Kamru Fort is almost 2 kms away from Sangla, and is said to be a centuries old fort. Cars go only till a particular point and then there’s a 30 minute walk till the historic fort. The walk to the fort is a pretty simple one with a path much smooth and surrounded with apple trees and snow capped mountains all around.
A grandfather taking his grandson on his back for a stroll. The kid here is saying Hi to me after a few attempts of mine to make him smile, but it happened only when his grandfather told him to say hi and smile..this was I when clicked him!!!
After few minutes of walk, we come around a small temple which is usually closed for tourists, but you may offer prayers from outside. It can also be called as a stopping point where you may interact with locals as you can easily find them here.
The temple has beautiful entry doors and I’m sure you will find various beautiful artistic doors all over the doors. If you’re also a door-lover like me, you will adore these doors just like me, and you may also check doors at Norm’s Thursday Doors feature.
There’s another plus point of visiting Kamru Fort is that there are literally very few tourists and you kind of own the place.
The entry to the temple & fort is through the beautiful artistic door where a priest lady welcomes us with a typical Himachali cap and a red holy strap to tie around our waist which is a culture one to follow before entering the temple.
When we travel, one way to connect with locals is to talk to them and ask their permission if you want get their photograph. Some people don’t like to be clicked but some do say yes, and that’s your moment as a photographer. I asked this lovely lady for a picture while we were in Kamru Fort, Sangla. Initially, despite being little hesitant she let me click from where she was standing and then for next picture she asked me that should I stand here and I said ok happily and this was the picture I got with her beautiful shy smile
It was a real surprise to me that we weren’t allowed to enter the fort, but I think it is always nice to blend in and not resist all the time. Only main temple priests are allowed in the fort as they say as much as 33000 gods reside in the fort.
Have you been to Sangla? Did you include Kamru Fort in your itinerary? Do share your experience with us.
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– The Wanderer