Charang Ghati Pass Himachal
Located at the staggering altitude of 5000 m above the sea level in Kinnaur, Charang Ghati pass is the gateway that connects to the chitkul village. This pass is famous as a popular trekking spot and visitors from India and other countries come to visit this place. Charang ghati is special to both Hindus and Buddhist because of their religious beliefs, people come to do the parikrama, circumambulation of the deity. There are several important places here where people complete their parikrama. Parikrama of the Kinnaur Kailash is revered among the Hindus. Buddhists also do the parikrama of the mountain range here. The thick mountain air makes it hard to breathe but the umbrella of snow and the beauty of this place makes the travel irresistible. One should come better prepared for the various obstacles this pass has to offer because the lack of oxygen can cause mountain sickness and other health problems. Due to non availability of some necessities due to the extreme location of this place there might be only primary facilities in the hotels, restaurants, resorts and home stays. Image Source
Location: Kinnaur Kailash Range, Rekong Peo, India
Climate: Summers are warm and winters are cold and chilly but it can get cold even in summers due to the high altitude, so carry warm clothes. The best time to visit is from June to September.
Accessibility: Bus, taxi
Places of Interest
Location: charang village, kinnaur
Located at charang village of kinnaur , this 11th century temple is dedicated to the goddess and a few other thongs which are left over the time and robbery. Rangrik Tungma. The temple has a metal image of the goddess This village is the last of the India- china border, at 3000 m above the sea level, the village has very limited facilities.
Location: Ropa, Kinnaur.
Also known as (kothi) or Chandika temple, this temple is dedicated to the goddess of war Durga. This temple is the true example of Himachali wooden architecture which reflects on the carvings, surrounded by the famous Kinnaur apple trees and beautiful greenery. This temple is truly a divine place which will fill your heart with tranquility.
Brelengi Gompa Monastery
Location: Brelengi village
This Buddhist monastery is located near the Reckong Peo in the small village Brelengi. Hidden by the natural cover of the forests, the monastery has religious significance for the Buddhist as the smaller building was built especially for the Dalai Lama in 1992 to perform the Kalachakra ceremony. There is a 10 meter tall Buddha statue near the monastery which can be reached by a steep climb. There is also a large prayer hall close to the statue. The statue stands as a landmark looking over the Kinnaur Kailash Mountain making it easier for the tourists to find the monastery in the tough terrain. This holy place is a perfect getaway from the usual tensions and hustle bustle of life and it rejuvenates your mood with sheer calmness.
Location: Chango village
There are actually three temples located in the Chango village of kinnaur. The sacred Buddhist temple, Rinchen Zangpo has red colored walls. There is a village temple with clay idols, giant prayer wheel and walls decorated with the beautiful paintings. Between these two shrines, there is a large image of Avalokiteshwara carved in stone. The third temple is considered the most beautiful among the three and is located in upper Chango. It also has a prayer hall, a library and guest rooms where visitors can stay. The temples have a typical Buddhist architecture which stands out from far.
Location: Nako village, Kinnaur
This small but beautiful lake lies in the Nako village near the Indo-Tibet border. Nearly 103 km away from Reckong Peo, this lake can be visited only if you get the inner line permit. An integral part of the Nako village which lies on the slopes of the Reo Purgyal Mountain in the Srikhand range. The lake has crystal clear water surrounded by poplar and willow trees. Numerous birds flock the lake during the evening. A rock here is believed to be the foot print of Padmasambhava and a shrine is built around it. A stucco statue of Padmasambhava is also present along with several murals. In summers there are boating facilities while in winters when the lake’s surface freezes, you can do ice skating. The place is so charming that you can sit around near the lake for hours admiring the beauty of this place.