Sangla, Kinnaur | Famous Tourist Attraction in Himachal Pradesh

Sangla is a small town in the beautiful Baspa Valley. The Valley is popularly known as the Sangla valley. The town is situated in the Kinnaur District of Himachal Pradesh. Sangla is very close to the Indo Tibetan border.

Sangla, nestled in the lap of the beautiful grater Himalaya, is a scenic and a very alluring place in Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh. The nature has enriched this place with amazing natural beauty and picturesque locations. The valley is surrounded by forested slopes and offers views of the high mountains peaks which remain snow covered through the year.

The word 'Sangla' in Tibetan language denotes 'Pass of Light'. Sangla has a large number of mesmerizing sceneries and picturesque spots. The region and its vicinity are famous for its cherry, apple and pine nut orchards. The Royal and Red Golden are the best varieties of apples grown in the Himachal Pradesh.

Apart from the different kinds of natural vegetation, there are many interesting sightseeing places that attract tourists like Kamru Fort, Buddhist Monastery, Sangla Meadow and Tibetan Wood Carving Centre etc. The place is worldwide famous for handcrafted Kinnauri caps and shawls.

The major source of income for the locals is agriculture and related activities. Bastseri region in Sangla is the only part of the area where a rare dry fruit, Chilgoza is grown. Near Bastseri is Kinner Camps a wonderful place to stay.

Weather and Climate

The summers in Sangla remains cooler than the other parts of the state with temperature varying from 8°C; to 21°C. This the best time to visit Sangla.

Monsoon reaches Sangla in the month of July. Sangla experiences a moderate rainfall in the season.

Winters starts in December and lasts till February. Winters are extremely cold here with the temperature approaching down to a chilling -10°C. Most of the area remains cut from other parts of the state in winter.

Places And Activities

Kamru Fort: The Fort is located 2 Kms away from the Sangla town. There is a wooden balcony at the top of the Fort along with an image of Kamakhya Devi placed in the third floor of the fort. There are a number of gates of entry in the Fort. A very big image of Lord Buddha is placed at the main gate of the Fort.

Baspa River: Baspa river passes through the mountains of Sangla valley. The area of Baspa River offers opportunities point to see rainbows and brown trout. This beautiful place provides a range of panoramic views.

Buddhist Monastery: The Monastery is situated near Reckong Peo in Brelengi. Is is also known as Brelengi Gompa. It was founded for assisting the Dalai Lama to perform the Kalachakra ceremony in 1992 by the Mahabodhi Society. It is one of the best and popular places to visit Kinnaur.

Sangla Meadow: Also known as Sangla Kanda, it is one of the main attraction of the area. It is an ideal location to see the Kinner Kailash. This place remains covered with lush greenery and is bounded by snow capped hills of the beautiful Himalayas.

Tibetan Wood Carving Centre:Tibetan Wood Carving Centre is known for the items made out of woods by carving the wood in Tibetan style. These items are available for both display and sale. It is very popular among shopaholics in the area as well as tourists.

Bering Nag Temple: Bering Nag Temple is the most important place for Hindus in Sangla Valley. It is famous for its Fulaich Fair which is celebrated here every year in the months of August and September. The temple is dedicated to Lord Jagas.

How to reach?

The nearest Domestic Airport is Jubbarhatti Airport in Shimla, 194 Kms from Sangla. Bhuntar Airport is also at about three and a half hour drive from Sangla.

The road transport is the only possible way to reach Sangla. Sangla can be reached either via Shimla or Kullu. It is about 190 kms away from Shimla and 209 Kms from Kullu. Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) and some private travel agencies provide services to Sangla.

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