Best Itinerary kinnaur & Spiti

 

Best Itinerary Kinnaur & Spiti

 

 

Kalpa Night view

Day 01 – Chandigarh  – Shimla(130 kms).Shimla was the summer capital of The British India and most of the lords of the british empire liked utmost to spend their time here.The architecture of the city is also alike the one designed by the britishers.check in the hotel and relax.in the evening you can have stroll on the famous mall road .overnight at hotel.

 

 

Day-2— Shimla-Narkanda(65 kms) The drive to the upper Himalayas begin after breakfast.The drive to Narkanda shall take you from kufri and fagu, the snow spots of shimla during the winters.U can visit the fun world ,the zoo and enjoy at Asia’s highest go carting ground.A visit to the famous deshu temple is also on the cards where u reach after climbing 500 stairs.Overnight at hotel.

 

chitkul in summers

 

Day-3– After breakfast start your day to visit the famous Hatu peak of narkanda.From here u can have a distant look at the peaks of the  place you shall be travelling in the next few days.After Hatu peak proceed to Sarahan(80 kms) where you can sit idle in the evening and enjoy the peaks with Shrikhand mahadev in the close vicinity.Overnight at hotel.

 

 

 Bhimakali temple

Day 4 –  Sarahan – Sangla/Rakcham (100 kms/ 08 -09 hours) aprox
Early morning walk the Town followed by breakfast. We leave for Sangla in Kinnaur district, and on the way visit Sarahan Bheema kali Mata Temple and enjoy the Front View of Shri Khand Mahadev if weather clear. and later continue drive to Sangla and Reach in time for evening tea to enjoy the crisp twilight zone. Enjoy a dinner and evening at leisure. O/N HOTEL

 

Day 5  - Rakcham – Chitkul – Rakcham

Early morning appreciate the beauty of Nature followed by breakfast. Enjoy the beauty and adventure of Sangla Valley to the full on this day. We drive to Chitkul, a pretty village on the ancient Hindustan – Tibet route. There is also an option to try your hand at rock climbing, Rappelling and River Crossing – extra charges may apply for some of these. Sangla is known for its day hikes. Those looking for soft adventure can join the Raksham walk that takes you along rivers, through meadows and forests and over glaciers. And for the hardier lot, there is the challenging meadows walk that will have you seek a masseuse at the end of the day. Also visit the pretty villages around, and enjoy sitting along the Baspa river. Enjoy a dinner and evening at leisure. O/N HOTEL

 chitkul in winters

 

 

Day 6  - Rakcham to Kalpa vai Peo Market 65 kms

After breakfast transfer to Kalpa enroute visit Kaamru fort n peo market n transfer to Kalpa hotel. Leisure time in the evening with kinner kailash ranges.Kalpa is a very small and famous town as the agreement for the first train that ran bw mumbai and thane were signed here.An abode of the famous kinnaur apples its lush green orchards along with snow capped peaks give immense pleasure to the eyes.overnight at hotel.

Kalpa monastery

 

Day-7 — After breakfast full day tour to the local sight seeing of village kalpa.The roghi village,suicide point,the vishnu narayan temple,kothi temple,the buddha mandir, and the chini gompa.U can also purchase some world class dryfruits like almonds ,walnuts and chilgoza from the rekong peo market.Overnight at hotel

 

Nako

 

Day-8– Kalpa- Nako(104 kms) After breakfast you tend to leave the lush green valleys and enter the raw and barren desert travelling on NH21 further up.The highway stroddles along the mighty sutlej with picturesque villages in and around.From khab you take a turn towards spiti and reach one of the last village of Kinnaur-Nako.In the evening sit besides the Nako lake .Overnight at hotel.

 

 

Gue village

 

Day 9 –  Nako – Tabo –  (60 kms) aprox

early breakfast n visit The famous nako monastery n transfer to Tabo vai Nako lake.Enroute u shall visit the famous abode of The Mummy at Geu.an age old preserved dead body of a monk whose hair and nails still grew,is a belief amongst the locals and we cant abide by that fact .Reach tabo in the evening and at leisure.overnight at hotel.

 

Dhankar monastery

 

Day 10 – Tabo – Kaza (160 kms)

 

Early transfer to Kaza vai Dhankaar monastery n Pin valley.Though kaza is just 60 kms but we will take a few detours to reach there.First we shall visiit the one of the worlds top ten monastries the Dhanker gompa and other The famous pin valley- the starting and ending point of several treks in that region.overnight at kaza

 

pin valley


Day 11 –Kaza Local sightseeing Kii Kibber ,Komic Langcha.Kee monastery  is again one of the best monastries of the region and the komic village is the worlds highest motorable village.A drive to all of the shall definitely be remembered by you during your tour.Overnight at hotel.

Ki monastery 

 

Day-12– Kaza – chandrataal  (90 kms)

 

A drive after early breakfast to chandrataal will be the best drive of your life.The lake located in the upper hills of spiti makes you feel closest to the nature.A sleep in the tents with nature is the best gift a man can get in his entire life.

chandrtal lake

 

Day  13– Kaza – Manali (205 kms/ 07-08 hours)
We leave at dawn for Manali for yet another day of memorable driving via Rohtang Pass. We will drive along and over rivers, cross glaciers, and bump along undulating tracks. It may be dusk when we reach Manali – where we celebrate the journey over Enjoy a dinner and evening at leisure. O/N HOTEL

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Day 14 – Manali – Chandigarh  (320 kms/ 08hrs)
Time to head back to Manali – Chandigarh – Mumbai – or wherever one wants to head to. We part ways with a promise to meet again.

 

 

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year…!!!

Respected Travel partners 
Greetings from Apple Pie Group of Hotels Kinnaur!!!
         Warm Wishes for the NEW YEAR 2016
We send our heartliest thanks for the continuous support and faith that you have showed in our services for both our hotels ( Apple Pie ) Kalpa and Rakcham in 2015.
We have closed both our  properties for the winter season this year and shall reopen them in march next year 2016.We would again seek your support for the next year also.
 
 
 
 
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Hotel in Sangla/Rakcham

Hotel in Sangla/Rakcham

Hotel in Sangla/Rakcham

Hotel in Sangla/Rakcham

The village Rakcham is located 8 kms ahead of sangla on the road that leads till the last village of india- chitkul.this area is a trekkers paradise with several treks leading to uttarakhand.Hotel apple pie is located in the village Rakcham that is midway chitkul from sangla valley. it has five double and four family suites. The views from the hotel apple pie are breathtaking. a walk on the road that leads to chitkul can be a walk that a person can never forget in his life.overall hotel apple pie serves as the best in catering to the needs of almost every traveller who has any thoughts of enjoying the nature and sitting idle to admire it.
Please note: Hotel Apple Pie in Rakcham, Sangla (Sangla Valley) has the newly constructed luxury rooms to suite all budgets. It has been catering to the needs of business, leisure, family and individual travelers.

 

A divine place of nature “Sangla Valley, Rakcham”

Hotel in rakcham valley by Applepie group Kinnaur – A divine place in Himachal pradesh associated with the “kinner Kailash” incarnation of Lord Shiva.Situated in Kinnaur,is the most beautiful valley of the world- Sangla Valley.The belt remains unexplored till date.the tourists can have the best experiences of their lives while crossing the sangla valley & reaching the last village of that road- Chitkul. the way passes through on of the best scencries of nature and through the village Rakchham which is world famouse for the quality apples.Kinnaur apples are the best quality apples that are found in abundance in Sagla valley , Rakchham and Chitkul.

By the point of view of a tourist, Sangla Valley, village Rakchham and village Chitkul occupy a dominant place in the lives of a adventure seekers. Hotel apple pie is located on the main Chitkul Road, 10 km ahead of Sangla valley,in the pictersque village of Rakchham

Hotel Apple Pie- Rakcham

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Hotel Apple Pie : Our Hospitality

Hotel Apple Pie has the newly constructed luxury rooms to suite all budgets. It has been catering to the needs of business, leisure, family and individual travelers.

If you are looking for an economical but clean and comfortable hotel accommodation while on a personal or a pleasure trip or wanting to put up your officers/staff on official work in Sangla/Rakcham, then Hotel Apple Pie is the place for you. We also offer long duration accommodation to corporate companies at very special rates. Besides offering spacious and luxurious accommodation at reasonable room tariff in the most prestigious and prime location of Sangla area, we provide, to the best of our efforts, a very personalized service.

Our simplicity and friendly attitude gives you all the more reasons to stay with us. You will never at any time feel staying in an over bearing, clinical strange environment. It is a family friendly, children friendly & pet friendly place. We have a reputation of providing a safe environment to families and female travelers.

Guests are most welcome to talk to us and discuss about various places in and around Sangla. Any kind of suggestions or help they need from us regarding Shopping, Health check ups, etc, we are always there.

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Hotel Apple Pie Rakcham Sangla Valley

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Our Tariffs are the most competitive and affordable tariffs with all the facilities of the most luxurious accomodations.

Room Type No. CP MAP AP Extra Bed
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Kinnaur – Himachal Pradesh

Kinnaur – Himachal Pradesh

 

 

Kinnaur surrounded by the Tibet to the east, in the northeast corner of Himachal Pradesh, about 235 kms from Shimla is a tremendously beautiful district having the three high mountains ranges i.e. Zanskar, Greater Himalayas and Dhauladhar, enclosing valleys of Sutlej, Spiti, Baspa and their tributaries. All the valleys are strikingly beautiful. The slopes are covered with thick wood, orchards, fields and picturesque hamlets. The much religious Shivlinga lies at the peak of Kinner Kailash mountain. The beautiful district was opened for the outsiders in 1989. The old Hindustan-Tibet road passes through the Kinnaur valley along the bank of river Sutlej and finally enters Tibet at Shipki La Pass. And it is not only the scenic beauty which appeals to the young and old alike but also the life styles of the people, their culture, heritage, customs and traditions.

The much honest people which have strong culture and beliefs generally follow the Buddhism and Hinduism believe that the Pandavas came and resided in the land while in the exile. In the ancient mythology the people of Kinnaur are known as Kinners, the halfway between men and gods. Thousands years old monasteries still exist in the area. Both the Buddhists and Hindus live in perfect harmony symbolising the traditional brotherhood and  friendship of the people of both the faiths.

The apples, chilgoza and other dry fruits are grown here are world famous. The high terrain here give way to great adventures sports of all kinds. Beautiful trekking routes includes the ‘Parikarma of Kinner Kailash’. Here is also the Beautiful Nako lake and three famous wild life sanctuaries.

Places to Visit in Kinnaur

KALPA

Kalpa is a small village at a height of 2960m in Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh. This place is at a distance of 230 Km from Shimla and at 13 Km from Reckong-Peo the district headquarter of Kinner district. This place is well connected by road only. It is recommended to stay minimum of two nights at Kalpa. Usually tourist arrive late afternoon from distance places like Simla , Sarahan or Sangla so next day stay can give you full day beauty of the majestic Kinner Kailash hills. From Kalpa we can get views of three peaks Roldang 5499m, Jarkanden ( 6473m) and the Kinner Kailash at 6050 m height.

Kalpa Village

Kalpa village is a small village with almost all facilities like post office, hospital, shops and small restaurants. These restaurants are offering Indian and Chinese foods for the tourists. There are many small guest houses inside the village offering rooms. Main attraction is Narayan-Nagini temple and Hu-Bu-Lan-Kar monastery. This monastery was founded by Rinchensang-po ( 950-1055 AD ). Walk along the narrow lanes of this village upto the temple and you will get a good glimpse of Kinnor culture and its color full villagers. Village is surrounded by apple trees and at one side the view of snow peaks makes this village the main attraction of tourists coming to Kalpa. From your hotel you have to use steps to reach the village but take care that you have to climb up again to return so conserve your energy. The steps pass through apple garden and reach the village. If you are scared of climbing up then you can use your vehicle as road is there up to the village end. 

A casual visit to this village will take one hour minimum from your hotel if you visit temple and monastery only. 

SarahanAs sun rises from behind the Jarkanden Peaks so photography of hills during morning time is not possible , however you can take photos as the sun comes out of the peaks and light falls on the valley. Around 11 AM as the sun climbs up and direct sun light starts falling on the peaks and gives beautiful view for the tourists to capture in their cameras. Suicide PointWithin 10 minutes drive from Kalpa village through apple gardens this place is known for its vertical slope and dangers ditch. Roghi Village Beyond Suicide point after 5 minutes drive there is Roghi village. Like other village this village has also one temple and apple gardens are there surround the village. Here also villagers main business is Apple cultivation. 

Airtel mobile signal is available at Kalpa along with BSNL which works in remote parts of Himachal Pradesh.

Road to Kalpa

We left Sarahan at 8.10 AM and reached Kalpa at 1.15 PM. 

The road to Kalpa is on NH22 (from Shimla ) upto Reckong Peo except last 27 KM. Most of the time Sutlej river will be at your left side and the road passes through many hydroelectric projects and dams under construction. After 45 minutes from Zeori we enter into Kinner district. On the way we crossed Tapri town and the reached Rockong Peo the district headquarter of Kinnor district. 

After Reckong Peo we climbed another hill through hair pin bend curve road. On both side of the road there are many apple gardens full with apples. Mostly the apples are Red in color but another variety of apple gives golden color. These golden color apples are the best in taste. You are welcome to take photos by standing below the trees but plucking of fruits is not allowed. 

The best hotel to stay is Himchal Tourism Development Corporation Hotel. The name is Hotel Kinner Kailash. You need to book in advance to get accommodation here. There are different ranges of rooms available here starting from 1000 to Rs 4000. The number of rooms are very less so you need to book in advance through internet or by calling HPTDC office by phone. For detail HPTDC hotel booking procedure read here This beautifully designed hotel has glass windows opening towards Kinner Kailash snow peaks, the restaurant located at second floor offers panoramic view of surrounding hills and valleys. This hotel closes during October -November and reopens in April month because of snow fall. The district headquarter shifted to Reckong Peo as road to Kalpa gets blocked due to snow fall in winter. 

One of the main attraction of Kalpa is the view of peaks, the most popular one is Kinner Kailash Peak at a height of 6050 m. There is a free-standing seventy-nine foot high rock ( in the shape of ShivaLinga ) This sacred shivlinga changes its color during the day with change in color of the sun light. From Klapa this Shivlinga is visible and is one of the main attraction of tourists. To reach the peak one has to join a trekking group for three days. To do a parikrama ( circumambulation ) going around the base mountain will take seven to eight days, this trek starts from Moorang.

Sangla Valley

Sangla is located at a distance of 214 KM from Shimla and it is 8 to 12 hours by road to reach Sangla. Usually tourist arrive here from Sarahan. You can come directly fromShimla to Sangla. After visiting Sangla valley you can go to Kalpa a three hours drive by road. However you can change your plan as per your requirements. Sangla to Kalpa is 51 Km
Karcham to Sangla is 18 Km

While traveling from Shimla on NH 22 you need to take right side diversion at Karcham. From Karcham Sangla is 18 KM. While traveling from Karcham to Sangla the river Baspa will be at your right side and the same road continues after Sangla till Chitkul the last village inside India before the Indo – Tibet border. 

If you are returning from Sangla to Shimla then you will pass through these places. 

Karcham ( You will join NH 22 here )
Tapori ( Hydroelectric Project Area )
Wangtoo ( From here Rampur is 62 Km and Shimla is 192 KM )
Bhavanagar ( Rampur is 50 Km from here )
After this you will enter to Shimla district 
Zeori ( Rampur 23 KM and Shimla is 153 Km . Sarahan road will be at left side) 
Rampur ( Shimla is 150 KM )
Narkanda ( 2 hours only from Shimla, go for Hatu peak if you have one extra hour ) 

Kamru Forteress at SanglaTo visit the Sangla village you need to walk down from the main road. There is a temple of Bering Nag and a Buddhist Monastery located in the same campus. After this you can go down upto the Baspa river and there is a bridge to cross the river. At the other side of this hanging bridge there is a heritage village of Batseri.

On the upper side of the main road there is a five storied fortress of Kamru. This tower like structure is visible from the main market and from the road before Sangla and on the way to Chitkul. This village remains snow covered during winter six months. 
Baspa river at  Sangla
The main source of income for the villagers is Apple plantation and tourism. From April month till November the villagers work in Apple plantations and tourism related business.

As Kinnaur district is a tribal area, the locals are permitted to prepare local wine by using Apple for their own consumption. Apple growing has the main contribution to the local economy. Kinnaur apple is famous in all parts of India. These apples are packed in trays and then inside boxes. One box can have 100 to 120 apples. Each exporter has its own boxes.

Chitkul – The Last Village

Chitkul is at a height of 3450 Meter. This is the last village of India to the side of Tibet border and this beautiful village si also by the side of Baspa river. This village is located at a distance of 28 KM from Sangla. Tourist stay at Sangla and go for half day trip to Chitkul. It will take one hour to reach Chitkul from Sangla and you can plan for one or two hour stay there and return. So, if you are starting at 9 AM from Sangla, then you can return before 2 PM to Sangla. Now there are hotels and guest houses available at Chitkul also to stay. 

While traveling to Chitkul valley, river Baspa will be at your right side. On the way you will pass through Rakcham village. There are several camp sites located within the apple gardens by the side of Baspa River.

Baspa river

This river will be at your right side while travelling towards Sangla and Chitkul. Sanglavillage is located by the side of this river. 

From the parking area you have to go down a bit to reach the river bed. It is better to walk a bit towards the village end and then walk down to river as you can avoid the stiff inclination of the steps. Baspa river joins Sutlej river at Karcham 28 Km from Sangla

Go for a walk inside the last inhabited village of India before the border. There is a temple of goddess Mathi at the center of the village. Total population of the village is around 700. 

Wheat fields are there around the plane areas surrounding the village. When we visited, villagers were busy in cutting the wheat cultivation and transporting them back to the village. 

Carry your woolen clothes with you even in clear weather conditions to face the cold wind blowing here. Click the image at the side to see the large road map indicating places in the tribal circuit of Himachal Pradesh

 

Nako

This is a small and beautiful village located in Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh. This village remains cutoff from Shimla district due to snow fall in winter seasons. Tourists start coming here once the roads are opened from Reckong Peo. Peo remains open throughout the year. Being in a border, inner line permit is required for foreigners to enter into Nako. By the side of the village there is a lake known as Nako Lake. Like other villages of this area there is a Monastery at the center of the village. You can go for a walk to visit the Nako lake and the village after reaching Nako. The road passes through narrow lanes of the village and connects to main road. 

There are many hotels and guest houses in this village, some of them are constructed in traditional way with local materials, they are popularly known as Home stay. Price of these home stay guest houses are less and available at a range of INR 350 /- per day. Normal guest houses are available at a price of INR 750/- . Extra bed are at a range of INR 100 to 150/-. Room rent may vary.  These tents are promoted on Eco tourism concept. Tents are having all basic facilities with attached toilet but without TV facility. In Nako even good hotels does not have TV facility inside rooms. 

Many foreign tourists visit Nako and go for trekking around this place. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shrikhand Mahadev , Himachal Pradesh – India

 

Shrikhand Mahadev , Himachal Pradesh – India

Shrikhand Mahadev

Shrikhand Mahadev

Shrikhand Mahadev is considered to be the abode of Lord Shiva. It is actually a pilgrimage place for Hindus. It is a place of great attraction for the religious people as well as for climbers. It is situated at 18500 feet above the sea level. Shrikhand is the situated at top of the mountain. Apparently as many as 5000 pilgrims visit this peak during the yatra, and yatra is normally done in July, so that would be a good time to give it a miss if one is looking for solitude of any kind.

 

Shrikhand Mahadev view is very beautiful to see. Shrikhand is always surround by Fog. The weather is always cold & climate is very awesome. It is usually undertaken to coincide with the Ashada Poornima or, full moon day of June to July as per the Vikrami calendar

History behind Shrikhand : According to the folklore there used to be a demon named Bhasmasur. He worshipped lord Shiva for many years. By seeing his dedication lord Shiva was so happy that he asked Bhasmasur to ask for anything. Bhasmasur asked for the power of burning any creature just by placing his hand on the head of the creature. Lord Shiva blessed him with the asked power. Bhasmasur became so proud of his power that he tried to burn lord Shiva. Then lord Shiva had to hide in a cave near Nirmand at Deo Dhank.

Lord Vishnu came to save Lord Shiva from the demon. Vishnu incarnated himself as Mohini a beautiful lady. She (Vishnu) asked the demon Bhasmasur to dance with her. Bhasmasur was so much mesmerised with the beauty of Mohini that he could not resist himself from dancing with Mohini. Mohini cleverly got Bhasmasur to place his hand on his  head and Bhasmasur turned into ashes. Just after Bhasmasur burned all the God’s reached Deo Dhank to look  up lord Shiva. They found Lord Shiva detained under the web in the cave. It was very difficult to release lord Shiva from there. So Lord Shiva used a secret route and emerged as Shakti Roop at Shrikhand Mountain from cave at Dev Dhank.

When lord Shiva was getting out from Shrikhand Mountain, there were a great blast and only the present Shrikhand Shivling remains.  On the way to Shrikhand top you can find out big boulders that look like as the part of any big mountain. At Shrikhand there is main peak (Shivlinga) dedicated to lord Shiva. Just opposite to it another big stones are known as Godess Parvati and Lord Ganesh. Just behind the Shrikhand peak there is a peak known as Kartikeya Parvat.

Location -

Shrikhand Mahadev is in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh.  It is 72 feet rock made Shivlingam.

There are three ways to reach Shrikhand Mahadev

From Shimla

Shimla-Narkanda-Rampur Bushahr-Arsu-Bagipul-Jao Village - Most of the devotee take this route and this is the easiest and most common route. I believe 90% of the devotees goes via this route only so I recommend that please go via this route only because in this route we get most of the facilities.

From Kullu

From Kullu side—Last village connected by road is Bathad in Banjar block of district. Kullu and from Bathad a steep track leads to BASHLEU PASS and then it leads to a very beautiful village SARAHAN (but this is Kullu Sarahan another one is in Shimla district)

From Rampur Bushahr- Jeory

From Rampur Bushahr to Jeory  - This is considered as the toughest route for this yatra and only the  local people of upper Himachal areas (Shimla, Sarahan, Kullu and Kinnour) can go in this track.  For other guys it would be very tough so please don’t take this track if you are expert in climbing on hills.

ROUTE-

Bus route :  Delhi  – Chandigarh – Shimla.

From Shimla - Take any bus to Rampur Bushahr.  From Rampur take a bus or taxi to Nirmand  or you can get a bus to Jao Village directly.  Your ultimate goal is to reach Jao Village and then from Jao village you  have to go with your feet.

From Jao village to Singhad, the distance is 2-3 KM and from here the yatra starts. The registration of the yatra is done here and you get free lunghar (Food and snacks) here.  Anyone can do a night stay here free of cost. For the devotees who are coming from long distances please stay at night over here because here you can have bath and meals and a good rest for yatra and then start your yatra in the morning around 4AM or 5 AM.

Day 1

Singhad – Thachru – Free lunger (meals) available here and a doctor is also available at this point and for accomodation  you have to pay the rent of tent. (Normally it is Rs 100-120 per night) .

Day 2

Thachru – Bhim dwar or Parvati Bagh – If you reach Bhim dwar or Parvati Bagh after 1 PM then you can go to Shirkhand Mahadev in the next morning.

Day 3

From Bhim dwar or Parvati Bagh to Shrikhand Mahadev  and back to Bhim dwar or Thachru

In the morning you have to start your journey i. e early morning 4AM – 5AM and you can reach Shrikhand Mahadev around 10 AM and then you have to come back from there and you can stay either Bhim dwar or Thachru.

Day 4

Bhim dwar/Thachru – Singhad or Rampur – You can stay in night at Singhad and then you can leave for your home.

Kalpa/Sangla/Rakcham – Himachal Pradesh

Kalpa/Sangla/Rakcham – Himachal Pradesh

 

Kalpa

Kalpa - Himachal Pradesh

Kalpa – Himachal Pradesh

 
Kalpa is a little known town situated in the lap of the mighty 19965 feet Kinner Kailash peak, around 240kms from Shimla. Situated at an altitude of 9711 feet, Kalpa is surrounded by snowy peak for almost the whole year. One gets a clear view of the sacred Kinner Kailash peak as well as its sister peaks. You can get a chance to bike to this place, band in the middle of winters!
Kalpa used be to a favourite haunt of Lord Dalhousie, who used to visit this place by travelling next to the Sutluj River in those days.. But nowadays you can easily drive down, although the road is quite tough! From Delhi, Shimla is a comfortable 9hour drive (355kms via Ambala and then NH22). From Shimla, things get interesting. Carry on the NH22 to Narkanda (64kms, an easy 2hr drive), then Rampur (another 73kms, 2 hours). From here on, for a while roads are good but mostly, turn into a bad shape with work going on (the hydro electric power station). But the views make up for it. From Rampur, you pass thru Jeori (23kms), Wangtu (37kms) and finally Karcham (20kms). The road from Wangtu to Karcham is in a bad state and occasionally the road is blocked for a couple of hours due to landslide.
At Karcham, a right goes to Sangla valley, take a left towards Recong Peo/Kalpa (35kms). At Recong Peo, there are two options, a longer 13kms or a shorter steeper 7km route. You can take another shorter 7km route, riding between apple orchads, narrow roads, in complete isolation. And if you are here between Dec and Feb, you will be greeted with atleast 5-6 frozen waterfalls by the road between Peo and Kalpa. If you are driving youself, taking a nights stop at Narkanda, around 420kms, 11 hours from delhi. Stay at Himachal Tourism’s hotel , Hotel Hattu. 180 degree view of the 18000-20000 feet peaks from Kalpa will keep you occupied for days. If you are into trekking, discover places around Kalpa by asking the locals around. – hide more about Kalpa

 

Sangla

sangla

 

Sangla
This valley starts 57 km short of Kalpa which has been named after a beautiful & populous village Sangla. Sangla is situated on the right bank of Baspa river 17 kms. from Karcham. Journey from Karcham onwards is enjoyable and adventurous throughout the valley. The natural scenery all around and the eternal snow view are picturesque and charming. It is also known as Baspa Valley since Baspa river flows through this area. This is the most charming valley in the entire District of Kinnaur. A temple dedicated to Nages god is worth a visit & other places are Sapni, Rackchham, Kilba, Kamru Fort which can also be visited. There are post offices, banks, rest houses for the convenience of the visitors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Culture and Belief – Kinnaur , Himachal pradesh , India

Culture and Belief – Kinnaur , Himachal pradesh , India

 


The People

The present day the Kinnauras do not constitute a homogenous group and display significant territorial and ethnic diversity. For a better understanding of ethnic and cultural distribution, the Kinnaur District may be classified into three territorial units.

Lower Kinnaur comprise area between Chora at the boundary of the Kinnaur District with Rampur Bushahr and Kalpa including Nichar and Sangla valleys. The people of Lower Kinnaur are primarily of the Mediterranean physical type. It is difficult to distinguish them from the people residing in the adjoining Shimla District with whom they have some affinity. The people of lower Kinnaur are mostly Hindus though the ethno-historical factors have resulted in some Buddhist influence.

The middle Kinnaur is the area between Kalpa and Kanam including Moorang tehsil.

The people of middle Kinnaur are of mixed racial strain. Some have marked Mongoloid and others marked Mediterranean features. In some cases there is an admixture of the above two in varying degrees. The inhabitants are Buddhist as well as Hindus. Many people have faith in both the religions. The upper Kinnaur comprises of remaining north-eastern part of the district i.e. the area between Pooh and Hangrang valley extending upto international border with Tibet.


The predominant physical type of upper Kinnaur in the Mongoloid though a few persons with Mediterrean features are also seen in the area around Pooh. Some persons show the blending of Mediterrean and Mongoloid elements in varying degrees. However the people of Hangrang valley are almost universally Mongoloids. They mostly follow Mahayana Buddhist religion.
The Kinnaur society is divided into two broad occupational groups- peasants and the artisans possibly of diverse ethnic origin. These groups are represented by Kanets (Rajputs) and Scheduled Castes.

The Kanets comprise the main cultivating community of the area and use honorific surname Negi. Among the Kanets there are three grades. In the first grade Kanets there are as many as fifty sub-castes, in the second grades there are seventeen sub-castes and in the third grade who work as potter have three sub-castes. Waza Kanets belong to the third grade and are considered inferior among Kanets.

The Scheduled castes include Chamangs and Domangs. Chamangs traditionally make and wove clothes. The Domangs are primarily blacksmiths. There is a third caste called ores. The main profession of Ores is carpentry. In social status the Ores are equal to Domangs. Among the Scheduled castes blacksmiths and carpenters i.e. Domangs and Ores considered themselves superior to Kolis or Chamangs.

Dress

The people of district dress mostly woolen clothes. There clothing is well suited to the climate and is artistic too in its own distinctive way.

Head dress: of men and women is a round woolen cap called thepang in the local dialect. It is generally of light grey or of white colour with a colour velvet band on the outer fold. Band of green colour is most liked. Crimson blue, yellow etc. may also be worn.
Men wear woolen shirts called chamn Kurti made of woolen cloth and tailored in the village. Another type of dress which the men wear is Chhuba. It is long woolen coat somewhat resembling an Achkan. A sleeveless woolen jacket worn outside the Chhuba. Men wear woolen churidhar pajama.

Women wrap up a woolen shawl like garment called dohru. The first wrap of dohru is on the back with embridered border displayed throughout its length up to the heels. Darker shades of colours are preferred for dohru. Besides beautiful coloured shawls are also worn by them over their shoulders. Choli a sort of full sleeves blouse is worn by the women. Some of them have decorative lining also. However, now a days wearing of cotton/synthetic salwar, kameez, pants and shirts have become popular among the young Kinnauras.


The traditional footwear worn by the Kinnauras were made of wool and goat hair with sole of goat hide. However, with the passage of the time the indigenous shoes have almost disappeared and wearing of readymade shoes is in vogue.

Houses and Equipment

The housing pattern of upper Kinnaur is different from that of lower Kinnaur.

In the lower Kinnaur the houses are two storeyed and built of stone and wood. These are either slated roofs or having flat roofs made of layers of bhojpatra (tree bark) covered with earth. The door are often folding and open inwards.

In upper Kinnaur the houses are usually built of stone. These are flat roofed and covered with earth. They are ill-built on account of the scarcity of wood. The houses are two storeyed and doors are small. The ground floor is used as cattle shed and upper storey for living purposes. The size and plinth area of the house depends upon the site available for construction. The houses are white washed in lower as well as upper Kinnaur. Besides these traditional houses, now RCC houses built in modern designs are also coming up.


Usually the households have some wooden chest for keeping grain and dried fruits. In addition most of the houses have separate wooden grain storage structures locally called ‘Kathar’. Khayarcha is a mat used for sitting purposes, which is made of goats hair. Pakpa which is skin of sheep or goat or some wild animal as often placed on khayarcha for sitting. Traditionally the people used to use utensils made of brass, bronze and aluminum. However, now a days with the increased outside contact they are fast adopting the china crockery and utensils made of stainless steel.

Food Habits

The staple food is wheat, ogla, phafra and barley which are local produce. Besides these kankani, cheena, maize, chollair and bathu are also taken. The principal pulses consumed are peas, black peas, mash and rajmash. The vegetables usually consumed are cabbage, turnips, peas, beans, pumpkin, potato, lady finger and tomato besides some locally available wild green vegetables leaves. They relish rice too which is imported from the plains. Taking a salted tea called cha in the morning and evening is very popular among the Kannauras which is usually taken along with sattu made of parched barley flour.

Cha

They are non-vegetarian and relish goat and ram’s meat. Taking of alcoholic drinks in their day to day life and also on the ceremonial or festive occasions is quite common among them. Alcohol is distilled at the household level. It is made out of fruits like grapes, apple, pear etc. grown locally and of barley. The Kannauras are very fond of music, dance and singing.

Lifestyle

Generally, Kinner houses have storerooms for keeping grain and dried fruits, and separate wooden grain-storage structures, called kathar. Pakpa, a piece of sheepskin or yakskin, is often placed on the khayarcha mat.

Traditionally Kinners use utensils made of brass and bronze. Modern influences have included the introduction of Chinese crockery, and utensils made of stainless steel and aluminium.

Clothes are mainly of wool. The thepang, a grey woollen cap, is worn with a white velvet band. The Tibetan chhuba, a long woollen coat

Cha

which resembles an achkan, is worn as well, with a sleeveless woollen jacket.While men wear woollen churidhar pajamas, and tailored woollen shirts such as the chamn kurti, the women wrap themselves up in a dohru. The first wrap of the dohru is based on the back, with embroidered borders displayed throughout its length, which stretches to the heels. Darker shades of colours are preferred for the Dohru, although other beautifully coloured shawls may be worn, usually draped over the shoulders. A choli, another type of full sleeved blouse worn by women, may serve as a decorative lining as well.

The Kinners are classified mainly into two castes: lower and upper caste. Again both of these categories are divided into sub classes. The caste system is more prevalent in the Lower and Middle Kinnaur regions.

Religion

As stated above, the people of lower Kinnaur are mostly Hindus, though some references of Buddhism is also evident. Their most important gods and goddess are Durga or Chandi, Bhairon, Usha or Ukha, Narayan, Vishnu, Badrinath and Bhimakali. The Chamang and Domang in addition have their favourite deities such as Nag Devta. Besides each village has its presiding deity. The inhabitants of middle Kinnaur are Buddhist as well as Hindu. In the northern area Buddhist influence is stronger. The important deity of middle Kinnaur are Chandi,Gauri Shankar, Kansa and Narayanjee. There are some monasteries besides the temples. The village god at Kanam worshipped by people of Buddhist faith is Dabla who has certain features associated with the earlier Bon religion. The image of Dabla is installed alongwith those of Buddha and Guru Rinpoche (Padma Sambhava) in one of the monasteries at Kanam.

The religion of upper Kinnaur is mostly Buddhism, having the institution of Lamaism. They mostly follow Mahayan Buddhism religion. Almost every village has a monastery with Lamas and jomos, who are recruited from amongst the Rajput (Kanet) only. A major part of the district is inhabited by people professing Lama religion. Though venerated by the inhabitants of Nichar and Sangla tehsils, Lama faith does not have a strong hold in these areas.

 


There are Buddhist temples in many of the villages of these areas yet the followers of this faith do not form a significant group. In Kalpa, Moorang and Pooh tehsils Lama are consulted and their services utilised in performance of many religious ceremonies. In Nichar and Sangla people do not necessarily consult Lamas on these occasions. In the absence of Brahman priests the people perform ceremonies themselves

Monasticism

Kanet boys, who learn the Tibetan scriptures and are well versed in Buddhist doctrines, are called Lamas. Similarly the Kanet girls, who do not marry, but devote their time to the study of Tibetan scriptures are called Zomos or Jomos. They live in nunneries. The two principal nunneries are at Kanam and Sunnam and in these a great numbers of Zomos live. Besides this, almost every village had few Zomos. The Lamas live in the monasteries and are looked upon as very holy.

 

 In fact they are the priests of all the Kanets.There are several monasteries of these Lamas in Kanam, Sunnam and other villages. Lamas are either Gyolong or Celibate like the Brahmchari or Dugpu, who marry but never shave. The head Lama is consulted with regard to important undertaking

Language

A number of dialects are spoken by the inhabitants of district Kinnaur which came under ‘Kinnauri’ or ‘Kanauri’. According to classification of languages made by the Linguistic Survey of India, ‘Kanauri’ comes under Tibet-Chinese Family of Languages. It has further been classified as language belonging to Western Sub-Group of Pronominalized Himalayan Group belonging to Tibeto-Himalayan Branch under Tibeto-Burnab Sub-Family (Census of India 1961, Vol. 1 India, Part II-C(ii). Languages Tables.P.CL.XVI). In Shimla Hill States Gazetteer, 1910, there is mention of three dialects spoken in Kinnaur. These are Hindi, Kinnauri and English Also there are as many as nine different dialects used by various sections in district Kinnaur.

The villagers on the Tibetan Border speak Tibetan dialects of western Tibet. The extent of spoken Tibetan is limited to the village of Nesang, Kunu and Charang adjoining Tibet. Jangram dialect is spoken in Jangi, Lippa and Asrang villages of Moorang tehsil. The Shumceho dialect is spoken in the villages of Kanam, Labrang, Spilo, Shyaso and Rushkalang of Pooh tehsil. A Kinnauri-Jangram mixture is the language used in Rakchham and Chhitkul villages of Sangla tehsil. The Scheduled castes speak a language which is closer to that of certain parts of the adjoining districts of Kinnaur. Besides these dialects the educated people of Kinnaur can speak Hindi also. Both men and women, specially in Sangla and Kalpa valley can speak English in addition to their mother tongue and Hindi.

Himachal Pradesh Sightseeing Places , India

Himachal Pradesh Sightseeing Places , India 

 

CHAIL – Paradise for hikers

Chail, an awesome hill station in Himachal bewitches you with its temples, palaces, natural beauty and landscape and a number of tourist attractions such as the renowned Chail Cricket Ground, the highest cricket ground in the world, Sidh Baba Ka Mandir, Maharaja’s Palace, Chail Wildlife Sanctuary, etc. that together make it a worth visiting place

So finally you have come on the close decision of packing your bags to visit some of the fascinated places where there is no one between you and nature. Well, a great decision to forget office pressure and domestic tensions for some time. But, the main question is that where to go. If you are confused about the selection of right and picturesque place, you have a better place to make your dream come true to come close to Mother Nature in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Be the part of Chail tourism and you will feel the presence of Mother Nature. Chail, the most amazing and picturesque Chail hill stations in Himachal Pradesh has been the ever shining star in India tourism. Located at the distance of around 45 km from Shimla, the beautiful tourist destination attracts tourists from all over the country and worldwide.

This beautiful hill station that once used to be a simple and serene village today stands as a paradigm of beauty and serenity. The region is drenched in the most colorful hues of tranquility and material peace that go hand in hand. Chail is what calls every one a true paradise for travelers. The hill-station is nothing less than the Promised Land that every voyager longs for and wishes to visit.

Tourist Places in Chail Showing You the Real Picture of Chail Tourism

As far as tourist attraction and tourist places in Chail are concerned, they are abundant in number. Some of the picturesque places include Sidhi Baba kaMandir, Maharaja’s Palace, Chail wildlife sanctuary and cricket grounds are names a few that are famous to visit in hill station. It was the summer capital of king of Patiala named Maharaja Bhupendra Singh Ji. Later, the British Army Commander-in-Chief, Lord Kitchener sent Maharaja in Chail as his exile in the year of 1891.

Just like most of the famous attractions, Sidh Baba Ka Mandir is another highlight of Chail that every traveler must visit once. Another famous attraction here is the cricket ground that stands at a height of 2144 meter above sea level. The region is also home to some of the most varied species of flora & fauna like Ghoral, Khalij, Sambhar, Jungle Fowl, Cheer Pheasants and so on. The region is outnumbered with numerous trees and lush greenery that offers the most pleasant sight to every traveler.

Visiting Tourist Places in Chail is Easy and Accessible by Air, Rail and Road

Shimla is very close to Chail at the distance of 45 kms. The capital city of Himachal Pradesh – Shimla has a domestic airport where there are regular flights from Delhi and other cities. Chandigarh is also another main airport at the distance of 120 km from Chail. You can take taxi from Shimla or other cities of Himachal Pradesh along with Chandigarh, Ambala and Delhi. Regular buses are also run by Himachal Roadways to Chail from Shimla, Dharmshala, Solan and other cities.

 

 

CHAMBA – It’s magnificent scenery

 

Chamba’s charm is gets enriched with the lively River Ravi and Chamba’s art, culture, museums, temples as well as natural attractions are more than enough to let you glued to it. One can behold the arresting Dhgauladhar Ranges or can visit the Chaurasi Temple Complex or the famous Champavati Temple. People fond of historical findings can head towards the Bhuri Singh Museum…

Mother Nature has gifted some parts of India with her true beauty that lies in everything. Himachal Pradesh – the home of snow, sky-touching mountain ranges, deep dense valleys, greenery and crystal clear water rivers, is also one of them. The small yet beautiful hill state in Northern Part of India is blessed with natural beauty that lies in Pine, Deodar, Apple and different other orchards and forest ranges, deep valleys, snow-capped mountain ranges, monasteries, rivers and a lot more. As far as Himachal Pradesh is concerned, it is a home to different world-famous hill stations. Among all the beautiful hill stations, the popularity graph of Chamba tourism is always found on ever increasing. Having been on the forefront in Himachal tourism map, Chamba Sightseeing is sure to attract honeymooners, nature tour lovers, adventure tour enthusiasts and those who want to spend some days in serenity.

Chamba is one of the beautiful hill stations in Himachal Pradesh at an altitude of around 1000 meter above sea level. The beautiful town and hill station is located on the South Bank of River Ravi. From every point like crest of mountains, from the bank river and other places, you will visit amazing beauty and the real image of Chamba tourism. In addition, there are also a number of tourist places in Chamba that draw the attention of tourists and persuade them to visit the attractions again and again. According to historical records available, it was an ancient Pahari capital that was established by King SahilVerma of Chamba in 920 A.D.

King gave the small town or capital name Chamba on the name of her daughter Champawati. Moreover, he also built a temple after her daughter’s name. Still, you will see her statue in the temple. In other words, she is worshipped in the temple as Goddess Chamba where devotees from different parts of Himahcal Pradesh come to pay homage to her. Talking about places to visit in Chamba, they are in abundant and give enough reasons to stay for more days. In the real way, Chamba Sightseeing is showing you the real image of Chamba tourism.

Tourists Places in Chamba Must See Destination That Keep Tourists Mesmerized

Dhauladhar Range, PirPanjal Range, Zanskar Range are the main three mountain ranges that give a pleasing and amazing view to the hill station and add more spark in Chamba Sightseeing. Bhuri Singh Museum is one of the ancient museums in Himachal Pradesh that shows you the ancient artifacts. In addition, Minjar Fair is also famous to explore in Chamba. Chamba Devi temple is a must see tourist place in Chamba. Moreover, Chaurasi Temple is also another popular temple that is dedicated to Lord Ganesh, Goddess Lakshmi Devi. Bharmour town is also another popular place to visit in and around Chamba.

How to Reach?

The beautiful hill station is at the distance of 116 km from Pathankot in Punjab, which is a main Railway junction. Delhi is at the distance of 580 km from Chamba for tourists who come by air. Gaggal airport in Kangra is also another main airport where there are regular flights from Delhi.

 

DALHOUSIE – A gateway to the primeval Chamba Hill State  OR A place of Scenic Beauty

 

Dalhouse appears to be extremely charming due to the existence of Kathlog, Balun, Porteyn, Moti Tibba and Bakrota hills. The hill station is ideal for honeymooners, who can explore it by visiting the spots such as the Laxmi Narayan Temple, Satdhara Springs, various churches, picnic spot named as Dalhousie Panchpula, Kalatop, etc. and add an extra glitter to their honeymoon and holidays…

Getting bored due to hectic schedule at workstation? Looking for some rehabilitation activities to rejuvenate your mind and body? Or do you want to spend time in the environment where no one comes between you and serenity? Well, in India you have a plenty of options, but choosing the right one matters a lot. If you are on the verge of choosing which place is perfect for you, then here the name of Dalhousie would be the right one. Being one of the picturesque hill stations in the state of Himachal Pradesh, Dalhousie tourism has a magical charisma that is for sure to keep tourists spell bound. There are a number of places to visit in Dalhousie that will fill your life with new hopes, new energy and positiveness.

As far as Dalhousie Sightseeing is concerned, it will keep you spell bound. Just stand on the crest of any hill or explore the panoramic view from chopper or plane, you will be speechless. Greenery and dotted small houses, deep dense forest ranges, snow-capped mountain ranges and western edge of Dhauladhar mountain range of Himalayas will persuade you to visit tourist places in Dalhousie again and again. Located at different altitudes (6000 to 9000 feet or 2700 meter) above sea level, it is an ever-rising star in the Himachal tourism map where Mother Nature never sleeps.

Talking about the tourist places in Dalhousie, they are abundant in number. Panchpula waters, for instance is one fo the fascinating lake here that is perfect for water sports. On the other hand, the beauty of mesmerizing scenic landscape, area of karelanu and the natural springs of Karelanu will take you to the land of greenery and picturesque beauty.

In addition, some of the amazing and naturally rich tourist places to visit in Dalhousie include Bakrota Hills, Village Lohali, Gandhi Chowk, Sadar Bazar, Panchpula, Tibetan Market, Khajjar and the list goes on. Small and sloppy streets, roads, deep dense valleys, and the panoramic view with the presence of serenity also add more spark in the popularity of Dalhousie tourism and make it a must see hill station in the state of Himachal Pradesh. If you stay for a few more days (two or three days or more), then visit other popular tourist places in Dalhousie that include Kalatop, DakshinaMurti, Shivkul, Norwood Paramdham, Laxmi Narayan Temple, St. Francis Church, Radha Swami SatsangBhawan, St john’s Church, and the list goes on. Handicraft centers also make Dalhousie tourism shine on the global tourism map. For handmade chapels, woolen clothes, dolls, shawls and mats, it is the only destination in Himachal Pradesh.

Needless to say, Dalhousie sightseeing will keep you mesmerized for a long time and persuades you to visit the hill station again and again. Access to the beautiful hill station is also easy as it is very close to Pathankot that is the main railway junction in the state of Punjab. Chandigarh, Ambala, Shimla, etc are also the nearest cities and tourist destinations to visit Dalhousie sightseeing. So what you are waiting for, pack your bags to take a flight or train to visit tourist places in Dalhousie.

 

Dharamshala – Home in exile of the Dalia Lama

Dharamshala presents you with all the amazing charm of a hill resort. Dotted with awesome spots such as the St. John’s Church, Dal Lake, Kangra Art Museum, Namgyal Monastery, Nurpur Fort, Maharana Pratap wildlife Sanctuary, Chamund Devi Temple, etc., Dharamshal is there to fascinate you completely. No tourist can afford to miss out on exploring Dharamshala…

Your planning for the next holidays is on cards; but confused where to go. Grand wedding celebration is over, now, it’s time to book the tickets for honeymoon or get an affordable yet luxurious honeymoon package for a place where you, your darling and the serenity come close to each other. You want to feel the presence of Mother Nature, but still not decided which place would be suitable for you. Such questions often come in mind and sometimes confuse you, when you plan to spend out the time in luxury for the rejuvenation of your body. But, you search ends here; you have a better place full of natural beauty to explore the true beauty of Mother Nature. The Northern Indian State – Himachal Pradesh is filled with hill stations that are globally famous and develop a unique image of Himachal Tourism on the global tourism map. Dharamshala tourism is also one of them.

Being an indispensable part of Himachal Pradesh, Dharamshala Sightseeing is sure to keep tourists, especially honeymooners, nature tour lovers and adventure tour enthusiasts spell bound. Surrounded by lush greenery, cool climate, deep dense forest ranges, snow-capped mountain ranges, monasteries, and crystal clear water sources like springs, fountains, rivers and lakes, Dharamshala tourism brings new energy, new hopes and pleasing experience to your life. The beautiful hill station in the state of Himachal Pradesh is on different altitudes ranging from 1300 meter to 1700 meter. McLeodGanj is the main town that adds more spark in the popularity of Dharamshala tourism. A picturesque and eye-catching slope spread in an area of 8 km is Dharamshala that is also counted as the main hub of Tibet culture and Buddhism. There are a number of places to visit in Dharamshala that will keep nature tour enthusiasts and honeymooners spell bound.

Tourist Places in Dharamshala – Choices Are Unlimited as the places to Visit in Dharamshala Are Abundant

Book Dharamshala tours for some more days as the entire hill station and its surrounding areas are full of natural beauty, golf courses, cricket stadium (the only one International cricket stadium in Himachal Pradesh) and a numebr of prehistoric to contemporary monuments. Chamunda Devi temple, Norbulinka institute, Nurpur Fort, St John’s Church in Wilderness Dall Lake, e and MaharanaPratapSagar or Wild life sanctuary, are names a few that will be perfect time-spending destinations in the hill station. In addition, Kangra Art Museum, war memorial and Namgyal monastery are also must see tourist places in Dharamshala to explore.

Access to Sightseeing in Dharamshala

Visiting tourist places in Dharamshala is without any doubt the right option of coming close to Mother Nature. Reaching to the popular hill station in Himachal Pradesh is also easy as it is at the distance of 95 km from Pathankot that is nearest rail junction to Dharamshala in the state of Punjab. Another narrow gauge line that joins Jogindernagar to Pathankot is also the right option of enjoying natural beauty of the valley. The narrow gauge line goes to Kangra from where Dharamshala is at the distance of around 17 km. Chandigarh, Jammu, Shimla and New Delhi are different airports to reach to the beautiful hill station.

 

Kangra – Dev Bhumi ( the valley of Gods )

Kangra is marked with the stunning views of the Dhauladhar Hills and the picturesque Kangra Valley. The place is marked with an array of attractions including the Jwalaji Temple surprising you with the natural flames emerging from the rocks, Brajesshwari devi Temple, etc. Adventure freaks can enjoy sports like rock climbing, fishing, trekking, mountaineering, etc., giving you a thrilling experience…

One of the most beautiful hill stations of Himachal Pradesh, Kangra is renowned in history for being the capital city of the Chand dynasty. Being one of the most scenic valleys of the lower Himalayas, sheltered by the moving Dhauldhar hills, Kangra offers various adventure sports like trekking, rock climbing, mountaineering and fishing to the fun seekers.

Kangra is very famous for an historic temple namely Jwalaji Temple. Located 34 kms in the south of Kangra, the temple is dedicated to Goddess Jwalaji. A miracle in itself, it is perhaps the only temple in India where natural flames come out from nine different rocks in the temple.

Abundant historical evidences state the importance of this temple dating back to the reign of Mughal Emperor Akbar. The emperor under the influence of his royalty tried to test the prowess of the Goddess. He tried enormous ways to extinguish the flames but in vain. At the end, bowing to the Goddess, he tried to please her with a Golden Chhatra. But the Goddess did not accept it and the Chhatra fell on the ground turning into a colossal metal, the compositions of which are yet unknown.

Brajeshwari Devi Temple is another tourist attraction at Kangra. This Temple is a witness to the devastation by Mahmud of Ghazni in 1009. In 1905, Kangra was destroyed by an earthquake. Rebuilt in 1920, Kangra still is a legendary pilgrimage centre of Himachal Pradesh. Kangra also has a legendry fort belonging to King Kotch. The fort is situated at a considerable height overlooking Ganga and Manjhi rivers.

Access to Kangra

Kangra is easily accessible from rest of the country. It is well connected by rail, road and air. The nearest airport is Gaggal airport which is at 13 kms from Kangra. Other important airports of major cities like Jammu 200 kms, Amritsar 208 kms and Chandigarh 255 kms are well connected from Kangra.

The nearest broad gauge railhead is at Pathankot which is 90 km from Kangra. A narrow gauge railway line between Pathankot and Jogindernagar passes via Kangra, 17 kms from Dharamshala.

Apart from rail and air, Kangra is also well connected by road. This town is easily accessible from major cities of the region.

 

Palampur – Tea capital of North India

Palampur is rich with its tea gardens and has the beauty of the Dhauladhar Hills. Here, you find valleys, mountains, lush greenery and attractions including Mata Bundla Temple, Newgal Park, Saurab Kaliya Ban Vihar, St. John’s Church, Neugal Khad, etc., that together form the wonders to be explored in Palampur………..

Entire Himachal Pradesh is full of lush green forest ranges, valleys, snow covered mountain ranges and rich flora and fauna. Palampur Himachal Pradesh is also one of those beautiful places that attract people from all parts of the country and even from other parts of the world. Every year, thousands of honeymooners, nature lovers and couples prefer to explore the rich beauty of the small hill station yet beautiful city. Deriving the beautiful name from the popular word “Palum” that means plenty of water or abundant water. The most amazing city is located at the altitude of 1220 meters near Dhauladhar range just 35 km from Dharamshala.

As far as the history of Palampur tourism is concerned, it was unknown until the superintendent of biotechnological gardens, Mr Dr. Jameson who are also known to be the revolution person of Tea Plantation from Almpra in the year of 1849. According to history, this tea plantation was also considered as the main point that attracted European Tea Estate owners. And since then the place is known to be the tea capital of North India that is surrounded by tea gardens. In addition to the tea plantation, the estate and Palampur is also famous for ancient architectural wonders. And it is due to the fact of the influx of tourist and tea estate owners from Europe who developed their residential and commercial buildings.

Before the arrival of Europeans, it was the kingdom of Sikhs, the most stunning hill stations of Jalandhar. Today, Palampur has become the major tourist attraction and hill station in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Today, the place and its surrounding area is full of major attractions that keep tourists mesmerized for a long time and persuade them to come here again and again. Talking about attractions in Palampur deeply, then Newgal Park is one of the main places to explore in Palampur that comes in the way of Mata Bundla Temple. In addition to this, Neugal Khad or Small River and Sourab Kaliya Ban Vihar are also worthwhile to explore in the city and hill station. In addition to this, St John Church is also an attractive place in Palampur. It was rebuilt in 1929 that is very close to the Government College.

The popular hill station of Palampur is very close to all the major hill stations and cities of Himachal Pradesh. Palampur is also very close to Gaggal airport in Kangra that is only 37 m from Palampur. However, it is well connected via rail and road to all the major cities of the country. Phathankot is the very close railway station to the hill station of Palampur. Moreover, Moranda is only four km from the hill station of Palampur. Moreover, Palampur is also well connected to Dharamshala ( 40 kms), Kangra (40 kms) Kullu (165 kms), Mandi (96 kms) and Shimla (259 kms).

In addition to this, there are also a number of hotels, resorts, lodges and other accommodation options here. There are also a number of restaurants and other local Dhabas where you can enjoy the best food of Himachal Pradesh. So what you are waiting for, come to Palampur and enjoy the natural beauty here.

 

 

Kinnaur – Land of Fairytales

 

Kinnaur enchants you with vineyards, valleys, orchards, snow covered mountain and their peaks, as well as various fruits such as apples, apricots, pine nuts, almonds, etc. Rivers such as Spiti, Baspa and Satluj add to the richness of Kinnaur and make it serene. One can visit the Recong Peo temple or can forget oneself amidst the Oak, Chestnut, Mangolia, Alder as well as Birch forests…

In fact, entire sate of Himachal Pradesh has been gifted with natural beauty, snow-covered mountain ranges and lush green forest ranges. But the attraction and the charisma of Kinnaur are unexplainable. Kinnaur is one o the most beautiful hill stations and district of himacal Pradesh that is known for lush green valleys, orchards, vineyards, snow capped peaks and cold desert mountains and all those you have wished to have at a beautiful and naturally rich place.

Located at the distance of 250 kms from the state capital Shimla and well connected via national highway number 22, Kinnaur is also a rich region in the state that is known as the land for growing fruits like Apple, almonds, peaches, pine nut, apricots and the list goes on.

Kinnaur tourism is also famous for local wine named Anguri that is formulated by fruits and certain grains. Naturally rich and full of lush green forest ranges of Oak, Chestnut, Maple, Birch, Alder, Mangolia, etc., Kinnaur is all time favorite hill station among honeymooners and those who love to explore the real natural beauty in their own way. In addition to this, there are also a number of adventure tour spots where tourists, especially adventure tour enthusiasts can enjoy the adventure sports in their own way.

Rivers are also the main attractions here that make it a one stop destination for river rafting. Sutlej, Spiti, Baspa River, etc, are some of the main rivers that covered the Kinaaur area and make it most rich region for fruits and crops in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Sutlej River also divides Kinnaur in two parts. On the other hand, the Spiti River is the second most important river of the Region that is also the main water sources of the country.

Talking about the attractions in Kinnaur, the entire state is full of attractions like temples. One of the most visited temples in Kinnaur is Recong Peo that is renowned for its Gompa, where His Holiness the Dalai Lama accomplished a ‘Kalchakra’ ceremony in 1992. Positioned at an altitude of 1,899 meters, another popular attraction is Karchham that is famous tourist spot for its picturesque view that also is a convergence point of the Satluj and Baspa rivers.

Needless to say, it is one of the most beautiful places to explore in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Now, there are also a number of luxury hotels, resorts and a number of other accommodation options here. In this way, accommodating here is not a major issue. Moreover, there are also a number of restaurants and other food options in Kinnaur where you will also get an opportunity to enjoy local foods. So what you are waiting for, come and explore the real beauty of Kinnaur in Himachal Pradesh.

 

Lahual &  Spiti – Little Tibet

 

Lahual and Spiti showcase a number of heritage spots and primitive places. Here, you come across monasteries, lakes, valleys, rivers, gorges, mountains, temples, etc. that make the place completely arresting. One can explore the royal heritages of Gondla or can have the sacred essence of the Guru Ghantal Monastery. This makes Lahul and Spiti one of the best Himachal Pradesh tourist spots…

Earlier Lahaul and Spiti were two different districts of the State of Himachal Pradesh, Kardang was the capital of Lahul and Dankar the capital of Spiti. Finally the two districts were merged and found status of a district in 1960.

The district is popular for its heritages and ancient places. Snow covered peaks, deep gorges, lush green valleys, speedy flowing rivers, attracting mountain lakes, striking temples and monasteries are the main tourist attractions in Lahaul and Spiti. This district also can be visited for relaxing, sightseeing, trekking, mountaineering, fishing, para-gliding, skiing, ice skating and golfing.

Tibetan antelope, Tibetan argali, Kiangs, musk deer, and snow leopards are the rare animals which can be viewed in Lahaul and Spiti. Popular as the oldest monastery in the Lahaul valley, Guru Ghantal monastery is a wooden structure with pyramidal roof. The annual festival of Ghantal is celebrated in mid June with high spirit.

Keylong is a one of the most tourist attractions in Lahaul and Spiti valley. This place is a district headquarters of Lahaul and Spiti. Gondla is another tourist attraction near Lahaul and Spiti. This region offers some royal heritages. In Gondla, the eight storeyed house of the thakur of Gondla is a popular heritage to visit. This monument called the Gondla Castle or fort was constructed in the 17th century.

Access to Lahaul & Spiti Valleys

Lahaul and Spiti is well connected through rail, road and air network. Lahaul and Spiti is well connected from major cities of state like Manali, Pangi & Leh and so on. From here, buses and taxis are available to reach Lahaul and Spiti.

Lahaul and Spiti can be reached from shimla via Kinnaur because; Shimla is well connected through rail, road and air from rest of the state. Lahaul and Spiti can also be reached by Manali via Rohtang Pass because; Manali is connected by rail, road and air.

 

 

Tourism in Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh, India

 

Kinnaur :

photo : Kinnaur rakchham villageKinnaur is located in the North-Eastern part of Himachal Pradesh. Kinnaur shares its Eastern boundary with Tibet. The Zanskar mountains form the international frontier betweenKinnaur and TibetKinnaur is a tribal area of Himachal Pradesh in true style. The breathtaking Sangla valley offers the visitors the breathtaking view of captivating lush green orchards in the lap of majestic mountains covered with pure and dazzling white snow. The district has a number of valleys varying in altitude from 1000 metres to 4000 metres. The main of them are - The Satluj valley, The Hangrang or Spiti valleyThe Ropa or Shiasu valleyThe Baspa or Sangla valley and the Tidong valley. Among these, theSatluj valley is the largest river valley of the district and traverses for about 140 km. in the region.

Tourism in Kinnaur

photo : Kinnaur and Satluj RiverThe gushing rivers of Kinnaur abound in Trout, the angler’s prize catch, their waters have over the centuries chiseled beautiful gorges across this picturesque land and nurtured one of the most unique societies on there banks. In the lush land live the descendants of the Kinners, the demi gods of the Hindu pantheon, whose deeds have been immortalized in epics and the poems of ancient Sanskrit poets. It is no wonder that a local tradition maintains that Kinnaur with all its beauty fell from the clouds as a gift from the gods.

photo : Para-gliding at KinnaurTourism in Kinnaur offers a completely different kind of experience in true tribal sense.Kinnaur has some of the most beautiful valleys on earth full of deep gorges, rivers and breathtaking landscapes. It is like a fairy landTourism in Kinnaur offers numerousfamous places i.e. Sangla, Rakchham, Kalpa, Kothi, Nako, Recong Peo, Chitkul, Chango, Morang, Lippa, Nichar, Karchham etc. Many of these places are natural paradises. TheSangla Valley is a breathtakingly beautiful valley.

photo : KothiAs in a typical religious place in Himachal, a number of fairs and festivals are celebrated in Kinnaur every year i.e. Lavi fair, Phul Yatra fair, Sazo festival, Phagul or Shuskal festival, Beash, Dakhraini festival, Phulech festival, Lossar festival and Tribal festival. There are a number of beautiful temples in Kinnaur i.e. Chandika temple, Chango temple, Durga temple, Charang temple and Mathi temple.

photo : Nako village and lakeThere is a beautiful Nako lake situated in the Nako village. The location of the village is striking. Tourism in Kinnaur offers a number of wildlife sanctuaries to explore i.e. Lippa Asrang sanctuary, Rakchham Chitkul sanctuary, Rupi Bhaba sanctuary. These wildlife sactuaries are heavens for any wild life lover. Kinnaur is easily accessible from Shimla via Rampur. The road from Rampur to Kinnaur is a thrilling experience.

The supreme natural beauty full of deep gorges, rivers and beautiful landscapes is the prime feature of tourism in Kinnaur which sets it apart from other tourist places of Himachal. It is the prime destination of Tribal Voyage in Himachal and one of the finest places in Himachal to explore.

Kinnaur Access Routes

Delhi to Kinnaur :

Delhi to Kinnaur
this access route leads via Sonipat – Karnal- Kurukshetra – Ambala – Chandigarh – Solan – Shimla – Rampur – Kinnaur

Delhi to Kinnaur
this access route leads via Sonipat – Karnal- Kurukshetra – Ambala – Ludhiana – Jallander – Pathankot – Jassur – Nurpur – Gaggal – Kangra – Hamirpur – Bilaspur – Shimla – Rampur – Kinnaur

Delhi to Kinnaur
this access route leads via Sonipat – Karnal – Kurukshetra – Ambala – Chandigarh – Ropar – Nangal – Una – Talwara – Jassur – Nurpur – Gaggal – Kangra – Hamirpur – Bilaspur – Shimla – Rampur – Kinnaur

Shimla to Kinnaur :

Shimla to Kinnaur
this access route leads via Shimla – Rampur – Kinnaur

Chandigarh to Kinnaur :

Chandigarh to Kinnaur
this access route leads via Solan – Shimla – Rampur – Kinnaur

Chandigarh to Kinnaur
this access route leads via Ropar – Nangal – Una – Talwara – Jassur – Nurpur – Gaggal – Kangra – Hamirpur – Bilaspur – Shimla – Rampur – Kinnaur

Air Route :

There is no direct flight to Kinnaur and the nearest Airport is Shimla which can be reached from Delhi. Shimla Airport is at Jubbarhatti, 23 kms from city and is connected to Chandigarh, Kullu, Delhi. It has daily flights from Delhi and Kullu. On Tuesday and Thursday Jagson Airlines flies Delhi-Shimla-Kullu-Gaggal and return. Archana and KCV fly between Delhi and Shimla on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Train Route :

There is no Rail service to Kinnaur and the nearest Railway Station at Shimla is connected by a narrow gauge line from Kalka (96Km.)

Important Info :

With drive to kinnaur very adventerous, care is to be taken while driving. Long suspension bridges connect two bank of the Satluj river at many places. The road condition after the flash floods in August,2000 is not the best. With blocks in some places in winters and rainy seasons it is always advisable to get information about the road condition and then start the journey in these months. The other route from Manali-Kaza-Recong peo remains closed in most part of the winters and springs.

Kinnaur Quick Facts

Location
Kinnaur is situated 77°45′ and 79°00’35” East Longitudes and between 31°55’50” and 32°05’15” North Latitudes. Kinnaur shares its Eastern boundary with Tibet. On the South and South Eastern sides, it has Uttar Kashi district of Uttar Pradesh. On the Western side lies the Shimla district and on the North and North-West is situated Lahaul and Spiti.

Headquarter
Recong Peo ( altitude 2,760 meters ) – former HQ. was Kalpa ( altitude 2,770 meters )

Altitude
varies from 2,550 metres to 6,791 meters.

Important Distances
One can travel in a taxi or jeep on National Highway 22 for the entire journey from Kalka to Kinnaur. Some of the parts of journey can be done by long route buses run by HRTC. Distance from Shimla to Kalpa is 244 km., Delhi 590 km., Kullu 267 km.

Area
10,820 sq. km.

STD Codes
+91-1785 or 01785

Local Codes
Pooh 951785, Moorang 951785, Sangla 951786, Bhawanagar 951786

Police Assistance
+91-1785-222210

Fire Station
+91-1785-222219

Ambulance
+91-1785-222319

DFO Forest Department
+91-1785-223358

Climate
The summer temperatures range between 6° C and 25° C, while the winter temperatures usually remain between -1° C and 0° C. Days from April-Oct are warm, early morning & evenings being colder, light woolens May-July and heavy woolens in rest of the season.

Population
Total population of Chamba is 78,334 (according to Census 2001)

Best time to visit
You’d enjoy the Summer months in Kinnaur because of warm temperatures.

Kinnaur Famous Places

photo : Sangla Mountains ViewSangla :
( 2,680 metres ) It is an important village of the Baspa valley situated on the right bank of Baspa river is built on a slope with houses rising one above other with gigantic ‘Kinner Kailash’ peak ( 6,500 meters ) towering from behind is also famous for ‘Kamru Fort’. This fort was the place where so many Rajas of Kinnaur were crowned. The entire place is adorned by soothing saffon fields and alpine meadows.

photo : Rakchham VillageRakchham :
( 2,900 metres ) Its name has been derived from ‘Rak’ a stone and ‘Chham’ a bridge. The location of the village is striking. It is located on the right bank of the Baspa river. It is said that in the earlier time there was a natural stone bridge over the Baspa river hence the name of the village.

photo : Kalpa VillageKalpa :
( 2,670 metres ) It is one of the main villages of the district connected by link road 14 km. from Powari beyond Rekong Peo. Looming in front of Kalpa is an imressive view of ‘Kinner Kailash’ directly across the Satluj river. This mountain changes colors several times a day with a change of weather conditions or may be as destined by Lord Shiva his eternal abode. ‘Parvati Kund’ is located on the top of Kinner Kailash. The ancient villages of Pangi, Moorang and Kanum are situated close to Kalpa.

photo : Temple at KothiKothi :
It is also called Koshtampi. It is little below Kalpa proper and it is overshadowed by Kinner Kailash peak. Goddess ‘Shuwang Chandika’ temple is a famous one in the village. The village with its attractive temple, gracious willows, green fields, fruit trees makes an altogether a beautiful landscape.

photo : Nako Village and LakeNako :
( 3,662 meters ) It is the highest village in the valley and the existence of lake formed out of the masses of ice and snow above adds to beauty of the village. Situated about 2 kms. above the Hangrang valley road and is 103 kms. from Kalpa on the western direction of the huge mountain of Pargial. Local village deity is Deodum and another Lagang temple with several idols exist here. There is a staying hut for visitors.

photo : Circuit House at Recong PeoRecong Peo :
Reckong Peo is situated at an altitude of 2670 m from the sea level, located 235 km from Shimla. It is the District Headquarter having a panoramic view of Kinner Kailash. Kinner Kailash mountain is regarded as one of the mythical homes of Lord Shiva, here is a 79 feet high rock formation that resembles Sivalinga. This Sivalinga changes the colour as the day passes. Also visible on the stretch is the peak of Raldang (5499 m). Reckong Peo has many hotels and rest houses. There is a Buddhist Monasteries in the Reckong Peo.

photo : Chitkul RoadChitkul :
(3,450 meters) This is the last and highest village in the Baspa valley in district Kinnaur. It is situated on the right bank of Baspa river. This is the last and highest village in the Baspa valley. There is a road along the left bank from Karchham. There are three temples of local goddess Mathi, the main one said to have been constructed about 500 years ago by a resident of Garhwal. The square ark of the goddess, is made of walnut wood and is covered with clothes and surmounted by a tuft of yak tail. Two poles called bayanga are inserted into it by means of which it is carried. The goddess has a mouthpiece.

Chango :
(3,058 meters) It is in Kinnaur district and is a collection of four hamlets in pargana ‘Shuwa’ sub-tehsil Hangrang, on the left bank of Spiti river. It is encircled on every side by high hills which is a witness to the presence of a former lake. This village is under the influence of Buddhism, but there are some local Hindu deities too namely ‘Gyalba’ – ‘Dabla’ and ‘Yalsa’.

Morang :
( 2,591 metres ) This village is situated 39 kms. away from Kalpa on the left bank of river Satluj. The location is very beautiful and approach to this picturesque village is through apricot orchards. The local deity is Urmig and there are three structures dedicated to the deity each existing in Thwaring, Garmang and Shilling. Generally these are empty as the ark of the deity remains in the fort. On a sacred day the ark is taken to the above named places. The ark has got 18 ‘mukh’, made of silver, gold and brass. The 18 mukh represents the 18 days of the great epic Mahabharat.

Lippa :
(2,745 meters) It is in Kinnaur, situated near the left bank of Taiti stream. Three Buddhist monasteries are there, which are dedicated to Galdang, Chhoiker Dunguir and Kangyar. The place is also famous for Ibex found in the nearby forest.

Nichar :
( 2,150 metres ) This village is situated between Taranda & Wangtu on the left bank of Satluj about 5 kms. above Wangtu. The scenery is enchanting. Ghoral , antelopes, black & red bears are seen sometimes in higher ranges.

Karchham :
( 1,900 metres ) The confluence of Satluj and Baspa rivers marks the location of Karchham on Hindustan-Tibet road. It is a beautiful place.

Kinnaur Famous Temples

photo : Chandika TempleChandika Temple at Kothi :
A handsome temple dedicated to goddess Chandika, more especially designated as Shuwang Chandika has spread the fame of village Kothi in greater part of the district.The local people hold the goddess in great reverence and consider her to be one of the most powerful goddess. For want of social contact by the local people with their more advanced and brahmin ridden brethren they have evolved their own peculiar procedure of ritual and worship to this presiding deity. There is an image of gold, seated in an ark. It is danced up and down by four persons at the time of worship.

photo : Chango TempleChango Temple :
Chango has three temples. In lower Chango, the red walls of Rinchen Zangpo temple stand out atop a little promontorybut contain little of note. Nearby, the village temple, in more regular use as a place of worship, has a large prayer wheel, clay idols and contemporary wall paintings. A large image of Avalokiteshwara, crudely carved in stone, lies on the path between these two shrines. It was found in some out of the way and the monks decided to place it in a temple but the combined strength of many men was insufficient to lift the stone. Then the present location was though. The temple in upper Chango is the best kept but of relatively recent vintage. Close by, a new prayer hall, library and guest rooms are nearing completion.

Durga / shakti Temple :
There is a Durga temple at Ropa also known as the Chandika temple. Chandika had apportioned to herself this semi-arid tract when she divided Kinnaur amongst her brothers and sisters. Her temple at Ropa, a new structure with a reinforced cement concrete frame, is an artitectural malapropism.

Charang Temple :
Just beyond Charang is a temple of the eleventh century known as Rangrik Tungma complex. The temple takes its name from the goddess Rangrik Tungma and her small metal image, astride a horse is the oldest at the temple. In all likelihood Rangrik Tungma must have been a pre-Buddhist deity, absorbed into the pantheon of the later religion. Two other bronze statues appear to be of considerable value; a Maitreya seated with legs pendant, in bhadrasana and a Buddha in bhumisparsha mudra. The walls of the main hall are linked with clay idols, in the same style as the mandala in the dukhang at Tabo.

Mathi Temple :
This temple is located at Chitkul. Mathi is the local goddess of the people of chhitkul having three temples the main one said to have been constructed about five hundred years ago by a resident of Garhwal. The square ark of the goddess is made of walnut wood and is covered with clothes and surmounted by a tuft of yak tail. Two poles called bayanga are inserted into it by means of which it is carried.

Kinnaur Famous Lakes

photo : Nako LakeNako Lake :
This beautiful is located in the Pooh sub-division of district Kinnaur. The lake is surrounded by willow and polar trees. There is a small village on the bank of this lake – and the village seems to be half buried by the lake’s borders. On the water’s northern side, are four Buddhist temples with stucco images and murals. Near Nako is a footprint-like impression ascribed to the saint Padmasambhava. It freezes in winter and people enjoy skating on this lake.

Nako : It is the highest village in the valley and the existence of lake formed out of the masses of ice and snow above adds to beauty of the village. Situated about 2 kms. above the Hangrang valley road and is 103 kms. from Kalpa on the western direction of the huge mountain of Pargial. Local village deity is Deodum and another Lagang temple with several idols exist here. There is a staying hut for visitors.

Kinnaur Wild Life Sanctuaries

photo : IbexLippa Asrang Sanctuary :

Altitude : varies from 4000 meters to 5022 meters.
Annual Rainfall : mean annual rainfall is 226.3 mm.
Temperature : temprature varies from -10 to 15°C.
Area : 3,090 hectares ( 30.90 sq. km. ).
Location : nearest town is Morang.
Approaches : Kinnaur to Morang to inside sanctuary.

It was first notified as a sanctuary in 1962 and re-notified on 27th March 1974. This sanctuary is located on the high altitude area and one of the few in India from where the yak has been reported, though it may well be feral. Musk Deer and Ibex are also present. The area is largely flat, like a huge plateau, and a part of it is barren cold desert.

Flora
Forest types include lower western Himalayan temperate forest, upper western Himalayan temperate forest, Kharsu Oak forests, dry broad leaved and coniferous forest, dry coniferous forest, dry alpine scrub and dwarf juniper scrub.

Fauna ( Mammals )
Himalayan Black Bear, Brown Bear, Musk Deer, Goral, Ibex, Leopard, blue Sheep and Yak. Species believed to be locally threatened are Musk deer, Leopard, Goral, brown Bear, Ibex, Monal and Himalayan snowcock.

photo : Musk DeerRakchaam Chitkul Sanctuary :

Altitude : varies from 3200 meters to 5486 meters.
Annual Snowfall : mean annual rainfall is 1130 mm.
Annual Rainfall : mean annual rainfall is 463.9 mm.
Temperature : temprature varies from -10 to 15°C.
Area : 3,411 hectares ( 34.11 sq. km. ).
Location : nearest town is Kalpa.
Approaches : Kinnaur to Kalpa to inside sanctuary.

It was first notified as a sanctuary in 1962 and re-notified on 27th March 1974. This sanctuary is located at high altitude and is a good habitat for the endangered Musk deer. Govind Pashu Vihar sanctuary in Uttar Pradesh falls adjacent to its southern boundary, and little beyond the eastern boundary of the sanctuary lies the Tibetan Plateau of China.

Flora
Forest types include lower western Himalayan temperate forest, upper western Himalayan temperate forest, dry broad leaved coniferous, dry temperate coniferous and dry alpine scrub.

Fauna ( Mammals )
Himalayan Black Bear, Brown Bear, Musk deer, Goral, Leopard and blue Sheep

Fauna ( Fish )
Brown Trout.

photo : Snow LeopardRupi Bhaba Sanctuary :

Altitude : varies from 909 meters to 5650 meters.
Annual Snowfall : mean annual rainfall is 300 mm.
Annual Rainfall : mean annual rainfall is 45 mm.
Temperature : temprature varies from -10 to 20°C.
Location : nearest town is Rampur Bushahr.
Approaches : Shimla to Rampur Bushahr to inside sanctuary or Kinnaur to Rampur Bushahr to inside sanctuary.

It was first notified as a sanctuary on 28th March 1982 and re-notified on 30th June 1982. A remarkably wide variation in altitudes supports a large diversity of habitats and wild life in this catchment area of the Satluj river. The Great Himalayan and pin Valley National Parks are located on its western and northern boundaries, respectively.

Flora
Forest types include lower western Himalayan temperate, Kharsu Oak, dry broad leaved coniferous, dry temperate coniferous and Alpine pastures.

Fauna ( Mammals )
Himalayan Black Bear, Brown Bear, barking and Musk Deer, red Fox, Goral, Ibex, Leopard, Snow Leopard, Serow, blue Sheep and Himalayan Tahr.

Kinnaur Fairs and Festivals

Fairs in Kinnaur

Lavi Fair :
This fair is held in the month of October or November every at Rampur Bushahr. In ancient, Tibet and Kinnaur had good trade relations and Lavi fair is the outcome of business interest of both sides. People from other areas in general and tribal belt in particular participate in this fair with horses, mules, pashminas, colts, yaks, chilgoza, namdas, pattis, woollens, raw semi-finished wool and other dry fruits produced in the state are brought for selling. It is three hundred years old fair and also a state fair.4 During day time, hectic trade activities are witnessed all over the town. At night, folks dances and music around small bonfires are organised. It continues for three days.

Phul Yatra Fair :
It denotes the start of a closing season in this snow bound valley. Offerings are made to local goddess, in whose honour it is celebrated. The tribal people enjoy, dance, sing and drink in gay mood forgetting everything else for the time being. In Kinnaur and Lahaul-Spiti some annuar fairs are held which have left deep impression on the community life of the tribals. One of the main features of these fairs is folk dance. Mask dance and lion dance are also very famous.

Festivals in Kinnaur

Sazo or Sajo Festival :
This festival is observed in the month of January. On this day the people take their bath in the natural springs and few even go to Satluj river for bathing if they happen to live near the river. Poltus, rice, pulses, vegetables, meat, halva, chilta and pug are the principal dishes prepared on this occasion. In the morning the family god is worshiped with the food except meat. The hearth is also worshiped near Noon time, the deity is brought out and worshiped with wine and halwa A fold dance is held. Thereafter the deity is believed to have gone to Kinner Kailash.

Phagul or Shuskal Festival :
It is celebrated in the month of February/March. In this festival the sprit of Kanda (Peaks) called Kali is mainly worshiped, the festivals lasts about a fornight and is celebrated all over Kinnaur. Each day of the festival is called by different names and several peculiar functions are held each day. On the last day a feast is prepared and people worship kali on the roof of the houses and then partake of the food. It is believed that after the function and festival are celebrated with full zeal Kali the spirit feels happy and blesses the villagers with prosperity and plenty in the coming years.

Baisakhi or Beash :
It is celebrated in the month of April. The villagers prepare food like Poltu, Halwa and Keyshid. The image of the goddess is brought out of the temple and a fair is held in the Santang. It is an occasion to get together and to dance and drink. This festival marks the end of winter season also. New woolen clothes are worn from the wool spun during the winter.

photo : Dakhraini FestivalDakhraini Festival :
This festival is celebrated in the month of the July. On this day a feast is served. The deity is brought out and the villagers dance before her. Zongor and loskar flowers are brought from the kand peak and their garlands are offered to the goddess. After this these flowers are distributed among the villagers. One or two members from the family where death might have occurred before this festival go to the peak of the hill and ofter some food and fruits to shepherd in memory of the departed soul. A white flag on which some Buddhist mantras are written is fixes there as a sort of prayer for the peace of departed soul.

Phulech Festival :
Celebrated only in Kinnaur region in the month of Bhadon or in the beginning of Asauj. People from each household proceed towards hilltops to collect flowers, which are offered to village deity and afterwards these flower garlands are distributed among the people. Priest makes forecasts about crops and changes in seasons etc. Priest’s words are taken for granted by local people.

Lossar :
Loser is celebrated in the month of December to welcome the new year. On this day in the morning a special preparation of parched barley mixed with butter milk is taken by all the family members and they put on garlands of chilgoza visits to the neighbours and friends are reciprocated and greetings of losuma tashi meaning happy new year are exchanged. While the elderly person betow their losuma shalkid or blessings. Two or three days before the losar festival khepa is observed. On this day it is customary to fetch small branches of a throny bush and place it on the doors. It is meant to ward off evil spirits. On the next day these throny twigs are removed and thrown far away from the village and a feast follows in the night.

Tribal Festival :
Tribal Festival is being celebrated since 1994 from 30 October to 2nd November every year at District Headquarter Reckong Peo and this festival has been declared as State Level festival and has been celebrated since 1987 under different names like Janjatiya Utsav, Phulaich Utsav and also as Tribal Festival. This festival not only depicts the panorama of rich culture heritage of district but also provides an opportunity to the local people to sell/exhibit their horticulture/agriculture produce, handicraft and artifacts. Besides the Kinnauri culture groups, participants from other districts/states also present and perform culture programmes symbolising national integration and brotherhood.

Himalayan Marathon

 

 

 

The 4th Himalayan Running And Living XC Marathon

 

Date : 24′th April 2015

Time : 6:30 AM
RULES

Your entry is not transferable to other people and is not cancelable. You must wear your race bib as issued, pinned on front Participants must be over 18 years of age

 

Please note – those who register at the expo at Banjara Camps may not get some items of the race kit or a medal at the finish line since these items will have already been orderedThose who are running the full/half marathon are automatically registered for the 10km/5km runs respectively as these are pre requisite acclimatization runs for these participants.
Also book yourself for the post race party dinner on the 24th of April @ Rs500pp. Children 5 and under free and 6-12 half rates.
Bib and race packet pick up is at the marathon expo at 9am – 4pm on April 20th at Banjara Camp at Batseri Village, Sangla, Kinnaur District. You have to make it in person.

The runs are organised by runners for runners.
Experience the thrill of a lifetime as you cross the finish line. The course is tough – so altitude acclimatization is key. with Sports Drinks, Water, Ambulance and Medical Care. Our The Half Marathon will remain open for 3.5 hours and the full marathon for 7.5 hours.

An attractive medal, certificate with timing for each finisher of the Full and Half Marathon and a medal and certificate for every finisher of the 5 km and 10km runs.

The race number pick up for all races will happen at Banjara Camp at Batseri Village on April 20th between 9am and 4pm. You need to be there in person as part of the strict acclimatization requirement. Do not take the half or full marathon lightly – this is both at altitude and a long steady climb and you need to be in peak condition for this. We suggest that you team up with another for doing the marathon and the half marathon as a relay if needed. The costs, procedures etc all remain the same per person whether you are running in a relay or as a single person.

Plan to be at the start at least 30 minutes before the start of your race. Get as many of your family and friends to join you on this amazing holiday experience and those who are not running can cheer you.

The Medical Care will be available, But this is a very remote location and you need to be your own best judge first- we want you safe and injury free with treatment close at hand if required. Please rest and ask for aid if you ever do feel dizzy or unsteady or have your heart pounding.

Hydration is available at several points along the way but you will be carrying a water bottle for the same for the half and full marathon which will be provided in the running kit.

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Running Distance Start Time Description Expected Finish Time Registration Fee
(12.36% Service Tax Extra)
24′th Apr 2015, 06:30 AM Registration includes the 10km run for acclimatization on Apr 22nd. Rs. 5500+ till Feb 1st, 6000+ till Mar 2nd when registrations close. 7500 all inclusive for the 2-3 spot registrations at Sangla on20th April. Bib and race packet pick up is at the marathon expo at 9 am – 4pm on Mon Apr 20th at Batseri Village, Sangla, Kinnaur District. You have to make it in person. Rs. 5500.00
24′th Apr 2015, 06:30 AM Registration includes the 5km run for acclimatization on Apr 22nd. Rs. 4500+ till Feb 1st, 5000+ till Mar 2nd when registrations close. 7000 all inclusive for the 2-3 spot registrations at Sangla on20th April. Bib and race packet pick up is at the marathon expo at 9 am – 4pm on Mon Apr 20th at Batseri Village, Sangla, Kinnaur District. You have to make it in person Rs. 4500.00
22′nd Apr 2015, 08:00 AM Registration Rs. 2300+ till Feb 1st, and 2600+ till Mar 2nd when registrations close. 3500 all inclusive for the 2-3 spot registrations at Sangla on20th April. Bib and race packet pick up is at the marathon expo at 9 am – 4pm on Mon Apr 20th at  Batseri Village, Sangla, Kinnaur District. You have to make it in person. Rs. 2300.00
22′nd Apr 2015, 08:00 AM Registration Rs. 1800+ till Feb 1st, and 2100+ till Mar 2nd when registrations close. 3000 all inclusive for the 2-3 spot registrations at Sangla on20th April. Bib and race packet pick up is at the marathon expo at 9 am – 4pm on Mon Apr 20th at  Batseri Village, Sangla, Kinnaur District. You have to make it in person. Rs. 1800.00