Welcome to Kinnaur
This is a land of ridge-villages with slate-roofed temples and countless apple orchards separated by plunging gorges and backed by towering snow-capped peaks. Beyond it lies remote Spiti, which visitors can combine with Kinnaur into a Shimla–Keylong loop through unendingly breathtaking scenery.
The Kinnauris are proud but friendly people who mainly survive through farming and apple growing. You can recognise them all over India by their short cylindrical hats (thapeng or basheri) with a half-round flash of green or red felt on the upturned lappet.
To truly appreciate their land, you need to leave the main road: other than Rampur, most population centres are high up steep mountainsides accessed by seemingly endless hairpin lanes.