Kinnaur is the only place in India where apples galore and mountains glitz.Kinnaur has its headquarters in Reckong Peo,a small subdivisional town where there is some life thriving in the Himalayan abode.Kinnaur is spread across other areas like Kalpa,Karcham and Tapri and is a very renowned and prominent place in the lap of the Greater Himalayas.Kinnaur is rightly known as the Land of Mountain Gods and Goddess and considered very sacred due to the presence of pristine mountains,the hospitable nature of the people and the presence of flowers,Himalayan shrubs and wilderness that makes it a succinct place in the lap of Himalayas.
I visited Kinnaur by travelling a whooping distance of around 14 hours in a deluxe coach from Chandigarh crossing Shimla,Karcham and Tapri and getting glimpses of important peaks like Raldang,Jorkanden and Kinnaur Kailash in the mid way.I traveled in the summer months of June so the weather was free from climatic disturbances and dark clouds and the road taken was not easy to traverse.The peaks were crystal clear and we managed to catch sight of deodar trees,pine and plenty of rhododendrons and the lush green alpine meadows.Apples galore in the orchards making it a succinct place in the Greater Himalayas
It was around 9 am in the morning when we reached Reckong Peo and managed to get a small budgeted hotel to spend the day as we were very tired and exhausted and did not take any chances to travel elsewhere.Next day early morning we visited the districts of Kalpa,Karchaam Dam and meet and interact with the locals and the traditional food of Kinnaur where the delicious apples galore.The important places that were left were covered and planned in the last day which included Sangla valley and Chitkul Tibet border.Ater crossing Sangla,we visited the last province of Kinnaur which was Chitkul to get the complete package and the splendor of the mighty Himalayas and the beauty embracing the region.It was an awesome feeling to land in Chitkul,the last village and the most beautiful place in the Kinnaur district.When we arrived,the sun was about to vanish and the setting color of the sun created a blaze in the surroundings making a panoramic halo across the whole scene.
The mountains were ravishing and glowing and the chillness took our breadth away and I just ponder about this place everyday in my daily life and encourage young travelers to make this in their priority list for the future.
Spiti is a mystery for young travelers across the planet because of its unique geographical location and latitude.It is the cold mountain desert of Himachal Pradesh.The best time to visit Spiti would be in the winter months of December and January and I did the same by traveling a whopping distance of 8 hours in car from Manali with one halt at Gramphoo and the other on the entrance to the valley.There were barbed wires placed at intervals for fencing livestock and scarce vegetation across the green meadows and fields of the valley.Spiti is a magical valley that looks very arid in summers and cool in winter season.There are monasteries,stupas of international importance in the region and it is also the corner point for many trekking expeditions.
I drove the car solo starting at 6 am in a cold winter morning with no one backing me up for the trip.It was really fascinating to traverse through the high altitude passes of Rohtang and Kunzum in the way..Spiti is also popular among foreign and Indian tourists due to the presence of alpine meadows and some monasteries proclaiming the importance and existence of Buddhism in India.The photos taken during the voyage truly represents the life thriving there and if you see the photos carefully you can scale them and map it to perfection
The natural landscape of Spiti resembles a cold desert and not like a mere hill station of sorts.The food is awesome in the valley and gives a true taste of the Lama food available in the region.I stayed in a cheap small lodge to spend the day and acclimatize myself with the weather and the surrounding environment.People in the region were very hospitable and friendly and preached us the importance of the terrain and the area under vicinity.
The most important aspect is that the popular treks of Pin Parvati and Bhaba Pass starts from the place and that is also another reason why trekkers and hardcore travelers find this place very useful and significant.Spiti remains the most important cold mountain desert of Himachal and its a great feeling to come out of the place with rejuvenating memories and reflection of the past travel and encourage passionate young travelers to add this place to their travel wishlist for the future.
The Baralacha La,gateway to Keylong is a very important and high motorable pass in Himachal Pradesh.The mountains of the Greater Himalayas is the boundary to this high rising pass inscribing the shining Suraj Tal lake.Traversing through this high motorable pass is quite challenging and herculean due to the severe road conditions and the narrowness of the path.The mountains inscribing this high rising Baralacha la Pass remains covered with snow and ice throughout the year and falls under the Greater Himalayan belt.
Descending down to either Keylong or Sarchu would be a good idea to spend the night and that is what myself and my colleague did while voyaging through the compass.The green Himalayan meadows down the lane and an opening route to Zanskar valley close to the Baralacha La are some of the promising happenings around the region.We backpacked and enjoyed the ride to the pass on a Qualis and catched even the slightest glimpse in our digicams to last for a lifetime.Our endurance to decussate the province was in our wishlist which we anticipated long back and we managed to buckle this time for a few bucks keeping the travel budget in control.
The incumbents of the region were very cooperative and their hospitality was worthy of praise as we did not fall short of water and food while peregrinating across the vicinity.We managed to get the help of the army in overcoming some of the hurdles during the journey and the driver was also very helpful and loyal throughout the tenure.It was an enriching experience to ameliorate the presence of wild Himalayan shrubs and flowers and shepherds while traversing through the high mountain passes of Himachal Pradesh.