Kalpa Tourism

Kalpa Tourism

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  • State: Himachal Pradesh
  • Famous for/as: Hill
  • District: Kinnaur
Kalpa situated in the Kinner-Kailash range, lies in the Kinnaur District of Himachal Pradesh. It is situated at an elevation of around 2,758 metres above sea level. The ancient headquarters of Kinnaur region, Kalpa was replaced by the modern town of Rekong Peo. The River Sutlej makes its way through the Great Himalayas along with rock face highways from Kinnaur.

Located in Kinnaur District, the history of the region is influenced by myths and legends. It is believed that the place was under the reign of Magadha followed by the Mauryan Empire during the 6th century. The Guge Kingdom of Tibet also ruled Kinnaur between the 9th and 12th centuries. The history of the district lasted until Emperor Akbar conquered the area and included the valley into the Mughal Empire.

Kinner-Kailash, the sacred mountain, is visited by natives for pilgrimage and is also one of the main attractions of the destination. There is a 70 metre high Shivalinga atop the peak that is visited by devotees and travellers. Sangla Valley on Bapsa River banks, at an altitude of 8,900 feet above sea level, is another attraction of the destination.

Some of the architectural marvels in and around the valley are Kamru Fort, Naga Temple and Sapni. The hamlet and village of Chini provides a glimpse of rich heritage, custom and culture. Most of the folklore is engaged in weaving shawls and Kinnauri caps. A fusion of Hinduism and Buddhism which is reflected in the culture and history of Kalpa is one of the chief attractions.

Kalpa can be reached through flights, trains and buses. The nearest airport serving the destination is the Shimla Airport, which is situated at a distance of 787 km. This airport serves only domestic airlines. Shimla railway station is the nearest railhead which is connected with various cities of the country. Besides flights and trains, Kalpa can be reached through buses available from Shimla and Kullu.

Situated amidst the Great Himalayas, Kalpa has a pleasant climate in summer with extremely cold winters. The months from April to September are ideal to make a visit to Kalpa.

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Akshaya Patil

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"Unexplored gem of Himachal Pradesh" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Nestled among the tall mountain ranges of Himalaya, a gem not yet known to the touristy circuit of india- THE MIGHTY KINNAUR KAILASH. It is one of the hidden gems of Himachal Pradesh. Kalpa offers some of breathtaking views of the amazing Kinnaur Kailash. Mount Kinnaur Kailash is abode to the great almighty Shiv and parvati and as the legend says the Shiva linga on the Kinnaur Kailash keep changing colours multiple time in the whole day. Let me say it was my bad luck that I could not experience this beautiful phenomenon as I reached in the evening at around 5 and left early in the morning. The whole duration of my stay at Kinnaur Kailash was wrapped up in the blankets of clouds and only while leaving we had a small glimpse of the Shiv linga.

Kalpa is blessed with some amazing natural beauty and a charismatic charm that can melt even a stubborn heart. Though I am an ardent traveler, this place has cast an unbreakable spell on me which is pulling me back towards it. I am sure to go back and do a trek to kinnaur Kailash. Here I stayed with THE MONK kalpa and the owner of this place Mukeshji has offered me assistance in doing so. If you visit Kalpa you should surely meet Mukeshji, he is very nice person and can give lot of information of Kalpa being a local of this place. I heard about a beautiful place named Roghi from these people and it is just a 4 km trek from Kalpa. You can even reach this place by car but exploring it on foot has its own charm. To explore Kalpa you atleast need to spend two nights in Kalpa.

I travelled to Kalpa from sangla it is almost a 4 hours journey. Even if you come directly from Shimla or Kufri it will take around 8-9 hrs. It is long and hectic journey but the changing landscape and mesmerizing natural beauty keeps your mind occupied and you hardly feel tired. I mostly spent my time sitting in the courtyard of the hotel soaking in the beauty of nature. It is sheer experience of bliss and solitude. On the way to Kalpa just short of 2-4 km you visit the town of Reckong peo. Reckong peo has a small market where you can indulge in some shopping spree. Reckong peo is the headquarters of Kinnaur Kailash and a film Highway has some shots of this place.

To travel to this place only option is to take a road trip. As I have mentioned earlier it will take 9 hrs to reach this place. HPTC buses ply on this route, you can also book a Volvo from delhi which comes till Rampur and from there you can take another bus to kalpa. Best way to explore this place is hire a cab, it gives you the freedom to take pitstop as and when you desire and enjoy the beauty of this place in a better way. Best way to explore the beauty of kalpa is to explore the town on foot.
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Jay Gandhi

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"A less explored but beautiful getaway"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 20, 2016
Kalpa is a small village located in Reckong Peo district of Himachal Pradesh which is at the border of Tibet. It is 240 kms from Shimla which is almost same as Manali so one cant say its too far from Shimla.

It is a place for those seeking peace n serenity. It is so clean n beautiful that one might want to stay there for whole life. Its famous for apple orchards which one can see everywhere in the village. There is a monastery in the middle of the village which is too perfectly located that one can easily see Kinnaur Kailash mountain range while sitting there. I used to spend evening there just by sitting and enjoying the cool whether and watching the snow capped mountains.

One can visit Roghi village, Reckong Peo, Sangla that is around 50 kms from Kalpa, Kamru fort, Suicide point and Chitkul that is the last village of India.

Don't forget to keep a jacket per person as you will need them anytime and umbrellas too because it can rain anytime without any warning.
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Mainak Guha

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  • Mainak Guha
  • Lives in Kolkata
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"Magnificent Place to visit"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Jan 26, 2016
Kalpa is a wonderful place to be, you can take leisure walks through the bending roads and just enjoy the nature. The views from here are wonderful, with Kinnaur kailash shivling peak visible as red from far. There are plenty of hotels and guest houses to stay, and also a local market. We stayed at the circuit house of PWD, which is the best accommodation option here.
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Souvik Chakraborty

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  • Souvik Chakraborty
  • Lives in Kolkata
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"The Perfect place to find some peace"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 25, 2016
I've visited there last year on the month of May, 2015. It was one of the best places, I've ever visited. We stayed on Hotel Aucktong. The hotel is quite good. You will get a very beautiful view of Kailash peak from your room and it was quite amazing. The weather was chilly and pleasant. The overall environment was very quite and very beautiful. The best part is you can roam around on the nearby road by night and you won't feel any problems. The place was quite safe. But you must acquire your own cab you might face trouble. You can go to other places from there like Nako Lake and then Kaza. The entire Himachal Pradesh is beautiful and Kalpa is certainly one of them.
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Ayan Chakraborty

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"Marvellous tourist spot"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 19, 2016
Kalpa is one of the greatest hill station in India. It is situated at Himachal Pradesh. The scenic view is too much hot. If you go there in between September and October, you must see apples which are still hanging on the trees. There are lots of golden apple which is rear to see. The local peoples are called 'Kinnari' which means they are the inherited by God and Goddess.
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Indranath Banerjee

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  • Indranath Banerjee
  • Lives in Kolkata
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"It was an amazing place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 3, 2016
Kalpa, the mystique hill station in the Kinnaur district of Himachal, is famous for its unique 'Golden' apple. What a taste! But I experienced Kalpa covered in a white-view. I visited Kalpa during my Himachal tour on October, 2004 along with a group. We started from Sarahan in late morning and it was raining heavily. When the rain ceased, we saw a beautiful rainbow. We reached Reckong-Pio in the evening and after a little break, started towards Kalpa. As our bus climbing through the hilly road, we could see snow on the hills and road around us. Reached Kalpa at almost 11 pm and found the road covered under 2-inch ice and the wheels of the bus drawing patterns on it. Next morning, I became spell-bound at the picturesque view of Kalpa. All the roads, apple trees, roof-top, top of the cars were covered by snow. Amazing view, everyone should give Kalpa a try.
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Aayush Wankhede

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  • Aayush Wankhede
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"Kalpa : A place for peace"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 30, 2015
It is one of the best places to roam around. If you are interested in photography, then this is the place where you can pick your camera up and roam for whole day capturing beautiful sceneries and people out here. Apple farms are most common here and its one of the most cheap place to buy apple crates in India. You can directly buy it from the farmers. You can reach this place either by taxi or bus, no train and air facilities are available. There's a small guest house in front of bus stand, its cheap and provides good food. I would recommend to travel this place either alone or with friends. People will keep stalking if couples will go and family will get bored because there are not much tourist places. Its just the scene and the climate one can enjoy and obviously the heights.
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Smriti Das

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"Perfect place to visit the Kailash Kinnaur Peak"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Oct 24, 2015
We started our journey at 8:30 am. From Sangla valley to Kalpa on 15-10-2015 and reached at Kalpa at 12 noon. On the way to Kalpa, we stopped at Reckong Peo market for sometimes. Kalpa is famous for its Kinnauri apples.. There are so many apple orchards on both side of the road. October is the best season to visit apple orchard. Kalpa is one of the biggest & beautiful village of Kinnaur dist. It is situated at the height of 2758 m. (approx) above the sea level. Kalpa is the ideal place to visit majestic mountains of the Kinnaur Kailash range. There are spectacular views at early in the morning when the rising sun touches the glacier peaks with crimson & golden light. At early in the morning, one can also observe clearly, the Shiv Linga near Kailash Kinnaur peak. Kalpa is one of the most picturesque hill station in Himachal Pradesh, one can ever visit.
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Tushar Gupta

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"Nice place to spend some time in peace"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted May 11, 2015
It is a very nice place to spend some time in peace. Very awesome view. You don't have to search for hotel with good view because view is awesome from everywhere. If you want to relax for sometime than this is a very good place. Food served in valley is quite good and locals are of very nice nature.
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Manika Saha

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"A place for only relaxing and collect the memories"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Apr 28, 2015
Eternal beauty of Mt Kailash and full of peace, you should go there to relax your body and mind. Seeing the beautiful sunrise and sunset from your window is the all thing that you don't want to miss. No other disturbance only relaxation, a good morning and evening walk with your loved one will make the bonding more strong and you can collect so many good memories back.
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