When someone says the words, “The Final Frontier”, I feel that this is it. You cannot cross more than where you want to go without a legal permit as our road of our Motherland ends here. Chitkool is such a place where it falls near the Indo-China Border. It is a village located in Kinnaur District of Himachal Pradesh and the last village of Hindustan-Tibet trade route. I missed the winters so I did not experience the region to be covered with snows but enjoyed the beauty of the mountains under the sunny skies and walked alongside the river, Baspa at the Sangla Valley.
Two Major Attractions at Chitkool
Sangla Valley: In Tibetan language, Sangla means, pass of light, which refers to the valley receiving sunlight during the day. Snow clad mountains are surrounded by its divine beauty along with Kinner-Kailash peak. The Baspa River flows through the valley which looks majestic and beautiful to walk along the river.
Kamru Fort: The fort stands at an altitude of 2600 meters above sea level. The entry to the fort is through a series of gates and at the main gate, and a large number of stairs to walk to reach the fort. It has a graceful wooden balcony and at the top of the building is an idol of Kamakhya Devi along with Badrinath Temple in the Kamru Fort, which dates back to the 15th century and serves as the venue of a fair, held once every three years in the honor of the deity. In the procession that takes place at the time of fair, the idol of the deity is taken to Gangotri, the origin of the River Ganges.
Kinnaur is a place surrounded by divine beauty of snow clad mountain ranges like Kinnaur Kailash, Orchards, Rivers and Temples/Monasteries. There are many trekking routes starts from this valley. One of the most popular treks are Borasu Pass Trek. This particular route covers all kinds of landscape from thick pines to terraced mountains. This place has a beauty where everyone is looking for all throughout their life.