Churdhar is also called Chur Chandni, which means mountain dressed in moonlight. From the summit, you get a panoramic view of the lowland tracts on the south and snow clad ranges, including the peaks of Badrinath and Kedarnath in the Garhwal region towards the north.
You can also enjoy the view of Gangetic plains, the Sutlej River and hills of Shimla and Chakrata on a bright sunny day. Below the summit is a deodar-roofed temple of Srigul housing a lingam dedicated to Lord Shiva (Chooreshwar Mahadev).
For almost six months, the north face of the mountain is snow clad, and below that the flanks are covered with verdant forests. The Churdhar peak is only marginally higher than the long east-west ridgeline separating the rivers Tons and Giri.
The peak is famous Trekking destination. A well-defined trail from Sarain leads you through deodar trees. It is a day long trek, and from the rest-house at Sarain, a four hour up-hill trek will lead you to the temple of Srigul. From the temple, it takes half an hour climb through rocky terrain on the west side to reach the peak. There is a huge concrete idol of Shiva that is located atop the peak.
Alternatively, the peak can also be approached from Dadahu via Sangrah, Bhawai, Gandhuri, and Naura. You trek on a bridled path for around 48 km to reach the peak. Also, another easier approach to the peak is from the Solan Rajgarh Menus road side. From Nahura, it is a 16 km walk to the top.
Exact Location: The Churdhar peak is located near Nahan. District: Sirmour.
Nearest Town: Nahan.
How to Reach
There are buses and taxis available at Chopal to reach Sarain, the starting point of the Churdhar trek. If you are coming from Delhi, hit the national highway 1 (NH1) to reach Ambala, and from there take the NH 22 to reach Shimla. Follow NH 22 that goes to Kinnaur from Shimla thorugh Sanjauli and Dhali up to Theog. Reaching Theog, hit the state road that leads you to Chopal via Sainj, Deha, and Khirki. And, from Chopal, you need to follow the way that is going to Nerwa, and then follow the link road to Sarain after nearly 7 km.
Trek Length: Approx. 48 km
Best Time to Visit: November to March.
Things to Carry
- Walking stick
- Hiking shoes
- Woolen clothes
- Water, juices, snacks
- Electric torch
- Medical kit
- A good compass
- An extra pair of clothes
Kedi: Kedi is an ideal destination for campers. You can retreat here from the cacophony of the city life. Its nearly 27 km from Chopal and 7 km from Nerva. Kedi houses a forest rest-house, which is located on a ridge away from the village. The rest house has huge space around it and is bounded by pine trees. A motorable road links Nerva to Kedi. Also, you can walk to the rest-house from Nerva.
Rampur: This town is located on the banks of the River Sutlej, and is on the national highway 22 (NH22). Rampur was once the capital of the princely state of Bushahr. The picturesque town is dotted with lanes, shops, and temples. The places worth visiting here are Dumgit Buddhist Temple, Padam Palace, Raghunath Temple, Ayodhya Temple, Narsingh Temple. Annually, an international stature fair called Lavi is held here on 25th November.
Nahan:.Situated at an altitude of 932 m, Nahan is known for its picturesque surroundings and serene and invigorating atmosphere. The town enjoys a pleasant climate all around the year. The major attractions are Villa Round, Military Round, Hospital Round, temples, ancient palace, and more. There is a beautiful garden Ranital bagh just below the palace.
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