THINGS TO DO IN KINNAUR

THINGS TO DO IN KINNAUR

Explore the Rakcham Chitkul Sanctuary

Rakcham Chitkul Sanctuary is one of the popular wildlife reserves of Himachal Pradesh. Situated between the Sangla Valley and Chitkul Village, it is a popular attraction of Kinnaur.The reserve forest is spread over an area of 34 sq km and is akin to paradise for trekkers and nature lovers alike. There are multiple trekking routes that pass through the sanctuary; among which Lamkhaga Pass is the most famous. Its claim to fame is the connection it makes between Kinnaur and the Gangotri Glacier. The vegetation covering the forest primarily lies in the dry deciduous category. Sanctuary wildlife includes Leopard, Blue Sheep, Goral, Musk Deer, Himalayan and Black Bear. The sanctuary remains open throughout the year for travellers wishing to explore, as it comes under the dry zone due to lack of monsoon. Several trekking camps are arranged by tour operators in and around this sanctuary. There are a couple of temples around this reserve forest, which can be a delight for the believers.

Nako

Nako is located at the east end of Kinnaur Valley and is considered the last attraction on the way to Malling Nullah. Malling Nullah is one of the most happening travel destinations of Himachal Pradesh and is situated between Kinnaur and Spiti Valley.

Since Nako lies in the region close to the Tibetan Border; travellers need to attain an inner line permit to travel here. Inner line permits are required for foreign nationals for overnight stay in any part of the village of Nako.

As the village is very small in area, you can discover its hidden gems by journeying on foot. Its major attraction is the Nako Lake which is snuggled amidst extremely hilly terrains. Apart from the lake, you can visit the four Buddhist monasteries situated near it and the place that holds a huge foot like impression.

Lipa-Asrang Sanctuary

This sanctuary situated at a height of 4,000 to 5,022 m is a must see tourist spot for solitude lovers and avid nature worshippers. Spread over an area of around 30.89 sq km, the sanctuary has a wide variety of flora that includes dry coniferous forest, dry alpine scrub, dwarf juniper scrub, dry broad leaves, western Himalayan temperate forests, and coniferous forests.

The most commonly found fauna in this sanctuary are Yak, Leopard, Ibex, Goral, Brown Bear, Blue Sheep, Himalayan Black Beer, Musk Deer etc.

Travellers and tourists are required to get prior permission before exploring the sanctuary.

Ribba

If you are a nature lover, Ribba is the ideal place for you. A populous village dotted with fruit orchards and vineyards, Ribba lies at an elevation of 3745m above sea level in the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh.

Ribba is more popularly known as Rirang. This is partially due to the abundance of Pine Nuts in the village, which in the local dialect are called Chilgoza.

It is commonly believed that the village got its name according to the local dialect, wherein ‘Ri’ means Chilgoza (Pine nut) and ‘Rang’ means mountain peak.