Now with your battery dwindling and stamina crashing. Have a nice walk down listening music down the mountain from the green patch. Resting in between to admire the beautiful sunset. The night’s sleep you get today will be one of your most blissful for the mountains have now blessed you. And not to mention how colourful your Instagram feed will be for the weekend! You will reach the road leading to Basal from Chambaghat as the end point of your trek, which is the same point you started the day from.
That's it! You have conquered the Pandavan Cave Trek (Karol Trek). Congratulations!
PS – But seriously, how about a trek to Karol this weekend?
Solan – Known as the Mushroom city of India, it used to be a quaint hill station about 48km from Shimla. However, now it is rapidly developing and has become the educational and industrial hub of the state.
Karol - Highest peak in the city of Solan, rich in forests and mythological history. It is one of the few places left in Solan that still get snow.
Elevation – 2100m (approx.)
Best time to visit – Generally favorable all year round, however heavily pack on woolen during the winter season months of Nov-Feb. Monsoon is best avoided as the terrain gets slippery due to the mud.
How to reach -
By Road – One can easily take a bus to Shimla, and get off at Chambaghat in Solan, which is about 2 hours from nearby locations like Shimla, Rajgarh and Chandigarh.
By Railways – One can journey on the famous Kalka-Shimla railway from either side and get off at Solan Railway Station and then go upwards to the road. From here, one can take an auto to Chambaghat.
By Air – Numerous flights run to Shimla airport and Chandigarh airport, and upon arriving one can arrange a taxi from there at around 1000INR to 2000INR.
After reaching Solan/Chambaghat -
There are many ways to tackle this trek, all lead to the green patch which can be taken as base point.
1) One can go through Kandaghat, which is a long route. It has a big frog statue and a small but photogenic waterfall. (I have not undertaken this path till yet so can't say much.)
2) Second one goes up from Chambaghat itself. If you a walker take this one, it shall satisfy your crave. Not much in for the views though until you reach the green patch.
3) Third goes from up Jairash (a village on mount Karol), pretty scenic to walk through the terrace farming especially in winter when light snow can be found upto some extent.
4) Lastly but not the least, this trek can also be undertaken climbing up from Basal village, situated at 2km away from Chambaghat (there is a diversion going upwards beside the bus stop, take that to reach here). You will see a Peepal-tree, just start climbing from up there and rest is pretty self-explanatory.
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