Journey to Sangla Valley and Chitkul in Kinnaur district

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Photo of Journey to Sangla Valley and Chitkul in Kinnaur district 1/11 by Vineet Kumar
Berinag Temple of Sangla, Highly revered
Photo of Journey to Sangla Valley and Chitkul in Kinnaur district 2/11 by Vineet Kumar
Sangla Village View
Photo of Journey to Sangla Valley and Chitkul in Kinnaur district 3/11 by Vineet Kumar
The traffic on the mountains

Sangla valley: Sangla village is a Kasba ready to outgrow itself into a bustling town. New hotels are under construction to tap the rising tourist's flow. With a small market, it acts as the basecamp for the Sangla valley travelers. A walk to the gushing Baspa river and then to the Sangla Trout farms, orchards, cedar trees, the historic Bering Nag Temple, Kamru fort, and just strolling around the village are key attractions. Bering Nag is a traditional Kinnauri temple: a fusion of Hinduism and Buddhism elements.

Where to Stay: Sangla is almost inaccessible for a good part of the year and tourist season is approx 4-5 months. Various accommodations are available from budget to high priced who charge according to the mountain view they offer. Therefore, either does a prior booking or if people are adventurous enough then you can try your luck after arriving at Sangla. Explore in and around the market to search for the hotel. Tent accommodations are available as well.

Food: Mostly the hotel will provide food or one can find food in the market.

Photo of Journey to Sangla Valley and Chitkul in Kinnaur district 4/11 by Vineet Kumar
Approaching view of Chitkul Village
Photo of Journey to Sangla Valley and Chitkul in Kinnaur district 5/11 by Vineet Kumar
Photo of Journey to Sangla Valley and Chitkul in Kinnaur district 6/11 by Vineet Kumar
Around Rakchham village forest

To Chitkul: Next day, we headed to go to Chitkul but found that due to a bus strike local buses are unavailable the whole day. Also, there is only one or two bus to Chitkul that goes from Sangla during noon time only. We quickly rented a shared Taxi with a fellow traveler family. Chitkul is about 22-23 km from Sangla village. The road is bumpy but with very beautiful views. Between Sangla and Chitkul, Rakchham is a beautiful tiny village surrounded by the mountains and forests and an ideal place to stay.

Chitkul is a small village frequented by foreigners and Indians. Beyond this village, is the uninhabited region with a border checkpoint frequented by travelers. In recent times, Chitkul has been attracting tourists and adventure seekers. It has guest houses, homestays, dhabas and many new concrete ones are under construction. One of the most photographed 'Hindustan ka Akhiri Dhaba' is not the last Dhaba as many other dhabas have sprung up beyond this dhaba :). Chitkul is quiet, serene, and frequented by tourists. The snow-capped mountains are far but one can admire the serenity and pace of the flowing Baspa. 

Photo of Journey to Sangla Valley and Chitkul in Kinnaur district 7/11 by Vineet Kumar
Photo of Journey to Sangla Valley and Chitkul in Kinnaur district 8/11 by Vineet Kumar
Photo of Journey to Sangla Valley and Chitkul in Kinnaur district 9/11 by Vineet Kumar
Photo of Journey to Sangla Valley and Chitkul in Kinnaur district 10/11 by Vineet Kumar
Photo of Journey to Sangla Valley and Chitkul in Kinnaur district 11/11 by Vineet Kumar

Post Chitkul, we headed back to Sangla, booked a cab due to a bus strike and reached Kalpa by the evening. 

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