It was October 2016, when six of us friends decided to go for a short 4-day trip to Sach Pass in the Himalayas. If you drive towards North from Delhi, you will reach Himachal Pradesh after crossing the state of Haryana and Punjab.
Though Haryana shares its border directly with Himachal Pradesh, it is not preferable for the travelers coming from New Delhi. The direct border between Himachal Pradesh and Haryana is usually preferred by the locals who live in the Yamuna Nagar (which is in the Haryana side) to visit Nahan Hill Station (which is in the Himachal Pradesh side). From Nahan, the distance of Shimla is just 130 kilometers while Narkanda is at around 200 kilometers.
We were visiting Dalhousie, Khajjiar, and Sach Pass this time which is in the northwest part of the state. The distance from Dalhousie to Pakistan’s border is less than 100 kilometers.
New Delhi -> Khajjiar
The distance from New Delhi to Khajjiar is around 600 kilometers while from Dalhousie it is around 25 kilometers. Khajjiar is a hill station in the Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh. It is often known as the “Mini Switzerland In India“, name given by Swiss Envoy Willy P. Blazer in the year 1992. It is amongst the 160 locations which have a resemblance to Switzerland’s topography.
It is a round valley surrounded by lush green Meadows, long deodar trees, Dhauladhar Mountain ranges. The nearest airport and railway station is at Pathankot which is 96 kilometers away from Khajjiar.
Note: The hotel/ cottage room prices are a bit expensive around Khajjiar lake but if you go 1 kilometer away from the main Khajjiar attraction, you will get room prices at a very reasonable rate.
Khajjiar to Sach Pass
1 day or a maximum of 2 days are enough to visit Khajjiar. Our next destination after Khajjiar was Sach Pass which is a 15,000 ft high Mountain Pass in Chamba district. The distance to Sach Pass from Khajjiar is around 150 kilometers. You can reach to the top by either your own Bike/ Car or available rented cars if you don’t have your own vehicle.
The road condition to Sach Pass is not so good. For around 50 kilometers before reaching the top, the condition of the road gets worse. Over that, there was a thin layer of snow on the road after every few meters where our bikes were slippering. We had 3 bikes which fell a couple of times because of this. See the shared video below to understand the condition of the roads.
There was a small Hindu temple at the peak and very strong winds were blowing there. Our hands were freezing, to counter this we were doing push-ups to warm our body.
Note: There is no place to stay at the peak so don’t start your journey in the evening otherwise you will have to go back some 50-60 kilometers to find a stay. Try to start your journey in the morning.