Places Of Interest: Reecong
Peo, Kalpa, Sangla Valley, Puh
Best Time To Visit: May to
in the dizzying heights of the Himalayas, with passes
that remain closed for six months linking them with
the rest of the world, Kinnaur, is the land of
fairytale and fantasies. Today, this area has been
opened for the daring and adventurous, to discover
what had been hidden from the world for centuries.
has got the spectacular terrain of lush green valleys,
orchards, vineyards, snow clad peaks and cold desert
mountains. This border district of Himachal Pradesh is
also rich in flora and fauna and its culture and
languages is different from other parts of the state.
Also known as the tribal district of Himachal Pradesh,
Kinnaur is situated 250-km away from Shimla and is
situated on the National Highway No.22.
landscape varies from the luxuriant green orchards of
the scenic Sangla valley to the stark magnificence of
the of the Hangarang valley. The massive snow clad
ranges that provide a regal dignity to the scene, are
dominated by the peak of Kinner Kailash and Kalpa is
one of the biggest and beautiful villages of Kinnaur
gushing rivers of Kinnaur abound in Trout-the angler's
prize catch, their waters have over the centuries
chiseled beautiful gorges across this picturesque land
and nurtured one of the most unique societies on there
banks. In the lush land live the descendants of the
Kinners- the demi-gods of the Hindu pantheon, whose
deeds have been immortalized in epics and the poems of
ancient Sanskrit poets.
are thirty-three Buddhist monasteries and temples in
Kinnaur's breathtaking beautiful setting. The Nyingma-pa,
Drug-pa sects are all well represented over here.
Peo (2290 mts, 38 Km from Sangla village): Recong
peo is Kunnaur's district headquarters and has
recently built a gompa, where His Holiness the Dalai
Lama conducted a 'Kalchakra' ceremony in 1992. The
ancient settlement of Kalpa with spectacular views,
lies just above Recong Peo.Here is the Hu-Bu-Lan-Kar
gompa said to have been founded by Rinchensang-po in
(2759m): Beyond Recong Peo, 14-kms from Powari, on
the link road, is the main village of the District-Kalpa.
Across the river, facing Kalpa is the majesty of the
Kinner Kailash range. This is a spectacluar sight
early in the morning as the rising sun touches the
snowy peaks with crimson and gold light. more...
(3450m): This is the last and highest village in the
Baspa valley. Situated on the right bank of Baspa
river and there is a road along the left bank from
Karcham. There are 3 temples of local goddess Mathi,
the main ones are said to have been constructed about
500 years ago. more...
(2150m): This village is situated between Taranda
& Wangtu on the left bank of Satluj about 5-kms
above Wangtu. The scenery is enchanting and Ghoral,
antelopes, black & red bears are seen sometimes in
Kothi is also called Koshtampi. It is little below
Kalpa, and is overshadowed by the Kinner Kailash peak.
The village with its attractive temple, gracious
willows green fields, fruit trees makes an altogether
lovely landscape. Goddess Shuwang Chandika temple is
also located in the village.
Locally pronounced Spuwa, is the tehsil headquaters,
71-kms from Recong Peo. It is situated above the
National Highway No.22, having all modern amenities as
well as green fields, vineyards, apricot, almond and
grape orchards enhance its beauty. The local god is
called Dabla, who neither has any dwelling nor
possesses an ark. The only manifestation of the deity
is a pole with a small idol set on its upper portion
and adorned with Yak tail hair and long pieces of
colored cloth. The whole being called Fobrang, it is
occasion brought to the Santhang.
(2900m): Rakchham is situated on the right bank of
river Baspa. Its name has been derived from "Rak"
a stone and "Chham" a bridge. The location
of the village is striking.
(2745m): Ribba or Rirang is another largely populous
village at a distance of 14-kms from Morang, the
tehsil headquaters. Ribba is situated between the
villages of Purbani & Rispa. In the local dialect
'Ri' stands for chilgoza and 'rang' means a peak of a
mountain. Another village Rispa is known for its
About 105-kms from Recong Peo perched on a small rocky
eminence, on the right bank of the Spiti river, is the
headquaters of sub-tehsil Hangrang in Puh subdivision.
The temple of Jamato is worth visiting.
(2438m): Situated near the left bank of Taiti stream,
this village can be approached from Kalpa by the old
Hindustan-Tibet road to Jangi-Lippa-14-kms. Ibex are
said to be found near the forest. The three Budhist
monasteries over here are dedicated to Galdang,
Chhoiker Dunguir and Kangyar
(2591): This village is situated 39-kms away from
Kalpa on the left bank of river Satluj. The location
is very beautiful and approach to this picturesque
village is through apricot orchards. The local deity
is Urmig and there are three structures dedicated to
the deity each existing in Thwaring, Garmang and
Shilling. Generally these are empty as the ark of the
deity remains in the fort. On a sacred day the ark is
taken to the above named places. The ark has got 18 'mukh',
made of silver, gold and brass and they represent the
18 days of the great epic Mahabharat.
(3058m): At a distance of 122-kms from Kalpa, is a
collection of 4 hamlets in Pargna Shuwa, sub-tehsil of
Hangrang on the left bank of river Spiti. It is
encircled on every side by high hills, which is a
witness to the presence of a former lake. Buddhism is
generally practised here but there are some local
Hindu deities too namely Gyalbo, Dabla and Yalsa.
(2950 mts, 107 km from Recong Peo): 7-km on a
side-road from bifurcating near Yangthang, the village
is built around an emerald-like lake. On its northern
side are four Buddhist temples with stucco images and
murals. Within the village, two temples house large
prayer wheels. Near Nako is a rock where a
footprint-like impression is ascribed to Padmasambhava.
Situated about 2-kms above the Hangrang valley road
and is 103-kms from Kalpa on the western direction of
the huge mountain of Pargial. This is the highest
village in the valley and the existence of lake formed
out of the masses of the ice and snow above adds
beauty to the village. Local village deity is Deodum
and another Lagang temple with several idols exists
On the border of Spiti at a distance of 104-kms and
124-kms respectively from Kalpa, are the entry points
to Spiti valley. There is a Police Check Post to
assist and help the visitors.
Kailash Circuit (Parikrama): One can undertake this
holy Parikrama from Morang and return to Kalpa /
Karcham in 7-8 days.
This is a complete monastic village and dates back to
the time of Rinchensang-po. 'Kanum' means 'A place of
sacred books'. It has seven large and small temples
and several reliquaries.
Valley: This valley starts 57-kms short of Kalpa,
which has been named after a beautiful & populous
village Sangla. Sangla is situated on the right bank
of Baspa river 17-kms from Karcham. Journey from
Karcham onwards is enjoyable and adventurous
throughout the valley. The natural scenery all around
and the eternal snow view are picturesque and
charming. It is also known as Baspa Valley since Baspa
river flows through this area. This is the most
charming valley in the entire District of Kinnaur