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Baspa-Sangla Valley

Nestled amidst the wooded slopes, surrounded by green meadows in the Kinnaur District of Himachal Pradesh, lies Baspa Valley also known as Sangla valley.

The most beautiful valley of the Kinnaur District of Himachal Pradesh. Sangla Valley is popularly known as Baspa Valley since the river Baspa flows through it. Located at a staggering height of 2800m the valley is full of wooded slopes and green fields. 
The river Baspa originates from a small town called Karcham and descends from the east before it joins the Satluj River. The valley opens up beyond Sangla and is full of wooded slopes all the way up to Chitkul (3,435m).
Chitkul is considered the last inhabited village in the valley surrounded by green fields and High Mountain peaks. It is just 30 km from the Tibetan border, and until 1992, travelers were not allowed into the Sangla Valley, which was closed to public. The place is getting gradual recognition from the people, but still remains relatively untouched by modern civilization.
A bird’s eye view of the entire valley from a small village called Kamru, which is located 2 km from Sangla, is breathtaking; from here the valley can be seen in its full grandeur with green pastures and grand mountains.
Sangla is a Tibetan word: “Sang” = ‘light’ and “La” = ‘pass’ therefore literally meaning ‘passage of light’. This can be felt and seen throughout the day, while the sun crosses the mountains and splashes of sunlight are reflected across the valley, making it appear even more serene and beautiful.
The town’s architecture also indicates a strong presence of Tibetan influence. Temples, Gompas and beautifully carved wooden architecture transforms the place into a fairyland.
With the arrival of spring season, Sangla valley becomes more scenic with Apple, Almonds, Apricot, Pears, Walnuts, Chilgoza, Peach and Palm orchards springing into full bloom. During this period (March – April) the entire Sangla region is covered in a carpet of white and pink flowers.
Other major attractions here are the Saffron Farm (on the outskirts of Sangla) and a Tibetan wood carving centre.

Angling - Sangla valley offer great angling opportunity. It was here in 1926 India's first Trout breeding farm was established. The river Baspa is stocked by a large trout hatchery. Smaller trout are rarely caught and the excitement of landing something big is always there.

Amidst the apple orchards, cherry, pine and nut trees lies a 20 km trekking path which begins in Baspa. It connects Kamru and Rakcham leading to Chitkul and is one of the most spectacular routes for an adventurous traveler.
Chitkul is the last village on the Hindustan -Tibet trade route. 
After a 4 km walk you arrive at Nagasthi, the last Indian outpost. No civilians are permitted beyond this point; beyond this point, across the mountains lies Tibet.
Travelers are strongly advised to take a guide on their trek.

Shawls, locally made Kinnauri caps (green & grey woven wool), Apples (during harvest season in October), and Wild Apricot Oil are some good things to look out for in the market.
Nearby places Train stations Airports
BHUNTAR 187 Km 03H 10m
SIMLA 232 Km 03H 58m
Shimla 215 Km 03H 42m
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