Shangarh: The Only Travel Guide You Need (2024)

Shangarh is a small village in the Sainj Valley of Kullu district in Himachal Pradesh, India. It is located at an altitude of 6,900 feet and is surrounded by the Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP) which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The village is blessed with serene meadows, pine forests, temples, proximity to the snow capped mountains and the gentle flow of the Sainj river, making it an idyllic retreat for workations and nature enthusiasts alike.

The village is also home to several temples, including the Shangchul Mahadev Temple, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is located in the middle of the Shangarh Meadows and is a popular pilgrimage site for the locals.

Undeniably a peaceful and tranquil village that offers a glimpse into the traditional life of the Himachali people. The village is a great place to relax and enjoy the beauty of the Himalayas especially when you are working on the go.

Navigating the remote village and its surroundings can be challenging for first-time visitors.

However, we have got you covered with our comprehensive travel guide. From how to get there and where to stay, to the best activities and sights to see, our guide provides everything you need to make the most of your trip. So, pack your bags and get ready for an unforgettable journey to Shangarh Sainj Valley.

Shangarh
In the month of April

How To Reach Shangarh

The best option, undoubtedly, is always to come via an overnight bus from Delhi or Chandigarh and reach Aut (get down at the Aut bus stop & not before the Aut tunnel), which takes about 12 hours to reach. After getting down at Aut, there are three options: 

  • Take a direct cab from Aut to Shangarh (approximately an hour to 1.5 hours). However, it is an easier option but an expensive one. The fare can vary anyway between INR 1500 – INR 2000.
  • The 2nd cheaper option is to take another local bus from Aut to Sainj & take another cab from Sainj. The local bus costs around INR 50 & a cab from Sainj costs anywhere between INR 700 – INR 900.
  • The cheapest option is to take a bus from Aut, get down at Sainj & wait for another bus that takes you to Shangarh from Sainj. (Do note: There’s just one bus from Sainj in the evening, around 4:00 PM). So this option only makes sense if you reach there around evening.)

You can also drive down from Delhi & Chandigarh, take the left turn on the exit before the Aut tunnel. The left turn takes you to Sainj valley & the right turn takes you to Tirthan valley.

Where to stay

This is probably one of the best properties and gives you the best view of the entire valley. The place has dorm and private rooms (different types of rooms, from standard rooms to more premium mudwall rooms).

The price range varies from INR 600 – to INR 5000 depending on the season and the type of accommodation you choose.

A particular recommendation: If you are travelling in a group or as a couple, try and get room no. 301 for the standard mudwall room. It has the best view of the valley & has the best spot to stargaze. Visit the website.

They have recently opened up the property and lies around 5 mins walk from the Zostel. It also offers a great view of the valley and is a good option for people on a budget.

  • Teja guesthouse

 Run by Mr Tej Ram & his wife, it is an excellent option for families & couples who want to experience the local Himachali homestay. You can contact him at 9816731367. It is much closer to the meadows than the other options shared earlier.

Other notable options include:

Shangarh Places To Visit & Things To Do

Relax at the Shangarh meadows:

One of the biggest attractions is the meadows of Shangarh, an open ground where you can sit, relax, read, work, and picnic with friends. Additionally, you can pack lunch from where you are staying. Located near the meadows is the Shangchul Mahadev temple, built in the traditional Katha Kuni architecture style.

Early morning hike to Barshangarh waterfall:

Embark on a day trek, a mere 2-hour journey from the main village, which will take you to the magnificent Barshangarh waterfall. The last 10 minutes of the hike include a short ascent to the waterfall. It is a perfect spot to spend a couple of hours before returning to your accommodation for breakfast.

Rupi Raila waterfall & the Raila twin towers: 

For those seeking more exploration in Sainj Valley, the Raila twin towers are an excellent option. This temple holds great significance for the locals. After visiting the towers, you can proceed to the Rupi Raila waterfall, providing a unique and less-visited experience. It is an ideal place to spend some time. Upon your return, you can indulge in a snack at the small dhaba at the entrance.
To reach Raila, you can hire a cab, which typically takes 2 to 2.5 hours. It is advisable to begin this journey after breakfast, allowing ample time to enjoy both places. The cab fare can range anywhere between INR 1200 to INR 1500.

Deohari village & hike to Pundrik Rishi Lake:

Deohari is a quaint village in Sainj Valley with limited accommodation options. You can take a leisurely stroll around the town, interact with the friendly locals, and unwind. Additionally, you can embark on a hike to the picturesque Pundrik Rishi Lake from Deohari village.

The walk lasts approximately 1.5 to 2 hours and takes you through dense forests, offering a fantastic experience. At the end of the trek, you will find a temple dedicated to Pundrik Rishi. You can combine this trip with a visit to the Rupi Raila waterfall.

Buses from Sainj to Deori are available at 11 AM, 1 PM, and 6 PM.

Overnight trek to Lapha village: 

Lapha village is easily accessible through a 4-5 hour easy to moderate hike. Local guides can assist you during this beautiful trek. Although the village offers limited stay options, we recommend camping here for a unique experience. For more details about this trek, visit the Great Himalayan National Park office in Sainj.

Jiwa Nala Trek: 

For seasoned trekkers, Jiwa Nala offers a challenging 7-day trek from Neuli village and concludes in Parvati Valley. It is highly recommended to undertake this trek in a group or with experienced local guides who are familiar with the routes and terrain. Due to its high altitude and multi-day duration, this trek is suitable only for experienced trekkers.

Thini Thatch Trek:

The Thini Thatch trek can be completed within a day or extended to a 2-day if you plan to camp overnight. The journey commences from the village of Shangarh. It ascends to Thini Thatch, an alpine meadow situated at 11,500 feet. Throughout the trek, you will be treated to stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.

It is important to note that this trek is moderately challenging. If you are not accustomed to trekking in Himachal, it is advisable to enlist the assistance of a local guide.

Explore Local Himachali Villages

As you prepare to explore Shangarh, make sure to extend your journey to the nearby villages. Goshati and Darari, in close proximity, invite you with charming apple orchards and vibrant Kullu Topis dotting the landscape, showcasing the simplicity of mountain life. Wander through fields of wheat and vegetables cultivated using traditional agricultural methods. The distinctive wooden Himachali homes add a touch of uniqueness to the scenery.

The friendly locals are welcoming and open to engaging in pleasant conversations or sharing intriguing local mythological stories, providing ample opportunities for immersive experiences.

You can contact Gyan +917807413913 from Sainj valley if you want to hire a cab to roam around Sainj Valley.

Places to Eat in Shangarh village

  1. Cafe Stories & More (Now Closed)
  2. Negi Cafe (near the meadows)
  3. Mysterious Meadows
  4. Divine Land Homestay Shangarh

Note: Most of the accommodations have their cafes.

Best Time To Visit Shangarh

December to March: Firstly, this is the winter season, and you can witness a good amount of snowfall during this period. Additionally, if snowfall is your priority, you should visit during these months. Moreover, it gets freezing during this period.

April to June: In addition, this is the peak season for travellers. Furthermore, the climate is pleasant, and the sun’s out throughout the day. Moreover, you can also witness rain showers during this period.

July to September: However, this is the peak monsoon season. Despite the beauty, landslides and cloud bursts can happen anytime during these months. Although it is not advisable to travel in these months to Himachal, the valley is at its greenest during this season.

October & November: Another good season when travellers flock here is the onset of winter in October and November. Furthermore, it offers unique experiences for tourists.

Sainj Valley
Meadows in April
Sainj Valley
Meadows in December

Budget

Travel Cost: Bus costs from Delhi to Aut & a return journey can cost anywhere between INR 3000 and INR 4000.

Accommodation: Dorms are available for INR 500 – INR 1000 per night

Food: You can expect anywhere to spend between INR 500 – INR 750 per person. (A good hack: Share meals with the other travellers in the hostels, that way, you can share the cost as well)

Local Attractions: There is no entry fee to any of the places. However, you can expect to pay anywhere between INR 2000 – INR 3000 for the cab fare to the above locations. (Hack: You can tag along with someone who already has a plan or ask around people if you are staying in the hostel, that way, you can quickly bring down the cab fare to INR 500 – 700 per person)

 

All things considered, a 4-5 day trip to Shangarh will cost you between INR 12,000 – INR 20,000, depending on what kind of a budget you are on.

A 4-day itinerary for Shangarh valley

  1. Reach Shangarh in the morning, stroll through the villages, visit the green meadows.
  2. Early morning hike to Barshangarh waterfall, come back and relax at the property you are staying. Cafe hopping in the evening.
  3. Day trip to Rupi Raila, Raila twin towers, Deohari village & Pundrik Rishi lake (you can club all these places together in one day)
  4.  Leave for Delhi

Packing List for Shangarh

  1. 45L travel Rucksack (Ideal for a week-long trip)
  2. Warm clothing: Sweaters, hoodies, and jackets
  3. Layering essentials: Long-sleeve shirts, thermals, and t-shirts
  4. Waterproof outerwear: Raincoat or waterproof jacket
  5. Comfortable pants and jeans
  6. Warm socks and thermal socks
  7. Sturdy and waterproof shoes or boots
  8. Scarf, gloves, and a hat
  9. Umbrella or compact travel-sized rain poncho
  10. Laptop, charger, and other work-related accessories
  11. Portable Wi-Fi hotspot or mobile data device
  12. Power bank for charging devices on the go
  13. Toiletries: Toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, soap, etc.
  14. Medications and first aid kit
  15. Snacks and water bottle for sustenance during work sessions
  16. Waterproof Backpack or daypack for carrying essentials during outings
  17. Camera or smartphone for capturing the scenic beauty

Remember to pack according to personal preferences and specific needs, considering the weather conditions and the type of work you will be doing during your workation in Shangarh.

FAQs

Shangarh is famous for its stunning Shangarh meadows, a place of unparalleled natural beauty. It’s also renowned for the Shangchul Mahadev Temple, which holds religious and cultural significance. Shangarh is known as a peaceful and offbeat destination, perfect for travellers seeking tranquillity and a unique experience. Additionally, it’s gaining popularity as a “workation” spot, allowing individuals to work remotely while surrounded by nature’s serenity.

Yes, Shangarh is definitely worth visiting if you appreciate unspoiled natural beauty, serene environments, and a break from the hustle and bustle of city life. It’s a great destination for nature lovers, hikers, and those seeking a peaceful getaway.

The days you spend in Shangarh can vary depending on your interests. Generally, 3-4 days are enough to explore the village and its surroundings. However, you may want to engage in extensive hiking or experience a deeper connection with nature. In that case, you might choose to stay longer.

The best time to visit Shangarh is during the summer, from April to June when the weather is pleasant and the landscapes are lush and green. This is also the time when you can enjoy outdoor activities and trekking. Avoid the monsoon season (July to September) due to heavy rainfall and winter (November to February) when it can be quite chilly.

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Comments

  • Tree stays
    August 3, 2022 at 8:26 pm

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    • Pooja
      February 16, 2023 at 6:52 pm

      Could you please share photos or website link and price details? Planning a three day visit tentative dates 11,12,13 th April

  • Rajat Kumar
    September 5, 2022 at 11:00 pm

    Shangarh is such a beauty. I have been there multiple times.

    • Nomads of India
      July 8, 2023 at 11:39 pm

      Without a doubt it is!

      • Rajat Kumar
        October 27, 2023 at 8:00 pm

        I think Cafe Stories n More is shut.

        • Nomads of India
          October 27, 2023 at 9:44 pm

          Hi Rajat! From what we have been told, the hostel is shut, but the cafe will continue to run. We will confirm and update. Thank you for letting us know. 🙂

          • Nick
            January 22, 2024 at 7:00 pm

            Rajat is right, it’s not running anymore.
            But still if someone want to have good food, they can visit Mysterious Cafe or Plants & Pots Cafe,

          • Nomads of India
            January 22, 2024 at 8:37 pm

            Thank you for your inputs. We have made changes to the article.

  • […] article is about Shangarh, a hamlet in Himachal Pradesh’s Sainj Valley. It has recently become a popular offbeat location, […]

  • Nomads of India
    July 8, 2023 at 11:39 pm

    We appreciate the information, Reshu! Thank you. 🙂

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