Sangla is a small town in the Baspa Valley, which is also known as the Sangla Valley. The mighty Himalayas and the Kinner-Kailash peak tower over this picturesque town, which is set at a height of nearly 2,700 m, on the banks of the fast flowing waters of the Baspa River. Set amidst fruit orchards and thickly forested slopes that are covered with pine and deodar trees, Sangla is widely acknowledged as one of the most beautiful valleys in the world. In the Tibetan language, the word sang actually means -light- and la means 'pass'. As such, the word Sangla stands for 'pass of light', as on crossing the majestic mountains, one suddenly emerges into a valley filled with bright sunshine and breathtaking natural beauty.
What to see
One of the major attractions close to Sangla is the Kamru Fort, which has now been turned into a temple dedicated to Kamakshi Devi. An image of the goddess is installed on the third floor of this structure, while a large statue of Lord Buddha stands guard at the temple-fort's main gate. Also nearby is a Buddhist Monastry and the Bering Nag Temple, which honours the God Jagas. The Fulaich fair, a much loved, colourful affair, is celebrated here every year between August and September, and attracts hundreds of visitors.
- District : -
- STD Code: - 01786
- When to go: - For six month every year from March to October, Sangla sheds its cloak of snow to reveal a calm serene beauty.
- Location : - The sangla vally is spread over 42 Km at a hight of 8,789 ft on the banks of the Baspa tributary of the Sutlej, between the Great Himalyan and Dhauladhar ranges, near Himanchal’s south eastern border with Tibet.
- Distance : - 214 Km NE of Shimla (9 hrd by road); 540 Km NE of Delhi (16 hrs by road)
- Rout fromShimla : - NH1 to Ambala via Murthal, Samalkha, Panipat, Karnal and Pipli.
NH22 to Karchham via Dera bassi,
Panchkula, Kalka, Parwanoo,
Dharampur, Barog, Solan, andaghat,
Shimla, Kufri, Narkanda, Rampur
Bushehr, Jeori and Wangtu;
district road to Sangla
Another popular stop in Sangla is the Trout Farm, which has been set up by the state's Fisheries Department. Well stocked with trouts, it attracts numerous fishing enthusiasts. A Saffron Farm, situated on the outskirts of Sangla, and a Tibetan Wood Carving Centre are also worth visiting.
- By air : Nearest airport is Jubbarhatti, Shimla (237 km / 9 ˝ hrs); A taxi to Sangla will cost Rs 4,500 approximately RS 3,500 for an indica taxi and Rs 4,000 for a Qualis, return fare.
- By Rail : Nearest Rail head Kalka (302 Km / 12hrs) Taxi fare to Sangla costs approx Rs 5,000, one way
- By Road : As taxi at Jubbarhatti airport and Kalka station are not always agreeable for the long onward
journey to Sangla, it’s best to head
out in your own vehicle --- preferably
one with a high clearance. Note that
it is vital to break journey en route
while driving from Delhi to Sangla;
opposite for Kufri or Thanedar both
From Delhi, follow NH1 to
Ambala via Panipat and Karnal
Catch NH22 to Shimla via Kalka,
Solan and Kandaghat. Continue NE
along NH22 to Karchham via Kufri,
Narkanda, Kingal, Nirath, Rampur
Bushehr, Jeorhi and Wangtu to
Karchham. At Karchham, turn right
off NH22 and follow the road along
the Baspa River to Sangla. A direct
bus to Sangla leaves the Chandigarh
stand at 3:30 AM (Rs 280)
stoping at Shimla’s Lakkar Bazaar
Bus stand at 7:30 AM (Rs 181) at
9:30, 10:45 and 11:30 AM from
Where to Stay
|Sangla Valley (9,000 ft)
|Sangla - Banjara Camps
||7 kms from Sangla town
||6 kms from Sangla town
|Baikunth Adventure Camp
||5 kms from Sangla town
||15 kms from Sangla town
|Shen Sha Hotel
||Chitkul, 24 kms from Sangla town