Delhi To Kalpa – A Must Worth Experiencing Long Road Journey
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Delhi to Kalpa – A Must Worth Experiencing Long Road Journey

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I had left from Delhi to Kalpa the day before my birthday because I wanted this birthday a special one for me.

There is nothing better than exploring an Unknown region in the mountains.

Let me just ask you something that what sort of an image do you make in your mind when you hear regarding –

Hey, let us go on a Kinnaur Valley Trip? Yes, where the Highway movie was shot.

Let me think for you, something like –

High mountains with sharp edges and heart-stopping views while driving on the deadliest roads in India.

                                       OR

Whether the mighty Kinnaur Kailash range is situated at an elevation of (6,050m).

Is that what you are thinking?

We are on the same mountain. Let us proceed!

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Kinnaur kailash Mountain range view from kalpa
Kinnaur Kailash Mountain range view from Kashmir Village in the Kalpa Valley

How to Reach Kalpa from Delhi

Kalpa is located very far from Delhi. It will roughly take around one whole day of bus journey to reach Kalpa from Delhi. I hope that this will gave you an impression of the distance. That is why I had listed this as a must worth experiencing road journey.

The Delhi to Kalpa distance is 600 km approx.

The distance can be covered by –

Delhi to Kalpa Flight

The nearest is Jubbarhatti Airport which is located 22kms away from Shimla. The distance between Shimla to Kalpa is 243km.

Upon reaching Shimla, there is no direct Shimla to Kalpa bus but, you can get an interchangeable bus –

1st option – Taking a bus from Lakkar Bazar, ISBT, or an old Shimla bus stand which will drop you at Reckong Peo (Headquarters of Kinnaur district)

2nd option – Taking a cab which will directly drop you at Kalpa

  1. Delhi ➡️ Shimla (flight) (347km) ➡️ Reckong Peo (231km) (Bus) ➡️ Kalpa (3km)
    OR
  2. Delhi ➡️ Shimla (flight) (347km) ➡️ Kalpa (Cab) 

Delhi to Kalpa Train

The nearest railway station to reach from Delhi to Kalpa by Train is in Shimla, the Shimla railway station.

You have to take a bus from Shimla by whatsoever medium you choose from Delhi if you want to travel on public transport. From Shimla, you will get a bus to Reckong Peo. The preferred routes that can be taken are –

  1. Delhi ➡️ Shimla (train) (347km) ➡️ Reckong Peo (231km)(bus) ➡️ Kalpa (3km)
    OR
  2. Delhi ➡️ Shimla (train) (347km) ➡️ Kalpa (Cab)

Delhi to Kalpa Bus

You can get buses from Delhi to Shimla every day. You can even choose between an Ordinary bus or a Volvo bus.

The Delhi to Shimla ordinary bus fare would be around Rs.700 – Rs.800. You will not be facing any issue finding the buses from Delhi to the Shimla route.

You would be getting a bus to Reckong Peo from Shimla. Later, a bus from Reckong Peo to Kalpa –

  1. Delhi ➡️ Shimla {night Bus (347km)} ➡️ Reckong Peo {day Bus (231km)} ➡️ Kalpa in the evening (3km)
    OR
  2. Delhi ➡️ Rampur {night Bus (474km)}➡️ Reckong Peo {day Bus( 99km)} ➡️ Kalpa in the evening ( 3km)

Delhi to Reckong Peo Bus

There is a Delhi to Reckong Peo fixed bus that departs at 8:10 p.m. every day from the Kashmiri Gate bus terminal. The time taken could be longer since the bus would be going straight to Reckong Peo. You will get breakfast, lunch breaks in between where the bus will be stopping on in-between dhabas.

  1. Delhi ➡️ Reckong Peo (573km)➡️  Kalpa (3km)

Shimla to Kalpa Bus

There is no direct Shimla to Kalpa bus, but you can get a bus to Reckong Peo from Shimla.

The Shimla to Reckong Peo bus fare is Rs.417 per person. It will take around 6-7hrs to cover a distance of 225km.

Reckong Peo to Kalpa distance is 3km, and you will get another bus from outside Reckong Peo bus stand to Kalpa. The Reckong Peo to Kalpa bus fare is Rs.15 – Rs.20 per person. It takes around 20mins to cover the distance.

Note – The fares can be subject to change

Shimla to Kalpa Road Conditions

The drive from Shimla to Rampur Bushahr is Pleasant, and afterward, the back-breaking journey will start.

The roads are not smooth for at least 80-100 km before reaching the Reckong Peo. But you will be going to enjoy this lifetime road trip experience.

Major Note – It will going to be a long bus journey. So, do not try to travel on empty stomachs and particularly on the bus.

Let me share what had happened during my Shimla to Kalpa bus journey – I was traveling on public transport. The lady sitting ahead of me started vomiting and continued till the whole bus trip. The reason is that she has not eaten anything. So, the moral is to never travel on the bus empty stomach in the mountains.

Rampur Bushahr to Kalpa

Rampur Bushahr to Kalpa distance is 100 km (approx.) It is also a big town, from where the bus availability to anywhere is Himachal can be found (Just like Shimla).

Bus chart at Rampur Bushahr - Part 1
Bus chart at Rampur Bushahr – Part 1
Bus Chart at Rampur Bushahr Part - 2
Bus Chart at Rampur Bushahr Part – 2
Rampur Bushahr Bus Chart Part - 3
Rampur Bushahr Bus Chart Part – 3

For more updates on HRTC buses, you can also check on the HRTC website.

Reckong Peo to Kalpa

Once you have reached Reckong Peo. Firstly, give a high-five to yourself that you had covered such a long distance on a bus.

Later, you can easily reach Reckong Peo to Kalpa either by taking a taxi or taking a bus.

Reckong Peo to Kalpa by Taxi

The Reckong Peo to Kalpa taxi fares is around Rs.400 – Rs.500 per person. The taxi will directly drop you at your desired location in Kalpa.

Reckong Peo to Kalpa by Bus

The Reckong Peo to Kalpa bus fare is Rs.15 – Rs.20 per person. The frequency of the buses is not regular. So, you have to wait for some time for the bus to arrive.

The last bus from Reckong Peo to Kalpa leaves around 6 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

While coming from Delhi to Kalpa, the possibility will be very high that you will be reaching the Reckong Peo bus stand in the late evening the next day. You will be in no condition to catch the last bus unless and until you are lucky enough.

In that case, an option is that you can stay near the Reckong Peo bus stand & leave for Kalpa the very next morning.

If reaching Kalpa is necessary then, you can take a taxi or can even hitchhike.

Let me share my hitchhike experience when coming back from Kalpa –

I had to catch a bus from Reckong Peo to Shimla. I had traveled on a truck & that truck was a film shooting truck. That time a film shoot was going on in the Kalpa. They had dropped me half the journey.

For the rest of the journey, I did another hitchhike on a car. The person had dropped me at the Reckong Peo bus stand. And I was able to catch my bus.

Reckong Peo ➡️ Kalpa (3km)

Why Sojourn in Kalpa only?

The reasons listed below are from my observations and experience in Kalpa –

1. The convenience of the bus

The buses are available from Kalpa to Reckong Peo and are scheduled to leave every 30-40 min. The last bus that departs from Kalpa to Reckong Peo leaves at 5:40 p.m. The fare for the Kalpa to Reckong Peo is Rs.20 per person.

Since I was staying in Village Kashmir in a Homestay near Kalpa. There are barely any bus passes that pass from that route. Every time I have to come to Kalpa to catch a bus & that was around 2-3km from my homestay.

Staying at Kalpa would be a better decision for you.

If you wanted to see how Kalpa looks in the pictures. You can find out on my Kalpa Valley Photo Blog.

The heritage village Kalpa
The heritage village Kalpa

2. The Heritage village

If you had opted to stay at Kalpa, it would be a pleasant experience for you because I had day visited Kalpa & the experience was Amazing. I had set a particular day to explore Kalpa & my majority of the day was spent in Kalpa only.

Without any doubt, the vibrant energy of Kalpa and the surroundings around will hold you tight & will leave you speechless.

However, it is a small village with a population of 1300 approx. But the days you are going to spend in Kalpa will be one of the best days in the Kinnaur region.

Weather in Kalpa Kinnaur

Blooming flowers on the branches of the trees in Kalpa
Blooming flowers on the branches of the trees

Kalpa is located at an elevation of 9,711 ft. and the weather remains pleasing throughout the year.

Jan-April

It will be the sheer month of winters with min. 0- 8 degrees and max. 8-20 degrees of temperature.

May-Aug

Summers are the month of escape from the heat, and Kalpa city is the place to go with temperatures ranging between 13 degrees to 24 degrees.

Sept-Dec

The monsoons are probably not an ideal time to come to Kalpa. The roads of the Kinnaur region are dangerous, and landslides are prone to happen.

In winters, the night becomes colder and the from 13 degrees to -1 degrees temperature.

Best time to visit Kalpa

Summers are the best season to visit Kalpa from May – Aug.

Avoid hilly areas during the monsoon or even pre-monsoon arrival.

The landslides, roadblocks, and floods will going to block your way. And will spoil your Kalpa trip.

Reckong Peo

Reckong Peo - Headquarter of Kinnaur District
Reckong Peo – Headquarter of Kinnaur District

The headquarters of Kinnaur Reckong Peo is also known as Peo by localities. It comes before Kalpa. You can take a bus from Reckong Peo to Kalpa, and it charges Rs.15 per person. The majestic view of the Kinner Kailash range can be easily visible from Reckong Peo. The view is much more beautiful view from Kalpa.

Reckong Peo Bazar is just below the bus stand. From Bazar, the upper road goes to Kalpa, and the straight road goes to Pangi.

Sunlight view from Kalpa overlooking Reckong Peo
Sunlight view from Kalpa overlooking Reckong Peo

Reckong Peo is the hub of the Kinnaur region in terms of Shopping & Travelling. You can even take permits to go to Spiti Valley.

In Consideration of the narrow roads, there will be parking space at Reckong Peo under the Indian Flag which charges, Rs.30 for 6hrs and Rs.50 above 6hrs.

Places to Visit in Kalpa

Kalpa is a heritage village. After the release of the movie Highway. The travelers wanted to witness the edgy mountains & are willing to walk in the Kalpa. Apart from taking a walk in the Kalpa, some of the places to visit in Kalpa Valley are –

1. Hu-Ba-Lan-Kar Monastery

View from Hu-Ba-lan-Kar Monastery in Kalpa Valley
Hu-Ba-Lan-Kar Monastery in Kalpa

It is located at the crossroads of Kalpa is Hu-Ba-Lan-Kar Monastery. The locals believe whatever you wanted it will find its way to reach you.

It is also among the few oldest monasteries in the world founded by the great translator Rinchansang-po.

2. Chandrika Temple

Chandrika Temple in Kalpa
Chandrika Temple near children’s school in Kalpa

A few steps from Hu-Ba-Lan-Kar Monastery is Chandika Temple. It is next to the Anganwadi.

3.Vishnu Narayan Nagini Temple

Vishnu Narayan Nagini Temple
Vishnu Narayan Nagini Temple

The temple is constructed in a Tibetan style of Architecture.

The Villagers have to come in the Kinnauri dress to go inside the temple (I had heard these lines from a resident of Kalpa)

4.Suicide Point

On the Roghi Kinnaur road lies a vertical slope which is famously known as a Suicide point. People believe if you look down from your mind will be shaken up.

Also, the Kinnaur roads are one of the deadliest roads in India. So, the point is justified.

Delhi to Kalpa Budget

I will be suggesting the budget required for Delhi to Kalpa Trip from my experience. If you wanted a Hassle-free journey Solo or with your members along. This can come in handy during your planning phases –

Firstly, Starting, I will be taking the onward & backward journey by bus –

Shimla – Reckong Peo – Kalpa

Delhi to Shimla Volvo Bus dare is Rs. 650-Rs.750 per person

Shimla to Reckong Peo Bus fare is Rs. 420 per person

Reckong Peo to Kalpa Bus fare is Rs.15 per person


Secondly,
Stay –

It will be going to cost you between Rs.1000 – Rs. 1500 minimum for a night if you are planning to stay in a hotel.

Homestays are also available that can cost you around less than Rs.600 – Rs.700 per person.

Thirdly, the food options are reasonable. You can get your stomach filled at Rs.200-Rs.300 for a day per person.

Overall, the 3-4 days of the Delhi to Kalpa Valley trip can be done at a budget of Rs.7000- Rs.8000 per person.

I end up Trip to Kinnaur Valley under 8K. You can read further how you can do it too.

You can read further, the next article

Kalpa to Chitkul

The distance between Kalpa to Chitkul is 72km. After summarizing your Kalpa trip, you can go straight to Chitkul valley.

FAQ

Q. Is Kalpa Trip enough for 2 days?
Ans. Yes, definitely. Kalpa Trip can be completed in one day only. If you want to spend more time, then it’s fair enough to stay one more day.

Q. Where can I go near Kalpa Kinnaur?
Ans. Roghi village is located 10-12km away from Kalpa, and it is a beautiful place as well.

Q. In which month can I find apple orchards?
Ans. If you want to see Apple orchards, It can be found in August. It has a shelf life of four months.

This was my Delhi to Kalpa valley blog and if you have any other questions, mention them down in the comment section below.

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6 Comments

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    anth0nyr0yer

    I honestly didn’t have any image of Kalpa, as I had never heard of it before. Thanks for giving me this image now! Enjoy your travels!

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    Ravindra.

    Thanks for posting it will be useful for my coming trip . Would be more helpful if can get the hotel rates as all are nor on net .

    • Vansh Tiwari
      Vansh Tiwari

      Hello Ravindra,

      Glad that it was useful. The Homestay where I had stayed will going to cost you Rs.1000 but I insist to stay in Kalpa homestays and will going to cost around Rs.700-Rs.800 approx. For Hotels as I mentioned Kalpa Deshang is quite expensive but worth your stay Rs. 3500 – Rs. 4000 for a night.

      Hope I was able to help here.

    • Vansh Tiwari
      Vansh Tiwari

      That’s very true. When I had visited Kalpa, there’s a school and the teacher came to ask me and is very soft-spoken. All the people whom I was asking for the directions are equally very helpful.

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