Chitkul A tiny outpost named Chitkul is situated at a height of 3450 meters in the Kinnaur District of Himachal Pradesh.
The place is famous among the off-beat traveler and nature lovers. If you love traveling and want to get stress free in a short period of time Chitkul will not disappoint.
Chitkul caters to the world some of the finest golden delicious apples. Chitkul is also a gateway to Govind Pashu Vihar national park and sanctuary.
Chitkul is a small village that lies in Kinnaur Valley. It is the last Indian village on an Indo – Tibet border.
Importance of Chitkul:-
The main attraction in Chitkul is the wooden houses and the temple complex in the village. The Goddess of Chitkul is believed to be very powerful and is the only non-Buddhist deity to which respect is to be paid by the Parikrama pilgrims.
The beauty and charm of this village are no less than a fairyland. There is even a temple of a local goddess, Chitkul Maathi, which holds huge importance for people from the Kinnaur district.
Best time to Visit Chitkul:-
Since Chitkul is covered with snow during Oct-March there are very few travelers who dare visit this place. The ideal time to visit Chitkul is April – Sep.
Chitkul temperature by Months:-
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How to reach Chitkul:-
- by air
- by rail
- by road
- by public transport
The nearest airport is Shimla which is 227 km from Chitkul.the flight numbers from Delhi to Shimla are not frequent.
The nearest railway station to Chitkul is Kalka which is 337 km from Chitkul.
Delhi to Chitkul is 586 km.
Chandigarh to Chitkul is 357 km.
Shimla to Chitkul is 247kms.
Note: people preferring to travel by vehicles/taxis should keep their starting point as Shimla.
Hotels in Chitkul:
The best hotel one can prefer is hotel Rupin River View. for booking call 9910656940.
Nearby places to visit in Chitkul and activities involved during the stay
One can spend time watching apple orchards in Sangla. One can also take a small walk to Chitkul Mata. A temple knows for its wooden architecture which is an influence of Hindu and Tibet culture.
Road Trip to Chitkul:-
So in order to reach Chitkul, you will first reach Chandigarh. From Chandigarh, you will then climb up to Shimla and then continue uphill all the way till Narkanda. After Narkanda, the drive is mostly downhill to the banks of Sutlej River. You will then drive along with the river and reach Karcham while crossing Rampur and Jeori on the way. At Karcham, cross the dam over to the other side and turn on the road that goes towards Sangla. From Karcham, it is then a straight drive to Chitkul of 40 kilometers. The route will be as mentioned below.
Chandigarh – Shimla – Narkanda – Rampur – Jeori – Karcham – Sangla – Rakcham – Chitkul
If you, however, took the Manali route then you would first have to cross the entire Spiti valley on the way. The route will then be as below:-
Chandigarh – Manali – Rohtang Pass – Gramphoo – Batal – Kunzum Pass – Kaza – Dhankar – Tabo – Nako – Pooh – Karcham – Sangla – Chitkul
Of these two routes, going via Shimla is, of course, the preferred way to reach Chitkul. If you started by 3 to 4 AM from Chandigarh, you can actually make it to Chitkul the same day. Whereas from Manali side, it will be a 3 days journey. You will first reach Manali on Day 1, then Kaza on Day 2 and Chitkul on Day 3. Journey on all these 3 days will be way too long, and this route is not advised unless it is on purpose, and you want to cover Spiti valley as well.
A cultural festival in Chitkul:-
Sazo/Sajo Festival –
This festival is celebrated in the month of January at the beginning of the New year. it is believed that this is the period when the god depart for heaven for a short spell of rest. In the villages, the palanquins for the gods are laid open and the doors of temples are closed.
Khepa Festival –
The word Khepa means the ‘Siddha’ or ‘ Tantric guru’. this the festivals of chasing the demons, On the roof-top the thorny shrubs are placed to scare away the demons and evils.
Fulaich festival –
It is held in the first week of October month The festival is also called as festivals of flowers. the festivals are celebrated to pay respects to the departed ancestors of the region it is celebrated for four to five days. Young men climb up to the top of the mountain in search of exotic flowers ‘Brahma Kamal’. Local deities and Local people dance together in temple premises. Local rice & grain wines are served as ‘Prasad’.
Dakhrain festival –
It is held in the month of July. Young people climb to several mountain tops to gather exotic flowers and are presented to local deities Matha Devi and Local people at night. This festival is celebrated at temple premises. Local people are dressed up in cultural dresses and Local Nati Dance is performed with local deity.
This is a two-day festival celebrated in mid-September dedicated to Mahasu Devta which comes outside of Temple once a year. Local food and Local wine are served at premises of the temple for two days. People stay at the temple for two days and celebrate the festival eating local food and dancing to folk music performed by local artists with all the instruments.
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