Rakcham is a quaint village situated in Himachal Pradesh about 23 kms away from Chitkul, the last Indian village before the Tibet Border. The scenic little hamlet is located in the enchanting Baspa Valley by River Baspa, which is an important tributary of the Sutlej. The region is covered with dense vegetation throughout the year. The serene snow-capped peak of Kinnaur Kailasha mountains that border the district of Kinnaur can also be witnessed from this little hamlet. A very unique trait of the village is its remoteness. The village is not as populated as many other villages in the region and is disconnected from the rest of the world. There aren't postal services or access to the internet in Rakcham. The local population here mostly survives on crops produced between April and October before the chilly winters strike. The winters are so cold that the locals migrate to low lying areas and return in April to begin farming every year. In short, Rakcham has nothing but few local shops providing daily essentials.
Given that it's secluded, Rakcham is not a tourist hub. However, a small number of tourists visit every year to explore its picturesque beauty, the mountain peaks, the lovely ambience and the culture of Rakcham which is unique to the region. One of the best features of the valley is the beautiful sunrise. The valley is also famous for recreational and adventure activities. So there’s a little something for the adventure buffs too to look forward to when visiting Rakcham. The hamlet is also famous for the apple produced nearby and the saffron farms. Speaking of which, it won’t come as a surprise that the local cuisine also draws several foodies to the region. With so much more to offer, Rakcham is bound to surprise every traveller.
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