Serolsar Lake

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Serolsar Lake

Seolsar lake (spelled also as Sirolsar lake, Seruvalsar or Serulsar lake) is situated at an altitude of 3100 mts.   To reach the lake first you have to reach Jalori pass which is 76 kms from Kullu or if you are coming from Mandi, the distance is 85 km.  First you reach Banjar, a small beautiful town located amidst the greenery all around.  From Banjar Jalori Pass is 20 km.   One can halt at Jalori pass where there are few shops for refreshments etc. 

Serolsar Lake Trek

After a halt at Jalori pass, one can start the trek to the  Serolsar Lake which is about 6 kms from the pass.   The holy lake can be reached after trekking appx 4 hours through dense forests full of oak, blue pine, spruce, fir and deodar trees.   At one point during the trek one comes onto a ridge from where the inner Seraj valley beyond can be seen one side and the  outer Seraj valley on the other end.   The panoramic view is simply mind blowing worth spending few moments enjoying the beauty. However,  one must keep in mind that the weather begins to worsen anytime in the afternoon.  One must also carry your own water and food though are some dhabas selling biscuits and Maggie noodles on the way to the lake

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Budhi Nagini Devi Temple

After a long and somewhat tiring trek when one reaches the Serolsar lake, all tiredness and fatigue vanishes. The beautiful lake is situated amidst tall dense green forest. It is oval is shape with clear water with no leaves floating on the surface. On the North side of the lake there is a small temple dedicated to the snake Goddess called Buddhi Naginin Devi. 

The Budhi Nagini Temple is a small temple located near Serolsar Lake in the Jalori Pass region of Himachal Pradesh, India. The temple is dedicated to Mata Nagini Devi and is considered to be a sacred site by the local residents. The temple is surrounded by lush forests on one side of the Serolsar Lake and is known for its stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.

History of Budhi Nagini Temple

The temple is believed to be over 300 years old. According to local legend, the temple was built in the 18th century by the local residents to honor the goddess Nagini, who is revered as the goddess of serpents. The Budhi Nagini Temple is said to have powers to cure snake bites. People from nearby and other regions come to offer prayers and seek blessings from the goddess. The temple and the lake is also a great place to take in the breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape.

In addition to its religious significance, the Budhi Nagini Temple is also a popular destination for trekkers and nature lovers who come here to see the Serolsar Lake. The area is home to several trekking trails, including the famous Jalori Pass trek, which offers breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. The Budhi Nagini Temple is a unique and fascinating destination that offers a rich cultural and natural experience.

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By Bantu Thakur

Jalori Pass to Serolsar Lake

The distance from Jalori Pass to Serolsar Lake is 6 kms approx and the distance can only be covered on foot.  However you will definitively enjoy this small trek amongst dense green forest with only the nature as your company, if you decide so.

Jalori Pass

Jalori Pass located in Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh, India is a high mountain pass, situated at an altitude of 10,800 feet above sea level. The pass provides a scenic route between Kullu and Shimla. The pass is known for its picturesque views of the surrounding mountains, forests, and valleys, thus making it a popular destination for trekkers, nature lovers, and adventure enthusiasts.

The journey to Jalori Pass is a scenic one, with winding roads that pass through dense forests, high hills and mountain with snow-capped peaks. On the way, visitors can stop at several points to admire the breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. One of the most popular places nearby is the Sainj Valley, which is surrounded by snow-capped peaks and is known for its scenic beauty and serenity. One can also explore the nearby villages like Jibhi and Shoja, which are known for their traditional architecture, scenic beauty, and rich cultural heritage.

Jalori Pass is a unique and fascinating destination that offers a rich natural and cultural experience. If you are a nature lover, a trekker, or an adventure enthusiast, Jalori Pass is just the right place for you to make a visit. So, pack your bags, grab your gear, and head out to explore the scenic beauty and adventure opportunities of the Jalori Pass.

Places of Interest Near Jalori Passs

On reaching back Jalori pass, you can visit the ruins of Raghupur Garh Fort which is approx 4 to 5 kms uphill on the other side of the Jalori Pass.  The fort is at the top of a hill from which one can get fantastic view of the meadows, forests and mountains of the Pir Panjal range.    Jalori pass is on the trekking route that will take you to many beautiful places in the area Shoja, Sakiran, Lambri, Bashleo and the Great Himalayan National Park. From Jalori Pass one cn go to Ani which is at a distance of 30 kms appx.

How to Reach Jalori Pass

By Air

The nearest airport is at Bhuntar Town in Kullu District.  Kullu is 76 kms from Jalori Pass.  From Bhuntar  Kullu is 10 km and Manali 50 km.  The other major airport is located at Chandigarh which is 300 km from Manali.

By Train

There is no railway network in Himachal Pradesh except in very few places.   Jogindar Nagar is the nearest railway station towards Mandi to Dharamsala route.  Nearest railway station is Chandigarh and Pathankot. 

By Road

The entire state of Himachal Pradesh is connected by excellent roads with equally excellent public transport provided by the Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC).  HRTC has a huge fleet of buses catering to every part of the state as well as towns and cities of nearby states like Delhi, Ambala, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Haridwar, Shimla, Dharamsala and Chamba, Dalhousie, Jammu and even to Leh during summer. The route between Manali to Chandigarh and to Delhi is absolutely fantastic with frequent bust services.   Besides there are private operators running buses and taxis.

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