Modern Kalpa prior to 1962 was known as Chini Village with main populated area and Kalpa was a part of Chini Village where Forest Bungalow overlooking an orchard was located. Nowadays this village is the central destination for the tourist town of Kalpa. The Kalpa town now consists of hotels, rest houses, administrative buildings spread over the valley, but this cluster of houses, temples and monasteries is basically what it grew out of. The Chini village has houses and temples which are centuries old. The Old Hindustan Tibet road which was an old trade route passes by this village, which used to make it a prominent settlement on this route. However the route is of very less commercial significance now, so this little village has also lost some of its past glory. It has moved on to tourism, apple cultivation and is doing very well and I was told by my guide that some of richest people in modern Himachal Pradesh can trace their roots to this village.
The village is of significance to modern free democratic India as well. As reported, back on October 25, 1951, the villagers of Chini had become the first people in Independent India to cast their votes. The rest of the country would vote only two months later, between December 1951 and February 1952. They voted early because this hamlet receives heavy snowfall from November onwards and becomes inaccessible. While most of the first voters of India are dead, some continue to actively participate in elections even today.
The village is situated in front of the Kinnaur Kailash Range and commands magnificent views of the following peaks :
1. Kinner Kailash – 6050 mts.
2. Raldang Peak – 5900 mts.
3. Jorganden Peak – 6473 mts.
4. Phowaring Peak – 6113 mts.
The village has a Hindu majority who coexist peacefully with a Buddhist population as well.
The building to the left of the frame with a yellow roof is a Buddhist monastery and the building to extreme right with slated roofs is a very old Vishnu Temple. The building having a semi-circular field in front of it is the village school where one can study up-to the Tenth standard.
Thanks for stopping by Chini village.
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timecapturer (45633) 2013-12-22 3:09
love this! Such a rich mixture of colours and in such a dramatic setting. The detailing and your POV are just amazing. A real quality and captivating image. Well done!
Enjoy your Sunday - B.
Romano46 (16580) 2013-12-22 3:30
con un villaggio così ricco di colori e pittoresco nella forma non poteva che nascere una composizione graziosa ed interessante quale quella che hai proposto.
Alla bellezza della foto sicuramente ha anche contribuito la particolare ripresa dall'alto e la sceltadi uno sfondo abbastanza omogeneo ed idoneo a evidenziare il soggetto.
Ottima anche la nitidezza e bella la luce morbida che illumina la scena.
Ciao e buona domenica
pajaran (48931) 2013-12-22 3:46
Dobar dan, popodne.
Interesantan i dobar tekst o selu sa opisom ...
Dobra kompozicija, lepo pokazane kuce.
Dobar rad i kontrast, lepe boje.
Lepo popodne i sve najbolje.
Good afternoon, this afternoon.
Interesting and good article about the village with a description ...
Good composition, nice house shown.
Good work and contrast, beautiful colors.
Nice afternoon and all the best.
lousat (72855) 2013-12-22 4:26
Hi Subho,a top class pic! What a magnificent way to show us this nice,colorful and old village,the 3D effect is truly impressive,a very interesting post made in the best way,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
Nicou (117264) 2013-12-22 6:04
fantastique vue sur ce village avec ces maisons et tous les toits de couleur différents sueprbe compo et village regroupé en bords de falaise.
Bravo et amitié
Silvio1953 (116861) 2013-12-22 6:14
Ciao Subho, great POV on lovely village, fantastic colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio
chrislo (4151) 2013-12-22 6:16
Well made presentation of this picturesque village surrounded by lush mountains. There is so much detail to enjoy. Some of the houses have a real interesting architecture, and the coloured roofs are very attractive. Your high vantage point has captured the surrounding area perfectly, and the mountains in the background add an extra depth perception to the image. A breathtaking place and a lovely composition as well.
abmdsudi (40174) 2013-12-22 7:21
The rainbow colours of the houses in a way bring lot of lively mood and happiness to the hill residence, it's absolutely better than mono colour and how striking the contrast is to the environment and that pink i think stands out above the rest. It a good catch but imho sincerely with slight under expose will render a much better result.
holmertz (37663) 2013-12-22 12:31
This is a fine and interesting photo, a bit surprising too because I didn't expect a village in HP to look quite like this. I think i's the pastel colours that I find unusual. The colours are anyway very nice, including those of the beautiful trees. As always in the Himalayas the setting of the village is spectacular. Thanks for an interesting note too. I especially enjoyed the remarks on the 1951 elections.
PaulVDV (20711) 2013-12-22 12:42
What strikes me is the variety of colours in this village and then certainly seen from above since it are mostly the roofs that have different colours.
There are also the beautiful blossoms of several trees spread throughout the village.
It seems like Chini has been built at the edge of a precipice and its location looks quite spectacular.
Best wishes for an enjoyable end of the year, Paul
dta (63470) 2013-12-22 12:55
Heelo Subho ,
A superb dominating view on this stunning village with beautiful coloured roofs .
Miguel82 (20918) 2013-12-22 15:46
Fantastic shot Subho, it reminds a miniature but it's real, a wonderful landscape of Spiti, good pov, superb colors, all the best, warm regards
pierrefonds (55240) 2013-12-22 17:26
The mountain is framing well the village. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the houses of the village. The good luminosity is giving nice tints to the colors. Have a nice day.
mcmtanyel (10891) 2013-12-22 20:17
This is a very cute village. The colors on the buildings are bright. The view from those buildings at the precipice must be spectacular.
Noel_Byrne (21434) 2013-12-23 1:49
A fascinating place, your excellent note adds so much to the image to understand the historical importance of this place, thanks for the great details there.
And a beautiful scene as well, the colors of the buildings are very striking here in the mountain setting, and you have got such a sense of height here that I feel a little dizzy looking at the scene! With the background mountains being slightly in haze and the foreground perfectly clear, it gives a brilliant sense of depth and height. Although I cannot see the precipice, I know full well that its there!! Beautiful scene, thanks for sharing.
All the best
subhendu_bagchi (25316) 2013-12-23 3:37
Dear Subho, a nice village here. The mountains at background are looking superb. Great panoramic presentation. Nice colourful one. Very good composition. Tfs.
ourania (27138) 2013-12-23 4:53
a very interesting presentation of this colourful mountainous village. It's great that you found an even higher point of view and gave us a comprehensive and clear impression of the village as well as a fascinating reference as to its position. You've achieved superb sharpness and depth, we can study so many details and also see the areas between the houses. The colours are natural and play an important role in the accurate descriprion of this place. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a wonderful week,
Fis2 (82382) 2013-12-23 7:13
Good POV and colors.
I like it.
Have a nice evening
rychem (20027) 2013-12-23 8:41
Picturesque location of this interesting village, great photo and a very informative note
jcpix (11648) 2013-12-23 12:49
From your vantage point of taking this shot, it appears to be a miniature version of the real thing, this has a deceptive perspective. A great sense of height already perceived through the composition, and the elevated position gives an even greater sensation. This is quite an impressive view though, and a wonderful presentation of this colorful little village. A conscious arrangement, cared for with detail and controlled light. Greta detailed notes to accompany this fine image. Nicely done! Enjoy the festive season. All the best.
Warm and friendly wishes,
nikkitta (13530) 2013-12-23 14:26
Informative note about the peaks but here what atracks the atention are the colourful clustered houses at the edge of a mountain it seems
Great composition using the mountains as a homogeneous and blurred background
Another word about the note, the part about the elections, truly appreciated it
fabbs99 (16079) 2013-12-23 19:36
Excellent pov from a hilltop.Nice shot of the village covering so many houses perched on the back of the hills.Good sharpness and tight framing.Well captured.TFS.
Cricri (101805) 2013-12-24 5:19
très jolie vue du village colorées a l'architecture intéressante, sous un joli fond rocheux et vue sur le paysage qui l'entoure, belle présentation
Joyeux Noel a vous et votre famille
rigoletto (34225) 2013-12-25 8:09
hello subho. so, this is the indian counterpart of my colorful scenes from istanbul :) interesting and original share from the mountain tops. it seems, people tend to use more colors when their environment is almost mono-or-duochrome.
dekanski (2536) 2013-12-25 15:31
GREAT; GREAT; GREAT
macjake (52920) 2013-12-30 23:48
how great is this!!
seeing a town or village like this is what TE is all about. We learn more about the world this way, and what better way to do that than through photography.
its funny how it looks so tiny in the photo.
great post for TE
Angshu (54909) 2014-02-17 1:50
Very informative notes...
I remember the walk I did in the village as it neareed sunset...and then managed to get a vantage point near the main road to get the sunset on the Kinner Kailash. The village is pretty and from your POV what is visible is a precipitous drop to the valleys just behind the village.