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Rohtang Pass is quite famous among Ladakh travelers but the unpredictable avalanche and severe climatic conditions make it scary some times. Nonetheless, it had made adventure seekers’ tour of Ladakh mind-blowing. A high mountain pass at an elevation of 3978 meters above the sea level, Rohtang is just 51 km from Manali. It is a part of the proud Pir Panjal Range of the mighty Himalayas.
It acts as the connecting link between Kullu Valley and Lahaul and Spiti Valley. Being an ancient trade route, it was well maintained by the natives. The generic name of the pass suggests that either the pass was the oldest and the most used pass. With the increase of visitors every year, the fragile mountain ecology will be in threat, environmentalists worry.
But the exciting beauty of the mountain terrains seen from the top of the pass is indescribable and flamboyant. The Indian Government started building a tunnel which is 8.5 km long to bypass Rohtang pass in order to reduce the travel time and distance to Keylong, Lahaul and Spiti and Leh.
The tunnel promises to reduce the distance by 50 km and the time by five hours between the south and north faces of Rohtang pass. Currently, the time taken to ascend and descend the pass itself is 5-6 hours.
Height: Rohtang Pass is located at an altitude of 3978 meters above the sea level in the Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas.
Location: The pass is located about 51 kms away from Manali and you can reach the pass if you take Leh- Manali Highway.
Best time to visit: The pass will be open from the months of May to October as the snow starts melting and the paths will be cleared.
Apart from Khardung La or Baralacha La, Ladakh has numerous other passes at great heights which stand as Ladakh’s pride for centuries now. The glitters of other passes may be diminished by Khardung La mainly but all the other passes are equally important. Lachulung La is a single example.
The elevation of this pass is 5059 meters above sea level which is considered to be a dangerously exciting height for any pass after Khardung La. Lachulung La is on the border of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. Also, it separates the valleys of Tsarap Chu and Tozay. If you take Leh-Manali highway, you will be able to cross this pass that has other names such as Lachalung La, Lungalacha La etc.
A fact that to be remembered before you head to visit this pass is, it is open only for four and a half months during summer. Any traveler should be prepared not to fall sick during the conquering of Lachulung La because its geographic status, the height, the rugged pathways and the remote villages it goes through may cause dramatic influence on your body. Being one of the most adventurous passes in Ladakh, Lachulung is a favorite stop avid adventure lovers.
Also, the surroundings are quite fictional as the towering Himalayan passes and the nature lying in correspondence to them are creating soothing visuals. Trekkers should be very careful while climbing the altitude up as altitude sickness is assured at the top and keep hydrated to maintain your body conditions with respect to the climate. But the descent is smooth and easy so that you will feel overjoyed till the end.
Height: 5059 meters
Best time to visit: May to October
How to reach: Take Leh-Manali highway, from Sarchu 54 KM and from Pang, 24 Km
As important as the other major passes in Jammu and Kashmir, Nakee La situated at an elevation of 4769 meters above the sea level is a potent competition to Khardung La and similar ones in terms of adventure. On the Leh-Manali Highway, from Manali to Taglang La is Nakee La and it is the third pass among the five passes that to be crossed during the travel from Manali to Leh.
The previous travelers shared the experience of driving down the pass was quite dramatic; the expert drivers also find it challenging to steer past the uneven, rugged and off-road paths. But the traversing time would be filled with excitement and thrill if you really love adventure at its level best.
The frequent sections of ice are another impediment during the journey as well as an avalanche, heavy snowfalls etc can be expected anytime making the process of crossing the pass difficult. The climate is very dry over here and the harsh cold conditions make the pass a challenge to overcome for many. 21 Gata loops is a repeatedly heard word during the tour of Leh and the ascent to Nakee La is known in the special name.
One have to overcome the 23 km ascent that starts from 4250 meters to 4980 meters conquering the 21 tricky hairpin bends. There is also a rumor you can hear about the pass is that the pass is haunted by a ghost of a tourist who was buried here.
Height: Nakee La is located at an elevation of 4769 meters above the sea level.
Location: Nakee La is located on the famous Leh-Manali National Highway. While you travel from Manali to Leh, you would come across Nakee La.
Best time to go: The summer is the best time to visit Nakee La since during winter there would be heavy snowfall and landslide.
At a distance of 22 km south-west from Nahan on the banks of Markand River is one of the most visited tourist places in Nahan, the Shivalik Fossil Park, also known as Suketi Fossil Park. The park houses a collection of prehistoric vertebrate fossils and skeletons dug out from the Upper and Middle Shivaliks, which will engage history lovers and culture enthusiasts.
The highlight of you visit to the Fossil Park will the open-air display of six life-sized fibreglass models of extinct mammals in a recreation of the Shivalik Hills setting, which dates back to 2.5 million years.
Ticket Prices: Free entry.
Open Time: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM (Closed on Tuesday)
A quintessential location and a high altitude roadside bar is Zingzing situated on the road from Manali to Leh. Travelers come here to refresh with a sip of coffee or to have food to energize the body and soul to resume their journey to Leh. The multi-purpose shacks can be availed to stay overnight as well.
A space where you will love to roll a joint and smoke it up to escape from the extreme cold. Located at an altitude of 4270 meters above the sea level, the place is recognized to be the most suitable one to take rest. Peaceful ambience and the silence prevailing would leave everyone addicted to it.
The fame of ZIngzing Bar was enhanced because of Baralacha La pass also; the starting point of Baralacha La, one of the most loved passes in Ladakh is Zingzing Bar. Thus it cannot be missed during one’s journey to Leh. The temperature level at the bar will be crazily as low as -2* Celsius and as you ascend from a different temperature from the base, chances to feel altitude sickness and fluctuations in the body are quite higher.
Height: The highest roadside bar in the world is located at an elevation of 4270 meters above the sea level before the steep Baralacha La roads starts.
Location: From Manali, Zingzing Bar is situated at a distance of 193 kms and a drive of about 3 hours will take you to the bar and from Leh it is about 337 kms away.
Best time to visit: Zingzing Bar is found the most scenic during the months of December, January and February when the winter hits at its peak. For those who are searching for peace over a joint, Zingzing bar during winter would be the best option.
Spanning across the area of 4 sq. km, the Renuka Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the best places to visit in Nahan if you are a wildlife enthusiast. The legend has it that it is named after one of the prettiest ladies ever to walk over the face of the earth Renukaji and her son Parshuram. It protects a brilliant collection of the local flora and fauna, which will revive the nature lover in you.
Some of the species harboured in the Sanctuary are Samber, Leopard, Spotted Deer. It is a highly recommended place of visit for Nature enthusiasts and wilderness seekers.
Ticket Prices: Free entry.
Timings: Sunrise to Sunset.
A story says like this; there were two lovers in mythology, Chandra and Bhaga, one is the daughter of the Moon and the other one is the son of Sun God, respectively. To do their marriage, both of them climbed to the Baralacha La and from there, they started running in opposite directions.
Both of them found Tandi as their meeting point and thus their marriage became eternal. The factor made their love shine is Baralacha La pass, a high mountain pass in Zanskar Range that connects Lahaul in Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir.
In ancient times, Baralacha La was considered to be the main trade route. Near the pass, there is this emerald like the lake, the Suraj Tal which is the source of Bhaga River. The pass is situated at an altitude of 16040 feet and on this plateau, the famous mountain ranges such as Pir Panjal, Zanskar and the Great Himalayas come together to meet.
One who wishes to go to Leh through Leh-Manali highway has to cross this pass which hides plenty of adventure and thrill in it.
Height: Baralacha La is the most important pass as Khardung La and it is situated at an altitude of 16040 feet above the sea level.
Location: Baralacha La is located 73 kms away from Keylong on Manali-Leh road.
Best time to visit: The months of April to October are the best months to visit Baralacha La pass as the roads will be open because the snow melts. If you are going from Manali to Leh, then it is advisable that cross the pass before noon due to the melting of snow and creation of streams on the road
On the similar lines of the Renuka Wildlife Sanctuary we have the Renuka Temple, it is dedicated to Renukaji and her son Lord Parshuram. Continuing the legend, it is said that Parshuram wished to go through his time on earth at the feet of his mother and it is a result of this reason, the mother-son pair meet each year amid the beginning of yearly Renuka Fair.
It is additionally believed that Goddess Renuka is the reincarnation of Goddess Durga, which makes it a popular place to visit amongst devotees and followers of Hinduism. The calmness that it has to offer makes it one of the top tourist places in Nahan and is surely worth a visit.
Ticket Prices: Free entry.
Open Time: Sunrise to Sunset
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There are places where you need to take out travel permits and Permissions, especially on the trekking routes. Hence, make sure that you have all of it in place.
Himachal Pradesh is a tourist hotspot and hence, there are chances that you might encounter few scammers. Make sure that you do not talk to strangers and get all your procedures done through authorized travel agents.
Make sure that you check the weather predictions of the days when you are going to travel and carry clothing according. It rains unpredictably in Himachal Pradesh and hence, carrying rain gear is important.
There are many incidences in Himachal where trekkers get lost on their routes. Hence, carry a map with you and follow a prescribed trekking route and avoid exploring where there is no route to trek, as it can be dangerous and life hazardous as well.
Roads in Himachal Pradesh are declared to be one of the most dangerous driving routes worldwide. Hence, if you are driving by yourself, take extra care and watch the road width carefully. Also, make sure that your car is properly serviced.
There are hundreds of hotels and hostels at every holiday destination in Himachal Pradesh and hence, make sure that you review the hotel where you plan to stay, from a verified travel forum.
Have all the emergency numbers like hospitals, police, and road safety numbers written down with you.
The legal drinking age in state of Himachal Pradesh is 18 years of age for all types of alcoholic drinks.
The legal drinking age in state of Himachal Pradesh is 18 years of age for all types of alcoholic drinks.
The best time to visit Himachal is during the month of March to June when the sky opens up to bright blue colours. The temperature during this time hovers around 20 degree C in the day time, with a drop at night.
If you are travelling by air then you can then you can take a flight from Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, and Chandigarh to Jubbarhatti Airport in Kullu, Bhuntar Airport in Shimla and Gaggal Airport in Kangra.
If you are planning to travel by road then you can take a cab or a bus from all the major destinations. It is very well connected by roads. There are also bus services organized by the State Government from major cities like Kashmir, Delhi, Haryana and Chandigarh.
If you are palnning to travel by train then the best option for you is to take the train to Kalka Railway Station, located approximately 90 kilometers away from Shimla. From here you can opt for travelling by road or take the toy train (A UNESCO World Heritage) while enjoying the amazing beauty of the region.
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For those of you who are looking for some thrilling winter trek in Himachal Pradesh this will definitely quench your thirst. Offering some of the best landscape these treks are something which you should try at least once.
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Yes, absolutely Himachal Pradesh is one of the most safest and the beautiful places in India which you should visit.
As we know Himachal is a very beautiful destination there are a lot of places which you should visit while you are here. Some of the places are: Shimala, Manali, Dalhousie, Khajjiar, Dharamshala, Kasol, Kullu, Chmaba,Kangra, Kasauli etc.
While you are visiting Himachal Pradesh indulge in some adventurous activities. Trekking, Monastery visit, Hand Gliding, Visit to Tea factory, Vehicle Safari, Camping etc.
Well for the adventure seekers there are a lot of things you can do in Himachal Pradesh like, River Rafting, Paragliding, Mountain Cycling, Skiing, Angling, Heli Skiing etc.
Now, most of you might be very much excited to try the amazing paragliding activity in Himachal Pradesh. For this, you can visit Bir-Billing in Kangra for a perfect place where the paragliding world cup takes place, Solang valley Near Manali, Bundle Dhar Near Bilaspur which are the main points for paragliding.
Click here to know more about best paragliding tours in Manali, you can fly like a bird and land to the foot of the hills and enjoy the thrilling view of the hills all over you!
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Beas Kund is a moderate trek. During the trek there will be few paths which might be a bit difficult as you will be climbing up the mountains. You will be trekking to a height of 14,000ft. For this trek you will need around 7 days 6 nights.
The cost for Hampta Pass Trek will be around Rs 9,780 per adulut. The level of difficulty will be from easy to moderate.
Kasol is located at a distance of 75.2 km from Manali. Kasol is a tiny village in the in the Parvati Valley of Himachal Pradesh. It will take around 2- 3 hours to reach Kasol by road. There are buses, which run from Manali to Kasol everyday and it takes around 5 hours to complete the journey by bus.
Spiti Valley is known for offereing some of the most beautiful sights to the people who have travelled here. Those who are looking for some fun and adventure then this is definitely the place one must visit. Spiti valley is located at a distance of 196.9 kms.
Bhrigu Lake Trek is another beautiful trek in Himachal Pradesh. It is in the upper Kullu Valley based in the eastern side of the famous Rohtang pass. Nestled at an altitude of 14,000 this lake offers some of the most fascinating sights. The Bhrigu Lake Trek is a moderate trek.
Another fascinating trek is Chanderkhani Pass Trek and its difficulty level is moderate. The cost for this trek will be around Rs 5500 to Rs 9900.
Known as the crown jewel of Dharamshala this is another fascinating trek which you should go for. This trek is located at just few kilometers away from Dharamshala.6 km from Dharamshala.
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If you are a beginner then Kheerganag Tresi is a bit difficult trek. The trek can be dangerous while trekking through the waterfall crossings. The best time to head out for this trek is between the months of May and November when the weather is pleasant and favorable.
Parashar Lake is surrounded by the Dhauladhar ranges in Kullu Valley and is a beautiful lake. The difficulty level is easy.
Ladakh is located at a distance of 490 km. It will take around 2 days from Manali to Leh.
The route map is: Manali – Rohtang – Gramphu – Kokhsar – Keylong – Jispa – Darcha – Zingzingbar – Baralacha La – Bharatpur – Sarchu – Gata Loops – Nakee La – Lachulung La – Pang - Tanglang La – Gya - Upshi - Karu – Leh
Malana Village Trek is an easy trek and is located at an altitude of 3360 Meters. Malana is located at a distance of 83.2 km from Manali.
When you are visiting this amazing destination then there are a lot of things to do here which you should definitely try. Some of them are:
As we know that Shimls is another beautiful destination in Himachal Pradesh. There are a lot of places which you must visit while you are vacationing in this destination. Some of the places you should visit here are:
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Most of you might be wandering where to visit in Manali while you are heading out to this destination for the first time. Some of the must see attractions of Manali which you should definitely visit are:
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