Kinnaur is a region of rugged beauty, a wonderland where rivers flow through the plunging Himalayan gorges. It is a tiny hamlet in Himachal Pradesh and is often also acknowledged as the “Land of Fairy Tales.” It shares its eastern border with Tibet, and therefore has a great semblance to the Tibetan culture. The hill-top is guarded by three famous hill ranges on all sides- Zanskar, Himalaya and Dhauldhar, but surprisingly, only one road connects Kinnaur with the rest of the India.
Legend goes that kingdom of Kinnaur was under the control of multiple invaders and crusaders once upon. time. But today, there’s everything worth cherishing here: mighty mountains, orchid farmlands, apple farms, valleys, and gorgeous vineyards. The district of Kinnaur is divided into the three areas of Pooh, Kalpa, and Nichar.
The two main valleys which are worth a visit in Kinnaur are Sangla Valley (also known as Baspa Valley) and Hangrang valley. The Sangla Valley is decorated with alpine meadows, snowy summits, orchid farms and houses the traditional wood-and-stone-style temples and houses. Hangrang valley is regarded by the adventurers as a favourite stop-over for thrilling activities like paragliding, angling and rafting.
Sarahan is a small village that travellers can visit on their way to Kinnaur. The small hamlet is the earthly abode of the goddess Bhimakali temple. Morang, a village located on the left bank of river Satluj is yet another magnetic charm.
One of the best ways to discover Kinnaur is to walk on the hilly terrains, sleep under the starry nights, admire the natural beauty and exchange smiles with locals in the villages. Kinnaur Kailash is among the popular trekking trails, as are the Bhaba Valley and Sangla Valley treks. As per legends, Kinnaur Kailash is the abode of Lord Shiva. Other places worth visiting in Kinnaur are Nako Lake and Lipa-Asrang Sanctuary.
From the grand city event to the small gatherings, people of Kinnaur celebrate every festival with a lot of love. Sajo Festival, Pagul Festival, Dakhraini Festival, Flaich Ukhyang Festival and Losar Festival are some of the fairs which showcase the culture of Kinnaur. Do try the salted tea called ‘Cha’ – a favourite among the people of Kinnaur. Sattu, made of parched barley flour, is another favourite dish here.
There is no direct flight for Kinnaur, though Jubbarhatti airport is the nearest Airport which can be reached from Delhi.Neither is there a direct railway connectivity. The nearest railway station is in Shimla which is located at a distance of 235 km from Kinnaur. You could hop on to a bus or car from Shimla to Kinnaur.