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 1: Arrive in Dharamshala. Transfer to Dharamkot
Day 2: Dharamkot to Triund
Day 3: Triund to Lahesh caves
Day 4: Lahesh Caves to Indrahar Pass (back to Lahesh Cave)
Day 5: Lahesh Cave to Mana
Day 6: Mana to McLeodGanj
Day 01: McLeod Ganj – Triund 9Kms 5hrs.(2890m. ). McLeod Ganj to Snowline is a 09km 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. Reach riund , overnight in the camp.
Day 02: Triund – Lahesh cave ( 7 Kms. 5hrs ( 3500m.)
After breakfast at Triund you will proceed to snowline where you tree line end trail passes through the rocky and moraine, reach at Lahesh cave, overnight in the cave, where from you can watch sun set view and entire Kangra valley and Dhauladhar range.
Day 03: Lahesh cave – Indrahar Pass (4425m.). This is a beaten trek frequented by shepherds, trekkers and local people; it has a moderate climb. The trek climbs up from the right of the rest house along a slippery and a rocky path through oak, tosh and birch wood reach lahesh cave and later trek to Indrahar pass, where you can see two range Pin panjal and Mani Mahesh range, spend couple of time and back to cave, overnight in the cave.
Day 04: Lahesh cave – Mana (7Kms. 5hrs. Today after breakfast you will enter to another valley reach Mana, overnight in the camp.
Day 05: Mana – Mcleodganj ( 6Kms. 4hrs.)
Today after breakfast you will descend down to Mcleodganj via Bhagsu,
- All Trekking Equiments
- Necessary permits
- First Aid Medical Kits
- Qualified and experienced trek leader, guide, and support staff
- All Meals