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.
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
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. Kareri Lake 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.