Sangla Valley

aaa

005 / View of the Sangla Valley from the village of Chitkul

All of two days of hair-raising driving from the plains, only the most intrepid tourists end up visiting Kinnaur, a high-altitude Himalayan region famed for its apples and unique Hindu-Buddhist culture. While much of Kinnaur is making way for grand hydel power projects, its smaller, branch valleys retain much of their pristine, virginal aura. The most famed among these is the legendary Sangla Valley, straddling the banks of the Baspa river and rising from a base height of 3000 metres above sea level. Pine forests and orchards abound here, as do centuries old temples and fortified villages, making for very rewarding walks and drives. The road through the valley ends  at the village of Chitkul, jokingly billed as India’s last village, an especially pretty hamlet sitting in the shadow of the Kinner Kailash mountain range.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s