Dharamsala Eco Home Stay

A local NGO Eco Home-Stay India, promoting local Home Stay options in North India and at present supporting local people in Naddi of Dharamsala near Dal Lake and McLeodGanj, Dharamkot.

EcoHomeStay, facilitates economical Home-Stay in a region which is popular as The Capital of the Tibetan Continue reading

Developing McLeodGanj and Dharamsala

Tourists and trekkers have been coming to Dharamsala McLeodGanj, Bhagsunag and Dharamkot and trekking to Triund Hill for to be close with Nature.

To breath fresh air, enjoy the views of Mountains, Deep Horizon and seek Peace are some of the main reasons that made McLeodGanj and Triund Hill a favorite spot in Kangra district in Himachal Pradesh, though Manali and Simla are still pretty popluar. But in both locations like Shimla and Manali, Nature has to pay a very heavy price for helping out stressed tourists.

In the name of comfort and luxury, we have converted Shimla the Queen of Hills to a Queen of Concrete Hills and Manali is also on the same direction to become another concrete jungle.  Beside this the term Development (Negative Development) has also caused more of damage to Nature and with that we are spoiling the beauty of Mother Nature, the same very beauty for which tourists come here to enjoy.

In Kangra district too famous spots like Dharamsala, McLeodGanj, Bhagsunag, Dharamkot, Naddi and Satovari are getting developed with concrete structures. The felling of Green Cover (Pine and Cedar) has been rampant since year 2000 and it has just crossed its limit this time.

Many new hotels and restaurants have come up in places where earlier the spots were covered with thick Deodar, Pine and Rhododendron trees. Now we even want to develop Mountains by constructing Cable Cars and Rope Ways.

With all this unbalanced and negative development we are killing Nature and the things that are the main attractions in Himachal Pradesh.

Back in Simla as you are about to reach Shimla, the view from distant is very disturbing unless you don’t understand what Nature is. Few months back, in TaraDevi region of Simla hundereds of age old Trees were uprooted for some fancy hotel.

In 2000 if you visited Bhagsu Waterfall the Waterfall and the surrounding area used to be more greener and even the Waterfall was huge and alot more beautiful. In Dharamkot, Naddi and Satovari too the green cover has shrunk to a large extent and now you only see hotel rooftops.

We modern humans have no respect for anything and anyone. Technologically we are advancing but when it comes about Humanity, Senstivity and (Etiquettes) Cleanliness of Nature, we are loosing it day by day. It is only for the Photosession and to be in news. We even don’t help out the fellow humans in need than how come we can feel the pain of Mother Nature. We are pretty Modern and over educated!

And most of all with all this kind development, Dharamsala McLeodGanj are certainly losing the International Trousit base!

Tibet Museum of McLeodGanj

The Central Tibetan Administration

After restoration of a famous a Buddhist Temple Tsuglagkhang in McLeodGanj of Dharamsala, Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay  the prime minister of The Tibetan Government in exile inaugurated the Tibet Museum which is located in the premises of this Buddhist temple. Beside this museum Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay, also re-launched the all new official Tibet Net of The Central Tibetan Administration.

Tibet Museum which is now equipped with all modern technologies like Touch Screen, and a High Resolution Photo Gallery showcasing Tibet Protest and Self-immolation by Tibetans in Tibet.

The Tibet Museum also is valuable platform where we can learn about Tibetan history and culture, the condition of Tibetan community in exile and other various concerns related to Tibetans living in Dharamshala, India.

Federation of Tibetan Cooperatives

 Federation of Tibetan Cooperatives in India Ltd

On Tuesday April 21st 2015, Federation of Tibetan Cooperatives in India Ltd, celebrated its 10th anniversary. On April 20th, 2005 this co-operative was lawfully registered as Federation of Tibetan Cooperatives in India Ltd under the Multi-State Co-Operative Societies Act, 2002 by unifying different Tibetan co-operative societies across nation.  This apex body now strives to improve social and economic status of Tibetan refugees by means of varied activities like agricultural farming, cultural preservation, employment generation etc.

Federation of Tibetan Cooperatives in India Ltd is gaining its strength with around 15 Tibetan Co-Operatives, which are officially established under State Co-Operative Acts spread in 9 different states of India. For more information on Federation of Tibetan Cooperatives in India Ltd check here the Tibet Shop

 

 

Kareri Lake

Kareri Lake Trek

Trek to Kareri Lake and Trekking around Triund

 Kareri Lake Trek From Dharamsala

For Kareri Lake trail you need to reach Ghera Village either using a taxi or bus leaving from Dharamsala ISBT around 07:45 AM or via a foot trail from Satowari Village.You don’t need to go Chari. Bus fare is 15 INR. From Ghera Village there is a road under construction suitable only for jeeps.

The trek starts from Ghera Village. From Ghera Village you need to cross the bridge.

Kareri Lake Trek at Ghera Village

Kareri Lake Trek at Ghera Village

The Trail

Once through this bridge first you need to turn right and then take left turn on road and on third right turn there is jungle trail going upward from left hand side. Here you need to skip the road for short cut. Or you can continue on road which after 45 minutes connects to trail for Kareri Village.

Kareri Lake Trek to Kareri Village

Kareri Lake Trek to Kareri Village

Since this road is under construction so better option is the short-cut jungle trail going upward from left hand side. This is easily visible to attentive eyes.

Shortcut for Kareri Village on Kareri Lake Trek

Shortcut for Kareri Village on Kareri Lake Trek

Shortcut for Kareri Lake Trek

Shortcut for Kareri Lake Trek

Shortcut trail on Kareri Lake Trek

Shortcut trail on Kareri Lake Trek

You can cover this shortcut trail within 15 to 30 minutes or take the road with 45 minutes walk.

temple on shortcut trail to Kareri Village and Lake

temple on shortcut trail to Kareri Village and Lake

and on way will come across a small temple.

The Turn for Kareri Trail

Once you reach the road head…you need to take the trail going downward to your left hand side

the turn for Kareri Lake Trek

the turn for Kareri Lake Trek

For Kareri Trail

This downward trail goes through fields and one children day care centre and in between you will come across a drinking water source adjacent to another temple and livestock shelter on left.

Kareri Lake trek through fields

Kareri Lake trek through fields

The Trail is clear and you need to cross a small bridge and after the bridge you will see Children Day Care Centre on right hand.

Children Day Care Center on Trek to Kareri Village

Children Day Care Center on Trek to Kareri Village

From the front of this centre the trail goes two way..the left downward trail goes through the stream and you need to cross the stream carefully or you can continue on the trail to right and cross the stream via a small concrete bridge which exists in front of a home on the other side.

Climb for Kareri Village

Climb for Kareri Village

Once you reach the other side the trail gets steep but with easily visible step trail. In the centre you will come across a resting point with a small tree for shade.

rest point on kareri lake trek

rest point on kareri lake trek

After this rest point the trail goes through a small tree cover and after 20 minutes walk at the end of Tree Cover on left side you will come to see another temple dedicated to Sheetla Mata with a water tank.

temple of Sheetla Mata on kareri lake trek

temple of Sheetla Mata on kareri lake trek

Final Climb for Kareri Village

After this the step are bit of more steep nature with upcoming road after a fall of 300 meter on right side..so carefully tread and climb upward and then skip the trail going through fields and take on the trail on right hand side follow this trail and after a few meters you will cross the fence and then a few meters more walk will see a water tap on left and the way to Sanjeev’s Home Stay

Here you have the option for Home Stay (prior consultation is recommended with owners) or continue on the trail going upward in right hand and you will go through fields and land in front of a home with two directional trail..skip the left trail continue on the trail to right and then turn left and will come out on road head..here need to be careful and take the upward trail on right hand which goes along with water supply pipe with more than 1000 meters fall on right hand.

At one point you will exit at the sight of another Temple in a distance and Forest Department Rest House.

Forest Dept Rest House in Kareri Village

Forest Dept Rest House in Kareri Village

Kareri Village to Kareri Dal or Lake

After 10 minutes rest continue on the trail going adjacent the Rest House on Right Hand side..it will be like new place with trail steps going through trees here avoid the downward trail and continue with the trail going straight with a left turn here you will also see 2-3 water tanks. Here the under construction road restarts..follow this road trail and you will come across the first bridge.

Real Kareri Lake Trek

Real Kareri Lake Trek

From here it should take minimum 45 minutes and maximum 1 hour to touch the single Kareri Lake Trek starting from the right of the much wider concrete bridge connecting Kareri Village to Salli and Noli villages..this bridge is over Lyund Rivulet originating from Kareri Lake at the base of Minkiani Peak of Dhauladhar Mountains of Himalayas in Himachal Pradesh.

the bridge over rivulet from Kareri Lake

the bridge over rivulet from Kareri Lake

The Wide Bridge and old wooden bridge, Note the Upward Trail on Right Hand Side

After this Wider bridge the climb from right hand side gets steep and goes through dense forest still the trail is clearly visible and after a climb of minimum 45 minutes you will come at a point where the trail divides to 2 way one going right hand with a huge boulder on wall side..and other going left side with a bended water pipe.

the left hand turn

the left hand turn

Skip the right hand trail and follow the left hand trail that goes through Lyund Stream (Lyund Stream generates from Kareri Lake) After carefully crossing this stream the step trail will be steep so go easy with no hurry and race.

lyund stream from Kareri Lake

lyund stream from Kareri Lake

Continue on this trail and from one flat point you will see a seasonal Gaddi Hut under a overhang boulder on the other side of the Lyund Stream here too the trail is clearly visible so just be careful for the Wild Animals..the trail is again long and steep..after 30 minutes climb you will come in open patch with sand like soil here tread carefully..and after this point the trail becomes straight and with a Natural Drinking Water Source on left side. Refill and refresh here for next trail.

Kareri Lake Trek post Lyund Stream

Kareri Lake Trek post Lyund Stream

Continue on this trail with turn and then climbing down and then up..watch out for slips and your steps for on the right hand side the fall hosts Lyund Stream 🙂 !

After a long walk you will come over a small metal sheet bridge over Lyund Stream.

Metal Sheet Bridge Over Lyund Stream

Metal Sheet Bridge Over Lyund Stream

Once you cross over this metal sheet bridge the trail goes through boulder with a overhang cave of Gaddi shepherds on right hand side.

Now from here the trail has no deviations…so follow this long and steep trails with easy and fun walk without exhausting yourself. Depending on your capacity you may cover this long trail from here with in 2-3 hours least or more. But please avoid throwing garbage on trails..and you will see 2-3 Gaddi Huts on both sides of the trail and some on the opposite side of the Lyund Stream.

The Final Climb for Kareri Lake

The Final Climb for Kareri Lake

After a tiring climb and walk you will for the last step cross the Lyund Stream without bridge for final climb for Kareri Lake trek and will enter the high shores of Kareri Lake.

SHIVA & SHAKTI in Kareri Lake

SHIVA & SHAKTI in Kareri Lake

Here you will find one seasonal tea shop and four rooms with open kitchen made using block stones and with earthen roof and also more of three oldest shelters with tin roof, block stones and wooden flooring and two temples dedicate to SHIVA and SHAKTI and in front is the Kareri Lake hosting Minkiani Peak in background.

Minkianin Pass with Kareri Lake

Minkianin Pass with Kareri Lake

Here you will also find 6-10 seasonal Gaddi Huts around Kareri Lake.

Gaddi Huts around Kareri Lake

Gaddi Huts around Kareri Lake

Note :-  Please Trek and Enjoy the Beauty of Mother Nature But Then Also Be Good To Nature and Avoid Throwing Trash or any kind of Garbage on Trails even if you already see trash on trails. At least do your part by not throwing your garbage.

Happy Trekking, Camping and Hiking in Dhauladhar Mountains…also maintain the “Holy” environment of  Jots (Passes) beside of Goddesses and Gods of Dev-Bhumi! 

Also for this trek there should be minimum two friends, solo trekking is not advised unless you have done this trek earlier too, and Best Time is between June to October first week.

And carry your own food stuff as there are no cafes or tea stalls on trail and clothing as per weather plus shoes with good grips and First Aid kit.

Dhauladhar Mountains and Monsoon Clouds Roar

Diplazium esculentum

We were on a short trek on unknown trails of Dhauladhar Hills a head Kandbari, Saperu in Palampur. On trails just like the silky, black and smooth hair of a women, I was in love with the lush green grass all around and then there were Columbine flowers and some snake hood like plants too.  Roar of Monsoon Clouds

Diplazium esculentum

Diplazium esculentum Lingroo

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