If you are sick and tired of coping up with Delhi's pollution and working from home for almost 2 years now, here’s an offbeat place for you where AQI is 71! Yes, you read it right. This offbeat place is considered one of the cleanest tourist destinations in India. Besides this, this destination is 491 km away from Delhi which means it is a weekend getaway destination.
Kareri village is a picture-postcard worthy village with whitewashed houses, peas, and barley terraced fields. You can find guesthouses here to accommodate tourists or trekkers. Kareri Lake trek provides the most spectacular traverses, right from the forest and verdant meadows alongside Nyund River to Lord Shiva (Shiva Panchakshara Stotram, Nagendra Haraya Trilochanaya: Meaning, Power, Benefits) temple, sitting in the laps of mountains. The sharp contrast in culture, landscapes, fauna, and flora will catch you off-guard and offer you some stunning views. Read on to find out more about it.
Note: Carry your own tents and sleeping bags unless you want to freeze to death.
Catch a bus from the Dharamshala bus stand to Ghera village. It will take you around 1.5 to 2 hours. From there, you can either book a taxi or take bikes for rent. After reaching Kareri, book a hotel and explore nearby places.
Start your trek (Going For Your First Trek?) in the morning and follow the symbols otherwise you would get lost in the forest. During the trek, you may find some caves, skulls, and bones of animals, but don't get afraid as the chances of spotting animals are rare and follow the symbols. You will also spot 2-3 small waterfalls and picturesque views.
After completing 9km of distance and reaching Kareri Lake, you will see a temple on a hilltop that is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Shakti. Sitting in the laps of mountains, this temple is located at an altitude of 3,300m above sea level. After reaching there, you can watch some stunning views which you won't be able to forget in your life! If you have appropriate gear with you then pitch a tent by the lakeside, spend a night there, or else return back to Kareri village.
Spend some time exploring areas around Kareri Village and then drive to Dharamshala.
Trek Difficulty Level: Moderate
Trek type: Well defined for the most part
Max Altitude: 9,612 ft
Best time to visit: March to July & September to December
How to reach there:
Kareri village doesn't have proper flight or train connectivity. The nearest railway station is Jalandhar City Railway Station (JUC) which is 194 km away from the village, whereas Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport (ATQ) is 212 km away. So, it is best to go there by road. It is located 27 km from Dharamsala, and taxis are easily available from Dharamsala, Bir, Palampur, and other main centers around and takes around 1.5 hours to reach Kareri from Dharamsala.
So, stop, get up, pack your bags, and head to Kareri Lake RIGHT NOW! Also, don't forget to share your experience with us. Stay tuned to HerZindagi for more!