We left base camp & reached Pathankot by evening as our plan was to check in Amritsar before mid-night.
Around 4:45 pm we arrived at Pathankot Cantt. station. We were very hungry by then but failed to find out any suitable options around the station. The dinner available at the Railway Food Court was sold out like a hotcake as we managed to procure only one Veg. Thali to fed a pair of starving stomachs. Train no. 22402, which was very punctual that evening, dropped us at Delhi Sarai Rohila station very early at 4:45 AM.
Day 3, 27th SepNext morning, at a delay of almost 3 hrs, we arrived at Pathankot Cantt (PTKC) station around 8 A.M. Shared Auto (Vikram, the large one), @ Rs. 20 each, took us to the Maharana Pratap inter-state Bus stand at Pathankot. A bus for Manali via Palampur was about to depart at 8:20 AM. The Conductor charged us somewhere around 210/- for two that included a concession for female passenger. So, didn’t have any clear idea about the exact fare per passenger. No such kind of breakfast-break was given by the Sardarji (the driver) that we were eagerly expecting. So, we ourselves broke our fasting by having whatever we had.Shortly, the coldness of breeze did cordially welcome us in Himachal. Here I must confess that, I don’t know why on earth, I am always stuck to this particular funny phrase “coldness of breeze” whenever it comes to describe my first encounter with a hill station. Even if there is not cold outside, I myself feel the chill. Illogically or psychologically, the extremely humid temperature of Kolkata and my fondness towards the winter play this mind-game with me.
From Pathankot to Dalhousie
Now my journey started from Mumbai, my city. I picked up the train for chakki bank station, then next day i used a bus service for tour of Temple of Mata Aashta Bhuja, Saperu. then, after a night stay in temple, washed out from soul then, I moved to the path of Dharamshala by bus. Journey was very good & the view which i saw inside from the bus was amazed me. Many of the foreigners , domestic people sat on the rocks of valleys and studied books, Meditations. I was seeing the view to the very sincere way. then bus reached to the bus top. Some people went out and come in. I was surprised to see people because everyone was very happy without any reason, then i learned Happiness not come from any reasons or things, It is our greatest assets and it's our rights.Now I reached to the Dharamshala.Dharamshala is divided into two distinct areas that are separated by a 20-30 mins, 10 kms bus or jeep ride.Lower Dharamsala, consists of most of the government offices, Schools, the local Hospital, and commercial areas. It also has a few tea gardens. One in the area of Chilgari and another just beyond Dari. It is a typical small Indian town that, other than for the bus station, is of little interest to tourists. One can enjoy the view while driving through.