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Chandra Valley

Chandra Valley, called Rangloi in the lower inhabited part, begins from the snow bed on the south-eastern foot of the Baralacha Pass, in Lahaul region, Himachal Pradesh. With high peaks and large glaciers tapering downwards from snowfields on top of ridges, the first 72 km of the valley is barren and uninhabited. Gaddis, a tribe of Chamba, camps here during summers.

Chandra Valley has four Kothis - Khoksar, Sissu, Gondhla and Gushal. Khoksar is the first village in the valley. As one moves on, the scenery becomes greener and less oppressive; on the right bank, the valley broadens out and has more settlements. There are vast expanses of cultivated land on both sides of the road, which runs through the middle of the valley. On the left bank is a barricade of a sheer mountain wall, which gradually becomes less rugged beyond Gondhla.

Updated on 7th June, 2005
District: Lahaul and Spiti

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