The Malanese people are extremely strict about the rule of not touching or coming in contact with any outsiders, on the off-chance of getting touched they either run for a bath or charge you a fine! Not just the people, but their belongings, walls they live in, everything comes under a no-touching zone for the visitors!
Apart from this, they consider their language "Kanashi" and their temples too sacred for any outsiders to visit. The "No" zone extends to these factors too! However, the people are known to be friendly, despite their strict rulesrules
The Baspa river, meandering down the valley through Chitkul, is one of the most calming sights in all of Kinnaur. Flanked by pine and oak forests on either side, it joins the Sutlej river further down the valley at Karchham.
The view of Chitkul village as seen from Flag peak. 🇮🇳😍
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Chitkul is said to be the last inhabited village within the Indian boundaries on the old Indo-Tibetan Road. Situated at the height of 3450 meters, the village is located at a distance of 28 km from Sangla, about 600 kilometres from Delhi in the Kinnaur Valley. It is like a doorway which opens into an exquisite landscape of breathtaking beauty and a serene environment. There are orchids, mountains, meadows, huge rocks, river, jungle, and grasslands in the village with the help of which it has made a unique identity for itself. A drive to the Chitkul village is pleasant. One can go for trekking in the forest as well and a wildlife sanctuary for all the wildlife as well as nature lovers out there.
The journey to Chitkul is altogether different experience in itself. It is sparsely populated with as many as 600 locals who are warm, loving and extremely hospitable towards the tourists. While travelling to the valley, you will see River Baspa on your right and on the way you will also pass through the Rakcham village which is commonly known as the model village of the region. Numerous campsites are situated within the apple gardens by the side of the Baspa River.
This little village is a must-visit place, and one should stay for at least a day here as the landscape keeps you magnetised all the time. It is a perfect place to spend some time off from the busy lives and the monotonous routines in the realm of natural beauty.