Sangla valley was nominated as one of the five most beautiful valleys in the world by a reputed travel magazine. It is located in Kinnaur district of the Indian state ,Himachal Pradesh,very near to the Tibetan border. Its location in the greater Himalayan range gives it a climate which is boon to heat-weary plains-people. Till 1989 outsiders could not enter the valley without a special permit from the Government of India,due to its strategic position on the Indo-Tibet/China border.
Sangla has managed to retain its pristine nature and is famous for pine nut orchards, Royal red apples and cherry trees, unspoilt glacial streams and quaint little villages like Chitkul, Karchham and Batseri which are just a few miles from Sangla. The Kinnauri people are famous for their distinct culture,their own dialect and simple but elegant lifestyles.The women are renowned for their beauty as also for their dominant position in the society. Apart from the stunning natural beauty of the place, the Himachal Pradesh government has also woken up to the adventure sport potential of the place and has been promoting trekking ,trout-fishing.
Kinnauri people are famous for their distinct culture,their own dialect and simple but elegant lifestyles.The women are renowned for their beauty as also for their dominant position in the society. Apart from the stunning natural beauty of the place, the Himachal Pradesh government has also woken up to the adventure sport potential of the place and has been promoting trekking ,trout-fishing.
Sangla Valley is also famous for apple orchards, apricots and walnuts and during the month of September and Ocyober one can see the orchards blooming with yellow apricots and red apples. The valley is far removed from city pollution and never over crowded.One can expect pollution free clean air, mineral rich water from mountain streams, farm fresh vegetables and much more in this place. The other attraction of this place is the peace and tranquility it offers.
Sangla Sightseeing in and around
The interesting places of visit around Sangla includes Nag temple, Sapni, Trout farm, Kanda – a valley of flowers, Kilba, Kamru Fort (Fort of the kings of Kinnaur). The fort of Kamru is now a temple that has been dedicated to Kamakshi Devi. The village of Batseri ( 8 Km from Sangla) is a place where one can find hand made shawls. One can also visit the Lord Shiva Temple Just Below Kinnaur Kailash peak, major attractions are: —
Kamru Fort – At a distance of about 2 km from the hill town of Sangla lies the Kamru fort amidst picturesque surroundings.
Baspa River – This fast flowing river flowing through the hill town of Sangla is a major tourist attraction.
Crossing the Baspa River is another attraction of Sangla and provides the perfect dose for adventure lovers. The unforgettable experience of crossing the river in local way sitting in a basket must not be missed during Sangla tour.
Camping along the bank of the Baspa River provides a perfect setting for a day out with nature sitting in its lap. The peaceful place and the friendly people of Sangla provide the necessary boost for camping amidst such picturesque location.
Sangla Meadow –
Chitkul – At a distance of about 20 Km from Sangla is Chitkul, which is the last inhabited village near Indo-Tibet border.
How to reach Sangla?
By Air – Airport at Shimla at a distance of about 238 Km is the nearest from Sangla. Regular flights are available to Shimla from Delhi.
By Rail – The nearest narrow gauge railway station is at Shimla. Kalka and Shoghi are the other railway stations from where Sangla can be reached by hiring private vehicles.
By Road – Picturesque Sangla valley is well connected by road network with major towns like Shimla, Chail, Narkanda, Kalka, Ambala, Chandigarh and New Delhi.