Himalayan Wander Trails


Jalsu pass is famously known as Valley of flowers of Himachal and its the easiest way of connecting two holy places Baijnath and Mani Mahesh Kailash. The most spectacular meadows at the top of the pass and en route offers you the most mesmerizing views that leaves imprint on your minds forever and ever. The entire trail is covered with lush green herbs, rhododendrons and plenty of water.
The pass stands at the height of 3900 meters and it offers a spectacular view of Chamba Kailash, Kuja peak and other prominent peaks of the Pir Panjal ranges.
Lets have a look at one of the most promising trek of Manu Adventures called with its new name Himalayan Wander Trail 
     
          

Day 01: Arrive in Delhi. Transfer to hotel. Free afternoon to relax or explore - why not take a tuc-tuc ride, out and about? In the evening we will go to see India Gate - brightly lit at night, this is a popular spot for locals to meet their friends and hang out. 

Delhi

Day 02: Day sightseeing in Delhi. Delhi streets can be crazy, but today we have a chance to visit some of the beautiful quiet spots in Delhi, such as the serene Akshardam Temple, and the peaceful Lohdi Gardens. In the evening we catch the overnight train to Pathankot. This authentic experience is a great adventure, but don't worry, we don't travel quite in the way you may have seen in the movies! We will have individual bunks in air-conditioned carriages.

Day 03 : Panthanot - Chamba 6 to 7 hours drive

After breakfast drive to Chamba.  Overnight stay at Hotel in Chamba.  Afternoon visit Chamunda Devi Temple above Chamba town from where you have a good view of Chamba town and the ravi river below.  Also visit the ancient Laxmi Narayan Temples to participate in the evening prayer. Overnight stay in Hotel.

                       



Day 04:  Chamba - Holi - Nayagran - Surai 12 kms

After an hour walk on the rough road we get to Nayagoan, a tribal village at the last road-head in Chamba valley. After visiting the village we continue our walk to Laka, a small temple at the end of the village. From here it is a steep downhill walk to cross a small stream over a wooden bridge. After crossing the stream it is uphill walk to the next village called Surie. Camp for overnight stay.

Camping @ Himalayan
Day 05: Surie - Yara goth 8 kms, 4 hours walk
It is uphill walk passing through the long meadows of Yara goth. Camp for overnight stay. There are  sprawling, sloping grasslands, a generous sprinkling deodars on the way, lots of dark green Rhododendron bushes. Hence, the forest is dense provide calm climate to trekkers  and rare glimpse of Himalayan Thar, Sorrows, musk deer etc. The whole area is also famous for medicinal plants, shrubs and climbers. After a run of 4-5 hours the trail reaches at Yara Goth.Enjoy lunch here and spend the rest of the day in the Goth and get acclimatization for the next day journey. Enjoy dinner and an overnight stay in the camp.

                                           At Top 


Day 06: Yara goth- Base of Jalsu Pass 7 kms, 3 hours walk.
This short stage in included in order to get acclimatize to the altitude. Camp at the base of Jalsu Pass.
Party Time
Day 07: Base - Jalsu Pass (3900M)- Parie

After a short ascent for an hour and half we get to the top of the pass. From the pass we have distant view of the snow covered Himalayan peaks on one side the valley on the other. During April and May the trail to the pass is under snow and you have to walk on the snow to reach the pass.  From the pass it is steep downhill walk for three to four hours to Paris, a temporary shepherd encampment. Camp here for night stay.
Amazing path
Day 08: Parie – Uttarala – Dharamsala 

After breakfast start your last day walk down to the nearest road-head at Uttarala in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. Drive to Dharamsala.
River Crossing

Day 09 : Dharamsala Free day....and in night time we will have our celebration dinner. 

Dharamsala
Day 10: Dharamshala - Amritsar (Drive)
We have a free morning to further explore this magical town – why not visit the Tibetan market or take a visit to one of the majestic monasteries.

Day 11: Amritsar Sightseeing
In the morning after breakfast start sightseeing of Amritsar city. Visit Golden Temple-also called as Harmandir Sahib, Jalianwala Bagh and Maharaja Ranjit Singh Summer Palace Museum situated in the heart of Ram Bagh and in the evening visit the Wagah border to see the famous flag retreat ceremony. Later return back to the hotel for overnight stay at Amritsar Hotel.
Overnight: Hotel
Golden Temple Amritsar

Day 12: Amritsar - Delhi (AC TRAIN) 
In the morning transfer to Amritsar railway station to board the AC train to Delhi. Arrive Delhi and transfer to Hotel. Tonight we will go to Junkyard one of the Delhi's most happening night club. Overnight: Hotel

Day 13 - Last Day in Delhi - Today is free to enjoy - visit the stunning Akshardham Temple, go shopping for bargains in Connaught Place, or marvel at one of the beautifully preserved heritage buildings that Delhi is famous for. Then transfer to the airport for our flight back to Home.

                 

Do what u love ......

New addition to Manu Adventure ...after my third meeting with Manu and endless calls he offered me to work for Manu Adventures I was so excited and nervous at the same time as I had no idea what to do but I was in love with his job.  I felt as if someone had offered me my dream job. I started learning how to write emails and respond to clients queries. I started enjoying it more day by day I did everything from sending wrong info to clients, wrong prices,  wrong names as well but i learnt quickly as i had a good teacher Manu. Then we changed the name of Manu Adventures and tours  to Manu Adventures India ...that was a turning point of our life new name new beginning.
It was 2nd November  and once again I went back to Bhagsu for celebration dinner with a group from Global Adventure UK who had finished their Dalai Lama Trek with us. I was there with Sugandhi And Shivani. We reached around noon time had our lunch at German Bakery and later spent some time wandering on the streets of Bhagsu ....most of the shops were closed due to cold and there were hardly any people around. Later I went back to room for some rest and they went to sunset point in Naddi to look at the view. Evening back at room we were ready to go to black magic for the celebration dinner. We were too excited ...had loads of fun at black magic spent good time there and next day we were back home with a hope to come back soon again.

      In Black Magic
                                                       
  Fitness plus @ Gym
                                                           
Ready for Black Magic 
                                                              

The Dalai Lama Indian Himalayas Trek


Hi again back from my daily routine ..got back to something I love and enjoy sharing with everyone. Like its truly said adventure begins at the end of comfort zone and so is this trek. This unique trek is a combination  of easy to moderate and because this area does not have regular visitors it makes it pristine and spotless to trek. Let me take you thru one of the best and most promising trek of ours....where the adventure begins at the heart of Himalayas and ends at the busiest city of India the capital.... Delhi 
               


Day 01: Delhi 
Upon arrival in Delhi, we are met by our local guides and transfer to a Hotel in Delhi to freshen up. There will be some free time to explore Delhi this afternoon, before we take the transfer to the train station to catch our sleeper train to Pathankot.

Delhi Airport


Day 02: Pathankot and Dharamshala 
Arriving in Pathankot early morning, we then transfer by coach to Dharamshala - the spiritual home of his Holiness the Dalai Lama. There we will be some free time today to explore this fascinating town, before we meet later in the evening for dinner and a briefing for the start of our challenge tomorrow.

Welcome @ Hotel

 Dalai Lama Monastery
                                

Day 03: Dharamshala (Mcleod Ganj) to Kareri - 2,070m 
Following breakfast at our Hotel, we take the transfer to our start point to begin trekking! Our first few kilometres are undulating until we reach Satobari Village, which is where we start our descent through pine forests to Ghere Village. We stop at a mountain stream to enjoy lunch - a great spot!
We continue after lunch with a steep ascent for about 2 hours to Kareri Village, where we set up camp next to the Laund River.
Trekking distance - approx. 13km.
Dhauladhar View


Day 04: Kareri to Bal Village - 2,330m  
After experiencing our first night under the stars, we continue ascending on a gradual trail passing through many charming villages, passing beautiful open meadows and pine forests on the way. We take a short descent to the mountain stream to stop for lunch, then ascend sharply afterwards to Bal. This is the main festival day of Divali so we’re expecting to see the many lights shine up the locals homes! We’re sure the memories of this day will never be forgotten. Trekking distance - approx. 13km
    Camp @ Kareri
                                       


Day 05: Bal Village to Triund - 2,995m  
We continue our trek by crossing over a suspension bridge then ascending through rhododendron and pine forests for approx. 2 hours. We’ll soon come across the local ‘chai’ (tea) shop where we can take a rest and enjoy our surroundings.



   Triund
                                        
All around us are the Gaddi Tribal people taking their cattle up to the high pastures of Lak and Triund. Continuing our ascent after lunch, we finally reach our camp on an alpine meadow facing the breathtaking snow-capped peaks of the Duala Dhar mountain range. Trekking distance - approx. 11km.
                         


Day 06: Triund, to Laka Got  - 3,550m, then to Triund  
Our trek today is a challenging ascent to see the fascinating Laka Got, situated at the tip of a glacier. There will be an opportunity for us to trek on the glacier in order to reach Lahes Cave - an overnight shelter used by the shepherds travelling over the mountains with their sheep.

After making the effort to climb up to the cave, we return to Triund for our last night under the stars. Trekking distance - approx. 12km.

  Laka Got
                                                     

 Manu Adventures India Team 
                            

Day 07: Triund to Bhagsu Nag. Transfer to Dharamsala 
Following our last breakfast in the campsite, we begin trekking over a grassy ridge which offers us lasting memories of the snow capped peaks that surround us.
Our trek continues with a steep descent to the Bahgsu Nallaha stream - we cross the stream by hopping over the boulders with the help of our local guides. We push towards Bhagsu Nag, which has a divine temple and natural springs which we can visit before taking the transfer back to Dharamsala. This evening we enjoy our celebratory dinner to take in our achievements.
Trekking distance - approx. 09km.

Camp @ Triund
                             
      
Day 08: Dharamsala - Pathankot 
We have a free morning to further explore this magical town - why not visit the Tibetan market or take a visit to one of the majestic monasteries? In the afternoon, we take the transfer back to Pathankot train station to catch the overnight sleeper train back to Delhi.
Overnight: Train.

Train Station 
                               

Day 09: Delhi - Agra 
We arrive in Delhi and jump straight onto our waiting bus to take the transfer to Agra. Upon arrival, we check into our Hotel. Later we visit the incomparable Taj Mahal - no visit to India would be the same without seeing it! Built by the Mughal Emporer, Shah Jahan in loving memory of his wife and will always be a symbol of undying love for anyone who sees it.
Overnight: Hotel.


  Eternal Love Taj Mahal 

                               

Day 10: Agra - Delhi and flight to home
We take the very early transfer back to Delhi in order to catch our flight back to the Home.

                                      Tour and Services ends here

Magnificent Majestic Himalayas ...... Triund Trek

Day 01:- Una to Bhagsu Nag ( 1790 mts )(Dharamsala)

Come September 2018 and it was the time that we have been waiting for .....like the saying goes the mountains are calling and we must go. My sister's friend started from Aligarh she took a train to Delhi and then overnight Volvo to Mcleod ganj. She was picked up by Manu from the bus stop. Me and my sis Shivani started from Una which is nearly 127 km far from Mcleod. We were so excited about the trek that we wished we could just fly to Mcleod instead of drive. The drive from Kangra to Mcleod is beautiful, fresh clean air, lofty mountains the beauty is stunning and leaves you mesmerized.

We reached Bhagsu and were welcomed by Manu and Rubeena, we were hungry so decided to eat breakfast at our special place German Bakery which is all time favorite. We ordered for Falafel, some sandwiches and Indian masala tea something that I cannot live without The food was awesome and costed us INR 250 per person which was not bad as we hogged like pigs.




We also wanted to get hair breading done but couldn't find anyone who could do it for us in short time so we went in for lulu. It costed us around INR 300 which I felt was little on higher side but we wanted it so price didn't matter at that time.

                                                                      Lulu at upper bhagsu

 After that Manu took us for a walk to Dharamkot also known as little Israel via Upper Bhagsu. Dharamkot is called a little hippie village of Himalayas, this yoga village is famous and ideal for few days time off from the real world. The best about the place is its vibe which is a mix of some of magic, pure spiritual energy of Himalayas, happiness of people who live there, peace and serenity and the feeling of oneness with the nature. The sound of whistling birds, the whistling of air through deodar tree leaves, the distant smell of farm animals will awaken all your senses. It is a good spot for early morning yoga and meditation. We went across the uneven path, crossed few houses, clicked pictures and the we were hungry again so we stopped at Trek and Dine for some wine and snacks. The cafe is beautifully decorated and has great ambiance.

Dharamkot

 After a nice walk we reached our hotel  Trinity at 6 pm ...and then Manu had planned a night out for us @ Black Magic the most happening place in Mcleod ganj. We had enuff time on our hands so after a nice warm bath we changed into party dresses and were ready for Black Magic. We decided to take a cab from Bhagsu to Mcleod which costed us Rs 100 and surprisingly we didn't pay any entry charges ( Normally its Rs 500 stag and Rs 1000 for couple )as they all knew Manu and we were his guest and not only this we also carried our own bottle of wine which was amazing. It was live music and Sanjay Rana was the singer there. He knew Manu well so he sang few songs of our choice and also accompanied us for a while. We had special treatment and we we felt like on seventh heaven.  We danced, had tequila shots and tried on Hookah or Sheesha . 


                                                                               
Rubeena, me and Manu

                     lost                                                                                                                  Tequila Shots
                                                         
We were so deeply into the live music and ambiance that we didn't realize how quickly the time flew and so after a beautiful moments spent in Black Magic it was time to head back to hotel Trinity because we had to start early the next day. We reached hotel and before we could even think of changing we were snoring on our comfy beds.... 

Day 02:- Bhagsu Nag to Triund (2875 mts ) 9km trek from Bhagsu / Mcleod and 06 km trek from Galu temple. 

                                                                   Early morning view
6th September 2018 Morning @ 6 am we heard a loud bang on our door it was Manu who came to wake us. Half sleep we dragged ourselves out of the bed to have a look out side and for a city person nothing could be more exciting and joyful to see the lush green mountains and fresh air. After shower we were ready with back packs for Triund. We waited for a Taxi outside hotel to take us to Galu temple from where we had to start our trek. While we were waiting we took some selfies and became 


                                                            Waiting for the cab (Bhagsu)

The Taxi took Rs 500 from Bhagsu to Galu temple which was ok and after reaching Galu Temple we had a breakfast eggs, bread tea and Manu had his all time favorite black tea. From Galu temple we started our long awaited trek to Triund.


 On the way we witnessed some of the most beautiful and finest views of lush green mountains, white clouds and dense forest. When we started the trek we hardly saw anyone, but after a while we realized that we were wrong there were tourist from all over mostly Indians in groups singing and dancing and enjoying. The tricky terrains and curves offers a perfect treasure trove to its trekker. It was amazing to see how dogs, goats and ponies balance themselves on the cliff of the mountains. This trek offers panoramic views of Bhagsu Village, Mcleod ganj and Dharamshalla valley. It is supposedly an easy trek but I felt its moderate in nature due to  steep climb and boulders on the path. I enjoyed my walk with Manu and with the other two drama queens with who didn't leave any chance to show their dramas.


We reached Magic view which is the oldest tea shop and half way to Triund. After trekking for 3 km up hill we were hungry again and we had the most delicious and mouth watering Maggi which took definitely more than 2 minutes and not to miss the chai ..then we did some meditation, took a quick nap and made some poses for the camera. Manu gave us a signal to move on as we were getting closer or rather going higher our breath was becoming heavier and heavier. We took more breaks and we were exhausted but I still managed to have a smile on my face just for Manu. 





The slope is gradual for first few km and last 45 mins of the trek is of considerably steeper and difficult. Manu kept on telling us stories so that we don't think more about the distance left. Along the way we met people of different nationalities and people who were coming back had content faces but avoid asking them how much more is left ? because u never get the correct answer it varies all the time. After walking for 4 hours we finally reached the top and the view was worth it. It was remarkable feeling we were on top of Triund Hill . Whatever I had heard about Triund was much less, it was a picturesque landscape and beyond imagination and comparison. I stood there for ages just looking at the mountains .... the mountains I was in love were right in front of me I just couldn't get enuff of it. I wanted to let it sink in ...feel it.



We were served with Tea, cake and biscuits on our arrival and we had choice to stay in tents or forest rest house. We wanted to live in tents so I helped Manu to put up our tents little away from the crowded area. By the time our tents were set up the sky started getting clearer and we could see the white thick clouds the blue sky and little sunshine. I relished the peacefulness as I strolled around and explored the place.
@ Triund
Tent 

As the sun started to set, the sky was filled with tinge of red, orange , grey blue and white. It was like a live painting. It was getting windy and we decided to have some wine with dry chicken.
Where every one else were stuck in camps we were sitting out enjoying every bit of it. We were served with soup and pop corns and later we had the most Delicious chicken, rice, veggie and dal. We felt the privileged one because when people up there had choice to eat maggi or bread we had 4 dishes to eat and to top it all we had our personal toilet tents which made us feel so special. We stayed awake till late in night so that we could get most of it ....and middle of the night it poured down like cats and dogs so it became cold we snuggled in our sleeping bags. 



I woke up early by distant calling of horses and cows. The sun was up and its rays felt good in the chilly weather. We had our palatable breakfast and were ready for journey back to Bhagsu, Manu took us from a different route which normally is used by shepherds and is more happening and adventurous with high risk at every step.  We trekked from Triund to Kharthani (dhar) then to Manna ( dhar) and finally we reached Letta where we stopped for tea break.



Finally we could hear the noise of the waterfall and we realized we were close to Bhagsu some where we were happy that we are back and at the same time we had tears in our tears of joy that finally we made it. Once back in Bhagsu we stopped for lunch at New German Bakery and while waiting for lunch we took off the shoes which got wet while crossing the waterfall from end to another.


Later we went back to Manu's office where we got our first ever certificates for accomplishment of the trek and then we rested for a while in the room next to his office which belongs to him time flew and before I even realised it was time to head back to home so we were ready to catch the bus from Mcleod back to Bhagsu. When on the way to Mcleod I realized how close I came to Manu and felt unhappy that I had to leave this beautiful place once again but more than that I felt gloomy for leaving Manu behind.


I will never ever forget the charm and beauty of Triund and I can second this statement that Triund is truly a travelers delight .Finally we boarded the volvo back to home with teary eyes with a hope and desire to catch up soon.


This trip was all about you Manu thanks for making this trip beautiful and memorable .....watch out this place for our next trek to snow mountain.....shortly

Himalayan Wander Trails

Jalsu pass is famously known as Valley of flowers of Himachal and its the easiest way of connecting two holy places Baijnath and Mani...