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Why Shangarh should top your 2023 bucket list

Why Shangarh should top your 2023 bucket list
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By Sohini Chaudhary

08 Mar, 2023

Himachal Pradesh's little-known Shangarh village would leave you speechless with its breathtaking splendour. It will be a secret you wouldn't want to reveal after your encounter with Shangarh. This quaint community will encourage you to take it easy and rekindle your love for the outdoors. There is something for everyone at Shangarh, which is located in the Sainj Valley. It is the ideal location for you if you are interested in trekking, solo travel, Indian mythology, or uninterrupted Shanti (peace). Read on to know why you should visit Shangarh.

There is a lot to captivate you in Shangarh . The main meadow, also known as the Devta ground, the temples, waterfalls, lakes, quiet pathways, and the dawn and sunset views will entice you to stay in this tiny village for a while longer. Here, tourism is increasing, and the residents are swiftly adapting.

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Wondering Why Visit Shangarh? Read On To Know - 

Location

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At a height of 6900 feet, Shangarh village is situated in the Himachal Pradesh state's Kullu district's Sainj valley. Most people are unaware of Shangarh and Sainj Valley. But anyone who has been fortunate enough to stay here would attest to how spotless and peaceful these locations are. In the Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP) region, Sainj Valley is the twin of the highly well-known Tirthan Valley. The Wildlife Protection Act protects the communities in the Sainj valley, including Shangarh, which are located inside the "Eco Zone" of the GHNP.

Where To Eat?

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Just a little before the meadow on the Barshangarh waterfall road is a cafe cum restaurant called Cafe Stories n' More, which offers everything from Indian to Continental to Chinese cuisine. It is Sainj's first and only dedicated food option. In Shangarh, you cannot miss the amazing scenery, live music, sporadic live performances, and the cafe's overall local modern vibe. Not only that, but the restaurant is still the only one to provide such a wide array of options at a competitive price.

Trekking Trails In Shangarh

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Lapah Village 

You may reach this village, called Lapah, after a 4-5 hour easy climb. It is a stunning community with a wide diversity of plants and animals as well as vast open grasslands. Beautiful vistas that will uplift your spirit can be found on the walk to the village. There are a few camping and homestay alternatives in Lapah. The Himalayan ranges are breathtaking to see. From Lapah, you can continue on to Sara Lake and Shumga Thach.

Sara Lake

This lake is located in a meadow, creating a beautiful landscape. You won’t realise the lake’s water is clear and pristine until you scoop it up in your hands; it appears black from a distance. The journey from the Barshangarh waterfall to Sara Lake will take about 3–4 hours. The alternate path departs from Lapah village. You must spend the night camping at Lapah or Sara Lake in order to travel to Sara Lake from Shangarh. 

Shumga Thach

A well-liked trekking route passes through Barshangarh and Sara Lake on the way from Shumga Thach to Shangarh to Shumga Thach. The walk can be finished in two to three days. This expedition is organized by numerous tour companies. It's a beautiful location where one may relax and take in the surrounding natural splendour. A lonely meadow called Shumga Thach offers stunning views of the Himalayan mountains, valleys, rivers, and distant villages. There are numerous animal and plant species, including different kinds of therapeutic herbs, in Shumga Thach. Until the months of May and June, this region is covered in snow.

Best Time To Visit

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All year round, one can travel to Shangarh. Winter temperatures can drop as low as -4 degrees. In the summer, it only gets up to 30 degrees.

Peak Winter Months: Dec, Jan, Feb, and Mar. When it snows, Shangarh has a beautiful appearance.

Peak Season, Good Weather: April, May, June. Summer in this village is pleasant as the temperatures don't go too high and it is the best time for sightseeing.

Monsoon, Off-Season: Monsoon season typically lasts from July through September. However, since Shangarh does not have a river, it is safer to visit during this time. However, the scenery seems otherworldly.

Before deciding to travel to Shangarh or Sainj valley during the monsoon, please consult the locals about the state of the roads and their sense of safety.

Pre-Winter, Lovely Views: October and November. Great time to travel. Gorgeous hues at the start of winter will answer the question of why visit Shangarh. 

Where To Stay In Shangarh?

A limited number of lodging options are available in Shangarh. Depending on your preferences and needs, you can stay in guest houses, hotels, hostels, camps, and various other properties.

The beautiful scenic image of The Hosteller, Shangarh

The beautiful scenic image of The Hosteller, Shangarh

If you are travelling alone or with friends, consider staying at our hostel The Hosteller Shangarh. Also, check out our website for private rooms if you're travelling with friends and dorms if you're travelling alone. 

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