Sangla

YOGA RETREAT, SANGLA VALLEY, KINNAUR
By Sankalp Yoga & Retreat
Sep 01- 08, 2013
7 nights 8 days

In this journey into the inner Himalayas you will indulge in the space and inspiration of nature at its bountiful best while exploring yogic practices that restore balance & support overall well being. Slow your pace, calm your mind, stretch your body, and inhale exquisitely fresh mountain air as the yoga focuses your mind and opens your senses so that you fully savour the sights, sounds, smells and moods of nature in the spectacular mountain landscapes. The yoga & meditation sessions would be interspersed with some wonderful daytime hikes & vibrant evenings enjoying the company of like minded persons besides a roaring bonfire.
For six months every year, the Himalayan valleys of Kinnaur emerges from a thick cloak of snow to reveal a different, secret world to man. 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 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, experiencing some of the local culture and traditions, River crossing and rappelling are only some of the delights that are on offer. The Camp is an ideal setting for total relaxation with cozy Swiss-style tents that have attached bathrooms, a well-equipped kitchen and evening bonfires that keep the chill away.
Phulaich festival (or the festival of flowers) is celebrated in 1st week of September. The entire valley is adorned with flowers. This is pre- harvest time. This exciting and lively festival is also celebrated to commemorate them who have left the world. Wine, rice and foods are offered to the deceased people. They carry the silver and gold idols of deity in a procession. It is also the best time to visit this region with apples on the trees, beautiful colours of the valley full of pink coloured buckwheat, fall colours and last bit of festivity before everyone turns in for winters