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Kareri Lake Trek – Communing with Dhauladhars

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).

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Gallu temple to Guna Devi temple via Naddi village – A child-friendly and easy day trek

A 7 kilometre day trek that links Gallu temple with Guna Devi temple. The trail is easy and child friendly. It passes through Naddi town which has some beautiful viewpoints and through Bhated stream which is an excellent place for a picnic.

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Tip – two routes between Dharamkot & Gallu Temple (Mcleodganj, H.P.) you may not know about

Two routes that get you from Gallu Temple to Dharamkot town (Mcleodganj, H.P.). Gallu temple is the starting point for Triund, Guna temple and Durga temple (the best viewpoint over Mcleodganj) treks. 

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The best viewpoint in Mcleodganj no-one will tell you about. Durga Temple perched atop Gallu Temple ridge.

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.

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The best viewpoints in Mcleodganj no—one will tell you about. Runners up – Durga Temple and Tibetan prayer flags near Gallu Temple.

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.

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Waterfall Cafe trek – A quiet and serene hike near Mcleodganj

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. 

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Khandas to Bhimashankar via Ganesh Ghat – a monsoon day trek

There are two trekking trails that connect Khandas with Bhimashankar. Among the two alternative trekking trails, Ganesh Ghat is a longer yet less challenging route. The 8 kilometre / 4 hour moderate trekking trail has the best view points to gaze at the majestic Bhimashankar walls. Nagphani peak, a snake hood shaped mountain and Paddar Killa, a huge rock tower are also visible from this trail. During the monsoons the trail is often enveloped in mist which makes this trail a photographer’s delight. 

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Monsoon day trek to Peth / Kothaligad fort

Kothaligad is a small funnel fort near Karjat (Maharashtra). The fort is also called “Peth Fort” because of its vicinity to Peth village. Unlike other funnel hill forts, the pinnacle or the funnel is carved from the inside, forming a circular staircase that reaches the top. The superlative view from the top of the pinnacle combined with this unique and awe-inspiring engineering feat definitely deserves a visit. 
Kothaligad is accessible via a moderate 5.6 kilometre / 3 hour trek starting from the road head at Ambivali village. A dirt road connects Peth village to Ambivali and this makes Peth village accessible with a motorcycle or with a four wheel drive vehicle. However, we recommend that you park at Ambivali and walk to Kothaligad, because there are some stellar view points along the way.

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Monsoon day trek to Irshalgad pinnacle – wind and water

No road link, a secluded village, beautiful vista and a less often used trail makes trekking to Irshalgad feel like rediscovering a long lost civilisation. Irshalgad is an oft ignored pinnacle located on a plateau that towers over Chowk town on the Panvel – Karjat National Highway NH4. The 3.4 kilometre, 2 hour trek to Irshalgad is an easy, child friendly trail. Nevertheless, this easy trail enchants with some magnificent views over Morbe reservoir, Prabalgad and Matheran plateaus. We rate this as the most beautiful yet easy treks in and around Karjat.

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