Kinnaur prominently famous as ‘The Land of Gods’ for it’s huge Shiva Lingam and the enchanting temples and monasteries is often known for its strong cultural brotherly bonding between Hindus and Buddhists. Though 90% of Hindus populate it, it instead provides a glimpse more of Tibet.
Kinnaur, located on the Indo-Tibet border, nowadays top visited destinations of national and international tourists for their scenic beauty, serene environment, beautiful valleys, picturesque landscapes, apple orchards, and complete tranquillity away from the chaos, the hustle, and bustle of the noisy city life.
Kinnaur otherwise was the less known district of Himachal Pradesh, surrounded by Tibet on the East, Garhwal Himalayan track on the south, Kullu on the west, and Spiti Valley on the north.
The Sutlej River flows through Kinnaur Valley while flowing from the southern slopes of the holy Mt. Kailash Parvat in Tibet near Mansarovar. The Satluaj and the Spiti river flow across the Kinnaur Valley with Kinnaur lying between the Spiti’s lower valley and Satluj gorge.
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The Hindustan-Tibet road referred to as the ancient Silk route passes through the Kinnaur Valley along the Sutlej river to finally enter Tibet at Shipki La Pass.
The Zanskar, the Great Himalayas and the Dhauladhar, the Mount Kailash are a few of the attractions which fascinate adventurous along with the tourists from far off places to visit Kinnaur and do the most breathtaking and adventurous trekking. The valleys surrounding here are assumed to be the best for camping.
A huge 79 feet vertical rock formed SHIVA LINGAM, the symbolic representation of Hindu God, Lord Shiva, which changes its color with the passing day dominates Kinnaur.
It has made this place of significant religious importance among pilgrims to visit here. This place is often regarded as the most sought-after mythical abode of Lord Shiva. Here, you would come across many people gazing the Shiva Lingam for hours.
Kinnaur holds three of the world's grand mountain ranges - the Zanskar, the Greater Himalaya and the Dhauladhar, and the Mount Kinner Kailash (6'050 m), which dominates this region and has religious significance because of huge SHIVA LINGAM, the representation of Lord Shiva which is in a 79 feet vertical rock formation that changes color as the day passes.
Being one of the mythical abodes of Lord Shiva, Kinnaur is often thronged by pilgrims to do Parikrama or Circumambulation. The Parikrama begins from Kalpa while going through Triung Valley and back to Kalpa via Sangla valley. One has to drive up to Thangi to do trekking.
Kinnaur, with the cleanest air in the country as per the survey done by IIT students in 2016, is the second richest district in terms of per capita in Himachal Pradesh after Solan though it is the second least populous district of Himachal Pradesh after Lahaul and Spiti.
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When To Visit
Tourists around the year visit Kinnaur; however, Spring and Summer is considered as the best period to be here because of its pleasant weather when compared to the rest of the year.
During this period tourists visit here from across the world for its serenity, beauty, lush green mountainscapes with Sutlej, Spiti and Bapsa river flowing through it further adding to its charm.
One could visit here through the Hindustan-Tibet highway, which was earlier considered as the ancient silk route while following the Sutlej River before July.
However, in July one can enter Spiti from the north via Rohtang Pass (3980 m) into Lahaul and Kumzum La (4550m).
How To Reach
Kinnaur doesn’t have any of its airports, and therefore there’s no direct flight to commute to Kinnaur. However, Shimla Airport, which connects well to all the major cities, is nearest to it.
The nearest railway station to Kinnaur is Shimla. Shimla is connected to Kalka by a narrow-gauge railway line.
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Day 1 – Arrive In New Delhi
You would be received at Delhi Airport by our staff and transferred to the hotel where our team would welcome you with complimentary drinks and snacks. After check-in, you would be staying here overnight and would be free for the rest of the time to be on your own to visit the Grand Capital of India.
You could have your dinner at the hotel in the evening as per your choice to your account. Otherwise, there are many excellent eateries in Delhi worth trying.
Day 2 – Delhi To Shimla
After taking complimentary breakfast you would be leaving for Shimla, the Capital of Himachal Pradesh often referred to as ‘The Queen of Hills’ in the early morning by train. Shimla is one of the best hill stations frequently visited by tourists’ number of times even after visiting much.
After a pleasant twelve-hour journey, you would be reaching there and staying in the hotel overnight. Our staff will pick and drop you at the railway station. You would be having dinner at the hotel to our account.
Day-3 – Visiting Shimla
After taking your complimentary sumptuous breakfast, our staff would assist you to Jhaku Hill to visit the Lord Hanuman temple (the monkey God), museum and advance study hall. In the afternoon you would be coming back to the Hotel for a delicious lunch to our account.
Afterwards, today it would be a free day for you to visit Shimla and have a feel of the surroundings or do purchasing on the famous Mall Road. You would be staying overnight here overnight. You could have dinner in any of the eateries to have a local taste of Shimla delicacies to your account.
Day 4 - Shimla To Sarahan (1920m) 190 Km
After taking your breakfast, we would head to Sarhan via Kufri and Narkandha, and descent to Rampur. Here, you would get a chance to visit a 1500 years old temple while enjoying a magnificent view of the Shir Khand Peaks.
After the visit, we would further head to Sarhan to have an overnight stay at the hotel where you would be enjoying a complimentary dinner from our side.
Day 5 – Sarahan To Recongpeo – Kalpa (2290 M)
Today after breakfast, we would be heading to Recongpeo the district headquarters of Kinnaur. A monastery built on top of the town often considered as the majesty of the Kinnaur Kailash Mountain for its abode of Lord Shiva is in direct vision from Kalpa.
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Day 6 – Recongpeo To Lamber 12 Km Trek (2896 M)
Today we would be heading to Lamber from Recongpeo after breakfast. We would be driving via Thangi, which would be followed by gradual trekking along the stream to reach the campsite of Lamber where we would be staying overnight. Dinner would be complimentary.
Day 7 – Lamber To Charang (3500 M) 12 Km Trek
After breakfast we would be trekking from Lamber to Charang via Shruting shepherd house. After reaching Charang, we would be staying overnight.
Day 8 – Charang To Lalanti (4421 M) 11 Km Trek
Today the trekking would be up to Lalanti, where we would be camping among the beautiful flora with several attractive wildflowers to fascinate us and relive our entire day trekking tiring.
Day 9 – Lalanti To Base Of Charang (4550 M) 6 Km Trek
Today the trekking would be up to the Base of Charang via Moraine and boulder upwards. We would be camping at our base camp on the glacier field on Moraine. All food would be to our account.
Day 10 – Charang Base To Chhitkul (4950 M) 9 Km Trek
Today the trekking would be up to Chhitkul over Charang Pass. It would be a steep track going over rocky terrain. Till Chhitkul there would be a beautiful steep descent to enjoy while coming down.
The Chhitkul is the last village of Baspa Valley after which only Indo-Tibet Border people are allowed to go. We would be camping here for an overnight stay. All your food would be complementary to our account.
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Day 11 - Chhitkul To Sangla
Today after breakfast we would be heading to Sangla in Baspa Valley, considered as the most beautiful valley of Kinnaur. Here we would be visiting Kamrufort fort and other small villages on the way to have an overnight stay at Sangla camp. All food would be to our account.
Day 12 - Sangla To Rampur
From here we would be returning to Rampur to have an overnight stay in a hotel. All food would be to our account.
Day 13 - Rampur To Shimla
Today after breakfast we would be heading to Shimla. At Shimla, you would be on your own to visit at your wish and to do the purchasing if you intend so, maybe a souvenir. You would be overnight staying here. Dinner would be complimentary.
Day 14 – Leaving Shimla To New Delhi
After breakfast, you would be dropped to the railway station to head to New Delhi.
Day 15 – Departure
Arrival at New Delhi Railway station followed by transfer to hotel. Today would be the day to your leisure to do purchasing or visiting places of your choice in Delhi to your account. In the evening our staff will drop you to the Airport.
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