Day 3: Thanedar - Day excursion to
Hatu peak 20 kms drive and 10 kms hike/4-5 hrs
The 3136 mt high Hatu Peak o ers a panoramic view of the Pir Panjal and the Dhauladhar ranges of Himalayas.
Sidhpur; 10 km from the Banjara Retreat and then climb up through the Conifer and Oak
forests. The climb to the peak with a small break for a packed lunch, generally
takes about 3 hours. The
forest around Hatu is famous for its ora and fauna/ Avi-fauna. One can see Silver r, Birch, Oaks, Himalayan
Cedar, Himalayan Yew, Rhododendron,
herbs and wild owers. It is also rich in wildlife and if you are lucky
you may see Leopards, Black Bear, Jungle Cats, Himalayan Weasel, Flaying Squirrel, Himalayan
Monal- state bird of Himachal, Red Jungle Fowl, Magpie Robin, Laughing Thrush, Minivets and Whistling
Thrush to name a few. The Hatu Mata Temple, located
on the ridge of the top, is very popular with the locals
during the local fairs in September and October.
The more adventurous ones can hike back to Sidhpur and drive
back to retreat. In the evening drive/ hike to
St. Mary's church in Kotgarh (a 3 km hike through most picturesque forest).