Khab - A beautiful village on India-Tibet border, where Spiti river & Setluj river meet in Kinnaur region of Himachal Pradesh

Khab - A beautiful village on India-Tibet border, where Spiti river & Setluj river meet in Kinnaur region of Himachal Pradesh

While on road journey from Shimla to Spiti Valley, we crossed this magical & scary places called Khab. Khab Sangam comes on your way where Spiti and Setluj rivers merge on the left and on you right you can see old silk route. Khab sngam in Kinnaur region of Himachal is surrounded by huge mountains on both sides. The place can seem haunted on a cloudy day given this place is deep under mountains on all sides. Khab is one of the important halts on our trip to Spiti valley and also took a stop here while coming back. 

Khab - A beautiful village on India-Tibet border, where Spiti river & Setluj river meet in Kinnaur region of Himachal Pradesh

Above photograph shows the road going up towards Spiti and just next to the Khab Sangam. and from here on, it's a sharp climb & the road starts becoming narrower as you move ahead. 


The Spiti River is lifeline for beautiful valleys of Lahaul & Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh. Spiti river originates from the Kunzum Range of the Himalayas in a way that it divides Lahaul and Spiti. Many Himalayan streams, including the Pin River, feed it. At some places, width of Spiti river is huge while at some places it's narrower with deep water. Spiti river gets all its water from the melted glaciers of the Himalayan ranges, as Spiti is dry and hence river doesn't get any rain water. Almost all human settlements in Spiti Valley are located on the banks of the Spiti River, such as Tabo, Dhankar, Kaza and Rangrik. Most of these places have existed for at least 1000 years. Many monasteries overlook the river as if drawing their spiritual strength from the water element of the nature around. When you are in Spiti valley, you get to see this river 70% of the time you spend there. Spiti river surrounds you most of the times, even if it may not be directly visible. Highway drive around Kaza exposes you to some gigantic views of the river. 

Khab - A beautiful village on India-Tibet border, where Spiti river & Setluj river meet in Kinnaur region of Himachal Pradesh

Above is one of the dry waterfalls around Kinnaur region in Himcahcl Pradesh. You would notice dozens of dry waterfalls across the river during summer and was wondering how would they look in winters. Surely monsoons must be the season to see them but it's highly discouraged to plan road trip on these road during monsoons.  I just checked the map and it seems that National Highway number also changes to NH-505 from Nh-5. Khab is connected by road with National Highway 5 from state capital Shimla. National Highway 505 starts from Khab and provides connectivity to Spiti valley in Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh.


Khab - A beautiful village on India-Tibet border, where Spiti river & Setluj river meet in Kinnaur region of Himachal Pradesh

Above photograph is clicked above Khab Sangam. These zig-zag roads are just next to the sangam when you are going towards Spiti valley. 

The Sutlej River is the longest of the five rivers that flow through Punjab state in northern India. The popular bharka dam is built around the river Sutlej to provide irrigation and other facilities to the nearby areas.


There are several major hydroelectric points built around Setluj river - including the 1300+ MW Bhakra Dam, the ~1000 MW Karcham Wangtoo Hydroelectric Plant and ~1500 MW Nathpa Jhakri Dam. Setluj river is a great srouce of energy for states in North India. 

Khab - A beautiful village on India-Tibet border, where Spiti river & Setluj river meet in Kinnaur region of Himachal Pradesh

A happy photograph after climbing up from Khab. The road taking circles on this mountain and our cameras wanted to take a break and compose some good shots. This was also the point when we started seeing snow covered mountains very clearly. 


Khab - A beautiful village on India-Tibet border, where Spiti river & Setluj river meet in Kinnaur region of Himachal Pradesh

Beyond Khab we noticed few places where we noticed green patch with dry mountains all around. These are apple orchards and apples produced in Kinnaur have very high value in international market. Most of the varieties are only exported from Kinnaur. 


Khab - A beautiful village on India-Tibet border, where Spiti river & Setluj river meet in Kinnaur region of Himachal Pradesh

I am sure above photograph would give you a sense of the scale of things in Kinnaur and Spiti. There are people walking on the bridge but you can even see them in the photograph as they are very tiny in comparison to Setluj river and the huge mountains all around. 


Khab - A beautiful village on India-Tibet border, where Spiti river & Setluj river meet in Kinnaur region of Himachal Pradesh

These dry terrains were very fascinating for my Travellingcamera and I kept clicking without thinking much about the compositions. After coming home I had to delete lot of photographs and the quality of views keeps increasing as you move ahead.

Khab is a fantastic place and deserves a stop while going towards Spiti valley from Shimla. 


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