Himachal Pradesh India Road trip

Mountain Drive: With an Infant (Part 2: Sirmaur Drive)

Mountain Drive: With an Infant (Part 2: Sirmaur Drive)

After a successful trip to Kasauli hills, we looked forward to our desired drive towards Sirmaur. We started our journey on the auspicious day of Raksha Bandhan in August 2015. We left Chandigarh in the morning around 9 am. Even in the month of August, the weather was not so pleasant.



Day 1: Renuka Lake (Boating), Renuka Ji and Lord Parshuram Temple 

The first day we followed national highway 7 (NH7) and reached Renuka Ji, a famous place in district Sirmaur, H.P. It was not a very straightforward task to reach Renuka Lake by road. Passing all the odds of hilly roads, we took a tea break while enjoying the beauty of mountains at some local small shop on the way.

Sirmaur (H.P) India @traxplorers
Refreshment break en route Sirmaur (H.P) India

Sirmaur (H.P) India @traxplorers
Sirmaur (H.P) India

After some rest, we started our journey towards Renuka Ji. On the way, we witnessed a beautiful waterfall. It was a bonus for the trip.

Beautiful Waterfall, Sirmaur (H.P) India @traxplorers
Beautiful Waterfall, Sirmaur (H.P) India

It took around 4 hours to reach Renuka Ji from Chandigarh after travelling approx. 131 km via Nahan (HP) India.

Sirmaur (H.P) India

traxplorers @ Sirmaur (H.P) India
Traxplorers @Sirmaur (H.P) India

Renuka Lake

Renuka Lake is situated at 672 meters above the sea level and is not only the largest (regarding area) natural lake in Himachal Pradesh but it is also known for its cultural history. It is believed that Renuka Lake is an embodiment of Goddess Renuka, the wife of the sage Jamadagini. She was the mother of Lord Parshuram, who is considered as one of the avatars of Lord Vishnu. According to legends, an evil named Sahasarjuna killed the sage Jamadagini and then attempted to abduct his wife, Goddess Renuka. She threw herself into this lake to save her from that wicked. Goddess Renuka by then decided to stay in the lake forever. That is how Renuka Lake was named.

Renuka Lake @Sirmaur-Traxplorers
Renuka Lake, Sirmaur (H.P) India

Renuka Ji, Sirmaur (H.P) India @traxplorers
Renuka Ji, Sirmaur (H.P) India

Renuka Lake, Sirmaur (H.P) India @traxplorers
Lotus in Renuka Lake, Sirmaur (H.P) India

This lake is amidst lush green forests of the Indian Himalayas and provides an excellent venue for adventurous sports like mountaineering and trekking. The travel & tourism department of Himachal Pradesh also allowed boating and fishing in the Renuka Lake.

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We went boating and captured beautiful memories. There were lots of lotus plants in the lake and house of many fishes and other aquatic beings.

Renuka Lake was the ideal place to relax and unwind our minds in the lap of nature. The hills surrounding Renuka Lake support a variety of flora and fauna.

The most apparent activity here is to take a walk around the lakeside and have a look at a variety of vegetation and thick woods.

Renuka Lake, Sirmaur (H.P) India @traxplorers
Thick woods around Renuka Lake, Sirmaur (H.P) India

Renuka Ji Temple, Sirmaur (H.P) India @traxplorers
Renuka Ji Temple, Sirmaur (H.P) India

Renuka and Parshuram Temple

There is also a famous temple dedicated to Goddess Renuka which is located near the lake. And the interesting fact known, about the temple is that it was constructed overnight in the 18th century.

There is another lake known as Parshuram Tal is dedicated to Lord Parshuram, the son of Goddess Renuka is situated in the vicinity of the Renuka Lake just a two-minute drive from the lake. There is a temple dedicated to Lord Parshuram and is considered as the birthplace of Lord Parshuram. The Parshuram Tal is a spectacular site that is surrounded by hills on all sides.

Parshuram Temple, Sirmaur (H.P) India @traxplorers
Parshuram Temple, Sirmaur (H.P) India.


Apart from a religious and devoted people’s place, we got one more reason to visit Renuka Ji and that was the serenity of the place. A beautiful lake and nature’s love made this place the perfect holiday destination that can be visited all year round and attracts pious as well as nature lovers from all across the nation. All in all, it was a perfect weekend getaway.

Day 2: Driving through magnificent Sirmaur Valleys and Landscapes

Whole trip map, Sirmaur (H.P) India @traxplorers
Whole trip map @Sirmaur (H.P) India

Sirmaur, (H.P) India @traxplorers
Beautiful route Sirmaur, (H.P) India

Sirmaur, (H.P) India @traxplorers
Sirmaur, (H.P) India

Sirmaur Valley (H.P) India @traxplorers
Sirmaur Valley (H.P) India

The second day, we chose to drive back to Chandigarh through a different path. We decided to go further exploring the beauty of district Sirmaur. We planned a path crossing the beautiful valleys and mountains of Sirmaur, Himachal Pradesh. Firstly, we came across a beautiful river flowing in the valley, which looked spectacular.

Sirmaur Valley (H.P) India @traxplorers
Mesmerizing Sirmaur Valley (H.P) India

Sirmaur tunnel/cave (H.P) India @traxplorers
Sirmaur tunnel/cave (H.P) India

On the way, we encountered a man-made cave/tunnel inside the mountain which mesmerized us and we couldn’t stop ourselves to take some pictures of it. We found that the tunnel was somehow being used for dam construction.

Sirmaur Valley (H.P) India @traxplorers
Isn’t it spectacular Valley? Sirmaur, (H.P) India

Sirmaur (H.P) India @traxplorers
Can’t-miss this one. Sirmaur (H.P) India

Sirmaur ,(H.P) India @traxplorers
Beautiful landscapes at Sirmaur, (H.P) India

We kept on enjoying the beautiful landscapes coming our way.

Sangrah Valley, Sirmaur, (H.P) India @traxplorers
Another beautiful valley- Sangrah Valley, Sirmaur, (H.P) India

 Sirmaur, (H.P) India @traxplorers
Our transport companion posing with cattle grazing on the roadside.

 Sirmaur, (H.P) India @traxplorers
Don’t want to leave this place. Sirmaur, (H.P) India

At some point on the way, we found flocks of cattle and tried to get pictures of them.

Then we came across a beautiful valley known as Sangrah valley. It was simply awesome. Tried to shoot a video and captured the glory of the mountains.

Sangrah Valley, Sirmaur, (H.P) India @traxplorers
We got an awesome view of Sangrah Valley from here. Sirmaur, (H.P) India

Sangrah Valley, Sirmaur, (H.P) India @traxplorers
These beautiful valleys kept our eyes busy in adoring their beauty. Sangrah Valley, Sirmaur, (H.P) India

We wanted to stay there for some more time, but we were running out of time, so unwantedly we had to leave that place after a while.

 Sirmaur, (H.P) India @traxplorers
Returning back to our home through these roads at Sirmaur, (H.P) India

Next, we were heading towards Solan, crossing Nohradhar via Haripurdhar, Himachal Pradesh. After reaching Solan, we took some rest and refreshment break for a while and again headed towards our home in Chandigarh.

 Sirmaur, (H.P) India @traxplorers
It was like a one-way path on these roads in the mountains. We had to step sideways for this bus at Sirmaur, (H.P) India

 Waterfall, Sirmaur, (H.P) India @traxplorers
Waterfall @Sirmaur, (H.P) India

 Sirmaur, (H.P) India @traxplorers
We were heading towards Solan via Sirmaur, (H.P) India

Finally, after around 10 hours of long driving on hilly roads, we reached Chandigarh with our first ever long mountain driving experience with our baby who has enjoyed every bit of it. It was one of the most memorable road trip experiences we ever had.

 Let your toddler also experience the wonders.

 Sirmaur, (H.P) India @traxplorers
En route Solan (H.P) India

Suggested Reading: Kasauli Road Trip with Infant

How did you find this road trip with our toddler? Want to do something like this too? Share your opinion with me. If you have enjoyed this post then don’t forget to share and Pin it. ♥ 

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40 thoughts on “Mountain Drive: With an Infant (Part 2: Sirmaur Drive)

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    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      That sounds great. Glad someone gets inspired by it. Thanks for the comment. 🙂

  8. Heraa

    The place is looking amazing. It’s really good to see you traveling with your infants. Most of the people stop traveling when the become parents glad you are not among those 🙂

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      Thanks for your words of appreciation! 🙂

  9. Kylee Hayes

    Great information and inspiration for people too scared to travel with infants. We don’t have children ourselves but I know a couple people that won’t ever travel because of kids, I will pass this on! Thank you.

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      Thank you so much. 🙂

  10. Renata Green - www.byemyself.com

    The landscape looks really majestic. Why don’t you post larger pix – they are so beautiful, I’d love to see them better – especially those with your cute baby <3

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      Thank you so much for appreciating. I have added pix as a media file, you can open each photo to see the larger view. Thanks again! 🙂

  11. elizabeth

    Great post, really enjoyed reading this and seeing your photos, looked had you had an amazing time. Loved the beautiful views.

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      Thanks, Elizabeth. I am glad you liked it. 🙂

  12. Luis Enrique

    Did travelling with an infant, in this case, at all alter your experiences and perspectives as a traveller?

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      Yes, Enrique. I have learned so many things while traveling with my baby. My way of thinking about things around has changed. Now I am experimenting new things to do at new places I visit. And eventually, I found my kid is also evolving in such a manner and is supportive in all our travels. Basically, now enjoying our traveling more.

  13. LaiAriel Samangka

    Driving to the highlands is always interesting as you can really enjoy the scenery along the way. The waterfalls looks so stunning and majestic. I also love that beautiful lake, it is very serene and a perfect place to commune with mother nature.

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      Yes, truly said. Mother nature never fails to astonished us.

  14. Amber Dickison

    The photos are just beautiful! I really love how detailed you are in the blog, especially with the map and the video. I don’t have any kids, but I would imagine such a trip would be a little tiresome with the baby along. But I’ve also just never traveled in general with an infant before (except for maybe a 2 hour car ride).

  15. Followingtherivera

    This looks like a beautiful place! I’ve never heard of it before but it looks interesting. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      It is indeed a wonderful place to explore. But still, it is less explored. I am glad you like it. Thank you, Rivera 🙂

  16. Nathan

    Spectacular views of the picturesque natural landscapes you have gotten there, especially of the waterfall as well as the bird’s eye view of the mountainous scenery all over! I would love to visit that temple as well, as the architecture looks superb and it seems to have rich cultural significance.

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      Yes, Nathan… it is an incredibly beautiful place to explore with rich cultural history and natural beauty. I am glad you like it. Thanks 🙂

  17. Kemi

    Beautiful landscape. Water lilies and a tunnel. Nice.

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      Thanks Kemi 🙂

  18. Ritika

    Ur baby is so cute and ur pictures are so beautiful .. this place looks breathtaking .. would love to visit someday .. thanks for sharing all the info

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      Thanks, Ritika 🙂

  19. Nguyệt Hằng Nguyễn

    Your trip is really amazing. I love the waterfall and the lake. Hope to see more posts of yours in the future.

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      Thanks 🙂

  20. Carlos

    Such a beautiful drive, and to do it with a toddler and still make the day so enjoyable for everyone is incredible! It reminds me of my trip through the Lake Districts of Argentina. Do you have any recommendations on taking road trips with babies?

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      Thanks, Carlos. I would recommend short distance road trip. In any case, if your journey is longer than 3 hours, should take a break then only start again as we did in all our road trips in India.

  21. Sam

    So cool that you are doing all this with your baby! I was driven around Australia as an infant, travelling, and I fully believe that’s why I love travel so much now! Your photos are stunning 🙂

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      Thanks, Sam. We too want our baby to be a traveller and adventurer of her time. Thanks for appreciating 🙂

  22. Bhavi Patel

    Travelling with an infant is never easy but i am really glad you had a great time.

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      Yes, Bhavi. It’s true but at the same time it was worth travelling. Thanks 🙂

  23. reenathakur

    Subh din puranmashi ( happy rakshabandhan)

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      Yes…Thank you! 🙂

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