Sangla is a small village in the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh, India. The village is located in a valley surrounded by snow capped mountains covered with Deodara trees. Because of the high altitude, the land and environment is suitable for apple plantation and the sight of every house having apple farms is very common.
When we finally decided for a road trip to Sangla, we referred Google maps predicting 14 hours journey from Delhi and after some research we thought it would be better to hire a cab. We started late at night around 22h30 and crossed Chandigarh by 03h30 and upon entering the hilly town the speed dropped by half. We drove non-stop for almost 3 hrs, stopping around Shimla for morning tea and then reached Narkanda where we found the lovely nature camp. Tired by such long drive with minimal breaks we were literally exhausted by the time we reached our destination around 14h00.
If you plan to visit Sangla and want to avoid the mistakes we made, read on further about the four different ways which you may use.
1. By Car
It is an almost 16 hour journey via road from Delhi. The route includes Delhi – Chandigarh – Shimla – Kufri – Narkanda – Rampur – Karcham – Sangla. If you are not travelling in a comfortable car or don’t prefer long drives, I would recommend you should stop for a night stay and continue the journey the next day.
2. By Train
As Sangla is located at 8,530 feet above sea level and still developing so unfortunately no direct trains are available till here. Although, some distance can still be covered via train. There are various trains till Shimla from New Delhi with interchanges. From Delhi to Kalka the train takes almost 6 hrs which is the interchange point. From Kalka to Shimla Toy train is available moving at an average speed of 18 kms so it will take almost 5 hrs till Shimla. But the train route will mesmerize you with gorgeous views of the Himalayan state. Upon reaching Shimla, you may take a bus or a private cab for onward journey till Sangla.
3. By Flight
There are two airports which may help you to cover atleast half the distance – one being in Shimla (the closest one) and other in Kullu (Manali). From Shimla/Kullu, again bus or a private taxi will be required to cover the rest of miles. There is also an alternate air-route with Rampur having helipad facility so this can also be tapped but this may involve an additional hit to your budget.
4. By Bus
Sangla is virtually cut off in terms of no direct medium to reach there. As per date, no direct buses are available till Sangla from Delhi. But Shimla does cater some bus service till Sangla so again the journey needs to broken in parts if you’re planning to visit Sangla via Bus.
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– The Wanderer