A Heaven in Himachal
Rakchham, Himanchal Pradesh
An outlandish bloom of Pink Olga blossoms sprawls out on its fields just after the rains, winters come with snowfall and an enchanting silence, and summers here can be described in two words: festive and green. This is Rakchham, a small town slightly North of Chitkul and very much at the heart of the Sangla Valley of Himachal Pradesh. In this very hamlet, endowed with gorgeous sunsets, sits Zostel Homes Rakchham, a dot of brown and teal in the middle of endless greenery. A curvy mud path cuts through it and leads to the steps of the front yard, which lays adorned with apple trees and flamboyant flowers. The rooms here are submerged in nature, enjoying all the majestic sunrises, sunsets, furtive rainbows, and misty mountains. The food here is hot and the nights pleasantly breezy, making for two traits of a very dreamy holiday.
HIGHLIGHTS AND ACTIVITIES
Kamru Fort: Housing 36 crore deities in its petite and remarkably quaint wooden structure, the Kamru Fort is of great religious importance for the people of the region. Built thousands of years ago, the fort is a representation of the old Himachali architecture at its finest. Put together with dark wood and featuring a timber terrace, the fort sits at the highest point of the Kamru Village at 2600 m, surrounded by snow-peaked mountains. The fort is only a 30-min ride from the home, a little bit further up from Sangla.
Chitkul Only a 40-min drive away is Chitkul, a favourite town amongst travellers for getting away from the world. Situated on the banks of the Baspa river, the town offers a lot of hikes, gorgeous views of the mountains, and a tryst with the Kinnauri culture. Moreover, it is the last inhabited village on the Indo-China border, which also draws many people to the village, in wonderment of the world lies beyond.
Sangla Famous for its apple orchards and lush meadows, this town is the gateway to the Sangla Valley that houses gorgeous villages like Rakchham and Chitkul. Circled by snow peaks and thriving around the Baspa river, Sangla celebrates Holi in a sheer grandeur with snow and colours and a community festivity.
Common Hangout Area
HOW TO REACH
◘ By Car: Drive on the Shimla-Chitkul highway and take the diversion at right at Rakchham. Stay on the road till you cross the Rakchham temple, and then ZostelX should be on the left, 2km from there. ◘ By Bus: Take the HRTC bus from Shimla or Rampur to Chitkul and get down at Rakchham. The home is just is 2.2 km from the bus stop and takes 6 mins to reach by cab. Alternately, it is a 30 min walk. ◘ By Air: The Shimla Airport is 253 km from ZostelX Rakchham and the fare for a taxi from the airport is approximately INR 5000. ◘ By Train: The nearest railway station is in Shimla, 220 km away. From there, you can take the HRTC bus as suggested above. Alternately, a taxi to Rakchham costs around INR 4500. ◘ Important: For further detailed directions, please call the property prior to your arrival. You will receive the contact details in the booking confirmation email itself. We can arrange a pick-up for you from a nearby town in advance as well.
AREA - Rakchham
A tiny settlement by the Baspa river, Dan Dangshi falls on the Sangla-Chitkul road and is very much a part of Rakchham. Green mountains, buckwheat blossoms, and apple orchards mark the area, only adding to its already prevalent beauty of green mountains and earthy vibes.
LOCATION - Zostel Homes Rakchham (Kinnaur/Sangla/Chitkul)
Zostel Homes Rakchham is just by the Sangla-Chitkul Highway, easily accessible by road. It sits surrounded with impenetrable greenery on the middle of a mountain, overlooking the rest of the village and the mountains beyond.
Exact location information is provided after a booking is confirmed.
- If you wish to explore the area around, day tour to Chitkul is arranged for the guests.
- All the food served will be home-cooked.
- No room or luggage services will be provided at the property.
- Any kind of footwear is not allowed inside the house. Guests will be provided with a slip-on.
- Drinking and smoking are prohibited inside the property. Guests are requested to resort to open areas for the same.
- Parking service is provided at the property.
- The property is not pet-friendly.
HOSTED By Ashish Negi
Ashish Negi is a travel enthusiast with keen interests in trekking and exploring the places around. A lover of Nature, he is actively involved in the Clean Sangla venture which aims at safe and clean disposal of waste generated in Sangla. You can reach out to him for tips on eco-friendly travel and recommendations on offbeat hikes alike.