Kunzum Pass or Kunzum La as it is called by locals is one of the highest motorable mountain passes of India, located at an altitude of 4,551m above mean sea level. It serves as a gateway to the beautiful Spiti valley Via Kullu and Lahaul. It lies on the eastern Kunzum Range of the Himalayas and is at a distance of 122 km from Manali. Kunzum La offers an incredible 360-degree view of Bara- Shigri Glacier (the second longest glacier in the world), a jaw-dropping vista of Chandrabhaga Range and a spectacular view of the Spiti valley. This enthralling view makes the Pass a photographer’s dream. The Pass is a beautiful mixture of two different landscapes; rugged mountains and massive glaciers of Lahaul and the dry, barren mountains and the turquoise river of Spiti.
On reaching the Kunzum Pass, the visitors have to stop at the temple of Goddess Kunzum Devi to pay their respect and seek the blessing to travel through the rugged terrain safely. The tradition is to take a complete circle of the temple in your vehicle. It is believed that this worship at Devi’s temple guards from all sorts of mishappening and accidents that might take place in the rugged terrain of the pass. It is surrounded by Buddhist style Gompas, Chortans and hundreds of colourful prayer flags as seen on monasteries.These colourful flags swaying in the snowy wind makes the entire surrounding a sight to behold.
You can also meet the locals ladies who come to the temple singing their local songs and drinking their local alcohol. If you are lucky enough they might offer a little to taste. It is not very pleasing to the taste buds but makes you feel warm in the chilly weather. There is a small decision-maker inside the temple that tells you if you are a saint or a sinner. All you have to do is take a coin and try to stick it on the wall. If it holds, you are a saint otherwise you are a sinner.
Goddess Kunjum dwells in a temple that is located on the Kunzum pass, and it is believed that she keeps a look over the pass and protects it from the evil powers. The temple is dedicated to goddess Durga. The visitors who pass Kunzum, they stop at the temple to pay respects to the goddess.
Kunzum Pass is one of the highest passes across the Kunzum range. It is situated at an altitude of 4551 m. From Lahaul to the Spiti valley, it serves as an entrance pass. Visitors take a round around the temples to seek blessings from the Goddess.
The valley top offers a picturesque landscape with a stunning view of the Chandra Bhaga ranges that surround it on the north sides with snow-capped peaks. On the other side, the Spiti valley is there accompanied by its dessert-like terrain. The view from the top is breathtaking. Spiti valley is on one side, and the other are numerous Chandra-Bhaga range peaks
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