Sangla Valley: A place where Hinduism and Buddhism co-exist peacefully

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Fateh Veer Singh Guram, Travel @ The Hush Post: The Sangla valley of Himachal Pradesh is one of the most beautiful and off beat valleys of the country. Located close to the Indo-China border, the valley overlooks Tibet the rugged landscape offers some stunning views. The valley is full of contrasts. While there is a spiritual aura and the sound of Buddhist chants that reverberate in the valley, the valley is a paradise for those seeking exhilarating adventure. While some parts of the valley are full of beautiful flowers and flowers, other parts of the valley are barren and look like the surface of Mars.

The Sangla Valley surely fits the description of ‘heaven on earth’

Things to do in and around Sangla valley:

Visit Chitkul:

Situated at a height of 11,320 feet, Chitkul is the last inhabited village near the Indo-China border. It is at a distance of 28 kilometres from the town of Sangla. The road on the Indian side of the border ends in this village, and the entire area from here up to the border is under the strict control and supervision of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police. The Kagyupa temple in Chitkul houses an ancient and beautiful idol of the Shankyamuni Buddha. Kagyupa is one of the six main schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

Chitkul is the last inhabited village before the Indo-China border

Visit Rakchham:

This picturesque village falls on the way to Chitkul from Sangla and is 13 kilometres from Sangla. Rakchham is situated at a height of 10,000 metres. The inhabitants of this village are mostly nomadic, and the village has two temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Kali. Situated on the banks of the Baspa River, tourists like to stop in this village and marvel at the simple and frugal buildings and way of life of the inhabitants of the village.

Visit the Sangla Meadows:

These meadows, which are full of greenery, are set amidst the high, snow capped peaks of the Himalayas in the background. The Sangla Meadows are what dreams are made of. One can get a 180 degree view of the Kinner Kailash range from here, and people generally trek to the Meadows from Sangla town. Many people also opt to camp for a night after the trek.

Immerse yourself in Kinnauri history at the Kamru Fort:

The Kamru Fort is a classic example of Kinnauri architecture. The entry to the fort is through a series of gates, and a magnificent statue of Lord Buddha stands at the main gate. There is an idol of Kamakhya Devi at the top of the building. A Badrinath Temple, built in the fifteenth century is also located within the fort. The presence of a Buddha statue and Hindu deities within the premises of the fort shows us how important these two religions are in the region, and also stands testimony to how they peacefully co-exist with each other.

Kamru Fort in Sangla is an architectural marvel and embodies religious syncretism

Visit the Beri Nag Temple:

An architectural wonder, this temple is extremely important to Hindus and houses Lord Jagas. The Fulaich fair, which is organised in the months of August and September, is worth attending.

 

Best Time to Visit:

Since the entire region lies in a high altitude zone, the temperatures plummet to -20 degrees during winters. During the summ

 

ers, the temperatures hover around 10 degrees, with the maximum temperature going up to 15. Hence, the summer months of May, June and mid July are the best months to visit the region. During the monsoons, the entire valley becomes extremely prone to landslides.

How to Reach:

Sangla is located in Kinnaur district and lies at a distance of 42 kilometres from Reckong Peo, the district headquarters. The state capital, Shimla, lies at a distance of 225 kilometres, while Delhi and Chandigarh lie at a distance of 581 kilometres and 336 kilometres, respectively.

 

The nearest airport and railway station are in Shimla, at a distance of 225 kilometres.

 

 

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