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Hiking in Chitkul

10 Fun things you don’t know about Chitkul

The last village aka Chitkul has become popular in the traveller circuit over the last few years, We at tlow have listed down things which you might probably never knew about this Himalayan village.

1. Chitkul is Just 120 kms before Indo-Tibetan border

Chitkul village river

Chitkul lies just 120 kms before the Indo-Tibetan border. Situated near the Tibet border and in an isolated place in the state of Himachal Pradesh, the border lies just 120 kms from the village. It is the last point where tourist activity is allowed.

2. World-class potatoes and peas

Chitkul is famous for its potatoes and peas. Potatoes grown in this region are famous for their premium quality. Most of the branded potatoes chips are made from here. The probability is high that you are eating chips that are made from the potatoes, here.

3. Mathi temple is 500 years old

Baspa River chitkul

There is a temple which is 500 years old according to the local villagers. Outside people are not allowed to enter the temple premises which is common in most of the state temples.

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4. Uttarakhand border is 20 kms away

Hiking in Chitkul

There are some high pass treks which start and end either in Uttrakhand or in Himachal Pradesh. Chitkul act as a base village to those treks. The village is situated near the Uttarakhand state border.

5. Called the Last Village of India

Lanes of chitkul

Chitkul is also known as the last village of India due to its proximity to the international border as well as the end of the state border.

6. Last ITBP camp is 1.5 km away

As Chitkul is near the Tibet border, it is guarded by the Indo-Tibet Border Police (ITBP) as the borderline is situated 15000 ft high in the mountains. Hence, the camps are built near the village.

7. First and oldest Indian voter

Chitkul river bank

Shyam Saran Negi 97, is the first as well as the oldest voter of independent India. The residents of Himachal Pradesh were given the chance to vote five months early because of the probability that heavy snowfall would make it impossible for citizens to reach the polling stations. This makes Negi the oldest voter of the nation and he hails here Chitkul.

8. Only Jio & BSNL network till now

The best part of this village is till now there is only Jio 4G & BSNL network. And because of this, the place is untouched and unknown to most in India. People who are into travel only know this village. It’s the best place to be engaged with nature rather than with the outer world.

9. In winter always covered in 15 to 20 feet snow

Most of the higher region which is above 8000ft receives heavy snowfall in Kinnaur district. Chitkul is one of them. In winter, the place is cut off from the mainland and the locals start to migrate to lower areas. There are some locals who stay there only.

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10. Endless forest to explore

Chitkul river side

There is an endless forest in this village. You will see pine trees all over the mountains till where your eyes can see. According to Delhi IIT, Chitkul has the cleanest air in India.

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