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Banjara Camp & Retreat - Sangla Valley Camp
Vill/ P.O. Batseri, District Kinnaur, Sangla 172106, India   |  
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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“A truly heavenly experience!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

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!

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

This retreat is the perfect place to escape from the madness of Indian cities. It was beautiful, comfortable, safe and friendly, with lots to do. You can also do nothing at all very easily here as it is so peaceful and quiet. We really enjoyed our stay and want to thank Capt. Sud (the owner) and all the amazing staff for making our honeymoon very memorable.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

you are staying in a tent but you are definitely not roughing it! this banjara retreat is located in an incredibly beautiful location adjacent to the river with views of the surrounding mountains.the near-by village makes for a nice short hike after arriving in the late afternoon.we hiked to rakcham village the next day with a nice picnic lunch prepared by the staff along the way.we then drove to chitkul and walked to the checkpoint at the inner line next to the tibetan border.the colors of the buckwheat on the trail were amazing. capt.ajay,his wife chandiga,the manager sonu and the rest of the staff were so welcoming and made us feel so at home. the evening barbeque/bonfires were great and it was fun to share stories with the other travelers.the food at the resort was delicious.the only difficult part was having to leave after only 2 nights.we would highly recommend staying at the sangla valley camp.

Room Tip: all tents are beautiful and very cozy!!
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

We visited the Banjara camp property in the last week of October. The location is amazing next to a gurgling river amidst tranquil surroundings. The camps are located around 7 K.m. after Sangla on way to Chitkul. If you love nature & want to spend few days away from the hustle & bustle of city life this place is tailor made for that. You can just spend time doing nothing gazing at the mighty mountains & walking around the river. There are also quite a few mountain walks if you are interested in exploring the area. The food & hospitality is top class. We stayed there for 3 nights, none of the food items were repeated be it breakfast, lunch or dinner. Captain Sood the managing partner of the property was present he is a repository of information & is always there to see to the well being of the guests. The rooms are very cozy with a lovely attic where 2 adults can sleep if required. I have been to many places in the Himalayas, and stayed at boutique properties, but I will rank Banjara Camps Sangla as the best I have been to its a dream come true. My request to them is to maintain the tranquility of the place the way they are doing it now.

Room Tip: The super deluxe rooms in the first floor are the best ones with a terrace with amazing views
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012 via mobile

My wife and I had the pleasure of an extended stay at the retreat and throughout our visit there not only did we enjoy the scenery and the wonderful walks through the valley but we made friends with some of the staff and the guests. This location has all the amenities to make your stay the memorable adventure of a lifetime.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

We were on a trip thru Himachal this Sep and reached the resort by 9pm. Often times after a full day on the road you tend to just want to reach your destination and crash. This was different and once we reached we were greeted very warmly and allocated our respective tents. The tents by them selves are great. The attached bath and toilets are an RCC structure ie tiled walls and floors with 24 hr running hot and cold water. Capt Ajay Sud who is a co-owner of the Banjara chain joined us for dinner and drinks. He is great company and we exchanged stories of our trip. He is usuually based out of Sangla from April until October. We called it a day by 11pm

Woke up late that morning and the site of the resort blew me away. It was dark when we had arrived the previous night and therefore very difficult to get you bearings. But this morning the sun was up and walking around the resort was truly rewarding. For one it Is dotted with apple trees which were in full bloom. Then the site is located next to a raging river so throughout the day you can hear it gushing past. The resort is open every year between May and Oct and then packed up for the winter. Chitkul which a 30 min drive from a resort is an excellent place for a trek. Must do if you come there with family and kids. The resort too is a great place for kids to unwind with a well stocked library, table tennis and badminton courts. I am coming back with family next year for sure.

Room Tip: Stay in their delux tents. Those are great and offer very good value alongside comfort
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

We stayed at the Banjara retreat for 5 days in September. The room was lovely, modern, clean and spacious, with direct exit to the sunny garden. The staff was welcoming, friendly, worm and tried to fulfill all our special requests. The owners were extremely nice and helpful!
The location is absolutely perfect - a little bit isolated and remote in the valley near the river, but yet close enough to Sangla.
Overall the stay in Banjara retreat was one of the highlights of our trip to India! I strongly recommend it!!

Room Tip: Ground floor rooms with exit to the garden were great. In September it can get pretty cold in the ev...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: Vill/ P.O. Batseri, District Kinnaur, Sangla 172106, India
Location: India > Himachal Pradesh > Kinnaur District > Sangla
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 Specialty lodging in Sangla
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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