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Situated in the sangla Valley, this place is famous for the ancient fort built here in pagoda style. The fort houses beautiful idols of Lord Buddha and Kamakshi Devi, a form of Goddess Sati or Dhakti. The idols are placed in the thrid floor of the fort and this has made the place a famous pilgrimage spot too. The idol of Kamakshi Devi is said to have been brought down from Gwahati. There is also a temple of Badrinath here which dates back to the 15th century. A fair is held every three years in honor of the goddess who is taken to the gangotri to get washed.
Waking up on time is really easy when you are parked on a national highway.With trucks serving as our alarm’s we were up by 6.Waking up to clean and crisp mountain air was a worthy treat.We had parked in front of a tea stall the previous night and the guy was eager for us to move and vacate his spot.Our tea was ready even before we got off the car. With a warm cuppa in our tummy’s we were ready to leave much to the chaiwallah’s delight. Next stop was Shimla for some breakfast and clean toilets. We were in Shimla in no time, and stopped at the Holiday Home hotel which is a flagship hotel of Himachal tourism. The food was really good and the toilets were clean. With our tummies tight and eyes bright we started towards Narkanda. The drive to Narkanda from Shimla was splendid, the roads were smooth and the view was remarkable. The route took us through the blissful towns of Kufri and Fagu. With the clouds hanging low over the cliffs, the temperature was dropping. Lush green mountains and the clean grey roads added to the magnificence, thanks to the much anticipated drizzle. Narkanda is a small town and serves as base for a lot of people traveling to Kinnaur and Spiti. The town was bustling and people were tanking up and gathering supplies. We met a group of people from Denmark who were doing the same circuit as us on Enfields. After discussing the route and munching on some snacks we were off again. The road towards Sangla was less road and more stones, with tunnelling work in progress we were soon back on the Indian roads we are so used to. We managed to reach Wangdu dam by 9.30pm and made our way through complete darkness and muddy roads to a small town by the Sutlej called Tapri (2100m). Tapri has a few hotels and one big forest guest house. The guest house was booked and we settled for small place by the name of hotel pagmarang bar. The ‘BAR’ part played a vital role in the selection process. Rooms were basic and clean and the management was friendly. We headed to the bar and got down to business. The food was good specially the Chinese and the helpings plentiful. Snug, tipsy and well fed we finally called it a night. Accommodation for the night: Hotel Pagramang Bar. Room rent per night ~700 INR Distance covered: 200km Tip of the day: Try not to drive after sundown unless you are Batman
Translating to “the valley of light” in Tibetan, this city is sheltered in the serene Baspa Valley in Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh. Though there is nothing very special about Sangla itself, its charm lies in the sprawling Baspa Valley which opens your eyes to nature's true gifts with stunning panoramic views of the Himalayas, especially the Kinner Kailash peak, which one can even trek to. To take a slight glimpse into history, visit Sangla's famous attraction, the Kamru Fort, one of the oldest forts in Himachal. Sangla comes alive with its colourful Phulaich Festival, a festival of flowers wherein Kinnauri inhabitants display their traditions and culture with heartwarming song and dance performances, hosted annually in the months of August and September. The Baspa River banks are home to many camps (Banjara, Kinner, Baikunth Adventure Camp) where you can stay and enjoy a plethora of adventure activities conducted by them, such as river crossing, rock climbing and rappelling. Trekking is another challenging but brilliant way for one to explore the beauty of the valley and its surrounding areas. The Rakcham Trek which is a glacier trek is another well known trek besides the one to Kinner Kailash peak. Cafe 42 and Tibetan Cafeteria are some great places for food.
Best Time To Visit
Best time to visit Sangla is from March to October