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Chitkul – A Heaven In Kinnaur

By: Ashley Babu

Probably the last village settled on the banks of the Baspa river that is inhabited before you come across the Indo-Tibetan Border is Chitkul. Any further and you would require a visa as you would be entering the borders of China. If you are looking for a destination that oozes with peace and tranquillity away from the hustle and bustle of a busy city, then this is the place to be.

Wooden plank roof houses and apple orchards, a tiny Buddhist temple, a small tower and a small monastery housing the Kagyupa Temple, where the devotees worship an ancient statue of the Shakyamuni Buddha, decorate the landscape of the Chitkul village.

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With a sparse population in the area and extreme snow-covered regions during the winters, you will be able to revisit Mother Nature at her very best. The locals are forced to move to lower Himalayan regions during extreme winters.

Best Time To Visit And Weather

Best Time To Visit And Weather

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The months from May to October are the best times to visit Chitkul. During the winters, the roads are drenched in thick snow, making it almost impossible to manoeuvre. A stay of at least five days is recommended to cover the best of the beautiful landscapes featuring snow-capped mountains, large rocks, smooth-flowing rivers, pine forests, meadows and free-flowing grasslands.

How To Reach Chitkul

How To Reach Chitkul

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The nearest airport or railway station to Chitkul is 200 km away from the place. Travellers will have to commute either by road or air. Hence, tourists and visitors prefer covering the entire distance via road.

By Air: There are three airports near Chitkul; Bhuntar airport (224.86 km), Shimla Airport (226.27 km) and Chandigarh airport (362.8 km). The remaining distance needs to be covered by road via a bus or a cab.

By Rail: The nearest railway station to Chitkul is Chandigarh or Kalka. The train is one of the least used means of commutation due to the travel time consumed.
By Road: Regular bus and cab services run from major stations like Delhi, Chandigarh and Shimla.

Nestled amidst beautiful tourist attractions vying for attention, Chitkul will genuinely refresh and rejuvenate your senses. Read on to know about the attractions in and around Chitkul.

Sangla

Sangla

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Sangla is a picturesque town in the Baspa Valley blessed with a mix of Hindu and Buddhist cultures. Small wooden houses and slate-roofed temples decorate the landscape. Nestled amidst forested slopes and stunning views of the tall mountains, Sangla is famous for its apples, walnuts and apricots. Some of the popular attractions in Sangla are Mata Devi Temple and the Great Himalaya Kamru Fort.

Baspa River

Baspa River

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Surrounded by the Sangla Hill, beautiful rainbows and brown trout is Baspa river, popularly referred to as an Angler's Paradise for housing a wide variety of fishes. Whether you trek along the river or cross the river in a basket, Baspa river offers captivating views all around that has impressed tourists and visitors from across the globe.

The Bering Nag Temple

The Bering Nag Temple

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An ancient temple of religious significance, the Bering Nag Temple is dedicated to God Jagas. The local deity placed in the centre of the village is the central point for all religious and cultural functions. This temple also hosts the annual Fulaich Fair every August or September.

You have plenty of exploring to do during your trip to this beautiful wildlife sanctuary. Other attractions that make Chitkul one of the favourite destinations are the iconic Kagyupa Temple, Rakcham, Sangla Meadows, Dodital Lake, Kedar Tal, Khatling Glacier Trek, Vasuki Tal, Kalpa, Pangi, Rudranath, Kalpeshwar and Hampta Pass.

Do check out the Apple Orchard Farm and Camping facilities in Chitkul, a beautiful destination blessed with incredible natural beauty.

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