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Kalpa is a spectacular mountain village in the Sutluj River Valley high up in the lap of the Kinner Kailash mountains. It is part of the mystic Kinnaur district known for its seductive charm of untouched beauty.

Nestled in the tribal district of Kinnaur, Kalpa is surrounded by apple orchard, pine and deodar trees as well as the snowy peaks of the Kinner Kailash mountains. These majestic mountains rise up to 6,050 m. From Kalpa it feels like you can almost touch the Kinnar Kailash mountains.  Kalpa is a small town of slate-roof houses in the midst of the lush blue and green mountains, snow-capped peaks and clouds.

Watching the sunrise over the peaks on a clear day is an experience in itself with the mountain changing colour as crimson and golden hues of sun rays play on them. The silver line over the mountains in early morning and fiery sky during sun set is a sight to behold.

Another interesting sight are the forests of pine-nut or ‘Chilgoza’. Located amongst deodar trees and apple orchards, Kalpa offers a visual treat to a traveller. The scent of alpine trees, the snowy peaks and tranquil atmosphere sooth and rejuvenate the soul. In the 19th century, the Governer Genaral of India Lord Dalhousie, visited Kalpa and was mesmerised by the untouched, pristine beauty.

In ancient times, the village of Kalpa was the place where traders from India and Tibet met. It is also said to be the winter abode of Lord Shiva. The  Satluj River flows in a gorge below Kalpa.

Dense forests lie to the south of Kalpa and provide not only a home to bird species of all kinds, but also a place of peace, tranquillity and immense natural beauty. These forests are a bird watchers paradise.

A very interesting rock peak standing next to Kinner Kailash is the ‘Shivalinga’. In a 3 day round trip one can trek up to 5500 m to reach its heights. There are natural rock caves on the peak providing shelter for the night. This trip is for true adventure seekers.

The traditional architecture here is made up of houses with slanting roofs made of local slate stone. The bark of birch trees serves as a natural waterproof sheet on the roof. Almost all houses here have a small personal brewery attached to them to produce local wine for personal consumption. 

Shimla to Kalpa:

From Shimla the road to Kalpa is an adventurous tour.

-      Shimla to Narkanda takes about two hours

-      From here a further 2 hours takes you to Rampur

-      After Rampur, the road to Jeori-Wangtu-Kachram gets rough, but the views completely compensate for the hardships of the road.

-      From Kachram the road continues on to Reong Peo,a district town of Kinnar. 

-      Finishing the tour from Rekong Peo to Kalpa, you have two options: either an ambling 13 km trail or a steep 7 km trail through isolated  apple orchards.

Temples
Kalpa has historic temples built in typical Kinnaur style. These are made of wood, decorated with painted carvings and concave roofs. The main temple here is the Nagin–Narayan temple.
Hu-Bu-Ian-Car Gompa
This Budhhist monastery is located next to the ancient Nagin–Narayan temple and legend has it, that it was founded by Rinchensang-Po between 950 – 1055 AD.
Recong Peo:
The town of Recong Peo offers great views of the mountains.
Kothi
Also known as Koshtampi, this beautiful hill village is famous for the Shuwang Chandika Temple. The Goddess Chandika is worshipped as the most powerful deity of Kinnaur. The picturesque ancient villages of Pangi, Kanum and Morang are located close to Kalpa Village.
Roghi
Just 6 km away from Kalpa, a small village landscapes full of apple, pear, apricot and walnut trees and a very beautiful temple.

Phulaich Festival:

Celebrated in the entire Kinnaur region, the Phulaich festival offers travellers a special opportunity to discover the wonders of Kinnaur culture, traditions and more. This festival is traditionally celebrated to remember the dead.

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