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How to spend a day in Sangla, India

Kinnaur is a beautiful district in the upper Himachal with apple farms all over and lush green valleys. One of such picturesque valley is Sangla Valley located near India-Tibet Border. Surrounded by snow covered mountains with apple farms in every home and the musical sound of Baspa river in the valley is a perfect getaway for travelers, couples and families. It surely is a long road trip from Delhi, but the gorgeous quiet landscape of this secluded village will soothe your travel buds.

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#Baspa River

Sitting on the river bed on huge rocks is as rejuvenating as a spa. The music of the flowing water, the sound of the waving leaves of the trees, the chirping of the birds will revive your mood and ease out your stress. The river lies at the foothill of the Sangla Village girdled with centuries old deodara trees and the snow capped mountain peaks even in the months of summer. Unlike other hill stations, the river is untouched and not yet commercialised making it the most peaceful & my favourite places in the village. 

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Start your day with a morning walk on the downhill till the river and get refreshed for the rest of day. Watching the sun rise between the hills amidst the sound of the flowing river will be exhilarating start to the day!!

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#Bering Nag Temple

One of the prime attractions of the village is the Bering Nag Temple dedicated to Lord Jagas (Snakes). Inspired by Buddhist Pagodas and an architecture marvel from the valley, the temple is visited by numerous tourists over the year for the annual “Fulaich Fair’. Tourists are not allowed in the main temple area yet are free to offer their prayers from the temple courtyard.  

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On your walk uphill from the river towards the village, you will spot the Bering Nag temple which is open from morning till evening. 

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#Kamru Fort

Rumoured to be some centuries old, Kamru Fort is located almost 2 kms from Sangla. The fort is of extreme importance to the locals of Sangla because of the 15th century Kamakhya temple in the fort premises. There’s a point up to which the vehicles are allowed and post that it’s almost 30 mins walk till the fort. Entry to the fort is not allowed as the priests say as much as 33000 gods reside in the main Fort. The fort is an architecture spectacle with stone carvings and wooden structure built on a hill top built years ago. The fort showcases picturesque view of the Sangla village and the valley from the altitude of 2600 meters above the sea level.

 

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Head over to the Fort by either walking or hire a local vehicle although the cars drop only till the foothill. The walk till the fort is a rocky one with greenery all around and locals walking by at fast pace. The walk will take almost 20-30 mins depending upon your fitness level.

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#Buddhist Monastery

Influence of Buddhism is quite visible in Sangla and the monastery is another quiet and attractive place in Sangla. Not highlighted as the most visited places from the valley but a place worth adding to the itinerary. A quick walk to the outside of the village towards the main bus depot will take to the monastery in a peaceful corner.

 

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Another way to head here is while coming back from the fort with just a small detour. The monastery is usually closed, but if you will visit there the monks will open the gates – with a smile – for you to offer prayers.

 

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The monastery is located on second floor and the doors were locked when we arrived. While the monks were getting keys to open the same, I stood there to admire the beautiful colorful door with such intricate details. The paintings on the surrounding walls of the door was a pleasing sight to witness. Are you also a door lover…if yes..then I recommend visiting Norm’s blog featuring doors!!

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Have you been to Sangla? What did you like most about the valley & the village? Do share your experience with me in the comment box below.

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– The Wanderer

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57 comments

  1. I loved the landscape and natural beauty of Sangla. As I love mountains, this place is for me. Exploring around Baspa river is so beautiful thing to do here. Colorful door of Buddhist temple is so beautiful and photogenic. I would love to visit these temples.

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  2. From Buddhist Monastery to the Fort, it all seems quite interesting. I love those doors in the Monastery, so vibrant and lovely. There seems plenty to do yet it seems as if the place calms you down instead of that frenzied feeling. I really like that about Sangla from your post. Thanks/

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  3. The Baspa river looks so clean, it must be so close to the source too. The Bering Nag Temple sounds very sacred, I like how they keep it sacred by not letting the tourists in. I think I would take the walk up to the fort – for both the exercise and beautiful views. I love your pictures, I can almost breath in the fresh air!

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  4. We missed visiting Sangla last time we were in Himachal. It looks like such a peaceful place. I love listening to the music of rivers too and we would have loved the place. It was so nice of the monks to open them for you.

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  5. I’ve not been to Sangla before. But I’d like to consoderimg all I’ve read and seen in this post. I’d like to visit the Bhuddist Monastery and spend time looking at the colorful doors. But I’d start with an exploration of Baspa River. Such a nice post and India is beautiful.

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  6. I have never been to Sangla but have heard great things about it. Bering nag temple is so gorgeous. It’s location enhances its beauty. Inspired by this blog, I might just plan a trip here soon.

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  7. Sangla looks and sounds like a lovely place to spend a few days. The buildings and the mountain backdrop are a photographers dream! I’ll add it to my ever growing ‘to visit’ list in India!

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  8. I’ve never been to Sangla and wasn’t familiar with it at all before reading this. It is absolutely stunning however and I would love to see this area someday. The view from the bridge over the Baspa River is breathtaking!

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  9. A few years back, my Gurudev spent a week in Sangla under agyatvas. The pictures that emerged afterwards were breathtaking. I have always wanted to visit Sangla ever since. Quite informative post with lovely pics!

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