Serolsar is a beautiful lake situated in middle of dense forest around Jalori Pass of Kullu District. I have been to this lake twice and have seen 2 different colors of the lake, but I still want to visit it again. And probably during winters. This Photo Journey shares more about this trek from Jalori Pass to Serolsar Lake, along with some tips & other things to do around this place.
I visited Jalori Pass 6 years back and then planned again in 2012. Both the times, we planned this small trek from Jalori Pass market to Serolsar Lake. Jalori Pass market has hardly 10 shops. The roads goes beyond Jalori pass and it hits another beautiful place Banjar. The trek to Serolsar lake is through dense forest.
These multi-layered mountains look awesome from Jalori Pass. To reach Serolsar lake from Jalori pass, there are 2 treks. One is to take Banjar road and get into the forest and then reach Serolsar lake. Other starts from the temple, which is located near Jalori Pass market. We took the one which starts from Jalori Pass market. Before starting the trek, make sure that you have enough water to drink and some snacks. There is only one shop near lake and there is no fixed schedule of this shop. You may find it closed as well. So prepare yourself by assuming that there is no shop on the same.
This trek takes 1.5 hrs from Jalori Pass to Serolsar lake, so it can be planned in a day. If you want to do camping around this place, you need to carry everything with you. Apart from this lake, we couldn't find any other source of water.
The forest was quite vibrant during the time we visited Serolsar Lake. The dry leaves were giving nice color contrast to green forest around us. Throughout this trek you get shade of these huge trees, except few smaller stretches.
As we crossed the half part of the trek, we hit this place where we saw lot of abandoned houses. It looked like a small village, which is left behind by a community.
Some of these houses were built under huge rocks. I had seen similar houses in Spiti, but these were very old. Some of the houses were having locks on the doors, while others were open with no windows and doors. We asked about these houses at Jalori but now I don't clearly remember the information. Because on our way, all of us had varied theories, so I can end up writing my own theory if I plan to write :).
There are moderate ups and downs on the way. It's recommended to have trekking shoes, because of the kind of terrain. Although one of the pahadi trekker with was in sleepers.
After an enjoyable trek through forest, you reach the place where Serolsar lake is located in middle of forest and surrounded by colorful hills all around. This trek goes beyond the lake and you can experience some of the brilliant views of stone mountains. This lake is circular in shape and most of the time shining with clear reflection of sky. There is a belief that you would not notice any leaf floating in the middle of the lake. It seems that birds around the lake ensure that lake looks beautiful without any distraction in form of leaf or anything else of that sort.
Can you guess what's unusual about above photograph? I would let you think about it and would share the inputs in the end of this post. Do comment back what you had guessed and did that match the reality?
There is this beautiful temple on one of the sides of the lake. We spent some time around this temple and our gang had few performances along with other trekkers at Serolsar lake. Check out the video below. Rohit and Saurabh singing & dancing on a Himachali folk song from Shimla.
There is small shop at a distance of 100 meters from lake. This shop offers nice maggie, tea and some variety of munchies. We had tea with biscuits at the lake. This man told us various stories about the lake and suggested us to visit the lake again in winters, when water gets frozen and you can play on the frozen Serolsar. It sounds scary, but true. I checked some of the images of frozen lake and it looks awesome. Hope to visit Serolsar lake during winters soon.
At the end of every trekking post, I usually get a question - 'Is there any connecting road to Serolsar'. And the answer is no. That's why this place so peaceful, clean and worth doing a trek of 1.5 hrs. So if you are around Jalori Pass, do plan to visit Serolsar lake. You would enjoy the beautiful trek through the forest.
Regarding the image above. - Everything you see in this photograph is reflection in water. This photograph is cropped in such a way that it doesn't have other part and then rotated at 180 degree. Now just go above and look again. The water in the lake was so clear to have almost same view in reflection.