The Himachal Three Passes Tour
Himachal, the Devbhoomi, the legendary Land of the Snows offers a much wider canvas then what people who visit this beautiful Himalayan State. There lie within many offbeat places and Journeys that most people miss. More than that they miss the Geographical, Historical and Cultural relevance of the places and the people they visit.
We at Travel The Himalayas introduce our Himachal Three Passes Tour which takes you across the State and we cross Ranges and River basins. We cross Valleys and Passes. We take a ride connecting three Passes in Himachal viz the Rohtang Pass, the Jalori Pass and the Chanshal Pass. This is a unique experience as we travel across the breadth of the state and you get a glimpse at a side of non Touristy side of Himachal Pradesh.
The Rohtang Pass connects the Kullu Valley with the Lahaul Valley and it is the first Pass on the Manali to Leh Route as well as Manali. This would be the first Pass on the Itinerary. At a little over 13050 ft it is one of the main Passes in the Himalayas and it is considered a tough Pass due to the amount of Snowfall it gets. Its name in the local language means “Pile of Corpses” a testament to the many people who lost their lives while crossing this Pass.
After the Rohtang Pass we pay we visit to the Jalori Pass. The Jalori Pass which was also called the Old Britisher's Route connects the Kullu Valley with Shimla District. It lies on the watershed between the Satluj and the Beas. The Britishers preferred this Route to Kullu instead of alternatives which went from the lower Hills below Shimla.
The Road on both sides is now fully Black top and driving up the and down the Pass from either side is a breeze. And like all Passes it has a character of its own. The fact that there are Trees right at the Pass gives it quite a different look from other higher Himalayan Passes which normally lie well over the treeline.
The Chansal Pass lies in the Eastern Part of Himachal Pradesh close to the Border with Uttarakhand. The Pabbar Valley lies at the base of the Pass and the Pabbar is probably the Westernmost tributary of the Ganges Basin. The Peaks of the Garhwal Himalayas playing hide and seek as one goes over the Chansal Pass towards Dodra Kwar.
Day 1 : Arrival in Manali : You can fly into Chandigarh/ Delhi and take a Taxi/ Volvo to Manali. You can also fly into Bhuntar Airport and take a Taxi for Manali. First day at ease in Manali. Go to Old Manali. Or the Hot Springs at Vashist.
Day 2 : Leave in the morning for the Rohtang Pass. The earlier the better as it gets pretty crowded in the Tourist season. Spend some time at Rohtang and return.
Day 3 : Visit Nagar and the Roerich Museum. After Lunch leave for Tirthan Valley
Day 4: Wanderings around Tirthan, the gateway to the Great Himalayan National Park.
Day 5 : Move to Jalori Pass via Shoja and Jibhi. Cross the Jalori Pass and enter the Shimla District as you drive along the Satluj on the way to Narkanda. Spend the evening at a Mountain Top Resort.
Day 6 : Drive along the offbeat Narkanda Bagi Kharapathar Route and get some of the Grandest views of the Himalayas. Evening at the Pabbar by the River.
Day 7 : Early morning leave for Chansal Pass and visit the Villages of Dodra Kwar. Return to Pabbar by the River in the evening.,
Day 8 : Return to Chd / NDL