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Best Kinnaur Manali Tour Package
Sep18

Kinnaur is one of twelve administrative districts in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, India. The district is divided into three administrative areas – Pooh, Kalpa, and Bhaba Nagar – and has five tehsils. We offer Shimla, Kinnaur, Manali tour at reasonable price.

Manali is a high-altitude Himalayan resort town in India’s northern Himachal Pradesh state. It has a reputation as a backpacking center and honeymoon destination. Set on the Beas River, it’s a gateway for skiing in the Solang Valley and trekking in Parvati Valley. It’s also a jumping-off point for paragliding, rafting and mountaineering in the Pir Panjal mountains, home to 4,000m-high Rohtang Pass.

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Here is the ideal travel itinerary of 10 Days Kinnaur Manali package:

Day 1 Pick up Shimla Railway Station / Bus Stand / Airport

Pick up Shimla railway station / bus stand/ airport and check in hotel and Shimla city sightseeing Advance study, Kamna Devi temple, Mini Vashnov Devi temple and after sightseeing Shimla walking tour mall road, church, Lakkar Bazar, kali bari temple back to hotel N/H Shimla.

Day 2 Shimla to Sarahan

Going on the way covering Kufri, Fagu , Narkanda, Rampur and reach to Sarhan N/H Sarahan.

Day 3 Sarahan Sightseeing

Bhima Kali Temple and after sightseeing Process to Sangla evening time reach to Sangla N/H Sangla.

Day 4 Sangla Sightseeing

Kamru Fort, Rakshum, Chitkul the last village of India back to Sangla N/H Sangla.

Day 5 Sangla to Kalpa

Sangla to Kalpa Via Recong Pio and Rech to Kalpa N/H Kalpa.

Day 6 Kalpa sightseeing

Kinnar Kailah,Rogi village, monastery and after sightseeing Proses to Pampur N/H Rampur.

Day 7 Rampur to Kullu

Via Jalori Pass N/H Kullu.

Day 8 Kullu to Manikaran

Via Kasol, Parvati Valley, Guru Dwara and after sightseeing Proses to Manali N/H Manali.

Day 9 Manali to Rohtang pass

Manali to Rohtang pass via Solang valley Kothi, Gulaba, Ralha fall, Marhi, Rani Nala and reach to Rohtang and evening time back to Manali N/H Manali. Complete Himachal Tour.

Day 10 Manali local sightseeing

Devi Temple, club house, Tibtean monastery, club house, van Vihar and Transfer to Kalka / Chandigrah / Shimla drop
Complete Himachal Tour

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Sep08

No trip to Himachal Pradesh can be complete without a few days at Kinnaur. One of the 12 districts in Himachal – almost 250 km from Shimla – you’ll find Kinnaur on National Highway 22, better known as the Hindustan Tibet Road.

Located at an altitude ranging between 2320 – 6816 metres, the region is surrounded by Tibet to the east, offering spectacular views of the sacred Kinner Kailash. Legend has it that the Pandavas resided in Kinnaur while they were in exile.

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So, in case you are planning a Himachal trip, look beyond the predictable Kullu, Manali, Lahaul and Spiti tour. We give you three beautiful reasons to include Kinnaur in your travel plans:

Sangla

Situated on the banks of Baspa River, Sangla Valley (at an altitude of 2,696 metres) is also known as Baspa Valley. You may have had a glimpse of its gorgeous meadows in movies and ads. However, nothing can beat the experience of actually breathing in the crisp air and stunning sights of forest slopes and mountain ranges, with the Raldang peaks offering a gigantic backdrop.

The best way to cover all the famous temples, forts, and the trout fishery farming the neighbourhood as part of your Himachal package is to stay for a day at Sangla. There are hotels in Sangla Valley to suit all budgets – from modest guesthouses to luxurious stay options.

Chitkul

Nearly 28 km from Sangla Valley, at an altitude of 3450 metres, lies the last inhabited place in India before the Indo-Tibet border. Chitkul village is a paradise for trekkers and nature lovers, alike. Situated on the banks of Baspa River, the hamlet offers a stunning canvas of modest wooden houses, amidst the grasslands, mountains, and forests. Apart from that, Chitkul is also renowned for its potatoes.

In the winters, though, the temperature in Chitkul drops so low that the villagers have to move to the lower Himalayan regions for a couple of months every year. Hotels in Chitkul are also shut during this period. So, keep that in mind while planning your trip.

Kalpa

To witness the most spectacular sunrise, head to Kalpa, situated at an altitude of 2,960 metres, less than 60 km from Sangla Valley. Given its strategic location close to the foot of the 6050-metre high Kinner Kailash (the legendary winter home of lord Shiva), everything about this erstwhile haunt of Lord Dalhousie is simply majestic.

The hotels in Kalpa– the former district headquarter of Kinnaur – are among the best that Himachal tourism has on offer. And almost all of them provide an exceptional view of the rising sun touching the snowy peaks…no camera in the world can do justice to that scene!

While at Kalpa, do make time to visit the Chandika Devi temple, known for its architectural marvels, at Kothi Village. For a glimpse of local craftsmanship, stop by at the Narayan-Nagani temple. There are also quite a few ancient Buddhist monasteries in the region.

ref: blog.untravel.com

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Aug27

The Kinnaur district in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh has long been revered as the land of fantasies and fairy tales, thanks to the enchanting lush green landscapes and snow-covered peaks. One of the most important cities in Kinnaur and the tribal circuit en-route is Kalpa. Also, here the majestic Kinner Kailash mountain range of the Himalayas provides the perfect backdrop, along with the mighty Sutlej flowing alongside. The morning sun reflects off the high, snow clad mountain peaks of the Kinner Kailash create a surreal view.

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The town and in fact the whole district is known for its sprawling orchards of apples and this also incidentally forms the major cash crop in the region. At 83.5%, Kalpa stands amongst the cities with the highest literacy rate in the region. Also, the first ever voter in the country belonged to this very city. The most celebrated musician in Himachal, Surender Negi, also hails from Kalpa. Two well-known religions of the world – Hinduism, and Buddhism find their rooting in Kalpa.

History Of Kalpa

There has always been an air of mystery about the history of Kalpa and the neighbouring regions in Kinnaur. Kalpa formed a part of what was referred to as Kanaurra in the ancient times. They swore allegiance to the kingdom of Magadha which was later annexed by the Mauryans during the 6th century B.C. The major inhabitants of the region in those times were Valhika, Kamboja and Panasika. The region was later divided into chiefdoms and a power struggle ensued between these small kingdoms. A host of small fortresses such as Kamru, Labrang, and Moorang still stand testament to those times. Kinnaur later passed into the hands of the Mughals with Akbar’s conquest of the region. Post the fall of the Mughals and coming of the British, the area of Kinnaur and the cities of Kalpa and Kaza formed what was known at that time as Chini Tehsil. It was later merged into the Mahasu district for administration and remained there till 1960 when it was re-organized. The reorganisation was put in place owing to the ethnic and cultural considerations. Traditional polyandry was followed in Kalpa and the adjoining villages, but with a growth in education and changing mindsets, this is fast changing. Kalpa also suffered an unfortunate earthquake in 1975.

ref: .yatra.com

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Kinnaur
Mar10

Kinnaur surrounded by the Tibet to the east, in the northeast corner of Himachal Pradesh, about 235 kms from Shimla is a tremendously beautiful district having the three high mountains ranges i.e. Zanskar, Greater Himalayas and Dhauladhar, enclosing valleys of Sutlej, Spiti, Baspa and their tributaries. All the valleys are strikingly beautiful. The slopes are covered with thick wood, orchards, fields and picturesque hamlets. The much religious Shivlinga lies at the Peak of Kinner Kailash Mountain. The beautiful district was opened for the outsiders in 1989. The old Hindustan-Tibet road passes through the Kinnaur valley along the bank of river Sutlej and finally enters Tibet at Shipki La Pass. And it is not only the scenic beauty which appeals to the young and old alike but also the life styles of the people, their culture, heritage, customs and traditions.

Temples & Monastries

Hindu gods being worshipped side by side with Buddhist deities in Buddhist and Hindu temples, especially in Middle Kinnaur. Dabla, one of the major Bön deities, is greatly revered by the Kinners in the area. Folk Hindu gods are also worshipped in Middle and Lower Kinnaur. These include the Durga (locally known as Chandi, Narayan, Vishnu) and many other folk Hindu–animist gods. Folk deities play a major role in the daily life of the Kinners.

Chandika Temple Kothi

Chandika Temple

A handsome temple dedicated to goddess Chandika, more especially designated as Shuwang Chandika has spread the fame of village Kothi in greater part of the district. The local people hold the goddess in great reverence and consider her to be one of the most powerful goddess. For want of social contact by the local people with their more advanced and brahmin ridden brethren they have evolved their own peculiar procedure of ritual and worship to this presiding deity. There is an image of gold, seated in an ark. It is danced up and down by four persons at the time of worship.

Mathi Temple at Chhitkul

Mathi Temple

Mathi is the local goddess of the people of chhitkul having three temples the main one said to have been constructed about five hundred years ago by a resident of Garhwal. The square ark of the goddess is made of walnut wood and is covered with clothes and surmounted by a tuft of yak tail. Two poles called bayanga are inserted into it by means of which it is carried. Her legend goes that she started from Brindavan and passing through Mathura and Badri Nath reached Tibet. Afterward she came to Garhwal, and via Sirmour reached Sarhan in Bushahr and ultimately reached the Barua Khad. Beyond Barua Khad she found the territory divided into seven parts. The deity of Shaung village was Narenas, her nephew. She appointed him to guard the territory.Then she proceeded to Chasu village. There too she appointed the Narenas of Chasu, her nephew as a guard.

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Then she visited the Kamru fort where her husband Badri Nath, was a guard of the throne of Bushahr. She further went to Sangla where her another nephew, Barang Nag, was responsible for safeguarding the Rupin Ghati. Thereafter she proceeded to Batseri village, where Badri Nath of Batseri, her husband was responsible for guarding a place named Dhumthan. Thence onward she arrived at Rakchham where Shanshares, yet another nephew was appointed as a guard of Dhumthan. Finally she arrived at Chhitkul and settled there permanently assuming the overall responsibility of safeguarding the seven divisions. After her arrival, people had plenty of food, animals had sufficient grass and the village began to proper. She had also a pujares. In the morning the pujares bring water from the nearby spring and worship goddess by burning incense, while musical instruments are played by Domangs.

Maheshwar Temple at Sungra

Maheshwar Temple

The portals of Maheshwar temple of Sungra have superb wood panels on either side. deeply cut images of prominent Hindu deities are a treat for the art historian. On the eastern wall are panels depicting the Vishnu Avatars and the symbol of the Hindu zodiac. The friezes on the eaves are beautiful and the buildings arround the temple courtyard are similarly embellished . A small stone shrine of eighth century stands a short distance from the temple doorway, evidence of the site’s antiquity. The Sungra Maheshwar was once said to have been attacked by an enemy of superhuman strength, often linked to the Pandava hero, Bhima. Bhima hurled a huge boulder at the temple from the mountain tops across the Satluj. The Maheshwar deflected the missile to one side. It now lies close to the road, a short way from the temple and still shelters the alpine flowers found only in the high mountains.

Chango Temples at Chango

Chango Temple

Chango has three temples. In lower Chango, the red walls of Rinchen Zangpo temple stand out atop a little promontory but contain little of note. Nearby, the village temple, in more regular use as a place of worship, has a large prayer wheel, clay idols and contemporary wall paintings. A large image of Avalokiteshwara, crudely carved in stone, lies on the path between these two shrines. It was found in some out of the way and the monks decided to place it in a temple but the combined strength of many men was insufficient to lift the stone. Then the present location was though. The temple in upper Chango is the best kept but of relatively recent vintage. Close by, a new prayer hall, library and guest rooms are nearing completion. Across the Chango stream, perched above yellow, alkaline cliffs, is an older collection of religious buildings.

Rarang Monastery at Rarang

Rarang Monastery

Just outside Rarang, on the Thopan side is the newly built Monastery of Tashi Choeling. This new monastery has come in the wake of post-1960 Tibetan influences from the Drugpa sect. Close to the monastery are older dwellings and temples, merging into the rugged surface of a rocky mountain side. These older units are traced to Nyingmapa adherents.

Durga Temple at Ropa

Durga Temple

There is a Durga temple at Ropa also known as the Chandika temple. Chandika had apportioned to herself this semi-arid tract when she divided Kinnaur amongst her brothers and sisters. Her temple at Ropa, a new structure with a reinforced cement concrete frame, is an architectural malapropism.

Charang Temple

Charang Temple

Just beyond Charang is a temple of the eleventh century known as Rangrik Tungma complex. The temple takes its name from the goddess Rangrik Tungma and her small metal image, astride a horse is the oldest at the temple. In all likelihood Rangrik Tungma must have been a pre-Buddhist deity, absorbed into the pantheon of the later religion. Two other bronze statues appear to be of considerable value; a Maitreya seated with legs pendant, in bhadrasana and a Buddha in bhumisparsha mudra. The walls of the main hall are linked with clay idols, in the same style as the mandala in the dukhang at Tabo.

The wall paintings below are old although the wheel of life outside the door has been redone lately. There is also an interesting hoard of ivory and bonehandled knives and daggers at the temple. Many centuries ago, it is said a robber gang from across the Tibetan border raided the temple. The clay images of protective deities at the entrance set up a terrific noise, resembling the thundering hooves of galloping horses. The terrific robbers droped their weapons and took off, running up valley to vanish in the crevasses of the huge glaciers streaming down from the high peaks above.

Brelengi Gompa at Brelengi near Peo

Brelengi Gompa at Brelengi

Near Reckong Peo in Brelengi there is a Buddhist Monastery also known as the Brelengi gompa.This is an impressive modern Buddhist edifice. The monastery of Mahabodhi society was constructed specially for the Dalai Lama to perform the Kalachakra ceremony in 1992. Next to the monastery is a 10 meter statue of the standing Buddha, which is visible from a considerable distance.

ref: mysterioushimachal.wordpress.com

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Kalpa Travel
Feb27

Getting to Kalpa is a travelers paradise at a height of 10,900 feet in Himachal Pradesh going along the NH22 in Kinnaur District and located at the base of the imposing Kinner Kailash ranges and Shivling peaks which rise upto 20,000 feet, towering above the clouds surrounding the whole area. Famous for its fruit plantations (especially apple orchards), the picturesque hamlet of Kalpa lies 13 km uphill from Rekong Peo. Kalpa is spread amidst chilgoza forests, apple plantations and the holy deodhars.

Kalpa offers spectacular view of Kinnaur Kailash range and indeed a confluence of Hinduism and Buddhism with a colorful Buddhist temple and intricate Hindu temple in the same complex. With its scenic settings, Kalpa is among the most beautiful villages of Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh and certainly the most popular one.

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History

The history of the region is influenced by myths and legends. It is believed that the place was under the reign of Magadha followed by the Mauryan Empire during the 6th century. The Guge Kingdom of Tibet also ruled Kinnaur between the 9th and 12th centuries. The history of the district lasted until Emperor Akbar conquered the area and included the valley into the Mughal Empire.

Kinner-Kailash, the sacred mountain, is visited by natives for pilgrimage and is also one of the main attractions of the destination. There is a 70 metre high Shivalinga atop the peak that is visited by devotees and travellers. Sangla Valley on Bapsa River banks, at an altitude of 8,900 feet above sea level, is another attraction of the destination.

Some of the architectural marvels in and around the valley are Kamru Fort, Naga Temple and Sapni. The hamlet and village of Chini provides a glimpse of rich heritage, custom and culture. Most of the folklore is engaged in weaving shawls and Kinnauri caps. A fusion of Hinduism and Buddhism which is reflected in the culture and history of Kalpa is one of the chief attractions.

ref: tripoto.com

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Things to do in Kapla
Feb15

Plan a picnic, go for trekking or simply lie down amidst the green grass and gawk at the enticing nature, Kalpa’s list of things to do has something for everyone. Take a walk through the beautiful apple orchards or Chilgoza pines forest and enjoy the sweet smelling cool air. Sweat a little by climbing some strenuous mountains and take pleasure in resting on the mountain top amidst the panoramic views of nature like never before. Don’t forget to take back home some excellent quality Chilgozas and Kinnauri shawls. If you happen to be here during the month of September or October do attend the Phulech Festival that is celebrated with colourful flower garlands and great verve.

Sightseeing in Kalpa

Sightseeing in Kalpa is all about gazing in utter amazement at the stunning view of Kinner – and believe it or not – you may just land up spending the whole day doing just that – it is totally mesmerising! Kalpa is surrounded by apple orchards and forests of Chilgoza pines and the air is clean and crisp.

The villages nearby, especially Chini village are abuzz with friendly folk who won’t let you pass their homes without an invitation for a cup of tea and a chat. Hindu temples, Buddhist monasteries, and gompas stick out like Christmas decorations on the mountain slopes and makes for an interesting sight.

The architectural style is a happy fusion and you are left marvelling at how two cultures, Hindu and Buddhist, blend harmoniously in this land, making it impossible to tell where one stops and the other begins.

Shopping in Kalpa

Shopping in Kalpa is all about buying Kinnauri shawls and caps from the Handicrafts Emporium in Kalpa. Kalpa has earned its name because of good quality Chilgoza, which grow over here in abundance.

Activities in Kalpa

Trekking, mountain-biking, mountain-cycling, jeep safaris, trout fishing and angling in the Baspa River, star-gazing, camping, hiking, and river rafting are some of the outdoor activities in Kalpa that you can enjoy. The ancient villages and breath taking scenery offer many candid camera moments.

NearBy Places in Kalpa

Some of the interesting places near Kalpa that you can enjoy are Rekong Peo, Kothi, Sangla Valley, among others.

Rekong Peo is 13 kms from Kalpa and is the headquarters of Kinnaur district. Apart from the very good views of the Kinner Kailash, the tourists if travelling onward to Tabo in Spiti can their permits here.

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Kothi is a 30 minute drive and just 3kms from Rekong Peo. Here there is a temple dedicated to the goddess Chanadika Devi and the temple has an unusual architectural style and finely executed sculpture. There is an exquisite gold image of goddess Chanadika Devi is enshrined in sanctum.

Sangla Valley on the banks of the Bapsa River, lies 57 kms away, and 8900 ft above sea level is surrounded by snow capped mountains, meandering streams and verdant landscape that are bound to cast their spell on you. Besides soaking in the natural beauty of the place, one can visit various places around the valley – some of them being the Kamru Fort, Rackchham, Kilba, Naga Temple, and Sapni.

Across the River Bapsa lies the tiny hamlet of Batseri, a very traditional village follows the customs and culture of the days of yore and seems to have been caught in a time warp. The people are simple here and their main occupation is weaving shawls and the Kinnauri caps – so be sure to buy some.

Eating Out in Kalpa

Eating out in Kalpa is about savouring local delicacies at the various dhabas here. You can also savour momos and thukpas here in Kalpa.

Festivals & Events in Kalpa

The Phulech Festival is the most important festival in Kalpa which is celebrated with great vigour in September/October. The local villagers collect flowers from the surrounding hilltops, and then offer them to the village deity and later these flower garlands are distributed among the people.

ref: journeymart.com

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How To Reach kapla
Feb09

The summer months of June, July and August are pleasant and the best time to visit as the temperatures remain between 9 °C to 13° C. Summers are the best suited for sightseeing, trekking and exploring the lush green valleys and forests. June, July, September and October are the peak months so if you plan to visit Kalpa then make sure you book your hotel in advance.

Spring, April and May, makes the tiny hamlet bright and beautiful with fresh and colourful flowers. November and December witness a cool and peaceful climate.

Avoid visiting the place during the monsoons, November and December, because the roads en route are bad and prone to landslides.

During winters, January and February, it snows heavily and the temperatures drop below freezing point. There is a slight possibility of avalanches too so it is advised not to visit at this time of the year. Remember that most of the hotels, guesthouses and tourist lodges remain closed due to the heavy snowfall in winters, so plan a visit accordingly.

How to Reach Kapla?

By Flight:

Due to the remote location of the city (in the tribal hills of Himachal), there is no dedicated airport in the city. Kullu/ Bhuntar (225 Km) or Shimla (445 Km) are the nearest airports to travel to in order to reach Kalpa.

Nearest Airport: Kullu/ Bhuntar Airport (225 Km) or Shimla Airport (445 Km) are the nearest airports to travel to Kalpa.

Safety Suggestion: The peak winter and monsoon months pose a problem for tourists visiting Kalpa. However, Kalpa’s pleasant climatic conditions make it a heaven on earth to visit the place during the summer months.

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By BusBy Train:

It is the NH22 which connects Kalpa to Shimla and other cities in the lower reaches of northern plains. The highway merges with the Hindustan-Tibet road eventually, where it bifurcates at Powari to head to Kaza and Kalpa. All these are decently motorable roads and frequent buses ply during the summer months from cities like Shimla, Bhuntar, and Chandigarh to Kalpa. There is another bus route through Manali and Rohtang pass which is operational until late September every year. This route goes through the famous Kunzam and Rohtang pass regions in the Parvati valley and is frequently used by tourists.

By Train:

The city of Kalpa lies in the heart of the tribal belt in the Kinnaur district, which has for long remained isolated from the rest of the world. Shimla is the last station you can get down at, where a toy train fetches tourists from Kalka. The onwards journey to Kalpa will need to be made by car, bike or a local bus as no railroad exists between the two hill stations.

ref: journeymart.com & yatra.com

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Kinner Kailash trek
Feb02

The Kinner Kailash is a Holy place of the distric kinnaur Himachal Pradesh.This place is situated at high altitudes.This place is about 300 far from the shimla.The kinnaur kailash shivling, one of the mythical abodos of loard shiva,is a 79 feet rock in the kinner Kailash.

What is Kinner Kailash?

The Kinner Kailash is a mountain in a Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh. Kinaaur is a beautiful place of the Himachal Pradesh which is situated in the high altitudes.The kinnaur kailash has a height of 6500 meters and considered as sacred by both Hindu and Buddhist kinnauris. The mountain is also called as Mount Kailash in Tibet.It is a Trekking place and known as most of the toughest trekking.

A natural kund near Kinner Kailash peak,is known as Parvati kund ,is considered to be creation og Godess Parvati.she worshiped here for long time.It is a meeting place for Lord Shiva and Godess parvati.that is the reason kailash darshan park or Ganesh park was earlier called ashiqi park.

According to mythology Lord shiva conducted meeting here with all Gods ans Goddesses every winter.

This accounts for the yatra that take place evry year at the time of Jnamatmi by devotees of Lord Shiva and localities.

The shivling changes the color in a day time and also called as red mountain.

Kinnaur Kailash Himachal Pradesh

How to reach Kinner Kailash?

Kailash Ytra starts from tangling village which is 11km before from the Recong Peo head quarter and about 260 km from the Shimla. The Tangling village is situated at the left bank of satluj river at an altitude of 7050 feet.there are two ways to reach the tangling village ,one through the powari jhoola which is very adventurous and another is through dirt road by croossing shongthong bridge over the satluj river.

From here the trek follows a metalled pathway upto a small stream about 2.5 Kms ahead. It takes around 1.5 hrs to reach the stream passing small wooden houses, vegetable fields and orchards along the way.This fresh water stream comes directly from the Kinner Kailash Mountain range. after crossing the the steams one should reach the ashiqui park,from the stream to that their is no water source .Ashiqui Park which comes after conquering Kailash Dhaar after a vertical climb of 6-7 km. This part of the trek is known as Kailash Dhaar because it is the way towards Kinner Kailash Peak.There are two famous halts on the way to Ashiqui Park from this small stream. These are known as Bara Pathar (Big Stone or Rock) and Bara ped (Big Tree). It tooks two hours from the stream to Bara Pathar. This is a trail of around 2.5 Kms at an altitude of 8415 ft. through a dense forest of Deodar trees.

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Bara Pathar is famous due to the big rock on which travelers rest. This big rock is in the midst of the dense Deodar trees and looks very beautiful. 2.5 km after Bara Pathar at an altitude of 9695 ft. is Bara ped. This place is famous for the centuries old massive Deodar tree. The tree line ends abruptly at this place. After this point there are only shrubs and herbs on the way to Ashiqui Park.

After crossing that we will reach to ashiqui park. Ashiqui Park is at an altitude of 11,778 feet. It is a big Bugyal, which is the best camping site for the trek. Water source is very close by. An inn has been constructed here at Ashiqui Park for travelers.It has a view of a 270° view of the Himalayas and surrounding towns from this vantage point.

There are two important halts on the way to Kinnar Kailash from Ashiqui Park : Bheem Dwar and Parvati Kund. The distance between Ashiqui Park and Kinner Kailash is around 8-10 Kms with takes 7-9 hrs depending the fitness level of the pilgrim or trekker. This made it necessary to start early so as to reach back to base in time.

The first place we halted at was Bheem Dwar. This place is around 3-4 Kms from Ahsiqui Park at 12,400 ft. The first part of the trek upto Bheem Dwar was a steep climb of about 2 Kms from Ahsiqui Park which takes 1.5 hrs.The next part upto Bheem Dwar is a descent. Just before the Bheem Dwar ther is a stream which we heard is frozen most of the time and is part of glacier.

After crossing this stream we will Bheem Dwar. This place is a small cave under big stones. It can accommodate around 10-15 people at one time. It is also an ideal place for camping and water is available in plenty. During winter pilgrims camp at this place and during summers shepherds use this place to stay and to deposit their food items. Hours can be spent here listening to the sweet sound of stream flowing close by.

The next halt on the way to Kinner Kailash is Parvati Kund which is a glacial lake at the base of the Kinnar Kailash peak. There is no source of water in between Bheem Dwar and Parvati Kund, so it is necessary to carry enough water from Bheem Dwar.

This next part of the trek from Bheem Dwar to Parvati Kund is around 3 kms which takes 2.5 -3 hrs. The first half is a vertical cliff of around 1.5 kms and the next part upto Parvati Kund is covered with rocks, boulders and snow.

On the way to Parvati Kund we have to find the way with the help of stone pillars and have to be careful on the rocks while moving forward. Parvati Kund is a small glacial lake at around 9843 ft. It is frozen. Many worship here for the blessings of Mata Parvati and Lord Shiva to safely complete the journey to Kinner Kailash.

From Parvati Kund to Kinner Kailash peak (Lingam) there is no source of water so we had to carry enough water from here upto the peak and back. This is the last part of the trek and it required a lot of dedication and strength. From Parvati Kund to Kinner Kailash peak is a vertical climb of around 2.5 Kms which takes 3-4 hrs.

The way to Kinner Kailash from Parvati Kund was full of Moraines and extra care have to be take during the trek. On the way to the peak we have to cross some small stone tunnels or caves. There is only one route from Parvati Kund to Kinner Kailash marked by stone pillars.

Kinner Kailash Shivling is a sacred rock worshipped as the Lingam of Lord Shiva. The rock pillar faces towards Reckong-peo and Kala and is about 79 feet high and 30-40 feet wide. This is a holy place and we could feel the aura of sacredness here. Standing here we could see some high peaks of the Great Himalayan Mountain Range like Mt. Jorkandan and Mt. Rangrik.

Climate and Temperature

Climate of the Kinner kailash remains very pleasant in summer .But in winter the temperature remains below zero degree centigrade.

ref: himachalspider.com

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Kalpa Travel Best Time
Jan26

Located at an altitude of 9711 feet in the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh, Kalpa is placed in the Kinner-Kailash range. It sits above the Reckong Peo, which is a hub of Buddhist culture and home to various monasteries. Kalpa is a home to many Hindu shrines from where one can view the breathtaking snowy peaks. Tourists may also enjoy the beautiful view of the Sutlej River in Kalpa that flows down the Great Himalayas and passes through the rocky surface of Kinnaur.

Earlier, the region was under the reign of the Magadha Dynasty that was followed by the Mauryan Empire during 6th century. In fact, Kinnaur was also ruled by the Guge Kingdom of Tibet during the 9th and 12th centuries. Later, King Akbar ruled the region and brought it under the Mughal Empire. Once you visit Kalpa, you’ll find a picturesque view of green orchards, gorgeous valleys, forests of cedar, high altitude deserts and striking gorges. A long drive through the rugged mountains rising up from the riverbanks and the Sutlej slicing deep gap through the Great Himalayas give a wonderful experience to cherish forever.

Once you step in Kalpa, you will be greeted by the most stunning views of the Kinner-Kailash Mountain and a 70-m Shiva Lingam that strikes out of the peak. The Suicide Point is another famous spot, which is 10 minutes away from the apple orchards. Adventure seekers may enjoy trekking in Kalpa and unfold the scenic beauty of the place. Holidaying in Kalpa is admirable for its perfect combination of Hindu and Buddhist culture, gardens and blooming valley in summer.

Adventure Activities

Kapla offers plenty of activities for adventure seekers. One may enjoy mountain-biking, trekking, mountain-cycling, trout fishing, jeep safaris, and angling in the Baspa River. Other outdoor activities include star-gazing, hiking, camping, and river rafting that you will love to indulge in.

Shopping in Kalpa

You can buy Kinnauri shawls and caps from the Handicrafts Emporium in Kalpa. The place is also popular for offering high quality Chilgoza that are grown here.

Where to Stay

There are quite a few impressive accommodation options in Kalpa, where one may choose to stay in luxury. Our hotels are very comfortable, offering a relaxing holiday to the tourists.

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Fairs and Festivals

One of the main festivals of Kalpa is the Phulech Festival, which is celebrated with great zest in the month of September and October. Locals collect flowers from the surrounding areas and offer them to the God of the village and later on these flowers are distributed among the people.

Weather and Climate

During summer (June-August), the weather is pleasant with the temperature ranging between 9 °C -13°C. This season is perfect for sightseeing tour and trekking. Monsoon starts in November and lasts till December. Tourists are advised to not visit during this season as the roads on the way are quite bad and prone to landslides. During winters i.e January and February,there is heavy snowfall and the temperature drops below freezing point, so it is not advisable to visit during winter months.

Best Time to Visit

June to August are the peak months when tourists from all across the world visit here for sightseeing tour, trekking and exploring the lush green valleys and forests.

ref: tourmyindia.com

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Places to Visit in Kalpa
Jan18

Kalpa is a small town situated in the Sutlej Valley, located on the banks of the Sutlej river. It lies in the Kinnaur District which is in Himachal Pradesh. This town is famous for its apple orchards. It is also known for its historical temples and monasteries. People here mainly follow a blend of Hinduism and Buddhism and therefore there are temples dedicated to Gods of both religions. To add to all of the above, Kalpa has a beautiful charm to it. The Kinnaur – Kailash ranges can be seen across the Sutlej River. The Shivlinga (the form of Lord Shiva that is worshipped) situated in the Kailash ranges is also visible from Kalpa. It is amazing to see how the linga changes color during the day. This village has become popular in the recent years. Now, accommodation in Kalpa is not a problem at all. From guest houses to resorts, everything is available in all kinds of price ranges. The view from everywhere is beautiful and the food provided is pretty good. If you are visiting Kalpa, you might not want to miss out the places listed below.

1. Kothi

An ancient village situated 3 kms away from Reckong Peo; Kothi is the perfect place for people who love to appreciate the old art and architecture. This village is famous for its temple which is located at such a perfect spot with the beautiful backdrop of the majestic Kailash Mountains. The local people there are devotees of Goddess Chanadika Devi and therefore this temple is dedicated to her. A golden image of this powerful Goddess can be seen in the inner chambers of the temple. Apart from the temple, the village has a great appeal for the nature-lovers with fruit trees all around.

2. Kinnaur Kailash

Also known as the Kinner Kailash, Kinnaur Kailash is a 6500 m high mountain. It is called as the land of myths and fantasies. The lush greenery, beautiful orchards and vineyards, the high snow clad mountain peaks and the overall view – they all make this place a heaven on earth. One simply would not want to leave this breath taking beautiful place. The places here have myths and legends attached to them and there are various options for trekking and other kinds of adventure. It also has a sacred importance to it. Both Buddhist and Hindus wish to visit this peak at least once in their life.

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3. Suicide Point

This point is located at a 10 minutes’ walk from the village of Kalpa. To reach there, you would have to walk through the orchards of luscious red apples and it is definitely a sight you do not want to miss. The main spot is very dangerous. The place has vertical slopes and dangerous trenches.

4. Batseri

Located on the left bank of the Bapsa River, this village can only be visited on foot. There are two temples in this village. One is dedicated to Lord Buddha while the other is a temple of Lord Badri Narayan. Batseri is quite popular for the handicrafts sold here. From handmade shawls to caps, you get everything of good quality. Pine nuts and pinus gerardiana (chilguza) are grown a lot in this region. You must definitely buy these.

5. Sapni Fort

Sapni fort is another outstanding example of the architecture of the people of those times. Sapni fort is located near the Sapni village and has two buildings that are joined together. These buildings were built by King Padam Singh who ruled over Rampur. The main tower has seven stories and the fifth story is a temple dedicated to Goddess Kali. Outstanding carvings on wood can be seen here. The window frames and the doors are decorated with impressive wood work. If architecture interests you, this fort is a must-visit place.

The winters in Kalpa are extremely cold and harsh. It is recommended that you visit this town between the months of March and September, when the temperatures are mild. Woolens still need to be carried. Kalpa is a beautiful place with many magical locations that would capture your heart. You would have a great time here.

ref: transindiatravels.com