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Adorable Churdhar Peak : Blog

Adorable Churdhar Peak

Adorable Churdhar Peak

Churdhar – Vikas Sharma – 24th Feb; 2017

Himachal never disappoints any visitor who reaches here seeking adventure and hardcore trekking. Himachal boasts of Himalayan elegance and natural beauty. It proudly challenges the seekers of the offbeat tourism spots. Churdhar is one such awesome destination where you can quench your thirst of experiencing nature at one of its best faces. Located in the Sirmor district of the state, it’s a place of great religious importance to the north Indian Hindus. The peak is highest in Sirmour and outer layers of Himalaya. At the top of the Churdhar peak, a giant statue of Lord Shiva amazes as well as takes you back to the tales of the great Indian epics like Mahabharta and Ramayana. Trekking to a peak at 3647 meters above sea level through a tough trek of 7 KM, passing through the changing scenes of the diverse nature, and observing the culture, when you place your feet on the peak point, you feel satisfied and overwhelmed with earth’s spectacular beauty. The whole area of 56.16 km² comes under the sanctuary, which makes it one of the most peaceful places on earth. The place can be approached by two main routes, from Nohradhar, Sirmour of 14 km and Sarahan, Chaupal of 8 km. During a trek of almost 5 hours, you don’t feel tired as the striking views, like that of the Kedarnath and Badrinath peaks, ranges of Lahaul and Spiti, thick forest full of chirping noises, Gujjars with their cattle and many more, keeps your energy level up. Also, a few other charming spots and temples, that you come across while you are on the way to Churdhar, make the journey unforgettable. If you are lucky, then a musk deer or a Monal might make a sight. Here are some of the most tempting glimpse of the valley and the peak.

Churdhar   Peak Trek takes you to the  highest peak in the outside Himalayan range. George Everest made his astronomical reading of Himalayan Mountains. Chur-Dhar is also known as Churi-Chandni Dhar (Bangles of snow ridge). The approach to Churdhar summit can be done  from  three sides. The shortest and most  popular one is from Nauradhar in Sirmour district. The peak is surrounded with a 56 square km forest sanctuary, which makes trekking a delightful affair. The trek to Churdhar can be done from May till November, when the snow melts and the trails are accessible. The trek is a steep hike inside a dense Deodar forest, terraced fields and gujjar pasture lands.

The last one hour of the trek is a moraine walk as you leave the forests behind. At the summit, the views are outstanding. On a clear day you can see all the way till Badrinath and Kedarnath, The Gangetic basin, Sutlej River, Shimla, Chail, Kufri, Kasauli & Chakrata.

History of Churdhar Temple:-

Here in this article we are talking about the One of the oldest and religious temple of Sirmour district which is known as Churdhar temple or Shirgul Maharaja temple. In this article we are talking about the story behind this temple, how to reach this place and nearby places for the wondering around this temple.
History of the temple
This is one of the oldest temple in the state which is during the times of Mahabharata, behind this temple there is a big story. During the times of Mahabharata one person whose name is Churu go to this temple and he is with his son and they are sitting on the stone which is very big and suddenly a snake came there and they want to run but they are not able to run then the Shirgul Maharaja saw that a big snake is killing his pilgrimage then he break the stone into part on the one part of stone is fixed and the second part is fallen so the snake is killed and Churu and his son are safely go to home that’s why this place is known as Churdhar. In this temple there is statue of Lord Shiva is situated on the top of hill, this temple is also known as Shirgul temple because it is the another name of Lord Shiva.

Where is it : Churdhar is in Sirmour District of Himachal Pradesh.

So what’s special about it : At 12000 ft (3647m), its the the highest peak in Outer Himalayas. Churdhar is snow covered in winter and is visible from Shimla.

How far is it : Churdhar peak can be approached from at least three routes – Chaupal in Shimla district is the base for the shortest route of 7 kms, while Haripurdhar in Sirmour district is the base for a longer route of some 50 km. Nauradhar (Nohra) is the third base from where Churdhar is a 20 km climb and this is the route I took. Nauradhar is a small town on the Solan – Rajghat -Sangrah road and is about 388 km from Delhi, which can be covered in about nine hours by car.

How to Reach:-

By Road – Well connected by road. 370 Km from Delhi, 115 Km from Chandigarh, 90 Km from Shimla, 82 Km from Kalka, 101 Km from Nahan and 45 Km from Solan, 5 Km from Rajgarh on Nohradhar Road.

By Railway- Nearest Railway lines Kalka to Solan and Shimla to Solan (narrow gauge line)

By Air –  Airports which is nearest to Churdhar are Shimla and Chandigarh.

Who goes there : Mostly local pilgrims visiting Chureshwar Mahadev Temple near the summit and some trekkers.

OK, why did I go there : Was intrigued by the fact that most trekking guides had no mention about Churdhar, in spite of being the highest peak in Outer Himalayas and just a day’s drive from Delhi. However, a search on the net yielded all the information that was needed and looked appealing.

Best time to go there : A three day trip from 5-7 June, July, Aug, Sep., Oct, Nov. and not in Winters.
So why this travelogue now : Better late than never…. and didn’t find any other thread on this location. I thoroughly enjoyed the scenery and physical effort of reaching on top was exhilarating.

Who can make this trip : Nauradhar – Churdhar is a moderate climb of about 1600 m in 20 km distance. The facilities available on top and enroute are very basic … just the temple dharamshala to spend the night and a small dhaba serving luke warm food. The peak is above tree line. Fuel (and hence) water is scarce. There is no mobile coverage during most of the trek. A couple of friends who made the trip later in winter had seen foot prints of Himalayan Black Bear in the snow. So I would recommend this trip for a group of at least two persons carrying a tent, sleeping bag and a stove.

 

 

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