Feeling the effects of Delhi’s smog? Escape to Kinnaur

Kinnaur has the cleanest air in the whole of India. Source: Yongyut Kumsri/Shutterstock

INDIA has been associated with high levels of air pollution for over a century. An amalgamation of fuel burning stations, motor-vehicle emissions, and greenhouse gases has led to India, namely, big cities such as Delhi, being in a constant state of damaging air pollution for many years.

The pollution is so bad, it is choking its own citizens. But all is not lost in India’s worrying smog epidemic, as there are parts of India that boast fresh, clean air. One of these places is the stunning district of Kinnaur, in Himachal Pradesh.

According to the Centre for Atmospheric Sciences in IIT Delhi, Kinnaur has the cleanest air quality in the whole of the country. The measurement recorded by the air quality index revealed that Kinnaur only had minute amounts of PM2.5 which is the extremely hazardous pollutant that has seen Delhi reach crisis point.

While escaping the dangerous air in the city, we recommend you absorb not just the clean CO2 in Kinnaur, but the culture, history, and tradition also. To the east of the Kinnaur district lays Tibet, accessible over three daunting, yet stunning mountain ranges, Dhauladhar, Zanskar and the Greater Himalayas.

Kinnaur enjoys a temperate climate as it sits high above sea level in a valley. Winters are long in the region and summers, are short and warm. The beautiful views this destination bestows upon its residents and visitors is unfathomable.

With natural meandering rivers, weaving through the valley, supplying much-needed moisture to the thirsty emerald forest that lines the fringes of the district, and blue skies as far as the eye can see, this is a place you’ll want to visit for more than just its clean air.

The region is home to several monasteries that have been spectacularly built into the mountainside. These symbolize the harmonious relationship between two religions – Buddhism and Hinduism – have lived beside each other for centuries.

A trip to this countryside region can help to purify your lungs, as well as fill your mind with knowledge and culture. Do you need any more reasons to book a getaway?