Dear Delhiites and other friends in North India, if you’re looking for a quiet place for a long weekend, Shangal may be exactly what you need! In front of Kullu is Sainj Valley, within its green range is the real gem Chandigarh.
Trekking in the Great Himalayas National Park has become a privilege. Let me tell you the reason. It is one of the most pristine and unique ecosystems in the world. So much, it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And because of its unique protection, not only the rich flora and fauna of the park but also the communities that live there are undisturbed. And Sainj Valley Trek will take you to it!
The hike begins in the beautiful meadows of Shangai. The pine-fringed landscape of the towering mountains is reminiscent of Kashmir. This is a comparison that is underrated. The grasslands of Kashmir are the best. And more meadows follow. The path then passes through a dense forest audible to the barking of various birds. When the trail finally opens out of the woods, you’ll have stunning views of the mighty mountains surrounding the Sainj Valley and the Raktisar Glacier. The road leads to an old village, an apple orchard, and finally, Lake Patrick. The whole place is surrounded by many local myths and stories.
You can get all of this on weekend trekking! To be honest, this method is too valuable, especially from a location very close to the urbanized Kuru. A walking tour where you can see the villages of the past and their unique temples. The
Sainj Valley is part of the four canyons that make up the Great Himalayas National Park. That is the Tisan Valley, the Parvati Valley, and the Jiwanara Valley. Most trekking in the Parvati Valley or the Jiwanara Valley is inaccessible to beginners. Tirthan, Sainj’s Twin Valley, is much more well known and therefore more crowded. For this reason, we believe the Sainj Valley is a perfect and undisturbed introduction to the wonders of trekking in the rich ecosystems of the Great Himalayas National Park. During the two days!
How to Reach Sainj Valley?
You will discover the serene beauty of the Sange Valley while relaxing at the foot of the Greater Himalayan National Park. There are a few more villages in the Kullu Valley, but Sainj will surprise you. A place where you can see the richness of nature and all kinds of living things, a place where you can relax and be young! You can get here by all popular means of transport.
Sainj can be reached by car, but it is a 10-hour drive from Delhi and the distance is almost 480 km. You will need to take NH 44 to Chandigarh to Shimla and beyond. There are toll roads but tankers will enjoy the trip. You can stop and go on your trip to Chandigarh, or you can stop and go on your trip to Shimla. Both have great places to stay and B&Bs.
You need to take a bus from Himachal to Ot on the Delhi-Manali route and then a taxi to Sign. The valley is close to Aut and you won’t spend around Rs 500 per person. According to your convenience, you can even take another bus from Out to Sainj village. However, there are no direct buses.
To travel by flight, you need to land in Kullu Manali and then take some local transport or taxi from there. The nearest airport is Kulu-Manali, a 95-minute drive from Sainj. However, it is also possible to fly to Chandigarh or Shimla and drive there, but the journey will be at least about 7 hours longer along the mountain pass.
There are no train tracks in this small town.
Best Time to Visit Sainj
Sainj Valley is beautiful year-round, but January and February offer breathtaking views of the snow-capped mountains. July to September is also a great option for those who want to explore the Himalayas during the rainy season.
So, before you dream of this Himalayan paradise, let’s see what you can do in the mountain valley.
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This hike’s meadows are large, textured, and can be a popular destination for the famous Hajjar Pastures to earn money. The best part of the meadow on this hike is that it is easily reachable. For most hikes, you can reach the meadow in two days through the forest. It all starts in the meadows of this hike!
It will take some time to realize that you are approaching Lake Pundrik on the trail. After all, all you can see on the surface are thick layers of grass and leaves, with tree trunks floating blankly between them. According to tradition surrounding the lake, rice fields were located here until the local gods of the nearby valleys started fighting and effectively stopped farming. The lake is named after Rishi Pundrik, who is said to have blessed the land with spiritual knowledge many years ago.
Many birds can be seen as the trail passes through the Great Himalayas National Park and lush forests. Our researchers have found Blue Magpie, Western Tragopan, Himalayan Griffin, Yellow-billed Sandpiper, Himalayan Whistle Thrush, Small Porktail, Large Hill Babette, Weerdite Flycatcher, Black and White Cheeks/Red Vents and Red Mustache Bulb, Brown Banged Tabby Bull…
Villages in the mighty Himalayas National Park are largely untouched. This means that the architecture and culture of the people of Kuluvi are isolated from the modern world. You can see the house of the dead Theodar found in the national park, an old temple built for local gods, the only public school, a great (a whetstone). This hydro-mechanical grindstone grinds flour for this town. This creates a unique cultural experience.