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About Kinnaur
Located at a dizzying height of nearly 6,000 meters above sea level, Kinnaur is an adventurer’s paradise. Surrounded by the majestic ranges of the Himalayas, the Dhauladhar and the Zaskar ranges, this little village is the last Indian district on the Indo-Tibet border.

Cascading across a varying degree of altitude, Kinnaur comprises a variety of flora and fauna. From the vibrant green valleys of Sangla with its picturesque apple and apricot orchards, to the pristine, clear lake of Nako, Kinnaur has it all. The little town is also home to the Kinnaur Kailash, a mountain sacred to Hindu mythology as the abode of Lord Shiva. The gushing rivers of Baspa, Sutlej, and Spiti have chiseled out a number of valleys here, forming one of the most picturesque mountain towns in the world.

Kinnaur is known for its distinct architectural style with its characteristic blend of Buddhist and Hindu architectural designs. One of the best examples of Kinnauri architecture is the massive Narayan Nagini Temple, located only a short drive away from the main town.

The splendid woodwork and craftsmanship of the Kinnauri style is also manifested in the Bering Nag temple of Sangla, which is a beautiful wooden temple dedicated to Lord Jagas. The Moorang fort in Kinnaur is one of its most popular attractions. The fort is believed to have been built by the Pandava brothers, and is dedicated to the local deity Umrig.

The best way to enjoy the idyllic town is to visit the orchards of Kinnaur. The villages of Moorang and Kothi house some of the most beautiful orchards of apple, cherry and oranges, making Kinnaur one of the most picturesque places to visit in Himachal Pradesh. The vibrant culture of the town can also be experienced by immersing oneself in the chants of the Hu-Bun-Lan-Kar Temple in Kalpa, or by visiting the popular Phulaich Fair at the Bering Nag Temple.

Owing to its high elevation, Kinnaur experiences long winters spanning between October to May, and remains cold and chilly through most of the year. The summers here are short, between June to September, and experience cool and pleasant weather. While the upper regions of Kinnaur lies in the rain-shadow area and remains arid throughout the year, the lower regions experience a fair amount of rainfall during the summer months.
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Kinnaur FAQ's

Where is Kinnaur Kailash?

Kinnaur Kailash is a Himalayan peak situated in the Kinnaur district of the state of Himachal Pradesh. It is a popular trekking destination, often referred to as a spiritual one as well. As per Hindu mythology, it is believed that the pond located near the peak has been created by Goddess Parvati herself. It holds a significant place in Buddhism too. This peak is considered to be the second highest and holiest Kailash after Mansarovar.

How to reach Kinnaur?

You can reach Kinnaur via train, flight, and road.

1) By Air- You can fly to Chandigarh, and then take a car or a bus to reach Kinnaur. Alternatively, you can fly to Shimla Airport, also known as Jubbarhatti airport, and take a bus or car from there as well. Kinnaur in Himachal Pradesh is 278 km away from Shimla, and from Chandigarh it is 380 km away.

2) By Train- The nearest railway station to Kinnaur Valley is Shimla Railway Station, located 252 km away. However, one has to take a train to Kalka and then reach Shimla. Netaji Express and HImalayan Queen are some trains available till Kalka.

3) By Road- If you are travelling by road, you can easily hire a car or drive yourself through the mesmerising Himalayan routes. NH 05 is the most important Highway connecting Delhi to Shimla. Alternatively, you can also catch a bus from Delhi to Reckong Peo, or from Shimla to Kinnaur (both via NH 5). HRTC operates regular buses on this route.

How to reach Kinnaur Kailash?

The trek to Kinnaur Kailash starts from Reckong Peo. The trail is around 16 km long and the elevation goes up to around 4800 m. The starting point of the trek is the Tanglik Village in Kinnaur, and one needs to cross the Sutlej River to reach there. The first base camp is at Ganesha Park from where you can begin the trek to Kinner Kailash Peak on the next day.

What to see in Kinnaur?

There are several attractions and natural wonders to witness in Kinnaur. Some of them include the Kamru Fort, the Lippa Asrang Sanctuary, and the Nako lake. Apart from these, the villages of Kalpa, Sangla, Reckong Peo make for tranquil retreats. The Baspa River and Sutlej River also offer amazing places to relax and contemplate. Also, you can witness the marvellous Rupin Pass and the legendary Kinnaur Kailash peak here.

Where is Kinnaur Valley?

The Kinnaur Valley is a district in Himachal Pradesh. It is also known as the Baspa Valley as the Baspa river flows through it. The Kinnaur Valley itself is the most beautiful one amongst all others in the district. It is located 256 km from Shimla and 422 km from Uttarkashi. It is located close to the Indo-China border, and it is quite popular for hosting treks.

How to plan a trip to Kinnaur?

You can plan a trip to Kinnaur by first deciding on the places you wish to visit. Then finalise the things that you wish to do and the duration of the trip. After that you can pin down the budget and start looking for suitable tour packages. Thrillophilia offers a wide range of Kinnaur tour packages that can also be customised as per your budget. So, weigh your options and get ready for a thrilling journey with us!

What is famous in Kinnaur?

The Sutlej and the Baspa Rivers and Valleys, Bhaba Pass, Nako Lake, and apple orchards are some of Kinnaur’s tourist places that are famous world-wide. The villages of Kalpa, Sangla, and Reckong Peo are also quite popular for tourists. This destination also boasts multiple trekking routes such as the Kinnaur kailash and the Rupin Pass. The place is close to the Indo-China Border, and is home to some of the most picturesque Himalayan peaks such as the Dhauladhar range.

When is the best time to visit Kinnaur?

The best time to visit Kinnaur is between April to June as you can experience pleasant weather conditions during this time. July to October can be beautiful if you wish to experience monsoons in the mountains, however, stay updated about the weather conditions. Visiting Kinnaur during the winters can be rewarding as well if you are a snow-lover!

Does it snow in Kinnaur?

In Kinnaur, snowfall is a regular sight during the winter seasons. The higher regions of the district may remain snow-covered throughout the year, however, the lower regions experience snowfall only during the winters. The best time to witness snowfall in Kinnaur is between the months of November to March.

What are the best things to do in Kinnaur?

The best things to do in Kinnaur in Himachal Pradesh include trekking to Kinnaur Kailash and Rupin pass, exploring the beautiful temples and monasteries located here, and trying out the local dishes of the region. You can also stroll around the banks of the Baspa River and the Sutlej River. For a more enriching experience, you can visit the market places of Reckong Peo, visit the villages of Kalpa and Sangla, and just take a relaxing break marvelling at the Himalayan scenery.

Kinnaur Reviews

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Shailashree Sajjan EDULEAP
Reviewed: 08 Jul 2023
4.0/5
Had an enjoyable visit to Spiti Valley with family. Overall experience with Thrillophilia was good. The visits were as per schedule. Though itinerary was planned as per tour dates/duration, it was a little too hectic on some days and therefore tiring. Food served in the hotels was tasty and wholesom... Read More
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Sushil Kamble
Reviewed: 13 Jun 2023
5.0/5
Special thanks to Our guide naresh bhai and jeetu bhai are driver. Their hospitality was great. Just make sure stays have basically facilities like hot water and hygiene. Stay at kaza many things were lacking. People are willing to pay more, but want a proper comfortable stay. If you want detailed r... Read More
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Vartika Tiwari
Reviewed: 10 Jun 2024
5.0/5
My heartiest Thanks to team Thrillophillia for arranging the beautiful tour in cheaper price. All the arrangements were good but a small suggestion I want to give that Delhi to Shimla or Manali by only chair bus is little bit tiring. A proper bus arrangement is needed. Our Tour Guide Ms. Nitima is s... Read More
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Shreyashi Dahiya
Reviewed: 28 Jun 2023
5.0/5
The trip was great! It was above expectations. All the places were covered. The driver was well behaved , friendly and entertaining. He didn’t crib about the traffic. The group designed to us was like minded and we all blended really well. Accommodation- 10/10. 
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Ramraj S
Reviewed: 12 Jul 2022
4.0/5
Had a wonderful experience with Thrillophilia on booking spiti trip. Everything was carefully organised and we got response immediately on the queries asked and our request was also taken care. I recommend booking Spiti through them
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Shivangini Chauhan
Reviewed: 31 Mar 2024
5.0/5
Hi there! I recently went on a Spiti and Sangla Holi trip with Thrillophilla, and it was one of the best travel experiences of my life. They planned everything in advance, from the itinerary to hotel details, and made sure everything ran smoothly. Our travel companion, Sunil Bhaiya, was the heart an... Read More
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