A complete overview of the Hadsar-Mani Mahesh trekking trail.
Jalsu Pass is a 3450m pass in the Dhauladhars that connects Kangra and Chamba valleys in Himachal Pradesh. This is an easy to moderate, two day (or more), 37.5 kilometre teahouse trek over lush green meadows with a relatively mellow gradient.
Kareri Lake (also known as Kumarwah Lake) is a high altitude, shallow, fresh-water lake south of the Dhauladhar range approximately 9 km North West of Dharamsala in Kangra district, Himachal Pradesh. The lake is reached via a 10-kilometre moderate trek over a well-marked trail from Kareri village (roadhead).
Last week we visited what we reckon is the second best viewpoint over Mcleodganj. Today we share the best viewpoint over Mcleodganj with our readers. It is a moderate 1.2 km / 1.5 hour trek to this viewpoint but the views along this trail are dazzling. Read on to find out more.
Are there places other than Triund with an equally good or perhaps a better view over Mcleodganj?
We find two places that we reckon have an equally good or better view. The first of these viewpoints is the roofless Durga temple and Tibetian prayer site a few hundred metres from Gallu temple.
If you find Triund to be loud and boisterous this summer, we recommend taking a quiet trek to Waterfall Cafe. The Waterfall Cafe trek is a 2.5-kilometre / 1-hour easy trek with a waterfall and a tea shop at its terminus. You may extend the length and difficulty of this trek by following the waterfall rivulet, upstream.
A 5.6 kilometre moderate day trek leads you through fir groves, sprawling grasslands, dense forests, small ponds, a mysterious cave and panoramic views. The beauty of "Karol ka Tibba" trek is that it fits this immense natural bounty in a short day trek. "Karol ka Tibba" is the highest hill around Solan town in Himachal Pradesh. In this trek we visit Karol temple; a temple dedicated to goddess Kali situated at the top of Karol Ka Tibba. The panoramic view from the temple is beautiful and panoramic. The trekking route also passes through the famous Pandava Gufa or Pandava cave, believed to be the oldest and longest cave in the Himalayas.
At 3342 metres, Shikari Mata is a roofless temple, dedicated to a hunting goddess. Legend has it, hunters used to worship the Goddess on the mountain for success in their hunt. The temple is connected to Janjehli town in Himachal Pradesh with a 18 kilometre fair weather road. In winters, this fair weather road is closed just after Janjehli due to heavy snow drifts. The trek from Janjehli to Shikari Mata along this closed road is difficult yet exhilarating trek. The trek is difficult because of the large distance to be covered in one day and some avalanche prone sections. Yet for its difficulty this trek offers beautiful views, the lack of need for navigation, solitude and a unparalleled sense of accomplishment. If you are contemplating a challenging winter trek, we recommend you try this trek to get your snow-craft and winter gear sorted.
Bijli Mahadev is a temple dedicated to lord Shiva. At an elevation of 2452 metres, the temple overlooks Parvati valley. This temple is unique because the ‘Shiva-Lingam' in the temple is occasionally struck by lightning and it shatters into pieces. The acting priest then uses butter as an adhesive to put the lingam together. The temple is named after this natural phenomena, where"Bijli" refers to lightning and "Mahadev" is one of the names for lord Shiva. The trek to Bijli Mahadev temple is an easy 3 kilometre climb from Chansari Village. The village lies 24 kilometres east of Kullu (H.P.). The route is well marked and it is part rock and part concrete. The trail begins as a stiff climb but it eases out into a gentle climb after the first kilometre.
Prashar Lake lies 50 km north of Mandi, Himachal Pradesh, India. Along the lake is a three storied pagoda-like temple dedicated to sage Prashar. Built in the thirteenth century, legend has it that the temple was built by a baby from a single tree. Sage Prashar is believed to have meditated here and the lake is held sacred. Snow-capped peaks surround the lake and temple and the trek to the lake provides breathtaking views of Dhauladhar, Pir Pinjal and Kinnaur mountain ranges. A "good weather" road connects Baagi village to Prashar Lake. During winters, this road is closed because of heavy snowfall that this ridge receives. However, the presence of a road, albeit closed, ensures a painless navigation to the lake. The route is simple to follow with no steep ascents or descents. These factors combined, make this 16 kilometer trek an excellent beginner winter trek that is also quite child friendly.
Snowline café is a small tea shop, 3 kilometres from Triund on the Triund - Indrahar Pass trail. Nestled on a ridge this café affords a panoramic view of Indrahar pass and the Dhauladhars. A well marked yet narrow trail with a sheer drop leads to the café. This narrow trail becomes more treacherous in winters when the trail markers are often obscured by fresh snow and overnight ice makes this slippery. This trek, especially after a fresh snowfall, is in a different league when compared with the trek to Triund. Thus, we recommend that you tackle this trek, if you have the required winter trekking experience.
This moderately difficult overnight trek extends from Dalhousie to Chamba. Along the way, you pass through the Pholani Devi temple at Dainkund and enjoy beautiful views from Chowari Jot. An overnight camp can be made at one of the viewpoints near Chowari Jot or you can choose to stay in the only budget hotel at Chowari Jot.
A 8.6 kilometre moderately difficult trek that links Dalhousie with Khajjiar. The trail is clear and well defined. The midpoint is the Pholani Devi temple at Dainkund, that offers a panoramic view of the Himalayas.
The day trek from Chowari Jot to Chamba is a moderately difficult and novel route, just under 19 kilometres long. This route follows a ridge along a series of saddles and peaks from Chowari Jot. This route ends with a long, two vertical kilometre descent over scree and rock cut steps that might cause some wobbly knees at the end of the trek.
The Dainkund - Chowari Jot trek is an easy yet spectacularly scenic day trek near Dalhousie and Chamba (H.P.). This trek is a mule trail that links Chowari Jot near Chamba with Pholani Devi Temple at Dainkund. It is a 5.7 kilometre long trail with no steep ascends or descends. This is an excellent trek for beginners and children.
Dainkund to Khajjar is an easy to moderate 3.5 kilometre walk. The trek starts from the Pholani Devi Temple at Dainkund and it ends at a road head 6 kilometres from Khajjiar on the Dalhousie-Khajjiar Road. The route descends almost all the way from Dainkund and can be covered in an hour if you are in a hurry. However, don't let this short duration lull you into thinking that this route lacks variety or is boring. Despite a short duration, this route is chock-full with beautiful and photogenic viewpoints.
An easy to moderate 4.5 kilometre day trek. Climb through a fir and deodar forest and walk along the Dainkund ridge. The mountain range to the North is exceptionally photogenic. This trek is child friendly, however, exercise caution at a couple of places along the Dainkund ridge. This day trek may be combined with various other treks that connect Dalhousie with Khajjiar, Jot and Chamba.