Indrahar Pass- A Bizarre Experience
Indrahar Pass is a mountain pass in the Dhauladhar range of the Himalayas, it is an offbeat trail running through the forest of Dharamsala . Located at an altitude of 4342 meters/ 14,245 ft above sea level, forms the border between Kangra and Chamba districts.
The Indrahar pass trek is considered to be moderate to difficult and takes off from the small town, Mcleodganj, situated in the outskirts of Dharamsala and goes up to Indrahar Pass. The trail passes through the famous Triund, Ilaqa / Laka got and Lahesh Caves. The ridges over the Dhauladhar do not lend themselves to easy trekking. Trek to the Indrahar pass is no exception, even though it follows one of the more established trails used by the Gaddi shepherds en route to their summer grazing pastures in the upper Ravi Valley and Lahaul. The ascent to the Indrahar Pass involves a continual climb often over gibber or boulders.You can also be lucky enough to witness the wild goats, leopards, black bear and Monal Birds as you trek upwards. In the south are spectacular views of the Indian plains; to the north are the sacred peak of Mani Mahesh Kailash and the snow capped Pir Panjal Range.
The best time to visit this place is from May to June or from September to October.The overwhelming trek allows you to experience and indulge with some of the tribal settlements of Himachal introducing you to whole new face of Himachal’s culture, food and hospitality. The scenic beauty will leave you speechless.
Tourist places in and around Dharamsala:
Dalai Lama Temple or Tsuglagkhang :
St John’s in the wilderness – An elegant church from British Era.
This village doesn’t have any roads except for a single road that leads to very famous café Trek and Dine. After this the road narrow down to a pathway, ideal for leisure walk in the forest to various other points like Galu Temple, waterfalls and treks. It leads to flag temple which is less explored by the tourist.
When it comes to food, Dharamkot has some best cafes ever known like Trek and Dine, Moonlight café etc. Every single café has its own specialty from Lasagnas to pasta, hummus to pita bread and not to miss the most amazing desert Bhagsu Cake. Bhagsu cake has a typical crunchy pie crust layered with caramel sauce with dark chocolate or white chocolate. You will also find various vegan Café s in this village like Vegan Café, Once in a nature, Caterpillar and many more.
Since tourism is new to Dharamkot home stays or guest houses are the main feature of this village. There are few backpacker hostels but nothing very fancy. It is very easy to rent a room with attached washroom and kitchen if you wish to stay for a longer period of time. Although most of the home stays are not listed anywhere online but are easily available for a good price. You can directly reach here and look for accommodation, which is usually hosted by locals in their homes. A backpacker’s hostel with dormitory style accommodation is also available and shared lounges at Flugler.
Flag Temple: Flag temple is just 300 meters from Dharamkot main market. It s a quiet beautiful place and not many people know about it. The flag point is also a view point, with plenty of Tibetan prayer flags fluttering with the wind overlooking the mighty snowcapped mountains. This is hidden gem for these seeking peace. You can sit here to relax and unwind yourself before you get back to your next destination.
Jalsu Pass Trek
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Must Know Before You Visit Dharamsala
- Ensure etiquette while visiting monasteries, as photography and visitation are restricted in some areas.
- If you’re trekking, carry your own water during the trek. You might not get the opportunity to refill your water stock on the way.