There was a reason why I planned the trip in a manner to have Bhagsu Falls at the fag end of the trip. My parents are Accustomed to visiting waterfalls like Bhagsu in the past. The response has always been sedated at the sight of much vaunted waterfalls. Bhagsu is the more popular than the other waterfalls that we visited and consequently, crowds throng the destination. My parents were underwhelmed by Bhagsu after experiencing waterfalls at Dharamkot and Naddi. On the way back we stopped again at Mcleodganj to eat (Momos of course, but you can try the delectable variety of Tibetan and Bhutanese dishes on offer. For those who want to stick to the familiar, there are enough options in North Indian and South Indian cuisine.) and proceeded to quench my parents thirst for shopping at Dharamshala.
How to reach?
Dharamshala is easily accessible from Delhi and Chandigarh. There are almost half a dozen different buses that originate from Delhi and Chandigarh in morning and evening. Kangra which is hardly 10 kms from Dharamshala enjoys access from Delhi and Chandigarh through day and night through buses. Kangra also has an airport and a railway station which can be reached through Delhi or Chandigarh.
Places to Visit (Family edition)
There have been multitudes of testimonials on Dharamshala as young backpacker's vacation. However, it is replete with activities for families. Naddi, Dal Lake, Bhagsu, Dharamkot are scenic places that are fairly easy to reach and yet are untouched by the wear and tear of tourism. Dharamshala and Mcleodganj offer a wide variety of choices for those for foodies and shopping aficionados. The numerous temples, buddhist monasteries and quaint churches dotted around the region satisfies every age group's vacation needs. There are also options for fun activities like apple picking and para gliding.
Visiting Dharamshala is cheap. The places are nearby and if you are into walking, it can be reached through brisk walks. It becomes easier to have own conveyance and the accommodation options range from dormitories to five star hotels and you have options ranging from 200-10000 rupees per night. The food is relatively cheap and delicious too.