Kalpa is located at a height of 2759 metres above sea level. Previously it was the district headquarters of Kinnaur. Kalpa has typical features of a heritage village. Narayan-Nagani temple of Kalpa is a famous pilgrimage site, known for its excellent craftsmanship. The place also houses two Buddhist monasteries and one of them, known as Hu-Bu-Ian-Car Gompa, was established by Rinchensang-Po. Legends say that Kalpa is the winter home of Lord Shiva. Kalpa offers a splendid view of sunrise when the golden rays touch the pinnacles of snow capped mountains.
Reckong Peo is another beautiful tourist site situated at an altitude of 2670 metres. The place serve as the district headquarters and offers a magnificent sight of Kinner Kailash which is a mythical home of Lord Shiva. The mountain houses a large rock resembling Sivalinga which changes colour with changing time. Reckong Peo also hosts a Buddhist monastery.
Sangla is a village located along the bank of the Baspa River. The village is known for its highly fertile soil. The populous village is situated on a slope with houses built at rising levels. Lush green forests spans all over the village and the snow covered peaks forms a magnificent view. The Baspa valley where the village is situated is beautiful owing to its greenery and flat terrain.
Chango is an assemblage of 4 hamlets situated in sub-tehsil Hangrang along the left bank of Spiti River. It is encircled by high mountains and housed a lake in the past. Buddhism is prevalent in this region; however some Hindu deities like Dablaand Yulsa and Gyalbo are also worshipped.
Chhitkul is also situated in the Baspa valley and is the highest village of this region. The village houses three temples dedicated to the local deity, Goddess Mathi. The main temple among the three is believed to be constructed by the Garhwal residents, about 500 years ago. Walnut wood forms the structure of the square ark of the deity. The goddess also has a mouthpiece.
Kothi, also known as Koshtampi, is an ancient village situated at a little lower altitude than Kalpa. The village is covered with numerous fruit trees, beautiful fields and vineyards. Kinner Kailash peak forms the mesmerizing backdrop of the village. The landscape of the village is adorned with magnificent temples, gracious willows and tanks. The most famous temple of the village is dedicated to Goddess Shuwang Chandika. She is believed to be the most powerful goddess in the locality and her idol is made of gold and is installed over an ark. Another temple dedicated to Lord Bhairon is also situated here.
Lippa is another village located on the bank of Taiti stream. It is believed that the grass of the village is quite nourishing to the cattle. Nearby forest is the home to Ibex. The village also houses three Buddhist temples dedicated to Kangyur, Dunguir and Galdang Chhoikar. Apart from these, the village has another beautiful temple where the local deity Tangtashu is worshipped.
Moorang is located along the left bank of Sutlej River at a little distance where the river meets Tirang River. The village has a pretty landscape which is entered through a beautiful apricot orchard. The village is embraced by huge magnificent mountains on all the sides except the western part where it opens to Sutlej River. On the bank, an old fort stands which is said to be built by the Pandavas. Thwaring is the local deity of the village.
Nichar is also located on the left bank of Sutlej River, between Wangtu and Taranda. The place has a picturesque beauty with a mild climate. Dense forest and rocky land spans the place where thar antelopes and goralcan be witnessed wandering. Colder regions of Nichar nestles red and black bear. Ukha is the village goddess.
Nako is the highest village of Hangrang valley. It hosts an enchanting lake which formed by the melted snow and ice. Willows form the village boundary and kine, yak, asses, horses are found in abundance in the village. Lagang temple is a famous pilgrimage site of the village which is dedicated to several deities. Deodum is the local deity of the village. Budhhist temples are scattered in the village. It also houses a famed rock which is believed to have the imprints of Saint Padmasambhava.
Namgya is another tourist destination situated amidst pretty landscape near the confluence of Sutlej and Spiti rivers. The place is quite barren and the habitation can be witnessed on the opposite bank. The place also houses a Buddhist temple and the local deities are Bushahru, Kuldeo Narain, Dabla and Chola.
Pooh is located besides the national highway 22. The village is adorned with enticing beauty of lush green fields, vineyards, grape, almond and apricot orchards. Dabla is the local deity of the village; however no temple has been dedicated to the God. The manifestation of the God is a pole having a small dot which is embellished with coloured clothes and yak tail hair.
Rakchham is another beautiful village on the right bank of Baspa River. 'Rak' refers to stone and 'Cham' refers to bridge and the name of the village has been derived from the stone bridge which was previously existent over the Baspa River. The village possesses a striking natural beauty and is located at the extreme western part of a glen.
Ribba, also known as Rirang is another village situated near Moorang. It is located at the northern part of Kinner Kailash group of mountains. Edible pine and other trees span the village. The village is also famous for grapes orchards.
Tourism in Kinnaur District also gives a chance to explore the social and cultural heritage of the district. Buddhism is widely spread in the district and religious beliefs vary from region to region. Different villages worship different local deities. Apart from inviting natural beauty, the district also houses a number of temples which are admirable for their intricate and alluring architecture.
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