The wonderful town was closed to visitors for many years because of its strategic location on the Indo-Tibet and China border. Since it opened its doors to tourists in 1989, it has become a retreat in the hills for anyone in need of a break.
The difficult location of Sangla makes it only accessible by road for tourists through the year. Travelers will have to drive down from Delhi, Shimla or Chandigarh. The roads are well built, sturdy and offer lush green views for you to enjoy on a long journey.
The road entering Sangla has been carved into a mountain and offers a clear glimpse in the valley as cars often hug the side to snake their way into Sangla.
Best time to Visit
The town faces extreme winters and pleasant summers. It is safe to travel during the months of April-May or September- October. The valley can also due to extreme snowfall so plan your holiday in advance after checking the weather. You can enjoy the town and its ambience and the activities without worrying about being snowed in or it raining.
Things to Do
Baspa river majestically flows across this pretty town, adding to its charm. The river is wonderfully cold and a great spot to camp for the night. Pitch a tent right next to the river banks; enjoy a bonfire and a cold swim to jolt your senses. There are many camping companies in the region that will handle and plan everything for you. Angling, fishing, rock climbing and swimming are some of the activities you can indulge in.
Sangla is famous through the country for its apples. The Kinnauri apples are juicy, rich and a perfect snack. You can shop them in the local market along with their spices and savor them at your camp.
Sangla is bestowed with thick, dense forests and nice smelling trees like cedar, pine nut and fir. Walk among the woods to appreciate nature, get your heart racing and click lots of pictures. Tourists and travelers use the thick, bushy forest to hike and trek as the trails are easy enough.
For somebody who loves adventure, you can try a glacier trek or trekking in the snowy areas surrounding Sangla. The course is challenging without being risky and local tour guides arrange day treks and hikes upon request. Pack the right gear and shoes as the mountain terrain is treacherous. Adventure lovers never miss the chance to climb the famous Kinner-Kailash trek.
The 800 year old Kamru Fort which is built in an unique style stands witness to the beauty of Sangla even today. Converted into the Kamakshi Devi Temple now, you can pay your respects and marvel at the architecture that has lasted centuries. Another temple is the Bering Nag temple devoted to Lord Jagas. The popular annual Fulaich Fair held in August/September at the Being Nag Temple. You can experience local dances, songs and food made especially for the festival.
The small town also has a saffron farm for anyone wanting to see what goes behind the art of cultivating saffron.
The Baspa Dam Reservoir should also be on your list of places to visit as it is an ideal spot for seeing the full river flowing in its glory towards the valley.
Sangla is also close to Chitkul, the last town on Indian border. Visitors often play a day trip or half a day trip to see the small town proudly housing even the last dhaba on the Indian border.
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