Monday, September 25, 2023

Dhauladhar Range: Your Guide to the Himalayan Wonderland

Standing tall in the heart of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, the Dhauladhar Range is a masterpiece of nature’s grand design. The sight of towering, snow-kissed peaks soaring into the blue sky, glistening like a crown adorning the vast expanse of the Himalayas is breathtaking. This awe-inspiring mountain range stretches from the outskirts of Kangra Valley to the Chamba region, making for a chunk of Himachal’s topography. It is an integral part of the lesser Himalayas.

The mountain range is a captivating playground for adventure seekers, nature enthusiasts, and spiritual seekers. From sacred glaciers and gushing waterfalls to lush green meadows and serene alpine forests, this mountain range offers an extraordinary diversity of landscapes, each telling a unique tale of its own. Beyond its stunning vistas, it holds deep-rooted cultural significance in the region. Some famous sacred sites and hill stations are nestled in its embrace.

As someone born and brought up in the lap of Dhauladhar, I take it as an opportunity to walk you through all things Dhauladhar Range. Let’s discuss everything that makes this mountain range special from its ethereal beauty, sacred sites, and charming hill stations to wildlife treasures, soul-stirring treks, and cultural heritage. So, without any further ado, let’s dive right into it.

Dhauladhar Range: Etymology

The name “Dhauladhar” derives its name from two Sanskrit words.

  1. Dhawala” stands for “white” or “dazzling white.”
  2. Dhar” means “mountain range” or “ridge.”

Therefore, “Dhauladhar,” literally means “The White Mountain Range” or “The Dazzling White Ridge.” The name aptly captures the pristine and majestic appearance of the mountain range, especially during the winter months when the peaks are covered in snow. You need to see it to believe it.

The Himalayan Mountain Range Explained

To understand Dhauladhar’s geography, we have to first get a grip on the Himalayan range. Based on the location, altitude, and features, you can classify the Himalayan range as follows:

  • Greater Himalayas:

Think of Greater Himalayas as the core of the Himalayan mountain system. Also known as “Himadri” or “Inner Himalayas,” it occupies the northernmost part of the Himalayan range. Here, you will come across some of the world’s highest peaks, including Mount Everest and Kanchenjunga, alongside extensive glaciers. The mountain range is largely made of granite and other crystalline rocks.

  • Lesser Himalayas:

Just move south from the Greater Himalayas, and you will find the Lesser Himalayas standing tall. Here, the peaks aren’t as high and the terrain isn’t as rugged. Also known as the “Himachal” or “Middle Himalayas,” it is home to Shimla, Mussoorie, and other hill stations in Himachal Pradesh. The Lesser Himalayas consist of various sedimentary rocks, such as sandstone and shale.

  • Shiwalik Range:

Sitting pretty on the south of the Lesser Himalayas, the Shiwalik Range, or the “Outer Himalayas,” forms the outer circle of the Himalayan system. This is the most recent part of the Himalayas that comprises several foothills, beautiful valleys, lush green forests, and small ranges. Sedimentary rocks, such as sandstone, limestone, and shale constitute the Shivalik mountain range.

  • Trans-Himalayas:

You will find the Trans-Himalayas to the north of the Great Himalayas, mostly in Tibet. Also known as Tibet Himalayas, it, however, includes the arid and high-altitude plateaus of Ladakh on the Indian side. This region is replete with barren landscapes, cold deserts, and unique flora and fauna that can survive in extreme conditions. Its main ranges include Karakoram, Ladakh, and Zanskar.

  • Pir Panjal Range:

You can call Pir Panjal the subrange of the Lesser Himalayas. About 560 kilometers in length, it runs parallel to the main Himalayan range and spreads into Himachal Pradesh, and Jammu and Kashmir. The mountain range impresses you with its scenic meadows, cascading rivers, and lush valleys.

  • Dhauladhar Range:

Found in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, the Dhauladhar Range is on the south of the Greater Himalayas and the Pir Panjal Range. It is a subrange of the Greater Himalayas, which runs parallel to it and constitutes the lesser Himalayan mountain chain. It delights visitors with its majestic snow-capped peaks, alpine meadows, lush valleys, dense forests, and picturesque landscapes.

Dhauladhar Range: Geography

You can trace the beginning of the Dhauladhar Range from the banks of Beas in Kullu. From there, it moves through Bara Bhangal before curving into District Mandi. The mountain range merges with the Pir Panjal range near Manali before protruding into the Chamba district. It covers a major chunk of Himachal Pradesh and hosts several popular hill stations and sacred sites. The Dhauladhar range culminates near Badrinath in Garhwal but is mostly confined to Himachal Pradesh only.

The Dhauladhar Range spreads approximately 160 kilometers (100 miles) across Himachal Pradesh, and its width varies from around 32 to 48 kilometers (20 to 30 miles). The highest peak in this range is Hanuman Tibba, which rises to an impressive height of about 5,982 meters (19,619 feet) above sea level. The average height is nearly 4,550 meters with several peaks having elevations close to 5,500 meters. In the Kangra Valley, the mountain range shows a steep incline of about 3600 meters.

One of the most remarkable features of the mountain range is its distinct geographical attribute. If you move to the southern part of the range, lush green slopes and dense forests greet you. But on the northern side, you will encounter Himalayan wilderness with snow-capped peaks and glaciers. The vegetation here is very little due to harsh conditions. However, several Gaddi shepherds move with flocks to the middle reaches during summer, where luxurious grazing area exists.

Length: 160 kilometers (100 miles) Width: 32 to 48 kilometers
Average Elevation: 4,550 meters Highest Peak: Hanuman Tibba (5,982m)

Dhauladhar Range: Topography 

Dhauladhar Range is easily recognizable due to its unique dark granite rocks that contribute to the rough terrain. While granite is the prime constituent, the region also has a fair share of sandstone, limestone, and slate formations. The peaks in the range typically have steep slopes and patches of snow and ice at the top. This unique profile is profoundly visible in District Kangra where the slope is almost vertical. That makes scaling these peaks a challenge even for seasoned mountaineers.

Dhauladhar Range: Rivers

Several rivers originate from the Dhauladhar Range, which adds to its ecological significance.

  1. Banganga: As a tributary of the Beas River, it emanates from the southern slopes of the Dhauladhar range. the stream merges with Beas in the Kangra Valley.
  2. Baner Khad: The river originates in peaks close to Palampur and flows into the Kangra Valley.
  3. Chakki River: Like Banganga, it also owes its origin in the southern side of the Dhauladhar range. the river merges with Beas near Pathankot. Nurpur is a key town situated on its banks.
  4. Uhl: Originating from the Thamsar Glacier in the Dhauladhar range, the river disappears into the Beas River near Mandi after crossing the namesake valley.
  5. Suketi River: Another tributary of the Beas River, it starts from the south-facing slopes of the Dhauladhar range.

Dhauladhar Range: Peaks

The range has always drawn attention among mountaineers and trekkers with its rich flora and fauna and virgin and scaled peaks. Some well-known peaks of this range are:

Hanuman Ka Tibba (5860 m) Manimahesh Kailash (5653 m) 
Gauri Junda (4946 m) near Talang Pass Christmas (4581 m)
Toral (4686 m) Mun (4610 m) Dharamshala
Lantern (5100 m) Slab (4570 m)
Arthur’s Seat (4525 m) Dromedary (4553 m)
Camel (4520 m) Riflehorn (4400 m)

Besides, the mountain range is vast enough to house several unnamed peaks.

Dhauladhar Range: Lakes

Given its elevation and location, the mountain range has several glacier lakes. The biggest and most prominent one is Lam Dal, with a circumference of about 2.5 km. Since Lord Shiva is said to reside here, this lake is sacred to Hindus. Shiva Devotees from around India visit this lake to take a holy dip in August and September during the Manimahesh yatra. Other important lakes in the range include:

  • Nag Dal/Nag Chattri Dal
  • Chanderkup Dal above the Lam Dal
  • Kareri Lake below the Minkiani Pass
  • Dehnasar Lake across the Sari Pass
  • Kali Kund, just below the Lam Dal

Dhauladhar Range: Passes

The Dhauladhar Range houses many mountain passes that connect different valleys and regions. They play a vital role in transportation, trade, and trekking routes. When crossing these passes, you are treated to some stunning landscapes, alpine meadows, and snow-capped peaks. Even if you aren’t a hiker, you should visit some of the following passes in this mountain range.

  • Indrahar Pass:

The most important of them all, the Indrahar Pass is situated at an elevation of 4,342 meters near the tourist town Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh. Connecting Kangra and Chamba districts, the pass is a popular route for trekkers from Dharamshala, including Triund Trek, Mun Peak Trek, Seven Lake Trek Lake, Kareri Lake Trek, and Lam Dal Lake Trek. Trekkers throng this place between April and October to experience stunning snow-capped peaks and the surrounding landscapes.

  • Rupin Pass: 

You will find this crucial pass at a height of around 4,650 m above sea level in the Sangla Valley of Kinnaur. It serves as a ‘bridge’ between the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh and the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. It’s a popular trekking route that allows you to travel from Sangla Valley in Kinnaur to the village of Sangla in Uttarkashi. Ideal for experienced trekkers, the trek is difficult but treats you to stunning landscapes and culture. And, the main attraction is the Rupin Fall. Read More.

  • Toral Pass:

With an elevation of 4,575 m, it is 10 km away from Dharamshala and starts from Tang Narwana. It forms an ideal base for trekking, yet it is the most challenging one that hikers or outsiders hardly cross. Majorly, shepherds use it to move their flocks to the higher reaches in search of pastures.

  • Minkiani Pass:

Located at 4,250 m above sea level, it connects Dharamshala and Chamba. Trekkers begin from Kareri village in Dharamshala and pass through Kareri Lake, leading to the Chamba side.

  • Jalsu Pass:

The pass is 3,900 meters above sea level and crosses over the western region of Dhauladhar between Chamba and Kangra Valley.

  • Bhim Gasturi:

Also known as Gaj Pass, Bhim Gasturi stands tall at a height of 4,590 meters and starts from Chhatrari Village in Chamba District.

  • Thamsar Pass:

With an elevation of 4,700 m, it is a gateway to the Bara Bhangal village in the Kangra Valley of Himachal.

Dhauladhar Range: Flora and Fauna

The Dhauladhar range has a rich diversity of flora and fauna, making it a haven for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. In the lower reaches of the mountain range, you will come across dense forests with deodar, cedar, sal tree, pink rhododendron, hazelnut, Khair, chir pine, ban oak, birch, blue pine and chilgoza pine, spruce, wild iris, and other tree species. As you move up, you will experience a drastic change in the vegetation, with the alpine meadows and grasslands replacing the forests.

Coming to wildlife, the mountain range is home to some exotic and endangered species. Depending on the altitude and environment, you might come across the elusive snow leopard,  golden emperor butterfly, Himalayan black bear, musk deer, and the endangered Western Tragopan. Other mammals like the barking deer, black-naped hare, Himalayan tahr, and langur can also be found here.

Even if you are a birdwatcher, the mountain range has you covered. It gives you an opportunity to spot several rare and exotic avian species in their natural habitat, including the koklass pheasant, Himalayan vulture, monal pheasant, mountain hawk, and bearded vulture (lammergeier). The area’s flora and fauna make it an ideal destination for eco-tourism and wildlife photography.

Dhauladhar Range: Pilgrimage Centers 

The Dhauladhar Range is home to several sacred sites that attract large crowds of devotees and pilgrims all year round. Some of the renowned shrines include Baijnath Temple (Baijnath), Manikaran Sahib Gurudwara (Manikaran), Jwalamukhi Temple (Kangra), Tara Devi (Shimla), Brijeshwari Temple (Kangra), Chamunda Devi (Kangra), and Bhagsu Nag (Kangra). Set against a lush green backdrop of the Dhauladhar Range, these sites are a symbol of architectural brilliance and religious devotion.

The mountain range also hosts Manimahesh Yatra every year during August and September. A large number of pilgrims brave the odds to take a holy dip in the sacred Manimahesh Lake situated at an elevation of 13,000 feet at the foot of the Kailash Peak (18,564 ft). The mountain range also is home to many other sacred lakes like Nag Dal or Nag Chattri Dal, which is associated with the Bhagsunag Temple. The Dhauladhar Range is equally significant for Tibetan Buddhists and Sikhs.

You can find the Tashi Jong Monastery and the Sherabling Monastery in this mountain range, each attracting Buddhist pilgrims and followers. On the other hand, a few popular Sikh pilgrimage sites here include Manikaran Sahib Gurudwara (Manikaran) and Rawalsar Gurudwara (Rawalsar). As you traverse through these sacred sites, be ready to be mesmerized and humbled by the region’s beauty and spiritual aura. Trust me, the soul-stirring experience will leave a lasting impression on you.

Dhauladhar Range: Climate

Due to its vast size, Dhauladhar Range experiences a wide variety of climatic conditions. The range is part of the larger Himalayan mountain system, and its climate is influenced by its location and geographical features. Here are the main characteristics of the climate in this mountain range.

  • Summer (March to June):

The summer months are generally mild and pleasant in the lower reaches of the Dhauladhar Range. Temperatures range from moderate to cool, making it an ideal time for tourism. On the other hand, summer is milder in the higher reaches, which is perfect for trekking and outdoor activities.

  • Monsoon (July to September):

The monsoon season brings heavy rainfall to the Dhauladhar Range, especially in July and August. The rainfall can be intense and may lead to landslides and disruptions in travel. Trekking during this season is not recommended due to slippery and unstable trails.

  • Autumn (October to November):

Autumn is a lovely time to visit the mountain range, as the monsoon recedes, and the weather gets clear and pleasant. At this time of the year, the sky is often blue, and the landscapes are lush green. This season offers excellent visibility of the mountains and is suitable for trekking and sightseeing.

  • Winter (December to February):

The winter months bring cold and snowy conditions to the Dhauladhar Range, especially at higher altitudes. The temperatures can drop significantly, and some areas may experience heavy snowfall. It is a popular time for snow enthusiasts, and the region takes on a magical, snow-covered charm.

  • Spring (March to April):

Spring is another beautiful season in this mountain range. The snow begins to melt, and the landscapes come alive with blooming flowers and fresh foliage. The weather is pleasant, and it is a great time for trekking, nature walks, camping, and enjoying the picturesque surroundings.

The Two-Monsoon Phenomenon:

The Dhauladhar Range receives two monsoons per year. Here’s why.

1. Southwest Monsoon:

The southwest monsoon visits the mountain range from June to September. At this time of the year, the southwest winds carry moisture from the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal. They cause heavy rainfall in most parts of India, including the Dhauladhar Range. That’s the first Monsoon season here.

2. Winter Monsoon or Western Disturbances:

Unlike other parts of India, the Dhauladhar Range receives “Western Disturbances” from December to February. These low-pressure systems from the Mediterranean region carry cold and moist air. The mountain range doesn’t let them pass, which is why the region experiences periodic spells of rain and snow during the winter months. You can call it the second monsoon.

Dhauladhar Range: Places to Visit and Things to Do 

As a backdrop to major tourist attractions, the entire Dhauladhar Range is crowded with tourists, hippies, revelers, adrenaline junkies, and peace seekers. I won’t be surprised if you too are planning to venture into the Dhauladhar range for some sightseeing or adventure. In either case, knowing what to do and places to visit in the Dhauladhar mountains is important for a seamless trip.

Breathe easy, we are here to help with some recommendations

1. Trekking Adventure in Triund

Trekking Adventure in Triund

Triund, known for its camping facilities, is one of the sought-after tourist hotspots across the Dhauladhar range. At 2,828 meters above sea level, it is a coveted destination for some mesmerizing views of the Kangra Valley and frosty Dhauladhar peaks. If you want to start your trekking journey to Triund, do it from Mcleodganj, Dharamshala. Read More

  • The best time to visit Triund is winter if you are keen to witness snowfall.
  • The best thing to do in Triund is trekking and camping under the starry skies during the summers.
  • If you are visiting Triund from Dharamshala, it will take around 3 hours to walk the entire 6 km. You can stay here for a night and two days.

2. The Historical Kangra Fort


Kangra Fort is among the most beautiful and historical places in Himachal Pradesh. The fort provides pleasant royal gateways, temples, palaces, mosques, and more. The historical place was established in 470 AD when the King of Kashmir attacked the place. Kangra Fort has also been mentioned in Mahabharata.

Jahangir and Maharaja Ranjit Singh used to rule the place before it fell into the hands of the British after the Anglo-Sikh War in 1846. In 1905, the fort was damaged due to an earthquake. The devastation caused by the calamity is still visible in the ruins of the fort.

  • Kangra Fort is about 21 km or 50 minutes away from Dharamshala.

3. The Natural Beauty of Palampur

The Natural Beauty of Palampur

Palampur is one of the coveted places to visit in the Dhauladhar mountains. It treats you to pleasant tea gardens, pine groves, water streams, and dreamy clouds. The weather in Palampur is also quite relaxing throughout the year. However, it gets too cold during the winter, making it a romantic destination for newlyweds.

The main attraction of Palampur is the Neug al Khad temple, the tea garden, and various treks to the mountain peak. It takes 1 hour from Dharamshala to visit this place, and you can take buses or any other local transportation. You can explore Palampur in 1 night and 2 days.

4. Visit the Dalai Lama Temple

Visit the Dalai Lama Temple

Dalai Lama Temple is situated in McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala. The temple is considered the equivalent of the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa. The interior of the Dalai Lama temple features lavish murals and huge idols and photographs. Also, expect to see a beautiful sand mandala on the temple’s premises. The complex provides shelter to the Namgyal monastery monks.

  • Enter the temple from 9 in the morning to 5:30 pm, and you can spend at least 2-3 hours here.
  • Arrive at the temple on foot if you walk for 10 mins from the McLeod Ganj taxi stand.

5. Go Paragliding at Bir

Go for Paragliding at Bir

Bir-Billing is a famous destination for paragliding near Dharamshala. Billing is 14 km away north of Bir, a sleepy and quaint hill station. Bir is a town 30 km away from Palampur, where the majority of people are Buddhist, and it houses a monastery and a Tibetan handicraft center. Prominent monasteries around the village are Chountra, Bhattu, and Tashi Jong

Apart from Paragliding, you can visit the tea garden, go fishing, simply bask in the splendid ambiance, or reach out to monasteries. Also, you can trek to Himachali tribal villages and do angling, camping, and mountain biking.

  • It takes 2 hours from Dharamshala to reach there, and the travel costs around 200 – 1500 INR.

6. Visit Switzerland of India- Khajjiar

Visit Switzerland of India- Khajjiar

You cannot afford to miss Khajjiar Dalhousie on your trip to Dhauladhar. They call it the Switzerland of India, thanks to its panoramic views and fine weather. It is a small hill station near Chamba in Chamba district and 24 km away from Dalhousie.

Surrounded by meadows and forests, the village is around 2000 m above sea level and lies in the foothills of the Dhauladhar ranges.

Like Bir, you can paraglide in Khajjiar and also indulge in zorbing, horse riding, jungle safari, trekking, and other such activities. But if you lack the energy and inclination for anything adventurous, you can simply enjoy the romantic view of Khajjiar by sitting near a lake or amidst green trees.

Feel free to shop for handicrafts from the HP State Handicraft Centre and visit the Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary.

  • It would take 4 hours from Dharamshala to reach Khajjiar, about 118 km away.

7. Dalhousie

DalhousieDalhousie is a place that blends nature and culture. This high-altitude town, located at a height of 1,970 m above sea level, is spread across 5 hills near the Dhauladhar mountain range. The hill station has diverse natural attractions, lush greenery, a soothing breeze, and a calmness hard to find elsewhere. Besides, it houses colonial-era buildings like St. Francis and St. John’s churches.

The best things you can do here are boating at Chamera Lake, Paragliding at Khajjiar, visiting the Chamunda Devi Temple, and more. Don’t forget to visit the Kalatop Forest, Bakrota Hills, and Dainkund Peak when in Dalhousie. Like Khajjiar, it is a place to shop for handicrafts.

8. Dharamkot- A Splendid Mountain Village

Dharamkot- A Splendid Mountain Village

Nestled in the lap of the magnificent Dhauladhar range, Dharamkot is the ultimate destination for trekkers, hippies, nature lovers, and even family vacationers. It is a small hill station in Kangra Valley, well-known as Tel Aviv of Hills. The place offers lush-green forests and romantic cafes in the middle of the green meadows.

Dharamkot consists of monasteries, Tushita and Vipassana meditation centers, rocky hills, the adorable Kangra valley, a lovely Dal lake, and green forests that you will find on the road between Naddi from Mcleodganj. It is peaceful and lovely, best suited to solo travelers.

Dharamshala is just 9 km away from Dharamkot. On the road to Triund, situated at the foot of the Dhualadhar ranges, you have to pass through Dharamkot.

9. Visit the Masroor Temple

Visit the Masroor Temple

Masroor Temples, also known as Masur Temples or Rock-cut Temples at Masrur, are primarily for artists who love arts, history, and culture. They are 45 km from Dharamshala-McLeod Ganj and 35 km west of Kangra town. The artifacts in the Masroor Temples were created in the 8th Century.

All temples face northeast towards the Dhauladhar range. Their architectural style resembles the North Indian Nagara style. They were carved out of monolithic rock with a shikhara. Masroor Temples are dedicated to Lord Shiva, Vishnu, Devi, and Saura traditions of Hinduism.

This temple is mainly a rock-cut temple with 15 mini temples inside the big complex. These mini temples are depicted in sculptures, such as Ramayana. The carvings on the walls showcase every detail of people’s imagination and beliefs.

10. Hike to the Indrahar Pass

Hiking on the Indrahar Pass

Indrahar Pass is surely one of the most popular places for trekking in the Dhauladhar range. Trekkers visit this place primarily between April and October. It’s located 4,342 m or 14,245 ft above sea level. It serves as a border between two districts, Kangra and Chamba.

This is a romantic place with a spectacular view for everyone who can reach the summit. However, it does not matter if you want to make it to the top or not. The entire place is a wonderland.

Indrahar’s trekking trail starts from Galu Devi temple situated above Dharamkot near Dharamshala. Further, it passes through several places, including Triund, Ilaqua/Laka Got, and Lahesh Caves. You can also witness several camping sites on the other side of the pass, such as Chhata caves and Kuarsi village.

11. Don’t Miss the Bhagsunag Waterfall

Don’t Miss the Bhagsunag Waterfall

If you want to make the most of your trip to the Dhauladhar range, don’t miss out on the Bhagsunag Waterfall that connects McLeod Ganj and Dharamshala. The Bhagsunag Waterfall is best known for its sparkling water that flows 20 meters high from McLeod Ganj Hill. You can also trek down the river to enjoy its view.

The water falls from the base of the Dhauladhar Valley. While falling, the water passes through the Bhagsunath Temple. The monsoon season is ideal for witnessing the glory of the Bhagsunag waterfall.

12. Kangra Valley


Kangra Valley

Valley is considered the best place to experience the magnificent beauty of the Dhauladhar range. Filled with numerous perennial streams, Kangra Valley is a river valley situated in the state of Himachal Pradesh. The Beas River flows through the valley.

The valley has an elevation of 2000 ft. It extends from the foot of the Dhauladhar range and spans to the south of river Beas. The highest point in the Dhauladhar range, White Mountain, is the boundary between Kangra Valley and the town of Chamba.

Dharamshala is the main town in the valley. In addition, the valley serves as the base for several Himayalan treks in Dhauladhar. Read More.

13. Naddi Point View

Naddi Point View Another ideal location to view the massive Dhauladhar range is the Naddi Point View, with an elevation of 2000 m. It is the closest location to witness the majestic range, and you do not require trekking, climbing, or walking.

At the Naddi Point View, you can experience cloudy weather. Enjoy the serene beauty of the Himalayas with authentic local food at the cafes and food points around the place.

14. Ice-Skating in Shimla

Ice-Skating in ShimlaShimla is a paradise on Earth, situated at an elevation of 2,200 m from sea level. It was the Summer Capital of British India and has retained its spectacular colonial architecture. There’s a lot to explore in Shimla but ice-skating is a different experience altogether. Shimla has the only natural open-air ice skating rink in South Asia.

Suggested Reading: Top 10 Places to Visit in Shimla.

  • You can put those skating shoes on and try your moves at the rink for a nominal fee.
  • The rink opens in the Winter season around December.
  • Christmas and New Year are celebrated with zeal here. From waltzes and tangos on ice to fancy dress competitions, ice hockey matches, and races, you have a lot to partake in.

Suggested Reading: Top 10 Activities to do in Shimla.


Apart from these beautiful places to visit in the Dhauladhar range, you can find the beautiful Manali town situated on the bank of the Beas River, around 2,050 m above the sea. However, it might not be possible for everyone to visit all the nice places in Dharamshala if you visit there on short notice.

That’s why we recommend you visit the top places first so you don’t miss out on the great fun. You could extend your visit if you find the city alluring enough to stay one more night. But in the end, you would crave more adventures and natural beauty that India has to offer.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the Dhauladhar range located?

The Dhauladhar range starts near Dalhousie, the northwest end of Himachal Pradesh, and passes through the state to the nearby region of the Beas river bank in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh.

What are the seven lakes of Dhauladhar?

Nag Dal Lake, Lam Dal Lake, Kali Kund, Kareri Lake, Chanderkoop Lake (also known as Moon Lake), Sukh Dal, and Dam Ghodi Dal are the seven lakes of Dhauladhar.

What is Dhauladhar also known as?

Dhauladhar is also known as Outer Himalayas, Lesser Himalayas, or The White Range.

Where is the Dhauladhar Range located?

The Dhauladhar Range is located in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.

How long is the Dhauladhar Range?

The Dhauladhar Range stretches for approximately 160 kilometers (100 miles) across Himachal Pradesh.

What is the highest peak in the Dhauladhar Range?

The highest peak in the Dhauladhar Range is Hanuman Tibba, which stands at an elevation of about 5,982 meters (19,619 feet).

What is the geological composition of the Dhauladhar Range?

The Dhauladhar Range is predominantly composed of dark granite rocks and other crystalline formations.

What is the significance of the Dhauladhar Range in Indian culture?

The Dhauladhar Range is considered sacred by many Hindus and Buddhists and has cultural and religious importance in the region.

What is the best time to visit the Dhauladhar Range?

The best time to visit the Dhauladhar Range is during the spring and summer months (March to June) when the weather is pleasant and suitable for trekking and sightseeing.

Is the Dhauladhar Range accessible throughout the year?

While some lower regions may remain accessible throughout the year, higher passes and areas may be closed during heavy snowfall in the winter months (December to February).

What are the popular trekking routes in this mountain range?

Popular trekking routes in the Dhauladhar Range include Triund Trek, Kareri Lake Trek, and Indrahar Pass Trek.

Are there any wildlife species found in the Dhauladhar Range?

Yes, the Dhauladhar Range is home to various wildlife species, including the elusive snow leopard, Himalayan black bear, and musk deer.

Can I visit the Dhauladhar Range for a day trip?

Yes, you can plan a day trip to explore the lower regions and nearby attractions of the Dhauladhar Range.

How can I reach it?

The Dhauladhar Range can be reached by road from cities like Dharamshala and Kangra. The nearest airport is Gaggal Airport (Kangra Airport).

Are there any famous religious sites in the Dhauladhar Range?

Yes, the Dhauladhar Range is home to temples like Baijnath Temple and Bhagsunath Temple, attracting religious pilgrims.

Are there any restrictions on trekking in the Dhauladhar Range?

While trekking is generally allowed, certain areas may require permits, especially near border regions.

What are the best photography spots in the Dhauladhar Range?

Some of the best photography spots include the Triund Hill viewpoint and the snow-capped peaks of the range.

Can I camp in the Dhauladhar Range?

Yes, camping is allowed in certain designated areas. However, it is essential to follow the Leave No Trace principles and camp responsibly.

Are there any adventure activities available in the Dhauladhar Range?

Yes, besides trekking, visitors can indulge in paragliding, rock climbing, and mountain biking.

What precautions should I take while trekking in the Dhauladhar Range?

It is essential to acclimatize properly, carry adequate warm clothing, and stay hydrated while trekking in higher altitudes.

Is the Dhauladhar Range prone to natural disasters like landslides?

A: Yes, some regions of the Dhauladhar Range are prone to landslides, especially during the monsoon season. It is advisable to stay updated on weather conditions.

Are there any ancient historical sites in the Dhauladhar Range?

Yes, the region has some ancient rock-cut temples and carvings, adding to its historical significance.

Can I spot snow leopards in the Dhauladhar Range?

A: While snow leopards are elusive and difficult to spot, the Dhauladhar Range is one of the regions where they are found. However, sightings are rare and require luck and patience.

Rohit Kumar
Rohit Kumar
Passionate about content quality and attention to detail, Rohit has penned over 15,000 copies for some of the leading online and offline publications in his eight-year career. Currently heading the content team at Dunia Ka Gyan, he believes in team spirit, ingenuity, and reader satisfaction.

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