Kinnaur: A Breath of fresh air

If you ask what would be a good place to go to and be free when you are over-bored with the daily mundane life, the answer will always be Kinnaur. Kinnaur comprises of Sarhan, Sangla and Kalpa (Kalpa being my favorite) .

Kinnaur, also known as “Land of god” is about 235 Km from Shimla and is known for its tranquil and beautiful lush green and rocky mountainscape; having Satluj, Baspa and Spiti river snaking through it. A brotherly fusion of Hindu and Buddhist faiths at one place reflects the existence of a culture of a different sort in the era of modernisation. Hindus visit Kinnaur to see the famous Kinner Kailash, believed to be the home of Lord Shiva and the Shivaling rocks.

Each of the spots are known for its exotic picturesque, soothing atmosphere, nuisance free air and some mouth watering cuisines. It was in March 2015 when my family and I toured there for the second time. Amongst the three; only Kalpa and Sarhan have HPTDC facilities, but private hotels will be there in Sangla. Snow covered mountain peaks, apples hanging from tree branches, sudden waterfalls and zig zag roads will be your best friends while traveling. So, if you are looking for a place which brings you calmness, a place where tranquility is at its zenith and a place where landscapes and atmosphere becomes your best soother, please packs your bags and without thinking much make a visit there.

Sarhan:

Sarhan

Sarhan

Sarahan is small picturesque village in Himachal Pradesh of India. It is the site of famous Bhimakali Temple, which was originally known as Bhimadevi Temple, dedicated to the mother goddess Bhimakali,. The place is also blessed with rich flora and fauna, this small village is a must visit destination. Early morning sunrise is a perfect gift to the eyes and the climate brags as the perfect soother. Try to embrace the fresh air while walking toward the Bhimkali temple(  The only place I found to visit) and see if you are tranquilized or not.

Hotel Shrikhand

Hotel Shrikhand

Place to stay:  The place has only one luxurious hotel i.e. Hotel Shrikhand for a lavish stay which is under HPTDC . The place is a bliss.

Sangla:

Lake Chitkool

Lake Chitkool

Sangla is a village in the Baspa Valley, also referred to as the Sangla valley, in the Kinnaur District of Himachal Pradesh. Its closeness  to the Tibetan border blends a Tibetian culture with the common people there. Bounded by scary mountain slopes,  evergreen forests and snow covered peaks, the valley is set apart from others by its red apples orchard and toothsome cherry trees. To be laconic apart from hiking, trekking and mountain climbing, you can easily wander  within the area by local cab or taxi service. However, I’ll recommend to  plan your trip according to the season. Do not travel during monsoon due to large number of landslides and poor road conditions.

Sangla doesn’t have HPTDC facility but private hotels won’t be unimpressive for an ephemeral journey.

Kalpa:

A Breath of fresh air

Kalpa

People visit kalpa for its many beautiful temples and monasteries, this small town is also famed for its apple and orange orchards. The majestic Kinnaur Kailash range peeking from across the Sutlej River gifts  for a perfect holiday destination. An early morning walk through this paradise will give you a chance to experience magic and mystery with the sunrise. The breathtaking pinkish hue on the peaks that slowly gets tinted with the golden glow makes the view exquisite. Blessed with rich flora and fauna, this small village is a must visit destination.

Hotel Kinaaur Kailash

Hotel Kinaaur Kailash

The village has the most lavish HPTDC hotel in whole Himachal i.e. Hotel Kinaaur Kailash. Pre bookings are mandatory as most of the folks choose it for their stay and comfort.

Plan your trip :

Toy train from Kalka to Shimla.

Toy train from Kalka to Shimla.

Toy train from Kalka to Shimla.

Delhi is the nearest airport and Kalka is the nearest station which connects the other cities of India. Only toy trains are available from Kalka to Shimla because of the narrow guage lines. Or else bus services and cabs will be there for your help.

Shimla is the nearest railway station. From Shimla to Kinnaur by road is the only way. You can book a cab or buses are available too.  Start for Sarhan first from Shimla, make a one day stay there and then move for Sangla. You’ll need a day stay there too for exploring the full village and moreover the journey from Sarhan to Sangla is long and tiring. The next day start for Kalpa from Sangla. More than 100 Kms will be little tiring because of bad roads. I’ll recommend you to stay for two days at Kalpa to soothe yourself and also to embrace the exotic nature.

 For stay, hotels are  available in all three; Sangla, Sarhan and Kapla but pre booking it is a must. I’ll recommend to book hotels through HPTDC(Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation). These will be safe and will have some lavish and luxurious facilities with some excellent cuisine.

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