Kalpa Hill Station Known for Its Buddhist Monasteries and Handicrafts
Kalpa is a small hill station town in Sutlej Valley, Kinnaur district, Himachal Pradesh, famous for its apple orchards, ancient temples and Buddhist monasteries.
Most people follow both Buddhism and Hinduism and many temples have deities of both religions.
The town is situated at an average altitude of 2,960 meters or 9,711 feet. Pine-nut forests, Deodars, etc, are seen in plenty here.
Shivling rock, part of the Kailash mountains, which changes its colours throughout the day, can be seen from this hill station town.
Shyam Saran Negi, who was the first voter to cast his vote in the 1951 general elections, belongs to Kalpa.
There is a famous ancient Goddess Chanadika Devi temple at Kothi village, at 3 kilometers from Reckong Peo, the district headquarters and the downtown to Kalpa town. Kinner Kailash mountain ranges is another interesting place, a land known for its myths and fantasies. Suicide Point is another tourist spot at around 10 minutes walk from the town. Batseri village on your way-up is famous for handicrafts.
The village has an ancient Lord Buddha temple and a Lord Badri Narayan temple. Sapni fort is also an important tourist destination known for its outstanding architecture.
How Do I Go to Kalpa?
Kalpa town can be reached from the district head quarters, Reckong Peo. Reckong Peo is at around 260 kilometers from Shimla, the state capital.
Match to September are ideal months to visit this hill station town. Other months are extremely cold and should be avoided.