Ranked 2 among Places to Visit in Shojha
Time Required: 3-4 hrs
Nestled in the peaks of northern Himalayas lies the Jalori mountain pass, an undiscovered beauty located between the prominent towns of Kullu and Shimla. Perhaps one would recognise it better as the snow-covered summit in the Bollywood film "Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani", where actors Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone are seen trekking through the mountainside. With scenic views of the snow-capped Himalayan landscape and the fresh mountain air to surround you, the hike through Jalori Pass has much to offer with exquisite flowers, birds and the environment for a surreal experience.
The path leads to the nearby Serolsar Lake and 'Budhi Naagin' temple, which not only caters to the needs of the perpetual trekkers but also offers an escapade for nature fanatics and religious devotees. At a height of 10,800 feet above sea level, the trail through this mountain pass is relatively untouched as a tourist attraction, possibly due to the hype surrounding the roads to reach this pass. And it is completely justified.
Although the Jalori Pass is a mere 5 kilometers from the hamlet of Shoja, it is not for the faint-hearted. The road is narrow and extremely steep, not to mention uneven and full of potholes, making it a bumpy ride. Vehicles are prone to slipping due to frost during the winter, even after machines have swept away the snow. Sometimes it becomes difficult to drive the car even in first gear. However, if you have even a tinge of adventure within you, this pass is worth all the hassle.
Once you reach the pass, the trek winds through the faraway mountain range, providing a quiet respite from the bustle of everyday life. It is a moderate level trek seated amidst large coniferous forests, and can be best covered between the seasons of mid-June to mid-October, when traversing through the snow is a manageable feat. The pass remains closed during the winter months of December to January due to heavy snowfall.
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