You must have visited countless number of places in India but are you aware of the last village in India that lies in the lap of Himalayas in Kinnaur Valley, Chitkul. If you want a break from the daily humdrum of life then, Chitkul is a perfect destination. Located at an altitude of 11,319 ft with spectacular scenic beauty, it is a mandatory place for the adventure enthusiasts. It is the last village in India that is situated on the Indo-tibet border and offers a breathtaking view of Kinner Kailash. Chitkul is lauded with unparalleled beauty. On one side of the village, there are snow-clad mountains while the other side of the landscape is brimming with wooden houses and apple orchards. For most of the months, Chitkul is enveloped in a thick layer of snow. In this blog, we will tell you everything about the last inhabited village in India.
How to Reach Chitkul
You can reach Chitkul that is nestled in Kinnaur Valley through all types of transportation. So, as per your suitability and convenience you can choose the means of transport.
By Train: For train travellers, the closest railway station is the Shimla. You can reach shimla by boarding any of the train that run on Kalka Shimla route. After that, you can hire a taxi that can take you straight to Chitkul.
By Air: The nearest airport to Chitkul would be Shimla Airport that lies in Jubbarhatti. The flight to such places are limited so book your tickets beforehand. If you are looking for an airport that is well connected and from where major flights operate is, Chandigarh. From there, you can take a taxi (cab).
By Road: It is also accessible by road for which you need to first reach Shimla and further go till Narkanda. After that, you need to drive along the satluj river in order to reach Karcham village from where Chitkul is around 40 km away.
By Bus: If you want to travel to Chitkul by bus then you can take a direct bus to Sangla or Reckong Peo. The number of buses plying on this route are a lot so you would not face any problem barring the motion sickness.
Things to do when in Chitkul
This is a very common question that comes into your mind while going to any place. Well, Chitkul is not a fancy place but it is a perfect place if you want to relax and be at peace. You can enjoy here in the lap of nature and some time away from the concrete jungles. If you love trekking then, there are some prominent trek routes around the Chitkul.
For one day hiking, you can trek till Nagashi ITBP post that is at a distance of 4 km. It is one of the best trek routes for the beginners.
If you want to go on with this trek further then, it will take you to Ranikanda Meadows which is 10 km away. This trek route has medium to difficult terrain, but it offers such a phenomenal view of valley that it will definitely make your trek worth it.
The same trek can further lead you to Lamkhaga Pass. Although, Lamkhaga Pass is not for the faint hearted people as it is said to be the toughest trekking route. You need at least 15 days to complete this trek.
You can enjoy at the riverside by taking a walk by the Baspa River. It has crystal clear water that will surely make you dip your feet in the water and enjoy nature's retreat.
You can also indulge in a spiritual activity by visiting this temple of Mathi Devi. You will be mesmerized to see the surroundings of the temple. The wooden architecture of the temple is its distinctive feature. Don’t forget to get some stunning shots out there along with the blessings of god.
Ideal time to visit
The best time to visit Chitkul is from May to October. This is the time when Kinnaur Valley rejuvenates and gets back to life. Try and avoid visiting this beauty in the monsoon season as we don’t want you to spoil your vacay. You can also visit Chitkul from April to June (summer months) wherein you can enjoy in the clear blue skies out there.
Chitkul is no less than a true paradise which is on the banks of Baspa River. It is a place that should be in every travellers list. I am sure now you have legit reasons to visit the last inhabited village in India. Book your train and flight tickets instantly through Trainman app. Download Trainman App and check PNR Status of the booked ticket, Train Running Status, Train Enquiry and many such spellbound features.