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Banjara Camp & Retreat - Sangla Valley Camp
Ranked #1 of 17 Specialty Lodging in Sangla
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Reviewed April 8, 2014 via mobile

Well so after a long and gruelling journey from shimla nearly 8-9 hours. All your pain and irritation vanishes once you see this stunning valley.

Snow capped mountains, a flowing bapsa river. And great hosts at the Banjara camp. The camp is lovely and there log huts have a spectacular view.

A special mention about the service and food. And when you combine that with natural surroundings. You truly do arrive at paradise on earth

Thia my second time here and I am sure i will keep coming back

Stayed: April 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 5, 2014

We arrived at the Banjara Sangla resort after having spent a couple of days at the Banjara Sojha resort. This place is breathtakingly beautiful and one of the best nature resorts you can visit in India - it is right next to the Baspa river and surrounded by the Himalayan mountains. The rooms are very basic but tastefully done and the staff are quite friendly.

This is a Camp & Retreat so do not expect any amenities that you would find in a typical hotel - the rooms have no TVs, there is no room-service and food is served during specific times at the camp. There is nothing to do except go for various walks around the river and in the mountains. We walked anywhere between 8 - 15km everyday in the mountains and the guides from the camp (mostly volunteers from western countries) were quite helpful. We felt exhausted at the end of every single day and couldn't wait to repeat it again the next day.

After a week in Banjara camps at Sojha and Sangla, we stayed for a day in Shimla on our way back - though Shimla is a beautiful place, we hated the hustle and bustle of the city after a week of peace, quiet and tranquility.

On our way back from Shimla to Delhi, we got into some serious some car trouble. Since the vehicle was organized through the Banjara Camp, they sprang into action immediately and arranged for an alternative vehicle in the middle of nowhere on a Sunday within a couple of hours.

Overall, this is a great place if you are looking for a break away from the cities.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank Copare
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Reviewed December 8, 2013

It was a long journey from Kaza to Sangla. We had started at 6.30 am, and reached Sangla at 5 pm. My friends who had travelled earlier to Sangla, had told us that its a great place. Indeed, the effect the place had on us was magical. As we entered Sangla, the village did not hold promise. But the drive further to Batseri village and further down the cliff to the retreat, the feeling of delight was quite visible to us. The Retreat is set in apple orchards, on the side of the Baspa river. Just lovely.
As we came upto the Retreat, we saw that the people were awaiting our arrival, and soon helped us take our luggage . As we entered the Retreat , we were welcome by Chandrika Sud with a sash. Nice, to have a warm smiling face welcome you in. At the time of our booking, we had booked ourselves into a Super Deluxe tent. And we found the same to be quite nice. It was cold, but inside it was quite nice.
As is the case with Banjara,at all their resorts, you meet at the dining rooms for meals, for tea, there is a tea room at Banjara. Its an open room, and tea, coffee, herbal tea, hot chocolate is set up, and you can take what you want.
At around 7 pm, they organised a bonfire - where you get to mingle with other guests. A nice experience ...perhaps more so in holiday season. This was mid october. And as the bonfire dies down, you start feeling chilly - specially your back which is exposed to the cold. And when yuou go back to the tent, it gets worse, Though, the tent was wel equipped with the blankets etc, you can get the shivers.

Next morning, we spoke to Mrs Sud to give us a tour of the various rooms in the camp. She showed us the deluxe and Super Deluxe rooms, we fell in love with them, We were contemplating paying extra and moving to one of the rooms. The super deluxe room is good for a family of four. But then facing the river, we saw these two log cabins. We just fell in love, and insisted on moving there. These were apparently newly constructed. From here you can see the Baspa river.

The best thing about Banjara camps is that there is no TV. These log cabins being very new, their bathrooms were also equipped with latest equipment. Warm water was there ( very much required for the weather). The wood also kept the cold outside.

The entire team at this resort is very good. Service with a smile is their motto. Mr Omprakash, who has been with the resort from the beginning is a valuable Asset for the camp. Capt Sud also mingles with the guests.

The food served at the resort is very good. For the vegetarians out there, rest assured that you are in good hands. And whenever you decide to venture out, the staff is ready with your packed lunch / breakfast with apple juice, And you get to chose what you want for lunch.

While we were there, all we did was to spend time on the riverside, and the camp. We did not do the Rakcham trek, but we did walk to the Batseri village. And we went to Chitkul village, the look of which is being spoiled with concrete structures like hotels coming up to ruin the landscape.

It is up to us people to save the wilderness, and the resort team goes an extra mile telling you to bring back plastics / empty chips packets back from trips to help in their disposal. Nice of them.
We will revisit this camp again.

Room Tip: During season - mid June to July end , you can stay in the tents, but october onwards, book yourselv...
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 16, 2013

I along with my wife and relatives, visited banjara camps in June 2013 and our stay got extended due to bad weather. Frankly speaking I was not at all satisfied with what I got at this camp. Sangla's beauty is uncomparable but i think this picturesque beauty can be viewed from a room which costed us Rs 9,200 per day at banjara camps or a 1000 rupees rented room at any other camp. I feel if you are working hard the whole year and looking forward for a relaxing holiday in hills with room service and you are spending Rs 10,000 per day then banjara camps is not the place. I didn't get value for the money which I paid. All the other facilities provided like food and outdoor activities were very much normal like the other camps. Nothing great about it.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 13, 2013

Go to Sangla, if you want a break from the regular touristy place. Reaching banjara is not easy but once you reach nature takes over.

Situated at the foothills of Himalayas Banjara camps is all about location location location. Nestled in the mountains, surrounded by apple trees, Banjara is break from day to day mundane routine

Dont go to Banjara if you are looking for a luxurious hotel stay, Banjara rooms are basic but done tastefully. The only hitch which i encountered was the unavailability of running hot water, especially in the November cold. But we did manage to get Hot water bough in buckets to our rooms when we needed it.

Dont miss the Raksham walk arranged by the camp...walk through the forests, have lunch at along the river.

The staff is extremely friendly and helpful and go out of their way to make your stay comfortable. Food is very tasty. Loved the packed lunches and the apple juices.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 8, 2013

My wife, I and our two 7 year old boys had driven to Sangla from another beautiful Banjara property in Thanedar. We had planned a 3 day stay at Sangla which got extended to 10 days due to freak weather which caused landslides (same time as the devastation in Uttarakhand). On day 3 we were stranded in the camp with roads washed away and no electricity. However a situation which could have been miserable, turned out to be one of the most amazing vacations we have ever had. The credit for this goes entirely to Capt.Sood & his charming wife Chandrika (the owners), Sonu,Om Prakash and the entire team that continued serving the guests with a smile on their face, with absolutely no compromise in the quality of food or service. In fact the food throughout our stay was amongst the most delicious we have ever had in our travels in the mountains. We had the most memorable walks, picnics, barbeques and activities planned for us through these 'stranded' days at Sangla. Right up to the last day when the team helped us with our evacuation by an Air Force helicopter and arrived at the helipad with a full packed lunch and fresh Apple Juice! Cant wait to be back....

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank thearoragang
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

Having heard about Sangla valley we decided to take a detour during our Kaza sojourn and landed at Banjara Camp after more than half an hour hair raising drive through washed away and almost missing road. Resort is further 5-6 kilometres from Sangla Bus Stand. Resort should install more signages. Had it not been for constant connect with resort manager Mr. Pandey, it would have been almost impossible to reach there. So much for the approach, once you are at resort one can't help but soak the wonderful surrounding and overall beauty of the place. Set amidst the apple orchard in full bloom and offering amazing food prepared using largely locally grown ingredients served by most friendly staff......what more could one ask for. And to top it up, both Mr. Pandey and Capt Sood ( co owner) ensured that one of them was always personally available to give us company and share many experiences and valuable suggestions for our further trip. I would undoubetdly rate this as "Gold Standard " in hospitality. Most memorable 20 hours spent at the resort.....

Room Tip: Try log hut or room in the new wing. Even though tents are also very good. And bear in mind that the...
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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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 17 Specialty Lodging in Sangla
Price Range: $102 - $128 (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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