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Best Places to Visit in Kinnaur in 2018

  • Kinnaur is situated at a distance of 235 km from Shimla. It is surrounded by Tibet and Himachal Pradesh. The Zanskar, Dhauladhar and Himalayan ranges surround the beautiful valleys of Spiti, Baspa and Sutlej. The landscape is covered with thick forests, fruit orchards and beautiful hamlets. One of the most religiously important landmarks the Shivling lies on the peak of the Kinnaur Kailash, which is believed to be the abode of Lord Shiva.

    It is not only the beauty of Kinnaur that draws tourists towards it but also its rich cultural and Buddhist heritage. It is believed that the legendary Pandavas had stayed in Kinnaur during their period of exile and hence are strong believers of Hinduism. There are many monasteries in this region that are thousands of years old and are a symbol of the peace and harmony.

    Some parts of Kinnaur are in the high altitudes of the Himalayan range and hence the vegetation is sparse. However, the plains abound with luxuriant vegetation and fruit orchards. The local attraction of the region is mainly yaks and dzos that are raised by local farmers in the higher regions.

    It is believed that the locals are descendants of the Pandavas and hence possess supernatural powers. They speak the Kinnauri language which is believed to be of Tibeto-Burman descent.

    Kinnaur is well connected by roads. The National Highway 22 connects Kinnaur to Shimla, which is situated at a distance of 235 km. The nearest railhead and airport is also in Shimla.

  • 01 Kinner Kailash Circuit Trek

    Kinner Kailash Circuit Trek
    Image Credit : Kinner Kailash Circuit Trek

    Situated in the beautiful state of Himachal Pradesh, Kinnaur is a picturesque district which is still untouched by the evils of mass tourism. Pristine and serene, Kinnaur is surrounded by the Spiti Valley in the north, the Garhwal Himalayas in the south, Tibet on the east and Kullu on the west.

    Besides nature loves, Kinnaur Kailash circuit also attracts a large number of trekkers from all over the country and the world due to the excellent terrain it offers for trekking expeditions. Kinnaur also shows a great deal of Buddhist influence due to its proximity to Tibet and is often frequented by those who are interested in studying the Buddhist culture and heritage.

     

    Kinnaur can be reached through the Indo-Tibet road which passes through the Kinnaur Valley. The trek offers one of the most interesting and memorable experiences that one can have while trekking in India. During the first half of the journey you will find a standard trekking path, while the remaining half will require you to manoeuvre boulders.

    The trek begins from Thangi and moves to Lambar and then to Charang.  You can explore the Charang temple and move on to Surting. The journey moves on ahead and you will need to cross icy streams and do some rock climbing to reach your destination.

    The overall experience will leave you wanting for more. The Kinner Kailash Circuit trek is truly amazing as it not only tests your trekking skills but also opens up a vista of unimaginable natural beauty. Kinnaur is home to three of the world’s most majestic mountain ranges i.e. the Zanskar, the Greater Himalaya and the Dhauladhar ranges.

    In addition, the Kinnaur Kailash Parbat, is considered to be of much religious importance to Hindu as it resembles a Shiva Lingam. It is believed to be one of the mythological abodes of Lord Shiva. Due to its religious significance, this circuit attracts pilgrims and devotees from all over the country and the world. The circumambulation of this sacred mountain is considered to be very auspicious and the trek begins at Kalpa via Triung valley and back to Kalpa via Sangla valley.

    Best Season: May- September 
    Difficulty Level: Difficult
    Max. Elevation: 5242 m
    Great Deals on Kinnaur Kailash Parikrama Trek