Nako is the first village along the Kinnaur-Spiti Valley route which will give travellers a firsthand feel of the Trans Himalayan culture. Given below are a list of things to do in this tiny shepherd’s village.
Nako village is elevated at 12000 ft above sea level. Structured in a way where the lake is right at the centre and surrounded by houses of the village on all sides, it is definitely one of the prettiest villages of the Kinnaur Valley.
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The Nako Gompa
At the entrance of the village and overlooking the entire valley is the Tabo Monastery which is known as Gompa locally (Gompa is a Tibetan word for monastery). The monastery has its interiors made of sandalwood and is one of the many Buddhist temples along the circuit.
The village of Nako is a tiny cluster of houses made of stone and wood which makes a simple walk through the village a fun maze activity. Where in each lane has a story of its own to discover. From cows and donkeys posing for a selfie to kids place outside their homes. Getting lost is an absolute must thing to do in Nako.
There is no better way to experience the Himalayan life than by living with the locals. Nako has plenty of home stays which offer not all a great experience but also a comfortable bed and a home-cooked meal.
Talk to a local
The locals from the village are very friendly and are always willing to have a quick chat. “Julley” which means hi or hello in Tibetian is an excellent way to start the conversation. The elders from the village are the best to talk to and get all your questions answered.
The entire village has plenty of tiny prayer wheels which when rotated clockwise is believed to bring good karma.
Chill by the lake
At the heart of the village is a tiny sacred lake which is fed by melting glacier water and is generally deep green in colour. The lake is a must-visit and an ideal place to spend a couple of hours doing some much needed, soul searching.
Grab a couple of flat surfaces pebbles from around the lake and try bouncing it over the water.
The mountains around Nako has plenty of short hikes which will give travellers a bird’s eye view of the entire village. It’s a must-do for the adrenaline junkies.
The sun in Nako as in the rest of the valley sets pretty late by 19:00 HRS. Climb on top of the home stay or guest house roof and grab a cup of chai and sit and watch the sky change colour.
Take a selfie
The rugged look that the village has makes every nook and corner of the village a perfect spot for a selfie. A selfie with a wide-angle camera will just take it to another level.
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