Pictures – From my first trip to Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh

Back in the year 2009, I drove through one of the most dangerous roads  (History Channel says so) to reach Kinnaur. To be honest, it is not that dangerous. It was back in the old days, but now its wider then many other roads in Himachal. The district Kinnaur was opened for the outsiders in the year 1989. The inaccessibly, preserved its natural beauty for many decades. Then development knocked its door. Roads were carved out of the mountain cliffs to make way for the motorised transport.

The climatic condition was found perfect for the cultivation of Apples, so people started cultivating this delicious cash crop. In just few years,  prosperity entered the region. People were happy, but the government was not. Nor where the big industrialists. They saw a great opportunity lying unexploited. They could use the rivers to make money and the government can use them for employment and power. So the government gave a green signal to many hydro power projects in the region. Dams were built, roads were widened and rivers were controlled . The locals also generated huge amount of income by selling their land to the hydo power projects. All the while, the development kept sustainability away from it.

As you enter the valley, you are welcomed by the ugly sight of the hydro power projects, but as you drive deeper into the valley, the will experience the true untouched beauty of the Great Himalayan landscapes and its people.

I took these pictures four years ago when I had bought a new full frame camera. Hope you like them.

Cheers!

A beautiful mountain road to Chitkul village of Kinnaur
A beautiful mountain road to Chitkul village of Kinnaur
A small temple near village Chitkul, Kinnaur
A small temple near village Chitkul, Kinnaur
Bank of River Baspa near Chitkul, Kinnaur
Bank of River Baspa near Chitkul, Kinnaur
Landscape of Sangla Valley at Rakcham, Kinnaur
Landscape of Sangla Valley at Rakcham, Kinnaur
Kamru Village, Sangla
Kamru Village, Sangla
Kalpa Village of Kinnaur
Kalpa Village of Kinnaur
Portrait of an old Kinnauri Lady at Kalpa
Portrait of an old Kinnauri Lady at Kalpa
A kinnauri lady carrying her child on her back at Kalpa Village, Kinnaur
A kinnauri lady carrying her child on her back at Kalpa Village, Kinnaur
An HRTC Bus travelling through Tranda Dhank, Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh
An HRTC Bus travelling through Tranda Dhank, Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh
Goatheard with his goats near Tranda, National Highway 22, Himachal Pradesh, India
Goatheard with his goats near Tranda, National Highway 22, Himachal Pradesh, India
A goatherd holding a kid while herding his goats near Tranda on the National Highway 22
A goatherd holding a kid while herding his goats near Tranda on the National Highway 22
Two men enjoying the view sitting atop a mountain at Nigulsari, a small village on the National Highway 22
Two men enjoying the view sitting atop a mountain at Nigulsari, a small village on the National Highway 22
  • arvind negi

    well no wrds fr ur work sir g…!! amazing photography..!! \m/

  • sachin goel

    Just amazing pics …mind blowing ,,,makes me fall in Love with Himachal more and more ..

  • Lata Verma

    love your work.

  • Manudev

    Awesome.. Love your photography…

  • Dr. Anil Gupta

    Mr. Khagta,
    I am a fan of your art. Once again splendid pics . Outstanding job. My congratulations.

  • Ranjan Sharma

    Great work.

  • wow!!! i just love the work u have done…………. actually i was finding something the himachal pradesh and then suddenly i have seen your page on fb…………….. and just waana say that you r amazing .

  • vaibhav

    superb…..speechless work…

  • Ishita Khanna

    Great view, the place looks amazing and you have captured it beautifully.

  • KKSHARMA , MANDI (HP)

    Dear Himanshu
    My heartiest congratulation to see ur efforts , Pl. carry on BUT remember try to preserve kinnaur nature at any cost even my all rfforts will be on yr door. contact me :9418223137.

  • Rajkishore

    Beautifully captured..

  • kapil sankhyan

    awesome pic yar .

  • rakesh thakur

    nice job excelent

  • Tyanajones

    Wow..Great Pictures..Himachal such a beautiful place.

  • sankha subhra chaudhuri

    hi himanshu…..very very lively pics….it’s very hard to say anything ’bout….waiting for more…best wishes…..

  • Himanshu Khagta

    Thanks a lot Subhra. 🙂

  • pitamber sharma

    great effort keep it up mr . khagta.

  • Dilshad A. Khan

    Thanks. Mr., although I have not ever been to Kinnaur, HP but your goodself has made my mind up to be there soon. Seeing the pics, I can not wait a longer as I am, too, fond of making immediate tours

  • Sangram

    khagte, these pictures are killer.

  • ritualholiday4gmailcom

    Encouraging and inspiring.. I plan to do the same itinerary with trip to himachal and travel the new world…hopefully soon.

  • Himanshu Khagta

    Thanks a lot 🙂

  • Hello,

    I have started a travel initiative called The SquareTrip. We are planning a road trip to Chitkul in April. Can we please use this page to show people how amazing Kinnaur is?

    Thanks,
    Pranshu Sharma
    +91 7838 072 999

  • Himanshu Khagta

    Hi Pranshu!

    You are free to share the link but if you want to use the pictures on your websites, then you’ll have to purchase the licenses.

    Regards

  • suraj

    Nice pictures and nice collection

  • Himanshu Khagta

    Thanks a lot Suraj!

  • shaswati

    Hi!
    Can kids (5-9) are okz for Kaza trip in Oct.

  • Himanshu Khagta

    Hi Shaswati!
    If they are all right with the cold then its totally fine. The temperature stays below 10˚C and can go in the freezing at night in the end of Oct. Be sure you wear warm winter clothes.

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