Churdhar aka Churi-Chandni Dhar (Bangles of snow ridge) is the highest peak in the outside Himalayan range. The peak is surrounded by a 56 square km forest sanctuary, which makes trekking a delightful affair. The trek is a steep hike inside a dense Deodar forest, terraced fields, and Gujjar pasture lands.
The approach to the Churdhar summit can be done from three sides. The shortest and most popular one is from Nauradhar in the Sirmour district.
This trek is bliss for Wild Life admirers, several species of birds can be seen during the trek. Some of these birds include Himalayan monal, red junglefowl, Indian peafowl, multi-colored laughing thrush, and the koklass pheasant. The approach to the Churdhar summit can be done from three sides. The shortest and most popular one is from Nauradhar in the Sirmour district.
Shirgul Devta Temple, according to Purana is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Situated at the height of 3640 Meters above sea level the most famous temple of Lord Shirgul which is more than 5000 years old is the main attraction for visitors to this mountain. A wide variety of travelers come every year to offer their prayers in this temple seeking the lord’s blessing. It is a place where pilgrims bathe and wash away their sins, purify their souls and give gratitude to Lord Shiva by giving water on Linga.
Established at the height of 3647 Meters above sea level this idol of Lord Shiva testifies that reaching God is never easy. It is a steep walk to the peak from Shrigul Devta Temple amidst boulders and clouds. One can witness snow-clad mountains surrounding you from all sides. This is one of those moments in life that will just leave your mind blown, the moments that make you think how small we are in front of our mother nature and what lies beyond our comfort zone and we shall always be ready to embrace this.