Looking out the window of my guest house in Kalpa, a small village above Recong Peo - Himachal Pradesh Photo: Elena
Ever felt you've been to Heaven?
High in the Himalayas, above the district headquarters of Recong Peo, sits the village of Kalpa. Populated by the Kinnauri People ( notice the typical green cap) this village is not only hard to get to, but beautiful and heavenly to visit between the months of May and October, after which the snows settle in and most passes are closed.
September, 2006 private trip with Elena to Kinnaur and Spiti see Golden-Heron Tours.
The road runs east from Shimla through the picturesque town of Narkanda (2708 M), then goes down to meet the Sutlej river at Luhri after which it follows the Sutlej river upstream via Rampur (130 km) and Recong Peo. Kalpa (altitude 2960 M) is above Recong Peo.
The district headquarters ( Recong Peo) is situated at a distance of 260 km from Shimla and 51 km from Sangla. Two Kilometer away from Powari on the HT Road, towards left side, wide link road leads to Recong Peo and then to Kalpa. Up to Kalpa it is about 20 km and passes through some picturesque villages populated by 1427 souls and was once the favorites haunt of Lord Dalhousie the then Governor General of India.
The climate of this place had cured the Governor General Lord Dalhousie of serious illness. Kalpa is surrounded by apple orchards. There is a temple dedicated to Narenas god.
Kalpa has earned its name because of good quality Chilgoza, which grow in abundance.
Powari is 7 km down to National Highway from Recong Peo. Recong Peo (2290 M).
Looming in front of Kalpa is an impressive view of Kinner Kailash (6050 M) directly across the Sutlej river. This mountain changes colours several times a day with the change of weather conditions. The finest view of the Kinner Kailash massif can be had from above Kalpa at 2865 M.
Parvati Kund is located on top of its massif. The ancient villages of Pangi, Morang and Kanum are situated close to Kalpa going upstream along the Sutlej River and they offer a good opportunity to observe the lifestyle of their inhabitants. A few kilometers from Powari is Ribba, known for grape cultivation.