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Kinnaur valley

Written By Anirudh Sood on Sunday, 10 July 2016 | 07:49:00

Kinnaur valley

 Kinnaur valley is one of the twelve district of Himachal Pradesh.

The district is divided into three administrative areas – PoohKalpa, and Nichar – and has five tehsils (counties). 

Kinnaur, is about 240 km (147 mi) from the state capital, Shimla, located in the northeast corner of Himachal Pradesh bordering Tibet to the east.  Kinnaur border touches China.

Food habits

The staple food is wheat, ogla, phafra and barley which are local produce. Besides these kankani, cheena, maize, chollair and bathu are also used. The principal pulses consumed are peas, black peas, mash and rajmash. The vegetables usually consumed are cabbage, turnips, peas, beans, pumpkin, potato, okra and tomato besides some locally available wild green vegetables leaves. They relish rice too which is imported from the plains. Drinking a salted tea called cha in the morning and evening is very popular among the Kannauras, usually drunk along with sattu made of parched barley flour. They are non-vegetarian and relish goat and ram's meat. Drinking of alcoholic beverages in both their day-to-day life and on the ceremonial or festive occasions is quite common. Alcohol is distilled at the household level, made out barley and of fruits like grapes, apple, pear etc. grown locally.

Life Style

In Kinnaur temperature with long winters from October to May, and short summers from June to September. Fabrics are fundamentally of fleece of goat and yak those used to keep body warm in short temerature Kinner houses have storerooms for keeping grain and dried natural products, and separate wooden grain-stockpiling structures, calledkathar. Pakpa, a bit of sheepskin or yakskin, is frequently put on the khayarcha mat. Here, Kinnaur people group is more towards non-veggie lover and drinking liquor is exceptionally regular among all age bunch. Drinking of mixed refreshments in both their everyday life and on the stately or bubbly events is very normal. Liquor is refined at the family unit level, made out grain and of natural products like grapes, apple, pear and so forth become locally.


In Kinnaur essentially wellspring of pay is from common assets like apple, fleece, dry organic products those are being sent out all through the country and world.


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