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KINNAUR VALLEY

Sarahan Sangla

SANGLA
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

Kamru Fort
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.

Fast Fact
  • 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
Trout Farm
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.

Getting There
  • 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 on NH22.
    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 Shimla.
Where to Stay

Sangla Valley (9,000 ft)
Sangla - Banjara Camps Camp 7 kms from Sangla town
Kinner Camp Camp 6 kms from Sangla town
Baikunth Adventure Camp Camp 5 kms from Sangla town
Mustaarang Camps Camp 15 kms from Sangla town
Shen Sha Hotel Hotel Chitkul, 24 kms from Sangla town
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