After staying in Sangla Valley for 3 days, we decided to explore the Kinnaur Valley and went to Kalpa which is just 2-3 hours away from Sangla.
The road to Kalpa from Sangla is very rough, bumpy and dusty, mainly because of the construction work of tunnels for the hydroelectric project going on everywhere. There are also landslides happening in different parts of the road. We passed through the Karcham Dam Project, that is being developed by Jaypee Group and supposed to be the one of the biggest project India. It is sad to see and think that they have to build a massive project such as the Hydroelectric Project in this area.
It was a slow drive from Sangla up to Karcham intersection, from the intersection we took the opposite road going to Rekong Peo and then to Kalpa. From there onwards, we started following the Sutlej River and take the ascending road towards the Mount Kinner Kailash. The view all along the way is superb and magnificent.
Reached by a winding road above Rekong Peo, Kalpa is a one of the main village in Kinnaur District of Himachal Pradesh, state of India. It is situated at an average elevation of 2960 m above sea level.
View of Kinner Kailash from our room
During our stay in Kalpa for 3 days, my impression is that Kalpa is one of the most peaceful villages in Kinnaur. The view of Kinner Kailash mountain range from this village was so amazing that you could almost touch it. Every morning, the rising sun touches the snowy peaks of the mountains with crimson and golden light making it a spectacular sight to see. Walking in the narrow cobbled streets and watching the locals go about their everyday life is another great moment to experience.
Because of the wonderful and very scenic view of Kalpa, there are some artists and writers staying here while finishing their masterpieces. Then I realized that being surrounded by magnificent views of nature and amazing kind people is a perfect inspiration to finish writing a novel or composing a song or even creating a wonderful nature inspired landscape painting. I will not be surprise if one day Kalpa or should I say the whole of Himachal Pradesh will become artists and writers paradise.
According to the legend, Kalpa was the winter home of Shiva. In the middle of the village is where you can find the Narayan-Nagini Temple which is very impressive in its Kinnauri-style architecture.
The smell of apple orchards, pine trees, the cold weather and warm welcome of the locals creates a very charming atmosphere. Kalpa is one of the villages in Himachal Pradesh that I truly love because the natural beauty of Kalpa is still untouched and still in its glory.