Bucket list - Himachal & Punjab #StronglyRecommended

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Photo of Bucket list - Himachal & Punjab #StronglyRecommended by Vishal Jain

1. Paragliding - Fly high

Paragliding can be done near Kullu, Bir Billing near Dharamshala and also at Khajjiar. We did paragliding at Kullu. Make sure that you are following all the safety precautions. Carry shoes with good grip, as you have to stand on a hill top and run to get a lift for paragliding. Ensure that the pilot of your flight holds a valid license. Enjoy the experience of flying like a bird and see the beautiful views of the valley! An experience of a lifetime.

Photo of Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, India by Vishal Jain
Photo of Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, India by Vishal Jain

2. Apple Orchards

Season of Apples in August and September. You will rarely see a house which does not grow apples. Strongly recommended when you are in Himachal this time. Both the sides of road - heaps of apples to be transported. Eat a fresh apple with a your breakfast or drink the fresh apple juice. An apple a day, keeps the doctor away!

Photo of Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India by Vishal Jain
Photo of Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India by Vishal Jain

3. Ride through the clouds at Rohtang La

Rohtang La ~ 4000 m above mean sea level, is a ride of about 50 KM from Manali. The ride is thrilling, Rohtang La is unpredictable - we did the ride through clouds. You gain a height of 2 KM or ~ 6000 FT, in these 50 Km.

Photo of Rohtang La, Himachal Pradesh by Vishal Jain
Photo of Rohtang La, Himachal Pradesh by Vishal Jain
Photo of Rohtang La, Himachal Pradesh by Vishal Jain

4. Visit to the Beas river

River Beas flows through the Manali town. A visit to Beas is must for beautiful views and to experience the natural music.

Photo of Beas River by Vishal Jain
Photo of Beas River by Vishal Jain
Photo of Beas River by Vishal Jain

5. Roerich Art Gallery

A visit to the Roerich Art Gallery is a must if you happen to be in Manali. This gallery is run by the IRMT (International Roerich Memorial Trust). On display at the gallery are several paintings of Nicholas Roerich and his son Svetoslav Roerich. Upon seeing this art gallery in 2016, I got inspired to visit Ladakh.

The Himalayas for Roerich are a symbol of man’s spiritual ascent, his thousand-year link to this magical space on the planet. To the Himalayas Nicholas Roerich dedicated his heartfelt words, “...Himalayas! Here was the Abode of Rishis. Here resounded the sacred Flute of Krishna. Here thundered the Blessed Gautama. Here originated all the Vedas. Here lived Pandavas. Here was Gessar Khan. Here was Aryavarta. Here is Shambala. The Himalayas are the Jewel of India. The Himalayas are the Treasure of the World. The Himalayas are the sacred symbol of Ascent".

Nicholas Roerich's Paintings

Svetoslav Roerich's Paintings

6. Enjoy the snow and become a child again

We experienced snow fall at Dalhousie. The whole atmosphere had become joyful. Snow is sure to bring out the child in you.

Photo of Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh, India by Vishal Jain
Photo of Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh, India by Vishal Jain
Photo of Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh, India by Vishal Jain
Photo of Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh, India by Vishal Jain

7. Walk around the Mall Road Shimla

In the evening take a leisurely walk around the Mall Road in Shimla. Enjoy the sunset, see the Christ Church, do some shopping if you wish and then enjoy food in one of the several restaurants.

Photo of Mall Road, The Mall, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India by Vishal Jain
Photo of Mall Road, The Mall, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India by Vishal Jain
Photo of Mall Road, The Mall, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India by Vishal Jain
Photo of Mall Road, The Mall, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India by Vishal Jain
Photo of Mall Road, The Mall, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India by Vishal Jain
Photo of Mall Road, The Mall, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India by Vishal Jain

8. Visit the Tibetan Temples/ Monasteries

Photo of Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India by Vishal Jain

MacLeod Ganj is the center of Tibetan culture. A visit to the main Tibetan Temple is strongly recommended. McLeod Ganj and Dharamshala offer many activities but seeing the Tibetan culture is a differentiator here.

Photo of McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India by Vishal Jain
Photo of McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India by Vishal Jain

9. Amritsar

In Amritsar visit the Holy Harmandir Sahib (The Golden Temple), The Jallianwala Bagh and the Wagah Border. The langar (community kitchen) at the Golden Temple feeds ~ 100000 people everyday. When you visit the Golden Temple, you are humbled by seeing, how people help the visitors from all over the world and of all faiths.

Photo of Amritsar, Punjab, India by Vishal Jain
Photo of Amritsar, Punjab, India by Vishal Jain
Photo of Amritsar, Punjab, India by Vishal Jain
Photo of Amritsar, Punjab, India by Vishal Jain
Photo of Amritsar, Punjab, India by Vishal Jain
Photo of Amritsar, Punjab, India by Vishal Jain

10. Traditional dancing

If you are in Manali around the Christmas, simply head to the Mall Road, where several festivities including traditional dancing and singing take place.

Photo of Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India by Vishal Jain
Photo of Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India by Vishal Jain
Photo of Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India by Vishal Jain
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