The art of budget traveling- Kareri Lake and Snowline

Tripoto
23rd Jun 2019

#kareri lake

Photo of The art of budget traveling- Kareri Lake and Snowline by Ashutosh
Day 1

I started my journey(solo trip) from Chandigarh (ISBT 43). I booked a ordinary(Himachal roadways) bus which departed at midnight and I reached Dharamshala,next morning. The bus journey took around 7 hours. It wasn't very comfortable ride and if you aren't used to traveling in a Roadways you will find difficulty in falling asleep.

Day 2

After reaching Dharamshala, I took the local bus to Mcleodganj and from there I walked to Dharamkot and had a breakfast at Himalaya Tea Shop which costed me less than 150 bucks

Photo of Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India by Ashutosh
Photo of Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India by Ashutosh

After starting from Dharamkot, it took me around 2.5 hours of continuous walking to reach Triund.

#en-route Triund

Photo of Triund, Himachal Pradesh by Ashutosh
Photo of Triund, Himachal Pradesh by Ashutosh
Photo of Triund, Himachal Pradesh by Ashutosh

#triund

Photo of Triund, Himachal Pradesh by Ashutosh

The weather condition was overcast with clouds hovering over and around. The weather forecast predicted rain and I was prepared with a Poncho and my rucksack cover. As I was in the midst of my route to to Snowline from Triund, it started raining. I decided to take cover under a massive tree for few 5 minutes but then continued on my trek as I wanted to reach my destination asap.

en-route Snowline

Photo of SnowLine Cafe, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India by Ashutosh

As soon as I reached Snowline Cafe, it started raining heavily and I decided to treat myself with Maggi and Chai - the best snacks you get in the mountains.

Photo of The art of budget traveling- Kareri Lake and Snowline by Ashutosh

The view from the snowline was beautiful as usual and due to uninterrupted rain for hours I decided to stay at Snowline Cafe.

Photo of The art of budget traveling- Kareri Lake and Snowline by Ashutosh
Photo of The art of budget traveling- Kareri Lake and Snowline by Ashutosh

Snowline Cafe

Photo of The art of budget traveling- Kareri Lake and Snowline by Ashutosh
Day 3

Morning of Day 3 started with rain followed by clouds which brought breathtaking views.

Photo of SnowLine Cafe, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India by Ashutosh
Photo of SnowLine Cafe, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India by Ashutosh

After the rain stopped , sun was out sparingly and decided to explore the place around Snowline cafe.

First place I went ,was the waterfall which is around 15-20 minutes of descent from Snowline cafe. I filled my 2 litre water bottle here and saved around 120 bucks.

Photo of The art of budget traveling- Kareri Lake and Snowline by Ashutosh
Photo of The art of budget traveling- Kareri Lake and Snowline by Ashutosh

From the waterfall I went to Laka Glacier, it was fun to explore around without any hurry.

Photo of Illaqa, Himachal Pradesh, India by Ashutosh

Dhauladar cafe

Photo of Illaqa, Himachal Pradesh, India by Ashutosh
Photo of Illaqa, Himachal Pradesh, India by Ashutosh

After witnessing such beauty I decided to stay one more night at Snowline Cafe . There are 2 more cafes other than Snowline in Illaqa region(en-route to Lahesh Caves and Indrahar Pass) they offer even better views, I decided to stay at Snowline due to my interaction and bonding with the cafe owner of Snowline.

Photo of The art of budget traveling- Kareri Lake and Snowline by Ashutosh
Photo of The art of budget traveling- Kareri Lake and Snowline by Ashutosh

Two days and two nights stay at Snowline cafe costed me just 1500Rs. I was considerate about eating what and when , also I didn't fill up my stomach unnecessarily.

Day 4

By the afternoon of day 4, I reached Bhagsu Nag. Took a different route(trail) from Triund to come back, this trail was less crowded and offered better sights than the usual trail and terminated at Bhagsu Nag.

From Bhagsu Nag I walked back To Dharamkot and stayed in a Home-stay for 700Rs. I decided to explore the cafas around the area.

Israeli Dish - Pita bread and Tahini at Trek n Dine CAfe

Photo of Bhagsu Nag, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India by Ashutosh

Friendly Planet Cafe, Dharamkot

Photo of Bhagsu Nag, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India by Ashutosh
Day 5

After resting for a night in Dharamkot, I decided to do one more Trek- Kareri Lake Trek.

Coincidentally, the Cafe(Chillax) in Dharamkot where I chose to have breakfast was managed or owned by a guy from Kareri Village.

Photo of Dharamkot, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India by Ashutosh

He offers a package of 2500Rs/day which includes A to Z , from transportation to accommodation in Kareri village, but I found it way too expensive and decided to do everything on my own.

There are 2 ways to reach Kareri village at a affordable price - get a bus to Ghera Village from Dharamsala. From Ghera Village you can get a Public taxi(Jeep) for Rs30 .

Dal lake, Mcleodganj

Photo of Dal Lake, McLeod Ganj, Himachal Pradesh by Ashutosh

The other way way is to walk till Ghera village(not advisable). From Mcleodganj you walk to Tingle Board (2-3Kms), then to Dal lake which is a tourist spot and then to Satovri village (4Kms). From Satovri village there is a trail leading to Ghera Village (5-6 Kms of Descent), you have to pass through 2-3 Villages before reaching Ghera. I walked from Dharamkot to Ghera, amidst the rain and I was the only person using this route. This is not advisable unless you are physically very fit and ready to take on challenges.

I reached Kareri village around 3pm to find a bright sun in the sky as I was hoping for.

Photo of Kareri, Himachal Pradesh, India by Ashutosh

Two days of stay here, costed me Rs1300 including food.(dinner and breakfast)

Photo of The art of budget traveling- Kareri Lake and Snowline by Ashutosh

There is no personal bathroom but hot water is available, basically a great place to chill out before or after a trek.

View from the Home-stay, Kareri village

Photo of The art of budget traveling- Kareri Lake and Snowline by Ashutosh
Day 6

Morning of my day 6 , I started the trek after having breakfast. The trek is steep with number of steps in the starting, there are two ways to start initially which eventually merges to one.

Photo of Kareri, Himachal Pradesh, India by Ashutosh
Photo of Kareri, Himachal Pradesh, India by Ashutosh
Photo of Kareri, Himachal Pradesh, India by Ashutosh
Photo of Kareri, Himachal Pradesh, India by Ashutosh
Photo of Kareri, Himachal Pradesh, India by Ashutosh
Photo of Kareri Lake, Kareri, Himachal Pradesh by Ashutosh

There number of waterfalls and 3-4 shops in the way, so there is no need to worry about the water, you will get plentiful.

When I reached the destination- Kareri lake and watched it from my own eyes, it felt magical. No words or picture can describe that feeling, it felt almost like it wasn't real. You have to be in that place to witness the magical bliss the lake gives. Sublime Beauty.

I went all around the lake and clicked pictures from every angle I could, before my phone's battery died.

So, just witness the beauty as much as you can

Photo of Kareri Lake, Kareri, Himachal Pradesh by Ashutosh
Photo of Kareri Lake, Kareri, Himachal Pradesh by Ashutosh
Photo of Kareri Lake, Kareri, Himachal Pradesh by Ashutosh
Photo of Kareri Lake, Kareri, Himachal Pradesh by Ashutosh
Photo of Kareri Lake, Kareri, Himachal Pradesh by Ashutosh
Photo of Kareri Lake, Kareri, Himachal Pradesh by Ashutosh
Photo of Kareri Lake, Kareri, Himachal Pradesh by Ashutosh
Photo of Kareri Lake, Kareri, Himachal Pradesh by Ashutosh
Photo of Kareri Lake, Kareri, Himachal Pradesh by Ashutosh

Sunset point, Kareri lake

Photo of Kareri Lake, Kareri, Himachal Pradesh by Ashutosh

Sunset Point, Kareri lake

Photo of Kareri Lake, Kareri, Himachal Pradesh by Ashutosh
Photo of Kareri Lake, Kareri, Himachal Pradesh by Ashutosh

Camps are available at Kareri lake costing around 500 per person. Maggi and Omlete cost 50Rs each, while dinner (Dal Chawal) is 150Rs.

I spent my night at the lake and decided to head towards Minkiani pass the next morning, I befriended a group of 6 people who belonged to Palampur, HP and shared the same interest of going as far as they could.

Day 7

En-route Minkiani Pass

Photo of Minkaini Pass, Kareri, Himachal Pradesh by Ashutosh

After I took the picture above my phone switched off. I reached Kareri village at around 5Pm and decided to stay one more night in the peaceful village.

Photo of Kareri, Himachal Pradesh, India by Ashutosh
Photo of Kareri, Himachal Pradesh, India by Ashutosh
Photo of Kareri, Himachal Pradesh, India by Ashutosh
Day 8
Photo of Ghera, Himachal Pradesh, India by Ashutosh

I decided to walk till Ghera from Kareri(8kms), from Ghera I found the bus to Dharamsala and from there another bus to come back to Chandigarh.

Important thing you need to remember about the local people living in the mountains is that they don't care about the money, all they care about is the vibe. They want you to have a good time but not at an expense of their own comfort. You need to respect them, their land and animals. So, act in a responsible manner and you can enjoy as much you want.

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