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The place is abuzz with activity all through the year and is the heart of the town of Shimla in Himachal Pradesh. While one may want to go shopping here, this place is home to some ver famous malls and shopping complexes like the Hong Kong Market. A number of restaurants and cafes dot the street and one can drop by any of them for a snack and drink. One is reminded of a carnival at The Mall, as the mood is full of fun, frolic, merry making and delicious food. A good thing here is that no vehicles are allowed to play here, so that one can stroll around peacefully without being honked at.
Too crowded and run of the mill shops and attractions, but great places to eat at. It was an average experience. However there are some great cafes here, which I unfortunately wasn't able to visit this time.
Mall road, shopping places, local food and me being a girl. Doesn't that sound like a perfect story? Family holidays are all about buying gifts for your loved ones, taking home local things as souvenir, and enjoying the beauty of the place. There was a cool breeze and the sun too. We had to take those rickety stairs since the elevator was not working. We reached the road which much to my surprise had been totally commercialized with all sorts of branded showrooms set up. We visited so many shops, some of them selling Shimla made shawls, handicrafts and wooden items. We ate local food at the Trishul Bakery and took home biscuits and cookies for the whole family. The monkeys, typical to all hill stations in India, accompanied us and became our tour guide :D
The famous location of Shimla is the main shopping hub of the town, which offers a number of restaurants, clubs, banks, bars post offices and tourist offices. It also houses the famous Gaiety Theatre which is the famous ancient theatre in Shimla. The mall road has two main meeting points that is the ridge and the scandal points. This place was built by the British which is the hosting place to several cultural activities nowadays. People can meet numerous visitors and tourists who visit these places to enjoy lightened talks and share emotional feeling amidst the most beautiful environs of Shimla. The mall road runs parallel to the ridge and it bends at the Lakkar Bazaar which is the famous market for wood crafts and furniture. The mall road is the best place to grab some excellent souvenirs such as embroidered shawls, caps, Pahari paintings and so on. We also saw the statues of Lala Lajpat Rai, Mahatma Gandhi, Indira Gandhi and also of Dr. Yashwant Singh Parmar, the founder of the state Himachal Pradesh. We also had an excellent experience of using special type of hoist while moving from low land to top in Shimla. It was told the specially designed hoist was build by British to suit their requirements. One should avail the opportunity to ride.
The mall road in Shimla is a good place to relax and roam. It's a pollution and vehicle free zone. This place is famous because tourist love to walk, sit on the benches and relax here. It gives a beautiful view of the valley from ridge road. The Lakkar Bazar is a market where one can get different kinds of wooden craft items.
Shimla's mall road is unlike any other, which actually is quite upsetting. Filled with high-end brands, this no-vehicle zone is not the most fun place to shop. Since everything is available in metros and big cities, you can try shopping at Lower bazaar for great bargains, Lakad bazaar for lovely wooden knick knacks, trinklets and my favourite, the Tibetan Market for awesome steals. To add to it, the girls at Tibetan Market are such sweethearts, if you are polite to them, they'll give you free fashion advice that will REALLY help. #truestory
We headed towards one of the most famous place in Shimla , the Mall road . We waited to enter the famous mall lift for going to the Ridge . After reaching over there , I was surprised to see the enthusiasm and liveliness people were having . Place had lots of eatery options . Lakkar bazar was nearby which is again one of the famous market of Shimla . We kept walking and trolling in the market . Visited Christ church as well . Please visit this place in the evening only after sun sets . City lights look very pretty from this point . After spending some time we went back to the hotel . It was already too cold to stay outside .
The capital of Himachal Pradesh is yet again a hilly town spread over a bunch of pictuesque hills which again are crowned with snow at winters. Unlike its rivals, Shimla has a toy train connectivity from the nearby village of Kalka which is about 100 kms apart. The train journey though slow offers a visual treat rich in different terrains and altitudes. Pines, steep slopes, snow, hilly terrains are all you can count on in shimla.
The capital of Himachal Pradesh is yet again a hilly town spread over a bunch of pictuesque hills which again are crowned with snow at winters. Unlike its rivals, Shimla has a toy train connectivity from the nearby village of Kalka which is about 100 kms apart. The train journey though slow offers a visual treat rich in different terrains and altitudes. Pines, steep slopes, snow, hilly terrains are all you can count on in shimla.
First of all, where exactly is Kotighat situated?<br /><br />Kotighat (tehsil Kumarsain) is actually a very small village which is located in district Shimla of Himachal Pradesh. To reach there one first has to drive to Matiana, which is around 50kms from Shimla via NH21.(now named as NH5). From then on, Kotighat is a 30kms drive on a sub-route. Locals will let you know the directions. All together this distance can be covered in 3-4 hrs from Shimla.<br /><br />Now, what's so special about Kotighat?<br /><br />Kotighat is mainly known because of its Deity (Devta) also called Pandoi Devta. This deity is famous because people from all nearby places come here for what can be called as exorcism. The main priest of the temple cures around 4-5 people daily all under control of supernatural powers. You are always welcomed to sit around in the temple while the proceedings take place openly. There are no fixed time for the proceedings but whenever someone is brought to the temple the priest starts doing what he does best. This place is also famous because there is a particular time everyday when the deity (god's soul) enters the body of the main priest and listens to everyone's problems and gives a solution to everyone. He knows everything and directs you on what to do next. This sight can actually be terrifying too because when the deity is inside the priest, his actions would seem terrifying, rather unexplainable I would say, voice different, sometimes screaming and sometimes throwing rice here and there. So, its not for the faint hearted. The deity is also believed to help all. Someone even got treated with a deadly disease after visiting this place.<br /><br />So, what was my experience in the temple?<br /><br />The moment when I entered that place the priest was shouting at a lady and saying "isse ekdum se chodh de" (leave her instantly). The lady was actually in control of some supernatural powers. She was constantly refusing and crying or sometimes just showing her tongue to the priest and laughing. Upon sprinkling some holy water on her, she was just crying in pain. After scolding and sprinkling for 5mins the lady was finally free of that evil power.<br />After seeing that I was already terrified like hell. Nevertheless I seated myself in that place as people were waiting for the deity-priest thing to take place and come up with there problems. Just then came another lady who was carried by two people and was crying on the top of a ghostly voice. Her eyes were all darkened too. Yes, she was another one of those under the grasp of an evil power. Let me narrate you this one.<br />Priest - tu hai kaun (who are you?)<br />*no answer*just crying*<br />Priest - tu seedhe tarah se jawab dega ki maar khayega (will you give my answers or else I shall beat you up)<br />*she nods in a way saying no*<br />*constantly looking down and crying*<br />Priest - Seedha dekh awr muh khol (look straight and open your mouth) <br />*sprinkles some rice on her*<br />*she suddenly got angry or I should say the ghost inside her and got hold of the priest. The priest got angry and caught the lady with her hair and started pulling her over different directions. The priest said that its already too late and she had already took peoples lives. He also said that the deity of the place she came from was weak and the evil was firmly residing there. He said he was actually residing in the place where there temple was.*<br />Priest - tune kitne logo ko khaya hai.? (How many people have you eaten up)<br />*doesn't say anything* <br />*upon asking again and again eventually says 2 people*<br />*The priest himself told that one was her own husband she killed...to which she started screaming and crying even louder*<br />Priest - Tu ab pandoi devta k pas hai. Himmat hai toh inse ladke bata (you are now with Pandoi devta. If you have the courage fight with this deity.)<br />*She instantly starting saying that she can't*<br />After saying him that the Deity would decide his destiny if he chose to leave her, he finally did. <br />The whole experience was quite astonishing for me because it was the first time that I had seen anything supernatural.<br />Later on I also witnessed the procession of the deity's soul entering the priest and he giving orders and suggestions to various people out there.<br /><br />So,after this experience I know that anything and everything is possible in this world.<br /><br />
28 th December 2015Navankur Chaudhary ( M.B.B.S at Muzaffarnagar Medical College)Puneet Yadav ( Navsari Agricultural Institute)Gaurmohan Yadav ( M.B.B.S at King George Medical College)Sandeep Gupta ( Biotechnology At Ghaziabad)4 of us started our journey on 28th of December by Kalka Mail From Old Delhi Railway Station. Train had to arrive on 11pm but due to some fault it arrived on 2 Am next morning. We had our tickets confirmed but in two different coaches so we talked to some guys and they agreed to swap 2 of their seats with us. So it was cold in Delhi despite of several warning by my mom I didn't bring blanket on the train and our reservation was in sleeper coach so only we all knew how we managed to get the night in so cold as the train started moving the fields started coming in Haryana so the night was much colder so I used my jacket to cover my face. This was our journey in kalka Mail Till Kalka station
Shimla was once named as the British summer capital. No doubt, the weather is so warm during the summers.While travelling to Shimla, it welcomed me with rain but after I travelled from Chandigarh to Shimla, it reminded me how the weather of Shimla was a blessing. The one where you can have coffee, read your favourite book and sit in your blanket. My hotel was located in Talland and I took a taxi to that place. It was one beautiful hotel by the name Alpine Heritage. I immediately fell in love with it and it didn't cost me much. I explored the place Talland on my first day and sat in my room while admiring Shimla from the window.
67 top notch cyclists from 14 countries will be starting a unique journey tomorrow with the usually genial Himalayas waiting to welcome them. The official briefing of the Hero MTB Himalaya '16 just concluded in the Woodville Palace Hotel in Shimla. Here are the best photos for you to savour.In the end you have a picture of Cory Wallace, 2014's winner, getting awarded with the 'King of Himalayas' jersey. That's what the rest of the riders will be competing for this year.Stay tuned for Race Day 1 tomorrow.
Day 8 August 14, 2016:- Delhi-Shimla.Today the rain welcomed me in the beginning itself, roads were good. Plan was to ride till shimla via chandigarh. I rode almost 200km in rain and by afternoon reached chandigarh and for lunch had some good aloo paratha , paneer burji and rice. A person in that hotel asked me are you traveling alone all the way from mumbai. We don’t travel for 5km alone how can you do it. Now shimla was just 90km from here. But it took me around 4 hours to cover it while delhi to chandigarh which was 200km i did in 4 hours. Road was bad with construction going on and to make the things worse, traffic was piled up due to weekend . On the way a boy inside a car stood inside the car and saluted me. Anyhow managed to reach shimla. But it is not a tourist place it’s just a village on the mountains. What one can see is only the mall road and nothing much.
Days of anticipation finally comes to rest as the flagging off of the Hero MTB Himalaya '16 happens in Shimla today. Here are the first pictures of the event. Follow the race live only on Tripoto.
Found at the Ridge, this church was built sometime between 1846 and 1857and is the oldest church in all of North India. The church was designed by Colonel J.T Boileau and had a clock tower recently added in 1860. A new porch followed in 1873. This church stands to remind one of the developments brought about during the British Raj and is symbolic of the marvelous architectural feats of the era. The place is done up in a neo-Gothic style and one is sure to pay a visit here to spend some moments in prayer.
This is the second oldest church of North India, built in 1857 during British Colonial times. This is the perfect example of architectural influence of the British raaj in India. A very peaceful place, with little whispers and occasional Church Bells, it's a nice getaway from the hustle of the city. The prayers are conducted both in Hindi and English, and since it was Christmas time, the beauty of the place was worth it.
The beautiful church is the second largest church in Northern India built in the year 1857 in neo-gothic style to serve the Anglican British Community of the ancient times. It is located on the ridge which is in the heart of Shimla. The church holds the stained glass windows depicting faith, hope, charity, fortitude, patience and humility in it with a splendid appearance. The church is one of the most sacred places in Shimla and thus it attracts numerous tourists. The church is truly an architectural legacy of the British that still outshines in the hill station. So I went inside with my parents to seek blessings from the almighty. I was feeling so calm that for a while I felt like sitting in heaven.
If you wish to worship the Hindu God Hamuman when in Shimal then please pay a visit to the Jakhu Temple that is just about 45 minutes away by foot from the famous Mall Road. A number of monkeys inhabit the place and one is warned about food being snatched away from ones hands by these curious inhabitants. Legend tells us that this temple has a mark or footprint of the Lord Hamunan. This shot the temple to instant popularity and it is now a famous tourist hot spot in Himachal Pradesh. Hold on to your children when you visit the temple
It is dedicated to Lord Hanuman and is located at the top of the hill, around 2-3 km from the mall road. It can be reached by walking. If you prefer mountain climbing, take a stick and get ready to climb for an hour. Otherwise, you can hire a taxi or a pony to reach the place.
2 kms from Shimla, at a height of 8000 ft, Jakhu Hill is the highest peak an offers a beautiful view of the town and of the snow-covered Himalayas. At the top of the Hill, is an old temple of Lord Hanuman (33 meter statue of lord Hanuman which is a master piece, this over takes even the Christ Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro), which is also the home of countless playful monkeys waiting to be fed by all visitors.
As we reached this place, our driver warned us about monkeys snatching stuff from the tourists. Scared as we were, I was the only one carrying my phone to click a few pictures. That is how I managed to click this picture of The statue of Lord Hanuman which stands 108 feet tall on the hill overlooking the city. The enitre time I was there, I just wondered how did they manage to build this statue and put it up there at such a height!
Jakhu TempleWe took a cab from outside IIAS directly to Jakhu temple. You can't take an Ola till the temple but if your cab driver is friendly, he will charge a little extra and take you there. Also, if you are a fitness freak, try trekking till the temple from the ridge. It takes about 30-45 minutes. Jakhu temple has a huge idol of Hanuman (about 25 ft. tall) which stands strong through the clouds. Quite a sight! Tip: Be very careful of your belongings. DONOT wear your specs/shades etc. The monkeys will take it away.
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The Mall Road in Ludhiana is like a shopping district of the very urbanized city. There are a number of large shopping malls out here and a paradise for shopaholics. There are shops for everything and of every size. It is impossible that you do not get a stuff you want over here. The best part above all is that things are so reasonably priced here that bargaining is not much needed. Tha malls on the other hand are where you will get all top brands and latest fashion stuff. This street is also lined with the best restaurants and eateries of the whole city. All of these features make Mall Road a very important landmark of Ludhiana.
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The capital city of India is a glorious concoction of the old and the new. Temples that are centuries old, archaic Muslim quarters, and modern residencies, all exist alongside each other. Home to over a crore people, Delhi’s tourism is a treasure trove of historic gems, gardens, museums and a thriving food culture. Travel to the metropolis for the vibrant bazaars of Chandni Chowk that give way to Lutyens’ New Delhi, that is the pulse of the city. Among the numerous places to visit in Delhi city, for an insight into the magnificent Mughal era, go to the 16th century Humayun’s Tomb, the towering sandstone mosque of Jama Masjid, and experience the sound and light show at Red Fort. Tourists can spend mornings at the extravagant Akshardham Temple and evenings at the Hazrat Nizam-ud-din Dargah (shrine) that boasts of sufi music and delicious kebabs. Another popular attraction of Delhi city is its pulsating markets that from baubles to handicrafts, sell everything you can possibly think of. Those who have travelled to Delhi for its particular brand of food, won’t be disappointed. From hole-in-the-wall eateries and local student cafes in North Delhi to lavish restaurants and bars in South Delhi, there is no dish or cuisine you won’t find here. A huge incentive for Delhi’s tourism is its variety of public transport, wherein the Delhi Metro is the cheapest and easiest way to get around the city. Read More
Prashar to Delhi (482 km) Unwilling to return to hustle bustle of cities, we stayed till afternoon to soak in the last few hours of unperturbed silence, peace and fresh breaths of freedom.We stopped after Mandi and just lazed sitting on this bridge reliving the glorious past few days :
To reach Delhi by night, we boarded early morning bus at 4:00 am, next day, instead of other bus options available for 7:00 am and 11:00 am. The thrilled experience didn’t end here, Landslide delayed our bus by 1.5 hour, further adding twist, our bus got punctured which delayed our bus one hour more. It appeared that Uttarakhand wanted us to be with it. Finally, after many we reached Delhi late night.
When it comes to traveling, I would rather like to die with memories than live with dreams!Country must be burning their evils and sorrows with Ravana effigies but we took to the roads for doing likewise this Dussehra. Although the destination was still on slate but it was decided to leave the city behind, and the intentions were quite clear that we have to drive through the plains this time. It was basically a nomads trip with little to stay and more to travel which was only possible due to the good road conditions.It was to Moubt Abu. Rajasthan again!We started at around 1700 hours from Delhi and picked up the rest two buddies from Gurgaon’s Sohna road coz they were busy winding up their business so that trip shall mean solace. And thank God that happened. God of roads were quite supportive considering the long weekend and gave us only a few hiccups before kicking us out of the city. Music, drive, talks and fun carried us till a bit near Jaipur till we felt the urge of refuelling our food tanks. Unlike others, this trip of our was loaded with ample of time in hand so we managed to take several casual breaks and some comprehensive ones too. The first one costed us good one hour of time and we were rejuvenated for the wheels again.Driving for some one more hour, we reached to a dhaba which was almost closed but damn it, we wanted tea and we needed it that bad to wake him up. Relaxation that a cup of tea can give you on the road trip can not even be compared to the anything else in this world. Crew changed and but Shiva tracks still dominated the car play. We crossed the city of Ajmer from the circumference and promised it to visit soon.
Take Bus from Delhi to Baijnath or Dharamshala (it will take max 12 hrs to reach there) from there you have to book taxi or took public transport to reach Bir.Day 1 (Saturday Morning) Arrival at Bir take a hotel for fresh and take rest, After Lunch proceed to Billing valley "a small beginner trekking from Bir toBilling" (World famous Paragliding take off point) There you have to book camp in advance so that when you reach there you have place to stay then take Dinner with Bonfire and night stay in the camp at Billing.Day 2 (Sunday Morning) In the morning wake up call with tea given by camp organizer you can take a sip of tea with view of sunrise. After Breakfast enjoy Paragliding Tandem rides from Billing and landing at chougan.Roam and explore Bir and try local dish in lunch...after that you want to take rest than you take some hotels or guest house or chill @ coffee house and took night bus from there otherwise took bus and come back to Delhi.Monday Morning go and attend office????If you are "Adventures" this trip is best for UIf you are "Nature Lover" this trip is best for UIf you are "Trekker" this trip is best for UIf you are "Traveller" this trip is best for UBut please don't go if you are a tourist and you want a luxury trip with all comfort......If you want more details please contact me on:FB: Shades of "India" (group)Email ID: firstname.lastname@example.orgThis blog was originally published on 'Shades Of India'
Although we had afraid but drive well and reached Delhi at 10:30PM night in same daySummaryThe road is completely safe. From Delhi to Chandigarh, it is a straight National Highway. A very good road. Delhi to Chandigarh would take you 5–6 hours. Then, you'll come across an amazing curvy highway, the Himalayan Expressway till Parwanoo. Parwanoo is where the altitude starts rising. Here, you'll find the curvy roads. An easy drive it is, well, not really. Currently, construction is going on this road as the Himalayan Expressway is being stretched further, so you'll find a lot of traffic. You'll enjoy the views for sure. And from Dharampur to Kasauli, it is a fine road. It will take you around 2 to 2.5 hours to Kasauli from Chandigarh. There are a lot of eateries in Jabli and Dharampur, so you can fill your tummies. ;)Enjoy your trip.
The capital is at its most festive self during Diwali. While much of the beauty of Diwali in the capital comes from the warm glow of lights and lamps which adorn streets, homes, and shops, another important part of Delhi's Diwali culture are the flamboyant melas! And when it comes to melas, a favourite among Delhiites is the Sunder Nagar Diwali Mela. From giant Ferris Wheel, to countless food stalls and a contagious festive air, this iconic mela has been making Diwali happier and brighter for Delhiites since 50 years.Photography Tip: Always wanted to take that perfect Ferris wheel shot? Here's something that will help you. To get a perfect picture of the Ferris wheel at night, move close and use a wide-angle lens to get as much detail as possible. The Canon EOS 200D with new DIGIC 7 image processor, allows users to shoot in low-light conditions such as at night or indoors by setting their native ISO speed settings at up to 25600.
Our journey started from Delhi at around 9 PM when we reached Kashmere gate ISBT to catch our bus for Bhuntar. We had pre booked our to and fro bus tickets from HPTC website itself. The HPTC buses are the best in class and offer a comfortable ride at pretty cheap prices. Their buses are usually all booked so to catch one you have to book in advance.
There are various things in Delhi which people claim you have to do but it really wouldn't hurt to miss them. I'm sure you come across posts which speak about under-rated places and tell you what you should be doing, but this post is dedicated to what you shouldn't be doing if you come to Delhi.1) Chandni Chowk - The Parathe Wali Gali at Chandni Chowk is highly marketed but people often forget to speak about how unhealthy the food is and how the food is gleaming with so many mosquitoes. It really is very over exaggerated. Frankly, when I went to Delhi, I didn't eat at Chandni Chowk because the food was very unhygienic and I lost my appetite.
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Chandigarh is India's first planned city, quite distinct from the rest of the country and considerably better organized. It is the capital of both Haryana and Punjab, but the city itself is not part of either state, being a union territory, i.e. administered directly by the central government. It was one of the early planned cities in post-independence India and is internationally known for its architecture and urban design. Chandigarh has various visitor attractions including theme gardens within the city. Some notable sites are Sukhna Lake, Rock Garden, Rose Garden, Parrot Bird Sanctuary Chandigarh, and Leisure Valley. Chandigarh as a perfect city with regards to its cultural growth, modernisation and architecture. Rose Garden is home to over 1,500 varieties of rose and the Garden of Fragrance is perfect for those mind-refreshing walks. Chandigarh has a bustling food scene, home to every cuisine you can think of right from Mediterranean (Kelong, Virgin Courtyard) to Thai (Tao- Bar & Lounge). Some popular places for Punjabi dishes are Punjab Grill and Sher-e-Punjab. Chandigarh is also close to many hill stations such as Solan, Kasauli, Shoghi and Naldehra.Read More
We have started journey from Chandigarh to Delhi and heading heavy rainfall around 3 hours.heading up towards Delhi from Chandigarh, had been driving in heavy rainfall and blowing parking lights on the road and following the traffic rules, didn't over take any car.
So now, after dragging through Manali City till Mandi, we had light Dinner at around Midnight at a Dhaba of Day 8-Day 9, our Driver Virendra took some "Herbal Medicine" to stay awake all night so that he can drive, the reason we were going to Chandigarh was Virendra had to go to his home town in Jalandhar and Chandigarh would come in between so that is why, and then we marched there in our 4x4 Toyota Innova with speed not less than eighty at any point of time, in five hours we covered three hundred and fifty Kilometers and we were at Chandigarh, it was 6'O clock in the morning, we thanked Virendra for the awesome driving and his time, bid farewell to him, we weren't sleepy at all as we did slept for four hours in the cab, so we all decided to take a bus back to Delhi then and there, the ticket was of five-hundred and fifty rupees, and again in next four hours in the afternoon when we were in Delhi, we all were feeling the heat, we all were tanned, we all were full of contentment and emotions, we all smiled at each other saying this is not the end, we are again having this kind of adventure, and we four parted in our ways. it was heart throbbing. Finally i got back home Late Afternoon. :)
The A/C buses were all filled up for the night journey to Dharamshala from Chandigarh days before the trip. Fortunately we got the Non A/c Himachal roadways bus 11 pm time only because Pallav took a journey to the bus stand in the afternoon.Anyways we were off a company of six knowing so little about each other( two of them I had met just twice to discuss some things about the trip, one of them I had interacted with a little bit in the last year or so-tagged him along knowing he is a superlative trekker and he was showing enthusiasm to go on a trek, one of them I just met on the day-a friend of Pallav from school.We stopped in the middle of the night for the bus's arbitrary one stop and we didn't see Vishal(the superlative trekker) anymore that night. He had apparently taken the Volvo to Dharamshala. (one seat vacated)
Original postIt is 7 PM of a hazy Chandigarh evening. We have missed the last bus to Reckong Peo. Earlier, when we set out from Mumbai, the bus to Peo was the only part of our itinerary that we were sure of. Now, it felt like a round one knockout punch. The bus terminal meanwhile is frenetic, conductors are calling out loudly, empty buses roll in and leave the stand - overflowing with humans and all kinds of luggage. The confused noises and metallic smells are unmistakable.Meanwhile, I ask at the counter " Peo ke liye aur koi bus milegi? "" Nahi ji, subeh 4 baje ki sawari hai. Lekin 8 baje Rampur ke liye ek bus nikalti hai. Ya fir aap Shimla chale jao, 7:30 ki bus se "We stand besides the counter and implore - should we stay back in Chandigarh and wait till dawn? Or do we get started with our adventure and let the road take over our fates? On a trip, I always preferred getting on with it, not break the momentum, as if the greed of exploring took over, instinctively provoking me to wander off in search of new lands. And so I ask Swanand, my younger cousin and partner on this trip, to book two tickets to Shimla. It may happen that we will end up in Shimla, in dead of the night, looking out for a lodge to crash - but we shall manage. I feel bad for Swanand though, and a little concerned too for subjecting him to this ill planned itinerary in our first trip together.The evening sky glows in a shade of magenta. The pink light bounces off the concrete structure - making everything appear very beautiful. The dim yellows inside the bus provide a soothing contrast to the colours outside. The bus has now begun cruising along the streets of Chandigarh, passing through the towns of Panchkula, Pinjore and Kalka. It is all uphill now. We start to leave the plains behind heading towards the lights that we can see at the top, higher up in the hills. I can feel my excitement - the trip has finally begun, slowly entering into the realm of the Himalayan kingdom. But with this excitement is also a tinge of nervousness, because, unlike any other trips I have done before, there's no one waiting for us at the end of the road.We arrive in Shimla by 12:30 in the night, much like two stranded souls waiting to be pounced upon by the predator guides of the night, looking to make a quick buck. They offer us free rides to hotels nearby, in an Alto which clearly has seen better days. We go up, then come down swirling crazily, the driver knows the lanes and gullies at the back of his hand. Even the basic rooms shown were far too expensive. Perhaps, it was the commission of all the touts in between that drove the prices through the roof. At the end though, we give in, no point in finding a room that was cheaper, if we do not get a chance to sleep at all.-
The route from Delhi to Chandigarh was not new to us (Me and my best man ;)), as we had traveled a couple of times earlier on the same roads. The bus took us nearly 6 hours to reach Chandigarh, as we got stuck on the roads during the wee hours. It was 1130 IST we reached Chandigarh.TIP: If going by this itinerary, make sure to board a bus from Delhi late night to avoid the wee hours traffic.We had already made our bookings with Awerides, a bike rental service located in Chandigarh Sector 42. Royal Enfield, Classic 350 it was! One of the most comfortable bikes to ride on the mountains (That's what he says ;))
This small compact neat and clean union territory is shared by both Punjab and Haryana as their capital. Surrounded by lakes,gardens and greenery all around, this city was one of the early planned cities in post-independence India and is internationally known for its architecture and urban design.You can start your day with a sunrise by the Sukhna Lake followed by a visit to the Rock Garden and Parrot Sanctuary and Rose Garden. End it leisurely at the Leisure Valley.Sukhna Lake: Its a 3 km rain-fed lake with a seasonal stream coming down from the Shivalik Hills.It is the venue for many festive celebrations with the Mango Festival held during the monsoons being the most popular one.
3-4 mths of research for planning a budgeted trip to Ladakh. This wouldn't have been possible without the help of a friend and owner of Skyriders Adventure. One can contact him on this number for any trip to the Himalayan range, Atul Jaiswal-9855085962. I will also like to add-on the cost reduced as we were 9 people.The journey started from Chandigarh. Mumbai to Chandigarh flight in the evening, touched down at 6.30 pm . As booked 3 mths prior it costed us Rs 6000. The same evening 10.30 pm HSRTC bus to Manali. Costing somewhere around Rs 800-900. The best mode of transport via roadways from Chandigarh.
127 Kms from Simla
Best time to visit - February,March,April,October
The land from where once an ancient trade route to China would be embarked on, Manali is an abode for modern creativity now as much as it for withdrawal and adventure in the majestic mountains. From offering hostels, hotels, co-working spaces to the cave where once Arjun, the Pandava king had supposedly meditated (Arjun Gufa), Manali is no less than a global village. The mighty Himalayas have inspired many foreign settlements here, giving rise to popular European and Israeli cafes, restaurants and hostels, providing one a consortium of around the world cultures. This town is a true haven for adventure junkies who can indulge in river rafting, paragliding, camping, rock climbing, rappelling, zorbing at Solang Valley and Aleo. Manali has an array of breathtaking treks and sights for its nature lovers, for instance the Patalsu Peak, the Deo Tibba basecamp, Jogini Falls and the Rahala Falls. For all the solo riders out there, cruise your way through the snowy alley of Rohtang Pass while those who wish to travel back in time, can indulge in the exquisite display of culture and heritage at the Museum of Himachal Culture and Folk Art. Restaurants and cafes such as the Khyber Pass, Johnson's Cafe, La Plage, Drifters' Inn, The Hangout attract foodies for their culinary justice to everything from Thai to European cuisines and even some live music. If all this is too over the top for you, then reconnect with simplicity at Naggar Village, which is home to waterfalls, a beautiful castle, an art gallery and locals which have many stories to share and a cultural heritage to take pride in. Read More
Kaza to Manali via Chandrataal (260 km) This has to be undoubtedly, the most thrilling day; handsdown!From the beginning of trip we were fed horror stories on Kunzum pass and pagal Nallah, about how they have overpowered travelers to succumb to their will often.But we were positive, as we had left on time, and the breathtaking views provided the fortitude to carry on steadfast:
I have a big problem (well I consider it to be a big problem) of checking my mails and messages the moment I open my eyes in the morning but if there is anything that can help me easily break up with my phone-obsession then this view has to be it. Manali's ravishing landscape demands a break from technology. The stunning snow peaked mountains look as delicious as marshmallows immersed in sinful hot chocolate and this view looks better with a steaming cup of coffee for company.
With physical fitness, mental resolve and a truckload of excitement, I started my journey. The overnight bus journey from Delhi to Manali is comfortable, safe and takes 14 hours to reach the destination. I disembarked at Patli Kuhl from where I was whisked away to the camp at Larankelo, about 25 km from Manali. At the camp I met the rest of the group, consisting of nine people of varying ages (including a couple who had a daughter my age!) from Mysore and two college boys from Akola, and the organisers. All the inhibitions I might have had about having come alone vanished. They were all very warm and friendly. Moreover, the times that we were to face together invariably brings out the best in people. After settling down in the camp, we were all introduced to our most important allies for the journey- the cycles. We went for a 20 km practice ride to get a feel of the cycles and of the mountains. The slopes around Larankelo are a bit steep and I was relieved when we were told that the slopes on the Manali-Leh highway are more gradual. That night, we sat together making small talk. We were all excited about the journey that we had long been preparing for.
The next morning, I was in for a surprise with views that I had NEVER seen before! I was so close to the clouds! It was beyond amazing! The rocky roads, the gushing rivers, clouds that you could almost touch and rain that you could almost taste, Manali was making my dream come true in more ways than I could imagine.
21st: Next day, we rode back to Manali through Rohtang pass. We reached late evening as we took it slow and had a number of scenic views that deserved a good time. It was absolutely an emotional moment on arriving Manali. The sights seen, the friendships made, the backs broken, the bullets fixed, the much needed breaks, riverside roads, and above all those, the bullet that carried us all throughout... It was definitely not ours but we certainly had a tough time saying Good bye to it. Some of us hugged, some of us kissed and some of us bowed down in front of their own bullets. :) The bullets were taken to the workshop for the next batch of riders.22nd: We got this day to sight see Manali and explore the markets. Hidimba temple (where the kidnapping scene film 'Roja' was shot) is one of the places you need to visit. You can also get clicked in the traditional 'Kashmiri' attire here. By evening we boarded the bus from Manali to Delhi. We reached Delhi in the morning and took the flight back to Bangalore by evening. Bangalore was kind enough to welcome us with a pleasant weather. :)
Day 2 - Reached ManaliAt around 10:30 a.m. we reached Manali. It was a long bus journey. We were comfortable in the bus, and were wearing thin layers. The bus driver had to drop us before the main bus stop, as the roads were blocked because of the snow.We got out of the bus, and I felt really cold instantly. We were standing in the middle of nowhere, it was snowing, our shoes were covered in water. I had to throw my bad to the ground and put on as many layers as I could.
(30th December): We reached Manali, the next morning and the bus ride was nothing but annoying. Anyway, we were excited to be at the new place. The details of the place we stayed are as follows:Accommodation: Bella Marina - https://www.makemytrip.com/hotels/marina_villa-details-manali.htmlFood – 4 starsView – 4 starsLocation – It is away from the city hence it is a less expensive and secluded. If you are someone who likes to surrounded by nature and in a calm environment. This is the place to be!Our plan was to celebrate New year in this amazing place. So, we had two good days in our hands. We decided that we would explore the town today and then go for the rafting tomorrow. There are amazing food hubs here. First, we decided to try out a place called the Johnson’s café. It a must try. Great environment and the best place to have some great conversation over a bottle of beer. The local food is good as well and great shops to buy handmade sweaters for yourself and if you’d like to gift someone. So, we spent the whole day chilling, having great food, drinks and watched the people passing by. In our busy lives, we hardly find time for ourselves and to just sit there doing nothing and gazing at people going by proved to be very soothing. Try it! After sundown, we decided to head back to our villa, where good food was awaiting us. The people at Bella Marina are very friendly and they do make you feel at home.
I started travelling a year back and it changed me completely from within. I was altogether a different person after I came back. My first destination was Manali. Although I am from Himachal and all my life I have lived in mountains but this time, it was different. Taking a break from the daily office routine of a metro city we went to Manali to attend a friend’s wedding, but I had no idea that this trip would entirely change my perspective towards life. I fell in love with the place. I fell in love with the mighty mountains. The road which takes you to Rohtang from Manali is very alluring. You will witness number of waterfalls on your way. Along with the right kind of music, you’ll be blown away by the astounding views that you’ll witness.I had so many queries in my mind when I went there but everything seemed sorted after I came back home. We all have problems in our life. And deep inside we all know the solution as well. It’s just that we don’t want to accept things. We run away from reality.I always ran away from the truth. I did not have the courage to accept what was going wrong in my life. But while I was wandering, all answers started to unfold. All you need to find is, your own happy place. In every journey, you will come across a place where you feel a sense of belongingness and tranquility, where you would want to sit for hours, silently and ponder about life. It’s in here, where you find the courage to do things that were always in your mind. It helps you to grow internally and bring about a change in your life.In Manali, I found mine in the streets of old Manali. I fell in love with Soma Café. It was not only the café to be particular, it was a voice, a soothing voice which pacified my soul. The aura of the place was magical. After coming back, I used to listen to the recorded videos for hours. I had promised myself that I would go back to that same place again. And I did. I fulfilled my promise. I went back almost after a year. But you know what, this time it was different. The reason for which I travelled for 530 km was not there. The singer whose voice I fell in love with, had moved to another city. And that point of time I realised where I was wrong.We must never attach ourselves with anyone or anything. True wanderers live in the present moment, they never fixate themselves with anyone. Life is simply meant be lived and not be entangled with emotions. So, just Keep travelling. Keep exploring.Travelling helps you connect to yourself which is paramount if you are seeking inner peace.Sometimes, sitting beside a lake, a mountain or a beach and introspecting yourself is all the therapy you need because no one will understand you better than yourself.Everyone has their own share of experiences in life. And sometimes, it’s okay not to be okay. You see the brighter day only after a dark night. I was never a wanderer. I was never a traveller. Infact, I never wanted to step out of my home. But when I did, I don’t want to stop now. I have found my happiness.I always like my bags packed and while unpacking them I think about the time I will go on another adventure. Be optimistic in life. This way you will attract good things. Have faith in the universe. It definitely has a plan for you. A plan which is in your favour. A plan that will set you free from all your agony. Never stop believing. Bad experiences might tear you apart and might force you to lose faith in yourself but give yourself a chance. Step out of your comfort zone and explore your surroundings.You are worth all good things that you dream of :)
130 Kms from Simla
Best time to visit - March,April,May,October,November
Dehradun is the capital city of Uttarakhand, a state in the northern part of India. Located in the Garhwal region, Dehradun is in the Doon Valley perched the foothills of the Himalayas. Nestled between the river Ganges on the east and the river Yamuna on the west, it is well-connected and in proximity to the Himalayan tourist destinations of Mussoorie, Auli and the Hindu holy cities of Haridwar and Rishikesh along with the Himalayan pilgrimage circuit of Chota Char Dham. Dehradun is the base camp for undertaking trekking expeditions in the Garhwal Himalayas. High-quality trekking gear like rucksacks, gloves, boots, tents, etc can be bought from shops in the thriving Moti bazaar. All items are mostly made locally and the shops also supply material to the Indian army that has its primary training center in Dehradun. The city is a haven for foodies as Dehradun offers a lot of variety and affordability in its cuisine. Restaurants and cafes such as Doon Darbar, renowned for delectable Mughlai dishes. Dehradun tourism has also gained importance because of the trekking activities which are carried out in the Garhwal Himalayan range. Read More
159 Kms from Simla
Best time to visit - April,May,June,July
Scenic and serene, Kinnaur in Himachal Pradesh is perhaps one of the most unexplored places in Himachal. Passing through serpentine roads, refreshing, lush greenery, the district is a delight to explore. Though travellers looking to enjoy a luxurious holiday may not have a great time here. Kalpa is the first village that greets you when you enter Kinnaur. Reckong Peo, Nako and Sangla Valley are some of the villages and valleys that make up Kinnaur district. A journey to Kinnaur is marked with adventure and also an unpredictability that comes from travelling so high up in the mountains. The people in all the villages are very warm and welcoming and are open to sharing their way of life with travellers. Do plan a long trip here, since Kinnaur district can easily take up to 2 weeks and it's best not to hurry your way through this spellbinding valley.Read More
The picturesque Sangla Valley in the Kinnaur with its bountiful Apple Orchards is known for rich tribal culture and traditions. There is a local tradition to welcome the guests with a garland of dry fruits and a round Kinnauri cap with green flap. It's also known for legally brewing two popular drinks, 'angoori' and 'ghanti'.Where to Stay:Rattan Cottage:A hidden-rural homestay in the picturesque Sangla Valley in Kinnaur district some 275 km from Shimla. The host also participates in the apple fest to showcase his orchard.Address: Village & P.O. Sangla, Tehsil Sangla ,District KinnaurPhone: 0-098052536
But one last visit will do!The road journey was super exciting. But I just wanted a little more scenery to enjoy! Thus next, we headed to the Himalayas again to uniquely end 2016! It was a perfect place to get away from the city for a while. So I decided to celebrate New Year's eve at Kinnaur, famous for sacred Kinner Kailash high range mountains which is home of the Lord Shiva.
The Hindustan-Tibet road or the NH5 to Chhitkul is precarious and can easily shake even the strongest of the hearts. The landslide prone roads are not smooth all the way as a national highway is supposed to be, mere 3m wide, and Satluj River by the side, the ride scared even our expert driver. Our driver had to drink a bit during the dinner time and only then he could drive fearlessly in the night at around 12 am and onwards.Now was our final battle with the roads.
Kinnaur has for centuries been a major trans-Himalayan corridor. Merchants travelling between China and the Punjabi plains passed through on the Hindustan–Tibet caravan route, stretches of which are still used by villagers and trekkers. The bulk of the traffic that lumbers east towards the frontier, however, uses the newer NH-22, which veers north into Spiti just short of the ascent to Shipki La pass, on the Chinese border, which remains closed.
A small video of our trip through Shimla-Narkanda-Sangla-Reckong Peo and Kalpa which we completed in under Rs 7000 for 10 days from Mumbai with food travel and Stay.
Their family was kind enough to let me know of the bus options and booked a bus to Reckong Peo ( head quarters of Kinnaur district).So, on sunday at 13.30 hours was the bus from Kullu to Reckong Peo( its about 16 hour journey so the bus tentatively reaches around 5.30am the next day ). Off course I was a bit scared because I was going to head out alone and this was supposed to be a group trip and I was heading out solo...Well..You gotta do what you gotta do ...the adventurous side in me overtook the fear and inhibitions in me and prayed to the Divine for guidance!
Mystery Door to Heaven, May be. These pretty things never fail to surprise you. You ask for Sunshine, they'll give you Rains. Isn't it? These clouds are like gift wraps for Himalayas. I will wrap you up and who make most effort to see you, I will open it for them. Probably ???? #meandmycrazythoughts----Well, I was quite fascinated with the name of these roads and I wanted to click each and every such passages on the road. But it wasn't as easy as I was travelling by bus. Still managed pretty well by peeping out from the window and clicking. Many more to come.
There is a temple situated named Taranda Temple. Every vehicle crossing this route offers prayer before proceeding ahead. People here believe that if they do not follow this ritual they will get stuck in the route. And who wants to get stuck in the most deadliest of path with no network and people around. So do the necessary and proceed.
Kinnaur: This corner of Himachal Pradesh is not just known for the best apples in India but also for the hidden corners around the Kinnaur District that make for a great exploration hub. Visit the caves of Tabo, the quaint village of Nako and the nearby town of Kalpa.Kinnaur makes for a great road trip destination for travellers from Delhi reaching Kinnaur via Shimla. Buses and taxis are also available from Shimla and Rampur. You can also reach Kinnaur from Manali via Spiti.Read More: The Mystical Land, Kinnaur by Sachinder S. Rathore
263 Kms from Simla
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
Amritsar has made a huge contribution to Indian history and is the holiest hub for Sikhs. The name of the city, which means the pool of nectar, is derived from the pool that surrounds the Golden Temple. Though the city is quite congested, it has an air of spirituality and a heart to it. The stunning complex of the Golden Temple, with the Central Sikh Museum, will surround you with a spiritual energy that is hard to shake off. The gurdwara is located at the nucleus of the lake, which glitters like gold after the sun goes down. At every corner you’ll find devotees who have volunteered for either cooking or cleaning the premise. Eat a free meal at the dining hall and make sure you don’t waste any food. The Jallianwala Bagh, from the pages of history, comes to life here. The complex, where around 1500 people were massacred, still has bullet marks all over it. A peek into the well, inside which hundreds jumped to save their lives, is sure to leave you feeling uncomfortable. An hour away from the city is the Wagah Border, where the gates divide Pakistan and India. An evening parade, held before sunset every day, is an experience worth savouring. Amritsar remains incomplete without the lassi with heaps of malai, available almost everywhere. There are endless options to stay in the city but if you want to splurge, consider the Green Acres Haveli and Country Inn Hotels and Resorts.Read More
Getting aroundThe gateways to the Buddhist Circuit are Varanasi and Lucknow. The quickest convenient cost effective way to travel on this circuit is in a private vehicle with a guide, and only travel Delhi to Varanasi or vice versa by flight or overnight train. However you can also do this journey using local bus and train services. The entire sector is well aligned to the needs of pilgrims and tourists from around the world. Most material and religious needs will be well served.What to see and do - The ItineraryDay to day descriptions provide some background of why we do what we do each day. However please do research in detail before taking this itinerary, one of the most fascinating journeys of India.
AmritsarAn important city of Punjab. It is also the centre of Sikhism and the site of the Sikh’s principal place of worshipHow to reachThe Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport, about 11 km. from town, is connected by domestic flights to Delhi, Srinagar and Chandigarh.Amritsar is connected by direct trains to major Indian cities like Delhi, Jammu, Mumbai, Nagpur, Calcutta and Chandigarh.Bus services also connect Amritsar with most north Indian towns, including Chandigarh (235 Kms), Delhi (450 Kms),What to do
From defining historical monuments to the streets of Amritsar, there is so much to do, love and experience in Punjab that every trip delayed to this state is a loss. Kick-start your journey through this city of religion and celebration with Cox & Kings.
5) Chandigarh - AmritsarMake a visit to India's one of the most well planned cities-Chandigarh. The city is beautiful and highly enjoyable. Everyone I ask says Chandigarh is a gem. Don't stop yourself here. Head over to Amritsar and visit the beautiful Golden Temple, India Pakistan border and feel the patriotism in your blood this Independence Day. Spend a day with soldiers and give them the respect they deserve.
Chandigarh to Amritsar is 230Kms and takes 4-5 Hours by car. You can start very early in the morning from Chandigarh to reach Amritsar by breakfast time and to have ample time to explore the city within a day.Apart from its famous Golden Temple, the city holds a rich history of Indian Independence.Start with Jallianwala Bagh, the iconic garden where the tragic Amritsar massacre took place in the British Era. The garden is very near to Golden Temple(almost within the same complex). So you can pay a visit to the famous Golden Temple consecutively.
We all have that travel bug inside us and most of the people I have come across, the one thing which is common- “travel more, spend less”. The pleasure of visiting a new place without spending much is second to none. The other thing which is common between my fellow citizens is that they don’t have enough leaves so the weekend breaks becomes the new found best friend.Amritsar can be easily visited on weekends. We (group of 5 friends) travelled to Amritsar from New Delhi. It’s an overnight journey. There are several trains and buses between the Capital city to Golden city. Trains are more convenient, of course for the most obvious reasons. In case you are visiting the city only for a day, make sure you book a train which reaches Amritsar early morning. (as early as possible)We had planned the trip only for a day. We went straight to the Golden temple by taking a shared auto.The auto dropped us right outside the temple and charged us Rs. 35 per person (30 mins from railway station). We walked inside the temple complex with our luggage and went to their bathing area (free of cost). There was separate bathing area for men and women and is clean and well maintained but crowded. Cleanliness is maintained by volunteers.If you are staying overnight in Amritsar, it is highly recommended to stay in hotels which are close to the Golden temple. The range of these hotels varies (from Rs. 500 to 3000) and it’s up to the individual’s choice. But make it a point to get refreshed quickly and leave for the Golden temple.We kept our luggage in the luggage room (free of cost) and footwear in jora ghar (shoe stands) and entered the temple complex. An artificial stream was flowing to wash one’s feet before entering. Make sure to cover your head properly before entering the holy complex. Anyone can take a dip in the holy sarovar but use of soap or shampoo is not allowed. It’s believed that one gets cured of the diseases by taking a bath in the sarovar. As soon as we entered, the grandness of the temple bowled us over. The temple has gold work done on major part of it including the dome. The carving work done on the walls is amazing.The katha and kirtan at the temple was melodious. It took us approx. 3 hours to get the darshan. There are separate queues for women with toddlers. Unlike other temples in India, the volunteers don't pester you to go out once you enter the Sanctum Sanctorum. The kadha Prasad is offered with cupped hands and it is touched with the tip of krippan before it is distributed.It was almost lunch time when we moved out of the temple complex and headed towards the langar hall. We were to astonished to see hundreds of volunteers working there. The food served was fresh and hot, excellent Kheer, and a special mention of the unique way of serving drinking water. Everything was systematic and neat and clean. If you are not having the lunch there, still it’s a must to go and see the Langar area because you will be amazed how common people are providing their services to do activities like cutting vegetables, making rotis, washing used plates. Everything is very systematic. A perfect example of team work. (CEOs/Managers go have a look).We then covered Jallianwala Bagh (India’s bloody past) which is mere 5 mins walk from the Golden temple. In the center there is a memorial tower. It is difficult to think how, from a lane where three people can’t walk side by side, one man managed to perpetrate a massacre. It infuses patriotism in andreminded us of sacrifices made by our ancestors to win Independence. Once we were out of Jallianwala bagh, we found lot of taxi and auto owners asking for Wagah border. They take you on a sharing basis for Rs. 120 per person to and fro. Try to take comfortable seats in auto as its almost an hour drive but the condition of the road is good. (No point of doing advance booking)Make it a point to reach Wagah Border by 2 pm or let’s say as early as possible but be ready to wait for approx. 3-4 hours before the ceremony starts. But it’s still advisable if you want to sit and watch the entire ceremony. The place was excessively crowded plus a big queue for security check. We didn’t carry anything and it was such a relief because nothing (Nothing means nothing- no chips, popcorn, ladies handbag, camera cover, etc. Only water, wallets, sunglasses, cameras are allowed) is allowed inside and then you have to keep your stuff in road side vendor locker for which again you have to stand in queue.We reached in nick of time and occupied seat which gave okay view but we still felt lucky because there was humongous crowd standing and forced to watch the border parade on the big screens installed there instead of live.The retreat ceremony is for 45 minutes which includes the closing of international gates and the lowering of the flag. The atmosphere was simply electric. The crowd modified into a hooting cheerleader. Passion and patriotism was at all-time high. The moment became so live and full of energy. People danced on some of the famous patriotic numbers. Children also get a chance to take the flag and run.The auto dropped us at the same place and we decided to do some shopping. We went to Hall market which lies in the way to the Golden temple. Patiala salwar and jootis were exceptionally beautiful and cheap. We found handicrafts like phulkari and shops of weaponry like swords and krippan and other souvenirs in abundance. Later, we went back to the Golden temple and collected our luggage and had our dinner at one of the local dhabas. (within city limits non-veg food isn’t available). Don’t miss out the famous Amritsari Kulcha and Punjabi lassi (a giant glass with malai on top). We missed on sarson ka saag as its mostly available in winters.
So it all started 3 years back when I planned a trip to explore the beauty of Amritsar.I was accompanied with one of my friend from South India (Malhar Ashrit) who always wanted to travel to this place, but had a budget constraint.So was that a big deal, NO.I booked the tickets in sleeper class coach of Indian railways for 280 bucks from Delhi to Amritsar. Train departed around 7:30 pm from Nizammudin, Delhi and reached Amritsar around 4 30 Am.There' s always a free bus service available to golden temple from Amritsar railway station. But, you need to stand in a big queue. Since, we wanted to save money, we waited for some 10-15 min for the bus to arrive and got a seat as well. The journey took us around 15 mins to reach Golden Temple (Free of cost service).The Golden temple provides you accommodation at a cheaper cost, but check-in time for it is 12 noon. We did not wanted to waste any time, took a lodge outside the Golden temple area to fresh-up and keeping the luggage, paid 200 bugs.( You can easily get cheap accommodation in-around the place).
4. Experience the Beating Retreat ceremony at Wagah BorderPlan a place to visit near Delhi on weekends to the Wagah Border to witness the Beating Retreat Ceremony. A local transport service from Amritsar will take you to Attari. Easy connectivity make Wagah Border one of the cheapest places to visit near Delhi. Avoid booking local taxis if you are on a strict budget. Remember to be seated not later than 3pm for the 4pm ceremony. Choose tourist guesthouses for the cheapest deal.
Day 10:Explored mall road, local sightseeing spots. Did trek to Hanuman temple by walk, Explored museum had some local cusine and the day came to an end quite fast we checked out from our rooms and kept our luggage at hotel only till evening. We booked the bus Near post office to Delhi. So booking was done we went towards old bus stand and boarded the bus to New Delhi. Read More
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Day 1: Shimla -Sangla-Chitkul-SanglaDistance & Duration: nearly 230 Kms ( 7 hrs)
Day 10:Explored mall road, local sightseeing spots. Did trek to Hanuman temple by walk, Explored museum had some local cusine and the day came to an end quite fast we checked out from our rooms and kept our luggage at hotel only till evening. We booked the bus Near post office to Delhi. So booking was done we went towards old bus stand and boarded the bus to New Delhi.
Day 9:Next morning we found a hotel near high court and quickly booked it. Now check in time was 11 so we have not wasted any time and researched on exploring shimla. Early morning around 7 am we headed out towards the Viceroy palace. To our amusement it was quite a wonderful place. we went there by walk through the institute exploring the beautiful roads and scenery. Monkeys are very dangerous so be aware of them. Spent a god 2 hrs and went to a nearby bird sanctuary. The taxi rates are too costly in shimla so we explored most part of city by walk. We again came down from hill and went to our hotel room. Damn exhausted so freshened up and relaxed for sometime. As it was already 3 we found a taxi for exploring kufri. we had our lunch and headed towards kufri. Kufri is a beautiful place near shimla. we reached kufri after huge traffic and to our amusement it started snow fall as soon as we entered the zoo. Zoo was amazing and snow fall increased a lot. After 2 hrs the roads were blocked entirely. we then took a long route back towards shimla. It was quite late by the time and we directly headed towards our hotel and slept.
The summer capital for the British and the current capital of the state of Himachal Pradesh – Shimla is blessed with beautiful nature and a charm that is woven in the fabric of the city. Surrounded by woods and hills, dotted by stately buildings, Shimla's aura is very different from other hill stations in Northern India. That is what makes this place so popular and special. And to make it an unforgettable experience, we've found a place to stay here that will make you feel not less than royalty.
I woke up in the morning but I was sad to pack up, I was sad to vacate the room. I knew I was going to miss this place a lot and would want to come back again. I walked till the bus station. It was 40 minutes of walk with all my luggage but it didn’t bother me. The bone chilling wind was tearing me apart but I was not bothered. I bought an ordinary bus ticket to Shimla as I had already booked a Volvo bus from Shimla to Delhi for onward journey. The journey was even more tiring and long this time. I was no more looking forward to my destination the way I did when I was coming to this place. I reached Shimla in 12 hours because of heavy traffic and rains along the way. I then waited for my bus to Delhi at Tutikandi Bus stand in Shimla.
The PeterhofThirty-second rundown: By far the most popular hill station, Shimla is perfect for those who are looking to connect with nature. Couple your visit to this beautiful hill station with a reservation at the Peterhof to enjoy the best of Shimla.
Day 8: Checked out and headed towards bus stand got direct bus to shimla. It was a long distance. so almost entire day was spent in travel itself. we were exhausted when we finally reached old bus stand of shimla. As it was new year's eve we couldn't find any hotel bookings on any app, the rate was also too high. At shimla we did try finding some place for shelter but no luck so we stayed at the bus stand itself the entire night as many other people were also there. We were exhausted after spending the night at bus stand. To our comfort many people were there and they were celebrating the new year in the bus stand too.
THE TOY TRAINIt was evening of 13th of August, the sky of Delhi was covered with black clouds and we boarded metro to Kashmiri gate it started raining. It felt like a good omen to me, a good sign of what was awaiting for us all in Shimla.At Kashmiri Gate, I met with our third partner to Shimla, He looked decent and friendly.Although I am very chilled out but my introvert instincts always have another set of suspicious eyes.I was reluctant till my friend slept and we started having a conversation and we got to know each other a lot better and my suspicious instinct took a back seat.The trip to Kalka was crazy as the bus dropped us 4 Kms away from the railway station at a chowk around 3 o' clock in the morning in the dark.Street was dead,not ever dogs were barking.We just prayed someone to show up so to get the directions and miraculously(i seriously don't know how?) night watchmen showed up, banging his stick on the road. I cannot tell it just sparked faith for god in my atheistic heart. Frankly if I would have been a little less atheist, today you would have found me writing about Gods,ISKON etc. Thankfully that is not going to happen, atleast in this life and if there is no re-birth, I am dying an Atheist.So we asked that watchman direction to the railway station and not surprising it was 4 Kms from our location. the walk to station was very scare as it was dark.I would suggest to carry a flashlight or a phone with a flash,which i didn't had that time.When we reached station it was dead silent and we laid our little bags on the benches and waited for the tea shop to open.In an hour the Toy Train arrived at the station so does other passengers and arrived the bad news that mine out of us three, reservation was not confirmed. We went to the TC regarding our problem and he suggested me talk to the TC of the shift regarding the problem and the issue would be resolved.Keeping his suggestion in mind we board the train,it was chaotic.All seats were occupied and people without tickets were seated on the train.Everybody was confused and then we heard a firm voice "Jiska reservation nahi hai wo sab utar jao warna mein raste me utaar dunga".(Step out of the train if your ticket is not confirm or i ll kick you out during the journey"). In came the Punjabi middle aged man clad in a suit, he was the TC of the shift.Everybody was out within minutes and we got to our seats. he started asking for ticket and we flashed him with our tickets and seeing one unreserved seat, he demanded 50 rupees for the seat and offered me the seat.I paid hesitantly and owned the seat.(book your tickets before hand, seat get occupied pretty fast or pay 50 rupees extra).The engine whistled and the journey began and believe me you people, being a pahadi I should never feel so astonished to see the mountains but surprisingly i was thrilled. This is so much better, I said to myself. The scenes were so serene and appealing that I could hear my heart saying "you belong her, in these mountains". It was just majestic,gripping and just makes you high to a different level, you would never want to come back to normal.There was a stoppage and people took morning snacks,tea for refreshment.Then started the selfie session;selfie with train,engines were taken in large nos. and then again the train started moving on and the feeling of belonging came back and i just got married to the thought of settling in Shimla was impregnated to mind by those mesmerizing scenes.A five hour sensational journey ended and I was disappointed just by the thought that it was ending and we need to get off the train. Just when I started to feel disappointed, the Rain of Shimla at the station brought me back to life and taught me a lesson: Be Patient, You will be Amazed and Amazed I was to see why Shimla is a place to be, Twice a Year.There is more to this narrative but its for another time.Till then, Keep Traveling, where you always want to.Yours