Sangla Valley, a small yet beautiful village located in the Kinnaur valley. It is also known as Baspa Valley as the Baspa river flows through the valley. You can see a lot of apple farms all around the village. People here are very nice and have a big heart.
Places to stay in Sangla Valley
Sangla was very raw and there were hardly any places to stay before but now there are a lot of hotels. These are some hotels to stay in Sangla Valley - Hotel Apple Pie, Hotel Royal Castle, Rupin River View, Hotel Rolling Rang and more.
I took a hotel at Sangla at a very cheap price. The hotel was not luxurious but had an amazing view of the Himalayan peaks from the window and we got all the basic utilities including hot water geyser.
Personal Suggestion: If you’re looking for a budget trip, book hotels on the spot. You will easily find a good hotel room in Rs. 600-700 only.
Did I forget to mention?
Weather at Sangla Valley was very cold even in the month of June. Even there was snow all over the peaks during the night but at daytime, there was a mild sunlight but still cold enough to wear a jacket. The best months to visit Sangla Valley are April to October.
Though there is not much to visit in the village, the raw beauty of village makes you fall in love with the place. No hustle-bustle, no traffic, no pollution, the place is full of natural beauty and peace.
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We checked into the hotel and left for some of the must-visit places in Sangla Valley.
Best places to visit in Sangla Valley
Kamru Fort is the oldest fort in Himachal Pradesh is located at a peak over the altitude of 2600 meter above sea level. You can either cover the 2km distance from Sangla Valley by car, but I would suggest you walk through the steep village and explore the beautiful Sangla Meadows.
We found a lot of Apple and Apricot farms our way to Kamru fort.
After reaching 1km, I was completely exhausted and Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) took me. No matter how hard I tried, I could not move a bit more until I threw up. But when we reached the top visiting the beautiful Kamakshi Devi Temple on the way, the feeling was an achievement.
It was ecstatic to see the complete view of beautiful Sangla village from the top.
The beautiful Himachali lady was guarding the temple.
She was old but energetic. When I asked her how she manages to come daily to the fort and leave to her place, she mentioned she comes in the Dev Palki – a traditional Himachal hammock which carries their Dev(God) that comes in the morning for worship and in the evening she leaves on her own.
The entrance gate was huge and heavy – made of iron and Tibetan wood.
The fort is 800 years old and is known for housing the Kamakshi Devi Temple that came before Kamru Fort.
There was also Tibetan Wood Carving Center on the way.
The most important thing to be noted is that the whole fort is made of either Tibetan wood or black mountain stones.
Next, I visited the famous Bering Nag Temple in Sangla.
The place is a must visit for its wonderful architecture and location at the bank of Baspa River. The temple can be reached through the stairs that go straight from the Sangla village market to the bank of Baspa River. The architecture of this temple will definitely leave you in awe.
Some really nice Himachali people I met on the way
Food and Shopping at Sangla Valley
Coming to the food and shopping, since it is a small village you’ll find limited options for food and basic shopping. There is a bridge that leads to the main market area of Sangla where you will find small Chinese restaurants and cafes. At most of the places, you’ll find Momos, Thukpa, and Noodles. If you need proper Indian food, inform your hotel in advance, they’ll get it cooked for you. Make sure you reach back your hotel by 7 pm, as it is always cloudy and the sun sets very soon due to high mountains covering the village.
And, this is how my one day at serene and calm Sangla Valley came to an end. I spent some time in the lap of nature at night and after a good night sleep, we left for Chitkul next day.
I always believe:
"Once a year, go someplace you have never been before"
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