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Kalpa Kinnaur


Kalpa is a quaint hill station located in the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh. Tucked comfortably under the Kinnar Kailash peak Kalpa is the land of the fabulous apple orchards stretched in the midst of the chilgoza forest surrounding the Sutlej River valley. Located above Reckong Pe which is the district headquarters of Kinnaur, from Kalpa the sacred Shivling Rock on Kailash Mountain is visible.


Location: Himachal Pradesh

Nearest Railhead: Shimla (244 km)

Nearest Airport: Shimla Airport (almost 276 km)

How to reach: by road from Shimla

Famous for: Apples

Months open: all year

Best time to visit: April to September


Reckong Peo, Kothi, The Chaka Meadows, Nako Lake, Nako village, Kalpa, Sutlej River


How to reach

Air: The nearest airport is Shimla 280km away. Rail: Shimla is also the nearest railway station to Kalpa. Road: State and private run cabs and busses ply on the roads that connect Kalpa to the major north Indian cities such as, Delhi. The road trip is highly recommended for its scenic landscapes and surrounding majestic mountains.

Things to do

Kalpa is a perfect getaway destination for a couple of days. Its biggest attraction is the splendid views of some of the highest peaks of the world, such as, Jorkanden and Kinner Kailash. Suicide Point as well as  the Roghi Village at a five minute drive offer great views of the enveloping landscape as well as give an insight into the culture and economics of the locals. The apple orchards are a constant companion no matter where one goes in Kalpa. The Narayan Nagini temple and Hu-Bu-Lan-Kar monastery are religious landmarks that also offer splendid views of the mountains and the valley. Reckong Pe which is 8km from Kalpa and Kothi village 3 km from Reckong Pe are set against the backdrop of the mountains and are worth a visit. Kothi has a temple worshipping Goddess Chandrika Devi. he Chaka Meadows is a wonderful trekking route starting from Kalpa on the Roghi Road.

Nearby attractions

The district of Kinnaur is home to great mountains, deodars, oaks, apple orchards and apricots and some of the most quaint yet picturesque and serene hill stations are found in the district. From Kalpa, one can travel to Sangla through which flows the Baspa River. The Kamru Fort is 2 km away from Sangla, with a wooden balcony which has the deity of Kamakshi Devi. A fair is organized every year in honor of the deity. The Batseri village located on the Bapsa River is a delightful village with its unique architecture, cobbled lanes and the Badri and Buddha temple. Kathkundi a form of architecture seen only in Himachal Pradesh is seen in the village.  The Sapni Fort near the Sapni village is a seven storied structure with some of the best woodwork on the window and door frames. Kalpa is also often the gateway to the Spiti Valley and a preferred location over the crowded hill stations of the north. Placed in the lap of the snow clad mountains Kalpa has a mix of Hindu and Buddhist  population. The cultural mix along with their apple related business and economy make Kalpa not only a tourist driven destination but also a town with its own identity. Visit Kalpa for some quiet time to bond with nature and loved ones.

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