Jaw dropping heights, rugged roads and raw beauty define Pangi, a landlocked valley in Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh. Chamba might not be on the regular tourist map of India but Pangi definitely is a worth visiting place for the adventure seekers.
With Sach Pass offering a connection to the outer world, locals have engaged in cultivation of cash crops like peach and apples. This landlocked land is tucked between Pir Panjal and the Zanskar range and is a once in a lifetime visiting location.
When to Visit
Late summer to autumn fall is the best time to plan a visit to Pangi as the region is inaccessible during winters and driving in monsoon months can be risky with landslides occurring at every nook and corner. There is a daily Himachal Road Transport Corporation bus for Pangi from Chamba and the ride can be one of a lifetime.
Alternatively, you can also reach Killar, the district headquarter of Pangi from Udaipur in Lahaul and Spiti.
Places to see in Pangi
Pangi is indeed God’s valley and there are lots of places to see in Pangi. You can begin from the region’s headquarter itself.
The bustling town of Killar seems a world apart from the desolate expanses of Pangi region which extend over 1600 sq. Km. Killar is also a base if you wish to plan a trek to Kishtwar in Jammu and Kashmir.
This is a scenic village which is known for its natural spring. It is also a base for planning treks to nearby peaks.
If you are interested in forestry and wish to know more about forest species, Purthi, a small scenic village around 24 Km from Killar is the place to be. A forest rest house is also available here and you can stay here with prior bookings from Department of Forest, Himachal Pradesh.
Don’t get confused by the name. You will not find any Bungalow here. This is a small non descript village from where some treks can be planned. You can also visit the Siachu Twan wildlife sanctuary from here. Who knows you might come face to face with the famed Brown Bear here.
If you move to southeast direction of Killar, you will come across a cluster of villages. These are Parmar Bhatori, Parmar and Kumar. You will find a Gompa here and a vast expanse of green land.
Boarding and Lodging Options
Guest houses belonging to different Government Departments are available in the region. You can book these in advance from Chamba or Udaipur, either way you plan to travel. There are also numerous hotels and homestay in Pangi and finding a suitable location for staying would not be a problem. If you are a tough bone, the option of pitching a tent always remains open.
Pangi is a cultural heaven with the language, dress and festivals of the region distinctly different from other regions of the state. More on this in the coming blogs in this series.
Happy reading and happy travelling!