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.4 Comments
Tag: Himachal Pradesh
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.2 Comments
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.7 Comments
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.2 Comments
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.3 Comments
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.19 Comments
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.6 Comments
A winter trek to Triund is an easy to moderate (depending on snow) 6 kilometre trek over a wide well-marked trail. Nevertheless, winter trekking does come with its share of challenges. Care is needed to negotiate accumulated snow and ice along the way. A pair of low flex, stiff soled boots is preferred for this trek.12 Comments
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.Leave a Comment