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Chitkul, Sangla Overview

Chitkul is said to be the last inhabited village within the Indian boundaries on the old Indo-Tibetan Road. Situated at the height of 3450 meters, the village is located at a distance of 28 km from Sangla, about 600 kilometres from Delhi in the Kinnaur Valley. It is like a doorway which opens into an exquisite landscape of breathtaking beauty and a serene environment. There are orchids, mountains, meadows, huge rocks, river, jungle, and grasslands in the village with the help of which it has made a unique identity for itself. A drive to the Chitkul village is pleasant. One can go for trekking in the forest as well and a wildlife sanctuary for all the wildlife as well as nature lovers out there.

The journey to Chitkul is altogether different experience in itself. It is sparsely populated with as many as 600 locals who are warm, loving and extremely hospitable towards the tourists. While travelling to the valley, you will see River Baspa on your right and on the way you will also pass through the Rakcham village which is commonly known as the model village of the region. Numerous campsites are situated within the apple gardens by the side of the Baspa River.

This little village is a must-visit place, and one should stay for at least a day here as the landscape keeps you magnetised all the time. It is a perfect place to spend some time off from the busy lives and the monotonous routines in the realm of natural beauty.

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Perfect Himalayan Destination For Trekking
The Himalayan beauty that Chitkul Village is blessed with is incomparable with all the other destinations. One can go around for long walks, short as well as long treks and overnight camps in and around the area. There are camps and other adventure related activities which the adventure lovers would love to be a part of making Chitkul one of the best holiday destinations in North India.

Adventure Camping Destination in India
Chitkul is also an adventure camping and an active holiday destination which offers an amazing view of the Himalayas. Tourists here have a lot to look forward to including treks, nature walk and overnight camping with friends and family members.

Perfect Remote Destination Offering Scenic Views
Chitkul Village is a 7.5-hour drive from Shimla. The offbeat travelers can experience an outstanding riverside view on their way to the village along with the close range of the Himalayas. It is a perfect place for walking, overnight camping, soft adventure, trekking and fishing, all in an ideal setting.

Best Time To Visit Chitkul

The ideal time to visit Chitkul is from May and October. In case you are planning a trip there, stay for at least a day. There are numerous landscapes present there which are going to keep you intrigued in exploring the mountains, meadows, big rocks, grasslands, apple orchids, jungle and the river. Also, due to heavy snowfall, the village remains closed for six months from October to February.

Tips For Visiting Chitkul

1. Carry enough cash and sufficient fuel in your car as there are no ATMs and petrol pumps in Chitkul.
2. There are no hospitals in Chitkul and one has to rush to Sangla in case of emergencies. So, carry a first-aid kit with you.
3. There is no proper cell phone coverage in this valley.

How To Reach Chitkul

You can reach Chitkul by hiring a tourist cab from Reckong Peo. The village is situated 60 km away from Reckong Peo as the last inhabited village at the Old Indian-Tibetan Trade Route. Reckong Peo is well-connected to all the major cities of Himachal Pradesh with public buses which frequently run in the daytime. You can reach Chitkul village from Reckong Peo using a bus or a cab. Taxis charge INR 2500 to INR 3000 for a return trip from Reckong Peo to Chitkul Village through Sangla Valley.

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Sunil Sehrawat 1 year ago
Awesome place .for those who love nature n peaceful place.nothing much to see u can sit near river. Trek into green lush.yamontri peaks near .u can stay at shama hotel .very good hotel.roads r little dangerous. Best time if u want to see snow April or may.

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