Sangti Valley – A Treasure Trove of Serenity


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“Travel and tell no one, live a true love story and tell no one, live happily and tell no one, people ruin beautiful things.” 
– Kahlil Gibran
It suddenly dawned upon me that I was leaving this place in an hour. I was supposed to spend only one hour in Sangti Valley however, I ended up staying there for 2 days. Life was showering surprises and I embraced them with open arms.
Sangti Valley is a little hamlet buried at the outskirts of Dirang, in the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. The valley is surrounded by the hills of eastern Himalayas, with conifers standing upright and the Sangti river running parallel to the hills. This is one of the places in India which is still untouched by rampant tourism and calls for personal interactions with the habitants.

The Sangti River

Sangti valley is also known for sightings of the endangered black necked cranes that migrate each year during November and December. The Buddhists consider this bird sacred and believe it to be the embodiment of 6th Dalai Lama. So if you are in Sangti during winters, you may be lucky enough to spot them.
Lined with apple and kiwi plantations, sheep breeding farm and suspension bridges made of bamboo here and there across the river, this is a perfect place where you can spend days remaining in oblivion to the outside world. The valley is best explored on feet. There is a small gompa on top of a hillock by the river.
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Kiwi plantations by the valley

One of the many bamboo suspension bridges across Sangti river

Horses grazing around

On the way towards sheep breeding farm

A Gompa

The village folks are eco-friendly and utilization of plastics is at its minimum. One art-form that is practiced widely is with bamboo / cane. They transform simple bamboo/ cane into visually attractive utilities like baskets, trays, storage pouches, smoking pipes, ornaments etc.  An open weaved basket is called a Barsi. A long rectangular pouch is either called Pathu or Rothak usually used like a bagpack.
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Dorjee making a bamboo pouch

The almost finished product

You may cross one of the many suspension bridges made of bamboo and hike up to the nearby hill, spend time conversing with the locals, learn about their culture and extend a helping hand in their routine chores. Ask locals to teach the craft of utility making from bamboo/cane. Do not hesitate, the people are very welcoming and would willingly indulge you in their activities.

There are many such isolated houses in the middle of the valley

How can you not do this?

The kids will certainly take your heart away

How can you resist this bunch of cuteness

One thing that I totally loved was the local food. Most of the produce comes from local farms. Farming is the way of life in this region. I took delight in the opportunity to assist my homestay host in cooking thukpa for dinner, along with Yak meat, dried Mithun meat and phing curry (rice noodles) that made way for side dishes. And, what’s better way of relishing the local food along with home-made “Ara”, which is rice and maize beer. I absolutely loved swigging the beer.

Ara – Rice and Maize Beer

Yummylicious Dinner of Thukpa, Dried Mithun Meat, Yak Meat and Phing Curry

Early mornings and evenings are to sit by the river or stroll in the valley. This place is a photographer’s delight. I could not resist myself from clicking away a sundry of pictures. Did I forget to tell you that having network in your mobile phone is a luxury here? Well, you may wish to enjoy the leisure to remain cut out from the digital arena for some time.
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Some berries from wild

The prayer flags lined up to the top of the hill

At work

With surprises, comes opportunities and staying back in Sangti Valley was the best thing I had done. This stay also rendered me the scope of reducing my carbon footprint to an extent.
How did you gratify your wish of lessening carbon footprints? I am listening.

 

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  1. U r an inspiration indeed ..truly mesmerising words and the captures are worthy to remember !! Keep traversing girl!! I m a travel nomad too on a quest to wander forever .

  2. Sangti is one of those ‘slices of Heaven’ whose name I would like to highlight, lest it loses what it has. But when I came across this post of yours, I couldn’t help but….!

    I hope it always remains its charming and beautiful self!

    Cheers,
    Rajiv

    • I know. Can totally relate to your dubiety. Specially with the incongruous approach that people in our country travel with. However much we deny but this is the harsh truth.

      That’s the exact reason I mentioned Kahlil Gibran’s quote at the beginning of the post if you might have noticed.

      Cheers to responsible travel!
      🙂

  3. Hey,

    This is a nicely curated blog. I loved the content and being a travel blogger I added this to my list of destination.
    One recommendation though, the colours are too much popped up, I would say balance them a little on a lower note to make them soothing.