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.
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.
It took around 4 hours to reach Renuka Ji from Chandigarh after travelling approx. 131 km via Nahan (HP) India.
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.
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 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.
Apart from a religious and devoted peopleâs place, we got one more reason to visit Renuka Ji and that was the serenity of the place. A beautiful lake and natureâs 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
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.
On the way, we encountered a man-made cave/tunnel inside the mountain which mesmerized us and we couldnât stop ourselves to take some pictures of it. We found that the tunnel was somehow being used for dam construction.
We kept on enjoying the beautiful landscapes coming our way.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Suggested Reading: Kasauli Road Trip with Infant
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40 thoughts on “Mountain Drive: With an Infant (Part 2: Sirmaur Drive)”
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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 🙂
Thanks for your words of appreciation! 🙂
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.
Thank you so much. 🙂
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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
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! 🙂
Great post, really enjoyed reading this and seeing your photos, looked had you had an amazing time. Loved the beautiful views.
Thanks, Elizabeth. I am glad you liked it. 🙂
Did travelling with an infant, in this case, at all alter your experiences and perspectives as a traveller?
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.
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.
Yes, truly said. Mother nature never fails to astonished us.
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).
This looks like a beautiful place! I’ve never heard of it before but it looks interesting. Thanks for sharing!
It is indeed a wonderful place to explore. But still, it is less explored. I am glad you like it. Thank you, Rivera 🙂
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.
Yes, Nathan… it is an incredibly beautiful place to explore with rich cultural history and natural beauty. I am glad you like it. Thanks 🙂
Beautiful landscape. Water lilies and a tunnel. Nice.
Thanks Kemi 🙂
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
Thanks, Ritika 🙂
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Your trip is really amazing. I love the waterfall and the lake. Hope to see more posts of yours in the future.
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?
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.
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 🙂
Thanks, Sam. We too want our baby to be a traveller and adventurer of her time. Thanks for appreciating 🙂
Travelling with an infant is never easy but i am really glad you had a great time.
Yes, Bhavi. It’s true but at the same time it was worth travelling. Thanks 🙂
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Yes…Thank you! 🙂