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Beautiful things don’t ask for attention. ― James Thurber
Offbeat, Unexplored, peaceful, clean and quiet.
A trek becomes more beautiful when it ends at a point that surprises you with a 360-degree view revealing the Kangra valley. This trek is becoming more popular amongst trekker for one beautiful reason, and that is – it’s a quiet trek. If you are here, you are looking for time away from people, crowd and the constant noise inside your head. The distance is only 5km and takes typically 4-5 hours, depending on the trekking speed. The intensity is moderate, winding passage through a forest of cedar and Rhododendron trees. Lose all the worries and enjoy this sweet trek!
Trek Starts at @9:00 AM on Day 1
Trek Ends at @12:00 PM on Day 2
Thatharana is a relatively unknown trek in Himachal Pradesh. A thrilling route that arrives at a brilliant 360 degree reveals the Kangra valley. This climb is one of the best-unexplored hikes in the area. If you are someone who dislikes crowded expeditions and is looking for peace in the expansive outdoors, then this is the trip for you!
The distance is only 5km, but do not take this lightly. It takes only 3 to 5 hours to reach the top. The intensity is moderate, but it wouldn’t be justified to say it’s a piece of cake. The view is well worth the ascent, followed by a winding passage through a forest of cedar and Rhododendron trees. The majority of the journey moves through this forest, only showing a glimpse of what is yet to come. As the travellers depart the forest canopy, awaiting them is the beauty of the vast sky and the high mountain ridge of Thatharana.
Post breakfast – Meet up at Kharota village (12 Kms from ISBT Dharamshala)
Arrive at the Thatharana trek starting point which is Kharota village . Begin with a steep climb for approximately 3-4 hours through dense rhododendron, oak, and deodar forest. Make sure you halt for a lunch break on the way. A lovely highland meadow nestled right on top of a ridge after 3 hours of trekking reaches Thatharana. The surrounding beauty is so magical as one can witness the beauty of the snowy Dhauladhar mountains on one side and eagle-eye view of Kangra valley on the other side. Pitch your tents under the bright night sky for an overnight stay, and enjoy a well-deserved dinner with light music and bonfire.
Wake up early in the morning with the call of hot tea & lovely sunrise at Thatharana, have breakfast. Exit the campsite as you saw it on arrival and walk down to the village Kharota, taking the same path from which you came. Upon arrival in Kharota, our guide will arrange the cab on request (extra costs) for transferring to the McLeod market. Check-in to the hotel (not included in the package) at Mcleodganj for fresh n up and rest. Free self-time to explore Mcleodganj and commence your onward journey with this weekend sweet memories.
On arrival at Kharota village, trek concludes.
Thatharana is situated in the Dharamshala, Kangra a Himachal Pradesh district. If you are interested in doing this trek, reach Dharamshala first. Now, you might ask how to reach Dharamshala. Here are some travel options…
If you’re going to come by air, then it’s going to be the best way as Dharamshala has its airport called Gaggal. So, from any of India’s major cities, you can quickly get to Dharamshala.
This would be the most accessible approach if you’re willing to travel from Delhi or Chandigarh, particularly if you’re on a limited budget. Take a direct bus from Delhi to Dharamshala and reach Dharamshala in just several hours, about 8 to 10 hours. Most of the coaches run overnight so; you should take note.
If you’re looking for the cheapest way of travel to reach Dharamshala then it would be by train. Still, it can get a little challenging as Dharamshala has no railway station. To reach Dharamshala, take a train till Pathankot and travel on a bus for approximately 2-3 hours.
Now that you have entered Dharamshala, you need directions to reach trek’s starting point. The place is known Kharota village, and via Khaniyara you will have to come. There are very fewer options to get to Kharota; you can either take a bus from Dharamshala to Khaniyara and then trek up to Kharota village, hire a taxi or rent a bike or a car to get to Kharota as no direct bus run to that locality.
May-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 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-March you should think of trekking.
If you are an adventure lover, Thatharana trek can be done across the year. There is also an opportunity to go snow trekking from December to March to Thatharna. So, this is the best choice in your hand if you want to do snow trekking.