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“The hidden Paradise of Nature” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Rakcham

Rakcham
Ranked #2 of 8 things to do in Sangla
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Mumbai
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“The hidden Paradise of Nature”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2012

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.

Visited March 2012
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Ghaziabad, India
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“Picture Perfect”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2012

In between Sangla and Citkul. So if your main destination is Chitkul, worth staying here rather than in Sangla. Picture perfect village with some nice hotels. Excellent place for doing just nothing, just seat beside Rupin river and start dreaming... :-)

Visited August 2011
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Chandigarh,India
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“Excellent picnic Place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2012

The pine forest, streams, view excellent picnic place.

Visited June 2012
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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“quite little mountain village”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2012

nice riverside village to relax for a day! beware tho - no place to eat here - will have to go back to sangla for food - or best idea - pack a picnik.

Visited May 2012
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New Delhi, India
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“at the doorstep of heaven !”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2012

went to rakcham by accident ... N was indeed glad that did so!couldnt get the desired acco at sangla n since found it to be too crowded for the liking ... Opted for rakcham once got a confirma for the rooms!
The only noise to disturb you at rakcham is that of the beautifully green coloured baspa river ... Or the chirping of the birds in the morning.
The best part is there's nothing to do at rakcham .. So just sit n relax ... Gaze endlessly at the snow capped mountains .. Go for leisurely walks by the baspa or just sit at its banks n enjoy some real "me" time .. Away from work n everything else which could bother you as mobile signals are also erratic :)
rakcham is also ideal as its just half an hour drive eitherways to sangla or chitkul ... Can't ask for a better location but do ensure to check for rooms in advance as there's only 1 hotel in Rakcham

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