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The narrow footways or roads that go through the mountains are called passes. In ancient times, these passes acted as a gateway between to habitable regions, and people used to cross the mountains on foot through these passes . The passes were also the main trade routes of Himalayan region.

Rohtang Pass

One of the most important pass of Himalayas is Rohtang Pass. Rohtang means “the pile of corpse”. The name was given in local dialect because the pass has been associated with deaths of many visitors or trespassers of the valley. The Rohtang pass connects the vegetated and humid Kullu valley to dry and cold desert valley of Lahaul and Spiti. The pass has been the main way of the valley for business and cultural exchange as this is the only way for remote Lahaul and Spiti. This pass is on Manali-Leh highway no. 21 and is surely a lifeline for remote region. The Pass is most important tourist hot spot in Manali region. Everyone who visit Manali and Spiti wants to visit of look the glimpse of Himalayas from Rohtang pass. Some of pretty picnic spots like Marhi,Solang Nala and Rahala falls.

Kunzum Pass

Kunzum Pass is another pass with high altitude of Himalayas . The altitude of Kunzum pass is approximately 4590 meter. The pass connects Lahaul valley with Spiti valley. Its is around 122 km away from Manali in Manali Kaza road. The pass has trek for Chandratal pale also. The pass hosts the beautiful picturesque view of the cold desert of Lahaul and Spiti.

Bara Lacha Pass

Another high altitude pass on Leh-Manali highway is Baralacha pass or Bara Lacha la. The altitude of the pass is 4890 meter from the sea level. The pass connects Lahaul valley of Himachal to Ladakh of Jammu and Kashmir. The pass is little away from the Suraj Taal lake which is the originating place of Bhaga river, a tributary of Chenab river.

Saach Pass

Saach pass is located in Chamba district of Himachal in Pir Panjal range of Himalayas. The altitude of pass is around 4220 meters from sea level. The pass connects Chamba valley to Pangi valley of Chamba district. Saach pass significant value from the strategic point of view as it shortens the distance of Leh to Pathankot,Amritsar .The pass remains open from July to October month.

Pin Parbati Pass

Pin Parbati pass is one of  the high altitude pass in Himachal situated at an altitude of around 5200 meters from sea level. The pass connects Parbati valley of Kullu to Spiti valley of Lahaul and Spiti. The pass is alternate to Rohtang pass for Spiti valley and is popular trek for adventurists. Kullu side of the pass is highly vegetated and green and the Spiti side of the pass is barren and dry. Crossing the pass we reached to popular Pin valley of Spiti.

Chanshal Pass

Chanshal peak is situated in Rohru of Shimla district and Chanshal pass is also situated on the peak which connects Rohru to Dodra-kwar region of Shimla district. Dodra-Kwar is a remote area of Shimla district. Chanshal pass is situated at an altitude of 4520 meters from sea level and is only open fro May month to October for visitors and trespassers. Chanshal pass is a beautiful place of Chanshal valley. The large open space on the top makes the view of valley very beautiful. Pabbar river is also originated from Chanshal valley at Chandernahan lake.

Jalori Pass/Jot

Jalori pass is a beautiful pass of Kullu district situated at an altitude of near 3200 meter from sea level. The uniqueness of the pass is that this is covered by lush green forests all around and also is nearest from Stations like Shimla, Chandigarh and Delhi. The Jalori pass is popular among trekkers, car safari and bike riding. The pass is named after Jalori Mata and the temple of Jalori mata is also situated on its top.


The erstwhile summer capital of the Colonial India and capital of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla has been gifted with all the bounties of nature which one can think of. Surrounded by lush-green hills with snow-capped peaks and scenic locations, Shimla magnetically attracts the people from all across the globe and in-fact most of the people fantasize Shimla to visit once in their life time.

The best way to visit Shimla is via the “toy train” which runs on this track and to add more glory to this beautiful Rail tract, UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site in 2008. This route comprises 864 bridges and 107 tunnels.

This altitude gives Shimla its diverse climatic conditions. There is no such ideal time to visit Simla, as this pleasant hill station is one of the most preferred destinations in India at any given time. One can say that the peak season for Shimla travel is all though the year!

Though Shimla has pleasant climate throughout the year, it experiences cold winters. The temperatures can drop to sub-zero conditions during the peak winter season. The best time to visit Shimla would be October to November and from March to May.

By Air

Shimla can be easily reached by air. The place has its own airport at a place called Jubbarhatti, which is located at a distance of 23 kilometers from the main city center. Flights from New Delhi, Chandigarh and Kullu (another hill station) operate on a daily basis. Jagson Airlines is the flight that operates from these places on a regular basis.

By Rail/ Train

The nearest railway station that connects Shimla to neighboring states is at Kalka. This place is located at a distance of 96 kilometers from Shimla. From Kalka, it takes around 6 hours to reach Shimla. The frequency of trains that ply from Kalka to Shimla is pretty good, with atleast 4 trains plying to and fro from Shimla. The journey from Delhi to Kalka is an overnight journey and reaches Kalka early morning. There are many tunnels en route with the longest being 1.2 kilometers long!

By Road

Shimla is well connected to neighboring places like New Delhi and Chandigarh through national highways. The journey from Delhi to Shimla by road takes approximately 8 hours. The highways are well maintained by the authorities and are a pleasure to drive on. There are many tourist buses that ply from neighboring places to take tourists to this beautiful hill station.


Manali is a high-altitude Himalayan resort town in the northern state of India, Himachal Pradesh. It is a adventurers paradise and itt has a reputation as a backpacking center and honeymoon destination. Set on the Beas River, it’s a gateway for skiing in the Solang Valley and trekking in Parvati Valley.

Manali is actually a collection of three adjacent hills. Each hill has a village and a temple; Old Manali Village (Manu Temple), Vashishtha (Vashishtha Temple) and Dhungri (Hadimba Temple).

Paragliding, Trekking, Skiing, Mountain Climbing and Skiing are some of the best adventure activities that you can do in Manali.

Weather is another reason to visit Manali. The weather is best in spring and summer when you can go for trekking.

The snow clad peaks of the Solang Valley are not only great for trekking and camping, but they also offer an unbeatable opportunity for Paragliding.

Manali has the feel of global village, which has led to the establishment of several riverside cafes.

The mesmerizing hill station is a foodie’s paradise. It has a variety of eating options ranging from stalls and dhabas to premium restaurants.

The city remains engaged in various festivals throughout the year and becomes even more admirable during the festive season with tons of colors, music, folk-dances and mouth watering delicacies.

Manali is a town of unexplored mysteries. With so many experiences waiting in Manali, there is no way you should miss this Himalayan Heaven.


Over the years, Dharamshala & McLeodganj have steadily become a most favoured destination for travellers and backpackers. The popular places and hikes around McLeodganj are known to be super crowded during the summer season. On various visits to this region for work and explorations in Kangra Valley; here is a list of offbeat places and experiences for the discerning traveller who is looking for more. These places are all in the region of around 50-80 kms from Dharamshala.

Monastery Experience : Tashijong & Palpung Sherabling

Dharamshala ,home to the Buddhist guru, Dalai Lama,is the hotbed for Tibetan Buddhism not only in India, but in the entire world and hence a monastery tour is to be definitely experienced while in Dharamshala. Tashijong is the name of the village while the name of the monastery is Khampagar Monastery. Tashijong in Tibetan literally means ‘auspicious valley’. It is established under Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism.

Pong Lake & Dam Boating

Pong Dam is also called as Maharana Pratap Sagar dam and is known to be the highest earthfill dam in India. The lake is huge and stretches for around 300 kms at its widest level. A visit to Pong Lake makes for an excellent day trip from Dharamshala. Among the main attractions and experiences at Pong Lake are :

Baijnath Temple – Poetry in Stone

Also known as Baidyanath Shiva temple, a few parts of this very old temple are supposed to date to 804 AD. It is a lovely stone temple with intricate carvings and is set in a wide open space.
The Shaivite Baijnath Temple complex is well preserved and was built in the early 13th century. It is surrounded by a wall decorated by fine carvings. Inside the main temple are intricately carved statues and the sanctum sanctorum has the Shiva lingam protected by a five-headed cobra.

Tea Gardens of Palampur

Palampur is called the ‘Tea Capital’ of north India, it is famous for its rolling hillsides of tea gardens sprawling over vast acres of land. Tea plantation was introduced in and around Palampur in the 19th century and since then Kangra Tea has become quite famous for its distinct flavour.

HPCA Stadium

Welcome to the prettiest cricket stadium in the world! The Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium has firmly put Dharamshala on the cricket map of the world. The lush green grass is flanked by snow clad Himalayas to make it a majestic sight.

Leh Ladakh

Leh, the main town in the district of Ladakh, in Jammu and Kashmir, India is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places in India. Being at a high altitude, the access remains restricted throughout the year, with roads blocked for as long as 6 months.

Guarded by the astounding Himalayas, cossetted by pearly-white snow, and inhabited by the warmest people in the world, it is a place that can make you forget the rest of the World! A paradise on earth, Ladakh not only boasts of its miraculous beauty, but also takes the pride of being a home to many natural and man-made wonders.

Stretching from the mighty Himalayas to the alluring Indus River, Ladakh or the highest plateau in India, is also the highest desert in the entire world. The fact that the region is fringed by soaring peaks, the region deprives of the monsoon cloud and remains barren throughout the year.

Chadar Trek’ or the ‘Frozen River Trek’, this enthralling trek is conducted only during the months of January and February when the entire of the Zanskar River freezes down completely. Also, it is this frozen river that serves as the only mode of communication to the rest of the Ladakh valley during the winters.

The Gateway to Shyok and Nubra Valleys, the Khardung La Pass in Ladakh is revered as the highest motorable pass in the world. Reaching a maximum height of 5,359m, this exhilarating pass was built in 1976, and it was once a part of the Ancient Silk Route that extended from Leh to Central Asia.

Double humped Bactrian camels, Known to be the indigenous home to these rare breed of camels, your journey to the picturesque Nubra Valley will also get awarded by breath-taking views of the snow-capped Himalayan peaks and several promising meadows.

One of the major attractions of Leh is its former Royal palace .The Place was built by King Senegge Namgyal in the 17th century AD. It was modeled on the Potala Palace in Lhasa ,Tibet. It is nine storeys high,the upper floor accommodated the royal family while the lower floor held stables and store rooms.

Pangong lake is the highest salt lake in India. Pangong Tso lake is situated at a height of about 14,270 feet from sea level .It is 134 km long and extends from India to Tibet.60% of the length of the lake lies in Tibet. Despite being salt water lake ,in winter it freezes completely. The lake acts as breeding ground for variety of birds including many migratory birds.


The Countryside Travels, a travel agency registered under Himachal Pradesh Tourism development and registration act 2002 ( Regd no. : 2-59/2017-KLU-TD-352), and is authorised to carry business of travel agent in Himachal Pradesh.
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