Unravelling the Beauty of Kinnaur and Lahaul – Spiti

Nature at its most nascent form is the essence of life, inspiring higher things. Nature is present everywhere, but there are few places that simply magnify its presence. Kinnaur, tucked in the mesmerizing lap of Himalayas, reflects the same pristine nature. While the Lahaul & Spiti’s rugged terrain unveils the vast expanses of serenity.

Kinnaur, Halfway Between Humans and Gods

Kinnaur remained inaccessible for the world until the roads and other communications medium weren’t setup. But once the gateways were opened, the world was awed by the incomprehensible beauty. Some of the most visited destinations in Kinnaur include:

Sangla also known as the Baspa valley, is one of the most scenic Himalayan valleys. Though Sangla, the largest village in this valley, is gradually transforming into a modern village, but still retains its old charm.

Chitkul is the last village that borders Tibet. The local non-Buddhist deity, Goddess Chitkul is believed to protect the village from all harms. This spot is popular among trekkers and tourists as the last point of the Kinner Kailash Parikrama. The Kagyupa temple which is renowned for the highly treasured images of Shakyamuni Buddha, a Wheel of Life mandala and four Directional Kings is located in this village.

Kalpa is the quaint little village, humbly perched in the ambiance of Himalayas, overlooking the stunning Kinner Kailash. Legends say that it was the winter home of Lord Shiva, reminiscences of which can be seen in the temples found here. The beauty, peace and exclusivity of Kalpa attract many tourists to visit it each year.

Lahaul & Spiti, the Beauty of an Enchanted Terrain

The two districts Lahual and Spiti were merged into one district recently in 1960. After the merger, Kaza became the regional headquarter of Spiti and Keylong the regional headquarters of Lahaul.

Rohtang Pass is the gateway into Lahual and Spiti, while Kunzum la or the Kunzum Pass is the entree way into Spiti Valley from Lahaul. The two valleys are distinctive from each other with Spiti having harder terrain than Lahaul. Here are 2 top destinations to visit in Lahual and Spiti.

Kaza can be entered from two ways, through Kinnaur valley and the Lahaul valley. During summers it is the hub of tourist activities and paradise for adventure seekers.

Keylong lies on the bank of Bhaga River at the intersection of Chandra Valley, the Bhaga Valley, and the Chenab Valley. Tourist can enjoy the distant snow-capped mountains, unique terrain and enchanting views.

So what next you can do just pack up your bag and get ready for a thrilling trip through Himalayas.

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Enchanting Kinnaur

For a Jeep Safari tour to Keylong-Lahaul and Spiti check out

Jeep Safari Kinnaur Lahaul Spiti

A Rustic Journey to Terrains of North India

Himachal-Pradesh-Map

Himachal-Pradesh-Map

Much need solace from the impossible tangles of laden work and dreading heat. Arms thrown out as I trod myself in happiness, why? I am on an odyssey where mountain kissingly embraces the gushing clouds. My mission 20 days of tranquil in my joy ride the ford endeavor, reclaim the energetic me, food tasting and diversifying the noesis of this rustic land’s culture. The smell of early morning wet earth welcomes the monsoon, as I land in the queen of hills Shimla. Oversize dust colored phirans wearing men charm you with there innocence as you enter Shimla. The architectural building seemed like

Kinnaur

Kinnaur

noe-gothic, the deodar forests draped in wet blanket and to all the shop spree lover hit the Mall Road. Yummy food like delicacies consisting rajama, mushroom do payaza of Baljee’s and hand baked pastries of Krishna bakery.

Heading to Kinnaur track are a bit drenched on NH22, but who’s complaining when Satluj is flowing mere 2km away from the road. From Karcham I took a heart stopping road that led me to Sangla valley, my night halt. I took more time to reach why, replete on the way had tantalised

Rajma Chawal

Rajma Chawal

my taste bud. Halted for another day where I visited recong peo, kinner kalash and chitkul. Gorged on kinnauri rajama, salted meat and Chownen. Left early morning to Tabo monastery known as Chogs-hkhor, a one stop for your spiritual cleansing. Visited cave shrines, decorated stupas, extant paintings and ate at Green leaf café. Reached Kaza at night, halted for 2 days and visited ki, kibber monastery and the famous 500 year old mummy. I proceed to Keylong early morning, on the way I visited

Tabo Monastery

Tabo Monastery

Baralacha, Chandar tal lake and Kunzum pass. Stayed at Keylong for the night. Cold wave were passing through, shivering and throbbing me slipped into my cosy bed. To be true i am exhausted, but a visit at tabo recleansed me.

Here is a list of delicacies found in the entire stretch, no matter where you go this will be same- a bowl of tomato soup, thukpa, dry meat, grilled trout, chicken, potatoes, noodels, rice, dal, pateer, chouck and bhagjery. Next on my list Leh the route

Leh

Leh

i took was Keylong-Darcha- Sarchu-Pang-Upshi-Leh. Petrol pump are scarce in this area after Kaza, so fill your tank and store cans too. Camped at sarchu for 2 days, the condition are harsh winds will blow head straight. Why, I stayed at Sarchu because it is the only place to stay en-route during the long journey. I stayed indoor, as I got hit by acute mountain sickness by the evening. Next day went to the pang where an army doctor got me back in shape. Reached Leh next evening, woke up late morning. My first task to spent

Sarchu

Sarchu

earned bucks on pashmina and cashmere shawls for loved ones. My spiritual drawn heart calling me to visit 17th century Leh palace, this building offers a grand tradition of Tibetan architecture, climbed up to Shanti Stupa and encountered brokpa spinning/knitting and dancing.

Stayed for 2 days then headed to Zanskar, the route I am following

Kargil

Kargil

Leh-Lamayuru-Kargil-Rangdum(Suru valley)-Padum(Zanskar valley). It took me three days to reach Zanskar, halts between for night was like a much wanted requisite. Zanskar, I got glued to this splendid place. This rugged buddhist valley’s isolation arduous my weeks long treck. Ice chokes the mountain passes and the valley sits under a silent blanket of snow during winters. I visited karsha, the biggest gompa then rolled up to the spectacular Zanskar Canyo were I enjoyed white-water rafting and kayaking. Had 2 days of pure fun, then left back to Kagil, next destination back home, Delhi. The route I am following Kargil-Drass-Sonamarg-Srinagar-Jammu-Chandigar-Delhi. It took me 5 days to reach home.

Women dancing at Padum

Women dancing at Padum

Zanskar

Zanskar