Attractions near Sangla Chitkul
Chitkul (Chittkul) is a village in Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh. It is the last inhabited village near the Indo-China border. The Indian road ends here. During winters, the place mostly remains covered with the snow and the inhabitants move to lower regions of Himachal. Potatoes grown at Chittkul are one of the best in the world and are very costly. Chitkul is around 569 km from the National capital Delhi and 28 km from Sangla. This is the last Indian village on border with China. The road doesn't take you till the actual border, it closes around 90 km before it and then the rest of the area is under the control of Indian Paramilitary force ITBP. There are wooden houses turned into hotels that can be found in Chhitkul, these hotels are a bit expensive and most of the tourist prefer to stay at Chitkul than Sangla.
A relatively unknown travel destination on the way to Chitkul via Sangla, Rakcham is found at a height of around 2900m. A sparse population of around 800 people inhabit the village. While moving towards Chitkul from Sangla, the village is found on the left side of the main road and the river Baspa flows on the right. The inhabitants of Rakcham are known as Kinnaurs and mostly nomadic. The men in Rakchum normally take care of the herd of sheep and cows whereas women tend to farming and household chores. During winter the village the village remains under thick snow coverings and people move to the lower regions. They move to the village again in April to sow the seeds. The village has two temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Kali.
The tribal district of Himachal Pradesh, Kinnaur district is spreading through an area of 6407 square km having very ancient history. One can enjoy the visit of Kinnaur walking on the bank of the river Sutlaj. The most important and sensitive 'Hindustan-Tibbet Road' also passes through Kinnaur. Being a sensitive area, tourists have to get permit from Himachal Pradesh Government before visiting this region. From Shimla passing through Kinnaur, one can reach Manali after taking round of Lauhal-Spiti.
The last inhabited village on the Indo-Tibettan border, Chitkul is found on the bank of Baspa River. It is the last point in India till where one can travel without a permit. The village is a perfect retreat for the travellers who are looking for a break from crowd and chaos and turns to a perfect bliss for the sparse population over the region. The village remains almost covered with snow during winter season. It is during this period of time, the local residents move to the lower Himalayan regions. The main attractions of Chitkul are its houses which have either slate or wooden plank roofs. It also houses a small Buddhist Temple and a small tower. There is a monastery called Kagyupa Temple where an age old image of Shakyamuni Buddha is worshipped. The valley proffers an unsurpassed view of the river Baspa with the vistas of snow-clad mountains on the left and apple orchards and wooden houses on the right.