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I then took another bus which would take me to my first destination – Kalpa. From Reckog Peo, Kalpa is just about half an hour ride and plenty of local buses are available during day time. As our bus progressed, I noticed the views were only starting to get better. September is the harvest season for the very famous Kinnauri apples so I was bang on time. The apples were ripe and ready to be picked. The locals were generous enough to let me in their orchards and even have their home made apple juice which by the way was best I’ve ever had. I couldn’t help but notice how ”less becomes more”. These people are so friendly and are so content that it was evident from their smiling faces. Since it was already afternoon, I met some kids coming back from their schools who were more than happy to tell me more about the local places to visit.
Next day we bid farewell to the Elysium and took to the roads for a midway halt at Shimla. The morning azure of sky adorned with fluffy clouds embracing the mystic mountains left us wistful that we can pack some of this fascinating illusion and take back with us enclosed in our coveted vaults to rejoice and rekindle that emprise after our bail is over.
Day 4 (Kalpa)•Dying to experience snowfall, we decided to trek to “Chaka Peak” as we were supposed to get our lust for snow satisfied there.•Tried the local food of Himachal- Thukpa (similar to Soupy Noodles) and Momos (much bigger and tastier than what we get in Delhi) along with other delicacies before the trek.•After 6 hours of steep trek to the mountain, we experienced the snowflakes. Super excited, we took the winning selfies and decided to call it “snowfall” as trekking for another hour to reach to actual snow seemed impossible to us (Beta humse na ho payega).•A local, we met en-route to the top, accompanied us for the trek as a friendly gesture.•Had fruits, we were carrying, as there were no food joints on the way.•Knowingly or unknowingly, we took de-route and all three of us got separated on our way back. Three people, three different routes. It turned out to be really exciting and frightening experience as there was not even a single person on the mountain, we could take help of for our way back.•My phone being discharged, I tried to reach to our guest house at the earliest possible (without a single stop for 2 hours) to inform Kirti and Chitraj that “I’m alive and safe”. In the extra hour I earned, arranged for a surprise cake from Peo and a small treat for Kirti’s birthday the next day.•That re-union of us in our guest house after reaching back safely was the most memorable one.•Had an expensive but appetizing dinner at Himachal Tourism Guest House. We started our dinner with Gulab Jamun (dessert) and ended it with Gulab Jamun (dessert) as we couldn’t wait for the food to be ready.
Day 3 | Sangla – Chitkul – Sangla – KalpaLeave early to see beautiful Chitkul VillageVisit Kamru Fort at Sangla as well before going back to KalpaWatch the lovely sunset and sunrise (next day) at Kalpa over Mount Kinner KailashAbout 4 – 5 Hrs of total drive on this dayOvernight at Kalpa
The next paradise was Kalpa. The village will look like a fresh painting, irresistible and thoughtful. The charm of the place is the mighty view of Kinner Kailash range that crowns the village gracefully. I spent many lovely hours in the morning looking at the peaks and praising the beauty God has created.
After a hard day’s ride we reached Sangla by night. Inspite of riding at night, thankfully no wild creature attacked us, as Manu claimed. We were in no hurry in the morning to leave as we wanted to explore all of Kinnaur’s attraction. We visited Chhitkul, Reckong Peo and decided to stay at the most beautiful place of all – Kalpa and were lucky to enjoy our stay in the Circuit House. With Kinner Kailash in the vicinity, I don’t find the need to elaborate on the scenic beauty. We went for chai & pakoras to the local bazaar and were greeted with warmth by the locals. Then we visited a Buddhist Temple nearby where the entire life story of Buddha was painted on the walls and also a Vishnu Temple adjacent to it.We left early next morning and were greeted by the worst possible road conditions while leaving Kinnaur because of the Karcham – Wangtoo Hydroelectric Project. Somehow we managed to crawl through those kilometers and were halted again for 2 hours because of a blasting ahead. But as soon as one crosses Kinnaur, the roads are a treat. Since there was not much to see around and the weather had started getting hot, we started speeding, took a break for lunch and then stopped again only at Narkanda in the evening. We spent the night in Simla and started for Delhi next morning. As we crossed Dharampur, Ammy had a little accident and took the unbeatable lead of 6-4! We declared him the winner before Aman tried anything else to win. Battling the blazing sun and loo, we made it to Delhi by evening.Now over a week that we have been back but I still can’t get over the enticing valleys, nestled by the Great Himalayas; places that are home to ancient civilisations untainted by modernity and raw physical beauty unmatched outside those mountains. Another visit for sure is on the cards.
After about half hour uphill ride in the mountains I was at Kalpa bus stand. When I headed to look out for accommodation I was in for a shock - people told me that I wont be getting accommodation anywhere in Kinnaur valley because its a tourist season due to Dussehra- that was like a smack on the face ...after I asked few more lodges I got the same reply and some accommodations were priced too high- way off the budget...I didn't want to give up looking...I inquired with few other lodges to no avail. And then finally managed to get a cheap one but without an attached bathroom ( basically gotta use a common bathroom) anyway it was like finding a waterfalls in the desert after walking for few days in search of it ! Being a trekker, used to all kinds of restrooms so a non attached bathroom does not make a difference at all! After I checked into the room thanked the heavens for this blessing and to view Kinner Kailash mountain range from the window is something indescribable.
Next day we started our drive further crossing Kauri, Rampur and Karcham. There is a diversion either you take the road to Sangla Valley and Chitkul or you head towards Kalpa. We were in a hurry to reach Spiti so headed towards Kalpa..
We started our journey early in the morning. Reached Karcham and from there we took right on highways towards pooh Traversed the most dangerous rugged ruble path through mountainsWe cross the Sutlej again to now drive along the left bank and come upon the ‘Most treacherous road in the world’ signboard.
This was the last night we were to be in Kinnaur Valley . We loved everything about this places has to offer. The adventurous road , raksham , chitkul will remain in our memory forever. And we will soon plan Kinnaur vallley special travel in winter.Read about further travel in my next blog
Day 3 | May 30 | Sangla to KalpaIt was the first day we got up early at 6 am and got ready for ride at 7:30 am. It was a cloudy and cold morning.Performed our necessary early morning bike checks before leaving for the day.
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KALPA: The village with cleanest air in India. It is famous for its apple orchards. It remains closed and inaccessible mostly during winters. Through this place you can catch a glimpse of kinner kailash, most of the time kinner kailash is clouded over, and so when you finally get the chance to see it, it will blow you away, at least it did for me. In the morning we were lucky to get a special kinnauri breakfast, phafra with saag, it was delicious. After Kalpa it was time to head back home. These 15 days in himachal were truly amazing. It was mesmerizing! What a place!This blog was originally published on 'ANKITA.WANDRER'
On reaching Kalpa, I walked up to the impressive wood-carved Kalpa temple complex. This monument shows a blend of Indo-Tibetan design, merging Hindu motifs with intricate carvings of fire-breathing dragons. Walking around the little town I came to a tea stall with the most amazing view of the mountains. I sat around for a while, chatting with the shop owner and soaking in the sunset. Back in town, I headed to the bus terminus to figure out the bus to Kaza the day after. The gentleman at the counter asked me to reach the bus stand by 5:15am if I wanted a place to sit on the bus. I finished an early dinner of mutton noodle soup (70 Rupees) at a tiny shack at Peo market, bought a pair of extra gloves (50 Rupees), and returned to the hotel for a nice hot shower. By 10pm I was out cold, as the next day would have to be an early start up to Spiti Valley.
Destination 3 - Kalpa/Reckong Peo: Kalpa is located off the NH22 at 9,711 feet above sea level and was part of the old Hindustan-Tibet Road. As we arrived in the evening, the first challenge was to find a budget hotel. We spent Rs 750/One day basic room with a balcony view of the Mount Kinnaur Kailash mountain range and the Chini village. Second day moved to stay closer towards the Kalpa Bus stand at 'Hotel Destination Kalpa', Good place to stay with a broader and much calmer view to the mountain range. You can check out with Mintu Thakur @+91-8894483421. They have properties in Sangla, Tabo and Kaza too.Kinnaur Kailash is the winter abode of Lord Shiva and Parvati, and famous for the Kinnaur Kailash Parikrama. Chini is an old village with market; wooden houses, temple (Lochawa La-khang), stupa and the local bus stand equipped with an ATM. Though there are no tourist spots to visit, the ecstatic charm and uninhibited feel of the village, and the apple orchards keeps travellers engaged. A morning walk towards Roghi Village offers some scenic valley views and the lovers/suicide point. We came back to Chini village and boarded a bus towards Peo to visit the Kinnaur Kalachakra buddhist monastery (The Great Statue of Lord Buddha of Kinnaur), the Kothi village, and the Chandika Devi temple. We hiked and explored the hidden temples and lanes less traversed too. In the afternoon, went to explore the Peo market. Peo is the district headquarters of Kinnaur.Important: If heading towards Nako-Tabo-Kaza and planning to catch the early morning bus from Peo, then it is advisable to stay near Peo bus stand rather than at Kalpa. The first bus to Kaza leaves around 7am and it’s a bit difficult to find transportation from Kalpa. If you are lucky, one will get a lift. Though we were not taking morning bus as we had plans to visit Moorang first. The bus to Moorang leaves at around 9.30am from Peo, we still find difficulty in getting local transportation from Kalpa to Peo bus stand. Thanks to a Kinnauri gentleman who dropped us to the Peo bus station on time to take the bus to Moorang village.
Border Roads Organisation - hats off to you!
This wonderful place lying in the Satluj Valley of Himachal Pradesh in Kinnaur is a place known for its natural beauty and cultural bounty.
Leave early to see beautiful Chitkul Village. Visit Kamru Fort at Sangla as well before going back to Kalpa. Watch the lovely sunset and sunrise (next day) at Kalpa over Mount Kinner KailashAbout 4 – 5 Hrs of total drive on this dayOvernight at Kalpa
Things to do in Kalpa and places to visit in Kalpa: Kalpa gives an out-of-the-world view of Kinner Kailash peaks, which are reputed to change colours at different hours of the day. So give it enough time. Explore the old village of Chini. There’s a monastery there, which is reputed to be a century old. About 3km from Kalpa is Kothi, which has a temple dedicated to Goddess Chandika. Few venture there, but it’s certainly worth a visit if you have the time. If you have more time, the Kinner Kailash parikrama trek is said to be one of its kind
Kalpa, a small town in the Sutlej river valley, famous for its apple orchards is a beautiful town in the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh. You can see the Kinner-Kailash range(Shivling rock) change its color all day. It is said to change seven distinct colors. At a height of 9711 ft, it is quite cold even in the day. 8 kilometers away is Reckong peo, the district headquarters of the Kinnaur district. Our favorite place to eat here is the Blue lotus restaurant. It also has reasonable priced rooms for staying. Every other place is comparatively expensively priced. A little monastery stands near the main market.
Kalpa is a beautiful and main village of Kinnaur.Kalpa is one of the best place to see sunset and sunrise of the Himalayas over Kinner Kailash Range. According to legend, Kalpa was the winter home of Shiva, and there are some impressive Kinnauri-style temples in the ornately carved Narayan-Nagini temple complex. Across the river faces the majestic mountains of the Kinner Kailash range. These are spectacular sights early in the morning as the rising sun touches the snowy peaks with crimson and golden light. Around 7 km from Kalpa There is a beautiful destination Roghi which is famous for Apple Orchards Appx Distance Chart: From Chitkul Shimla Delhi Distance (KM) 77 282 610 Petrol Pump: Nearest Petrol Pump is at Reckong Peo aroung 10km from Kalpa. Public Transport: Buses to Kalpa are available from Shimla, Rampur, Reckong Peo Accommodation: HPTDC & Private Accommodation are available.
Enjoy the scenic spectacle of Kalpa & enjoy the views of valleys across the himalayas.
The most beautiful and peaceful town we came across on the trip
Its scenic, sleepy, laid back.....just go for the beautiful walks