Chanshal Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 3.800m (12,467ft) above the sea level, located in the Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh. It remains open from May till October and connects the small town of Rohru to the villages of Dodra and Kwar. Chanshal Pass is the highest peak in Shimla district and from the top; it offers enthralling view of the valley around. Chanshal top is quite scenic and a trip here is highly recommended for anyone with interest in travel, off-roading or photography.
OFFBEAT | Chanshal Pass | Dodra Kwar | Larot PABBAR VALLEY
If you look for a road less traveled, if you want to experience an indefinable blend of myth and reality, fact and fiction, if ancient and towering temples, legends, charming architecture and soaring mountains excite you, if fishing and trekking set your pulse racing, if you plan your vacation in the scrutiny of picturesque hamlets, fruit-laden orchards cradled by thick words and set by swift streams, and if you want to experience a place where man and nature live on – Experience the bewitching spell of Pabbar valley.
The Chanshal Pass and twin villages of Dodra and Kwar have a unique history. In the age of road revolution, this region was devoid of a motor able road till as recently as 2009. The local tribes didn’t support road development efforts by the Himachal government, as they believed their local deity didn’t permit of road building. The deity finally approved of a road and in 2006, the foundation of the 92 km Rohru-Kwar road across the mighty Chanshal Pass was laid. It took three long years to finally connect the landlocked Dodra-Kwar to the rest of Himachal Pradesh.
DODRA KWAR : The villages of Dodra and Kwar are separated by a few kilometers. Now connected by a motorable road, this pocket retains a pristine beauty. There are countless wild flowers and medicinal herbs, thick woods of flowering rhododendron, cedar and birch, waterfalls and fast-flowing streams. All this is set against a majestic backdrop of high peaks like the Sharangcha. The villages and their temples are remarkable examples of local wood work skill and come packed with fascinating legends.
Other places worth seeing from Rohru are Sudash (17 km), Larot (36 km), Sungri (32 km) and Dhanwari (26 km) which is famous for trout fishing.
TREK TO CHANDERNAAN LAKE
Chandernaaan lake is situated in between beautiful snowy mountains at an elevation of 4,000 meters(approximately)from sea level in the Pabbar Valley. To reach Chandernahan lake you first need to reach Rohru which is at a distance of 120 Kms from Shimla. From Rohru there is a road which takes you to village Tangnu & village Janglikh. These villages are also good to see if you are interested in knowing the actual traditional culture of Himachal Pradesh. From the village Tangnu it is an eight hour trek Chandernaan lake with a stop at Litham Thach The word “Thach” means meadow. The river Pabbar originates from here,which cultivates a large area of Rohru. There is a waterfall of about 30 meters before it converts in to regular flowing water of river Pabbar. It is the birth place of Devta Shikru. The temple of Devta ji is situated in the Heart of Rohru.