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    The Kangra Valley Trek

    Mcleodganj Trek is a popular tourist destination, offering magnificent and breathtaking views of the Kangra valley.

    McLeodganj is also known as Little Lhasa due to its large population of Tibetan refugees. The Tibetan Government in Exile is headquartered in McLeodganj.

    The highest peak of Dhauladhar Range, ˜Hanuman Ka Tibba (5,639m), forms the backdrop. About this charming Trekking Destination, the Kangra Gazetteer written by British record states, no scenery presents such sublime and delightful contrast. There are two trekking trail that starts from here. One leads you to Triund, which is the ridge above McLeodganj and another to Lam Dal.

    One of the shortest trekking trails in Himachal Pradesh is McLeodganj to Triund Trek. Nearly 10 km walk from northeast of McLeodganj, Triund provides a panoramic view of Kangra valley and the plains of Punjab. The magnificent Dhauladhar stands to the north, while the wide valley expanse is on the southern side.

    Triund lies on the trek route to Ravi Valley across Kwarsi Oass in Dhauladhar. A well-defined uphill trek leads you to Triund from McLeodganj,, and en route, you cross Dharamkot village (2100m).

    The other 2 km trail westwards from McLeodganj bazaar takes you to Lam Dal (39000 m). The lake is the biggest and the most prominent Lake of Dhauladhar. Dal Lake is spread in an area of 1 km and is bounded by rhododendrons, deodars, and junipers forest. Annually, a fair is held at the Kali Temple near the Lake. There is another temple close to the lake that is dedicated to sage Durvasa. Lam Dal can be approached after crossing Gaj or Minkiani Pass.

    Exact Location: McLeodganj is located in upper Dharamshala.

    District: Kangra

    Distance from Delhi: 540+ km.

    How to Reach: 

    Dharamsala is well connected by road. There are easy road transport facilities available from various destinations of India including Delhi, Chandigarh, Shimla and Pathankot to reach Dharamsala. The road network to Dharamsala is quite smooth and it is connected by the National Highway no. 1 (NH 1). Dharamshala to McleodGanj is only 9 km. Buses are available from 0730 hrs to 2030 hrs in the evening. Jeeps and taxis are also available during the late hours.

    The nearest railway station to Dharamsala is Kangra Mandir (narrow gauge) which is at a distance of 22 km. It is a small station and hence all of the trains wont stop at this station. The major rail junction is Pathankot, which is about 85 km away from Dharamsala. Pathakot is well connected to all major cities in and around India.

    The nearest airport to Dharamsala is the Gaggal airport in Kangra valley. The airport is at a distance of 12 km from Dharamsala and reaching here, one can hire a taxi cab to reach Dharamsala. If you are coming from aboard then the best option is to reach the International Airport at Delhi which is 520 + away and is connected to all the major cities in India and most of the foreign cities.

    Best Time to Visit: May to October.

    Things to Carry:

    • Walking stick
    • Hiking shoes
    • Woolen clothes
    • Water, juices, snacks
    • Electric torch
    • Medical kit
    • A good compass
    • An extra pair of clothes

    Other Information:

    Kareri Lake: Kareri Lake is situated amidst thick woods against the visually stunning backdrop of the Dhauladhar Mountains. It is a favourite haunt for the trekking enthusiast and is situated at an altitude of about 1,983 m above sea level.Travel to the beautiful Kareri Lake which is about 35 km from Dharamsala.

    Dalhousie: It is a picturesque hill station built during the British period. The place has a very little night life and is an apt place for honeymooners and for the ones who wish to relax away from the fast paced life. This famous hill station is at an altitude of 2039 m above sea level. The place is surrounded by alpine vegetation and offers exorbitant natural scenery to explore. Some other major attractions in Dalhousie are Jandhri Ghat, Satdhara Springs which has great therapeutic value as it contains mica with medicinal properties; Subhash Baoli and St Francis Church.

    Dal Lake: The Lake is spread in an area of 1 km and is bounded by rhododendrons, deodars, and junipers forest. Annually, a fair is held at the Kali Temple near the Lake. There is another temple close to that lake that is dedicated to sage Durvasa. Dal Lake is 2 km walk westwards from McLeodganj bazaar.



Trekking in Mcleodganj



St. John in the Wilderness Church

Forsyth Gunj protects the famous Anglican Church, St. John in the Wilderness which is dedicated to John the Baptist. The church has a very old history as the background as it was built in the year of 1852 near Dharamshala, on the way to McLeod Ganj. The neo-Gothic architectural style accommodated by the church suggests totally a different appeal to it and also the surroundings filled with deodar trees add beauty in abundance to the whole location. The church is just a 20 minute downhill walk away from the Bus Station at McLeod Ganj. The ruins of a graveyard where the British people who were killed in the earthquake of 1905 are seen on one side and a restored bell tower on another side of the church attract people’s eyes so fast.

Manimahesh Lake

Situated close to Manimahesh Kailash Peak in the Pir Panjal Range of Himalayas, Manimahesh Lake is located in the Chamba district and is one of the most important places to visit in Chamba. The lake is located at a height of 4, 080 meters from the mean sea level and has high religious significance after Lake Mansarovar in Tibet.

The lake is a major pilgrimage trek, which is carried out during the months of August and September on the eighth day of new moon period, as per the Hindu Calendar and is known as 'Manimahesh Yatra.'


Indrahar Pass

An extremely popular trekking route from Dharamshala, the trek to Indrahar Pass trails in the lush folds of the Dhauladhar range. Surrounded by thickets of Deodars and Rhododendrons, the panorama of Pir Panjal range to the north and the plains to the south exhilarates trekkers. Treacherous precipices and steep ascents make this a moderately-difficult trek; passing through Triund Hill and an endless view of Kangra Valley. Overnight camping in the Lahesh caves is an experience that’ll leave you transfixed, and the trekking season runs from May to October.

Distance from Delhi: 475 Kilometres approximately

Nearest Railhead: Kangra Railway Station

Akhand Chandi Palace

Akhand Chandi Palace displays the lavishness of Mughals and the artistic architecture of the British. It is a perfect blend of western and eastern architecture and was built in the year 1748-1764. While visiting the Akhand Chandi Palace, you can have a picturesque view of various other beautiful tourist destinations like Chamunda Devi Temple, Sui Mata Temple, Lakshmi Narayan Temple, Rang Mahal and many more.

One of the most beautiful features of the palace is that it has distinguishably green roof as the other houses in Chamba along with a conical roof to shed the snow. The palace has beautifully designed windows, which are painted in white.

Until 1957, the palace was with the royal family and in 1958, it was handed over to Himachal Government, which opened a college and district library in the palace.


Friendship Peak Trek

Friendship peak is in the Pir Panjal range in the Beas Kund region and this trek can be undertaken by even persons with limited mountaineering knowledge. The trek reaches a maximum altitude of 5,289 metres.

The Friendship peak is situated in the Beas Kund Area which is very popular among tourists for ski touring, ski mountaineering and mountaineering. The trail proceeds via Dhundi and Beas Kund. The ideal time for trekking here is May and June and again in September and October.

Best Season: July - October
Max. Elevation: 5289m
Duration of the Trek: 5 days
Difficulty Level: Moderate


Champavati Temple

Located near the Police Post and Treasury building in Chamba, Champavati Temple is one of the most religious destinations and best places to visit in Chamba. It was built by Raja Sahil Varman in the memory of Champavati who was her daughter. The temple's Shikhara style and various ornamental stone carvings make it distinguishable from others. It resembles the architectural pieces of Nepal, featuring structures that are cylindrical in shape and are categorized into 5 to 9 parts.

The temple holds the shrines of Vasuki Naga, Wazir and Goddess Mahisasuramardini, an avatar of Goddess Durga. The best time to visit temple is from the month of March to June as the climate is so pleasant during this duration.

The temple has a great archaeological and historical value and is taken care by Archeological Survey of India. Millions of hindus visit the temple each year, especially during Navratri.

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