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Highlander Tours n Travels
Presents..
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Himachal Pradesh
  • Gods own country

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Himalayan Odessies
Area 55,673 sq km (1.69 of
countrys area 10.54 of Himalayan land
mass Capital Shimla Languages
Hindi Pahari Districts
12 Population 60,77,248 ( Males
30,85,256 Females 29,91,992) Density
109 persons per sq km Sex Ratio
970(females per 1000 males) Literacy
77.13 Villages 20,118 Height
350 m to 6975 m (from mean sea
level) Main Rivers Beas,Satluj,Ravi,Chen
ab Yamuna. Main Peaks Abi
Gamin,Gya,Reo Purgil,Jorkanden,Shigri,Parvati,
Manirang Main Passes Pin
Parvati,Inderhara,Sach,Rohtang,Rupin,Kugti
Airports Jubbar Hatti
(Shimla)Gaggal (Kangra) Bhuntar
(Kullu) Railway Kalka to Shimla
(96 kms) Pathankot to Jogindernagar ( 113
kms).
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THE LAND Bordered by Jammu Kashmir to its
north northwest, Tibet to its east.Uttaranchal
Utter Pradesh to its southeast, Punjab
Haryana to the southwest south,Himachal is the
eighteenth state of India. It lies between 3022
to 3312 North latitude 7549 to 794 East
longitude. With an area of 55,673 sq Km,the state
comprises 1.69 area of the country. Lahaul
Spiti is the largest district areawise
Hamirrpur the smallest. The state capital is
Shimla (Simla of the Raj days-the summer capital
of the British) where the state secretariat is
located. There are 12 administrative divisions
(districts)Bilaspur,Chamba,Hamirpur,Kangra,
Kinnaur, Kullu,Lahual Spiti,Mandi,Shimla,Sirmau
r,Solan Una. Himachal,the land of snow, is one
of the most beautiful states in India .It has a
rich varied landscape. From the fertile plains
to lush green, rain-fed valley from vast
grasslands, meadows thick forests to barren
mountainscape of cold desert of Spiti,nature
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presents striking contrast.Himachal extends from
the plains of Punjab Haryana to the majestic
mountains through the Shivalik,Dhauladhar Pir
Panjal ranges. These ranges run almost parallel
to each other amongst them form beautiful
valleys of the state that are irrigated by
numerous perennial water sources. The Himalayan
rivers, rivulets, streams nallahs flow through
the hills down to the fertile plains of Punjab
Haryana.The Satluj,Ravi,Beas,Chenad (
Chandrabhaga) Yamuna are the major rivers that
either originate in the state or flow through it.
The valley of Kullu Kangra receive plenty of
monsoon rains as mighty Lahaul ,Pangi,Spiti
Kinnaur that lie beyond Pir Panjal get very
little rain. In fact the valley of Spiti is known
as cold desert. Himachal is the land of high
passes deep valley. Mean elevation range from
350 m in the plains of Kangra Una to about 7000
m in the high hills of Lahaul Spiti.Dharamsala
receives the heightest rainfall in the state
second highest in the country whereas Lahaul
Spiti valleys go without rains.
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Administrative Divisions ( Districts) of
Himachal Pradesh District Area
Population Headquarters
(sq Km)
(2001) Bilaspur 1,167
3,40,735
Bilaspur Chamba 6,528
4,60,499
Chamba Hamirpur 1,118
4,12,009
Hamirpur Kangra 5,739
13,38,536
Dharamsala Kinnaur 6,401
83,950
Kalpa (Peo) Kullu 5,503
3,79,865
Kullu Lahaul Spiti 13,835
33,224
Keylong Mandi 3,950
9,00,987
Mandi Shimla 5,131
7,21,745
Shimla Sirmaur 2,825
4 ,58,351
Nahan Solan 1,936
4,99,380
Solan Una 1,540
4,47,967 Una
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TEMPLES
Himachal has more than six thousand big small
temples of different architectural style,
excluding personalized shrines existing in
sub-villages hamlets.
Parashar temple at Mandi
Pyramid-shapes stone temples are called Shikhara
temples.Lakshmi Narayan,Hari Rai,Gauri Shankar
Manimahash (at Bharmaur) temples of
ChambaBaijnath temple in Kangra Triloknath
temple in Lahaul fall in this category. Pagoda
style temples have pyramid-tiered roofs. These
are mainly wooden temples such as Hidimba,Bijli
Mahadev Tripura Sundari in KulluSungra Mahadev
in KinnaurBhimakali in Shimla Parashar in
Mandi district. Hatkoti temple in Shimla
Lakshna Devi temple in Chamba are another
distinct type of temples known as Pent-Roofed.
Plenty of wood is used in this type of
temples. Then there are Buddhist monasteries in
the state that exhibit different architectural
style. Most of these are located in Kinnaur and
Lahaul Spiti.
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ART CRAFT The glorious tradition of
craftsmanship in the hills is centuries old. For
the hill folk, creation is a part of the rhythm
of a life in tune with nature. Steeped in its own
unique culture imbued with its own unique
charater,the ancient skills are reverently handed
down from generation to generation. Spinning
Weaving The Shawls of Himachal Pradesh are a rare

display of
exquisite craftsmanship of the

hill communities. The soft delicate Pashmina
shawl made
from the hair of pashmina goat
is the most

notable of the immense variety available. The
Kinnauri shawls, woven from the pashmina merino
wools are striking in its vivid contrasts
superb craftsmanship.
Shawls
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The Kullu shawls woven in bright colors
with
borders in brilliant geometric designs

are very popular among locals
tourists. Along with the shawls,pattoo,the local

tweeds, are rough unbelievably warm. The
colorful headgear, the Kullu cap, is
an
essential part of the Himachal dress.

When gifted to others, these caps symbolize
hospitality
expression of reverence. The warm wonderfully
embroidered
footware,pulas is
another specialty in
many parts such as
Lahaul,Pangi specially
of Kullu valley in
Himachal Pradesh. The knitted socks of Lahaul in
brilliantly


colored fair isle designs are worn as part of
costume.
Pattoo


Kullu cap
Pulas
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Embroidery The Chamba rumals are

synonymous with the embroidery

work. The most common shapes

of this rumals are the square

rectanglular.the size of the

rumals vary from 20 inch to 35
inch. Metalcraft The art of metalware of the
Himachal
is a unique alloy of
talent tradition.
Common metals like copper,
brass
silver are used
to transform into items
of
artistic expressions utilization products.

The most popular style of
metal in Himachal is that of masks idols.
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  • Pahari Painting
  • The Pahari-literally of the hills is the
    popular term coined for the paintings executed in
    the various sub-Himalayan states.
  • Schools of Painting
  • Basholi School
  • Guler Kangra School
  • Sikh School
  • Other type of Buddhist painting which can be
    found here is called thangka

Kangra painting
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SHIMLA Altitude - 2205m Distance - 370km
from Delhi One of the Indias most popular hill

resorts, Shimla is the
state capital of
Himachal Pradesh. The
town named
after goddess Shyamla, grew
out of the turmoils of the Gurkha wars after
1815-1816. Places of interest The Mall The
elegant Mall that runs along the top of the ridge
with its rows of shops, restaurants and old
colonial architecture is one place every visitor
passes through. This is the hub of Shimlas
social life. At the end of the promenade, there
is Scandal Point, a large open square with a view
of the town, so named coz of a number of
romantic rendezvous arranged here in the past.
Below this, pulsating with life, is the winding
labyrinth of the Lower Bazaar.
Shimla
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The large open space in the heart of town, The
Ridge present excellent views of the mountain
ranges.Shimlas landmarks-the neoGothic structure
of Christ Church and the neo-Tudor library
building are worth seeing. A stroll in Lakkar
Bazaar just off the Ridge, popular for its wood
crafts and souvenirs is somewhat compelling. The
dazzle of local artifacts is the exotic Tibetan
Bazaar. The towns other important church is
St.Michaels cathedral, which is off The Mall.
Jakhoo Hill At 2455m, the Shimlas highest
point, is rewarding for there are superb views of
the town its surrounding, excellent view of
sunrise the changing skyline. The summit is
crowned with a temple dedicated to Lord
Hanuman. A visit to Jakhoo can be combined with a
stroll on The Mall.Jakhoo Hill (2 Km) is
accessible by car or pony/walk from the Ridge.
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KUFRI (2510m) 13 km from Shimla, Kufri is the
hottest place to be in during the winter months
for its snowy slopes. Ski-runs are there at Kufri
itself while the Mahasu peak, also has fresh
runs. There's a small zoo at Kufri. The
Himalayan Nature Park at Kufri offers eco-treks
and camping site. The fine views of deep valley
and thick forests that are framed by a backdrop
of unmelting snows present some breathtaking
scenery. The 27 km drive from Kufri to Chail
entail one of the most charming stretches of
highway in the area. CHAIL(2226m) 43 km from
Shimla, set amidst the scented forests of pine
deodar, this idyllic resort was the former summer
capital of the Patiala State. Located on a wooded
spur, hail overlooks the Sutlej valley. Chail was
created by Maharaja Bhujinder Singh of Patiala
after his expulsion from Shimla by the British in
the year 1891.
Kufri
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Fagu (2450 m) 22 km from Shimla on NH 22,Fagu is
a vantage point with panoramic view of the ranges
the two valleys opposite each other. The place
offers a majestic view of the Choor Chandani
the Inner Himalayas. Narkanda (2700 m) 64 km from
Shimla,on NH 22 (Hindustan Tibet Road) Narkhanda
derived from Nagkhanda, located amongst the pine
forests has a choice of Ski-runs. The Apple
Growing Heartland An hours drive from
Narkanda,Kotgarh Thanedar (1830 m) form the
famous Himachals apple growing heartland .The
popular Golden Red delicious varieties of apple
has made people of this region a the highest per
capita income earners in south-east
Asia. Kumarsain,16 km,is worth a visit for the
ancient Koteshwar Mahadev Temple the old royal
palace in the village.
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Places of Interest The Temples The temple of Lord
Rama,Raghunath Temple about 400 yrs old has an
image of Lord Rama brought here from Ayodhaya in
1657.This temple is the principal god of the
famous Kullu Dussehra.4 km north, on the
Kullu-Manali road ,Vaishno Devi Temple has an
image of the goddess Vaishno in a cave. The Devi
Jagannathi Temple at Bekhli (5 km) a temple
dedicated to Lord Vishnu,Triyugnarayan Temple ,12
km away at Dyar 9th century temple,Bishweshwar
Mahadev with intricate carvings,15 km away at
Bajaura 5 km from Bhuntar is the largest the
most attractive stone temple of Kullu valley.
This temple is built in the 9th century in
pyramid style on Shankracharya padhati(style) of
Panch Dev puja.This is believed to be built by
Pandavas constructed in just 1 day. Located in
the village khokhan,4 km from Bhuntar,Adi-Brahma
Temple is a massive wooden structure with the
idol of Adi-Brahma in the centre the temples of
Garh Jogni Manikarnana Jogni on the left
right of the temple. At 2460 m,14km from Kullu,
Bijli Mahadev Temple is highly revered famous
for its high staff that periodically draws
lighting which shatters the Shivalinga scorches
the building.
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Kullu Valley
Altitude 1220 m Distance Delhi 512
km,Chandigarh 270 km, Shimla 235
km, Manali 40 km Kullu Valley often called
Himachal Silver Valley has nature's treasures
that lie carelessly scattered as jewel-like
flowers, daisies buttercups, anemones
edelweiss on the high meadows. This wealth
nestles by every tree in the splendid thick
forests the necklaces of gleaming pearls lies
casually strung as blossoms in the apple
orchards. Also called, the Valley of Gods, it is
stepped in religious culture tradition. Today
Kullu is a popular destination the district
headquarter.Kullu is the site for the spectacular
annual World known Dussehra Festival is famous
for its finely crafted temples picturesque spots
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Around Kullu KASOL 42 km from Kullu,Kasol is an
open
glade by
the banks of the river

Parvati along the valley. It is set


amidst pines the streams are a

good spot for
trout. MANIKARAN (1737 m) The route to Manikaran
is lined with attractive orchards spectacular
scenery in the Parvati valley.Manikaran is hot
sulphur spring site of a famous Sikh
Gurudwara.Trek routes from here lead to
Pulga,Khirganga Mantalai finally to the Pin
Parvati Pass (4802 m.) which connects the Sutlej
the Spiti valley MALANA (2652 m) Malana is
famous for its distinct culture the temple of
its tutelary deity,Jamlu.Malana can be reach
through Chandrakhani Pass in a full day. The
inhabitants of Malana village act according to
the law rules, the roots of which go back to
ancient times.
Kullu Dussehra
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MANALI Altitude 1926m Distance Shimla 280 km,
Delhi 570 km, Chandigarh 310
km. At the north end of Kullu valley, Manali,
means home of Manu. Today Manali is the main
tourist destination of Kullu valley. The area
around Manali has high mountains surrounded by
silent snows deep boulder strewn groges.Thick
forest rise over a carpet of varied foliage
fauna. Traditional old houses with wooden
balconies stand surrounded by fields fruit
laden orchards.Manali is an important centre of
the flourishing orchard industry hub of
adventure activities that is available around the
town.
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Places of interest 1.5 km away from Manali,
built in 1553 AD, Hadimba Devi Temple is superbly
crafted pagoda style structure enshrines the
image of goddess Hadimba,also known as the
Dhoongri Temple.3 km, a village, Vashit on the
banks of the Beas is renowned for its hot spring
hot sulphur baths which have been piped into
shower fitted bathrooms, maintained by HPTDC.Just
beyond the Himachal Tourism baths , the village
has temples dedicated to the sage Vashit to
Lord Rama.There are three recently built Tibetan
Monasteries at Manali. 14 km away, Solang valley,
has the glacier closet to Manali.Most of the
adventure activities is centered around this
valley. Naggar (1768m) 28km short of Manali 5
km from Katrain, Naggar was the capital of Kullu
for nearly 1400 years. The castle of Naggar is an
excellent example of the local architecture. The
Naggar castle was built around 1460 AD by Raja
Sidh Singh of Kullu.
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Nicholas Roerich Art Gallery This is famous
gallery is close to the Castle -displaying the
art of both Professor Late Nicholas Roerich his
son.Nicloas was a Russian émigré who chose Naggar
as his residence along with his wife. The famous
Indian film actress, Devika Rani got married to
his son. He sought to unite the world through art
.His house now converted to an art gallery is
located at a vantage point offers excellent
views over the valley. Timing 0900-1300,
1400-1700 hrs, Entry Rs. 10. Rohtang Pass
(3980m) Its is around 50 km from Manali.The road
is steep twisted past occasional snow patches
offering endless vistas of the alpine beauty to
the Rohtang Pass. The Sonapani glacier is in the
north scared twin peaks of Greyphang are
visible from here. A short distance from the pass
is the lake of Dashair ( Sarkund).From the pass
you can get magnificent views of precipitous
cliffs, deep ravines, large glaciers
moraines.Rohtang La is the first of the high
passes on the road from Manali to Leh( in Jammu
Kashmir), the second highest highway in the
world. The pass remains snow bounded most of the
year (Oct-June) is usually open (July-Sept).The
Rohtang Pass is the gateway to Lahaul Spiti in
the Trans Himalayan region.
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Chamba Valley
On the edge of Dhauladhar range the Pir Panjal
range to its north is perhaps the loveliest of
Himachals valley, through which flows the river
Ravi.The town of Dalhousie,Chamba khajjar as
the main centers constitute the Dhauladhar
circuit. This formed the princely state of Chamba
it is the most ancient state in the northern
part of India. The Chamba valley is noted for the
magnificence of its scenery-sparkling
streams,lakes,meadows lush forests of deodar
rich wildlife. A splendid artic heritage includes
fine Shikhara temple architecture, the ancient
capital of Bharmaur , the ancient culture
tradition, colonial charm, beautiful miniature
paintings exquisite embroidered Chamba
rumals.


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DALHOUSIE Altitude 2039m Distance Delhi
485 km,Shimla 336km,Chamba
56km, Pathankot 80km,Kangra
130km,Dharamsala 145 km. In the
western Himachal Pradesh, the little hill station
of Dalhousie, established by the Viceroy Lord
Dalhousie in 1854,still retains charm holds
lingering echoes of the colonial times. Situated
in the outer slopes of Dhauladhar ranges built
on the five hills-Balun,Kathlog,Potreyn,Tehra
Bakrota with heights ranging from
1525-2378m,Dalhousie covers an area of about 14
sq km.The town is surrounded by the trees of
cedars,interspered with oak the flowering
rhododendrons. Dalhousie has charming colonial
architecture-sprawling bungalows, charming
cottages some beautiful churches.
DALHOUSIE
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Places of interest The four beautiful churches in
Dalhousie represent the beautiful colonial
architecture of the bygone British Raj.About one
km,Subhash Baoli, a charming spot surrounded by
the majestic deodar trees is noted for Subhash
Chandra Bose who spent a lot of time here
1937.3km from Subhash Chowk,Panchpula ( five
bridges) is picturesque spot.Bara Pathar,4km,a
small temple dedicated to Bhulwani Mata, is site
of major fair in July. Above the bus stand is a
Tibetan Market selling various handicrafts,woolens
,jackets ,carpets, shawls rumals.10 km,Kalatop
Wildlife sanctuary is home to a variety of spices
particularly the Himalayan black bear the
ghoral an abundance of bird life.
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KHAJJIAR Often called Indians Switzerland,Khajjia
r
is one
of the most scenic saucer shaped

plateau surrounded by dense pine


deodar forests ( part of Kalatop


Wildlife Sanctuary) Tattered fringes


of the snowline frame this picture
of
pastoral beauty.
The glade of khajjiar

has a circumference of about
5km

in the centre of the glade, a small

lake fed by streams that
traverse the green carpet further enhances most
sought after pleasure resort for tourists. There
is a 12th century golden domed Khajjinag Temple
dedicated to the Khajji Nag-the serpent of
Khajjiar with fine wood carving on the cornices.
There is a beautifully carved stone image of the
nag devta holding a mace in one hand a khanda (
double edged dagger) in the other. There are
lifesize wooden images of the five Pandavas.
Khajjiar Lake
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CHAMBA Altitude 996m Distance Pathankot
120km, Bharmaur 65 km. From
Dalhousie it is a very pleasant downhill drive
with small villages clinging to the sheer slopes
of the valley. The little town, perched on a
plateau overhanging the river ravi,Chamba,the
former princely state dates back to the 6th
century. The town was founded in 920 AD by Raja
Sahil Varman,who shifted the capital here from
Bharmaur.The name Chamba is said to have been
derived from Champawati,sahil Varman favorite
daughter. Chamba has a grassy promenade known as
the Chowgan-the centre of its cultural
activities. Each year in July/August, the Minjar
Fair is held here.
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Places of interest Temples Still intact are a
five group of six ancient stone temple dedicated
to both Siva Vishnu, dating from 8th century ,
collectively called the Lakshminarayan group of
temples. The Hari Rai Temple near the
Chowgan,dates back to the 11th century is noted
for its exquisite bronze image of Chaturmurti-the
four armed Vishnu. The 10th century
wooden,Chamunda Devi Temple, just one km away
from the Chowgan overlooks the river offers
commanding view. Some important shrines
are-Champavati,Bajreshwari Sui Mata. Bhuri
Singh Museum Named after Raja Bhuri Singh (reign
1904-1919) of Chamba,this is a treasure house of
Chambas rich past heritage. Other include,
Rang Mahal,this old mid 18th century palace is an
interesting mix of colonial saracenic
architectural style.
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Around Chamba
BHARMAUR 65 km from Chamba,it remains the

capital of erstwhile Chamba
state
between the 6th -10th centuries

still retain the ruins
of old castles.
It is
renowned for its cluster of 84

temples-collectively known as the

Chaurasi.Through of varying

architectural designs, these 7-10th

centuries hill style temples are
noted for
their fine
workmanship. MANIMAHESH 28km from Bharmaur,the
lake of Manimahesh is scare to Lord Shiva his
divine consort Parvati.Past Gaddi villages wide
meadows that give way to bare rock snow fields,
this turn is three day trek from Bharmaur via
Hadsar Dharchha.The deep blue waters of the
lake ,rest at the feet of the Manimahesh kailash
Peak-regarded as on of the mythological adobes of
Lord Shiva. Every year after the Janamashtami
festival, August/September a pilgrimage
(yatra),Manimahesh yatra,is conducted to the lake.
Chaurasi Temple
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Kangra Valley
Is acknowledged as one of the Himachals most
picturesque area. The enchanting kangra
valley,Trigarta of yore, lies between magnificent
Dhauladhar range the Shivalik foothills. It
starts near Mandi,run north,then bend west
extend to Shahpur near Pathankot.Its gentle
slopes are covered with forests of
pine,orchards,green tea garden terraced
fields.Kangra valley is known for several of
Hinduisms most scared shrines-Jwalamukhi,Baijnath
,Bajreshwari Devi other several recently
built Buddhist monasteries. The valley is also
famous for its tea gardens especially around
Palampur.Now the main tourist attraction are
Dharamsala Mcleodganj-the seat of his Holiness
Dalai Lama followed by Palampur.
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DHARAMSALA Altitude 1380 m Distance Delhi
495 km,Chandigarh 253
km,Dharamsala-McLeodganj 10
km. To the north, the kangra valley is flanked
by the snow clad Dhauladhar ranges of the
Himalayas, to the side of which Dharamsala
McLeodganj (also called Upper Dharamsala) clings.
Surrounded by deodar forest, it is set against a
backdrop of massive snow capped peaks on three
sides. Covering a wide area in the form of twin
settlement, Lower Dharamsala is busy commercial
centre, while the upper Dharamsala with the
suburbs of McLeodganj Forsytheganj,retain a
British flavour colonial lifestyle.McLeodganj,na
med after one time Lieutenant Governor of the
Punjab, Sir D.McLeod is now best known as the
home of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Buddhist
spiritual head Nobel Laureate.
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Places of Interest Kangra Art Museum In the
Kotwali bazaar, this treasure trove of the Kangra
valley arts, crafts rich past,exihibits
artifacts that date back to the 5th century. The
display include Kangras renowned miniature
paintings,sculptures,pottery anthropological
items,coins,jewellery manuscripts. War
Memorial At the west start of the town,
landscaped lawns web of narrow paths fill a
pine grove where a monument, The war Memorial,
just beyond the Yol Camp has been raised to
commemorate the post independence war heroes of
Himachal Pradesh.Three huge panels of black
marble are etched with the names of the war
heroes those men who sacrificed their lives in
various peace keeping missions.
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MCLEODGANJ Often called the little Lhasa,this is
the residence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama
the Tibetan government-in-exile. The large
Tibetan community typical architecture of the
place lends it a distinct character. The
impressive Namgyal Monastery (Tsunglagkhang) in
McLeodganj ,opposite the dalai Lamas residence
at 5 min walk from the main bazaar, has large
gilded bronzes of the Buddha,Avalokteshwara(Chenre
sig,the Tibetan deity of compassion, of whom the
Dalai Lama is believed to be an
incarnation),Padmasambhava.McLeodganj has the
Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA) just
1km away. It organizes a 10 day festival that
start on the second Sunday of April. The festival
include folk dance play. Dip-Tsechokling Gompa
with its golden roof in a wooden valley is a
beautiful little monastery. Halfway between
Kotwali Bazaar McLeodganj,there is a small
museum a Tibetan Library-the repository of
Tibets rich cultural hertiage,containing Tibets
original manuscripts, a good range of reference
books a photographic archive.
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  • Norbulingka Institute
  • 10 km from Dharamsala,this institute

    is registered trust functioning under

    the chairmanship of His Holiness
    the
    Dalai Lama. It is a major
    centre for
    Buddhist teaching
    work, committed
    to preservation
    of Tibetan culture art.
    Norbulingka Institute
    has three major
    sections.
  • The Academy of Tibetan Culture
  • The Centre for Arts
  • The Literary Cultural Research Centre

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Place of Interest From McLeodganj there are a
number of fine walks which include the 2 km
stroll to Bhagsunath where there is a spring, a
small ancient temple, slate quarries a small
pretty waterfall beyond. A favorite viewing
point,Dharamkot ( 2100 m),3 km from McLeodganj
,offers a panoramic view of Kangra valley the
Dhauladhar Peaks. The Dall Lake ,4 km from
McLeodganj bus stand , is a scenic spot
surrounded by deodar trees fills a mountain
bowl. Past the lake , the sightseeing points at
Naddi(1.5 km uphill) Talnu present some
spectacular views. The temple Durgeshwara Mahadev
is located by the lake.Karai Lake (3250 m) 13 km,
is beautiful set among the alpine meadows the
forests of pine. At the foot of Dhauladhar,9km
trek from McLeodganj is Triund (2827 m)
. Chinmaya Tapovan 10 km from Dharamsala,on the
banks of the rivulet Bindu Saras,this is a
tranquil ashram complex at Sidhbari established
by the late Swami Chinmayananda (1916-1993),one
of the greatest Vedanta teachers.
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Around Dharamsala Formerly, the Pong dam
Reservoir 55km , the shimmering waters of the
Maharana Pratap Sagar, are visible from
Dharamsala.Fishing a variety of water sports
are available along its length. On the highway to
Pathankot, 41 km from Dharamsala, a natural cave
temple at Trilokpur dedicated to Lord Shiva, has
stalactite stalagmite formations. The large,
monolithic temple complex of Masrur,47 km, is the
only shrine carved out of live rock in north
India. Nurpur 66km from Dharamsala 26 km from
Pathankot, once known as Dhameri, Nurpur is named
after the Emperor Jahangirs wife, Nur Jahan-the
Light of the World. It has the remains of an old
fort. The Krishna temple at Nurpur is noted for
some fine wood carvings. The town is known as a
weaving centre of fine pashmina shawls
sericulture centre.
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KANGRA 18 km away from Dharamsala, the old town
of Kangra was destroyed in an earthquake in
1905.Once the capital of a powerful important
hill state , this ancient town overlooking the
Banganga river was also known as Nagarkot.Kangra
was known for its magnificent temples as a
centre of the Pahari miniature paintings.Bajreshwa
ri Devi Temple located here was once known for
its wealth in gold, diamonds pearls attracted
many invaders from the north over the centuries.
The remains of the Kangra Fort about 1000 yrs
old, built on the confluence of the Banganga
Manjhi rivers, two half km south of the modern
town of Kangra stand on a steep rock dominating
the valley. Around Kangra 34 km south of Kangra
,the picturesque temple of Jwalamukhi recognized
as one of 51 Shaktipeeths has a gold dome
installed by Raja Ranjit Singh. Pragpur 65 km
from Dharamsala, the small village of Pragpur is
Indias first certified heritage village. Just 4
km from here, another heritage village
,Garli,with some interesting architecture
buildings is more impressive the Pragpur.
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PALAMPUR Just 35 km from Kangra 38 km south
east of Dharamsala,Palampur is major station in
the kangra valley. It was once a part of the
kingdom of Jalandhara.The name Palampur come
from the local word pulum or lots of water it
is water that has given the valley so much of its
character.Kangra tea, with its centre at Palampur
is internationally acclaimed.Palampur its
surroundings offers many adventure activities
like trekking,angling,gliding,safri
camping.Palampur is the base for trans Dhauladhar
routes entering into Chamba,Manali or Lahul
valley during summer. Fishing at Neugal,Binwa,
Baner Khads Beas river is a popular sport among
visitors.
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Places of Interest At the very start of the town,
the Tea Factory

of the
co-operative society offers an insight into


the processing of Kangra tea. The church,

surrounded by poinsettias
has several memorial

tablets an old cemetery. The 5th century


temple of Bundla Mata,2 km from bazaar


is approachable by a walk through tea


gardens open fields. Close to the

temple is the
300m wide Neugal Khad,

through which flows the tiny Bundla
stream.

13 km , the charming village
of Andretta is associated with the famous artists
Sardar Sobha Singh, Norah Richards BC
Sanyal.This also has a pottery crafts
centre.Sardar Sobha Singh created many of his
famous works-Sohni Mahiwal,Heer Ranjha several
religious paintings while living at Andretta.His
home, now a gallery, display several of his
important works.11 km,Al Hilal, or the Land of
the Crescent Moon holds the palace of the former
ruler of Bhawalpur (now in Pakistan). Now called
Taragarh after Maharani Tara Devi of the former
princely state of Jammu Kashmir, the art deco
mansion is now a heritage hotel.24 km ,
Bir,surrounded by tea gardens has a Tibetan
monastery serve as landing ground for Hang/Para
gliders. One of the best paragliding sites,
Billing is 14 km from Bir.
Tea Garden at Palampur
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The Temples The architectural spiritual beauty

of the Baijnath Temple is 15 km

from Palampur is a big draw for

pilgrimage visitors. The

Chamunda Devi Temple 18 km ,

is famous temple with the

majestic Dhauladhar as backdrop.

The monastery of Tashijong,

12 km ,also has a Tibetan craft

production a sale outlet.
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Lahaul Spiti,Kinnaur
LAHAUL Altitude 3350 m Distance Manali
115 km, Spiti 188 km,
Shimla 395 km. The district of Lahaul,
lying on the Hindustan Tibet border, is
characterized by arid mountainous landscape. fed
by the twin rivers of Chandra Bhaga,which later
join to form the Chandrabhaga (Chenab), Lahaul
valley is enclosed by the Greater Himalayas on
the north,Pirpanjal on the south the Spiti
Chandra watershed on the east. The whole region
is approachable from three directions Shimla on
the Hindustan-Tibet Road via Kinnaurfrom Manali
over the Rohtang Pass from Zanskar Ladakh
over the Shingo La Baralacha La respectively.
Chandratal Lake
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KEYLONG (3350 m) Keylong is the headquarters

of Lahaul Spiti
district of
Himachal Pradesh.
Located
in the
heart of Lahaul, it has

been described by an early

British traveler as
a barbaric
jewel,' a rough cut
emerald in
a bronze
silver setting.
Keylong is
popular halt up the journey from Manali to Leh
is also used as a base for treks in the
Lahaul-Spiti area. A number of monasteries are
located in the vicinity of Keylong Major Buddhist
Monasteries The important monasteries easily
accessible from Keylong are Guru Ghantal ( 8 km)
Khardang ( 5 km)Shashur ( 3km)Tayul ( 6 km)
Gemur (18 km).
Keylong
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TRILOKINATH (2760 m) 53 km from Keylong, 4km from
Udaipur,revered by both Hindus Buddhists, the
Trilokinath temple stands atop a cliff
overlooking the Chenab below. The temple
dedicated to Lord Shiva in pagoda style has been
restored by the Tibetan Buddhists has a small
Shivalinga stone Nandi in its
courtyard. UDAIPUR (2650 m) Located in upper
Lahaul,10 km from junction with the Trilokinath
roa,52 km from Keylong in the Pattan
valley,Udaipur( earlier name Markul) has an
ancient temple dedicated to the goddess
Durga.This Hindu temple of Mrikula Devi,built in
15th century by the ruler of Chamba has some
beautiful, intricate wood carving a silver
image of the goddess Mahishasurmardini.Udaipur is
the starting point for a number of exciting treks
to Chamba-Kistwar Padam.
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SPITI Altitude Above
4000m Distance from Kaza Manali 202 km,
Shimla 410
km. Spiti,bound from the north-south by Ladakh
Kullu regions respectively,Kinnaur on the south
west Tibet on the east, form the Spiti
subdivision of Lahaul Spiti district of
Himachal Pradesh. The administrative seat of
Spiti,is at Kaza.The word Spiti means a middle
country in local parlance-name given as a result
of its proximity ties with both India
Tibet. A high altitude cold desert, where the
monsoon rain never comes,Spiti,is surrounded by
the trans Himalayan mountain ranges (over 7000
m).The main Spiti valley, forms a basin for
several swift flowing glacial streams among which
Lingti Pin rivers are the important ones.
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A century ago, Rudyard Kipling in Kim called
Spiti a world within a world a place where
the gods live. These Sino-Tibetan speaking
people, belonging to the Mongoloid race
identified as Kirats in the ancient texts have a
strong Buddhist traditions. Dominated by the
Gelukpa sect the valley known as little Tibet is
a land of tales fantasies. The landscapes in
Spiti is dotted with several Buddhist monasteries
or gompas strung along the valley.Spiti is a
veritable paradise for the adventure seekers a
trekkers delight with several untrodden tracks
across the trans Himalayan ridges valleys.
TABO (3050 m) A small town , not far off from
Sumdo,
365 km from Shimla,47
km from Kaza,
houses
Tabo Gompa founded in 996 AD

having exquisite wall paintings stucco

statues.Tabo is a World Heritage Site of

UNESCO.
Tabo
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DHANKAR (3370 m) Driving towards Kaza from Tabo,7
km

from the turn off at Schichling on the

highway, this monastery
was once the

castle of the ruler of Spiti,the Nono. PIN
VALLEYAt ,Atrangoo,10 km from Schichling

village, a side road leads to this
valley
formed by the Pin
river, a tributary

of the Spiti.The Pin valley lies below

the
Gungri glacier has several monasteries-the
important one at Gungri illustrates Trantric
Buddhism housing old relics paintings. Its
fossil rich snowy cliffs are famous. The lowest
point of the Pin valley is at Mud Pharka (3355 m)
the highest,Pin-Parvati Jot (5490 m).The
highest altitude Pin Valley National Park
conserves the endangered snow leopard,ibex,blue
sheep other rare species in its habitat. The
Hangrang the Lingti valleys are the trekkers
paradise.
Dhankar Gompa
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KAZA (3660 m) A little deeper along the valley,
Kaza,
13 km from Lingti village, is
the
administrative headquarter of Spiti.It

has a market place,
medical facilities, a

filling station,
government accommodation

hotels.Kaza serves as the base for

excursions to
nearby monasteries. The most important is the Ki
(key) Gompa (12 km).Among others are at Losar (55
km),Lalung Gompa (22 km),Langja Hikim etc. Past
Ki comes Kibber (4205 m), the highest permanently
inhabited village of the region connected by a
motorable road. It also acts as the base for
several high altitude treks. The residence of
Kibber in winter brave minus 35C temperature.
Kaza
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KINNAUR Altitude 3350 m Distance Shimla 200
km. Legend has it that Kinnaur with all its
beauty splendor fell from the clouds to take
its place in the Himalayas. The strikingly
beautiful district Kinnaur is bound to the north
by the Zanskar range to the south, the Greater
Himalaya. Close to the border with Tibet, two
large rivers, the Sutlej the Spiti have carved
deep gorges through the high ranges. The slopes
are covered with the thick woods, while the
basins hold orchards, fields picturesque
hamlets.Rekong Peo is the district capital of the
Kinnaur.There is wealth of local
architectute,breathtaking natural beauty, fishing
trekking. Practically all the main travel
destinations lie along the valley floors.

Ki Gompa
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SANGLA VALLEY (2680 m) Also called the Baspa
Valley, is
located on the
left bank of the
Baspa
river (95 km long),226 km

from Shimla,one of the most

picturesque glaciated valley
in
the world, it
offers an enchanting

vista at every curve. The
valley is surrounded by high rugged mountains on
all sides, most of them rocky starkly barren.
The lush green slopes of Sangla the sight of
milky streams breaking from underneath the
moraines weaves its magical spell on
you. Trekking in Sangla valley is an experience.
Trek to Sangla Kanda is most rewarding Sanglas
most revered product bhojpatra is distinctively
found here. The bark of the scared bhojpatra tree
was used for writing centuries ago. The trek
between Sangla Chitkul offers the valleys
wilderness magnificent views of the barren
mountains.

Sangla Valley
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PACKAGE TOURS OF
HIMACHAL PRADESH
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Pack HT-05
HIMACHAL CALLING
12NIGHTS/13DAYS Him
achal Pradesh is a Beautiful Land, inhabited by
people of various caste, creed and religious
groups, inspite of its heterogeneous social and
cultural agglomeration, there is a common feeling
among all of them, i.e. THE PRIDE OF BEING
HIMACHALI ". DAY 01 DELHI-SHIMLA (370 KMS
---8-9HRS) Morning arrive Chandigarh and transfer
to Shimla (An Ancient Capital of Britishers)
Arrive Shimla and Check in Hotel. Dinner at Hotel
and overnight stay. DAY 02 SHIMLA Morning after
Breakfast start for the full day Sight Seeing of
Kufri, Naldehra and Jakku Temple. Evening free
for Leisure. Dinner at Hotel and overnight stay.  
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DAY 03 SHIMLA Morning after Breakfast start for
the sight seeing tour for Sankat Mochan, Advance
Study( Britishers Achievement), State Museum The
Mall, Ridge, City Church . Dinner at Hotel and
overnight stay. DAY 04 SHIMLA-MANALI (260 KMS
---7-8HRS) Morning after Breakfast Check Out From
Hotel and Depart for Manali with Sight seeing of
SUNDERNAGAR LAKE, KULLU VALLEY, PANDOH DAM
arrival at Manali Check In Hotel . Evening dinner
at Hotel and overnight stay. DAY 05
MANALI Morning After Breakfast start for the
Sight Seeing of Rohtang Pass ( A Hundred years
old Snow Glacier), Solang Nallah famous for
Adventure Activities ( Rock Climbing, Zummaring,
Para-Gliding, rapling etc.), Evening dinner at
Hotel and Overnight Stay.
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DAY 06 MANALI Morning after Breakfast start for
the Sight Seeing of Old Manali visit Manu Temple,
Vashist Temple, Hadimba Devi Temple (A glance of
Himachali Articture), Van vihar and Monastery and
Naggar castle . Evening dinner at hotel and
overnight stay. DAY 07 MANALI-PALAMPUR (220 KMS
6-7HRS) Early morning after breakfast Check-Out
from Hotel and transfer to Palampur. On the way
see Jogindernagar Valley and visit Baijnath
temple. Evening arrive Palampur. Check-in-to
hotel. Dinner and O/N at hotel. DAY 08
PALAMPUR-DHARAMSHALA ( 40 KMS 1 ½ HR) Early
morning after breakfast drive towards Andretta
Potteries Afternoon lunch at Palampur. After
Lunch towards proceed to next destination
Chinmaya Tapovan Trust. Evening arrive
Dharamshala (Meclodganj). Check-in-to hotel.
Dinner and O/N at hotel.
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DAY 09 DHARAMSHALA-KHAJJIAR ( 150 KMS --- 4-5
HRS) Morning after Breakfast Check-out from hotel
and transfer to Khajjiar via jot, Afternoon
arrive Khajjiar. Day free for leisure. Evening
dinner at hotel and overnight stay. DAY 10
KHAJJIAR- DALHOUSIE (27 KMS--- 1HR) Morning
Breakfast and afternoon Check-out from hotel and
transfer to Dalhousie. Arrive Dalhousie
check-in-to hotel. Evening dinner at hotel and
overnight at hotel. DAY 11 DALHOUSIE After
Breakfast start for the Local Sight Seeing of
Dalhousie With Scenic Beauty of Bakrota Hill,
Bathri View, Pangi View, water falls of
SubhashBowli, Satdhara, Panjpulla) Evening dinner
at Hotel and overnight stay. DAY 12
DALHOUSIE-CHANDIGARH ( 300KMS8-9 HRS) Morning
after breakfast Depart for Chandigarh. Evening
arrive at Chandigarh, check-in-to hotel. Dinner
and overnight at hotel.
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DAY 13 CHANDIGARH DELHI ( 250KMS
5HRS) Morning after breakfast Depart to own
Native place to close some "Melodious
Memories" of Himachal 's Culture, Tradition,
Cuisine, Leaving Standard and many more. Tour
price stand to vary as it will be you who will be
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we are committed to give you the best value for
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Trekking in Himachal Pradesh
Himachal is a paradise for walkers,

trekkers,hikers,skiers,rafters, climbers

mountaineers. Innumerable
treks

originate or culminate in the beautiful

valley of Kullu Manali, Chamba

Kangra.Several
mountain passes connect

normally inaccessible valleys.
Local people have been crossing these passes for
centuries with their flock of sheep goats.
Trekkers can enjoy unparalleled beauty on these
trails. Most of the trails are safe defined.
Several mountain passes do not require technical
skill or mountaineering equipments. There are
countless trails that are easy even for the
inexperienced. At the same time innumerable tough
treks also beckon lovers of wilderness.
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Trek-HT-09
Malana Trek Via Chanderkhani Duration 06
Days Grade Easy Places Covered Manali - Nagar
- Rumsu - Chanderkarni
Pass  - Malana Day 01 Arrive Delhi/Chandigarh/Man
ali Arrive Delhi or Chandigarh and travel by
surface to Manali. Overnight at hotel. Day 02
Manali/Nagar/ Rumsu Morning travel by surface to
Nagar-Rumsu Walking Time 2-3 hrs. Nagar at 1840
m is famous for it's castle and it's history of
being state capitol of Kullu Valley. Rumsu at
2060m is a small village. Day 03 Rumsu/
Chandrakhani Rumsu-Base of Chandrakani Pass
Walking Time 5 hrs. Trail goes through local
shepherds area where they graze their flocks. It
offers a bird's view of Kullu valley Dhauladhar
Range.
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Day 04 Chandrakhani/ Malana Crossing
Pass-Malana Walking Time 6hrs. After crossing
series of pastures trail ascends gradually and
pass is just 3650m. From pass you can see White
Sail ( 6446m) Papsura (6451m). Malana is a
small village and very popular among trekkers as
it has it's own language, custom and beliefs. And
is governed by it's village elders. Some says
they are from Greek race which settles after
Alexandra The Great returns back after invading
India and some trekkers feel that language spoken
is much closer to " Hibru" and is related with
Christ. Day 05 Malana /Manali Malana -Manali
Walking Time 4 hrs. From Malana( 2650m) it's all
descending to valley floor and from there Travel
by surface to Manali. Day 06 Manali Full day
sightseeing of Manali. Overnight at hotel.
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Day 07 Manali/Delhi/Further Destination Morning
transfer to Bhuntar airport to board flight for
Delhi or Travel By surface to Delhi. End of Tour
and Our Services Tour price stand to vary as it
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Trek-HT-10
Beas Kund Trek Duration 07 Days
Places Covered Manali - Solang
Dhundi - Bakkar Thach
- Beas Kund. Day 01 Travel from Chandigarh to
Solang
Valley through Kullu and Manali.
Solang
Valley is 17 kms. from Manali. This
is
aprox 250
kms. of journey which

starts from foothills of Himalayas and reaches
close to tale of Pir Panjal which is largest
Himalayan Range . Day 02 Rest Day at Solang
Valley. Day 03 Manali - Solang - Drive of 17
km.We pass by many interesting villages. Solong
offers fabulous views of snow capped peaks.
Overnight and meals in camp. Day 04 Solong -
Dhundi - 3 hrs trekA gentle walk along the bank
of the river brings us to our camp. Glimpses of
Indrasan (6220m ) and Deo Tibba ( 6000m ) are
obtainable from here. Overnight camp on full
board basis
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Day 05 Dhundi - Bakkar Thach Beas Kund - Dhundi
- 6 hrs trekA gradual ascent involving walking
over loose rocks, remnants of glacier. Return to
our camp at Dundi for overnight camp. Day06
Bakkar Thach - Beas Kund - Bakkar Thach Shift
of camp to Beas Kund depends on good weather.
Packed lunch will be provided for a full day
excursion in Beas Kund plateau and we come back
in evening to Bakkar Thach-which is a high
altitude shepherd field. Day 07 Bakkar Thach -
Solong - Manali Tour Ends. End of Tour and Our
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Trek-HT-11
HAMPTA PASS - CHANDERTAL One of the most scenic
high altitude treks in Himachal Pradesh, it takes
one to the crystal clear waters of Chandertal and
barren landscape in the upper regions and the
green valleys below, make the trail awe-inspiring
and one of the must-experience ones in this part
of the Himalayas.SEASON July - Mid
SeptemberMAX. ALTITUDE 4830mNUMBER OF DAYS
11 daysHIGH PASSES Hampta Pass, Rohtang Pass
and Baralacha La TREK
GRADIENT Moderate
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Day 01 The participants arrive in Manali. Day
02 Manali - Panduropa / Setan (2700m) via
Chhalet Hampta villagesDuration 4 hoursThe
steepest part of the trail takes about 2 hours to
negotiate. It passes through apple orchards and
forests of blue pine, cedar, oak, fir and
chestnut. The villages that the trail passes
through - Chhalet, Hampta and Ghoratbari - have
an interesting legend. They lie on the way to
heaven and when people die, their souls have to
pass these villages. It is said that people here
hear sounds of crying if the soul is condemned to
hell and sounds of a trumpet if it is ascending
to heaven.Day 03 Panduropa / Setan - Juara
(3530m)Duration 5 hours
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The path to Juara is through Chhika. The trek
passes through some spectacular landscape to just
below the Hamta Pass, on a grassy bank sloping
down from the cliffs. The impressive grandeur of
immediate surroundings, the nearness of the
Tokru-Shakru peaks, the wonderful coloring of the
rocks and mountainside, all make this one of the
best campsite on the route. Chikka also has the
river, Alain Mullah, which has its snout in the
Hamta Pass. Day 04 Juara - Shea Gahru (3200m)
via Hampta Pass (4270m)Duration 6 hoursThe
trail now begins to ascend towards Hamta Pass and
one can have close views of Deo Tibba and
Indrasan peaks. After that, it is a descent all
the way right to the campsite at Shea Gahru.
"Shea Gahru" means a very cold place in the Spiti
dialect because it is adjacent to a glacier
snout. During summer, it's a grazing pasture or
halting place for the shepherds on the way to the
Lahaul valley.
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Day 05 Shea Gahru - Chhatru (3360m)Duration 3
hoursThe fourth day's walk is quite easy, along
the river up to a boulder field, which is hard to
cross during the monsoons. The river has to be
forded at one point from where one can see the
valleys of Lahaul and Spiti. The massive
mountains of the Pir Panjal and Spiti ranges
dominate the entire landscape till the campsite
at Chhatru. Chhatru is a confluence point of
paths from Rohtang Pass, Hamta Pass and Spiti.
Day 06 Chhatru - Batal (3960m)Duration 2
hoursTake a local transport to go from Chhatru
to Batal. Day 07 Batal - Chandertal
(4270m)Duration 4 hours
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The trail starts off as a pleasant walk along the
pastures bordering Chandra River. The path then
leads over the rubble-strewn plateau, crosses a
small stream and continues traversing the slope.
The track is almost level, with a few ups and
downs up to Chadertal. This high altitude lake is
a majestic sight, surrounded as it is by the
mighty Himalayan peaks. A vast flowerbed meadow
is the camping site on the banks of the
lake.Day 08 Rest day at Chandertal (4270m)
Day 09 Chandertal/Batal/ Manali Back trek to
Batal. Thereafter travel by surface to Manali.
Arrive Manali and overnight at hotel. Day
10Manali to Delhi Morning after breakfast travel
by surface to Delhi.
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Trek-HT-12 (Extension of HT-11)
HAMPTA PASS - CHANDERTAL - BARALACHA LA One of
the most scenic high altitude treks in Himachal
Pradesh, it takes one to the crystal clear waters
of Chandertal and then through the high passes of
Baralacha-La. Culturally, it's the threshold to
the mystical Buddhism practiced in Spiti, Lahaul,
Ladakh and Tibet. The barren landscape in the
upper regions and the green valleys below, make
the trail awe-inspiring and one of the
must-experience ones in this part of the
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