Situated at an altitude of 2,670 metres above sea level, Reckong-Peo is the administrative headquarters of Kinnaur District in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Reckong Peo, is also popularly known as Peo, by the local residents. Popularly known as the Land of Gods, this district came into existence on 1st May, 1960.
According to history, it is believed that it was formerly known as Kanaurra or Kinnaura. In addition, there are plenty of legends and myths attached to the history of the district. Between the 9th and 12th century the district was under the rule of the Guge Kingdom of Tibet. However, as time passed, it was divided into seven parts, which together came to be known as Sat Khund.
The district was later conquered by Akbar, which resulted in the inclusion of this district into the Mughal Empire. After the decline of the Mughal Empire, this district which was then known as Chini Tehsil played a crucial role in the development of the region.
Owing to the presence of different religions, tourists can see several monasteries and temples within the region. In addition, Reckong-Peo also hosts one of the four Buddha Mahotsav festivals, organised by the Government of Himachal Pradesh.
Apart from temples and monasteries, Kinner Kailash, Bhabha Valley and Kalpa are some of the major attractions of Reckong Peo. In addition, tourists can also visit wildlife sanctuaries like Lipa-Asrang Sanctuary, Rupi-Bhaba Sanctuary and Rakchham-Chhitkul Sanctuary. The best time to visit Reckong-Peo is from April to October.
Owing to the presence of flights, trains and buses, travelling to this destination is not much of a hassle. The nearest airport serving the destination is Shimla Airport which is located at a distance of 250 km from Reckong Peo.
The nearest railhead serving the destination is the Shimla Railway Station, which is located at a distance of 242 km from Reckong Peo. In addition to flights and trains, tourists can also board buses operated by Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) to Reckong-Peo Bus Station.