Kalpa is a small village situated in the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh. Nestled at an elevation of 2,758 mt above sea level, it was earlier the headquarters of the Kinnaur region. However, it was later replaced by the city of Reckong Peo. Travellers can see the beautiful Sutlej River flowing down the Great Himalayas and passing through the rocky surface of Kinnaur. Here is a guide to this mesmerising town.
Kamru Fort is at an altitude of 2600 mt above sea level, on the banks of the Baspa River. Located at a distance of about 229 km from Shimla and 2 km from the Sangla Valley, it is one of the oldest forts in Himachal Pradesh. The wooden balcony adds to the beauty of the fort. An idol of the Hindu deity Kamakhya Devi also known as Kamakshi Devi is enshrined on the third floor of the fort.
There is also an ancient temple known as the Badrinath Temple situated in the Kamru Fort. The history of this temple dates back to the 15th century. Every year a big fair is organised in the temple in honour of the deity. During this time the idol of the Goddess is taken to Gangotri. The fort is surrounded by some beautiful places such as the Rackchham Village, the Chitkul Village, and the Batseri Village.
View of the Fort
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Kinnaur Kailash Mountain, also called the Kinner Kailash Mountain in the local language, is a noted mountain peak of Kalpa which measures 6500 mt in height. This mountain borders the Kinnaur District in the south. The mountain holds a great religious significance for both Hindus and Buddhists.
Scenic view of the peak.
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Sangla Valley is located at an elevation of 2712.72 mt above sea level. This place is located on the banks of the Baspa River amid magnificent twisty streams. The scenic beauty of the place is enhanced with the presence of snow covered mountains and lush green meadows. Some of the popular tourist attractions located close to the valley includes the Kamru Fort, Kilba, Sapni, Rackchham and the Naga Temple.
Picturesque view of the valley
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Sapni Fort, renowned for its exceptional architecture, is located in proximity to the Sapni Village. The fort is built by joining two buildings together. The main tower of the building is quite ancient and has seven floors. There is a temple located on the 5th floor of the building, which is devoted to the Hindu Goddess Kali.The front portion of the building was been built by Raja Padam Singh of Rampur. Travellers can see beautiful wooden carvings on windows and the door frames.
How to Reach Kalpa
By Air: The Shimla airport is the nearest air base to Kalpa, which is situated at a distance of 250 km. Regular flights for New Delhi and Kullu are easily available from the airport.
By Rail: The closest rail link to Kalpa is the Shimla railway station, which is situated at a distance of 230 km. It is a major railway station and connects Kalpa with important Indian cities.
By Road: Kalpa can be reached via NH-22 (Hindustan-Tibet Road) which deviates from Powari to Kalpa. Several government and private owned buses for Kalpa are available from nearby destinations like Shimla and Rampur. Tourists can also take buses from the Rohtang Pass, which is open only during summers.
So when are you heading to Kalpa?
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