Snow covered region of Kinnaur district in Himalayan State of India, Himachal Pradesh, INDIA || A PHOTO JOURNEY by Jitendra Singh
Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh is one of the most beautiful places and a great place to explore natural beauty with amazing culture. Jitendra is sharing a Photo Journey from Kinnaur this time. Check out this awesome series of Photographs from different parts of Kinnaur region in Himalayan State of India.
Whenever we visualize Kinnaur, the very first thing comes into mind is route beyond Shimla which takes us to Kinnaur region. Kinnaur is connected through roads at very high altitude with deep valleys on one side and rocky mountains on other side. One of the most adventurous road trips in India are planned to Kaza throug various parts of Kinnaur like Kalpa, Rekong Peo, Sangla, Chango, Chitkul, Kothi, leo, lippa, Murang, Naco, Pooh, Rakcham, Ribba etc.
Most of the Kinnaru region has beautifuk architecture, where we see amazing wooden houses which lasts for hundreds of year and a very good option for these folks who have to spend most of the year in snow or chilly weather.
Kinnaur is one of the districts among 12 districts in Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Kinnaur district is split into 3 body areas – Pooh, Kalpa, and Nichar. The executive headquarter of Kinnaur district is at ReckongPeo. Kinnaur, enclosed by the Tibet to the east, is within the northeast corner of Himachal Pradesh, regarding 235 kilometer from the capital, Shimla.
Sangla Valley is full of orchards of apricots, peaches, chilgozas and apples.Most of the folks in Kinnaur are dependent on the fruit exports. very fine quality of Apple is produced in Kinnaur region of the country.
Most of Kinnaur enjoys cold weather due to its high elevation, with long winters from October to May and short summers from June to September. The lower parts of the Sutlej Valley and the Baspa Valley receive monsoon rains. The upper areas of the valleys fall mainly in the rain-shadow area. These areas are considered to be arid regions, similar to the climate of Tibet.
Jitendra has spend good time in villages of Kinnaur to understand real culture of the region and how these people live their life. And in states like Himachal, villages are best way to know about a particular geography. This holds good for India as well. India remain unexplored unless you visit villages in different regions like Himachal, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, kerala, North East etc.
Zanskar which is a range of mountains and Dhauldhar is another one which enclose valleys of Sutlej, Spiti, Baspa and their tributaries. Kinnaur has beautiful landscape with apple orchards, forests, high hills with snow covered peaks and colorful houses. Spiritual Shivling lies at the height of Kinnar-Kailash Mountain. Hindustan-Tibet Road passes through the Kinnaur region on the bank of stream Sutlej and eventually enters Tibet at Shipki La pass.
These colorful landscapes with beautiful valleys and high mountains make Kinnaur a best place to spend summers. Climate is quite welcoming in summer, although seeing this place under white sheet of now during winters is altogether a different experience. Connectivity becomes of the issue during winters but it's worth planning fo it.
Best way to explore Kinnaur is through own vehicle or hired vehicle, which gives you freedom of stopping anywhere anytime. but in that case, one needs to have control on stoppages as there are many beautiful landscapes on the way which my compell you to stop again n again and you may get late for better landscapes beyond the connectiing road. Road from Shimla to Kinnaur is quite adventurous. Usually tourists come to Shimla via Volvo or Train and then hire a local cab for further explorations.
The present day Kinnauras do not constitute a homogeneous group and display significant territorial and ethnic diversity. For a better understanding of ethnic and cultural distribution, Kinnaur district may be classified into three territorial units. Lower Kinnaur comprise area between Chora at the boundary of the Kinnaur district with Rampur Bushahr and Kalpa including Nichar and Sangla valleys. The people of Lower Kinnaur are primarily of the Mediterranean physical type. It is difficult to distinguish them from the people residing in the adjoining Shimla district with whom they have some affinity. The people of lower Kinnaur are mostly Hindus though the ethno-historical factors have resulted in some Buddhist influence.
The middle Kinnaur is the area between Kalpa and Kanam including Moorang tehsil. The people of middle Kinnaur are of mixed racial strain. Some have marked Mongoloid and others marked Mediterranean features. Many people have faith in both the religions.
The upper Kinnaur comprises remaining north-eastern part of the district i.e. the area between Poo and Hangrang valley extending up to international border with Tibet. The predominant physical type of upper Kinnaur in the Mongoloid though a few persons with Mediterranean features are also seen in the area around Poo. However the people of Hangrang valley are almost universally Mongoloids. They mostly follow Mahayana Buddhist religion.
Kinnaur has some very important rivers - the Satluj, which divides Kinnaur almost in two equal parts. The Spiti is the second major river of the district. Ropa divides the district Kinnaur and Lahaul-Spiti and merges with Satluj near Shiasu. The Baspa river rises on the North-Eastern declivity of the Dhauladhar range. The Yolong also joins the Spiti river.