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How To Reach Kinnaur

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Kinnaur is located at the Northern most part of Himachal Pradesh and to reach here you have to go 240 km further from Shimla. Since this place is so far it has left the place offbeat and raw and you can get the true essence of Himalayas.

This place looks pretty throughout the year. Due to its location up in the hills, the only way to reach Kinnaur valley is by road. You can either drive all the way from your home; or reach to a nearby location by either flight, train or public transport.

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There is no direct flight to Kinnaur. The nearest airport to Kinnaur is Jubbarhatti airport in Shimla, which lies at a distance of 267 km from Kinnaur.

If you are traveling from Manali side, you can get down at the Bhuntar Airport. Bhuntar is approximately 245 KMS from Reckong Peo, the center of Kinnaur. However, these airports have limited capacity and connectivity.

The nearest major airport however is at Chandigarh which is about 340 kilometers away.

You can hire a cab or bus for the final lap of your journey to Kinnaur from either of these airports.


Kinnaur is easily reachable by road to the major cities like Delhi, Chandigarh, Shimla and other neighboring states. There are two routes that exist. The shorter route that goes from Jalori Pass – Rampur and the longer route in which you travel from Rohtang Pass – Kunzum Pass route.

It is very easy to travel to Kinnaur Valley by public transport. From Chandigarh, there is a direct bus to Reckong Peo that you can take. Or else, you can first arrive at Shimla and then take a connecting bus to Kinnaur. There are daily buses from Shimla to Reckong Peo and Sangla for this journey. Alternatively, you can also catch the daily Shimla – Kaza bus that halts at Reckong Peo for the night and then goes to Kaza the next day via Nako. Shared taxis are also available throughout the route that a lot of locals travel by. If you wish to, you can also hire a private taxi from Shimla for your trip.


Shimla is the nearest railway station. The famous Kalka – Shimla toy train plies on this route. Traveling by this train, you can first reach Shimla and then travel to Kinnaur valley by road. However, this would also have limited connectivity. My suggestion would be to have your endpoint of the railway journey as Chandigarh, which is well connected throughout.

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