Top ChoiceHindu Temple in Sarahan

Bhimakali Temple

What makes Sarahan so instantly distinctive are the 'twin towers' of its fabulous Bhimakali Temple, best photographed from behind with a backdrop of distant soaring peaks. Like the three surrounding courtyard...

Buddhist Site in Rekong Peo to Tabo

Gue Mummy Temple

Gue village (rhymes with 'few') is photogenically crowned by a colourful three-layered shrine-temple. This celebrates Tulka Sangya Tenzin, a mysterious 15th-century Buddhist monk whose mummified remains were said...

Fort in Sangla & Around

Kamru Fort

Clinging to a rocky spur 2km north of Sangla, Kamru village was the original capital of the kingdom of Bushahr. The old Kamru Fort, a 329-step climb up from the foot of the village, contains several handsome...

Palace in Rampur

Padam Palace

A fanciful feat of oriental neo-gothic architecture, the handsome Padam Palace is central Rampur's only real 'sight'. Built between 1919 and 1925 for the Raja of Bushahr, the main building is still private, but...

Temple in Sangla & Around

Nag Temple

This fascinating complex in Sangla's old, lower town combines half a dozen stone and carved-wood sub-temples from very varying eras, all topped with archetypal tip-tilted roofs finished with heavy slates.

Multicuisine in Rampur

Nau Nabh Restaurant

This small, refreshingly air-conditioned hotel restaurant provides Rampur's best dining experience serving a rasoi-e-khaas (house kitchen) selection of regional Indian dishes plus some Chinese and Continental...

Fort in Kalpa

Kalpa Fort

Creating a strong visual icon for central Kalpa, this striking 2014 tower-style temple-fort is a reconstruction of an 1869 edifice that fell down in the 1930s.

Multicuisine in Sarahan

Hotel Srikhand Restaurant

Come for the spectacular mountain views from big picture windows, stay for cooking that's far better than you might anticipate from a governmental hotel. The malai kofta is particularly good, and there's a bar...

North Indian in Sangla Valley

Rupin River View Hotel

Halfway between Sangla and Chitkul, the Rupin View makes an ideal meal stop if you've got your own wheels, less for the fairly standard food than for the very fine views across the valley to snow-dappled rocky...

Buddhist Monastery in Nako

Nako Gompa

On the western edge of Nako, Nako's Gompa combines recent monastery buildings with elements that date back to the 11th century. Inside are some fine murals and sculptures in similar styles to those of Spiti's...

Cultural in Kinnaur

Phulech (Flaich) Festival

All across Kinnaur, villagers seek out rare wildflowers from the mountainsides. These are presented to the local deity, whose image is brought out of his kim (temple house) to receive them on the chhori (the...

Buddhist Site in Nako

Footprint of Padmasambhava

At the southwest corner of Nako Lake are two inconspicuous little white-cube buildings with tin roofs. Inside one is a very ancient mural, inside the other, what some believe to be a footprint of Padmasambhava.

Hindu Temple in Rekong Peo

Chandika Devi Temple

An interesting, much-venerated old temple dedicated to the Kinnauri protector goddess Chandika stands in Kothi village. The taller of its two peaked wood-and-stone towers is the older. The newer contains a number...

Indian in Rekong Peo

Little Chef's Restaurant

At the junction west of the traffic lights, Little Chef is Rekong Peo's best stand-alone restaurant, with a pleasant dining room of mosaic tables plus a sunny if unshaded basic rooftop area beside the kitchen.

Viewpoint in Nako

Prayer Wheel

For fine views across the lake and village, walk around 10 minutes west from Knaygoh Kinner to a large, embossed copper prayer wheel with large metal dishes attached to make it wind-powered.

Multicuisine in Nako

Knaygoh Kinner Camps

Hung with rope-lamps and set with wicker-bamboo chairs, the restaurant here serves some of Nako's best food, with decent takes on Indian, Continental, Chinese, Italian and Israeli dishes. Some ingredients are...

Multicuisine in Nako

Lake View Hotel

Rooms (from ₹1000) aren't bad but the main attraction is dining with a view over the garden from which your veggies were probably picked, towards the nearby Nako Lake. The full menu is only available in peak...

Fair in Rampur

Lavi Fair

Held for over 300 years, the huge Lavi Fair traditionally brought together Tibetan and Himachali traders and still attracts merchants and pilgrims from remote villages and valleys across the region.

Hindu Temple in Kalpa

Narayan-Nagini Temple

This typical collection of Kinnauri-style temple buldings lies behind Kalpa Fort. It's primarily dedicated to Durga, with naïve sculptures of tigers (one of Durga's vehicles) featuring strongly, though dragon...

Architecture in Sarahan

Shanti Kunj

Though not open to the public, it's worth the short stroll, around three minutes southwest from the temple, to get a better view of this fabulous mansion of intricate wood filigree, and the even finer example...