Chitkul

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Chitkul
village
500 yr old wooden temple at Chitkul
500 yr old wooden temple at Chitkul
Chitkul is located in Himachal Pradesh
Chitkul
Chitkul
Location in Himachal Pradesh, India
Chitkul is located in India
Chitkul
Chitkul
Chitkul (India)
Coordinates: 31°21′07″N 78°26′13″E / 31.3518411°N 78.4368253°E / 31.3518411; 78.4368253Coordinates: 31°21′07″N 78°26′13″E / 31.3518411°N 78.4368253°E / 31.3518411; 78.4368253
Country India
StateHimachal Pradesh
DistrictKinnaur
Elevation
3,450 m (11,320 ft)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total882
Languages
 • OfficialHindi
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
PIN
172106
Vehicle registrationHP-
Nearest cityRampur, Himachal Pradesh
Climatevery cold (Köppen)

Chitkul (or 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.

According to a recent study by Centre of Atmospheric Sciences at IIT Delhi, Chitkul has the cleanest air in India.[1][2]

Geography[edit]

Chitkul, on the banks of Baspa River, is the first village of the Baspa Valley and the last village on the old Hindustan-Tibet trade route. It is also the last point in India one can travel to without a permit.[3]

Visitor's attractions[edit]

Of particular interest at Chitkul are its houses with either slate or wooden plank roofs, a Buddhist temple and a small tower. However, there has been an increased use of tin-roofs, especially the high school and the army/ITBP barracks.

The Kagyupa temple has a highly valued old image of the Shakyamuni Buddha, a Wheel of Life mandala and four Directional Kings on either side of the door. Chitkul is practically the last point of the famous Kinner Kailash Parikrama as one can hitch a hike from here onwards.

After one crosses over the 5,242 m high Charang Pass.[4], it is a long and steep run down through slithery scree slopes to Chitkul(3,450m). The powerful goddess of Chitkul is the only non-Buddhist deity to which respect must be paid by the Parikrama pilgrims. It is believed that the local Deity is related to the Deity of Gangotri and till recently the locals would carry the Deity to Gangotri on foot over high mountain passes.[5] Chitkul is situated around 40 km from Karcham, the place where road bifurcates from Hindustan-Tibet Road (NH 22). The Sangla Valley is a delight for nature lovers; especially the stretch after Raksham and right up to Chitkul. The valley is extremely beautiful, on the left bank of the Baspa River are snow-clad mountains and on the right bank the whole terrain is full of apple orchards and wooden houses.

Chitkul is start point for Lamkhaga pass trek and Borasu pass trek. Nagasthi ITBP post is 4km and Ranikanda meadows is 10km trek from Chitkul.[6]

Transport[edit]

Chitkul is around 569 km from the National capital Delhi and 28 km from Sangla.[7]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Among metros, Delhi worst hit by PM2.5: Study". www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 17 April 2016.
  2. ^ "Kinnaur District In Himachal Pradesh Has The Cleanest Air In India, According To IIT!". indiatvnews.com. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Chitkul, Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh, India Tourist Information". Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  4. ^ "Kinnaur Kailash Parikrama trek - Charang La". Raacho Trekkers.
  5. ^ "Chitkul the last Indian Village". Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  6. ^ "Chitkul to Dumti via Randikanda meadows". Raacho Trekkers.
  7. ^ "Chitkul the last village before India Tibet border". Retrieved 20 January 2013.

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