Rakcham is a very small remote village in district Sangla in Himachal Pradesh State of North India.It is located between Sangla town and village Chitkul of Sangla valley,in Himachal Pradesh It is located at 3000 Mtr altitude,at the bank of hilly river Bapsa. The region is known as " Kinnaur " and the inhabitants of the region are called " Kinnuri ". They have their own local dialect ,dressing pattern , culture and life style. The entire Kinnaur region comes under Tribal Zone and due to which they enjoy special treatment/priviledges from the Himachal Prasesh State government for the upliftment of their living standard.
The occupation of Kinnuris are animal husbandry , farming, owning apple orchards , cottage Industry for woolen garments,using pure locally made woolen threads, Of course the present generation is slowly getting exposed to the developed world .
Overall ,Sangla Valley is most beautiful with virgin natural beauty, landscapes , rivers ,Snow covered mountains, waterfalls, forests. Among outstanding town/villages are " Rakcham".
" Chitkul ". " Sangla " , " Kalpa " , " Reckon peo ", " Kaza " & " Sarahan". Sarahan is known as Gareway to Kinnaur..
I had keen desire to visit Kinnaur region where not many tourist prefer to go probably due to its remote location. I wanted to go when you can enjoy snow all round, I decided to go here in March with everthing pre-planned. My first sight of village " Rakcham" was a pleasant surprise. I could not believe my eyes that I am at such a marvellous location of nature.It is natural beauty at its peak,wherever you cast your vision. Snow covered Mountains all round , lush green teak wood forest with snow still on tree branches , fresh atmosphere with deep blue skies and in the middle the frozen river Bapsa. Absolute tranquility everywhere.The only sound I could hear was chirping of birds. To be honest , to me all this scenario was as if I am looking at a genious man made painting on an exceptionally large canvas. But it was a great pleasure for me that it was "The God's Creation", a reality in front of me. I patted my back to have planned such unknown place in my travel itinerary but at the same time it was a feeling of disgust for me that I am a stranger for such beautyful location in my own country,particularly when I have visited many lovely places in many foreign lands.
In my opinion mid-march is the best time to visit " Rakcham" , to enjoy scenic beauty of the place with hotel accomodation pre-booked. Hiring a car or bigger vehicle with a good local driver, is important.
Just for people interested , average anual snowfall here is 1130mm
Temp.:-10 to 15 degree celcius
During summer time now one can enjoy Nature Igloo Camps near Sangla.
There are many Buddhist Monasteries , ancient Temples and old forts at Sangla,near Rakcham.
I would like to suppliment the description with my photographs of " Rakcham" , the hidden paradise.
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