Four ways to reach Sangla Valley from Delhi

Sangla is a small village in the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh, India. Located in a valley surrounded by snow-capped mountains covered with Deodar trees and river at its foot, the village is natural beauty at its best. The high altitude of the upper Himalayan gives the land suitable environment for apple plantation and wherever you roll your eyes to apple farms are easily spotted. 

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When we finally decided for a road trip to Sangla, we referred Google maps predicting 14+ hours journey from Delhi. Although we had 2 people who could drive, after a thorough research, we came to a decision that it would be better to hire a cab. You might wonder why..? Because the roads for upper Kinnaur are some of the World’s Deadliest Roads and if you’re not an experienced driver in steep mountains it’s advisable to not drive on your own. Still, fancy a drive on your own…? Then, read more from Helena’s road trip to gain some insight and tips that might prove fruitful before embarking your journey!

Because we were not driving ourselves, we planned & started late at night around 22h30 and crossed Chandigarh by 03h30 and once we touched the hilly area the speed dropped by half. We drove non-stop for almost another 3 hrs, stopping around Shimla for morning tea and then reached Narkanda where we found the lovely nature camp. Tired of such long drive with minimal breaks we were literally exhausted by the time we reached our destination around 14h00. 

If you plan to visit the picturesque village of Sangla valley and want to avoid the mistakes we made, read further about the different ways to reach Sangla Valley from Delhi.

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1. By Car

It is an almost 16-hour journey via road from Delhi despite Google suggesting only 14 hours. The route includes Delhi – Chandigarh – Shimla – Kufri – Narkanda – Rampur – Karcham – Sangla. Another alternative route may include Manali in place of Shimla, but that again has its level of difficulties as that incorporates Rohtang Pass. We traveled in a Maruti Suzuki sedan which made the ride highly prickly and ultimately the road journey turned out to be arduous in the end. If you are not traveling in a comfortable car – preferably an SUV or don’t prefer long drives,  I would strongly recommend you should stop for a night stay somewhere around Shimla or Kufri. That’s again a tourist spot and will give you ample views to soothe your mountain-buds. You may then continue the journey the next day providing you plentiful time to soak in the beauty of the state. 

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2. By Train

As Sangla is located at 8,530 feet above sea level and still developing so, unfortunately, no direct trains are available till here. Although, some distance can still be covered via train. There are various trains till Shimla from New Delhi with interchanges. From Delhi to Kalka the train takes almost 6 hrs which is the interchange point. From Kalka to Shimla Toy train is available – moving at an average speed of 18 km so it will take almost 5 hrs till  Shimla. But the train route will mesmerize you with gorgeous views of the Himalayan state. Upon reaching Shimla, you may take a bus or a private cab for onward journey till Sangla.

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3. By Flight

There are two airports which may help you to cover at least half the distance – one being in Shimla (the closest one) and other in Kullu (Manali). From Shimla/Kullu, again bus or a private taxi will be required to cover the rest of miles. There is also an alternate air-route with Rampur having helipad facility so this can also be tapped but this may involve an additional hit to your budget.

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4. By Bus

Sangla is virtually cut off in terms of no direct medium to reach there. As per date, no direct buses are available till Sangla from Delhi. But Shimla does cater some bus service till Sangla so again the journey needs to broken in parts if you’re planning to visit Sangla via Bus.

Have you visited Sangla yet? Do share your experience with us!!

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  1. Wow, 16 hours in the car I’m not sure I could do that. I definitely think I would choose one of the other routes that seem a lot more efficient. It’s always hard when I travel because sometimes I want to go cheaper and sometimes I want to go faster. All depends on your budget and timeframe.

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  2. You have listed some beautiful options to reach Sangla valley. I would prefer road trip as it must be along beautiful mountains, valleys and natural scenery. By air it must be fast to reach so confused which way of travel, I would prefer. You have taken nice shots along the road specially that big rock.

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  3. This is a really great guide! Directions are so stressful for me, so if I ever plan on going to Sangla, I’ll come and read this again since you laid everything out so clearly.


  4. I’ve never visited Sangla Valley but it looks so picturesque. I may be visiting India next year so I will try do the car journey in the 14 hours Google suggests! The road trip looks unique with the cliff overhanging the road!


  5. Wow stunning pictures! I want to go backpacking around the world within the next few years and I haven’t decided yet if I want to go through India. If I do, I’ll definitely consider hiring a driver like you did, thanks for the tip!


  6. Love logistical posts like this, they’re so helpful when it comes to planning travel. Those mountains are so beautiful, too. India has such incredible diversity in its landscapes!


  7. I had not heard of the small village of Sangla before, so I need to look it up. The views on the way there looks stunning and I would be wanting to stop all the time to take photos, especially at the rock formation. However those roads look scary but it sounds like the best option still especially with it being a developing place.


  8. This is such helpful information! I had no idea about this place and it looks beautiful. Glad there are so many ways to get there.


  9. Sangla valley has really caught the imagination of a lot of travelers in the last few years. Partly because of the roads and also the beauty of the region. Thanks for all the details on how to reach the valley and I can tell from the photos that this is one journey that is quite spectacular.


  10. I love India, I have traveled many places and would like to visit more. I have been in Shimla where is similar to this town but this also look interesting. Maybe next time 🙂


  11. Wow that drive looks absolutely spectacular! I love a road trip so this would suit me down to the ground. As you suggest, though, I’d definitely do an overnight stop en-route. Lovely photos.


  12. I’ve yet to visit India, so I have to say no to Sangla! That rock formation in the photo is incredible, yet scary at the same time! Some great tips here on seeing this stunning place.


  13. Your third photograph shows how a huge rock overhang was created when the road was cut through through the slope of a mountain. Coincidentally, there’s a similar-looking formation in my neighborhood in central Texas (USA), but here it was moving water that wore away the rock over aeons to create a natural overhang.

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