Rajgundha trek will make you feel like you’re in a natures paradise and promise the most delightful views of the mountains. Surrounded on both sides by the Dhauladhar mountain, having a clear sky above and among the countless stars, get a chance to see Milky Way during night time. That’s what you see on the trek to Rajgundha!
Rajgundha is a lesser-known village lying at an elevation of about 8900 ft of Kangra region. The place is surrounded by majestic Dhauladhar mountains and witnesses beautiful sunsets and sunrises. A village full of life and resources, Rajgundha people follow old ways of living and believe in self-sufficiency. Rajgundha is well known among nature enthusiasts and locals. It has fresh air and sky as there is no connecting road, and hence, it has no air and noise pollution. Besides, you’d feel the difference in your body and mind after spending a few days here. That is the beauty of Rajgundha trek.
Trek start at 10:00 AM on day 1
Trek end at 12:00 PM on day 2
Rajgundha village often referred along with its twin village, Kukkargundha and can only be reached by walking. The way of living in the Valley of Rajgundha is simple. The villagers’ main occupation here is agriculture, and they sell the harvested crop from their fields in the Himachali towns’ markets. You’ll find everything garden-fresh and highly nutritious here, from rajma to cabbage to potato. Throughout the year the villagers stay here except for the winters when it starts snowing. But once the winter comes to an end, and the snow melts, villagers return to grow their crops and continue their lives here.
Once you get to the Bara Garan village, start your trek towards Rajgundha village which is around 6.5 km long which passes through cabbage fields, lush green meadows and wooden bridges. It takes approximately 2-3 hours to reach Rajgundha village from here. The trail to Rajgundha has a lot of ascents and descents throughout the trek. After walking for around an hour, you will come across a gentle descent that will lead you to the Uhl River. There is a small bridge here that you’d need to cross to enter the village of Rajgundha, this is a steep climb for the next 15-25 minutes after you have crossed the river so be cautious. Congrats! You have finally reached Rajgundha village.
You’ll be given a special tea with hot snacks after you reach the campsite in Rajgundha. The camp will lighten up with a bonfire after sunset. The clear sky among countless stars will provide you with a chance to observe Milky Way during night time. That’s what you see on the trek to Rajgundha. Today’s dinner will also come with a non-veg option. Overnight stay in camping style dome tents (triple sharing basis).
Wake up with morning tea call and beautiful sunrise in the Rajgundha Valley. Post breakfast, begin the trek back to Bara Garan and make sure to go for short sightseeing session in this picturesque tiny hamlet before leaving. Follows the same trail from where you came from. The scenic views from the villages and lush green meadows, cabbage fields around are perfect for delving into the beauty of Rajgundha Valley. It is the end of the trip. After that, hire a taxi till Barot, and you’re free to explore nearby places, or you can immediately dive/travel back to Mandi or Bir.
Raj Gunda village is situated in the Kangra, a Himachal Pradesh district. If you are interested in doing this trek, reach Barot first, which is Mandi district. Now, you might ask how to reach Barot. There are no direct transport options to reach Barot. Here are some travel options…
Now that you have entered Barot, you need directions to reach trek’s starting point. The place is known Bara Garan village, hire a taxi from Barot to get to that locality which is around 20km.
Ideally, you can go on the Rajgundha trek throughout the year except for the monsoons. March-June and September-October months are the best time to visit this location, as the weather here during these months is very good. During winters (October-February) it can get pretty cold here and the summer season is a perfect time to come here to avoid the cities’ scorching sun. If you’re looking for snow trekking, which is more challenging but also more spectacular, then in January-February you should think of trekking.
There is also an opportunity to go snow trekking from March to April when snow is less. So, this is the best choice in your hand if you want to do snow trekking.