The Chansal Pass is the only link between the remote village of Dodra Kwar and the town of Rohru (Chirgaon). This is truely an off-beaten path. Fruit orchards and pine forest along the way further enhance the charm of this serene pass. Also known as Pabbar Valley, the Chanshal Peak is the highest peak in the Shimla district. For most part of the year the pass is closed due to heavy snowfall. It is not unusual to see snowfall in this region throughout the year. Strong and cold wind blows incescently at the top of the pass, which is a very rare and unique experience. Even in summer, night temperatures can drop below zero. The slopes in the region are fast becoming favorite for Skiing and trekking.
A trip to Chanshal Pass means that you would be driving on one of the narrowest road you have ever been on, hardly wide enough for one car at places. The climb is mostly quite steep. There is hardly any road, which is more like dirt track; with a lot of slush and lose rocks. Overall and adventure you will never forget.
The itinerary lists the places we will be covering during the trip. Where we stay and how much we travel in a day is just indicative and is subject to change depending on weather condition.
Shimla, is the capital and largest city of the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.
The colonial architecture and churches, the temples and the natural beauty of the city are
a major attraction here. Shimla also has the largest natural ice skating rink in South Asia.
Owing to its steep terrain, the area around Shimla are ideal for adventure sports like
mountain biking, skiing, etc.
You will receive a warm welcome on arrival at Shimla. Check in to hotel. Meet the team. Local sightseeing. Overnight stay in hotel.
Kotgarh, situated 82 km from Shimla on the old Hindustan-Tibet road, is also lovingly called the apple bowl of India. It is famous for its apples and acres of apple orchards. Samual Evan Stokes is said to have planted the first apple trees in India here. There is an interesting story about how he got apple to India. Kotgarh is a quaint scenic place. The picturesque terraced fields dotted with apple trees and bungalows is feast for the eyes. Hattu temple and peak is a popular trekking trail, and offers a panaromic view of the Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar ranges from the top. The elliptical shaped Tanu Jubbar Taal is a scenic location and has the famous Naag Devta temple built along its sides. The beautiful wooden St. Mary's Church, with its old graveyard stands as a reminder of the bygone era. Milan Devta Temple (Chatur Mukh), with its beautiful architecture constructed in Shikhar style, is dedicated to diety Deo or Deota. There are interesting accounts by blogger about this mandir. Stay at hotel.
The Chanshal Pass is a U-shaped bend of the road near the Chanshal peak. Strong winds blow here all throughout the year which makes reaching here an exhilerating experience. Being the highest peak around, the view from the top is just amazing. The valley is very beautiful as one gets uninterrupted view of snow coverred peaks behind green hills from here. Stay at a nearby place.
Tiuni is a small village in Uttarakhand bordering Himachal. It lies near the confluence of river Pabbar with river Ton. Adventure seekers can engage in river rafting and trekking around the place. Rafting on the white waters of river Ton is an adrenaline gushing roller coaster ride definitely not for the weak hearted.
There is no derth of small rustic abodes in the hills of Hamachal and Chopal is one such Himalayan town in Shimla, surrounded by dense forest of pine and deodar trees. It is like some mystical land with far entrenched valleys surrounded by huge mountains shimmering under the sun. The famous 'Churdhar Peak' can also be seen from places like 'Reyuni' and 'Chharki'. Churdhar has a statue of Lord Shiva at its peak and is a famous trek route.
End of trip. Local shopping and you go back with loads of memories.