‘An Hidden Elysium Vale’ – Kinnaur

“There is new life in the soil for every man. There is healing in the trees for tired minds and for our overburdened spirits, there is strength in the hills, if only we will lift up our eyes. Remember that nature is your great restorer”.             - Calvin Coolidge

No travel trip to Himachal can be completed without spending few days in Kinnaur. The wander place where Buddhism has been practiced along with Hinduism .The adobe of Lord Shiva with amazing view of Kinner Kailash is around 260 Km from Shimla. The beautiful Valley is surrounded by three high mountains namely Zanskar, The Great Himalayas and Dhauladhar that enclose valley of Spiti, Sutlej, Baspa and their tributaries.

A must visit offbeat location where you will get everything from bone white mountains to dazzling sights of Kalpa and Sangla Valley, and turquoise blue waters of Baspa and Sutlej River. From rich culture to warm hospitality of locals, and from Wildlife Sanctuary to temples & Monasteries and to crystal clear Lakes, the traveller has all that he wishes in the pristine environs of Kinnaur.

Alluring Villages:

  • Chitkul Village – Situated at an elevation of 3450 Meters is the last village near Indo Tibet border. Potatoe grown at the village is best in the world and is very expensive. The village use to be on the ancient trade route between India and Tibet.
  • Ribba village – Situated at an elevation of 3745 Meters and is very famous for its pine nuts (Chilgoza). The villagers produce a local brew called’ angoori’ which is made up of local variety of grapes.
  • Moorang village – Situated at an elevation of 2527 Meters the village is surrounded by beautiful apricot orchards. It also has a fort which is said to be built by the Pandavas.
  • Nako village – Situated at an elevation of 3662 Meters and is known as ‘Land of Fairytails’. The village homes two main attractions, Nako Lake and Monastery.
  • Chango village – The beautiful village is the last village of Kinnaur District. The finest apple is grown in this village which makes it more attractive.
  • Rich Tradition and Culture

    The Head dress is very common among both Men and Women which are known as ‘Thepang’. The cap is generally light grey or white in color with green coloured velvet band on the outer fold. Men wear woolen shirt called ‘Chamn Kurt’ which is made up of woolen cloth. They also wear a sleeveless woolen jacket known as ‘Chhuba’. Women wear a woolen shawl known as ‘Dohru’. The first wrap of dohru is on back with embroidered border displayed throughout its length upto the heels.

    Wildlife Sancturies

  • Lipa- Asrang Sanctuary- it is situated at the elevation of 4000 to 5022 Meters and covers an area of around 30.89 Sq. Km.
  • Flora- Dry alpine shrubs, Dwarf juniper scrub, Dry broad leaves and Coniferous forest etc
  • Fauna- Brown Bear, Leopard, Musk Deer, Ibex, Goral Himalayan Dark Bear etc.
  • Rakchham Chitkul Sanctuary- It is situated at an elevation of 3200 to 5500 Meters and covers an area of 35 Sq. Kms.

  • Flora- Fir, Oak and Deodar
  • Fauna- Leopard, Musk Deer, Blue Sheep, Himalayan Black Bear, Brown Bear, Goral etc.
  • Rupi Bhaba Sanctuary- it is situated at an elevation of 900 to 5650 Meters and covers an area of 269 Sq.Km.

  • Flora- Melotus, Chir Pine, Apline, Kharsu, Oak, Himalayan Temperate forests, Coniferous forest etc.
  • Fauna- Brown bear, Himalayan Tahr, Snow Leopard, Blue Sheep, Musk Deer, Himalayan Black Bear etc.
  • Festivity

  • Phulaich (flower festival) - the festival is also known as Oakayand festival and Ukuam festival. It is celebrated on the 16th day of Hindu month of ‘Bhadrapada’ which welcomes the monsoon. The festival normally starts with the villagers going on the top and collecting Ladera flowers. Throughout the festival the dances are performed by the people by carrying war weapons depicting the ancient war scenes.
  • Phagul –the festival is celebrated in the month of Feb-March. In this festival spirit of Kanda called Kali is worshiped.
  • Sazo- the festival is celebrated on the month of January. On this day the villagers take bath in Sutlej River. After that family god is worshiped, the chariot of deity is then brought out and halwa and wine is offered.
  • Losar- the festival is celebrated in the month of December. It is the Tibetans New year festival in which the villagers go to the neighbouring spring to perform the rituals of thankfulness.
  • Tribal festival – the festival is situated in the month of October and November.First time the festival was celebrated on 30th October 1994. The tribal group from different parts of the region participates in the dance program.
  • No place can be colorful as Kinnaur with Magical Kinner Kailsh Range that guards the valley!!!!! One must visit the remarkable place once in a lifetime!!!!