Kalpa Kinnaur Tour Starts From the Hindustan-Tibet Road (nullNH 22), the turn-off for Kalpa is at Powari and seven kilometers at the end of a steadily climbing side-road is Recong Peo, the district headquarters of Kinnaur. Half an hour’s drive from Recong Peo takes you to Kalpa â which was once known as Chini. This still has a touch of the old settlement and its traditional architecture. The Narayan-Nagini temple is an exemplary example of local craftsmanship. The goddess Shuwang Chandika is held in great reverence and there is another temple dedicated to Bhairon. There are a couple of Buddhist monasteries at Kalpa – including the Hu-Bu-lan-Kar gompa said to have been founded by the great translator, Rinchensang-po (null – 1055 CE). Kalpa has what may well be one of the finest views in the world. This faces the majesty of Jorkanden (null 6473 meters) and the Kinner Kailash mountain (null meters). The latter is regarded as one of the mythical homes of Lord Shiva and by aside, is a seventy-nine-foot high rock formation that resembles a ‘shivalinga’ that changes color as the day passes and is visible to the bare eye on a clear day. The ‘parikrama’, circumambulation around the base of the mountain is a seven to eight-day trek. Also visible on the stretch is the peak of Raldang (null,499 meters) – where the spirits of the dead people of Kinnaur are regarded to live.