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Kinnaur is one of twelve administrative districts in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, India. The district is divided into three administrative areas ÔÇô Pooh, Kalpa, and Nichar ÔÇô and has five tehsils (counties). The administrative headquarter of Kinnaur district is at Reckong Peo. From here Sangla valley, and district headquarters Recong Peo, Kalpa, Kinnaur Kailash, considered to be the abode of Lord Shiva, can be viewed. As of 2011 it is the second least populous district of Himachal Pradesh (out of 12), after Lahaul and Spiti.[1]
As the region was inaccessible, there was very little interaction with people from the plains and, therefore, the ancient Hindu texts considered mystical Kinnars as halfway between humans and gods.

Kinnaur, surrounded by the Tibet to the east, is in the northeast corner of Himachal Pradesh, about 235 km (146 mi) from the state capital, Shimla. It has three high mountains ranges, namely, Zanskar, Himalayas and Dhauldhar that enclose valleys of Sutlej, Spiti, Baspa and their tributaries. The slopes are covered with thick wood, orchards, fields and picturesque hamlets. The much religious Shivling lies at the peak of Kinnaur Kailash mountain. The district was opened for the outsiders in 1989. 

The old Hindustan-Tibet Road passes through the Kinnaur valley along the bank of river Sutlej and finally enters Tibet at Shipki La pass.

It is not only the scenic beauty which appeals to the young and old alike but also the life styles of the people, their culture, heritage, customs and traditions. The people have strong culture and beliefs, generally follow Buddhism and Hinduism, believing the Pandavas came and resided in the land while in the exile. Thousands-year-old monasteries still exist in the area. Buddhists and Hindus live in harmony symbolising the traditional brotherhood and friendship of the people of both the faiths. Apples, chilgoza (chestnut) and other dry fruits are grown here. The high terrain here facilitates adventures and sports. Trekking routes include the 'Parikarma of Kinnaur Kailash' 

 Kinnaur district is situated on the Indo Tibetan border in Himachal Pradesh and is one of the famous adventure tourist destinations of Himachal. There are about 77 villages in the district and there are almost no urban centers. Nako is the biggest village in the HangrangValley, which is the second biggest valley of the Kinnaur District after theSanglaValley. This valley comprises of eight villages with Nako & Chango being the entry/exit points to this valley, the other villages are Leo, Hango, Shalkar, Sumra, Yangthang & Malling. This valley is a very desolate & rugged terrain and bereft of rainfall and thus, barren where cultivation is difficult. The villages have grown around snow fed streams and people use the short summer season from June-September to cultivate & gather the food grains, livestock etc. for the long and strenuous winters. 

The population is scanty in these villages because of such harsh conditions, but the views during the short summer months are nothing short of spectacular and have given birth to new kind of income source, in form of village-eco tourism, where villagers share one or two rooms out of their own accommodation/house with tourists for some remuneration