Have you ever been to a place which is beautiful, picturesque and serene way beyond your imagination?
I did and the place is ‘Jalori Pass’.
When Delhi was burning at 45 degree Celsius I had not expected to reach a place within 500 kms where temperature is as low as -2 degree.
I have strong pull for lakes & waterfalls hence I wanted to explore any Himalayan lake where I had not been before. While googling I came across Saryolsar lake In Himachal and immediately I locked the destination. Now I needed to know how to reach there, what are stay options & what are other nearby places to visit.
After a bit of research I asked one of my friend with whom I am traveling to most places from past few months if he wants to join me and he agreed.
We booked out ticket from Delhi to Aut in semi deluxe Bus departing at 6:40 from Delhi. It was Friday and after my office hours which ends at 5:00PM I took a metro from Gurgaon and reached ISBT by 6:20 PM.Boarded the bus and at morning 7:3o it dropped us to Aut Market. We asked few locals if we can get direct bus to Jalori Pass and everyone said we have to take to Banjaar and then connecting bus to Jalori Pass. Finally at last we asked one more man who said we can walk 2 min straight and can get KTC bus to Jalori pass from Right side…WOW!…..and yes he was right.
Bus goes through absolute no road with straight valley for 60-70 Kms…The journey is almost similar to Kaza and Kishtwar Route and now I know why this is Bikers dream road to ride on.
On the way we had to halt for 30 Min sice an army truck & JBL was struck in mud. Bus stops for Luch on the way where there are 3 Dhabas serving delicious local food.
We chose a middle one which was owned by a local lady and not to mention we had best of lunch for 50 Rs per person which consisted Rajma,Lobia,Sepu Vadi(Local delicacy),Kadhi,Rice & roti.Lady was too curious to see us and asked us where are we going when we said Jalori pass she was too worried and said its too late to reach there since there is no home stay or guest house. We assured her in that case we will come back and stay with her but w want to go and explore the possibility. We paid, bid Namaste and boarded bus.
We reached Jalori pass around 12:30 and sat at a dhaba for tea and asked him if there is any homestay. He said Homestays are either in Jibhi or Khanag which is 20 Km from there but there is one HPMC CAMP and his caretaker is around so we can ask him if he can accommodate us.We met Mr.J.R. Thakur and he said he have 7 tents and all is empty.
First View of the Camp
Camp was 1 km walk from bus stand and I must say what a view….it was just perfect. We hadn’t thought that we will get a accommodation at such a secluded meadow amidst pine jungle. Few meters of walk downhill and we reached here:
Camp Top View
Mr Thakur asked us for tea.we put down out backpack,grabbed out camera and went out to get some clicks.Had tea and decided to have a power nap.Aalmost after an hour Mr.Thakur called us that lunch is ready. We asked him how can we reach Saryolsar lake and he said its 4 km walk straight walk from here.On the way to Campsite we decide to visit Raghupur fort too which was 1hr 30 min walk from bus stand. We had to give up our idea of visiting Saryolsar lake same day due to rain and hailstone and we decided to be at camp and get soaked in nature and postpone saryolsar lake for tomorrow. Initially we had decided to spend a day in Jibhi but this place made us to stay there for day and we absolutely loved it.
You wake up with bird chirping, goats and sheeps gazing near your camp and beautiful sunrise.
Sheeps Grazing neat Camp and Shepard sitting by camp side
Inside of Camp
Next day we wake up at 7 and after breakfast we left for lake. It was straight walk for 1.5 Hrs and we reached lake. There is a local legend which says there is pair of bird who cleans litter from lake which falls in.Though we hadn’t seen those birds. We were the only tourist walking to lake that early.
First Look of Lake
The lake is absolutely mirror clean and one can see reflection of tree and meadow in it,the weed at base and off course not a single leaf in lake. Below picture can give you an idea.There is also a sacred seat for goddess ‘ budhi Nagin’ within temple permises.Budhi Nagin is believed to be the Goddess regulating the rainfall in Kullu Valley.
Crystal clear water and weed at base of lake
Temple of Budhi Nagin at backdrop
After spending an hour at lake we decided to walk back to.we had Tea and maggie at dhaba near lake. We Met two kids and a group of young guys playing cricket in two absolutely different ways utilising available resources.we talked to dhabda owner and her wife for a while and left for camp. While returning it may turn a bit tiresome due to slightly uphill climb. We said no to lunch since we were full and decided to take another power nap.When we wake up Mr.Thakur tols us we can walk for 30 minutes and reach the top of the pass for some spectacular view. He also told us that shooting of ‘Yeh Jawani hai Deewani’ was done there so it’s now a kind of tourist spot.
First Dhaba near Lake
Trek goes through this dense forest
We saw spectacular sunset and planned to catch early morning 8:30 bus to Manali.We reached Manali around 1:30.Had lunch at ‘moonshine café’ at Old Manali and boarded our 5:40 bus to Delhi
Some more pics clicked on the way to lake:
Some grass on Lake side
Purple Rhododendron locally known as Thangal
Pula Chappal i bought at Aut Market
Shepherd House near Lake
If you are planning to stay at Forest camp keep these points in mind:
1) If You are ok with animal sounds at night and bird chirping early morning at 4:00 am
2) If You are comfortable with changing climate from rain to extreme cold to mist.
3) If your phone & laptop is not integral part of your daily life since there is no electricity.
4) You are ready to live with limited facilities and simple food.
5) there is nothing to do after sunset till sunrise so sleeping and spending ur time in tent is only the option.
6) There is no Hot water so cold shower is only option if u are can’t live without bathing.
Must to carry List:
3)cap to ear cuffs
6)Trek Pole(In case if you are planning to go Saryolsar Lake)
7)Extra charged camera Battery since there is no electricity.
NOTE:In case if you have extra time or you don’t want to spend your two nights at Camp you can stay a day at Jibhi.Its a beautiful Old Himalayan village by Tirthan River stream and you will not regret the stay.
This Journey is not for Faint hearted.