Reckong Peo is the district headquarters of Kinnaur and it is also considered as the capital city of Kinnaur. Reckong Peo has the elevation of 2,670mts above sea level and it is also referred as Peo by the local natives. Reckong Peo is remote in a unique way, as it is well connected by motorable roads but its beauteousness is virgin and pristine. It is rich in Buddhist culture because of its proximity with the Tibet border. The invigorating view of the legendary and sacred Kinner Kailash peak and its range are clearly visible from Reckong Peo. Snow laden Himalayas, dense forests, gorge valleys, fruit orchards and scenic hamlets proves as an essential backdrop of Reckong Peo.
Location of Reckong Peo
Reckong Peo is perched at an elevation of 2,670mts above sea level in the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh. Reckong Peo is situated 219kms from Shimla and 580kms from Delhi. Reckong Peo is well connected by motorable roads with major destinations of Northern India. Reckong Peo is located on National Highway 22.
Places to see in Reckong Peo
Kinner Kailash: One can undertake the holy pilgrimage of Kinner Kailash from this place and return to Kalpa in 7-8 days. Kinner Kailash Peak is the mystical abode of Lord Shiva perched at an elevation of 6,050mts above sea level.
Wildlife Sanctuaries: Three wildlife sanctuaries namely Lipa-Asrang Sanctuary, Rakchham-Chhitkul Sanctuary, and Rupi-Bhaba Sanctuary houses wide varieties of wildlife. Species like Yak, Ibex, Leopard, Red Fox, Goral, musk Deer, Blue Sheep, Brown Bear, Musk Deer, and Himalayan black Beer are found in these sanctuaries.
Chandika Temple: It is situated 3kms away from Reckong peo in Kothi. This temple located in the village of Kothi is dedicated to goddess Chandika. She is worshipped with great reverence amongst the locals. It is believed that she was the daughter of demon devta Banasur who presided over Kinnaur. Chandika Devi Temple is situated with the backdrop of deodar forests and snow capped peaks.
Bhaba Valley: It is a mesmerizing destination situated along the Bhaba River. Bhabha Valley affords scenic splendors with stunning landscapes and picturesque exquisiteness. Bhabha Valley is trekker’s delight, a writer’s imagination, a poets thought and heaven for nature lovers.
Kalpa: Kalpa hosts two major hotels of Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh namely Tourist Complex and Hotel Kinner Kailash. Kalpa is the major village of the Kinnaur district set at an altitude of 2,768mts above sea level. The view of the majestic Kinner Kailash Peak is enchanting from Kalpa.
What to do in Reckong Peo
Carry light woolens while a visit to Reckong Peo in summers and carry heavy woolens while a visit in winters. Travel to the popular excursions of Reckong Peo. Visit the nearby temples and monasteries. Praise the nature’s beauty and capture it in your camera. Go for short treks in the woods and explore the pastoral life of the local inhabitants.
Excursions from Reckong Peo
Morang: Situated at a height of 2591 m above sea level, this village is situated 39kms away from Kalpa on the left bank of Sutlej. Three temples dedicated to local god Urmig are situated here.
Puh: 71ms from Recong Peo, Puh is situated above NH 22 which has all the modern facilities and grape orchards, almond, pine and apricot trees. Dabla is the local god who is worshipped here and has neither a dwelling nor possesses an ark. A pole with a small idol is set on the upper portion and decorated with Yak tail hair and colored pieces of cloth.
Chitkul: It is situated at a distance of 52kms from Reckong Peo at an elevation of 3,450mts above sea level. This is the highest village of Baspa Valley and is famous for three temples dedicated to the local goddess Mathi. The temples were constructed nearly 500 years ago. The strenuous trek to Har Ki Doon commences from Chitkul.
Ribba: It is situated 21kms from Reckong Peo, between Purbani and Rispa villages. This place is famous for grape vineyards and orchards.Ribba is situated at an elevation of 2,745mts above sea level and this is the commencement point of the famous Kinner Kailash Parikrama Trek.
Accomodations Hotels in Reckong Peo
Reckong Peo facilitates tourists with good and affordable accommodation facilities. Some standard hotels in Reckong Peo are Mayur Guest House, Jivan Jyoti Guest House, Baroda Gate, Hotel Shivling View, Mayur Guest House and Fairyland Guest House. Two popular hotels near Reckong Peo are located in Kalpa. Hotels in Kalpa are Tourist Complex and Hotel Kinner Kailash.
Best time to visit Reckong Peo
The best time to visit Reckong Peo is all round the year. Summers are pleasant and salubrious in Reckong Peo. The region offers greenery at its best during monsoons and the waterfalls can be seen at several places. This picturesque site is blessed with sheets of snow during winters. The views from Reckong Peo are enchanting and heavenly from December to February.
How to reach Reckong Peo
By Air: Jubbarhatti Airpot is the nearest airport to Reckong Peo, situated 237kms away. Buses and taxis are available from Jubbarhatti to Reckong Peo.
By Rail: The nearest broad gauge railway station from Reckong Peo is situated at Chandigarh and the nearest narrow gauge railway station is Shimla. Buses and taxis are available from both these destinations to Reckong Peo. The distance from Shimla Railway Station to Reckong Peo is 219kms and the distance from Chandigarh railway station to Reckong Peo is 325 kms.
By Road: Reckong Peo is situated 580kms from Delhi on NH22. Reckong Peo is linked by motorable roads with all major parts of Himachal Pradesh. Buses and Taxis are available from Shimla to Reckong Peo. Reckog Peo is situated at a distance of 219kms from Shimla, 88kms from Rampur and 328kms from Chandigarh.