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.
Day to day description:
Day 01: McLeod Ganj - Triund (2875m.). McLeod Ganj to Triund is a 9km gradual trek, which passes through Dharamkot village. From the Galu Devi ridge onward the trek is smooth and well defined and ascends through forest of oak and rhododendron. At Triund you can enjoy a cup of chai (Indian tea) while looking over the amazing beautiful Kangra valley.
Day 02: Triund - Lahesh Cave (3500m.). This is a beaten trek frequented by shepherds, trekkers and local people; it ahs a moderate climb. Vegetation comes to an end at an elevation of 3200m. The trek climbs up from the right of the rest house along a slippery and a rocky path through oak, tosh and birch wood.
Day 03: Lahesh Cave - Chhatta Gote via Indrahara Pass (3700m.). The trek to the pass is long and goes over soft snow and a number of icy streams covered with hard snow have to be negotiated. The pass provides a very scenic view of both Kangra and Chamba valleys and offers distant view of the Middle and Greater Himalayas.
Day 04: Chhatta Gote - Kwarsi (2730m.). This stretch involves a total descent of 6km. all the way up to Chhata Nullah. At some places the route is trackless and provide little foothold on exposed rocks. There are pasturelands where nomadic gaddis stays for longer time to graze their flocks of sheep and goats.
Day 05: Kwarsi - Lamu. From Kwarsi you will trek down to Lamu village (8km.). A footpath is developed and few small wooden bridges are made at few risky spots to ease the trekkers and local people.
Day 06: Departure from Lamu via Bhamour to Delhi.