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Banjara Camps, Sangla Valley

"If there is one place on the face of this Earth where all the dreams of living men have found a home from the very earliest days when Man began the dream of existence, it is India."
- Romain Rolland (French Philosopher 1886-1944)

Kinnaur, the forbidden land of yore. Close to the Indo-Tibetan border in the Northern Himalayas in Himachal Pradesh. As time went by the tales kept getting bigger, more mysterious and of rare darings. Of Kinnauris - the demi gods, of snow leopards, of Buddhist monks staying in caves. The landscape is still exotic, spectacular and untouched. The Kinnauris are strikingly good-looking, and maintain the ancient traditions of their forefathers. The snow leopard remains a rare animal, hidden from human view. A visit to this remote Himalayan area is a lifetime of memories to treasure.

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Located in the dizzying heights of the Himalayas, with passes that remain closed for six months linking them with the rest of the world, Kinnaur, is the land of fairytale and fantasies. Today, this area has been opened for the daring and adventurous, to discover what had been hidden from the world for centuries. Kinnaur has got the spectacular terrain of lush green valleys, orchards, vineyards, snow clad peaks and cold desert mountains. This border district of Himachal Pradesh is also rich in flora and fauna and its culture and languages is different from other parts of the state. Also known as the tribal district of Himachal Pradesh, Kinnaur is situated 250-km away from Shimla and is situated on the National Highway No.22.

Sangla Valley, at 8900 feet, is part of Kinnaur. It is a picturesque drive through winding mountain roads with the Sutlej surging furiously across the valley. From the turnoff at Karcham to the majestic Chung Sakhago pass, the Sangla Valley - along the Baspa River - is about 95 kms long. As the spectacular vistas unfold - the meandering river, verdant conifer slopes, emerald Rolling Meadows, apple and chilgoza orchards, quaint villages, the magnificent snowclad Kinner Kailash ranges.

Besides getting a taste of hiking and trekking in the Himalayas, one can also discover Sangla town and visit the 700-year-old Kamru Fort that is now a Hindu temple. The natural beauty of the region is heightened by hospitable people Who till the recent past lived in secluded isolation.Kinnaur, it is said, fell from the heavens as a gift from the gods. Its people, the Kinners, according to ancient Hindu texts, are halfway between humans and gods.

Nestled in the valley on the banks of Baspa river is the deluxe luxury camp of Banjara Camps.

Contact details:
Banjara Camps & Retreats
Tel. 91 11 26855152
e-mail: info@banjaracamps.com
website: www.banjaracamps.com

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