Kinnaur is a beautiful district in the upper Himachal with apple farms all over and lush green valleys. One of the valley in lovely is Sangla Valley which is located almost 30 kms from Tibet Border. Surrounded by snow covered mountains, apple farms in every home and the musical sound of Baspa river at the start of valley is a perfect getaway for travelers, couples and families. Yes, it surely is a long road trip to reach there, but it will satisfy your travel buds once you reach there.
Sitting on the river bed on huge rocks is as rejuvenating as a spa. The music of the river, the sound of the waving leaves of the trees, the chirping of the birds will revive your mood and ease out your stress. The river lies at the foothill of the Sangla Village girdled with centuries old deodara trees and the snow capped mountain peaks even in the months of summer. Unlike other hill stations, the river is untouched and not yet commercialised making it the most peaceful places in the village.
Start your day with a morning walk on the downhill till the river and get refreshed for the rest of day. Watching the sun rise between the hills amidst the sound of the flowing river will be refreshing start to the day!!
#Bering Nag Temple
One of the prime attractions of the village is the Bering Nag Temple dedicated to Lord Jagas (Snakes). Another architecture marvel of the valley & inspired by Buddhist Pagodas the temple is visited numerous tourists over the year for the annual “Fulaich Fair’. Tourists are not allowed in the main temple premises yet are free to offer their prayers from the temple area.
On your walk uphill from the river towards the village, you will spot the Bering Nag temple which is open from morning till evening.
Rumoured to be some centuries old, the Fort is located almost 2 kms from Sangla. The fort is of extreme importance to the locals of Sangla because of the 15th century Kamakhya temple in the fort premises. There’s a point up to which the vehicles are allowed and post that it’s almost 30 mins walk till the fort. Entry to the fort is not allowed as the priests say as much as 33000 gods reside in the main Fort. The fort is an architecture marvel with stone carvings and wooden structure on the hill top. The fort showcases picturesque view of the Sangla village and the valley from the altitude of 2600 meters above the sea level.
Head over to the Fort by either walking or hire a local vehicle although the cars drop only till the foot of the hill. The walk till the fort is a rocky one with greenery all around and will take almost 20-30 mins.
Influence of Buddhism is quite visible in Sangla and the monastery is another quiet and attractive place in Sangla. Not one of the most visited places but a walk from little outside the village till the hill side will lead to the monastery in a peaceful corner.
Coming back from the fort will lead you to the monastery with just a small detour. The monastery is usually closed, but if you will visit there the monks will open it for you to offer prayers.
The entry gate of the monastery was locked but was opened for us to visit. The door itself was mesmerizing and had such intricate details that it was difficult not to photograph it. Door with such loud colors and paintings on its surrounding walls was a pleasing sight ti witness. Are you also a door lover then I recommend visiting Norm’s blog featuring doors!!
Have you been to Sangla? What did you like most about the valley & the village? Do share your experience with me in the comment box below.
– The Wanderer