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.

 

 

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

A place for a quite and memorable stay – built for the Customer who is king

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.

Policies

Photo identification and credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

  • Check-in time is 1200 hrs
  • Check-out time is 1200 hrs

 

 

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Hotel Apple Pie Rakcham Sangla Valley

Packages / Tariffs

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
Deluxe DBI 6 2300 INR 2900 INR 3400 INR
Deluxe Family 2 3800 INR 5000 INR 6000 INR 400 INR

 

All Room Tarriffs for Twin Share basis.
These rates are only valid till March 2015.

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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.

Sarahan , Himachal Pradesh

Sarahan , Himachal Pradesh

 

 

Sarahan, a beautiful hamlet located in the Sutlej Valley, is a major tourist destination situated in the Shimla District of Himachal Pradesh. This place offers visitors the opportunity explore nature at its best. Placed at an average altitude of about 2165 m above sea level, the place is popular for its apple orchards, pine forests, small streams, rustic settings and slate roofed houses.

Sarahan , Himachal pradesh

Bhimakali temple – Sarahan , Himachal Pradesh

 

The Gods were generous when they have gave Sarahan (2165m) its settings. Located halfway up a high mountain side, the road to Sarahan winds past flowering Pine trees that give way to stately Oaks. Dozens of small streams rush past. The fields and orchards that surround the small villages with their slate roofed houses, compose pictures of pastoral perfection. Above Sarahan, a many deodar trees rides the slopes and higher still, encircling the Bashal peak, are trees of smooth birch and variety of wild flowers and rare medicinal herbs. This sparsely populated tract is steeped in ancient legends and here is the famous Bhimakali temple regarded as one of the Fifty One sacred Shaktipeethhs. The temple’s unusual architecture and wealth of carvings have made it a resplendent example of what is loosely called the Indo-Tibetan style. Deep down the alley flows the river Sutlej and across lies the snow-clad Shrikhand peak.

Saharan is the base for numerous treks and is the gateway to Kinnaur. It is a place of pilgrimage, a heaven for nature lovers and the temple complex attracts a variety of admirers. Here is a place that offers extraordinary travel experience.

There are several myths and folklores associated with Sarahan. As the legend goes, the king of Kullu declared war on the neighbouring kingdom of Bushair. The king of Bushair won the war and killed the king of Kullu. He then brought the decapitated head of the dead king to Sarahan and laid it out for people to see. When the dead king’s family asked the king of Bushair to give them their king’s head so that they could carry out the last rites, the king declared that he would only grant their request under three conditions. One of the conditions was that the people of Kullu would have to promise to never challenge his rule. Another condition was that the land that was seized by him would be retained.

According to the final condition, the image of Ragunath; the chief god of the region, which was taken away from Sarahan would not be returned. The three conditions were accepted under the term that the ruler of Bushair would celebrate the festival of Dussehra. The king accepted the terms and thus Dussehra became a major festival of the region. After this, the image of Raghunath was placed alongside that of Goddess Bhimakali.

 

ACCESS : The nearest railway station (176 km) and airport (198 km) is at Shimla, where taxis and buses are available. By Car, Sarahan is 6 hours drive from Shimla. The route is on NH – 22 upto Jeori, from where the road bifurcates to Sarahan.

 

CLIMATE : In winter, the temperature can drop below freezing point when heavy woolens are required. The summer temperature is warm but pleasant and light woolens/cottons are recommended.

 

PLACES OF INTEREST

BHIMAKALI TEMPLE COMPLEX : This historical temple is a multistoried structured building, a fusion of Hindu and Buddhist architecture. The tall tower like structure and unusual roof of the temple dominate the complex. The centuries old temple is now locked and in the newly built temple, the goddess Bhimakali is portrayed as a maiden and as a woman. This temple complex includes other temples such as Narsingh shrine of Bhairon and Lord Raghunath.

BIRD PARK : Near the temple complex is a pheasant breeding centre. It also houses the State bird Monal which is of a great attraction.

 Sarahan weather

It is advised that trips to this place should be planned between the months of April and November. However, tourists can also travel to Sarahan during winters as the climatic conditions remains favourable for sightseeing.

BHABA VALLEY : 50 km from Sarahan, a beautiful valley along Bhaba river. Link road to valley originates at Wangtu. It has a beautiful landscape, reservoir lake, alpine meadows and is best famous for trek route to Pin Valley in Spiti.

 

 

Kinnaur Kailash Parikrama Trek – Kinnaur , Himachal Pradesh

Kinnaur Kailash Parikrama Trek – Kinnaur , Himachal Pradesh

 

Kinnaur is the most scenic but less known district of Himachal Pradesh, located on the Indo-Tibet border. It is surrounded by Tibet on the east, Garhwal Himalaya trek on the south, Spiti Valley on the north and Kullu on the west. The Sutlej River, which rises on the southern slopes of Kailash Parvat near Mansarovar in Tibet flows through the Kinnaur valley. Due to the proximity of Kinnaur to Tibet, the life style and religion of its inhabitants had been influenced by Buddhism, mostly in the northern and central regions, although the majority of the people practice Hinduism.

Set within the Greater trekkings in Himalayan belt it boasts of the highest mountains in Himachal Pradesh. Close to the border with Tibet, entry to Kinnaur was restricted even for Indian nationals till 1993 and foreigners still have to register themselves with Inner line permit. Kinnaur valley comprises of the lower valley of Spiti and Satluj gorge, the two rivers race through valleys of The Satluj and The Spiti. Sutlej river which has its origin (common to the Indus and Bhramaputra rivers) in Lake Mansarovar beside the holy Mt. Kailash in Tibet.

Kinnaur holds three of the world’s grand mountain ranges – the Zanskar, the Greater Himalaya and the Dhauladhar, Mount Kinner Kailash (6’050 m) dominates this region, it has religious significance for a huge “SHIVA LINGAM” the representation of Lord Shiva which is a 79 feet vertical rock formation that resembles a Shivalinga and changes color as the day passes. This is one of the mythical abodes of Lord Shiva.

The circuit around the whole range attracts many pilgrims every year. The Parikrama or circumambulation begins from Kalpa via Triung valley and back to Kalpa via Sangla valley. Drive up to Thangi and the actual trekking begins from here.

To reach this forbidden land, India’s northern tip, before July, we travel through the Hindustan – Tibet highway, the ancient silk route following the Satluj. The Spiti river joins the Sutlej from the west and runs parallel with the Great Himalayan Range, the natural boundary between India and Tibet (China). In July it is possible to enter Spiti from the north, crossing Rohtang Pass (3980m.) into Lahaul and Kumzum La (4550m).

Kinner kailash parikarma

Kinner kailash parikarma

 

 

ITINERARY

Day 01: Arrival Dehli

Reception at the air port and transfer to the hotel, Overnight stay is in the hotel.

Day 02: Dehli to Shimla (1900m).

Leave for Shimla early in the morning by train. After 12 hours we will reach Simla (The queen of the hills). Shimla is capital of the Himachal Pradesh and one of the most famous hill stations for the vacation, round the year. Stay overnight in the hotel.

Day 03: Visit Shimla

After breakfast climb to the Jhaku hill to visit the Hanuman temple (the monkey God, museum and advance study hall, back to hotel for lunch. Its a free afternoon to visit the mall. Stay overnight in the hotel.

Day 04: Simla to Sarahan (1920m) 190 km.

After breakfast, drive via Kufri, Narkandha and descend to the Rampur, erstwhile Himalayan kingdom of Rampur Busheher. Continue to Sarahan the summer capital of the Rampur Busheher. Pay a visit to a 1500 years old temple and get a magnificent view of the Shir Khand peaks. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 05: Sarahan to Recongpeo – Kalpa 2290 m Guest house/Camp.

Today we will move to Recongpeo the district headquarters of Kinnaur. A monastery is built on the top of the town; the majesty of the Kinner Kailash Mountain is in direct vision from Kalpa this is regarded as one of the mythical abodes of Lord Shiva.

Day 06: Recongpeo to Lamber (2896 m) 12 km Trek

We will drive to Thangi followed by a gradual trek along the stream till a beautiful campsite of Lamber. Overnight stay is in Lamber.

Day 07: Lamber to Charang (3500mtrs) 12 km Trek

This day we will trek from Lamber to Charang. The trek goes through different terrain via Surting shepherd house.

Day 08: Charang to Lalanti (4421 mtrs) 11 km Trek

This day we will trek from Charang to Lalanti. Lalanti is a beautiful place for camping with varieties of wild flower.

Day 09: Lalanti to Base of Charang (4550 m) 6km Trek

We will trek from Lalanti to Base of Charang. This trail goes through Moraine and boulder upwards till base camp, camp on glacier field on the moraines.

Day 10: Base to Chhitkul. over Charang pass (4950 mtrs) 9 kms. Trek

We do a two hour steep track over rocky terrain till the pass. There is a beautiful steep descent till Chhitkul, last village of Baspa valley before Indo-Tibet Border. Put up a camp near village.

Day 11: Chitkul to Sangla

Located in Baspa Valley, the most beautiful valley of Kinnaur dominated by Kamrufort, visit the fort and village followed by an overnight stay in a camp.

Day 12:

We will travel back from Sangla to Rampur. Stay overnight in a hotel.

Day 13:

On this day we will return back to Shimla. Put up in a hotel for the day.

Day 14:

Leave Shimla for New Delhi by train, 470 km. O/N in hotel

Day 15: Departure

Arrive in New Delhi, transfer to hotel, day at leisure, and evening transfer to International airport for onward flight.
 

 

The Great Himalayan National Park , Himachal Pradesh , India

 

The Great Himalayan National Park , Himachal Pradesh , India

 

OVERVIEW

The Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP) is located in the Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh, India. Initially constituted in 1984, GHNP was formally declared a National Park in 1999, covering an area of 754.4 sq kms. In 1994, two major changes were made in land use around the Park. A buffer zone of 5 km from the Park’s western boundary, covering 265.6 sq km. and including 2,300 households in 160 villages, was delineated as an Ecozone. Most of the population (about 15,000 to 16,000 people) in the Ecozone are poor and dependent on natural resources for their livelihoods.

The second change was the creation of the Sainj Wildlife Sanctuary (90 sq km) around the three villages of Shagwar, Shakti, and Marore. On the southern edge of the GHNP, another Protected Area (PA) was declared, known as Tirthan Wildlife Sanctuary. This covers 65 sq km and is without habitation. More recently, in 2010, both the Sainj and Tirthan Wildlife Sanctuaries were added to GHNP, but will not be formally incorporated until a process known as settlement of rights has occurred. Thus the initiated merger of Sainj and Tirthan Wildlife Sanctuaries with GHNP will be followed by a process of settlement to relocate inhabitants and make the area free of traditional pressures, which may take some time. The total area under Park administration (National Park, Wildlife Sanctuaries and Ecozone) is 1171 sq km, which is together referred to as the Great Himalayan National Park Conservation Area (GHNPCA).

In 2010, an area of 710 sq km of the Parvati river catchment contiguous to the northern boundary of GHNP was initially notified as the Khirganga National Park, adding significant biological diversity, conservation value, and physical protection to GHNP. The boundaries of GHNP are also contiguous with the Pin Valley National Park (675 sq km) in Trans-Himalaya, the Rupi Bhabha Wildlife Sanctuary (503 sq km) in Sutlej watershed and the Kanawar Wildlife Sanctuary (61 sq km), adding additional protection and conservation value and opening up extended wildlife corridors.

ABOUT THE PARK

CLIMATE

The climate is typically the Western Himalayan temperate and alpine type. There are four distinct seasons recognized for GHNP: spring (April-June), rainy/summer (July-September), autumn (October-November) and winter (December-March). Precipitation is moderate over most of the year and abundant during monsoon from mid-June to mid-September. During winter, the precipitation is in the form of snow even in lower elevation (1,560 m) and higher elevation areas experience heavy snowfall of over 2 m depth.

Mean annual rainfall recorded at Niharni and Sainj in Sainj valley for the years 1992-1994 was 1155.7 mm and 1158.3 mm respectively. The maximum annual rainfall recorded recently was 1298 mm, which is not significantly different from the previous records. The ambient temperature varied from -10 to 40 C, January and June being the coldest and hottest months of the year respectively.

ECO-TOURISM

The Great Himalayan National Park offers the causal hiker and serious trekker a wide range of experiences in the natural wonders of the Park. Trails range from relatively easy day walks in the Ecozone to challenging week or longer treks through arduous and spectacular terrain. GHNP ranks as one of the best national parks in the world and reveals its beauty, diversity, and depth through time spent in exploration.

At GHNP, there are numerous habitats for exploration: from lush forests of oak, conifer, and bamboo, to gentle alpine meadows; from swift flowing rivers to high elevation glaciers. The terrain and geology are diverse. If one is lucky there are opportunities to observe endangered species of the Western Himalayas in their natural habitat.

 

The Ecozone is an area adjacent to the Park, which contains villages that have historically had some economic dependence on the resources of the land incorporated into the Park. The formal designation of the Park boundaries and the resulting loss of these resources has economically impacted these villages. In recognition of this adverse economic impact, various programs have, and are being, developed by the state government of Himachal Pradesh, NGO’s (non-government organizations), and the villagers themselves to create alternative sources of economic well-being.

The Ecozone offers and Kullu region offers excellent opportunities for bird watching, wildlife viewing, religious pilgrimages, cultural tours, and viewing local crafts and craft creation. There are options of rafting, climbing, fishing, attending a village festival, viewing local architecture, and sacred groves. The Park itself has two facilities for tourists: a tourist center at Sai Ropa and an Information Center at Larjee.

 

BIODIVERSITY / ANIMAL

MAMMALS

Among the large mammals, there are several species of herbivores that are characteristic of the Park: the Himalayan Goral, a small goat-antelope found in the lower forests, the Himalayan Tahr a wild goat, and the Bharal, or Blue Sheep above the tree-line. These mammals are prey for Common Leopards (in the forest zone) and Snow Leopards (above tree-line). Himalayan Black Bears inhabit the forests, while Asiatic Brown Bears are found in the alpine meadows.

Blue Sheep
Males are handsome with slate blue fur and black chests; weight about 60kgs, unlike smaller females. Prefers grassy slopes near cliffs from 3500m upwards to the limits of vegetation. Live in herds of about 5 to 20.
Blue Sheep

Blue Sheep

Himalayan Brown Bear
Usually herbivorous feeding on grass and herbs. Some become carnivorous killing sheep, gloats or ponies. Males may grow to 1.7m in length; females are smaller.
Himalayan Brown Bear

Himalayan Brown Bear

Snow Leopard
One of the most beautiful of the large cats with handsomely marked coat. Inhabits the highest inner portions of the Park contiguous with the Pin Valley National Park. Regular sightings of snow leopard are reported. First confirmed sighting in GHNP in Tirath, the headwater of Tirthan river, in July 1997
Snow Leopard

Snow Leopard

Himalayan Tahr

Himalayan Tahr

Himalayan Tahr
A wild goat which lives in the steepest precipices. May go up to 5000m altitude. Males have a distinctive, dark, shaggy ruff and a long mantle of paler hairs: they weigh up to 100 kg; females about 60 kg. Live in groups as large as 20 to 30
Musk Deer

Musk Deer

Musk Deer
Member of deer family though different appearance. Does not have any antlers. Males have backward-curving tusk-like incisors in the upper jaw. Unlike other deer, they have a gall bladder and a uniquely developed scent gland in the abdominal region which produces valuable musk. In some parts of GHNP they reach a relatively high density of 6 to 9 Musk Deer per sq. km. Rated high on the endangered species list. Hunted nearly to extinction for its musk.
At the low to middle altitude in Tirthan, Sainj and Jiwa valleys (altitude of about 2000 to 3,000m) the following animals are found:
Serow
A goat-antelope which is heavily built and of about 1m height. One of the least studied mountain animals. Solitary life in moist gorges with thick vegetation; moves with amazing speed.
Serow

Serow

Rhesus Macaque
Common monkey of northern India. The Himalayan populations are larger, with longer fur than those in the plains. Large troops live near villages and forests. Mingles with humans, creating mischief. Has heavier winter coat in winters.
Rhesus Macaque

Rhesus Macaque

Barking Deer
Also known as Muntjac or Ribfaced Deer. Adult male 50 to 75 cms high to shoulders. Antlers small with short brow-tine. Females have bristly hair in place of horns. In GHNP seen in thickly wooded hills from 1,500 to 2,500m altitude.
Barking Deer

Barking Deer

Goral
A goat-antelope with yellowish gray or brown coat suffused with black. One of the best known Himalayan animals. Very well represented in GHNP. Lives in small groups. Best seen on grassy ridges at dawn and dusk. Throat has distinct white patch. Height at shoulder is 65 to 70 cms. Horns about 13 cms. Goral prefer elevations of 1000 to 3000m.
Ghoral

Ghoral

Certain mammals in GHNP prefer a wide altitude range, including:
Himalayan Black Bear

Himalayan Black Bear

Himalayan Black Bear
Associated with mixed broad leaf and conifer forests. Adult males weigh up to 180 kgs before hibernation; head-body length of 1.6m. A creamy white V pattern marks the chest. Well adapted for tree climbing. Can become carnivorous. Villagers close to GHNP dislike this animal as it destroys their maize crop and sometimes kills cattle.
Common Leopard

Common Leopard

Common Leopard
A sleek and agile cat with a tawny, reddish yellow coat marked with small close set black rosettes. Average length is about 215 cms. Lives in forests as well as in open country. Sighted up to 3,500m.

BIODIVERSITY / PLANTS

TREES

Trees largely predominate the temperate belt of GHNP. The conifer species are widely distributed at various altitudes (e.g., blue pine, cedar, spruce, and fir) in the successive low to high altitudinal zones. Each of the upper coniferous belt has its characteristic oak which provide acorns for birds and rodents. The white-oak is associated with Pinus roxburghii and blue pine; green-oak with fir and spruce. Brown-oak mainly forms the pure community at the treeline.

Deep Dark Brown Oak Forest in Sainj Valley, 3,400 m

Deep Dark Brown Oak Forest in Sainj Valley, 3,400 m

Fir Forest in Sainj Valley

Fir Forest in Sainj Valley

Khorli Poi Birch Forest Tirthan (3,300m)

Khorli Poi Birch Forest Tirthan (3,300m)

A number of lichens and fungi occur on the oak trees which in turn provide food material for mammals and birds. Himalayan yew is most abundant in the fir forest where they give an appearance of an old forest and provide a distinct cool microclimate. Rhododendron arboreum dominates between 1500-3000 m with a tendency of preference for the lower elevation on the north side. Four species of Maple occur with a wide range of altitude from 1500-3500 m. Aesculus, alder, poplar, birch, and willows are common near the streams.

Blue Pine Forest

Blue Pine forest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rivers and Lakes – Kinnaur , Himachal Pradesh , India

Rivers and Lakes – Kinnaur , Himachal pradesh , India

 


Satluj

The Satluj-This is the principal river of Kinnaur almost dividing the district into two parts. It runs within the Himalayan mountains for about 450 kilometers and the first part of its course is west-north-west. When it enters Kinnaur, it generally takes south-westerly direction. Within the District the length is about 130 km. Its source is supposed to be at a great elevation on the southern face of the Kailash range whence it flows into the sacred lake Rawan Hard. As far as the village of Khab it is almost a razing torrent. At Khab it receives the Spiti river where the bed of stream is still above 2,589 m high from the mean sea level. The Satluj descends from about 3,050 m (the point of its entrance in the district), to 1,220 m at Chaura flowing almost the whole way between narrow cliffs and therefore, there is no open ground worth describing all along its bank.The water of the river is more or less discoloured.Cultivated fields in terraces are generally at considerable height from its banks and thus immune from the turbidity of water which largest in June, July and August. The average discharge is about 2,000 cusecs during the winter and 100,000 cusec during June-July. The tributaries of the Satluj in this district are the Spiti, the Ropa, the Taiti, the Kashang, the Mulgoon, the Yula, the Wanger, the Shorang and the Rupi on the right bank and the Tirung, the Gyanthing, the Baspa, the Duling and the Solding running on the left bank.

Spiti

It is the second major river of the district which has its source far north on the eastern slopes of the mountain ranges which run between Lahul and Spiti. The river is formed at the base of the Kunzum Range by the confluence of Kunzum La Togpo and the streams Kabzima and Pinglung. It flows eastwards till Kaurik and then turns southwards to join the Satluj river at Khab at an altitude of 2589 meters. Spiti is joined by several feeders which meet the river both at right and left banks. Chaladogpo, the Yulang, the Lipak and the Tirasang are its main tributaries. The only mentionable tributary on the left bank is Chaladogpo existing between Chango and Changriang, whereas on the right side are the yulang, the Lipak and the Tirasang.

 

Baspa

The Baspa river, the another feeder of the Satluj, rises on the north eastern declivity of the outer Dhauladhar of the Himalaya. It is a big and valuable stream, running smoothly down a famous valley. It is bounded on the south-west by the Dhaola Dhar and on the north-east by the huge Raldang peak of the Great Himalaya. The channel of the river is wide. At Chhitkul its width is roughly twenty meters, lower down, the width is from twenty-three to twenty-five meters. After coursing in a north westerly direction it falls into the Satluj at Karchham.The Baspa is next to Spiti in size and is about seventy-two km in length. Its entire course lies within the district. As compared to other rivers the Baspa is fairly turbulent and frequently changes its course thereby doing extensive damage to the cultivated fields on its bank.It receives the various streams and streamlets on both of its banks. On the left side mentionable tributaries are Zupkia, Thatang, Bering and Rukti and on the right Suthi. This is the most inhabited valley and there are now permanent bridges at many places. An outlandship fish species known as brown trout (salmo fario) is found in this river.

Nako Lake

This beautiful lake is high altitude lake 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.

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.