Whenever one thinks of getting free from the clutches of a monotonous life a vacation seems like an instant option. While we are spoilt for choices in India with many breathtaking locales tucked away in every corner, nothing fascinates more than places nestled in the mountains. So this time, if you want to go off the beaten path, we bring to y0u, a beautiful corner of Himachal – the Kinnaur District.
The Kinnaur Belt can be considered one of the less frequented tourist places in the Himachal Pradesh starting a little further away from Shimla, lie small villages all the way to the Spiti valley. The villages are a must visit and give you a peaceful retreat amidst calmness and beauty of Himachal Pradesh. Here are some of the best paces you should visit in Kinnaur Valley!
Away from the humdrum of daily life and roaring traffic, Sangla Valley is all about lush greenery, rolling mountains, vivacious atmosphere and endless peace. Sangla is also the base point for several treks like Beri Nag Trek, Kamru Village and Fort Trek and Sangla Kande. Around 5 km from Sangla is beautiful village called Batseri which is perfect to savour the view of the snow-clad mountains, apple orchards, and the gorgeous Baspa River. The Kamru fort is also a must visit place followed by the temple. You can also visit Chitkul for the beauty it has to offer and the last village near the Indo-Tibet border.
This enchanted village of Kalpa is located at 9,711 feet above sea level in Kinnaur district of Himachal. Known for its apple orchards, it’s an abode of natural beauty. Since the village is still quite offbeat, it has maintained its unique charm and untouched beauty. The chants from a Buddhist monastery, the Buddhist flags fluttering as the cold breeze passes through the pine and spruce woods creating a wind symphony, the might snow-clad Himalayas at the backdrop – that’s what you wake up to in this hamlet. The village is an amalgamation of Hindus and Buddhist residents. Visit the Buddhist Hu-Bu-Lan-Khar monastery and the Hindu Durga temple, which are the perfect spots to seek solace. Kalpa also provides a treat for your taste buds if you are looking for Tibetan food. So, dig in! As the sun sets behind one of the hills, it leaves behind a majestic view of the Kinnaur Kailash range – probably one of the the best scenic appearances. Lastly, visit the famous Suicide Point, located 3 kms from the village. This spot is so heavenly that the tourist forgets about the dangerous trench for a while.
Also known as the “Land of the Gods”, as nature’s beauty blesses this place, Reckong Peo is one of the most beautiful places in Himachal located at the height of 2,290 meters. This amazing headquarters of Kinnaur district is situated around 7 kilometers from Powari and 260 kilometers from Shimla. It is one of those places where you can shop till you drop, from kinnauri shawls to kinnauri jeera you can get it all here. The apple orchards, along with the stately deodars and the fresh scent of pine trees will soothe your mind and would make you want to relax in the lap of nature. With a breathtaking view of the Kailash Parvat and the Shivling, this spot is a hard one to miss.
One of India’s best-kept secrets, Nako village is situated on the Indo-Tibetan border, 360 m above sea level in the Himalayan range of Kinnaur District. Housing a high-altitude Lake – Nako Lake, and an 11th-century monastery, Nako monastery, it is an unspoilt, serene and picturesque village. Since it lies close to Tibetan Border, travellers thus need to possess inner line permit to travel to this region. Due to the small extent of this beautifully remote village, all the major attractions there can be explored on foot itself. Exploring this beautiful village and listening to the stories and experiences of the villagers will take you back in time. The hidden gems of Nako Village and its untouched natural beauty will make you fall in love with the beauty of mother nature!
Also known as the “Gateway to Kinnaur”, Sarhan serves as a base for a lot of treks in the majestic Himalayas. It is a place of pilgrimage, a heaven for nature lovers and the temple of of Bimkali and Devi kali attracts a variety of admirers. Do not forget to spot the rare and beautiful Jujurana bird species, in the peasantry close to Devi Kali Temple. The view of Mount Srikhand peak from this place is something that you can’t give a miss. With its mesmerizing and serene surroundings, Sarhan is one of the key places to visit in Kinnaur.
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