Kinnaur

Why To Go

The word Kinnaur is eloquent of stunning beauty and a remote mystique. This part of Himachal borders Tibet, and was opened to tourism as late as 1922. The varied terrain of the region includes Sutlej river that flows in from Tibet and cuts its way through seriously deep gorges meeting many tributaries on its way, the majestic Kinner Kailash Range, forested mountains, apple orchards, peaceful villages and towards the upper reaches – snowy barren mountains.

Kinnaur valley of Himalaya is lying at a distance of 235 km from the state capital of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla. This lusty greenery is the land nestling surrounded by Zanskar, Himalaya and Dhauladhar ranges. The slopes are deeply enveloped by thick wood, fields, orchards and small hamlets. The view of the peaks provides an enchanting view to all who enjoy stupendous natural beauty.

The harvesting of apple orchards attracts tourists at this place also. The district headquarter is at Reckong Peo. Sangla, Chittkul, Nako, Tabo can be reached from this point.

Kinnaur also called ‘The Land of God’ is popular because of the Shiva Lingam, a symbol of Lord Shiva amidst amazing rocks that change the hues according to the position of the sun.

The most visited part of Kinnaur is the Sangla valley since Sutlej meets its tributary Baspa near village Sangla. The area is a heaven of forests, meadows, orchards, old villages and temples, carved wood architecture and spectacular mountains.

Travel Tips

Ideal for all round visit, the best time is spring and summer seasons – late march to October. The weather remains pleasant and cool and is the right time for touring. Winters experience extreme weather and avoid going during the rainy seasons. It is advisable to stay indoors after the sun goes down. Do not make this place litter with plastic garbage. Take light woollen clothes during summer time and heavy woollen clothes during winter time.

Things To Do

Those who want to stay at a place offering pleasant scenery and seclusion must come at this place and spend some days to abolish all kind of sorrows and tensions. Going for a nature walk or a walk on the nearby places could be enchanting. Shopping at the local market can offer you the heritage clothes of the people of this area also. Trekking to Kinnaur Kailash Mountain can be started from this place. Charang Ghati and Hangrang Valley are two of the popular paths to the trekking lovers. Enjoy the Kinnauri live music, songs. If possible watch Kinnauri dance. There are other small villages nearby to Kinnaur, explore them by walking on foot. Taste the cuisines of Himalaya which bears uniqueness.

Getting Around

The best way to reach at the far away tourist attractions are cars, there are public buses available also. Some regions are quite rocky and rough; walking by foot is the best way to explore these regions.

How To Reach

FLIGHT

Nearest airport is at Shimla (Jubbarhati airport) which is around 267 km away. There are domestic flights connecting this city with other major metro cities of India on regular basis. From the airport, take a bus or a taxi or aprivate car to reach Kinnaur.

TRAIN

There are no railway stations near to Kinnaur. However, tourist can come via Shimla which is 96 km away from this place. Another way to reach Kinnaur is by reaching to Kalka railway station. From Kalka, either takes a cab and reaches Kinnaur or, get on the toy train from Kalka to Shimla and then take a cab or bus to reach the hilly town. Time taken is around 6-7 hours.

ROAD

A road connection from Manali via Rohtang Pass is available. Tourists can reach by hiring cars from Shimla or Rampur which is available on daily basis. NH 22 is connecting this place with other parts of India. Kinnaur is well connected to Shimla, Chandigarh and Delhi.

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Surrounding Attractions

Nature and its beauty is the prime point of view from this place. There is a Durga temple where religious Hindus can make a visit. The peaks of the mountains can be seen from the balcony with an ease. Nako and Tabo villages along with Chitkul, Sangla, Baspa, Lippa, Leo, Kothi, Poo, Karchham, and Changa are the other attractions surrounding the region.
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