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Important Circuits in Himachal
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Travel to pristine natural destinations and immerse yourself in the mountain culture, while traveling in a way that conserves the environment and supports the livelihoods of the local communities. EcoSoC has been working to create destinations, lodges and tours that can challenge and fulfill your desire to be in the lap of nature.


Circle
Ecotourism center(Start-up area)
Name of circuit
Rest houses involved
Remarks
Shimla Forest Circle Rohru Rohru circuit Log hut Mandli FRHs Kashdhar Larot, Dodra, Kawar Jiskoon Jakha
Potential for horse riding, ornithology, wild life viewing, skiing (Chanshil Peak), fishing, treks and trail hikes. River rafting in River
Pabbar.Potential camp sites at Gazian Thach, Jakha and Tangan Khai.
Kullu Forest Circle Kullu (Forest Club) 1. Kullu-Kaisdhar-Naggar-
Manali- Kothi

1.Kullu(Hermitage)


2. Kullu (Kais )

3. Kaisdhar


4. Naggar



5. Manali(Sylvan
6. Manali (log huts and Cedar)

7. Koti FRH

To Bijli Mahadev (Shiv Mandir), Excellent for wild life viewing


Bhrigu temple

Wonderful trek, possibility of horse riding

At Nagger—the Roehrich Art gallery, Raghunath temple at Naggar


Hadimba temple at Manali, hot water springs at Vashisht; Trout at Patlikuhl


From Kothi onwards to Rohtang Pass and to Solang Pass,

  Shamshi
2.Kullu to
Manikaran
and Kheer Ganga
1.Shamshi

2. Jari
3.Garsa

4. Kasol







5. Pulga



River rafting along Beas, Black fish

Enroute halt—picturesque places

Manikaran for its religious potential and hot water springs. Excellent tours to Malana(26 kms)—oldest democracy of the world and Jamdagini rishi temple. Trek from Kasol to Grahan Monal(10 kms)—good sightings of Himalayan Thar and Gorals.


Trek to Kheer Ganga (28 kms both ways) and sulphur springs, excellent for wildlife viewing. Trek from Pulga to Mantalai(66 kms) for alpine flora pastures/meadows. An 18 km trek from Pulga to Roragsar—fresh water high altitude lake. Horse riding is possible at Pulga. Good for river rafting and mountain climbing.
Wonderful for wildlife viewing especially brown bear.

  Sai Ropa 3.Seraj Eco-circuit (Kullu to Shoja) 1.Aut
2.Sai Ropa
3. Banjar
4.Shoja
5. Panihar
6. Sainj
Excellent ecotourism facilities and community-based works can be viewed at Sai Ropa. Trek to GHNP, Trout available. Great for wild life viewing.Banjar to Skiran is a 8 km good quality trek in Oak and Fir forests. Easy sightings of Monal and Koklash pheasants. Trek from Gushaini to Kharongcha is 10 kms and is especially good for ornithology. At Shoja—wonderful for flowers (iris) and beauty; trek till Jalori Pass.
Rampur Forest Circle (non-tribal) Anni or Luri(Division office)









Nirmand




Rampur Bushahr
1.Anni-Paneo-Jalori Pass Circuit










2.Anni-Nirmand-Sarahan(Kullu)



3. Nogli-Taklech –Daranghati-
1.Takrasi
2.Panneo
3.Tarala 4.Khanag(PWD rest house)







1.Arsu
2.Sarahan(Kullu)



1. Nogli FRH
2. Taklech FRH
3. Gopalpur FRH
4. Sarahan ganghut
The rest-houses are 16-20 kms from each other. The treks are fascinating. The circuit is very pleasing and has been visited by our late PM, Shri Jawahar Lal Nehru & by Penelope Chetwood—her book on her Kullu travails is enthralling. Treks are there to Jalori Pass, Sarolsar Lake, Budhi Nagin Temple. The trek from Sarolsar Lake to Jalori pass is 12 kms


Excellent trek, hike to Parikarma. Route to Takrasi, Paneo, Tarala.



Excellent trek via Taklech to Daranghati to Sharai Kothi to Gopalpur and Sarahan. Old Hindustan Tibet road with its history
-do-(tribal) Kalpa(Range Office)











Kalpa range office
1.Sholtu-Kilba-Sangla-Purbani-Kalpa Circuit.











2. Kalpa to Akpa
1.Sholtu
2.Kilba
3.Sangla
4.Chitkul(PWD Resthouse)
5. Shongtong
5. Nichar







1.Rekong Peo
2. Akpa
3. Pooh
4.Kaza
Excellent views from Kalpa; Fishing for trout in Sangla—the beautiful Baspa Valley; potential treks/trails from Sholtu to Sangla, to Dodra Kawar, to Uttaranchal via Rani Kanda, the Mount Kinner Kailash Parikrama. Trekking along the old Hindustan-Tibet road. Chilgoza belt, Kinnauri shawls and excellent fruit basket—apple, chuli/behmi, grapes(Angoori liquor), Kinnaur Lavi Fair, excellent route for wildlife viewing,


Alpine areas, Going beyond to Pooh and Spiti cold desert areas, Trek to Pangi village, Chilgoza area. Excellent for Angoori /Chulli /Behmi liquor ; wild life viewing(Thar, Snowleopard); Along Spiti river, river crossing through pulley system;
Dharamshal a Forest Circle Palampur Dhauladhar Circuit 1.Malan
2. Bir
3. Rajgundha
4. Multhan(Barot)
5. Masgarh
6. Ranser Island(under wildlife wing)
Vast opportunities available for bird watching, trekking and para gliding (Billing World Cup); Saurav Van Vihar already stands developed well. Camping sites can be developed at Plachak and Sawar. Many important festivals like Losar. Excellent for religious sites—Jwalamukhi, Buddhist temples(Mcleodgang the headquarters for Dalai Lama) , Chamunda temple, Shiva temple, Mahakal temple etc. Some important treks and trails are Palampur to Bir, Bir to Rajgundha, Rajgundha to Plachak(15 kms on foot), Plachak to Bir (28 kms by foot), Bir to Multhan, Multhan to Swar. The Dhauladhar nature park at Gopalpur is also important. The Kutlehar training center can be converted into an eco-tourism center.
Nahan Forest Circle Nahan Nahan eco-circuit 1. FRH Suketi,
2. Trilokpur FRH
3. Renukaji FRH
The package can include boating, horse climbing, ornithology viewing, trekking and visit of famous religious and historical places(famous gurudwara at Paonta, Mattra Devi temple, Bagla mata temple, Balasundri temple).. Some of the recognized treks and trails are Girinagar-Pardauni-Majara-Khara-Paonta; Simalwara-Matter-Suketi; Nahan-Dhaun-Rama-Katasan; Trilokpur-Lalita Devi Temple; Renukaji-Jamdagini ka tila.
Bilaspur Forest Circle Swarghat Bilaspur eco-circuit 1. Shri Naina Devi ji FRH (WL)
2. Bandla FRH
3. Bahadurpur FRH 4. Gwalthai FRH
There is great potential for eco-tourism---chair car system, religious places(Naina Devi and Markanda Temple) , ornithology, trekking, fishing/angling, horse riding, fauna/floral wealth. The Gobind Sagar lake is great for Mahseer , Carps and Rehu fish and also for boating. The excellent treks identifies are Kola da tibba-NaianaDevi-Swarghat-Gambharpul-Baddu-Bahadurpur
Mandi Forest Circle Mandi Mandi eco-circuit 1. Mandi FRH
2. Parasar FRH
The trip from Mandi to Prasar lake has great potential both from the religious and tourism point of view. There is potential for horse riding, ornithology, fishing/angling, visit of Pandoh dam, Tarna Devi temple has lots of appeal.
Chamba Forest Circle Chamba Chamba Circuit 1. FRH Chamba
2. FRH Karpoke
3. Kundi FRH
4. Darkund FRH
5. Trauni I/hut
6. Chhatrari FRH
7. Ghera FRH
8. FRH Kalatop
9. Khajiaar FRH
Excellent treks and trails, wildlife haven, religious places (Laxminarayan, Chamanda, Seetla, Durga mata at Mehla, Lord Shiva at Chhatrarui and its famous lake),. The route is from Chamba to Chhatrari via Darkund & Dunlai to Shahpur(Kangra) via Lam dal, Kalatop-Khajiar. The trek would do well for boating and water sports,
 
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Last Reviewed/Updated : Monday, March 22, 2010