The name of Kinnaur is synonymous to many highly acclaimed things. The first being its scenic affluence and nature’ bounty; which is undoubtedly in abundance, then it is acclaimed amongst the fruit lovers for the variety of apples that are highly renowned worldwide. Also pine-nuts and other dry fruits grown here are also very famous. However amongst many other things; the place is also known as ‘Land of Gods’.
Kinnaur lies at a distance of approximately 235 km from Shimla and has Tibet to its east and Himachal Pradesh in its North East. Its geographical location; along with being surrounded by three high mountain ranges namely Zanskar, Himalayas and Dhauladhar; which further enclose valleys of Spiti, Sutlej and Bapsa with their tributaries lend magical opulence to this place. For the religious enthusiasts there is a huge Shivlinga that is located on the pinnacle of Kinner Kailash Mountain. Here, there are followers of both Buddhism and Hinduisms. The Hindus believe that Kinnaur is the place where Pandavas were settled when they were in exile. While the Buddhist here are strong believers of the Buddhist cult; that is based on principles of honest and simple living. Further the religious affinity of the place goes further; as in ancient mythology people living in Kinnaur were called Kinners which means half way between men and Gods. And this ‘Land of God’ spells close harmony between the people of two different faiths as they live here in universal brotherhood and peace. Now that is the magical charm of Kinnaur. Also the location is such that the slopes of the mountains are covered with thick plantation that offers a stupendous view to the place. The place with its immense scenic charms was exposed to the people in the year 1989, and since then Kinnaur has become a highly popular place for young and old visitors that come here to enjoy the immense magnanimity of the nature as such! A trip taken to Kinnaur can cover many other beautiful places like Narkanda, Sarahan, Sangla and the majestic view of Mt Kailash. The scenic beauty of the place makes one wonder that if there is heaven on Earth, it would be Kinnaur…Undoubtedly!