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Weekend Getaways from Kalgaon
289 Kms from Kalgaon
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
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 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, which is the historic heart of the city. For an insight into the legacy of the 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 are its pulsating markets that sell everything from baubles to handicrafts, sell everything you can possibly think of. Those who have travelled to Delhi for its particular brand of food, will have a lot on their plates. 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 travellers is the variety of public transport, wherein the Delhi Metro is the cheapest and easiest way to get around the city. Read More
We plan, we pack and we leave. That's what we call travelling. The journey, the sight seeing, the sports and good food... that's all? Obviously no! Travelling is much much more than just going by the itineraries. Travelling is about the moments, the uncalled adventures and relaxation. No matter, you've taken the rail tracks or the roads, you'll make small packets of memories at every bend.If you are a travel junkie, you will definitely encounter moments of realization. The realization... the epiphany which turns you into a different person altogether. If you've been in love with travel, you must have also experienced such times during your journey or long after it.So, here are some important realizations that define you and your travel stories better:That Golden Sunrise Waking up with the sun can be a little traumatic when you also have a 9 hour work shift but it's different when you're on a vacation. The bright yellow sky, the orange outlined snow capped mountains and the breeze... oh, the breeze stirs your soul like sugar in lukewarm water. Trust me. Watching a sun rise from behind Himalayas is magical and that's what got me hooked.Waking up at dawn regularly is surely not my point but I realized I would want to do it once in a while.The Friendship Travelling makes you value friends. Some of them, you might have met at the shack, by the beach. No matter if you have limited time together, the memories you'll create will last a lifetime. Sometimes, when I dig into old photographs, I find faces which now I rarely see around, but the time we had spent together was beautiful. This epiphany leaves me grateful for the people I met along the way.What to Pack Who needs fresh pair of clothes everyday on a trip! If you are a frequent traveller, you must have experienced the need of less... as less as possible! You know a backpack trip is far more than just beautiful pictures on Instagram, it's about pushing your limits and knowing your own strengths.You don't have to look your best while exploring a beautiful place. All you need instead, is a portable charger, an extra battery for your camera, a thermos, a torch, a mosquito repellent and such things which justify occupying that precious space in your bag.Wrong Turns Make Memories Just when you know you are a few miles away from your destination and the GPS shows ninety kilometers... you realize you're screwed! And especially when your vehicle is running out of fuel and all you have on both sides of the road is a dense forest. A dim light flickering at a distance has never given you enough pleasure than this situation. Looking back at such memories only makes you smile!Coming Back Home Sucks Nothing feels worse than coming back to your regular routine. All those things that were a part of your daily life seems boring and the best way you find to keep yourself going is to start dreaming about and planning your next trip.The Addiction This is the best travel epiphany which develops an unstoppable urge to never stop. It's when you realize that you're bitten by wanderlust and the only cure to this is to explore more. You know you are addicted to it when your weekend plans start revolving around your backpack and you decide to never settle.
So, If you are looking for a low budget but a full fledged trip to Himalayas, Gorchha is the destination for you.I have planned mine ! Have you?contact - Tikam Singh ChauhanMob no. 91- 9910457210Beauty of Gorchha:-
Day 1I started from Chennai at 11 am 3rd June 2016 for 1:15 pm flight to Delhi. Reached Delhi at 3:45. Took Airport Metro to New Delhi for Yellow Line metro. Met my friend at to Rajiv Chowk and took blue line metro to Anand Vihar ISBT. Had AC bus booked at 8 pm for Haldwani.
Day 16Last day of our trip, my friend went to see his aunt, who lives in Delhi. I took a visit around Delhi in metro and auto. Visited Jantar Mantar, Red Fort, Lotus Temple, Qutub Minar and Humayun’s Tomb. Then had my lunch at Parathewale Gali again followed by Giani’s Rabri-Faluda. The met my friend and had dinner at Changezi with Changezi Chicken and Tandoori roti.
Day 15Started for Delhi in morning, reached by 3 pm. Had our lunch by 5 pm at Chandni Chowk Parathewale Gali. then took walk around Chandni Chowk and Jama Masjid and by 8 pm had our dinner at Karim’s Hotel with an awesome Biriyani, Mutton Korma, Shami Kabab, Sheek Kabab and Kheer.
From Delhi we had our bus to Manali in the evening .Bus Booking : You get good sleeper and semi sleeper AC and non-AC Volvo buses from Delhi. Charges around 750 – 1500 INR .You can save 1 day by flying direct to Kullu Airport which is 20 steps from Bhuntar . From Bhuntar you would get cabs or local bus to Manali .However , the flight rates are kinda high if your flying direct .For cost-cutting you can enjoy an amazing bus ride and travel the roads from the very beginning .We reached Manali around 11 am . We chose to stay near old Manali just to escape from the commercial taste of Manali city . Hotels were available at our reach . If you are visiting in peak season you can pre-book your hotel to get a place of your choice . People like me, who donot believe in bad luck can figure out someplace to stay as cheap as 500-1000 INR . You can try Zostel . Try the food places around Manali with live acoustic music in the evening .
With wet clothes/feet, one hand bare, no cap & just a fleece line jacket, I realised this wasn't going to be easy. Started getting bad thoughts about having to spend the night in the valley or if we needed rescuing. Sometimes we would just slip, at other times one leg would just go down a pit you thought wasn't there. A girl's condition got worse & we had to take breaks. I think she probably threw up. Even our guide was doubting at times if we were going the correct way or not. There was no sense of direction. Nausea struck again but I fought it hard with will power & brushed the negative thoughts aside.We were trekking back at night with help of flashlights & cell phones. A risky affair. We literally took baby steps most of the way. Around 10 PM we saw individual sources of light in the distance, as if the stars had come down on the horizon. Seeing the base camp brought back everyone's confidence! The lights were coming from hundreds of tents. We signalled from our flashlights & even got a response! I remembered the lyrics "Lights will guide you home" from Coldplay's hit song "Fix You". It was a blissful sight, but there was one more obstacle.Crossed a huge glacier stream barefoot, holding hands. I think that definitely gave me mild fever. (Swallowed a pill later)Spine chilling experience!Reached Rola Khuli (Base Camp) at around 11 pm amidst applauds of our camp mates. We were greeted with Rum & Dinner. Even had Gulab Jamuns! Bless the person who brought it! Our guide said, what we've achieved is remarkable, even by his standards. No one completes Bhrigu in 1 day. Almost 13 km of trekking without rest or acclimatisation! An adventurous tale to tell.We were going to spend the night in Rola Khuli. It rained bonkers that night. Sound of thunder gave everyone goosebumps!. My tent didn't cave in thankfully. Everyone was talking about it in morning.
Woke up. Divesh & I wrestled the thought of pooping in the open. We finally gave in, lol.Again, the organised campers had this facility at their disposal too! But we were getting the wilderness feel.
109 Kms from Kalgaon
Best time to visit - August,September,October,November
A perfect combination of ancient and urban, this city has been deemed the most futuristic in the country, while also having been occupied by the Harappan civilisation almost 8,000 years ago. In fact, BBC has named Chandigarh as a perfect city with regard to its cultural growth, modernisation and architecture. Nek Chand Rock Garden is a unique and fascinating site, built solely by a man (after whom the garden is named), who used remnants from various demolition sites (particularly the debris while Chandigarh itself was being built) and a whole lot of scrap to build 2000 sculptures, statues, all integrated on walled paths, wherein one can also see man-made interlinked waterfalls. A short walk away from there is the artificial Sukhna lake, a landmark for families to relax and walk around while enjoying street food and keeping kids busy with quaint toys bought from vendors all around. Pertaining to Le Corbusier's (chief architect of the city) vision of Chandigarh being a garden city, Rose Garden is home to over 1,500 varieties of rose and the Garden of Fragrance is perfect for those mind-refreshing walks. Popular places to visit for an insight into Chandigarh and the entire country's history through various artworks are the Government Museum & Art Gallery and the Chandigarh Architecture Museum. Being one of the top four metro cities of the country, 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
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.
“Everyone shines, given the right lighting.” ― Susan Cain.May be I was in search of the right lighting too. Amidst the chaos and hustle of everyday life. Jobs, studies, bills, loans, peer pressure- you just feel exhausted and suffocated. This, exactly is the time to DISCONNECT with everyone else and re-connect with your self. Perhaps, I decided to ring people who really are important to me and escape. I am a solo traveler but I have learned a big lesson in life while escaping alone- to appreciate the beautiful people in life. This was the time I wanted to elope with my BEST people. We took a night bus from Chandigarh around 11pm and reached Dharamshala at 6am next morning.
We took a flight from Mumbai to Chandigarh and then boarded a bus from Chandigarh at 10.00 pm which dropped us to Manali at 7.00 am. We stayed at Manali for one day and visited local tourist attractions like Hadimba temple, Beas river, Buddhist Monastery.
I took the 8 pm bus and reached Chandigarh at 10 pm with many events taking place in between. My plan to meet my friend fell into total disarray but it was not all bad news two of my batch mates whom I asked earlier decided that enough with the same person cancelling plans and decided to tag along with me.It was a two hour long wait for me for them to arrive and our journey to Mandi began by the 12:40 am bus.
We were off to Chandigarh in Adhiraj's car after a quick snack at Adhiraj's home.It had been six years since Aakash had left school but our friendship hadn't faced a dent. We were still going strong, unscathed. It was only a small conversation but it meant a lot. Amit hadn't visited Sukhna Lake before, so our next stop became Sukhna Lake.
We left early morning at about 6 and reached Chandigarh in about 1 hour 45 mins. After arriving in Chandigarh we parted our ways I was on my way to go meet my friend while my roommates boarded a bus to reach the location of their test.Sector 15 the place my friend was residing in, fairly close to Rock garden and Sukhna Lake, the main attractions in Chandigarh. So it definitely didn't come as a surprise to me when he put them in the check list to visit first.
We decided to explore one of its kind and smartly planned city “Chandigarh”. We visited the Rock Garden and Rose Garden. We came back to hotel, rested and the same night by 3am we headed back to Pune.The patriotic feel you get at the last defense line of INDIA to the feel of achievement on climbing the peaks of majestic Himalayas, experiencing the peace at golden temple to embracing the 1st ever snowfall of your life.Believe me not once you have travelled, met and learned new things, it’s very hard to stop. . .you will keep looking forward for many such adventures.A special thanks to Audrey Vyas who has helped me write this article.Somewhere between reminiscing about the past and basking in the hope future, I found my true BLISS . . .!!!
103 Kms from Kalgaon
Best time to visit - March,April,May,October,November
Dehradun is easily one of the most popular hill stations in India. Though easily accessible by all modes of transportation, taking the road would be the best way to experience this heaven. The drive will take you through dense forests on the hilly road and if you're lucky, you might even see a wild elephant or leopard pass you by. The fresh and dewy hill air will infiltrate your lungs and put you in a great mood right away. In terms of things to see, there is Robber's Cave, a river cave formation and Sahashtradhara, which is also a stunning sight of nature consisting of sulphur springs. But more than its sights, Dehradun is the perfect place for a family getaway. After all it has everything that you could need for a relaxing holiday. The town has many vintage bookshops (Natraj Publishers, The English Book Depot), college campuses with hilly backdrops, architectural marvels (such as the Forest Research Institute), alleys filled with quaint restaurants, adventure sports gear shops and forest resorts and hotels to fit every budget. Vishranti, a resort tucked away discreetly in the Sal forests of the Doon valley, deserves a special mention for its beauty and luxury. 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 devour-worthy Mughlai dishes and The Buffet for its mouthwatering burgers, cutlets and coffee, are popular options. Read More
132 Kms from Kalgaon
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
After exploring the local places of Manali we went back to our hotel to check out and pick our luggage. We boarded the bus for Delhi in evening and returned home with sweet memories. Atlast, my aim to visit this favourite hill retreat of India got completed!Manali is truly nature’s paradise! For me it’s the most vibrant and charming place in the lap of majestic Himalayas. Don’t wait, just plan your trip to this perfect Himalayan escapade now!The trip was curated by Travel Triangle, check-out www.traveltriangle.com for similar trips & experiences.Read the entire story from Manali on my travel blog Ghoomakad.in
Day 9 : We started from Kaza around 8 am and reached Manali at one shot . Time taken : 13hrs . We enjoyed our stay back at Manali and the next day we started for Parvati Valley .Must carry :Warm clothes ,Bike gears ,7-8 pairs of socks ,Caps ,Vaselin for body and lips ,Mask ,Suns-scream lotion ,Polythene s cover your foot while crossing waterfalls or rent boots on the way ,Waterproof luggage’s ,Tablets for headaches or any breathing problem ,Volini Sprays ,Gloves ,Enough food that will keep you hydrated .Please carry less clothes and make sure the luggage weight is equally distributed .Make sure you have a safe ride and do write to me if my post was of any help to reach your dreamland .
I set my footsteps to Manali, one of the most beautiful gems of Himachal Pradesh. A deep breath of fresh cold Himalayan breeze was enough to set me in the right mood. My first agenda once I landed there was to see snow ! I have never been around snow in my entire life. Although Rohtang pass was closed at that time , Solang valley invited us with it's snow filled arms. It was probably one of the most beautiful things I have seen.
Our guide (I forgot his name) was picked somewhere between Manali & Gulaba (I was snoring at the time). He was also our navigator and took us to the starting point of the trek. One might simply pass it by without even noticing !! Our ugly traveler stopped roadside, & we had to decide what to load on the porters and what to carry on our own. Our necks were stiff from the ride & we had back aches, but the trekking spirit was alive. And so we progressed through the lovely meadows. Daylight was burning as it was 7 PM already. In just about an hour or so we reached "Chaudah Mod", a beautiful Bugyal it was. The best patch of the flatland was occupied by tents of I guess, IndiaHikes (someone informed later). We pitched ours on a slope!! This was the first leg of the journey.
Finally our trip ended on a high note with snowfall. We reached Manali and checked into a hotel for couple of hours. We took a bus for Chandigarh and its over. I still cannot forget Spiti. For me it will always be an experience rather than a place and surely I will be visiting it soon just to find the piece of me which I left there.
Day 1: From Manali drive to Gulaba and trek to Gulaba Meadows campWe could Lake Trek starts from Manali I had to take the Delhi to Manali Volvo around 10 p.m. I was supposed to reach at Manali around 11 but a bus got delayed and I reached Manali by 3 p.m so it is advisable that to you take one of the Himachal Pradesh Tourism bus and not the private Volvo and please book your ticket in advance. so after reaching Manali and after having some lunch we left for Gulaba. it is a 2 hour drive from Manali. after reaching Gulaba it is approximately half an hour trek to Gulaba camp site. It is situated in a lush green meadows and wild boulders. I reached Gulaba camp site at around 8 p.m. fellow trekkers were all setup and playing antakshari. I missed our introduction .there was almost 40 people and at the end of the track I didn't knew names of the half of the people in the group. group shouldn't be more than 20 person as it prevents us from wanting to reach out to another person from the beginning. so I decided I won't do any other trek with Trek the Himalayas and this is my personal experience. IH is much better in my experience.Day 2: Gulaba to Rola KholiAltitude: 12,500 ft7 kms trek, approx. 5 hoursSo after a good night sleep in a perfect Meadows a perfect atmosphere and a sloping field I woke up at 6 A.M to see the most beautiful sunrise. we left for Gulaba to Rola kholi Camp site which was about 7km and 5 hour long trek. First 1.5 hours is steep ascent and then gradual ascent till campsite, via Kolang Nallah. The trail passes through virgin forests with views of Manali & Solang.8 kilometre walking made me worried but this time my legs weren't hurting anymore. I think it got of accustomed to the mountains. all it took was 4 treks . it was not a piece of cake but it wasn't as hard as I thought because I hadn't done any exercises or any preparations for the hike and I was worried that even if the trek itself is a easy track the height which we had to accomplish was 14000 which was more than any other trek i did in the past. it was a July the season of rain; thank god it didn't rain while we were walking during the day. I don't know what would have I done in that situation. So after 5 hours we reached campsite. The scenery in between the road was mesmerising .it was covered with soft grass. green carpet was covering all the walkway. After lunch I got severe headache. mountain was getting to me I knew it was a mountain sickness. I couldn't be bothered about the headache I am a doctor so I easily took time off cause I didn't want to avoid mighty Bhrigu lake. Two or three more people got a headache. I think for a 14000 feet height the track shouldn't be too short that is a rule and the first and foremost rule of Mountain.It started raining during the night. sound of raindrops on our head I couldn't even go out .I had never experienced a night in a tent with profuse rain falling over my head. thank heavens the tent wasn't leaking. I was in a sleeping bag so there was no questions that I would get wet for it but I was worried about my bag. in the morning the rain stopped by the grace of God.
Delhi to Manali usually takes around 14 hours (We covered in 17 hours) and Manali to Gulaba is just 22 KMs (We covered this in 4 hours thanks to the traffic). Total journey: ~21 hours!Our guide (I forgot his name) was picked somewhere between Manali & Gulaba (I was snoring at the time). He was also our navigator and took us to the starting point of the trek. One might simply pass it by without even noticing !! Our ugly traveler stopped roadside, & we had to decide what to load on the porters and what to carry on our own. Our necks were stiff from the ride & we had back aches, but the trekking spirit was alive.
Day 9 – Drive back to Manali en route Chandertal lakeWe left a little early to spend some time at Chandertal lake before we headed out to Manali.I would rather recommend stay at one of the camps near Chandertal lake and drive to Manali next day, to completely soak in the beauty and a hike to the nearby cliffs.
Day 1: Delhi – Chandigarh - Manali Overnight at Manali.
Manali is already spoiled , thanks to the huge crowd from Delhi and Chandigarh. There's nothing much to do here , costly food , costly accommodation and over populated places.There are lot of Volvo and ordinary buses plying between Manali to National Capital , it usually takes around 12-15 hrs depending on the traffic. An ordinary HRTC bus ticket is at Rs. 650 , deluxe bus at Rs. 720 and Volvo around Rs.1400. Sleep tight.Expenditure: Rs. 10,000 + Rs. 700(Trans) + Rs. 400 (Food) = Rs.11,100Day 10 : Back Home
107 Kms from Kalgaon
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
316 Kms from Kalgaon
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
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 Amritsar we took long sleep because we were very tried after the long journey. Than around 10am we had breakfast at Bade Bhai Ka Brothers Dhaba tried the Amritsari Kulcha & Alu Paratha. Than we headed to Golden temple. The Golden Temple Amritsar India (Sri Harimandir Sahib Amritsar) is not only a central religious place of the Sikhs, but also a symbol of human brotherhood and equality. Everybody, irrespective of cast, creed or race can seek spiritual solace and religious fulfillment without any hindrance. It also represents the distinct identity, glory and heritage of the Sikhs. trust me you will feel that you are in heaven. The visual treat is awaiting for you here, The peaceful atmosphere calm your nerves You may have to park your vehicle around 200m away and walk to the shrine. The path to the shrine is made so good m even the shops are well arranged. The Kitchen at the Golden Temple feeds up to 100,000 people a day for free! It is truly amazing. The night scene completely changes the view into gold with the abundance of Lights. After golden temple we went to visit Jallianwala Bagh Situated close to Golden temple, this is also a must visit attraction for all. Is the site where a large number of innocent, unarmed and peaceful civilians including women and children were brutally murdered. The garden also houses a memorial built in honour of the massacre victims. The portion of the wall with bullet marks along with the well is preserved as a memorial. A light and sound show is hosted here every evening. Later we back to the hotel rest for the 1 hour than we left for wagah Border. The only road border crossing between India and Pakistan, Wagah lies between Amritsar in India and Lahore in Pakistan, and is located approximately 29 kilometres away from the city. The illustrious lowering of the flags ceremony takes place here at the Wagah Border; a daily military practice followed by the Border Security Force (BSF) and the Pakistan Rangers, since 1959. (Note Opening Closing Time 4 pm onwards, every evening)
Journey Amritsar to Naggar.We left for Naggar, Himachal Pradesh around 11:00pm from Amritsar (Rs 7000/- for Ertiga 8 seater. There are also Government transport Available but I would suggest you to prefer cab (front seat!), as the journey is a whole different experience in itself.Not forgetting to mention about the Spooky roads which is part of the journey almost throughout, but once you enter the Himalayan Ghats it’s a whole different story that makes the spooky roads a wonderful journey, when you find yourself nested in the beauty of the God gifted nature. The charm of the morning and the bliss of the cool breeze, breathing the freshness is just what one would ever want in life. Timing is all you need, we reached the right place at the right time.