Chitkul is a small village but very beautiful destination in Baspa valley of Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh. Kinnaur Valley is all about deep gorges, snowcapped mountain peaks, a blend of Indo-Tibetan culture, apple orchards, etc. It is last inhabited Indian village and the Tibetan border is only few kilometres from here. It is located at an altitude of 3450m above sea level. It is situated beside the Baspa river offering picturesque view with snow laden mountains. According to a recent study by Centre of Atmospheric Sciences at IIT Delhi, Chitkul has the cleanest air in India.
Kalpa is a small village, one of the best places to see sunset and sunrise in the Himalayas over the Kinnaur Kailash range. Kalpa is about 8 KMs from Reckong Peo, district headquarters of Kinnaur Valley. This place is still untouched by the wave of commercialization. The place is just majestic and the views of Kinnaur Kailash range would make your jaws drop at any day. Kalpa is also known as Winter Abode of Lord Shiva and is famous for heavenly views of Kinnaur Kailash ranges and Roghi suicide point
Places of Interest
There are several beautiful valleys in Himachal Pradesh such as Kullu Valley, Kangra Valley, Chamba Valley, Kinnaur Valley, etc. Out of all, Kinnaur is one of those valleys which remained untouched and is home to many picturesque places. Few of them are Kalpa, Sangla, Chitkul, etc. so, if you are planning a vacation here , make sure that you cover all these places in the valley: sangla meadows,baspa river bank, berinag temple, kamru fort, monastry, Tibeten market,
- Sangla Meadows- Sangla Meadows is one of the beautiful and soulful places to visit in chitkul. You will enjoy the natural beauty, mesmerizing landscape, soothing environment, pleasant surroundings. This place is surrounded by snow capped mountain ranges and embraced in greenery. You also can find apple orchards in this place. You can have a 180 degree view of Kinnaur Kailash range.
- Baspa river bank- Baspa river is the most famous destination in Chitkul, passing via the Sangla hills. It is near to the Indo-Tibetan border in Baspa Valley. This river meets Yamuna later on its way. You can get Oak and Pine forest which covers the upper slope of this river. The Baspa River surroundings offer the view of the Brown Trout and Timely Rainbows. You can sit back and relax in the river bank just listening the music make by the river. The area is also suitable for trekkers and campers.
- Berinag temple- Bering Nag Temple is the famous religious spot in the valley. It is dedicated to God Jagas, known as Lord Shiva, holds religious importance among people. It is considered as an architectural marvel from olden times. A fair “Fulaich Fair” is held here every year between August to September.
- Hu-Bu-Lan–Kar Monastry– It is a perfect place for history buffs. This extremely old monastery was founded by Rinchensang-po (950-1055 AD) and is very ancient, this institution initiates many with teachings of Buddha and other high Lama’s of the faith. It is a beautiful place with very serene ambience. The carvings on the doors of the temple is exquisite. Located within the town, it is not very difficult to reach. You can enjoy the beautiful view of the Kinnaur-Kailash ranges from the balconies.
- Tibetan carving centre- Tibetian Wood Carving Centre is the most famous sightseeing place to visit in Chitkul. Wood products based on the Tibetan style are the main highlight here. These products have been presented here for both sale and display purposes. In Tibetan style, you can able to find the particular object made from wood with the complex carvings. There is an enormous number of beautiful objects are found here for sale. The handicraft items present the artistic skill of the artists of that place.
- Kamru fort- It is one of the most popular and beautiful fort from architectural point of view and location wise. From this fort, you can see apple garden, water streams and the beautiful valley. You need to enter into the fort through a series of gates and you can find the large image or brand of the Lord Buddha and idol of Kamakhya Devi. This fort is a perfect place for a glimpse in to the artistic legacy of past. The temple has huge religious importance among the locals.
Other places nearby Chitkul Kalpa– Borasu pass trek, charan chitkul pass, Lalan ti lake, Sangla
- Day 1: Travel from Shimla to Chitkul
- Reach Shimla in the morning.
- Depart from Shimla in the morning. Travel to Chitkul
- Reach Chitkul in the evening; check in the hotel and freshen up
- Dinner followed by rest in the hotel
Day 02: Local sightseeing in Chitkul
- Wake up early in the morning and freshen up for the day ahead.
- Local sightseeing in Chitkul: Baspa river bank, monasteries and other tourist view points.
- Return to the hotel by the evening.
- Dinner followed by rest in the hotel
Day 03: Chitkul to Sangla, Kalpa
- Early morning wake up call, have breakfast and head towards Kalpa via Sangla.
- Local sightseeing in Sangla: Kamru Fort, Berinag temple, Sangla meadow and budhhist Monastries
- Visit Kalpa hamlet.
- Check in the hotel;Dinner followed by rest in the hotel.
Day 04: Travel from Kalpa to Shimla
- Early morning wake up call to witness sunrise. After having break breakfast, travel to Shimla
- You can visit some tourist view points on the way to Shimla
- Reach Shimla by the evening.
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