I took this amazing trip with 3 of my girl friends last year in the month of March and all four of us didn't have the faintest idea that the coming days of this trip are going to be the bestest of memories we will cherish for the rest of our lives.
We left in Malwa Express from Indore station for 24 hours of long journey till Pathankot some 1300 KM away but I do not regret not taking any flight because the sleeper class journey went smoothly playing cards and ludo and these little saving tricks allowed our trip to costs us just 5400 each, so our college-going-kids-on-a-budget-always heart were blooming.
Reached Pathankot Cantt station and just at the station there's a rail ahar restaurant where we ate a thali for 40/- From there we still needed to travel another 90 KM to reach Dharamshala. There's a taxi stand just outside of station, and they charge you around 2500 to hire a cab. Since we didn't have any interest in spending our money where it can be saved, we inquired for buses with the local pan ghumti vale bhaiya, and trust me in my experience you will never be at loss if you ask locals for suggestions and help, just keep in mind 'puchne me kya jata hai' but take your own decisions whichever best and safest for you.
So to catch the bus, we headed to a country road just a kilometer away and saw the bus coming packed with people. The ticket was 180/- and we could not complain since we got seats somehow and it was filled with so many locals speaking in Punjabi and a solo traveller from US, listening to Ed Sheeran's Divide.
I caught the first glimpes of those beautiful majestic snow clapped mountains and the first blow of chilly mountain wind hit my face, making me fall in love with mountains and everything they has to offer.