StateHimachal Pradesh
Stay optionHotels, Home stay and Camps
Places of InterestKalpa, Sangla, Chitkul, Chakha Trek, Roghi Village and Rakcham
Best Time to VisitApr to June and Sept to Oct

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Land of mountain villages between snow capped peaks

Among the most deadliest roads in India and Journey through the apple orchards, Kinnaur is the places for stunning landscapes. The religious Shivlinga lies at the peak of Kinner  Kailash mountain. It is a land of mountain villages with slate roofed  houses, vast apple orchards, plunging gorges between towering snow capped  peaks. 

Kinnaur is famous for  Kinner Kailash. a mountain sacred to Hindus. People are very honest with strong cultures and beliefs. The old Hindustan - Tibet road passes through the Kinnaur valley along the bank of river Satluj and finally enters Tibet at Shipki  La Pass. Most of the Kinnaur enjoys emotionally calm and controlled climate because of its high elevation. Winters are long from October to May and summers are short from June to September . Since it shares the border with Tibet, Kinnaur is influenced  with Tibet culture. Kinnaur is about 600 km from Delhi and 235 km from state capital  Shimla and approx. time to reach Kinnaur valley from Delhi is around 15 to 18 hours depending upon which part of Kinnaur you are travelling.

It was five days tour to Kinnaur. The bus booking was done in advance from Delhi to Rampur (Around 480 Km). We started our journey at 8.00 pm and reached Rampur around  10.30 am. Had our breakfast and  took a shared  taxi to Reckong Peo, which took another 2.1/2 hours. It was another half an hour journey from Peo to Kalpa where we reached around 2.30 pm. We were fortunate  enough to get a room in first hotel  we went in. Room had an excellent view of Kinnaur  Kailash. 

In the evening we went to see  the worship which usually happened during basant and all villagers usually participate in it. The villagers needs to wear  common dress on the day of worship. In evening we make a casual visit to village to see monastery and  temple till it gets dark. Narrow lanes of village will take you to  the temple and you will also get glimpse of  Kinnaur culture.

The next day was planned for small trek and for local sight seeing. The next morning I clicked  Kinner Kailsah and we moved further for Chakha trek. The trek is of around 4 km and  took around 4.1/2 hours but is a worth if you are interested  in experiencing snow capped mountains. 

When we were about to reach at the top, all of sudden some local people shouting not to move forward as they saw a leopard . We all were looking at each other  to know what to do next. So finally we decided to move forward in different direction and  got back  from there quickly. After capturing some of the great moments we came back to hotel by 4 pm.

Way to Chakha  was very beautiful . One of the beauty was Apple trees, colorful flowers on one side and snow peaks on the other. The way to Chakha trek is along with small source of water coming from top which remained till the end and helped in keeping us rejuvenated whenever we were a bit tired.

Another place we covered  in Kalpa was Roghi village which is 15-20 minutes drive . Way to Roghi village is curvy  and worth to experience.

After  spending two days we moved for Chitkul. Its around 60 km from Kalpa. We boarded a morning bus which took around 3.1/2 hours to reach Chitkul which is the last inhabited  village on Indo - Tibet border. Village beauty will rejuvenate your soul. With no specific points to visit, still its mesmerizing beauty will render you speechless. We spent one night and its advisable to do so. 

The next morning I walked towards the last point to stand from where no body is allowed to go further because of border area. Its 3 km walk cum trek. You can spend  few hours admiring nature's beauty. I sat along with the river  and snow capped  mountains were in front of me. 

Chitkul looked like an beautiful imagination of nature. Chitkul was my best part of journey.  Don't forget to spend some time in exploring village and interact with local people to know the history of village  and their custom.    

Last place we covered  was Sangla. Its around 20 km from Chitkul. As the local bus did not come due to breakdown, finally we took a lift in tempo full of potatoes . Sitting in tempo on potatoes was journey full of adventure. After a journey of  an hour we were finally in Sangla valley. It is the major town with all the facilities including petrol pump, ATM, restaurant, and a bar. 

True beauty lies in the valley of Baspa river. Kamru fort is another place you can visit.

How to Reach 

Kinnaur is well connected with Delhi through HRTC buses. There is also a direct bus to Reckong Peo from Delhi. The road till Karcham is same for Kinnaur valley. After Karcham, you need to take the left diversion for Reckong Peo and Kalpa and right diversion for Rakcham, Sangla and Chitkul.

Distance Chart

Delhi to Shimla                 350 km

Delhi to Rampur               480 km

Rampur to Karcham            70 km

Karcham to Reckong Peo    23 km

Reckong peo to Kalpa         08 km

Karcham to Sangla              18 km

Sangla to Rakcham              13 km

Rakcham to Chitkul             10 km

There is a AC deluxe bus from Delhi to Rampur  which is the best and  convenient way to cover most of the distance comfortably. Buses and shared taxi are there from Rampur to Reckong Peo. And public and private buses are also available from Peo to Kalpa. 

Buses from Kalpa to Sangla and Chitkul  are available. From Chitkul , buses are available but frequency is very less. As per the locals there are three buses from Chitkul. One is in the morning around 08 am, another one is in afternoon around 1 pm and last bus is in the evening around 4 pm.

Road condition is good till Rampur and above average after that.  

Mobile Network

BSNL works well  in most part of the Kinnaur. Airtel and Vodafone in Kalpa and Sangla.

Best time to visit

April to June and September to October are the best pick. July and August months are prone to landslides because of rainfall and Nov to March is extremely cold.

For Amazing facts about Kinnaur and all images , check my YouTube video....

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