Kalpa for a night halt (this trip could take 8-9 hours from Shimla). Kalpa is home to Golden apple orchards and stunning views of the snow capped Kinnar Kailash.
Stop over at the Golden Apple Resort in Kalpa for a homelike feel of the food, service and great ambience. Rooms on the second floor have windows opening out to view the Kinnar Kailash peak.
Best visited in September to enjoy the apple season. Great place to rest and relax, incase you do not plan to travel further and just want to get a feel of the Himalayan range.

Visited May 2012
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