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Churdhar Trek from Delhi in Winters


Churdhar peak

Would you consider it if I informed you that I did this trek in 4 hours? That’s proper. It took me trekking of solely 4 hours to finish the Churdhar trek from the place I parked my motorbike. It was certainly a memorable expertise and probably the greatest brief treks that I’ve ever been on in my life.

Churdhar peak is a well-liked trekking vacation spot within the Sirmaur district of Himachal Pradesh. It was early winter (November) and I needed to go for a brief trip on my Dominar 400 earlier than I promote it. And even higher if I might squeeze in some trekking in it.

I needed to do the Churdhar trek for fairly a while however since I had solely 3 days in my hand, it appeared a bit troublesome. I searched on the web to seek out out that the most well-liked path to Churdhar begins from Nohradhar.

Delhi to Churdhar Trek Route

From Nohradhar, it takes 2 days to achieve Churdhar and it was fairly not possible to begin my trek from right here if I needed to begin from Delhi and are available again in 3 days. Upon looking a bit extra, I came upon that the trek may be executed from a village known as Sarain close to Chopal, Himachal Pradesh.

I realized that from right here, it’s an 8 kms of a trek however fairly steep to start with. So I made a decision to achieve Sarain on day 1 and I certainly did. To my shock, I came upon upon reaching Sarain that the trek could possibly be executed from one other place 6 Kms forward of Sarain. From there, it is just 4 Kms of a trek to Churdhar temple. And it’s not even so steep from there.

This little truth modified my journey from hectic to relaxed. On this weblog, I narrate my story on how I did Delhi – Churdhar – Delhi in 3 days. Should have been powerful proper? By no means!

Day 1 – Delhi to Sarain

It was the primary week of November and the winter chill had began to set in a bit. With driving gears and loads of winter put on, I began my journey at 6:00 AM from Delhi.

I had two choices to achieve Sarain from Delhi. One, through Shimla and one other, through Vikasnagar. I made a decision to at least one route whereas going and one other whereas coming again.

I traveled to Sarain through the Vikasnagar. The path to be taken is – Delhi – Saharanpur – Vikasnagar – Kherooa – Koti – Minas – Nerwa – Sarain. So with the saddlebags on either side of my motorbike and driving gears on, I used to be all set to trip on this route.

As quickly as I used to be on the Meerut Expressway, I spotted that the motion digicam (DJI OSMOS) on my helmet was a bit tilted. I ended to regulate it a bit however then, it fell from its place and landed on the bottom.

On the very starting of the journey, I used to be my damaged digicam. Fortunately, it was solely the clear lens cowl that broke and never the lens itself. So although I might trip with the lens cowl off, it meant damaging the lens with all of the mud on the best way.

Dehradun – Vikasnagar

It was 7 AM and no digicam retailers had been open anyplace. I had no plans to come back again to Delhi, so I made a decision to achieve Dehradun and see what could possibly be executed there. Sure, I needed to take this detour to Dehradun due to this digicam hassle.

I reached Dehradun at round 10:00 AM however couldn’t discover a store the place I might get a substitute cowl. The subsequent best choice was to discover a watch smith and get the glass changed on the quilt.

There have been loads of such retailers close to the Clock Tower, Dehradun and certainly one of them fortunately agreed to do the job. And he did it nicely. the brand new glass is after all not as toughened as the unique one, however it price me solely Rs 100 (plus some further miles and a few hours) to get it executed.

Now was the time to move again to the unique route. The 40 odd kms of the trip from Dehradun to Vikasnagar was via fixed visitors (it was already 11:00 AM) and loud fats sounds of the Vikram fats fat. Yeah, that’s why this identify.

After crossing Vikasnagar, I needed to continuously examine my GPS in order that I don’t enterprise on the Chakrata route. The route I took goes alongside the Tons river (which can also be the Himachal Pradesh – Uttarakhand border).

Driving alongside the Tons River (Himachal-Uttarakhand Border)

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The street will not be solely remoted but additionally presents stunning views of the Tons valley. It was 1:00 PM once I noticed a bit of Dhaba at Kherooa which is a tiny hamlet on the route.

I had the thali which was scrumptious. All for Rs 30. After 10 kms from Kherooa comes Koti which is the primary sizeable village on this route after Dakpathar.

Koti – Minas

Issues begin to dramatically change after Koti. The remoted street turns into much more remoted and its situation additionally begins to deteriorate. The subsequent village is Kwanoo from the place the street bifurcates into two. The tarred one goes to Chakrata and the graveled one goes to Minas.

I needed to take the graveled one now. The street situation was dangerous and I assumed it might enhance after coming into Himachal Pradesh. Lastly, I noticed a bridge on the Tons with a board saying “Thanks for visiting Uttarakhand”.

Stunning Tons River on the best way

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I used to be coming into Himachal now from this place known as Minas. The street which was dangerous on the Uttarakhand aspect as nicely, what ought to I say, horrible on the Himachal aspect. I want I had an journey bike on this stretch.

The horrible street continued until Gumma, the primary village on the Himachal aspect. Since I additionally noticed a petroleum pump right here, I additionally received my motorbike refueled right here. The street situation received higher after Gumma.

Himachal aspect of the route

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GPS comes actually helpful in such remoted areas and I closely relied on it to navigate my strategy to Nerwa the place I reached at round 4:45 PM. It was getting darker and colder. On seeing the pine timber alongside the street, I spotted that I’m on the next altitude now.

This street goes to Chopal if I proceed straight, however I noticed an enormous gate on an alternate route with a Shiva statue on the highest. The board on the aspect of the street mentioned ‘Sarain -10 Kms’.


I used to be drained by now and my fingers had been freezing within the chilly air. It was such a reduction to know that I’m nearly there. On this remoted street resulting in Sarain, I ended by giving a elevate to an area who additionally needed to go to Sarain. Later, he helped me discover a resort to remain there.

I reached Sarain at 5:45 PM and it was time to relaxation earlier than I trek to Churdhar tomorrow. I discovered a fairly respectable room for Rs 500. It was truly a dormitory-type room with 7 beds in it. However I received all of it for myself as there have been hardly any vacationers in Sarain at the moment of the yr.

Whereas having my dinner, the resort proprietor informed me that I needn’t begin my trek from Sarain anymore as there’s a new path to Churdhar now and it’s solely 4 Kms of a trek to the temple now. It was such a reduction to know this.

You may watch the complete Vlog for today within the video above.

Day 2 –  Sarain to Churdhar Peak

It was a fantastic day with a transparent sky. At round 7:30 within the morning, I began my day after having some tea and biscuits on the place the place I used to be staying in Sarain.

It was so chilly that originally, the motorbike didn’t even begin. However ultimately, it did after a number of makes an attempt. A street climbs up on the correct after a bit forward of Sarain which is known as ‘Lihat-Sarain street’.

The place to begin of the Churdhar trek is on this street itself. This street is tough and requires some off-roading as nicely. At one level, it was so dangerous that my motorbike received caught for a second and I needed to take assist to take it out.

The one who helped me had his personal Alto caught at that very level. Fortunately, I discovered a useful Mahindra Max driver who was ferrying some locals to the trek level. He requested me to observe him.

After driving for round 6 Kms, I reached this level the place plenty of vehicles and jeeps had been parked. This was the start line of the trek. The approximate coordinates of this level are: 30.907420946427163, 77.49318514640711

Churdhar Trek

I began to trek at round 8:00 AM within the morning. Initially, I assumed it might be a steep climb as I had learn in a number of blogs. However it was not.

The blogs talked about the trek that begins from Sarain itself and that will need to have been steep. However this one was a gradual incline.

The explanation for that is that I used to be beginning the trek at an altitude that’s already fairly excessive, i.e. 2500 meters. Sarain for reference is round 2000 meters.

Forest space firstly of the trek

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The trek passes via a dense forest. It is part of the Churdhar Sanctuary, in spite of everything. Nonetheless, if the temple is open (because it was in my case), you’ll by no means be alone as many locals ceaselessly trek from this route solely, which is the shortest one to achieve Churdhar.

I used to be a bit in a necessity of breakfast now and noticed a few huts on the best way. They had been closed although. Nonetheless, after strolling for an additional kilometer or so, I discovered a couple of extra huts.

This time, I might see the smoke popping out of the chimneys. Time for some Aalu paratha and tea. I additionally charged my digicam right here (utilizing my energy financial institution) and interacted with locals.

Breakfast break on the best way

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I had walked just for round 2 kms and the dhaba walla informed me that its the mid-way to the temple. Wow, already? I mentioned as I moved forward.

The path to Churdhar temple from this place onwards is even higher. After strolling for a couple of minutes, I lastly noticed some snow across the path. It was November, so I’ve anticipated some snow on this trek.

Snow on the path

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Churdhar Temple

Fortunately, although the snow was there across the path, it was not there precisely on the path. That will need to have been as a result of folks had been ceaselessly strolling on it.

This a part of the trek was a bit steep. However not for too lengthy. After strolling for a couple of extra minutes, I reached an enormous meadow from the place, on one aspect the Churdhar peak and temple had been seen proper within the entrance, whereas on the opposite, Himalayan ranges had been additionally seen.

Churdhar peak and temple

Churdhar peak and temple

Although it appears from this level that one has already arrived, there may be nonetheless a long way to be lined earlier than one reaches the temple.

Simply earlier than the temple

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I reached Churdhar temple at 11:45 AM, which is lower than 4 hours from the place I began my trek. I had loads of breaks on the best way and did this trek at a leisurely tempo.

After visiting the temple and soaking within the serene ambiance of this place, I now headed for the Churdhar peak, which is additional 1 km from the temple.

Churdhar Peak

Two alternative ways lead you to the height. One is nicely marked whereas the opposite will not be. The one I took to climb up was not so nicely marked however it’s nonetheless fairly simple.

Additionally, on this route, you get to go to Churu ka Tibba, which is a large rock on which you may as well climb. It’s a bit of difficult although and I didn’t try. Additionally, you get to see the opposite aspect of the views from this route which is the valley view.

The valley view en route Churdhar peak

Churdhar peak

I lastly reached the Churdhar peak at 1:00 PM. An enormous Shiva Statue (Shirgul Maharaj) is located on the high of the height. There may be additionally a pujari who would inform you the story of this place.

Shirgul Maharaj, Churdhar peak

Churdhar peak

I paid my respect and spent an excellent one hour on the highest having fun with the 360-degree views from right here

Himalayan ranges from Churdhar peak

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I began to trek again at 2:00 PM from the height and this time, I took the path to the temple which was nicely constructed.

Churdhar to Sarain

Initially, I made a decision to remain on the temple just for the evening, however with plenty of daylight remaining, I made a decision to move again to Sarain the identical day itself.

I once more stopped on the identical place the place I had my breakfast within the morning for some tea and pakoras. On the best way again, I met some locals from Chopal who had been trekking with household. Whereas chit-chatting with the locals, I didn’t understand once I reached the start line of the trek.

I reached this level at round 4:40 PM. I’d price it as a simple trek even whenever you climb up and descend down in a single day.

Lihat-Sarain street on the best way again to Sarain

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I reached my resort (Surat Rain Basera/ Verma Jee’s Restaurant) the place I stayed the earlier evening at 5:30 PM. I made a decision to remain right here just for this evening as nicely.

My room at Surat Rain Basera/ Verma Jee’s Restaurant

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The telephone numbers of the resort are +91 8628863793 and +91 9816308751. You may contact them to remain at Sarain and even to examine if the trek is open or not.

The complete Vlog for today can also be embedded on the hyperlink above.

Day 3 – Sarain to Delhi

A trek that I assumed could be tiring, turned out to be a simple one. That mentioned, I needed to skip my dinner the earlier evening. I had no intention of doing so although.

What occurred was, that there was a marriage within the village and everybody together with my resort proprietor was invited there. So, no person had ready any meals within the village.

Initially, since I assumed I’d keep on the Churdhar temple itself, I additionally didn’t inform upfront that I’m heading again to Sarain. However, I want I used to be invited to that wedding ceremony no less than. Greater than as soon as, I even considered simply crashing into it uninvited.

The morning was nice and I made a decision to go to the Bijjat Maharaj temple in Sarain earlier than heading again to Delhi. Although one can drive or trip as much as the temple, I needed to discover the village on foot.

I crossed the slender lanes of Sarain and reached the temple after strolling for 15 minutes. Bijjat Maharaj temple is an historical and delightful temple that displays the standard Himachali infrastructure.

Although images will not be allowed contained in the sanctum of the temple, it’s fairly an expertise in itself. It’s quite peaceable as nicely. Don’t miss this temple in case you are visiting this space.

Bijjat Maharaj Temple, Sarain

Bijjat Maharaj Temple

After a fast lower of tea, I began at round 9:00 AM from Sarain for my trip to Delhi. This time, I deliberate to take the Shimla route which is longer than the one I took whereas coming right here, however with the roads in a a lot better situation.


I deliberate my first cease at Chopal for breakfast which is round 22 Kms from Sarain however takes round one hour on the winding roads. The Churdhar peak was continuously seen on this street and I couldn’t assist myself stopping once in a while to take footage.

Churdhar peak within the backdrop

Churdhar peak

Not solely the height, however all the panorama was so calming and serene, that I might spend my complete day simply sitting there if I didn’t have to achieve Delhi that day.

Serene valley and step farms

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I lastly reached Chopal at round 10:00 AM. It was stunning to see how massive this city is. I used to be anticipating a small hamlet like Sarain however it was fairly a sizeable city with a market, banks, ATMs, faculties, and whatnot.

I ended at Chopal Bus Stand for the breakfast. It gave me a possibility to examine the bus schedule from Chopal to Sarain. I received to know {that a} bus begins from Sarain at 9:00 AM for Chopal which matches again to Sarain at 12:00 PM from right here. So anybody planning to do that journey suing public transport might take a observe.

After Chopal, I used to be heading in the direction of Theog now. Once more, GPS turns out to be useful as I relied on maps to seek out the proper route. I downloaded the maps upfront earlier than venturing on to this journey in order that I can nonetheless use them the place the connection was weak.

Chopal is about the identical altitude as Sarain at round 2050 meters, so I used to be anticipating the street to descend down from right here. However to my shock, the street began to climb up and at one level, I used to be even increased than 2700 meters. Not solely that, the street presents stunning views on either side alternatively.


For individuals who like to drive or trip on the Kufri-Narkanda street and even those that beloved the Theog-Kharapathar street, add this one (Theog-Chopal) to your record. It supplies wonderful views all through and should even be filled with snow within the winter months of January and February.

The street additionally has little or no visitors on the best way. After driving for a few hours on this street, I reached Sainj at round 12:20 PM. The altitude had additionally declined significantly by now. I used to be now at 1270 meters.

This isn’t the well-known Sainj close to Tirthan valley that we hear loads about. This one is a distinct city on this street. From Sainj, I had two choices of routes to take in the direction of Chandigarh.

The shorter route goes straight in the direction of Solan and the longer one goes to Theog after which to Shimla from there. I took the longer rote for a easy motive, that I needed to cross via Shimla. I merely love that metropolis.

Churdhar peak once more seen from Theog

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Theog is a big city. Right here, I additionally received on to the Nationwide Freeway that will take me to Shimla after which to Chandigarh. This meant broader roads, but additionally extra visitors. And certainly, I actually confronted my first mini visitors jam of the day at Theog.


After crossing Fagu and Kufri, I used to be in search of a fast chew for lunch. Fortunately, I discovered a van serving noodles and burgers proper earlier than Shimla. I had my burger there. Shimla was means too crowded and took me nearly 45 minutes to cross the town.

I left Shimla at round 3:15 PM. I made a decision to cease for a couple of minutes at one of many Railway Stations on the Kalka-Shimla slender gauge line (Kathleeghat). It jogs my memory of my childhood days once we used to journey to Shimla on this toy practice. What enjoyable it was.

Toy Practice on the Kalka-Shimla Railway

Toy Train

With the continuing building of the Himalayan Expressway, all the stretch between Shimla and Solan was in a nasty form. Nonetheless, the street after Solan is sort of a breeze now, because the Himalayan Expressway is absolutely operational from right here onwards.

I crossed Solan at round 5:00 PM and took me lower than one hour to achieve Parwanoo from there. And I don’t consider in driving quick. It’s simply that the roads are so good that you may preserve an excellent pace even on this Himalayan terrain.

Fortunately, I lined the hilly trip in daylight. However then, with Dominar’s fabulous headlight, driving after sundown can also be not a lot of a problem. I reached Ambala at 7:00 PM and I used to be fairly drained by now.

The subsequent cease was at Sagar Ratna right here for my dinner. I reached Delhi at round 11:50 PM and it was now the time to take a relaxation and revisit the recollections of this superior trip plus trek.

Delhi to Churdhar Trek Overview

  • Whole distance lined on street (Delhi to Delhi): 952.9 Kms
  • General gasoline consumption on this journey: 28 km per liter
  • Common pace on this journey: 43 kmph

The complete Vlogs for today are additionally embedded right here.

Bijjat Maharaj Temple

Sarain to Delhi

Delhi to Churdhar Trek  – Conclusion

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