A Trip to Jalori Pass – What to Expect?

Riding over a mountain pass does not necessarily mean that you’d have to travel all the way to Ladakh, given that it’s recognized as the land of high passes. In India, there are many regions that take you to the nature’s lap only to give you opportunities to quench your traveling thirst by diving into the unknown and unexplored zig-zag paths of Jalori Pass.

A walk along the dense forest and serpentine narrow roads

Definitely, the road takes you to the fascinating sides of this hidden gem known as Jalori Pass. You absolutely could never resist your wonderlust if and when you reach this zone. What generally wins travelers’ hearts is the interesting folklore of this place. Locals say that the pristine lake remains tranquil because birds come here and make the place more beautiful by cleaning the lake in their own way.

En route to the pass, you will end up getting awestruck at the sight of the mesmerizing pine or deodar forest. Himalayan pass, indeed, intrigues all its wonderlust travelers. The narrow roads, closely serpentine; leads you to an enchanting journey. Here, every journey becomes your destination, and every destination becomes your only way of exploring yourself to the moon and back.

Jalori Pass in geographical terms

A Trip to Jalori Pass: What to Expect?
Photo of ‘Shoja to Jalori (19)’ by Travelling Slacker under CC BY 2.0

Jalori Pass happens to be located at distance of about 78 km right from Kullu. It is 84 km away from Mandi and 25 km away from Banjar. From Shoja, it is around 10 km away. If you  come from Gushiani, you can take a cab and reach Jalori Jot. After which, you will have to hike further up. Don’t worry, the hike here is easy to moderate.

Is it safe for hikers?

When it comes to Jalori Pass safety, it depends with whom you are traveling to this place. If you are a solo traveler, it might not be as safe as to visit alone. And the roads are narrow that lead to the pass. Given that the roads have steep and winding ways, it is better to handle a vehicle here only if you have a decent driving experience. As long as you are on safe wheels, there’s nothing that would bother you here. The place also does not have any crime rate as of now.

Lose yourself in the mid of the local culture and get to know them through their humble welcomes. If you want to go for hiking, it is safer to hire a professional guide who knows the routes better than you. In a nutshell, a trip to Jalori Pass is definitely fun and fascinating.

When is Best time to visit Jalori Pass?

The zone gets closed for the vehicles by third or fourth week of December. It gets opened in April. So, the best time to visit Jalori Pass is during the month of April. Due to heavy snowfall, the region remains closed during the winters.

In January, the roads remain buried many feet under the snow, which makes it right next to impossible to cross the road. So, after winter starts receding in the month of March, Jalori Pass embraces the summer’s beauty and bucks up to get reopened for its tourists.

Local delicacies to enjoy

You will find a wide range of dhabas situated near the zone. The must-try food that you should enjoy here is Kadhi-Chawal. It’s a lovely dish with boiled rice.

So, visiting Jalori pass should be a one-of-a-kind experience. You will find solace while ascending upwards. Post your hike, while descending downwards, you will find your mind full of memorabilia. Enjoy the memories and cherish for a lifetime.

Featured Photo of ‘Shoja to Jalori (15)’ by Travelling Slacker under CC BY 2.0

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