Chitkul is known as the last village on the Indo-Tibetan
border in Himachal Pradesh, at an altitude of 3450 m. This tiny hamlet is like Heaven
on the earth, surrounded by forest of birch, oak, cedar and apricot trees. Chitkul
can be quite an offbeat place for those, who thinks Shimla or Manali tours in
Himachal Pradesh. Distance from Sangla is about 24 kilometers, road from Sangla
to Chitkul is very charming. Population of this area is very few, total 600
-700 inhabitants residing here. You will see small wooden houses all around in
Chitkul, local people are warm and welcoming. In winter entire area (Kinnaur district)
is covered with think snow, local people move to lower areas of Himachal. Baspa
River is mean point of interest in Chitkul, flowing through the valley, in
summer you can deep your feet into water. Mathi Temple one of the main religious
place at Chitkul, this is very holy place for pilgrims, its worth visiting if
you are with family. The wooden carvings on the temple will fascinate you. Also
you can visit Chitkul Helipad, which is controlled by ITBP. Potatoes grown at Chitkul
are very costly and one of the best in the world.
Chitkul last village
Chittkul in winter
Chitkul located at very remote place of Himachal Pradesh, exclusive rental
car is best and cordial way to reach. Only one bus plays daily from Reckong Peo
(locally known as Peo) to Chitkul, which starts very early from both the sides.
Distance from Chitkul to Peo around 65 kms.
Chitkul can be visited April to October, in monsoon and winter road
became inaccessible due to too remote location & heavy snowfall. Best time
to visit Chitkul is spring time which is late April & May, in this time can
witness clear & sunny weather.