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Baralacha-La
About Baralacha-La

The Baralacha-la pass literally means the pass where many roads meet -a crossroads of Ladakh, Lahual, Spiti and Zanskar regions and was part of an ancient trade route that has been used by travelers for centuries.

Bara-lacha la also known as Bara-lacha Pass, or Bārā Lācha La, is a high mountain pass in Zanskar range, which connects Lahaul district in Himachal Pradesh to Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir, which is located along the Leh-Manali highway. The pass is open from June to November and for the rest of the year it is under heavy snow. The snowfall in the regions around Baralacha la is said to be round about 12-14m.

 
Legend

Folklore states that there were two lovers, Chandra being the daughter of the Moon and Bhaga the son of the Sun god. To perform their eternal marriage, they decided to climb to the Bara-lacha-la and from there they ran in opposite directions. Chandra being active and smart easily, found her way and reached Tandi after covering the distance of 115 km (71 mi). Soon Bhaga was found coming with great struggle through the narrow gorges to Tandi, where consequently both met and the celestial marriage takes place. Bhaga covered about 60 km (37 mi) distance, which was very difficult.

Baralachala means summit with cross roads from,Ladakh,Lahaul,Zanskar and Spiti meet here and it was part of a trade route in ancient times. The Bhaga River lies On the North West while the Chandra flows South East. Near below the Baralacha-la is having a beautiful emerald lake the Suraj tal (Sun lake), the source of the river Bhaga.

 
Location

Baralacha La is located at an altitude of 4833 m, the Baralacha La is a mountain pass in the Zanskar Range which connects Lahaul to Ladakh. The pass serves as a natural divide between the Yunam and Bhaga rivers and is near the origination points of the Chandra River and the Bhaga River. The wonderful Saraj Tal Lake is close to the pass which adds to the natural beauty of the place. The pass is the origination point of several trekking expedition around the area and is famous for its breathtaking views of the mountains all around.Three rivers originate in the vicinity of the pass. These are Yunan river , Bhaga river and Chandra river. Chanda and Bhaga river meet at Tandi to form ChandraBhaga(Chenab) while Yunan river flows into Zanskar.

The Bhaga river, a tributary of the Chandrabhaga or Chenab river, originates from Surya taal lake, which is located a few of kilometers from the pass towards Manali. The other major tributary of the Chandrabhaga, the Chandra also originates from glacier in this region. The pass also acts as a water-divide between the and the Yunam river Bhaga river.

 


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