Churdhar Trek - a good weekend option for nature lovers

Churdhar is a moderate trek in Himalayan State of India. I did it long time back and lost my photographs. Today I thought of writing about this trek, along with these brilliant photographs by Varun Chaudhary. Churdhar is one of the popular pilgrims in Himachal and lot of local people visit this place. It's at 3600 Meters + height and distance is about 16 kilomters which can be easily done in a day.

Nauradhar is the base of this trek and easily accessible through buses. You can also drive to the place and find some parking space, till you come down after the trek.  Buses to Nohradhar are available from Solan, Rajgarh and Nahan. Need to check recent schedule and frequency.

There are various stories associated with these beautiful hills. One story says that Hanuman took Sanjeevani story from these hills. And the name is also described as "Choor Chandni ki Dhar" – The ridge of the bangle of snow, which seemed to be source of of ice for parties at Mughal court by  Jahan Ara.

Trek starts with steep landscapes having grasslands and rocky paths. And then it’s relatively easy and moderate. Last stretch is again steep. It seems that there is another route which is longer but moderately steep.

Ideally this trek would take 2 days. One day to go up and another to come down. Now it depends how you want to plan it. Keep 3 days for comfortable journey and enjoying the nature. If you want to stay at the base, there is PWD guest house as well. Place has few dhabas and few shops. 

Trek starts from Nohradhar to Jamnala , then Teesri  and finally Churdhar. May to Nov is a good time of year to plan this trek, excluding monsoon time.

If you liked this post and found it helpful, I would request you to follow these things when traveling -

- Manage your waste well and don’t litter
- Use dustbins. Tell us if you went to a place and found it hard to locate a dustbin.
- Avoid bottle waters in hills. Usually you get clean water in hills and water bottles create lot of mess in our ecosystem.
- Say big no to plastic and avoid those unhealthy snacks packed in plastic bags. Rather buy fruits.
- Don't play loud blaring music in forests of jungle camps. You are a guest in that ecosystem and disturbing the locals (humans and animals) is not polite 

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