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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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– The Wanderer