Day 3: Sojha - Serolser lake -
Sojha - 10 kms drive. 12 kms hike/ 5-6 hrs
Himachal Pradesh, with most of it lying in the lap of Himalayas, has an abundance of lakes. One such lake is
valley (Kullu District) located 11 kms (5 by car from our retreat to Jalori Pass and 6 kms from there
to the lake) from Banjara Retreat in Shoja. A drive to Jalori pass
will take 15-20 minutes from the retreat.
From there a well-de ned trail takes one to the Lake. Few hundred meters on the trail and then you get in to
the Oak forest. The
sun rays ltering through the tree cover, the blue of the sky through the foliage, the up
and down of the trail, an occasional sight of a bird, a clearing showing the
huge green vistas cascading
down to the Sutluj valley, all of this and more will keep you an enchanting company all the way to the lake.
The lake makes up in crystal
clear clarity what it lacks in size. The local belief is that no one has ever found a
leaf oating in the lake though leafy trees surround the lake itself. Nearby is a
small temple beyond which
the meadows start.
A couple of teashops regularly come up between April-October. They have also some local sweets and
savories- worth trying.
During summer a lot of Gujjars come with their bu aloes and cows to these pastures.
An average person may take about one and a half to two hours to cover the 6 km trail
from Jalori pass to the
lake. An early start will get you back to the retreat for the hot lunch. For people who would like to spend
more time with the chirping birds, we
will be too happy to provide you with a lunch hamper for you to enjoy
an al fresco lunch on the banks of the lake.