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“Two days of total bliss in the lap of nature”

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Banjara Camp & Retreat - Sangla Valley Camp
Ranked #1 of 18 Specialty Lodging in Sangla
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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
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1  Thank neville_1409
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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
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1  Thank Iditger
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Reviewed September 16, 2012

This camp is in a great place and does have 4 or 5 luxury tents. The rest of the tents are absolutely inadequate and overpriced. Small, cramped and pokey. The food at dinner was average with extra being asked for barbeque items, really not acceptable when they are charging a hefty Rs7-8000 for map in a tent. Breakfast was fine.

Room Tip: If you don't get one of the 5 tents on the right as you enter the camp, forget it. The rest are...
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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with friends
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10  Thank gumbyr
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Reviewed July 29, 2012

I had an amazing trip to sangla valley with my husband.
The place is beautiful and there are so many interesting things to do.It is located near river baspa.
There are lot of activities like river crossing which they organise at 1700hrs,then there are treks from normal to tough. We opted for trek to Raksham Village which is approximatley 5 hrs trek. If you want to see the nature,its beauty, its colours, I would suggest you, not to miss this trek. The trek is little tiring for the first timers but its worth it.
Overall experience was amazing!

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank divie28
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Reviewed July 16, 2012

Battling a 12-hour journey through breathtaking twists and turns with a 'bonus' 2-hour stretch on the battered and dusty NH-22 (courtesy the Jaypee Hydel Project), a sneak peak from the height finally lit us up.

Couched cozily in a 360 degree himalayan nest of mountains is the string of camps bordered by apple orchards and a plethora of flora and fauna, bordering itself an icy, rumbling river Baspa - welcome to the Banjara Camp and Retreat at Sangla, a magnificent locale just 31 kms before the last Indian village en-route Tibet.

Widespread though the property is, its USP is still the stillness of its surroundings. The rustic charm of wilderness pervades through product and service, gazed down upon by the towering Mt. Kinner Kailash and washed clean by the roar of the glacier melted Baspa.

The property with its concept of openness - camps with curtains for doors, bonfire and open barbecue, idling hammocks to sway'n'soothe your nerves - all to recreate the ambiance to help miss our concrete jungle cities.

Then there is Sonu-the versatile manager. He talks into your needs through casual gossip but takes care of every bit, from your packed lunches to itinerary planning - I like to call him geo-Sonu for his sheer knowledge of this little-known geography of tourism.

If you're in the camps, don't shy from insects, we had our share of fright by a monstrous spider inside our otherwise cozy heated bed. Of course, the housekeeping boy was just a shriek away, who merrily captured his prized possession live and carried it out inside his pocket.

One of my few grudges though - the camp ought to stop advertising their non-existent 'activities' - biking, river-crossing, angling....otherwise great all in all but not more than 1 full day!

Room Tip: The basic tents are truly 'basic', opt for the Dlx ones instead...those that are closer to t...
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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4  Thank KK-India
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Reviewed June 24, 2012

I traveled to Sangal with wife and daughter of 3 years and stayed at Banjara Camps. The camp site is approximately 5 Kms outside Sangla towards Chitkul and then 2 Kms of downhill road. The road from Karcham to Sangla is really bad and dusty but once you reach the camp site, the swiss style view takes away the pain of travel to this location. The camps are in valley surronded by lush green trees and river flowing around. We stayed in a tent with all modern facilities. The toilets have hot and clod running water throught. In the camp area there are multiple options for adventure activities and river flows adjecent to the camps. The flow of river is very fast and water was chilling even in June. Room/tent rent includes all meals, morning and evening tea. Kitchen staff makes excellent dishes. In the evening a bonfire is arranged and one can order barbeque (not included in the rent). Tea/coffee makers are available in the common area and each tent also has a electric socket to charge battery of camera/mobile phones. Though this seems to be costly option but it is value for money and worth every penney. Team at Banjara also arranges trekking at additional cost.

Room Tip: Opt for tents rather than rooms as they provide the best experience.
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank AdityaGarg
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Reviewed June 10, 2012

The whole property is managed very well. Consult with Shatlendu (Sonu), who manages the place, on what you plan to do and the things are taken care the very next day. Right from informing your driver to packing your lunch and having it ready in the car, all is done without bothering you. All your care is about waking up, having a hearty breakfast ... and hit the road. During our trek, we were pleasantly surprised to find scrumptious lunch packed for us. It was amazing to be in the midst of snow capped mountains next to a stream of crystal water to sit for a picnic. The snowing peaks was a heavenly treat to the eyes with the image of fine sugar being iced onto the mountain peaks. The cherry on top to the whole setting was the locally bottled apple juice that was packed along with the lunch. The fresh chilled air, the flowing Baspa surrounded by chirping birds a midst the mountains, and the taste of fresh apple juice lingering in the mouth was a treat to the senses.
It was all about the location and more so for the consideration for the finer details, the simple yet well done lounge with locally done paintings and the pictures highlighting the region, to the unlimited snacks on offer, to the pickled apples and jams, to the children's play area, to the wood heater, to the unlimited supply of indoor games, magazines, a detailed book on the trek routes from the region, to the apple trees, to the eco-friendly soaps at the camp, and the list goes on......that made our stay at Banjara camps and retreat an unforgettable experience.

The only difficult part to the experience was the long journey along the Sutlej-Baspa, regularly dotted with MW's of hydroelectric projects and quarries and its trail of damaged ecology all along the way giving a bitter-sweet image of a growing Indian economy.

Room Tip: Choose your stay depending on the climate, when its cold out side choose the retreat (rooms), otherw...
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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with family
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4  Thank ranjukj
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Additional Information about Banjara Camp & Retreat - Sangla Valley Camp

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 18 Specialty Lodging in Sangla
Price Range: $104 - $130 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 25
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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