Sangla Valley situated on the bank of River Baspa is lesser-known part of Himalayas and one of the most beautiful valleys in Himachal. In Tibetan, the term Sangla means ”pass of light” which refers to the valley receiving sunlight during the day. This beautiful valley of Kinnaur district, surrounded by natural scenery and picturesque eternal snow view all round, is also known as Baspa Valley and is having an altitude of 8,900 ft. It is truly one of the most beautiful places on Earth.
Height: 2700 m
Climate: Sangla is moderately hot in summer with temperature of 8° to 30°. July marks the beginning of Monsoon season in Sangla and lasts till mid September. Winters are extremely cool here with the temperature diving down to a chilling -10° C. Best time to visit this place is from May to September.
Getting There & Away: How to reach Sangla
No airport or railways station is present in Sangla valley. The nearest railway station to Sangla is Kalka Railway Station. Regular HRTC and private buses from Delhi, Chandigarh and Shimla head towards Sangla. One can also hire a cab or take private car to Sangla. From Delhi, Sangla is around 500 kms away, from Chandigarh it is around 350 kms and from Shimla, it is 225 kms.
Tourist Attractions in Sangla
Spending few days in Sangla Valley is itself a mesmerizing experience. This whole valley is a Pandora’s Box, full of surprises served by nature at each and every corner. But still there lies few points that attract tourists the most.
Kamru Fort: Located at a distance of 2 Km from Sangla Village, Kamru Fort is one of the oldest Forts of India. An exotic Image of Lord Buddha on the Fort’s Main Gate and an Image of Kamakhya Devi are the unique features of this fort. The image of Kamakhya Devi, supposed to have been brought from Assam, is installed on the third floor. There is also a 15th century shrine of Lord Badrinath, which hosts a light every three years.
Bering Nag Temple: Bering Nag temple is a famous temple in the Sangla Valley. It invites a large number pilgrims and devotees every year, especially between the months of August and September. Considering as one of the most important places of worship for Hindus, one must not miss out attending the famous event called Fulaich Fair held there. It is a festival of flowers. There is much fanfare involved including traditional dances and songs. The Kinnauris wear their traditional costumes and perform certain rituals for their departed loved ones.
Chitkul Village: The last village in India, beyond which lies the Indo-Tibetan Border, this one is about 28 km away from Sangla. Sitting on banks of River Baspa, this village is mystery waiting to be unfolded. Village population is of about 600 people and surrounded by snow capped Himalayas on one side and Baspa River on the other. There is a temple of goddess Mathi at the center of the village. Wheat fields are there around the plane areas surrounding the village. Of particular interest at Chitkul are its houses with either slate or wooden plank roofs, a Buddhist temple and a small tower. However, there has been an increased use of tin-roofs, especially the high school and the army/ITBP barracks. The Kagyupa temple has a highly valued old image of the Shakyamuni Buddha, a Wheel of Life mandala and four Directional Kings on either side of the door. Chitkul is practically the last point of the famous Kinner Kailash Parikrama as one can hitch a hike from here onwards. Lastly, Meadows, Mountains, Grasslands, Big rocks, River, Jungle and Apple orchids….This place has everything one can expect from a Mountain Tour.
Sangla Meadow: Lush green meadows spotted with mud patches and a magnificent backdrop of snow covered Himalayan Mountains. What else could you ask for, to rejuvenate your mind, body and soul. Also referred to as Sangla Kanda, it is one of most favoured attractions in the area. This place should not be missed at any cost.
Trout Farm: The Trout Farm of Sangla is set up by the Himachal Pradesh fisheries department, to protect and raise the Trout fishes. This is a popular tourist attraction in the Sangla region and is visited by thousands of visitors every year. In order to enjoy fishing here, tourists have to get prior permission from the fisheries department. The Trout Farm fosters various types of prized trouts and the tourists can experience angling here, especially in the months of October as it is the best time for fishing in Sangla. One can fish for brown and rainbow trouts, as the farm is well stocked with such fishes. A large number of fishing enthusiasts visit this amazing place every year to experience fishing.
Tibetan Wood Carving Centre: The Tibetan Wood Carving Center is one of the most famous attractions of Sangla that offers amazing items made out of wood carvings in Tibetan style. This place is very popular among shopaholics in the city and amid the tourists who visit Sangla from different parts of the country. The wood items available here are kept for display as well as for selling purpose and the tourists, especially foreign travellers love buying such items. This centre is located near the Saffron Farm in the outskirts of Sangla, and is accessible through a road.
Rupin Pass: Sprinkled with streams, waterfall, river, mountains, snows, beautiful meadows, and flowers, Rupin Pass is one of the most popular trekking routes in India and is visited by large number of tourists. it gives tourists a wide range of options to explore the beauty of Sangla valley and its nearby attractions. The Rupin River is the centre of attraction in Rupin Pass, which is enveloped by so many natural wonders like mountains, meadows, and streams.