CHANGO

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Location: Himachal Pradesh
Altitude: 3,670m
Places Of Interest: Sumdo, Nako, Tashigang Gompa, Puh
Best Time To Visit: May To November

At a distance of 122-kms from Kalpa, Chango is a collection of 4 hamlets in Pargna Shuwa, sub-tehsil, Hangrang on the left bank of river Spiti. It is encircled on every side by high hills, which is a witness to the presence of a former lake. Buddhism is generally practised here, but there are some local Hindu deities too namely Gyalbo, Dabla and Yalsa.

Chango is the last village of the Kinnaur district and in its monsoon-free aridity, grows the finest apples of the area. Chango is the starting point for the mountainous areas towards the east, falling near the Tibetan border. This Trans-Himalayan tract is famous for its awesome and inspiring landscapes.

PRIME ATTRACTION

MONASTRIES
Tilasang Monastery: The monastery is close to Kaa, 12-km short of Yangthang on the N.H.22, with facilities for visitors to stay.

OTHERS
Sumdo: Also spelled as Samdo, is the last village of the Kinnaur district, situated in the confluence of river Spiti and Pari Chu from China. On the border of Spiti, Sumdo is the entry point of Spiti valley and is also the last place on the Hindustan-Tibet road. Kaurik, the last point of the Hindustan-Tibet road is only 19-km from Sumdo.

Nako: A little off the National Highway.22 along a link road just short of Yangthang is the scenic village of Nako, the largest village in the desolate Hangrang valley. A little lake reflects the stark grandeur of the surroundings hills.

Puh: Lush green fields, orchards of apricot vineyards and groves of almond trees, are to be seen on the route to Puh.

Tashigang Gompa: This fine Buddhist Monastery is accessible from Nangya a little diversion from Khab, located on the N.H.22, at the confluence of the Satluj and Spiti rivers.

Namgya: The closest village from Indo-China border, the Shipkila border point is just 13km from this village.

HOW TO GET THERE

Air: Shimla is the nearest airport.
Rail: Nearest rail heads Shimla narrow gauge Kalka broad gauge.
Road: Busses, Jeeps and taxis are available at Shimla Rampur and Peo.

PLACES TO STAY

Just 58-km from Pawari along the National Highway.22, Puh has a rest house and hotel facilities.

FAIRS & FESTIVALS

Chamba's annual Suhi Mata Festival, which lasts for four days in early April, commemorates Rani Champavati, the wife of the 10th century Raja Sahil Verma. Only women and children participate in the festival, dancing on the Chowgan before processing with an image of Champavati and banners of the Rajput solar emblem to the Suhi Mata temple. Manjar Fair is a week long festival of singing and dancing at the start of August to celebrate the growth of maize. The Manimahesh Yatra to the sacred tarn of Manimahesh is held immediately after the festival of Janamashtmi. Chrewal, Badronjo or Patroru is a festival of fire and flowers and a time for purification of the fields during the month of August. In same month several places in Chamba celebrates the Gugga fair, which is connected with the worship of 'Gugga', the Nag Devta

SHOPPING

Chamba is a good place to pick up metal work. The distinctive silver tribal jewellery is sold by weight in the bazaars, while outside the Lakshmi Narayana temple complex, coppersmiths manufacture curved ceremonial trumpets and brass hookhas. Rumal embroidery and leather goods from Handicrafts Centre, Rang Mahal are also worth a buy.

CLIMATE

Chango is freezing cold in winters but quite pleasant in summers. As Chango comes in the dry zone, it receives no monsoon rains and is ideal for visit and trekking from May to November months. Heavy woolens in winter and light woolens in summers are required. .

NEARBY CITIES

Pawari: 58-km
Kalpa: 122-km
Shimla : 332-km




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