Jalori Pass is a high mountain pass with an elevation of 10,800 ft above the sea level. It is situated in the district of Kullu in Himachal Pradesh. It is the nearest mountain pass from Delhi at a distance of 508 km and it is a must go for an adventure seeking tourist.
It is the only pass which allows any kind of vehicle to drive through. The pass, however, remains closed during the peak winter months, hence you will need to find out in advance and plan accordingly.
There are cautions to be followed when you drive through this pass, such as driving in the first gear, which is mandatory. The curvy roads give a marvellous view of the Himalayas.
Starting Point: Delhi
Destination: Jalori Pass
Best Time To Visit: Mid June to Mid October
How To Reach Jalori Pass
By Air: Chandigarh is the nearest airport located at a distance of 280 km, one can hire a taxi to reach Jalori Pass from the airport.
By Train: The nearest railway station is at Jogindernagar, 95 km from Kullu. But Chandigarh, is the best option which is located at a distance of 272 km, as it provides connectivity to all the major stations across the nation.
By Road: Jalori Pass is well-connected by roads. The driving distance from Delhi to Jalori Pass is 508 km. There are also plenty of buses which operate from Delhi to Kullu.
I chose the Route 1 to cover the journey, it took me around 12 hours to reach the Jalori Pass. The route was a thrill to drive. Passing through various places, the route gives you an exposure to various cultures and geographic changes. The best part of travelling in your car is that one can stop in between, stretch yourself up and enjoy the beauty of the place and reach at your own pace.
Those who wish to take up Route 2, it would take you approximately 14 hours to reach the Jalori Pass.
The journey from Delhi to Jalori was planned as a weekend trip. So starting on a Friday evening and after spending a day at the Tirthan Valley, you can catch the sunrise at Jalori Pass and then return to Delhi.
As the drive proceeds through the highway throughout the night, Kurukshetra can be a good option to stop over for dinner and after which one can proceed to Tirthan Valley and call it a day there.
Tirthan Valley is a place for someone who seeks some adrenaline rush. This serene valley is also an ideal place for meditation. The valley is a little away from the famous tourist destinations of Manali and Kasol. Hence you would not witness much tourist inflow here.
The place is known for its pleasant climate and for temperatures falling under 24 degrees even in summer. The best time to visit the Valley would be during the spring season, as the valley would cover with apple orchards.
The place would for sure will offer you a surreal experience, and rejuvenate you. The valley would make you fall in love with it at the very first sight.
After taking in the beauty of Tirthan Valley, one can move towards the last destination of the journey, which is the Jalori Pass and catch the sight of the rising sun. The drive through the pass isn't for the faint-hearted; with its dangerous curves and uneven roads, it sure will bring out the adventure junkie in you.
After driving through this adventurous stretch one can not only witness the beautiful sunrise but also grasp the beauty which lies in this isolated location which has its own sense of beauty and splendour hidden in it.