Tourism is bringing many changes to Kalpa, but for now this remains one of the most peaceful villages in Kinnaur. Reached by a winding road above Rekong Peo, the village is a pleasing straggle of slate-roofed houses spread out over a ridge with breathtaking views across to Kinner Kailash. The surrounding orchards provide fancy-free walks and there are several simple guesthouses in the village, plus a growing number of modern hotels on the ridge above town.
According to legend, this was the winter home of Shiva, and there are some impressive Kinnauri-style temples in the Narayan-Nagini temple complex, plus a colourful Buddhist temple at the top of the village. In September/October villagers pile wildflowers in the centre of the village as part of the annual Phulech Festival.
Last updated: Feb 17, 2009
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