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Banjara Camp & Retreat - Sangla Valley Camp
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Bombay
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“If you've not been here ...better plan soon!”
Reviewed 24 January 2013

Thanks to my job with an automobile company coupled with my love for travel to unexplored destinations led me to Banjara Camp at Sangla way back in 2009. Yes it’s almost 3 years ago but i wanted my first review on Trip Advisor to be for Banjara Resorts because that’s how special it is.

This was part of my 5 days solo trip to Sangla Valley in May 2009. For Himachal trips, i just love the HPTDC hotels; they have the best location for all their properties. But for Sangla, since there was no good option available, i came across Banjara Resorts

Was a bit hesitant at the beginning since it was not very well known then.... but my positive experience began right from the time i called them for an inquiry. Their representative was very helpful and requested me to just come and experience something different at their resort. And i agreed. Indeed they were right.

Reaching here though is not easy, from Chandigarh the nearest airport, it’s quite a bit of travel (around 15 hours or so ...mind you i am talking about 2009 dunno how the roads are now), and so I had a stopover at another beautiful location Sarahan and then reached this awesome place on day 2.
The location of this resort is most special and one which i clearly remember even today. Its bang in the middle of nowhere. Surrounded by mountainous range and the most stunning and icy Bapsa river. The climate was just perfect for May. Cool during the day and chilly by night.
The resort was very beautiful and clean, the staff was extremely helpful and well dressed, and there were even some great books in the common area. The tent they put me in was very well maintained and comfortable.

Since i alone on this trip, it was the perfect setting to spend some quality time with myself. Just sitting next to the river surrounded by mountains and not a single soul around was a dream which i actually managed to experience in reality. (You need to check the photos to connect with what i felt).The evenings were even more beautiful with the sky so clear and lit up with stars.

The next morning I visited Chitkul, around 30 mins drive from this resort and again the whole journey was really nice. Chitkul is the last Indian village with a population of merely 600. The views from Chitkul were simply breathtaking. One can have so much fun communicating with the locals. There is even a dhaba which sported 'The Last Indian Dhaba' board! One can easily spend 3-4 hours here.

Just a 2 day trip to this resort was enough for me to establish a special connect with this place more than many other resorts I have been to; I highly recommend this for solo and couple travelers. It’s one experience you need to plan for soon!

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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled solo
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Howrah, India
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Reviewed 24 December 2012

Towards the end of October this year I had been to Kinnaur with my family. Actually my son arranged the entire tour with Banjara Camp. Though this is my second visit to the valley the accomodation this time is different. During my first visit I myself made the arrangement with HPTDC with a slightly different itinerary. This time our last place of stay was in Sangla at Banjara Camp property. We took three Super Delux rooms in the upstair. It is a huge property by the side of river Baspa and apple orchard around. It is managed by Mr. Sood, an ex-defence personnel,who looks after the comforts of the guest all the time and he will be your friend in no time. During our stay there we had a feeling that we are really in the land of God. The atmosphere is serene and heavenly. Service is excellent. During our stay we were served with Indian, Chinese and Continental dishes which were never repeated and the taste is very good. If anybody likes to enjoy Sangla stay at Banjara Camp.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
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Pune
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Reviewed 20 November 2012

Aah .. we were absolutely thrilled when we reached the retreat. The location is very good ; it is amidst an apple orchard and sweet pea plants with yellow flowers. We really loved our room which had a loft with another bed ( so our girl took the dibs on that !!! ). There was a very nice potpourri kind of smell from our room ( perhaps the wood itself ) and it was a welcoming note every time we entered. The retreat is close to the bank of the river Baspa.

There is no room service here although they give tea and snacks to the room. There is a campfire most evenings. Food was good through out our stay.

There was no TV ( disappointment with a child in tow ) but they have a library, indoor games. To my mind to make it a real luxury haunt - you need TV and room service !! But they claim that it is a place to get away from it all !!! :)

It is easy to just sit in the patio and relax soaking up the atmosphere of calm and quiet with just the river water gurgling to be heard.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed 18 November 2012

Let me start by saying that there aren't too many people who seem to know about this place. Per se Sangla valley in Kinnaur, Himachal remains a relatively unexplored destination and I refer to other 'touristy' destinations like Manali etc. We traveled from Mumbai (via Delhi, with a 3 day stop over at Shimla) in June this year and I have no hesitation in saying that this was probably the finest holiday experience that we had. Sangla as a place (and I include the Banjara resort itself) is awesome. Right from the jaw dropping ride from Shimla to Sangla, which takes about 9-10 hours to the amazingly beautiful location and surroundings at the camp, its just an experience that needs to be undergone. The camp has 15 odd tents and approx an equal no of rooms in the main building. If you wish to minimize the impact of the cold weather then a stay in the main building should be preferred. This place is open between April to Oct since after that its completely covered with snow. The camp is right on the banks of the Baspa river and is surrounded by the Himalayan range on almost all sides. This place offers an exhilarating experience in terms of treks up to places such as Rackcham or Chitkul (located 25km from Sangla and serves as a base for the Kinner-Kailash pilgrimage; this is the last village on the India - Tibet border). The view and the imagery at these locations is surreal with a complete 360 degree view of the snow capped peaks. There are enough spots around Chitkul to sit down and camp for a day and return back to Sangla. If you are the adventurous type then you can travel ahead from Sangla towards Kalpa, Kaza right up to Spiti. Overall this is an amazing place and Banjara Camp is the perfect getaway in the midst of nature at its very best. And yes, the food and service quality at Banjara is impeccable so don't worry about this being a strenuous stay if traveling with children etc. So if you are thinking of an off beat destination up north and want an experience that is truly mind blowing (leave Leh/Ladakh or Lahaul/Spiti aside!) then think no further, Banjara Camp at Sangla is the perfect place for you. Enjoy!

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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 9 November 2012 via mobile

This retreat is the perfect place to escape from the madness of Indian cities. It was beautiful, comfortable, safe and friendly, with lots to do. You can also do nothing at all very easily here as it is so peaceful and quiet. We really enjoyed our stay and want to thank Capt. Sud (the owner) and all the amazing staff for making our honeymoon very memorable.

  • Stayed September 2012
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Reviewed 5 November 2012

you are staying in a tent but you are definitely not roughing it! this banjara retreat is located in an incredibly beautiful location adjacent to the river with views of the surrounding mountains.the near-by village makes for a nice short hike after arriving in the late afternoon.we hiked to rakcham village the next day with a nice picnic lunch prepared by the staff along the way.we then drove to chitkul and walked to the checkpoint at the inner line next to the tibetan border.the colors of the buckwheat on the trail were amazing. capt.ajay,his wife chandiga,the manager sonu and the rest of the staff were so welcoming and made us feel so at home. the evening barbeque/bonfires were great and it was fun to share stories with the other travelers.the food at the resort was delicious.the only difficult part was having to leave after only 2 nights.we would highly recommend staying at the sangla valley camp.

Room Tip: all tents are beautiful and very cozy!!
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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Reviewed 3 November 2012

We visited the Banjara camp property in the last week of October. The location is amazing next to a gurgling river amidst tranquil surroundings. The camps are located around 7 K.m. after Sangla on way to Chitkul. If you love nature & want to spend few days away from the hustle & bustle of city life this place is tailor made for that. You can just spend time doing nothing gazing at the mighty mountains & walking around the river. There are also quite a few mountain walks if you are interested in exploring the area. The food & hospitality is top class. We stayed there for 3 nights, none of the food items were repeated be it breakfast, lunch or dinner. Captain Sood the managing partner of the property was present he is a repository of information & is always there to see to the well being of the guests. The rooms are very cozy with a lovely attic where 2 adults can sleep if required. I have been to many places in the Himalayas, and stayed at boutique properties, but I will rank Banjara Camps Sangla as the best I have been to its a dream come true. My request to them is to maintain the tranquility of the place the way they are doing it now.

Room Tip: The super deluxe rooms in the first floor are the best ones with a terrace with amazing views
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Banjara Camp & Retreat - Sangla Valley Camp
Address: Vill/ P.O. Batseri, District Kinnaur, Sangla 172106, India
Region: India > Himachal Pradesh > Kinnaur District > Sangla
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Ranked #1 of 9 Speciality Lodging in Sangla
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A soft adventure family holiday place in the higher Himalayas. Located on the banks of Baspa river and next to the amazingly beautiful Batseri village, Banjara Camp was pioneer of tourism in this area. Kinnaur, Spiti and Upper Kullu region also have properties from this the company, Banjara Camps & Retreats Pvt Ltd., which runs the camp. ... more   less 
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