Sangla valley is a heavenly village in upper Kinnaur Himachal Pradesh in India with so many things to do and see. Kamru Fort Sangla is one of the many famous tourist places in Himachal Pradesh in India and a major highlight from Sangla valley. The Kamru Fort on a hilltop offers picturesque views and a religious presence by the Kamakshi Devi temple.
Kamru Fort Sangla
Kamru Fort is almost 2 km away from Sangla Valley and is a centuries-old fort and oldest in the state. Cars go only to a particular point at the base of the hill and then there’s a 30-minute walk till the historic Kamru fort. The hike to the Kamru fort is a pretty simple one with a smooth path surrounded by apple trees and views of snow-capped mountains from wherever our eyes rotate. Despite not being a hiking person I actually enjoyed this short hike. No wonder I’d love t add this to best hikes in Asia and actually go on the others.
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People I met in Kamru Fort Sangla
Travelling is the best way to connect with people. The culture, the vibe is best known through the interaction with locals only. That happens when we simply gather the courage to talk to strangers. I know this can be tough for introverts like me, but starting with a smile usually helps.
I met this wonderful 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!
Shree Badri Vishal Temple
After a few minutes of walk, we come around a small temple which is usually closed for tourists. But you may offer prayers from outside or talk to locals who can arrange a visit. It can also be used as a stopping point where you may interact with locals. The locals of the surrounding village usually spend their day here, soak the summer sun, knit & socialise. Even we encountered a few people and talked to some of them.
Kamakshi Devi Temple
The temple dedicated to Kamakhya Devi (Kamakshi Devi) with the idol as believed to be brought from Guwahati. The Kamakshi Devi temple has a beautiful entry door and I’m sure you will find various beautiful artistic doors all over the Sangla valley too. If you’re also a photography-lover like me, you will adore these beautiful pictures from scenic Sangla valley.
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 Kamakshi Devi temple & Kamru fort is through this beautiful artistic door where a woman priest welcomed us with a typical Himachali cap and a red holy strap to tie around our waist which is a culture to follow before entering the Kamakshi Devi temple.
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Priest of Kamakshi Devi Temple
When we travel, one way to connect with locals is to talk to them, and respect their culture and most importantly ask their permission if you want to 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 woman for a picture while we were in Kamru Fort, Sangla valley. Initially, despite being little hesitant she let me click from where she was standing and then for next picture she asked me whether 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 Kamru fort. Though I think it is always nice to blend in and not resist all the time. Only the main temple priests are allowed in the fort as they say 360 million gods live in the fort.
Have you visited Sangla valley? Did you include Kamru Fort Sangla in your itinerary? Do share your experience with me.
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– The Wanderer