Located in the dizzying heights of the Himalayas, with passes that reamin closed for six months linking them with the rest of the world, Kinnaur, Lahul & Spiti were till now a forbidden land. Now this area has been opened for the daring and adventurous to discover what had been hidden from the world for centuries.
Kinnaur is the area between Shimla & the border of Tibet. To the north is the Zanskar range, which forms the border with China & in the south is the Kinnaur Kailash Range, which has the mountains of Jorkanden (6473m), Phawarang (6349m), & Kinnaur Kailash (6050m) & many others. Most of the people in this region are of Mongol origin & follow Budhdhism.
LANGUAGES: Kinnauri, Hindi, English. Tibetan are understood & spoken by the people engaged in tourism trade.
ALTITUDE: 2960M (KALPA)
CLOTHING: 2Light wollens in summer & heavy wollens in winter.
VISITING SEASON: March to November
Beyond Reckong Peo (District Headquarter) on the link road, is the main village of the the district - Kalpa. Across the river, facing Kalpa is the majesty of Kinnaur Kailash range. This is a spectacular sight early in the morning as the rising sun touches the snowy peaks with crimson & gold light and so as in the evening at the time of sun set.
Kalpa is a nice peaceful town, about 600m higher in elevation than Reckong Peo. It is said that Lord Shiva comes here in the winter. During the month of Magha (Jan/Feb), the gods are said to come here to meet with Shiva.
There are some great views of the mountains from here & some good walks in the area.
Some Important Distance
DELHI TO CHANDIGARH: 260 KM
CHANDIGARH TO SHIMLA: 117 KM
SHIMLA TO RECKONG PEO: 240 KM
RECKONG PEO TO KALPA: 08 KM
Places to visit around
Sucide Point, Roghi Village & Narayan Mandir, Chini Village & Monastery, Nag Nagini Mandir, Kothi Mandir.
Flora & Fauna
Portions of Kinnaur are situated high in the Himalaya, where vegetation is sparse and consists primarily of hardy grasses. Alpine species such as juniper, pine, fir, cypress, and rhododendron can be found at elevations between 3,500 and 5,000 metres, primarily in Middle Kinnaur. At lower altitudes, temperate-climate trees are found, including oak, chestnut, maple, birch, alder, magnolia, apple, and apricot.
Yaks and dzos are reared by local farmers in the higher areas. Scattered populations of the Himalayan black bear and small ponies may also be found.