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"The land of god"

Kinnaur Tourism

Kinnaur, also known as "Land of God" is about 235 Km from Shimla and is known for its serenity and beauty of the lush green and rocky mountainscape having Satluj, Baspa and Spiti river meandering through it. A brotherly fusion of Hinduism and Buddhism at one place reflects the existence of a culture of a different sort which is well preserved by its people in this era of modernization. Hindus visit Kinnaur to see the famous Kinner Kailash, believed to be the home of Lord Shiva and the Shivaling rocks, the stories of Pandavas and their link with Kinnaur is a great attraction.

There are also old Buddhist monasteries and temples in the vicinity which hold special importance and are revered by Buddhists. Apart from religion, Kinnaur also has a vast scope in adventure sports like trekking and skiing. There are about nine known routes for trekking and some which are five days or six-day trips. Kinnaur is well known for its delicious apples, Chilgoza, handlooms and handicrafts materials. Slight traces of modernization can be seen in the town, its cultures and people but the area continue to be pristine, pure and magnificently beautiful.

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Located on the Indo-Tibet border Kinnaur is surrounded by Tibet, Spiti, Kullu and Himalayas from all four directions. Hence, it offers a beautiful blend of different cultures. The region is not only rich with the Buddhist and Hinduist culture but it also is known for its picturesque sceneries of green valleys and snow-draped mountains. Kinnaur hosts three of the highest mountain ranges of the world viz Zanskar Valley, Himalayan ranges and Dhauladhar ranges, hence there is no dearth of mountainous beauty in the region.
The most important attraction of Kinnaur district is the religious "Shiva Lingam", the mountain is the representation of Lord Shiva and the mesmerising rock formations change its colours several times during the day. The valleys of Kinnaur are also one of the most sought after camping destinations in India, Sangla Valley, Apple orchards camps, camping on the river Baspa and Satluj are some of the scenic destinations to pitch your tents for an overwhelming camping experience.

The extravagant Parikarma of Kinnaur Kailash

Kinnaur Kailash offers various expeditions into the rugged terrains of Himalayan peaks. The most prominent out of all is the Kinnaur Kailash Parikrama trek. It is the religious trek that is undertaken by both Hindu and Buddhist followers. The total distance of 70 km takes you at an elevation of 5,240 m and asks for all your physical strength throughout the journey. Apart from this, Kinnaur to Spiti Valley trek, which takes you to the dry and arid landscapes of Spiti. Bhabha Pass trek and Sangla Valley trek are the other most scenic treks in the Kinnaur district.

Restaurants and Local Food in Kinnaur

Wheat, Ogla, Phafra, barley, peas, black peas and other similar things come under the common food habits of people in Kinnaur. Non vegetarians eat goat and ram's meat, sipping alcohol in daily routine and occasions is also a common affair here. Your trip to Kinnaur is incomplete if you won't munch in the world famous red apples grown here and drink a glassful of "cha", a salted tea known to refresh the soul.
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One Day Itinerary

Day 1- Arrive in Kinnaur. Check in at the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 2- Breakfast at the hotel. First, Head to Sangla Valley. Visit the Kamru fort, Bering Nag temple and Buddhist monastery in Sangla. Back to hotel.
Day 3- Breakfast at the hotel. Visit the Chitkul Village, an offbeat destination in Kinnaur famous for its picturesque landscapes. Then, head the Kalpa village. You can go for Kinnaur Kailash trek and Chakka trek in Kalpa. Back to hotel.

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What's Great?

Famous for trekking, camping, and many adventurous activities.

What's Not So Great?

The weather in winters and monsoon is very rough and hence makes it difficult to visit the place during this period.

For Whom?

Kinnaur can be visited by trekkers and camping lovers. It is also ideal for Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims alike.

How To Reach Kinnaur

The most convenient way of travelling to Kinnaur is by the buses that run from Delhi and Chandigarh on a daily basis. The nearest airport and railway station is located in Shimla, from where you can hire a taxi to reach Kinnaur.

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Q. I am going to visit kinnaur valley in october'2016. I will reach shimla on 25th of October by shibalik deluxe and stay there overnight then one night at sarahan,two night at kalpa,and then two night stand at sangla and back to shimla. Now please guide me how to explore best out of kinnaur and which places should I visit around those plases and on the way in between those places.

Holidify 8 months ago
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Shreyas Kapoor 1 year ago
- Carry sufficient cash as ATM facilities are not easily available sometimes.
Anindita Banerjee 1 year ago
Can u suggest any trekking organization who organized trek in this area?
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