The last village inside Indian borders, a traveller's heaven. Mere 100 odd KM down the road from Chhitkul is the Indo-Tibetan border. Chhitkul is the last place inhabited by the Indian population.
The village comprises typically Kinnauri style wooden huts. Buddhist community, culture & their distinctive temple structures are a commonality in Chhitkul. Lush lavish thick green forest, wildflowers, pleasing bank of the river Baspa right at the backdrop of snow-covered majestic Himalayan sierra, mesmerised every human soul with the essence of the arrival at earthly heaven.
●Mid-April to Mid-October - Cold Up To -5 °C & Warm Up To 25 °C
●November To March - Heavy Snowfall & Cold Up To -28 °C
‣Summer is the best time to visit Chhitkul. Kinnaur district receives heavy snowfall in winters. Handsome numbers of Rakchham village & Chhitkul village natives relocate themselves to much warmer places on account of arduous & punishing local weather conditions. The winter-tide just alchemized the whole zone into a brutal terrain to reside.
Recommendation - Avoid July & August rainfall
Watch Out For—
●Curvy Hilly Roads - Watchful driving is crucial
●Monsoon - The area is prone to landslide during rainfall
‣The last 40 KM to Chhitkul, the road condition is not amongst the best one usually expects in Himachal Pradesh, although the rest of the district roads are in the superior & much healthier state.
The locals take a dip in the Baspa river during the wintry cold month of January. The water of the river is considered holy & the bath signifies the purification of body, mind & soul. Numerous food delicacies are prepared in celebration & the food is offered to God, three times a day.
Dakhraini is the festival of dance & music, held during the rainy month of July. The Goddess symbol is brought out of the temple. The locals performthe native dances on folk music and regional flowers are offered to gladden the Goddess.
Beesh can also be called Baisakhi of Kinnaur. Beesh is a celebration of the end of the winter season & welcoming of the summers. The festival is held in April, Beesh symbolizes dance, music, food & drinks. People buy & wear new clothes on the occasion, which are less warmer than the clothes worn in recently concluded winter.
Losar is a new year celebration of Kinnaur. The fest is held to honour and welcome the coming year ahead. Losar is a prominent occasion of Kinnaur, where people meet & greet families and friends to mark the beginning and best wishes for the year coming ahead.
5. Flaich Ukhayang-
Commonly famed as the festival of flowers is held in September. The deity of the village is carried is a profession alongside the huge crowd. The deity stage is majestically decorated with locally grown flowers. A goat is also sacrificed in honour of the Goddess.
● Majorly Hindu Pahadi -‣Kanets ‣Domangs ‣Ores ‣Kolis ‣Chamangs
You can effortlessly locate budget hotels at Sangla or Chhitkul & travellers could also pick a new experience of a homestay. Homestays are available for as low as Rs 1000 per pax. Open camping sites are a commonality in Sangla. Stargazing at the camping site is a magical and must-try experience.
Hotels At Chhitkul & Sangla—
● Hotel Batseri - Sangla
● Zostel - Chhitkul
● The Wanderer's Nest - Chhitkul
● Samaa Resorts - Chhitkul
● Monal Regency - Sangla
● Mount Kailash - Sangla
Stuff To Remember—
● The weather at high altitude is very unpredictable. A major consequence of high altitude is breathlessness, hence it is wise to carry some basic medicines & portable oxygen cylinder.
● Do not forget to pack a hat or a cap, sunscreen, a good moisturiser as well as a hydrating lip balm to stay safe from direct and harsh sunlight.
● Full sleeves woollens, woollen caps, gloves, socks, an umbrella & a raincoat, are essentials to carry.
●Indian travellers need to carry valid ID’s, the best option would be Adhaar Card.
● Travellers extending their journey further into Himachal Pradesh, foreign national need permit for the distance between Reckong Peo & Kaza.