Region: Dharamsala, Dhauladhar.
Season: First Week Of June to End of November.
Max. altitude: 3713m.
No. of days: 07 days.
High passes: Jalsu/Sureh (3713m.).
Kangra- Cultural Continuity since Infinity
The Trigartha of the ancient times, Kangra is a continuity of culture from the infinity! Notwithstanding the grandeur of the Dhauladhar, this is the land of Hindu temples-Shiva at Baijnath, Brajeshwari at Kanga, Chamunda Devi at Chamunda, Jawalaji (Fire Temple), Chintpurni, Bhagsu at Dharamsala, Aghanjur Mahadev and many more. Masroor, the rock-cut temple, now in a poor state, is an archeological wonder, the counterpart of Khajurao and Ajanta-Ellora. Dharamsala is the cultural and political centre for Tibetans in exile. His Holiness the Dalai Lama resides here at McLeodganj, Dharamsala. Kanga is also famous for its paintings, green-tea gardens, art gallery and pottery & craft training centre at Andretta.
Dharamsala is a gateway to five wonderful treks cross the Dhauladhar that lead to the cultural wonderlands. The continuity of transhumance, the Chaurasia temple (84 temples) of Bharmour and the tribal Bara Bhangal offer some of the most intriguing insights into the ancient cultures across the Dhauladhar. The longest running monarchy, Lakshminarayan temple and the Bhuri Singh museum are the special attractions of Chamba once you cross the Dhauladhar.
This small town is a favourite tourist resort of Kangra district and remains flooded with foreign tourist round the year. McLeod Ganj has shot into prominence due to the presence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama who has his residence in this small, isolated and peaceful town. He arrived along with thousands of his followers from Tibet in 1959 to take refuge in India. This town is populated chiefly by Tibetans and in the adjoining hills are situated the gaddi villages.
Palampur is known for its Kangra tea. Situated to the left of the Neugal stream, it affords a panoramic view of the Dhauladhar. It is seat of an agriculture university spread over a vast campus.
One of the most remarkable monuments of the Kangra valley is the temple of Baijnath. Baijnath is situated East of Dharamsala on the main road that leads from the Dharmsala to Mandi. Baijnath is in reality the appellation of the chief temple dedicated to Siva Vaidyanatha ("Lord of Physicians") by which the town itself has become known. The original name of the town was Kiragrama. This we learn from the two extensive Sarada inscriptions incised on stone slabs, which in elegant and florid Sanskrit verse give the history of the foundation of a temple, by two local merchants. "There is in Trigarata," we read in the inscription, "the pleasent village of Kiragrama, the home of numerous virtues where the river called Binduka, leaping from the lap of the mountain, with glittering wide-waves resembling playing-balls, merrily plays, like a bright maiden in the first bloom of youth. That village is protected by the strong-armed Rajanaka Lakshmana."
Day to day description:
Day 01: Dharamshala - Bullgot (2400m.). By jeep you drive through the green tea garden, in the beautiful Kangra valley. This will take you to the last village of the Baijnath region called Binwa Nagar where there is a small hydroelectric power plant. From here on it is a 2 hour walk to reach Bullgot.
Day 02: Bullgot - Parai Gote (2800m.). In the morning you will Bullgot and start a gradual walk alongside the riverbank. This will bring you to different passes and meadows after which you will reach Parai Gote.
Day 03: Parai Gote - Yara Gote (3300m.) via Jalsu pass (3713m.). From Parai Gote you will be walking to the Jalsu pass. This is a 6 to 7 hours walk during which you will see the Kangra and Chamba valley.
Day 04: Yara Gote - Dhog (2788m.). After a night in Yara Gote you will start a descending walk down the Chamba valley. You will see a forest of bojpatter trees (birch paper trees) and the little path will take you in 6-7 hours to Dhog village, which is the first village founded in the Chamba valley.
Day 05: Dhog - Chuner (2900m.). This easy climbing walk from the temple situated in Dhog, will take 2 hours and reach the village Chuner. This day you will have spare time for rest, for seeing the valley and it's beauties or for the Deodar forest. In Chuner there are local houses from shepherds, made of wood and stones.
Day 06: Chuner - Bramani (3310m.). An easy descending walk to Nayagraon will take 2 hours. From there we will take a jeep to Bhamour where 84 temples of Shiva are situated in one big courtyard. From here on it will be a two hours walk to reach the Bramani temple (Durga temple).
Day 07: Bramani - Chamba. You will take the same path down as you followed on day 6 to Bhamour. There a jeep is waiting for you to take you to Chamba. Here you can see different Laxminayaran temples and the Bhurisingh museum.
Day 08: Departure from Chamba to Delhi.