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