Let me start by saying that there aren't too many people who seem to know about this place. Per se Sangla valley in Kinnaur, Himachal remains a relatively unexplored destination and I refer to other 'touristy' destinations like Manali etc. We traveled from Mumbai (via Delhi, with a 3 day stop over at Shimla) in June this year and I have no hesitation in saying that this was probably the finest holiday experience that we had. Sangla as a place (and I include the Banjara resort itself) is awesome. Right from the jaw dropping ride from Shimla to Sangla, which takes about 9-10 hours to the amazingly beautiful location and surroundings at the camp, its just an experience that needs to be undergone. The camp has 15 odd tents and approx an equal no of rooms in the main building. If you wish to minimize the impact of the cold weather then a stay in the main building should be preferred. This place is open between April to Oct since after that its completely covered with snow. The camp is right on the banks of the Baspa river and is surrounded by the Himalayan range on almost all sides. This place offers an exhilarating experience in terms of treks up to places such as Rackcham or Chitkul (located 25km from Sangla and serves as a base for the Kinner-Kailash pilgrimage; this is the last village on the India - Tibet border). The view and the imagery at these locations is surreal with a complete 360 degree view of the snow capped peaks. There are enough spots around Chitkul to sit down and camp for a day and return back to Sangla. If you are the adventurous type then you can travel ahead from Sangla towards Kalpa, Kaza right up to Spiti. Overall this is an amazing place and Banjara Camp is the perfect getaway in the midst of nature at its very best. And yes, the food and service quality at Banjara is impeccable so don't worry about this being a strenuous stay if traveling with children etc. So if you are thinking of an off beat destination up north and want an experience that is truly mind blowing (leave Leh/Ladakh or Lahaul/Spiti aside!) then think no further, Banjara Camp at Sangla is the perfect place for you. Enjoy!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A soft adventure family holiday place in the higher Himalayas. Located on the banks of Baspa river and next to the amazingly beautiful Batseri village, Banjara Camp was pioneer of tourism in this area. Kinnaur, Spiti and Upper Kullu region also have properties from this the company, Banjara Camps & Retreats Pvt Ltd., which runs the camp. ... more less
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