Region: Dharamsala, Dhauladhar.
Season: First Week Of June to End of November.
Max. altitude: 3850m.
No. of days: 06 days.
High passes: Waru (3850m.).
Special interest: Excellent view for photographers, ideal place for nature lovers, home of His Holiness The Dalai Lama.
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.
Day to day description:
Day 01: Palampur to Satchali (2879m.). Satchali, as the name suggests, is a place where water from seven different rivulets mingle. The route heads off from Chandpur, which is about 4km. from Palampur and then passes through a forest over many ridges. The chirping of the birds intermingled with the murmur of streams flowing down the valley makes the atmosphere very enchanting. There are some improved huts of Gujjars and shepherds.
Day 02: Satchali to Thanetar (2575m.) via Waru pass. Satchali is at the foothill below Waru Pass and en-route to the pass all vegetation comes to an end. From here, it takes about three hours to reach the pass and it involves a moderately steep climb. The terrain is rugged and passes through snow nullahs. Waru pass is comparatively at a lower height that the adjoining passes and is windier as it is shaped like a tunnel and serves as an out-let for strong winds.
Day 03: Thanetar - Nayagraon. This is an easy trail over a very slippery and slushu path descending from Thanetar to Nayagraon. On the way, there is a Kali temple at 3300m. on one side of the ridge near Tunda Munda. From here onwards you will pass the villages Chunehar and Dhog.
Day 04: Nayagran to Bharmour by jeep.
Day 05: Departure from Bharmour to Delhi.