Your discovery of the lesser-known Himalayas can begin at the Banjara Camp in the Sangla Valley. At a height of 2,700 mts, the Banjara Camp & Retreat is surrounded by towering mountains on all sides and is set on the banks of the Baspa River that surges through the valley. Long walks to discover the amazing fauna and flora of the valley, treks to view snow covered Himalayan peaks, angling for trout, experiencing some of the local culture and traditions, rock climbing, rappelling and river crossing are only some of the delights that are on offer. Surrounded by apple orchards, the campsite has cosy Swiss-style tents with attached, tiled bathrooms and running hot water. The Retreat (situated right beside the campsite & opened to guests in May 2009) - a two storied stone & wood house in rustic style has large, comfortably furnished and tastefully decorated rooms. There are now a couple of river facing huts as well. A well-equipped kitchen serves multi-cuisine meals and evening bonfires keep the chill away. Hammocks swaying in the breeze, the gurgling of the river, the crisp crackling of the bonfire and the delicious aromas of barbecued food wafting over you – that’s what we have to offer you at Sangla.
Best Time to Visit
The Banjara Camp & Retreat is open from Mid-March to October. However, temperatures vary with the seasons. May to September have pleasant days and cold nights while March, April & October have pleasant days and night temperature may dip to 2-3 degrees.
5 dlx tents, 5 super dlx tents, 7 deluxe rooms, 6 super dlx rooms, 2 river facing huts.
All the tents and rooms are fully furnished and have attached baths with 24 hr hot/cold water supply. 5 of the super dlx rooms have an attic/ loft which children (sometimes adults too) enjoy immensely.
|ACCOMMODATION||INR TARIFF(per room per night)||NO. OF UNITS|
| || SGL || DBL || |
|Dlx Tents||Rs. 5600||Rs. 6600||5|
|Sup. Dlx Tents||Rs. 6700||Rs. 7700||5|
|Dlx Rooms||Rs. 7200||Rs. 8200||7|
|Super Deluxe Room||Rs. 8200||Rs. 9200||6|
|Riverside Cottages||Rs. 8900||Rs. 9900||2|
HOW TO REACH
You would have to take the road route from Shimla to reach Sangla. From Shimla, Sangla is an 8 hr drive (for first time drivers this time may be around 10 hrs).
From Chail/Shimla to Karcham (the turnoff point on NH 22) is 221/209kms. Please take a right turn at Karcham. And at around 18 kms down the road, you will hit Sangla. 6 kms ahead of Sangla you would spot the "Banjara Camp" sign on the right. Take a right turn from here to reach the Banjara Camp parking lot at the base of the hill.
Place to Visit Around
Last border village on Indo- Tibet border and only 3 kms short of last border outpost civilians are allowed to. This is on Hindustan-Tibet trade route which is no longer used.Sangla Meadows
Full day walk to the green astures.Rakcham
A beautiful 4 hr walk along the Baspa River to Rakcham village. The signature- walk of the valley.Baspa River
This River flowing along the valley is great for trout fishing.Batseri village
Just across the camp, this village is an excellent example of the great hill architecture. The local devta temple here is a must see.Glacier
The glacier is just above Batseri village. If you visit us in March, April and May, you will be able hike up to glacier point and even play in snow.Mastrang forest
This is a lovely little stretch of woods where we sometimes camp overnight (for the more adventurous ones) and at other times, we stop here on the way back from Chitkul for picnic lunch.Early morning walks
There are several early morning refreshing walks in the hills surrounding the camp.Kalpa
Day excursion to Kalpa (50 kms/ 2 hrs drive on way). Kalpa offer an unparalleled view of Kinner Kailash peak and is famous for its apple and chilgoza plantation.Bonfire
We have a bonfire pretty much every day (except when it rains)