Best Places to Visit in Chitkul
Known as the last village of India and situated in Kinnaur Valley which is the land between earth and paradise, Chitkul is one of the most stunning places in Himachal Pradesh with scenic beauty surrounding it all around. There are several interesting places to visit within and around Chitkul for maximum enjoyment and appreciation of this under-explored place. This blog lists down the best places to visit in Chitkul.
Baspa River- Chitkul’s Baspa River is a water-body of crystal clear flowing water. The landscape around it is blissfully beautiful and there are several adventures as well as leisure activities such as fishing, trekking, etc which can be indulged in here. It also makes for a great camping site in Chitkul.
2. Mathi Devi Temple- Mathi Devi is the goddess worshipped by the people of Chitkul and this temple has been made in dedication to her. It is made up of walnut wood covered in clothes and the tuft of yak’s tail. The divine spirit and vibe here is an amazing feeling and a great religious experience for all.
3. Kamru Fort- Kamru Fort is an 800-year old, very famous tourist spot in Chitkul and has a series of gates to get through inside with a Buddha Statue on the entry point. The balcony offers blissful views of the gorgeous Himalayan landscapes and this is the place to visit to experience the grandeur of the Himalayan Mountains. The Kamakshi Devi Temple is also situated in the middle here.
4. Rakcham Chitkul Wildlife Sanctuary- This wildlife sanctuary is situated near Chitkul in Kinnaur and is perched at a height of 5500 meters. There are many kinds of birds, reptiles and animals who can be observed here and is a very popular, unique tourist spot attracting big crowds.
5. Bering Nag Temple- Bering Nag Temple is the only Lord Shiva Temple in Chitkul. It’s Phulaich Fair is well-renowned and visiting during that fair is a very unique and fun experience. A large number of tourists, pilgrims visit here in the months of August and September.
6. Buddhist Monastery- The Buddhist Monastery in Chitkul is also known as Brelengi Gompa. This monastery is of great significance to the locals of the area and was once visited by Dalai Lama. It is one of the most famous tourist spots in Chitkul.
7. Sangla Meadows– surrounded by snow-capped mountains and lush greenery of the Himalaya’s, Sangla Meadows is a must-visit place in Chitkul because of the mesmerising views it offers of the village huts, mountain ranges, apple orchards and more. It is a top, natural-sightseeing attraction in Chitkul.
8. Wood-carving Centre- The wood-carving centre in Chitkul offers various wood-carving courses, along with many iconic pieces of wooden art which are for seeing and sale purposes for tourists as well.
9. Batseri- Best known for Trout fishing, Himachali shawls and Kinnauri caps, Batseri is one of the best places to visit around Chitkul. It is called the Apple Village of Himachal as you can admire the beautifully lined apple orchards from here and and to also try different types of apples.
10. Aakhri Dhaba- the most famous food joint here, a trip to Chitkul is incomplete without having some wholesome dishes at Aakhri Dhaba because they cook some mean stuff out here! It gets its name from the fact that its the last dhaba before the Indo-Tibetan Border.
Chitkul is as ideal for the peace-seeking person as it is for the intrepid traveller. Nestled on the banks of Baspa River, it offers jaw-dropping views of the vistas and is definitely the place to explore for something new! We hope you found some hill station inspiration different from the usual ones for your next trip!