Sangla Valley (altitude 2300m) of Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh is very scenic & heavenly village for visitors all over the world which is famous for Bering Nag Temple, Kamru Village Fort & Temple, Sangla Buddhist Monastery, Beautiful Baspa Valley along with Baspa River, India’s last village from Tibet side – Chitkul, Gateway to many High Altitude Himalayan Treks like Lamkhaga Pass, Rupin Pass, Borasu Pass & Many more….
Best time to Visit?
Weather remains cold to bitterly cold from November to March. May to September are pleasant days So better to visit Sangla is in the months of April to October. If you want to experience snow then December to early March is the best time.
How to reach Sangla?
It is well connected by Shimla – The Capital of Himachal Pradesh. Once you reach Shimla, There are HRTC Buses available at Shimla Bus stand. Mostly these Buses leave from Chandigarh in the night then reach Shimla in the morning. Bus will leave for Sangla or Rakcham in the morning around 7:00 AM from Shimla Bus stand. This Bus journey will last for 12 hours long cos Bus drive is adventurous one!
There is a Bus with number HP 25 A 3043 which runs every alternative day from Shimla around 7:00 – 7:15 AM from Shimla Bus stand to Sangla. One can call Shimla Bus Depo Control Room for details on Bus timings, they will help you.
For us Shimla to Sangla HRTC Bus road journey costed just Rs. 354
Note: There is 25% concession for Women in HRTC Bus ticket fares. Please check with conductor once you board the bus if you are a Woman or lady traveler.
Helpline number of Shimla Bus Depo Control Room is 01772656326.
If you are visiting Sangla with friends or family, try to take or book Innova, XUV, Tata Sumo or Tempo Traveler from Shimla. This will help you to stop & spend enough time en-route Sangla. Journey from Shimla to Sangla is Epic & Deadly dangerous one with Breathtaking views of Sutlej River, High Mountains, Mountain Villages, Lovely Bridges, Some Beautiful Towns of Kinnaur Valley.
Distance from different cities:
If you are travelling from different States of India, it is better to reach Delhi or Chandigarh by Flight, Train or other transport options then plan accordingly in advance. This will help to reach Sangla without any transport issues.
From Delhi: Around 590 Kms. via NH44 and NH5 (Delhi to Sangla)
From Chandigarh: Around 354 Kms. via NH5 (Chandigarh to Sangla)
From Shimla: 240 Kms. via NH5 (Shimla to Sangla)
How to reach Sangla from Shimla: From Shimla, Take following route to Sangla: Shimla –> Kufri –> Fagu –> Rampur –> Tapri –> Karcham –> Sangla
Altitude: Altitude of Sangla Valley, Kinnaur District, Himachal Pradesh comes around 3000 Mtr.
Sangla is located in temperate zone. The average yearly temperature of Sangla hovers around 17°C. It peaks in the months of May and June when it reaches 30°C but the weather remains pleasant. In July, August and September the average rainfall reaches its apex point. It crosses 300mm mark in the month of July. After July it starts decreasing and the average rainfall plummets to less than 100 mm in September month. In October month it barely rains. With dwindling rains temperature graph also takes a nose dive and it crosses below 5°C mark in December month.
Beautiful Sangla Town
This article mainly concentrates on what we have seen in Sangla Valley of Kinnaur District, Himachal Pradesh before start of Lamkhaga Pass Expedition in the month of May 2017. I have tried my best to document everything in this article:
Bering Nag Temple
Bering Nag Temple is the most famous temple in the Sangla region of Kinnaur District, Himachal Pradesh. It is visited by lot of pilgrims during month of August or September for Fulaich or Phulech Festival. While visiting the temple,one should follow norms as told by the priests.
Bering Nag Temple is dedicated to snakes that you see around shoulders of Lord Shiva. Temple constructed with just stones and wood has architecture is inspired by Buddhist Pagodas since this part of Himachal Pradesh has major influence from Tibetan Buddhism. Temple’s dome is supposedly made of Gold and temple is believed to have lot of precious gems as well.
Must visit Kamru Village
Kamru Village is 2 Kms. of easy trek from Sangla Town. It is famous for Kamru Fort & Temple. Please don’t miss to explore these Ancient Buddhist architectures while exploring Sangla. It is must visit when you are in Sangla!
Kamru Temple: Kamru Temple is situated just below Kamru Fort en-route Kamru Fort from Sangla. This temple is called as Shree Badri Vishal Ji Temple of Kamru Village which is also a 15th Century shrine of Lord Badrinath, which hosts a light every three years.
Kamru Fort is one of the Oldest Fort’s located in Sangla valley of Kinnaur District, Himachal Pradesh. Kamru Fort is main historical place of the Valley. After 2 Kms. walk from Sangla Town, there lies the tower-like fort of Kamru at an altitude of 2600 Mtrs above sea level. An exotic Image of Lord Buddha on the Fort’s Main Gate and an Image of Kamkhya Devi are the unique features of this fort. The image of Kamkhya Devi supposed to have been brought from Assam is installed on the third floor.
The fort seems like being placed over packing of dressed stone that acts like a pedestal for an exalted piece of art. The tower possesses an elegant wooden balcony.There are a number of interesting myths attached to this fort. This fort is ruled by 100 plus dynasties of Himachal. Other parts of the fort’s are restricted for general public viewing including local Kinnauri’s except Kamkhya Devi Idol which is situated near tower-like Fort. Only ancestors of Himachal Royal families get to go further inside the fort. Virbhadra Singh, CM of Himachal Pradesh belongs to one of the royal families of Himachal visited recently to this fort for family function as informed to us by Watch-woman of Kamru Fort Chandru Negi during our visit on 19th May 2017 mornings.
Sangla Buddhist Monastery
There is a Buddhist Monastery situated in the heart of Sangla Town. As per monks of Monastery, this monastery is recently built and it is very good place to mediate & relax. Don’t miss to explore this monastery of Sangla!
View of Kinner Kailash from Sangla
Back-side of Kinner Kailash is clearly visible from Kamru Village & surroundings of Sangla where front-side can seen from Kalpa or Reckong Peo. This is how i captured back-side of Kinner Kailash from Sangla Buddhist Monastery. Classic view indeed!
Beautiful Baspa Valley
Baspa Valley belongs to Kinnaur District of Himachal Pradesh. It lies at Indo-Tibet Border. This valley is famous for Baspa River, Rani Kanda Meadows, Dumti Meadows, Karu Devta Temple at Dumti, ITBP Camps & Check-posts, Nagdum River, Mighty Baspa Glacier, Moraine Stretches, Snowfields & Snow-slopes of Upper Baspa Valley, Gateway to many High Altitude Himalayan Treks like Lamkhaga Pass, Borasu Pass & Many more…
India’s last village from Tibet side – Chitkul
Chitkul is India ‘s last village from Tibet side which can be reached via Road. Distance from Sangla to Chitkul is 22.1 Kms. and people throng into this place to experience beauty of mother nature which is famous for Snow-caped Mountains, Baspa River & Many more. Potatoes grown at Chitkul are one of the best in the world and are very costly.
Gateway to many High Altitude Himalayan Treks
Sangla Valley of Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh is Gateway to many High Altitude Himalayan Treks like Lamkhaga Pass, Rupin Pass, Borasu Pass & Many more. These treks can either start or end from Himachal Pradesh or Uttrakhand.
Lamkhaga Pass: Either Start from or end at Chitkul.
Rupin Pass: Either Start from or end at Sangla Town.
Borasu Pass: Either Start from or end at Chitkul.
Final Words: Sangla Valley is a must visit place for Adventure Seekers, Tourists & Travelers across the world. I will rate this valley 8 out of 10. Please don’t miss to explore this place if you plan a Adventure Trip around Kinnaur & Spiti. Must visit region of Himachal Pradesh indeed!!!
Blog by Gautham Baliga