Sangla With Jungle Lore
Detailed Itinerary :
Day 1 – 1st Sept : CHANDIGARH TO CHAIL (100KM)
We take the flight to Chandigarh. Upon arrival we depart for Chail (100 kms - 6 hours).
Chail is situated at an altitude of 2,250 m. The place is surrounded by the forests of chir pine and gigantic deodars. Shimla, Solan and Kasauli can also be viewed at night from here. Chail is well known for Chail palace, which was built as summer retreat by the Maharaja of Patiala during the British Raj,
Dinner and overnight stay at the resort.
Day 2 – 2nd Sept : CHAIL TO SANGLA (250km - 7 hours)
Post breakfast at Chail we depart for Sangla valley (250 kms and takes about 7 hours). En-route to Sangla.
We'll be staying at Kinner Camps at Sangla. At a height of 2,700 mts the camp is surrounded by towering mountains on all sides, and is on the banks of the Baspa river that surges through the valley. Dinner and overnight stay at Kinner Camps.
DAY 3 – 3rd Sept - ATTEND FLOWER FESTIVAL
During the month of September, the valley of Kinaur comes alive with all sorts of festivities and the Phulaich Fair is one of the many festivals celebrated in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh every year.Villagers gather round and climb to the top of the mountain. Once at the top, the villagers look for a specific flower – the Ladra flower. His flower is the highlight of the entire Phulaich Fair. It has a special place in the heart of the locals who venerate this flower for a variety of reasons.
Day 4 : 4th Sept - VISIT TO RAKCHAM & CHITKUL VILLAGE
We visit Chitkul village, about 28 kms away from Sangla Valley at an altitude of 3450 mtrs. Chitkul is the last inhabited place in India before the Indo-Tibet border. The magical beauty which this village offers is unmatched and incomparable. Chitkul remains closed in winters, and is extremely famous for its potatoes in the whole world. From Chitkul, a short trek takes you to Nagasti, the last civilian outpost on the Indo-China border. Evening you are free to explore the surroundings.
DAY 5 – 5th Sept : SANGLA TO KALPA (60Km - 3 hours)
Just 60 km from the camp, it can take over 3 hours to reach Kalpa. The drive is through the beautiful lands of Karcham, Powari and Recong Peo. Besides the amazing close-up view of the Kinner Kailash range, Kalpa also offers a wonderful market walk.
Hindu temples, Buddhist monasteries and gompas stick out like Christmas decorations on the mountain slopes and makes for an interesting sight. Overnight at Kalpa.
DAY 6 – 6th Sept : LOCAL SIGHTSEEING IN KALPA
Besides the amazing close-up view of the Kinner Kailash range, Kalpa also offers a wonderful market walk. Sight sightseeing in Kalpa is all about gazing in utter amazement at the stunning view of Kinner. Kalpa is surrounded by apple orchards and forests of chilgoza pines, and the air is clean and crisp.
Overnight at Kalpa.
DAY 7 – 7th Sept : KALPA TO SHIMLA (230 km - 7 Hours)
Wake up early to witness the stunning sunrise bathing the Kinner Kailash peaks. After an early breakfast, we leave the gorgeous Sangla Valley and leave for Shimla (7-8 hrs drive).
Overnight at hotel.
DAY 8 – 8th Sept : SHIMLA TO CHANDIGARH AIRPORT (102 km)
Post breakfast, depart for Chandigarh airport to take a flight back to Mumbai.
Shimla (MAP) - Kamna hill resort - Visit Website
Sangla Valley (AP) - Kinner Camps - Visit Website
Kalpa (AP) – The Grand ShambaLa - Visit Website
Shimla - Kamna hill resort - Visit Website
Trip Cost :
Rs 33,000 + GST (5%) Per Person
The Cost Does Not Include:
ABOUT SANGLA VALLEY
If a landscape had the powers of casting spells, then the Sangla valley would be a magician extraordinary. Once seen, it is a place that can never be forgotten. So aptly portrayed in the song "Nothing But" by John Kay. The gorgeous green valley of Sangla is where the tired mind and body gets relaxed and rejuvenated.
Sangla Valley, also known as the Baspa Valley, is located in the greater Himalayan Range of Himachal Pradesh. The valley extends from Karchum to Chitkul, the last village at the Indo-Tibetan border. The gurgling River Baspa flows through the valley, with glacial streams rich in trout. Surrounded by lush, forested slopes of cedar and pine, the valley abounds in orchards of apple, apricot and walnut.
The word ‘Sangla’ in Tibetan language denotes ‘Pass of Light’. Sangla travel guide is full of references to the mesmerizing sceneries and picturesque spots. The region and its vicinity are famous for its cherry and apple trees and pine nut orchards. Apart from the amazing natural vegetation, some of the interesting sightseeing places that attract tourists are Kamru Fort, Buddhist Monastery, Sangla Meadow and Tibetan Wood Carving Centre etc. The place is famous worldwide for Kinnauri caps and handmade shawls.
The major source of livelihood for the locals is agriculture and related activities. In fact, Bastseri in Sangla is the only area in the region where Chilgoza (a rare dry fruit) is grown. Not far from Bastseri is Kinner Camps a wonderful place to stay.
The weather in Sangla is pleasant throughout the year. Summers are from March to May, followed by a moderate monsoon season lasting till August. The temperature ranges between 8oC and 30oC, with mild rainfall during the monsoons. March-May and August-November are the best months to visit and soak in the beauty of Sangla. October sees the arrival of winter, which lasts till the end of April. Temperatures fall well below freezing, reaching as low as -10oC. Visiting Sangla at this time is therefore not recommended. For the weather link click here
THINGS TO CARRY
*Please note that the Kit List mentioned is a standard one for all our Himalayan trips, hence one can make a few changes as per personal preferences.
Rs 33,000 + GST (5%) Per Person
Trip Dates :
1st Sept to 8th Sept 2017
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