Above 3210 meters from sea level, along the riverbanks of Chandra, 90 kilometers from Manali, there is a beautiful Himalayan village – Sissu, also known as Khagling, in Lahaul valley, Himacahl Pradesh. The village that got buried under landslide in the 1960s is surrounded by mountains, and visitors can see Gyephang peak from here.
The road to village passes through rows of dense trees on both sides and journey is in itself a refreshing experience. One can spot terraces filled with potato, peas, barley and buckwheat. And then there is a waterfall across the river, which is a big red cherry on the top of cake.
Lucky tourists also get to watch Siberian wild duck and geese taking a break on swampy patches on the riverside while migrating to Indian plains. Right behind the village, visitors can enjoy view of famous Gyephang peak (5,870 m), which is named after Lord Gyephang, the deity of Lahaul region. As per historic records, people of Lahaul used to take blessings from Lord Gyephang before going to battles against enemies. Visitors crave to visit the temple, but sadly outsiders are not allowed inside temple premises.
The place offers stunning landscapes, Sissu falls, which the center of attraction for one and all. There is a marvelous camping site next to this waterfall.
Road journeys, camping, sightseeing, and exposure to local culture and lifestyle of dwellers are enough to keep visitors involved. Visitors can wander to nearby villages, like Labrang that has a Budhist gompa called Labrang Gompa dedicated to Palden Lhamo.
There are some hotels in the region which offers comfortable stay. These hotels include Hotel Triveni, Plm Dhara, and Goldrop Luxury Camps. There is a PWD rest house and arrangements for home stay. There isn’t a huge crowded market, but only a few tea stalls and dhabas are visible. The idea is to take a break from highly modernized world and spend a day or two of life in the lap of nature to learn its ways, which are always very simple as compared to urban, developed world. Nearby villages include Ropsang, Khangsar, Gyungling, Gomathang, Yangling, Jadang, Sarkhang, Shurthang and Labrang. However, Sissu village remains center of attraction.
Sissu village is covered under heavy snow from November to June and completely cut off from rest of the world due to closure of Rohtang Pass. It is considerably cold and one should carry warm clothing.
How to reach Sissu village
There is no railway track here so the only options are by air or road. By air, the nearest airport is 175 kilometers away at Bhunter. The flights are not regular and weather condition keeps disrupting flight schedule, so it is advisable to be updated on flight status. From airport, one can hire a cab or use public transport to reach Sissu.
From Manali, distance to Sissu is about 115 kilometers, 188 from Kaza, 373 from Leh, 435 kilometers from Chandigarh and 690 kilometers from Delhi. Public transport and private cabs are available for hire.