There are many best places to visit in Kinnaur, which are one of the best holiday destinations in Himachal Pradesh. The district in mountains of Himalayan hills is located at an elevation of 2,320 m (7,612 ft) to 6,816 m (22,362 ft) above sea level. It is located in the north-east corner of Himachal Pradesh on border of Tibet. Almost whole Kinnaur is covered with snow in winters and mostly glaciers are covered with snow whole year. There are many tourist destinations with many treks and adventure activities.
Best Places to Visit in Kinnaur
1. Reckong Peo
Reckong Peo is a very peaceful and gorgeous hill station of Himachal Pradesh in mountain range of Himalayas. It is the headquarter located just 45 Km away from Kinnaur district at an altitude of 2,448 m (8,031.5 ft) above sea level. Reckong Peo is famous for great landscape of Kailash Parvat and the Shiviling with forest of Apple orchards, deodar and pine trees.
Nako is a beautiful hill station of Himachal Pradesh around Nako Lake, Nako river and Nako monastery. It is located in Hangrang Valley at an altitude of 3,662 m (12,014 ft). It is the largest village at highest altitude is one of the best places to visit in Kinnaur. It is base camp to Reo Purgyal Trek, the highest peak of Himachal Pradesh at elevation of 6,816 m (22,362 ft) above sea level.
Kalpa is one of the best holiday destinations of Himachal Pradesh. Surrounded by mountains of Himalayas covered with snow. It is located just above Reckong Peo at an altitude of 2,960 m (9,710 ft) on foot of Kinner Kailash Shivling at 6,000 m (20,000 ft). Town has a great combination of old Buddhist monasteries and temples together in the same Pilgrimage premises.
Chitkul is the highest altitude village of Sangla Valley on the bank of Baspa river. It is located located at an elevation of 3,424 m (11,233 ft) to 4,550 m (14,930 ft). Last village on Indo-China order is world famous for the cultivation of Potatoes and Apples. Chitkul one of the best places to visit in Kinnaur also a base camp to Kinner Kailash Trek.
Sangla Valley is a beautiful Himalayan mountain range situated on the bank Baspa river, and also known as Baspa Valley. It is one of the best places to visit in Kinnaur just 74 Km away located at an height of 2,448 m (8,868 ft) above sea level. Bering Nag temple, Kamru Village, Karmu Fort, Sangla Buddhist temple, Sangla Kanda trek with many trekking trails are places to visit in Sangla.
Sarahan is the spiritual site of Bhimakali Temple or Bhimadevi Temple dedicated to goddess mother Bhimakali. It is one of the Lord Shiva’s 51 Shakti Peethas with many ancient temples. Sarahan is a very remote village just 116 Km away from Kinnaur city. It is located at an altitude of 2,448 m (8,868 ft) just 7 Km above Sutlej river, is also known as “gateway of Kinnaur”.
Chango is a beautiful hill station which is one of the best places to visit in Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh. It is located 122 Km away from Kalpa at an altitude of 3,058 m (10,033 ft) above sea level. Chango is situated on the left bank of Spiti river. Town surrounded by high hills of Himalayan mountains with collection of 4 hamlets.
Kothi is famous for natural landscape, temple, tanks and gracious willows. It is a beautiful village near Reckong Peo below Kalpa in Kinnaur district. Village temple is dedicated to goddess Shuwang Chandika which is referred as one of the most powerful. There are fruit trees and vineyards in Himalayan valley.
Leo is a great destination in eminence of small rocks on the right bank of Spiti river. Best holiday destinations in himachal Pradesh is 56 Km away from Kinnaur located at an height of 3,093 m (10,148 ft). It is the confluence of Lipak torrent river with Spiti river. Leo is famous for soil embossed with sterile masses on earth that shine and glow under sunlight.
Lippa is a situated along the bank of Taiti river at an altitude of 2,438 m (7,999 ft) above sea level. Lippa is the best places to visit in Kinnaur at a distance of 18 Km. Grass of village is famous for feeding cattle and horses. Three Buddhist temples dedicated to Galdang Chhoikar, Kangyur and Dunguir are there in village. There are old sanctuary dedicated to local deity known as Tangtashu.
Moorang provides gorgeous landscape view of natural Himalayan hills beauty. On the bank of Sutlej river the village is located at an elevation of 3,591 m (11,781.5 ft) above sea. 27 Km away is one of the best places to visit in Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh. Moorang is famous for an ancient fort build by Pandavas. 18 “mukh” on arc of fort represents 18 days of epic Mahabharat.
The Nichar Village is situated in the middle of Wangtu and Taranda on Shimla to Kinnaur route. It is on the left bank of Sutlej river located at an elevation of 2,448 m (8,031.5 ft) above sea level. Village is surrounded by pine and deodar trees with the sight of red and black bears in upper forest. Nichar is almost midway on Shimla-Kinnaur road trip just 5 Km above Wangtu.
Pooh is a beautiful hill station located at an altitude of 2,770 m (9,088 ft). One of the best places to visit in Kinnaur in the mountains of Himalayan hills. Pooh is famous for beauty of orchards of vineyards, apricots, green field (meadow), almond and grapes. It has lot facilities and modern amenities for travelers and tourists trip.
14. Khab Sangam
Khab Sangam lies in near indo-tibet border in Sutlej valley. Here Spiti river meets Sutlej river, spiti river coming from Spiti valley and Sutlej river from Mansarovar lake in Tibet. There is a ancient monastery near Khab sangam, Tashigang Gompa. It is best places to visit in Kinnaur, at distance of just 37 Km situated at an altitude of 2,834 m (9,298 ft) above sea level.
Rakchham is located on the bank of Baspa river at an altitude of 3,148 m (10,328 ft) above sea level. Name of Rakchham is derived from “Rak” which means stone and “Cham” which means bridge. In ancient time there was stone bridge for crossing Baspa river as its name suggest. The destination is one of the best places to visit in Kinnaur, at a distance of 87 Km.
Treks: Best Places to Visit in Kinnaur
Kinner Kailash Trek
Kinner Kailash is huge shivling on peak of Himalayan hill dedicated to Lord Shiva. This pilgrimage is a holy shrine of both Hindus and Buddhists. It is located at an altitude of 6,050 m (15,000 ft) above sea level. The great travelling plan of Kinner Kailash trek route is:
Day 1 [32 Km Trek]: Thangi to Charang, trek is via narrow valley of Lamber village.
Day 2 [15 Km Trek]: Charang to Lalanti, Camping in Lalanti at 4,572 m (15ooo ft).
Day 3 [20 Km]: Lalanti to Chihitkul, via lalanti pass at 5,182 m (17,000 ft)
Baba valley to Pin Valley Trek
Pin Valley National Park is situated in glaciers of Lahaul-Spiti valley. It is located at an altitude of 3,500 m (11,500 ft) to highest point 6,000 m (20,000 ft). Pin Valley National Park was established on 9 Jan, 1987 is influenced by Buddhist Tibetan culture. Trek route and travelling plan for Baba Valley to Pin Valley is:
Day 1 [18 Km Trek]: Kafnoo to Kara (Bhabakanda), via thick forest of pine spruce, green pasture and deodar trees.
Day 2 [20 Km Trek]: Kara to Baldar, two glaciers Bhaba Kanda Pass and Pin Valley meets.
Day 3 [10 KmTrek]: Baldar to Mud village.
Day 4 [14 Km]: Mud to Kungri Monastery.