Sangla valley, as picturesque as it can get
Baspa Valley is a river valley that is named after the Baspa River. It lies in the Kinnaur District of Himachal Pradesh. Sangla is a major town in the Baspa valley, and the valley is popularly known as the Sangla valley. Neighbouring villages include Chitkul, Raksham, Batseri and Kamru, old capital of Rampur Bashahr. Baspa river is a tributary to the Sutlej river.
Pristine walk along river Baspa
The walk from Chitkul ( which is the last village on the Indian side of the border with Tibet ) to the ITBP (Indo Tibetan Border Police) post at Nagashti is one of the most pristine walks I have undertaken in the mountains. With river Baspa to the right for company, the only person you encounter is an occasional villager or porter carrying stuff to the ITBP post.
I am sure that had Robert Wise walked this trail in the Baspa valley near Raksham, he would have filmed “The Sound of Music” right here. The fall was setting in and it made the entire experience even more enchanting – Jannat almost.
After a hard day’s work in the mountains in Baspa valley
We met this fellow late afternoon near Chitkul in Kinnaur, Himachal. He was on his way back after a long hard day of work and was carrying a heavy sack. Not very articulate and not very keen to talk, his persona reflected the quintessential hill folk – rustic, hardy, simple, god fearing and content with life. Village Chitkul which is the last village on the Indian side (the mountain ranges would lead into Tibet) can be seen in the background, whereas river Baspa is to the left. I shot this picture in early October when the colours start changing from green to yellow to red and the skies are clear.
Chitkul seen on way back from Nagashti
The walk from Nagashti to Chitkul with river Baspa on the left gave a very different perspective of the valley and a view of Chitkul which is the last Indian village on way to the border with Tibet. As most stone roofs have been replaced by tin sheets, they reflect the sunlight and that does not make a very pretty sight. It is nice to have few spots of glare but when it becomes commonplace, it is an eyesore.