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.