Weather :

Timings : 24 hours

Time Required : 4-5 hours

Entry Fee : No entry fee

Maximum Altitude : 2745 mtr

Difficulty : Moderate

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Ganji Pahari, Dalhousie Overview

Ganji Pahari is a scenic hill located near Dalhousie. The 1-2 hour trek to Ganji Pahari starts from Panchpula (about 3.5 km). The name Ganji Pahari was derived from its salient feature which is the complete absence of flora on the hill -'Ganji' meaning Bald in the local language, and 'Pahari' meaning Hill. During winters, the same terrain is covered in a thick coat of snow.

A tour to Ganji Pahari can also be accompanied by a guide whom tourists can hire from Dalhousie but it is not mandatory.  People trek to Ganji Pahari for the sunset and sunrise. There a handful of places to stay on top and camping is also an option, but the bookings have to be made in advance.

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Ganji Pahari Trek

The trek to Ganji Pahari begins from Panchpula. At a point in Panchpula, the trekking trail goes through a rugged and uneven route to the top of the hill. This climb is about 3.5 kilometres and offers a beautiful view of the natural landscape that surrounds Ganji Pahari. Trekkers pass through some village homes located on the slopes.

One can choose to camp on Ganji Pahari or enjoy the view and descend back to the town the same day. If one wishes to camp, they can get some delicious homemade food for dinner from the village nearby. There is a mud house cafe on the way. If trekking with an adventure company, they usually arrange the dinner. Trekkers can have a splendid bonfire and a quiet session of night sky gazing before they doze off. After the overnight camp, the next day, trekkers can take the same route back to Dalhousie or proceed to Dainkund.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Ganji Pahari is between October and February. It is winter season during these months, the region receives a good amount of snowfall every year, and the mountain peaks are all covered in a white blanket of snow. For those who do not wish to camp on the hill, it is highly recommended to reach Ganji Pahari in the first half of the day.

Tips

  • Trekkers must carry essentials like snacks, water, first aid kit, and trekking/camping gear.
  • The climate during the day is quite pleasant. However, it gets freezing after sunset so ensure you carry enough woollens.
  • Although no incidents have been reported and the people around are friendly and helpful, it is still advisable to trek in groups.

How To Reach Ganji Pahari

Ganji Pahari is located on Pathankot road about an hour's distance away from Dalhousie. The best modes of transport to reach are rented taxis and private vehicles. Trekking is another interesting way to reach Ganji Pahari. Trekkers can take the route from Panchpula that leads to the top of the Pahari.

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