..................Adventure Activities at Kalatop
...................Getting ready for the Trek
The drive from Pathankot to Dalhousie is a pleasant experience. You will also see the Ranjit Sagar Lake from Dhar (about 25 KM from pathankot). At Dunera (40 KM from Pathankot), you can also stop for a refreshing Aam papad break, Aam Papad is a fruit leather made out of mango pulp mixed with concentrated sugar solution and sun dried.
Kalatop (wild-life santuary) is surrounded by dense pine and spruce forests and with a view of the snow capped Pir Panjal Range, and the velvety meadow of Khajjiar, the Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary is a gem of a tourist destination by its own right. The wildlife in the Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary abounds Ibex, deer, bears and leopards, but they mostly hideaway and rarely come out to the buffer areas. However, one should look for pheasants and Serow. The sanctuary has well defined trekking trails and offers mind blowing view.
Rappelling is an individual confidence building activity that is a key factor in bringing out the “Can Do” attitude in the students. A descent of a vertical surface of a cliff require control and physical stamina.
Flying Fox helps in not only building the upper body strength but also is very adventurous and thrilling.
The trek from Dainkund to Jot is one of the least explored trek route in the entire State. A delightful walk along the upper ridges of the DhaulaDhar, at about 3000m with a background of the Pir Pinjal and Pangi Range ranges. While crossing through Dainkund to our south is an expansive view of the Ranjit Sagar Lake opening out in to the plains. Beyond lays the plains of Punjab, with the rivers Ravi, Chenab and Beas flowing through. The walk is lush green and the path manageable. Heading into the realms of the Gaddi shepherd we start to traverse some of the more beautiful nomad trails through the most spectacular landscape.
Khajjiar (mini-swiss of india) is often reffered to as "Mini-swiss of India" & "Gulmarg of Himachal Pradesh" The lush green meadows are surrounded by thick pine and cedar forests. Grazing herds of sheep, goats and other milch cattle present a prefect pastoral scenery. There is a small lake in the center of the saucer shaped meadow which has in it a floating island. Much of the lake has degenerated into slush because of heavy silting during rains. Still the landscape of Khajjiar is picturesque and a photographer's delight.
Boating Point located at Taleru is one of the most scenic sight of Dalhousie. This sight offers to explore the most beautiful backwaters of Chamba Valley. The Chamera Dam Lake is one of the modern engineering marvel of the State of Himachal Pradesh, as also provides an oppurtuinity to have a exiting boating trip around the magnaficiant lake. This backwater lake is formed on River Ravi, which originates from Manimesh, a scrade piligrame and abode of Lord Shiva. This fresh water lake is around 5 km and around 150 mts deep.
Pajpulla (water-fall) is 3 kms from the Gandhi Chownk. At Panjpulla a memorial is built in memory of Sardar Ajit Singh, one of the Indian's well-loved freedom fighter and uncle of Sardar Bhagat singh. Panjpulla has a small lake with boating facility and is the nearest picnic spot. At Panjpulla, a waterfall is also there.