Situated 100 kms. from Shimla in Kullu district, the Jalori Pass is far away from the urban rigmarole, in the silent wilderness of the Himalayas where every flower truly enjoys the air it breathes. The seasonal blossoms set the hills on fire in their rich variant hues. Cradled within a yet untouched forest heartland, the Jalori Pass offers Nature’s breathing life – bountiful flora and fauna amidst the pristine solitude of the highlands.
Birds, butterflies and flowers of various hues line the alpine meadows, woods and valleys all along the slopes of Jalori. The fragrance of Lillies, Primulas, Asters, Gentians, Rhododendrons along with various rare herbs and medicinal plants please the senses while the stunning views make a winning snapshot for the camera -friendly. Twittering and gushing forth their songs, a plethora of Himalayan feathered species are annually visited by the Gujjars and Gaddis during spring, which return in the months of October and November. For the adventure seeker, the chance meeting with a wandering leopard, a shy Himalayan black bear or a rare Pine Martin for wildlife lovers adds to the excitement. The forests of Jalori are a tribute to the magnificence of nature.
Treks to unforgettable places like the Sereolsar Lake, Shoja, Lambri, Sakiran, Bashleo Pass and the Great Himalayan National Park as well as the forts of Raghunathpur, Kalagarh and Fatehpurgarh offer endless options to the explorer. Nature trails all across the Jalori region are unfolded by our expert naturalists describing the myriad species of flora and fauna that infest the slopes of Jalori while the unassuming hamlets dotting the forests unfold a warm and unique rural culture. Trout fishing in the Tirthan River at Larji and Gushaini add to the charm.
A stay at the Tirthan valley is well recommended, may be experiencing the warm hospitality of Raju in his cottage at Gushaini or The Himalayan Trout house and Trishla cottage at Nagini. Worth mentioning on the left side of the Tirthan river is The Blue house by the river, a beautiful cottage run by the friendly Vijay. The Tirthan valley is on the vestiges of The great Himalayan National park and offers numerous walks into the park.
Also The walk from The Jalori pass to raghupur fort and further to Chach Galu is worth it, a four hour walk through rolling meadows and a verdant cedar and oak forest. From Chach galu descend to Khauli and Gadah Gushaini, into the remote interiors, great for cycling and walking. Bahu 12 kms from Gadah Gushaini is another idyllic setting with a very good guest house run by a local couple amidst an apple orchard. For those who have time the walk from Chach Galu to Magru gala and to janjehli is refreshing. Janjehli in Mandi district is an untouched corner of Himachal offering walks to Shikari Devi(16kms) and Chindi a place to be in the monsoons enveloped by the mist. From Chindi one can drive back to shimla with a brief stopover at Tattapani and Naldehra and Mashobra. The other option from Janjehli is to drive to Mandi (63 kms) or ride it down and further to Parashar Lake.
For the ones wanting to explore The Jalori area, ride or drive from gadah Gushaini to Jibbi and shoja. Both the places offer good accommodation and awesome opportunities for nature walks. In April and May, Shoja bursts alive with blue iris all around and is a sight which will resonate.
For the religious, this celestial spot proffers temples of deities native to the Kullu soil. Jalori Mata’s Temple at Jalori Pass, Mahakali Temple at Lambri, Buri Nagan’s Temple at Sereolsar Lake, Brahmandrishi, the local God of Shoja and Sgringdrashij at Cheine are the exotically carved temples steeped in the myths of this magical land. Festive occasions are celebrated with pious devotion in the region. The Banjaar Mela, Bali Chauki Mela, Shoja, Goshaini and Kullu Dussehras are some of the well – attended festivities.