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Nako, Himachal Pradesh
About Nako, Himachal Pradesh

Nako is a small village in the Himalayas of northern India. It is located in Kinnaur district in Himachal Pradesh. The area is famous for Nako Lake which forms part of the border of the village. Nako Monastery is located in the village as well as several other Buddhist temples. Nako is located high on a hillside about 3600 m above sea level, nako receives tourists during the summer months.

It lies in the sensitive restricted zone along the border with Tibet, which requires an Inner Line Permit to travel through that coupled with its remote location and limited tourist infrastructure which makes it a little-visited but rewarding destination. It used to be prohibited to stay overnight anywhere within the restricted zone, but this is no longer the case, provided you have a valid permit. Inner Line Permit is required only for Foreign Nationals and local people (including non-Himachalis) do not require same.

The best time to visit Nako is from April to October as its scenic beauty is at its peak during this time. Peak winter is best avoided as the roads are closed for days after snowfall.

Location of Nako

Nako (11'800ft) is located at the east end of Kinnaur Valley and is the last point of interest before reaching the landslide at Malling Nullah between Spiti and Kinnaur Valley.

Get around
Nako is tiny village and walking is the only option.

History of Nako Village

In eighth century Master Rinpoche brought Buddhism to Nako and later great translator Rinchen Zangpo founded monasteries between 958-1055 AD. Nako and Tabo monasteries were founded around the same period but Nako represents a different kind of Buddhism. Nako monasteries are evidence of well developed Vajranya Buddhist iconography in India.

Tourist Attractions in Nako

Nako Lake
Nako Lake is a small and beautiful holy lake. Early morning is nako lake is most scenic. In the early morning one get a beautiful reflection of the village and mountains in the lake.

Nako Monastery
Nako Monastery lies in the middle of the village. It was founded by Ringchen Zangpo in 996 AD. A complex of small old temples with fine old frescoes and sculptures, some of them neglected. There's also a new temple built in recent years.

Gates in the village streets
They were built from stone and wood and painted from the inside with colourful Buddhist religious paintings.

Things to Do in Nako Village

1) Walk around the small village absorbing the traditional atmosphere and architecture of the village, it looks like it hasn't changed in hundreds of years.

2) There are some nice day walks around the mountains if you're reasonably fit. Behind the lake you can head up the mountain towards the visible chortens which is a nice viewpoint. If you still have a lot more energy then you continue around to the other side of the range for views east towards Tibet. In 3 to 4 hours you can reach the village of Tashigang which is perched high above the Sutlej valley, with a fascinating temple. The only things you'll encounter underway are sheephearders and great views.

How To Reach Nako

By Rail
Nearest railway station from Nako is Shimla and it is about 283 km from Nako.

By Road
Daily buses and regular taxi services are available from Shimla and Rampur to Nako. From Lahaul and Spiti also nako can be reached. However, Malling Nullah near Nako on the route is landslide prone.

By Air
The nearest airport is at Shimla. Shimla airport is well connected to Delhi and Kullu. Taxis are easily available from Shimla to Nako.



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