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Kinnaur is one of twelve administrative districts of Himachal Pradesh. Kinnaur is blessed with spectacular landscapes and mesmerizing beauty that no one can avoid but admire. Kinner Kailash (abode of Lord Shiva) could be clearly seen from here.

Widespread apple orchards of Kinnaur are famous for producing most delicious and juicy apples in India that grows naturally due to favorable weather conditions.

In Kinnaur, you can witness the brotherly relationship of two religions- Hinduism and Buddhism. The culture and tradition is entirely different from rest of the Himchal state. People however are extremely generous and modest in Kinnaur.

More About Kinnaur

Kinnaur Kailash: Kinnaur Kailash or Kinner Kailash is a mountain in Kinnaur at an elevation of 6050 meters. It is a sacred mountain for both Hindu and Buddhist Kinnauris.

Nako Lake: Nako Lake is a spectacular Lake in Pooh at an elevation of 3,662 meters above sea level. The Lake is surrounded by willow and poplar trees.

Lippa Asrang Sanctuary: Lipa-Asrang is a wildlife Sanctuary, located at a height of about 4000-5022 meters in Kinnaur. It’s a must-see place for solitude lovers & avid worshippers of nature.

Nako Monastery: Founded by Ringchen Zangpo in 996 AD, Nako Monastery is a complex of small old temples with fine old sculptures and frescoes.

Kamru Fort: Kamru Fort is the oldest fort of Kinnaur, hovering on a hill. The fort stands tall at a height of 2600 m above the sea level. It is about 2 km from Sangla Valley.

Baspa River: Emerging near the Indo-Tibetan border, Baspa River beautifies the entire Baspa Valley with its charm. It is fed by the perennial glaciers and shares the catchment area with the Ganges.

Sangla: Sangla is a town alongside the river Baspa also known as Sangla Valley and makes up for a spectacular scene.

Kalpa: Kalpa is a small town in the Sutlej river valley, above Reckong Peo. Kalpa is considered as most beautiful village of Kinnaur and famous for its apple orchards.

Chitkul: Chitkul is a beautiful small village situated in the threshold of Indo-Tibetan border. It is sparsely populated and is covered under the snow in summers as well.

Reckong Peo: Popularly known as Peo is the abode of Gods and showcase splendid beauty surrounded by Himalayas.

Ribba Namgya: Namgya Village is settled at the convergence of the Spiti River with the Satluj at the height of 3048 meters above from the sea level. The village is surrounded by barrenness but a unique beauty.

Kinnaur was a part of erstwhile Chini tehsil of Mahasu district. On May 1960, Kinnaur became the separate district before which, it was a part of former Bushahar prinicipality which had Kamru as its capital.

After the fall of the Kannauj Empire, the rulers of Kamru annexed adjoining territories by force and laid the foundation of the state of Bushahr, to which the region of Kinnaur belonged till the dissolution of the state after independence of India. Not much is known about the history of Kinnaur due the absence of authentic records.

An extreme hilly area at an altitude of 6, 816 meters, Kinnaur is is one of the smallest districts in India by population. Kinner Kailash of Kinnaur Kailash is popular in the district of kinnaur and enjoys a major tourist influx ever year.

Kinnaur enjoys a temperate climate due to its high altitude and winters persist from October to May. 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. Central Asian landscape is common.

Kinnaur has the luxury of having the cleanest air in the country.

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