Trips and Itineraries for McLeod Ganj
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Triund is the name of a crest in the Dhauladhar ranges in The Himalayas. It is a 9 km trek from Mcleod Ganj. The place gives a breathtaking view of the moon peak - Indera Pass. Triund was ideal for camping with its unpolluted air and the unspoiled environment making the place an eco-friendly tourist spot. It offered green forests and undulated hilly areas in the Himalayan Ranges. From Triund, we trekked a bit further up to Laka Got. The trek to Triund took around 4 hours from Mcleod Ganj and was totally worth every step that I climbed.
Triund is the name of a crest in the Dhauladhar ranges in The Himalayas. It is a 9 km trek from Mcleod Ganj. The place gives a breathtaking view of the moon peak - Indera Pass. Triund was ideal for camping with its unpolluted air and the unspoiled environment making the place an eco-friendly tourist spot. It offered green forests and undulated hilly areas in the Himalayan Ranges. From Triund, we trekked a bit further up to Laka Got. The trek to Triund took around 4 hours from Mcleod Ganj and was totally worth every step that I climbed.
A 13 km trek to 'Triund hill' amidst rain and thunder was an experience of a lifetime. 13 kms seemed like one hell of a climb for us 'corporate junkies' used to daily luxuries of life. But it all seems worth the effort when you reach at the top and witness stretches of snow-capped mountains and a bed of lush green grass with dozens of colorful tents. For company, you have some cattle, fellow trekkers and small shops selling basic stuff. The scenic beauty coupled with Chai and Maggie makes one fall in love with life! As the night falls one can see the city lights from up from the mountains, the entire existence seems dwarfed against the magnaminity of nature!!
Right from 29 May to 31 May we stayed at Triund in tents. We trekked all the way from Mcleodgunj to Triund and had the time of our lives up there. This place has bountiful nature to explore. With the Lakka glacier, small places nestled within the peaks, exploration doesn't have any boundaries.
The beautiful valley of Triund is a 4 hrs trek from Galu Devi Temple, the starting point for the triund trek. Galu Devi is 30 mins away from Bhagsu. The trek to Triund gives amazing views of the Kullu valley. Once you reach Triund, you will be awestruck by sudden occurence of the valley, as you can see the Dhauladhar Range, right in front of you (as if you can touch it).
This might not exactly be a perfect start for any travelogue, but it exactly show cases my feeling even before the trip started! It’s been a while I have stepped in my travelling shoes and decided to take a break from a routine life. Bunch of folks from office also felt the same way. As usual, all it took was a call for Triund, a beautiful place and we had the plans rolling on, greased by the enthusiasm like never before. The challenge was to complete the Triund trek roughly 2875 meter above sea level. The prize was spectacular view of the snow covered peaks of Dhauladhar one side and Kangra valley on the other. The preparations were in full swing, everybody geared up for the trek and packing all the necessary stuff. Coming back to the day of the journey, we left Chandigarh and hit NH1 in early hours high on adventure and thrill, preparing ourselves for the trek as office folks hardly indulge in physical activities. We reached Mcleodganj around 7 in the morning, checked in a hotel, freshened up and were ready to take the activity head on. We had a light breakfast and seemed worried with the intensity of the sun in early hours but we had very little idea that nature had different plans for us. Our guide was a guy named Vinod who seemed quite an experienced guy, very though rely explained about all the Do’s and Don’ts. We started our long journey of 9 km. The way was getting steeper step by step, hardly after 500 meters, started breathing heavily and we all sat for a little break. We had Gatorade and started again and we realized the sky getting darker and darker. Few minutes later it started pouring down, a slight drizzle accompanied by cold breeze we were happy with this sudden change of weather. We thought it was a passing shower which is quite usual in hilly areas. We continued our journey and after a while it started raining cats and dogs, we all were drenched from head to toe. The muddy water was running down the path making it difficult to acquire a strong grip on the stones which were getting slippery. We finally reached Sh. Gallu Devi temple, it’s basically the first checkpoint. We had tea and reassessed the situation shall we continue or return back to the hotel and decided to continue. We bought raincoats from the shop tea stall there and started our journey to the top. The trek after the first checkpoint gets a bit tough, with steep curves and moderate trails. Owing to the heavy down pour during the previous couple of hours, the air was damp and laden with moisture. We continued making our way through the Rhododendron forest and came across a tea stall after few kilometers. We came across some splendid views from the top, down the valley, took few snaps and continued on our way. We had a little snack break and were under pressure to complete the trek before it gets dark. The temperature started falling drastically, we made our way to the last part of the trail. A cold breeze was blowing across the valley, and it gave a bone chilling feeling. Finally we reached at the top and were mesmerized seeing a rainbow, along with an amazing view of the valley. It gave a feeling of accomplishment after looking at the Mcleodganj and Dharamsala from the top. We had tea to make ourselves more comfortable, in the meanwhile our guide setup the tents for the night. We were heartbroken on realizing the fact that, whole of the forest was wet because of rains which in turn diminishes the chances for any bonfire. It was need of the hour as we wanted to dry ourselves around the fire but our guide came to our rescue and he did managed some dry woods from the tea stall at the top. It was a spectacular view up in the sky, as the sky was very clear after the rains and swear to god have never seen so many stars at a time. It was such a lovely feeling away from city traffic, pollution and normal routine life. One could really feel the inner peace and achieve that calmness missing from our busy lives. After dinner we slept early as we were tired from the journey. Next day we woke up early in the morning and very eagerly waited for the sunrise. The first orange hued rays of sunrise kissed the mountain peaks and the green colour grass started glowing. The sun rays with the same loving care as the Mother Nature ascended and covered the whole valley upfront. These soft rays that should have brought warmth to a new day only acted to solidify the greatness of nature. We sat back down on the stones and become witness to this resplendent moment. After few minutes the sun rays became strong and we felt bad, but you can't argue with the sun. We started our journey back to Mcleodganj and after 4 hours of trek reached our hotel back where we rested for a while and head back to Chandigarh. Please do not litter or throw garbage on the treks or down in the valley, Contribute and Help in keeping Nature Clean. Happy Trekking!
Triund is a ridge overlooking the Dhauladhars, the ridge elevation being 2,875 metres. It is a 10 kilometre trek (one way) from McLeod Ganj bus stand. The trail is rocky and cut in steps at some places. From Galu temple the trail starts as a gentle ascend till Magic View café. After the café, the ascent is a tad steeper, finally cumulating in a steep final one kilometre stretch through a forest of Deodars and Rhododendron. This final stretch through the woods is known as 22-curves, because of the 22 switchbacks that one has to walk through to get to Triund. It is advised to carry your own potable water as bottled water costs 50 Rs / bottle at tea shops in Triund. The place has got facility for night camping where you can rent a tent for around Rs.1000 for two people. Only one shop to buy your food and stuff is available serving only one dish per day. So it is advisable to carry your own food.
And we have no words to measure the specificity of this place.A large valley girdled with big grey coloured rocks.You can easily find sheeps and ponies all around sitting and spending their leisure time like us.I always thought trekking would be a difficult job for a person like me, who is very lethargic and lazy.But as soon as i tightened my shoe laces and backpacks, i went all bonkers and i just wanted to touch that god-damned mountain!
The Crown Jewel of Dharamshala as they say ,,, witnessed exactly the same from my eyes.
Triund is one of the most popular trekking/hiking get away mountain around the Mcleod Ganj, Dharamshala. It stands at 2825 m and its only 9 kms from Mcleod Ganj and gives the town a beautiful Snow-Clad Mountain backdrop. Different seasons brings variety of colors, moods, flora and fauna and attention to the adventure seeking travelers/hikers/trekkers.
These mountains, which have seen untold sunrises, long to thunder praise but stand reverent, silent so that man’s weak praise should be given God’s attention.”
for a beginner like me, trekking to triund was one hell of an experience. it was snowing like cats and dogs and all the cafes were shut due to 5 ft of snow. still we managed to reach the top somehow. a trek to triund is recommended if u are heading to Mcleodganj
If there is just one thing you can do while at Mcleodganj, let it be the trek to Triund and/or upto the snowline! A moderately difficult trek that can be completed in 4-6 hours, its doable by everybody. To make things slightly easier, you could arrange a drop off either to Dharamkot or further upto Galludevi temple. Highly recommend camping overnight. Being under the blanket of a starry sky with the Dhauladhars shimmering alongside for company is an experience pretty difficult to beat! You also get to enjoy the Himalayas at sunset, at midnight and sunrise, and believe me, each of these is so different and magical in its own way. Also, because the weather changes rather quickly, it might be so, that there is thick mist when you reach the top, meaning no views, which can be quite a sad thing after all that effort getting to the top! A bowl of Maggi never tasted as delicious. You can carry your own booze and enjoy it.
Most admired and popular trekking path in Dharamshala is Triund. Triund is in the lap of beautiful Dhauladhar range, it has the perfect view of the dhauladhar mountains on one side and kangra valley on the other. Located about ten kilometres from the hustling city centre of McLeodganj. Triund trek can be known as a tranquil trek which can be easily accomplished by almost all age groups.
Triund is a ridge that overlooks the Dhauladhars. The ridge elevation is between 2,810 and 2,875 metres. It is a one-day trek 10 kilometres (one way) from McLeod Ganj bus stand and under 6 kilometres (one way) from Galu temple near Dharamkot. The trail is rocky and cut in steps at some places. This stretch through the woods is known as 22 Curves, because of the 22 switchbacks one has to walk through to reach Triund.
After 12 hours journey, we reached our little Tibet - Mcleodganj. We booked a guesthouse near Dharamkot, unloaded our bags in our room and hit to the bathroom to get ready for our trek. After a light breakfast we slowly moved towards our destination. The trekking distance from Dharamkot to Triund Top is approximately 8km but there is a motorable road till the Galu Devi temple which could reduce your trekking distance by 3km. We on the other hand started our trek from Dharamot. Bad idea, I must say. Anyhooo... Slowly and steadily we took the ascent. Initially the 8 of us started the trek together but after a while, our group got divided in pairs so that those who reach the top first could book the camps. Few hours later, while resting at the Magic View café we met this guy who was also from Delhi. We started having a conversation with him and he told us that he had a severe muscle tear and that his doctor had advised him not to play basketball (his first love, as he exclaimed) or do anything that could strain his muscles. Inspite of that, he was still here trekking in these mountains. Moreover, this wasn't his first, it was his fourth time in Triund. I asked him "Why this place again and that too with a muscle tear?" to which he replied, "There is something about Triund which makes me come here time and again. It is worth all the pain. You will believe me only when you reach the top (pointing at the end point of our trek)." Those words worked like a booster for us. We moved forward and this time our new found friend and his best friend tagged along. Those guys made the trek even more fun and filled with laughter and kept on motivating us to keep moving. As we moved on further, the track became a little slippery because the iced dew on the rocks started melting. We had trekked for 4 hours and the last 1km was the steepest ascent. The moment we reached the top, we witnessed the snow capped Dhauladhar range turning from white to orange in sunset. At that moment, I realized why he kept on coming here. It was absolutely breathtaking!!If you're a beginner and want to witness the mountains closely, this place should surely be on your bucket list.
Keep your third day entirely devoted to Triund. Triund is considered as one of India's best trekking destinations and cannot be missed at all. It has quite a scenic view with a range of Dhauladhar Ranges on one side and the Kangra Valley on the other. A tranquil trek which can be accomplished by people from almost all age groups. The starting point of triund is Galu, it is suggested that if you can, you must hike all the way up; you won't regret it. The trek takes roughly about 2-3 hours to complete.
Day No: 2 TRIUND TO LAKA GOT / LAHESH CAVES (5 KMS / 4 HOURS): We trek from Triund to Lahesh Caves (3500 mtrs.) in the morning. We pass through Snowline Cafe (1 Hour from Triund) and Laka Got at another one hour. We camp inside the caves (outside if no place available). We cannot move beyond Lahesh Caves after afternoon as weather and terrain may get risky.
My bucket list starts with taking me around beautiful places not very far away from Dharamshala. The first on the list is Dharamkot. How about an adventurous start ? Trek Triund ? This four hour continuous trek is worth the destination. Also, this trek proves why they say, it is so much about the journey and not the destination. The beautiful stony ways covered with red leaves and steep slopes which give you an oomph moment every time you cross a slant curve will make you fall in love with every bit of this place. Imagine yourself sitting on the highest peek with your feet hanging out in air, looking at the most beautiful view you have always wished to see, shouting in your highest pitch to get the feel of one of those Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani moments , the peaceful mind, no connection with the outer world, the surroundings, the voices, for a moment everything seems so sorted and fine, everything, every single thing takes you to a new world from where you'd never want to return. Camping at night, looking at those countless starts and Milky way Galaxy adds up the final touch to your almost completed masterpiece. If you have time, you can trek Illaka glacier, Lahesh Caves and kareri lake further.
I woke up early in the morning, the sun was shining brightly and here I was standing opposite a high mountain range with snow covered on it. There were sheep all over, tripping over just anything and making all sorts of noises. There were cows who stood stoned looking into nothingness or probably they planned to eat those tents. All of this was interesting enough for some photography and I took my camera and spent a good hour clicking the place.I woke Ramana who indulged into narcissistic photography through selfies and began posing vigorously at suitable picturesque locations. Shikha woke up later and we were happy to have survived the night and the place did feel worthy enough for the toil. We had some light snacks, found out that most of our stuff were still soggy and had no choice but to pack them again. Our shoes weren't dry and we had to continue our down trek in them.The cricket ground at Dharamshala was visible as we began our trek. And, it was as we had wanted it to be- the path was totally dry and we could trek down fast. We took stoppages at the shacks, which wasn't required as such but we were fast enough to not avoid them. We were at the base of the trek in 3 hrs and laughed at ourselves for abusing the people who told us that we hadn't covered much, when we had asked them that the last day, as we realized that we were hardly able to cover 300-400 meters during the hailstorm, though it felt like a huge distance.We reached Guna temple much before we had expected ourselves to make it to the place. This time we took a cab to the Mcleod market sharing it with another traveler who planned to travel to Ajmer from the place.In the Mcleod market, our first requirement was to find a place to poop, which we hadn't done for a long while now as there were no such facilities at Triund. And CCD came to the rescue. Then, we finally had our lunch at Jimmy's which was worth the hype. And now, we were ready to move back to Delhi.We took a taxi to Dharamshala bus stand and got a direct bus to Delhi from there. All of us got window seats and slept. We woke up later in the night, when our heads hit the iron bar in front of our seats as the bumpy bus hit the brakes. In the middle of nowhere, there was this Dhaba and there were other buses coming on the highway in a speed to kill, we were zoned out enough to not be able to figure out anything and slept back again.
2) The People: We live in a terrible world. You hear about people killing each other and destroying the planet on a daily basis. Traveling has put me in touch with the good side of humanity. I have been astounded by the friendliness and compassion shown to me by people who didn't know me and had no reason to help me. I think one needs to experience this 'niceness' to stay positive & restore their faith in this mad world.
I would say, stop restricting Himachal only till Shimla – Manali. There are so many beautiful mountains, rivers, villages & paths around Himachal..Being a traveler, for me every place has its own special spark & beauty. I feel extremely low when people only relate Shimla-Manali with Himachal Pradesh. When I told my friends that I am planning for Mcleodganj and parvati valley. many of them asked where is it ????.Please get rid of Shimla-Manali as Himachal Pradesh has much to offer. sufficiently heard and recent crazy instagram posts from my traveler friends about Spiti. And now it is becoming hard to keeping these places untraveled. Yes, so much tempted now and definitely I will add Spiti and chadar on my coming trips and Dharamsala over & over again for my kind of a road trip in the coming years, because These places are yet an unknown paradise for many of us. .
After spending a full day in McLeodganj we left next day morning for our Triund hill trek, one of the best parts of our McLeodganj trip. Though we slept long and were late for the trek, it is best if you start your trek early morning by 7. Before visiting McLeaod never pre-book your Triund trekking online paying more money. While you are in McLeodganj you will find so many travel agencies offering you a guide or camping package. Though, we didn't spend money on guide and decided to trek on our own. Gallu Devi Temple is the starting point for the trek from McLeod. Usually you don't need a guide as the way is marked and moderate. When we visited there wasn't snow. But in the case of snow or extreme rainfall you might consider taking a guide unless you are a regular trekker. The trek is easy or may be moderate for some but it is definitely NOT difficult. The duration of trekking is usually 4 hours depending on your stamina and weather. Once you reach the triund hill top the view from there is just beautiful. We got a camp for Rs. 800 and spent a night on hill top. At night, it gets very cold so bring warm clothes accordingly. The sky looks actually full of stars from the hill top. There are small stalls for food and drinks on hill top and through entire trek. There is no washroom facility on the hill top. After spending a beautiful day at Triund, we climbed down to Mcleod next morning."There, the seasons hastened, exhorting you to count and treasure the moments. Amidst the concerns of capricious summer breeze, the sun never seemed to be shining so bright; the freezing cold nights could not cease the spirit of warmth and solace; and the heart somehow managed to remain stable in those unanticipated rainstorms. There again, in between this never ending cycle of tranquility and chaos, something whispered - can we still freeze these moments? We are travelers on a cosmic journey. And those precious moments were little parenthesis in eternity. :) "
4. TriundThis is a well-known trek near the town of Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh. A very popular camping spot, this place is gifted with a perfect view of the Dhauladhar ranges on one side and the Kangra valley on the other. Triund attracts a lot of tourists every year from India and all over the world. Luxuries like hot maggi, dal chawal and warm tents are available on top.Highest altitude: 2825 meters
The bus arrived 3 hours after the scheduled arrival at 11:00 AM so I decided to move quickly. Broke my overnight fast with Thupka then took a dump at the public rest room just couple of building from the main square towards the right, bought some supplies chocolates(Snickers) and liquor(Old Monk) and started the trek right from the main square at 12:30PM.I didn't plan on socialising along the way but the 80 litre backpack stuffed with my tent, sleeping bag, mattress and other survival gear caught attention of several travelers which mostly ended in casual discussion about place of origin, destination, my backpack.But some discussions went far and I met my camping buddy, Abhinav from Delhi, for the day just when I was about to reach Triund top by 4:30PM. I usually trek in timed intervals of walking and resting. As this was an easy trek I decided on 45 minutes walking and 10 minutes complete rest with backpack on the ground, chocolate and water.We roamed around Triund top to find some place from where night sky and sunrise will be visible and pitched our tent on behind the second shop towards the right. Rest of the evening was filled with songs, stories and enquiring about things to do at Triund this is where I came to know about Snow Line Cafe camping site and Indrahar Pass.Note :- The trek is mostly rocky steps which will be easier to traverse with high ankle boots and require moderate fitness levels but there are plenty of cafes along the trail to Triund top. Also, getting an accommodation on the top can be a hassle in bad weather conditions like snowfall because area to pitch tents decreases.
The day began with getting rid of a dog playing with my tent, packing the camp and admiring the beauty of sunrise. We started moving towards the other camping site through steep slopes and boulders and met Harsh and Shubham from Gurgaon. The boulders started getting difficult to climb to the extent to motivating and extending help for Harsh and Abhinav to climb and keep moving forward.We ended up facing a 40-50 feet high rock face and concluding that we are lost, we started to climb down and reached Triund after our trip to the jungle.After enquiring about the correct trail and parting ways with rest of the guys as they decided to stay back, I reached Snow Line cafe by late noon, pitched my tent and decided to visit a temple at the summit of that mountain on advice of cafe owner.Trail to summit was short and beautiful, this was the best part of my journey. "Thank you this place" Vasily Kharitonov, I found written at the temple and enjoyed the sunset at that place. Zoom in on the picture captioned "Triund - down there".Upon returning and collecting firewood on the way, I meet ;Ben from Australia determined to summit Indrahar pass, Suraj and Deepanshi from Noida besides the bonfire. Sharing stories and appetisers we witnessed the beauty of moon rise and the valley lit up from darkness.When I shared my experience of BMC, Ben and the local guide Ben had hired, compelled me to join them in their venture to Indrahar Pass and we decided to leave early morning at 4:30AM.Note :- Just ask for the trail to snow line cafe, don't get lost like we did. If you end up facing boulders which seems difficult to climb, turn back because the boulders will get much difficult and soon you will end up in front of a rock face, climbing it should only be attempted with proper mountaineering equipment using pitch climbing technique. Keep at least 2 litres of water for the trek as it gets remote onwards.
On our way, we quickly enquired about the Triund trek, which I remember from my childhood as very tiring but extremely snowy, thus completely worth it. One of the locals told us that there is still snow at Triund, which is about 12-14 km from Mcleodganj. We were super excited to hear that and decided to wake up early next morning and begin our trek. After a quick stop at our guest house, we walked down the Dharamkot Road towards the marketplace and chanced upon the cutest little cafe I'd seen so far in the town. The name, 'Momo Cafe', was enough for us to decide that this is where we shall sample our first of the many rounds of momos. The moment we stepped in, we knew we were at the right place. The cafe was pretty much the size of a small kitchen, dimly lit and crammed with four sets of tables and chairs, with tourists and locals happily mingling over tea and momos. The place seemed to really hit the spot with tourists especially. The table tops had glass slabs covering a display of currencies from all over the world, with little notes of appreciation scribbled across them. Doubly excited by Momo Cafe's ambience, we pored (and drooled) over the menu, completely baffled by the tongue-twisting names of dishes we'd never heard before. We decided to seek the assistance of the owner, a Tibetan lady who was happily chatting away with two foreigner guys sitting on the table next to ours. When we asked her to help us decide what to order, she had this completely zapped look on her face that we thought meant she didn't understand Hindi. We tried English as we had seen her converse comfortably in the language with our neighbours. Sadly we got the same response from her, only this time she looked more irritated than zapped. Finally, the guys sitting next to us answered our question and we placed our order with the smug owner lady. It ticked us off a bit as it felt like she was being rude to us on purpose, even though we were extremely polite and patient with her and had even profusely complimented how lovely we thought her cafe looked.
I would say I was lucky to go ahead with this trek because I witnessed the beautiful snowclad mountains and even though unprepared, we trekked in snow!It was three of us and we took a night bus from Delhi to McLeodganj and the bus journey was no fun as we got the last seat and I was literally sitting right in the middle with nothing for support. We reached there early morning and without wasting anytime, we went to a guest house, changed our clothes and prepped ourselves for the trek. Hired a cab to reach the starting point. Oh, by the way, our plan was to go up till Indrahar pass so we were carrying our own tent and sleeping bags with us. Usually the trek takes about 3-4 hours but we were in no hurry so we took about 6-7 hours to reach the top and the first view of the dhauladhar range took my breath away. I sat right there in awe as how could nature be so beautiful and how we humans are so determined at ruining it all. All the way, people could not stop praising us and wanted to help by carrying our bags but we wanted to take care of our own burden. Once, I had a full of the beauty we were surrounded by, we started looking for a place to pitch our tent and chose a nice spot towards one side of the valley.
Where: Situated in the Kangra District of Himachal, the trek to Triund Hill begins from McLeod Ganj. To reach McLeod Ganj, take an overnight bus from Delhi to Dharamshala and then a taxi or local bus to Mcleod Ganj.Trail: To start your trek to Triund, head to Dharamkot first. You can either walk or take an autorickshaw for Rs 60 to Dharamkot Primary School. Start walking on the jungle trail. The first landmark on your way will be Gallu Devi Temple. Continue on the protected trail for the next 3-4 hours. You can spend the night at the Forest Department's Guesthouse (bookings can be done at the Forest Complex near Dharamsala Police Station) or rent a camp at any of the fixed camps at the top.Duration: 3-4 hours
We were four college friends walking towards Triund with a local Himachali driver. A while earlier, he had offered to be our guide for the day and he drove us to the last motorable spot of the trail and then offered to guide us to the very top, which we then happily agreed was a good idea.For 2 hours we walked uphill with him, but suddenly we were beginning to notice that he had started speeding forward. My friend, who was walking with him, was having a difficult time trying to make him understand that we need not hurry because we had enough time to reach the top before sunset.I decided to walk at my own pace clicking photographs and avoiding the drama, when suddenly I noticed the driver charging towards me. He ran past all of us towards the car, pushing us aside one after the other. We were stunned and a friend even twisted her ankle. While we were consoling her, a realisation struck. Our bags were still inside his car!The next half and hour was dramatic, to say the least. We decided to split up – two of us ran downhill and one stayed behind with the friend with the injured ankle. We were huffing and puffing and angry. I reached the car in the next 45 minutes after running back on the same trail trying to reach the car before the driver.To my surprise, we reached the car and I stood there looking at my bags, still inside the car. My other friends were still out of sight. I had enough time to contemplate all the possible ways to get my bags out of the car and in a flash of anger, I hurled a brick at the glass window.Bags out, we left Mcleodganj without ever reaching Triund.
The temperature was freezing cool . There was nothing to do at that time so we all decided to move towards the bhagsu falls . The path was quite dark as there were no street lights on the way. On reaching we admired the beautiful sunrise it looked as if it was heaven. The air was quite moist and the temp was 1 on the negative side. We had our breakfast and started to gather food and water from the local market as the food on the hill top was quite expensive. By 9 am we started our trek and by 11 am we were at Dharamkot,the place where the trek actually started. Our destination was around 8 km away. After an hour we reached the famous Gallu temple. The triund top was approx 6 km from there . We had our lunch there and continued to move. When we covered half of our journey the amount of oxygen was not sufficient so we took some rest and continued. But then journey became much harder as very frequent stops were needed for rest. Finally, we reached the mountain top at 3:30pm and the scenery above was incredible the mountain in front was covered with fresh snow and there were some snow traces on the triund top . We rested a while and then hired a tent for a very reasonable rate. After couple of hours it was time for the sunset. Before that we got some dry wood for bonfire. We admired the amazing sunset. After the departure of the sunlight the temperature fell as fast as the lightning strikes the ground. We rested in our tent for half an hour and lit the wood. The temperature at 11 pm was -3 degrees. It was a difficult task to sleep in a sleeping bag in that temp we all were not able to sleep properly . The least temp at that night was -5 . Oh so cold it was and the day ended
In the morning as the sun rose up in the sky we freed ourselves from the shackles of our tent cum concentration cell and basked in the glory of daytime. After an intricate tour of our surroundings and some successive rounds of photo session we began to prepare for our descent that took us around 4 to 5 hrs to reach back to Gullu devi temple, from where we took a cab that dropped us at the main square.
Best time to visit: March to September (excluding the monsoon months)How to reach: Take an overnight bus to Dharamshala, from there take a local bus or taxi to McLeod Ganj. The trek starts from Dharamkot, which is a Rs 60 auto ride away from McLeod Ganj. The trek can take 4 to 5 hours depending on your speed.Trail: The trail to Triund starts from Dharamkot. The first stop is the Gallu Devi Temple. After the Magic View Cafe, stay on the well-marked forest trail to reach the top in a few hours. The trail is beautiful and offers a panoramic view of the Kangra Valley. There are a few steep patches, but it's mostly comfortable.
Triund is the crown jewel of dharamshala , situated in the laps of dhauladhar mountains, it has the perfect view of the dhauladhar mountains on one side and kangra valley on the other. Triund is a very popular trekking spot . Triund attracts a lot of tourist every year from India and all over the world .
I had always loved the mountains but after visiting Triund I realized how strong this love was. I guess someday I will fulfill my dream of settling in the mountains. A small cottage from where I would gaze at the mountains every morning and fall in love with them all over again. Well, that will take time but for now, will embark on more such trips to my beloved mountains.
There is no better way to escape the hustle and bustle of the city life other than feeling close to nature and adventurous in Triund. Home to scenic views, lush greens and awesome climate, Triund is the perfect place to enjoy trekking at its best and escape into the mighty Himalayas.Best Time To Visit: AprilOther Things To Do: Dharamshala, Mcleodganj and Camping at Dharamkot. 12. Explore Auroville, Puducherry
Triund trek is an 8 km trek with a steep ascent of 1100 meters. It can be started from Dharamkot village which is around 2 km from Galu Devta which is the last place accessible to vehicles. With no specific plans for staying on the top and being double minded about it, we headed for triund top at 6 in the morning. We took a cab till Dharamkot village and started walking from there to Galu Devta. One can also take a cab from the market till Galu Devta which would cost Rs. 400. Well, we preferred walking and enjoying the surroundings. The walk till Galu Devta is not steep. Its an easy walk with Deodar on the sides. There is a very tasty tea serving shop just before the turn at Galu Devta. One must not miss having tea there because we were not lucky when it comes to tea in Himachal.
You will never feel more closer to God & Nature. It's an 8 hour trek. You must take your warm cloths with you because the air right on top there. Will freeze you to death. I went up there in December. And i couldn't wash my face not because of water unavailability but because if I had washed my face, it would have turned into blue color.. It's that freezing. #mountainsrock
Here comes the another add on to my life “ Triund “
Bhagsu Fall is a small yet beautiful waterfall located 2km away from Mcleodganj. It is a place where one can enjoy and relax in the soothing environment of the miraculous Himalayas. Around 0.5 km from the waterfall stands the Bhagsunath Temple. The waterfall is revered by devotees who throng the temple. Even though the fall is easily reachable by taxis or autos, I decided to trek to it so that I can enjoy the serene surroundings. It took me around 6 to 8 hours to explore the region.
Bhagsu Fall is a small yet beautiful waterfall located 2km away from Mcleodganj. It is a place where one can enjoy and relax in the soothing environment of the miraculous Himalayas. Around 0.5 km from the waterfall stands the Bhagsunath Temple. The waterfall is revered by devotees who throng the temple. Even though the fall is easily reachable by taxis or autos, I decided to trek to it so that I can enjoy the serene surroundings. It took me around 6 to 8 hours to explore the region.
Again on foot, we began our journey from McleoGanj main street to Bhagsu Naag waterfall. Along the way we came upon Bhagsunag Shiv Mandir, Radha Krishnan Hanuman & devi Mandir and Bhagsunag swimming pool. To reach the falls you can climb half a mountain with clearly marked pathway or the beautiful valley which outlines a river(souli Khad) that is now dried(being winter the stream was small). We decided to ditch the pathway and headed upstream on the stony riverbed to the fall. I advise to use your judgement based on weather conditions and stick to the clearly marked pathway if necessary. The clear cool waterfall was refreshing.
A 20 min walk from the Bhagsunag temple and a kilometre from Mcleod Ganj, this waterfall is a long stream that snakes through the green rolling hills of Dharamsala. While the short (or long depending on your health) but steep trek may leave you short of breath, the crisp water that awaits your weary body is well worth it. The base of this waterfall is a secluded region amidst the bustling tourist spot. Sleepy shopkeepers will sell you piping hot Maggi and crunchy pakodas after your cold bath.
A waterfall which is serene and yet rocky enough to be both challenging and welcoming. Do not trek if you have respiratory problems. Enjoy Maggi and pakodas in the nearby local shops.
Sit back and relax after hiking. This place is usually crowded, probably due to June being the Tourist month. You can also go to Shiva Cafe to enjoy the view. The route to Bhagsu from McLeaodGanj is usually jam packed. It's better if you can walk all the way to this place (approx 3.5km one way) by parking your car near St John's Church, otherwise be prepared to spend hours stuck in traffic jam. The surrounding areas can also be cleaned by the government as people just eat and litter around.
Just about a km walk from the bhagsu temple are the Bhagsu waterfalls. They are not the very huge ones but , very beautiful, makes you relax and chill and are considered to be among the top 20 must visit waterfalls in India. An evening stroll to this place before heading to the market would be a perfect end to a day at McLeod Ganj. You can cover this trek only on foot as there is no motorable road
Started with Bhagsunag waterfall. It was a kilometre from my hotel. It has a tall fall but hardly any water perhaps because of the season may be. But the view of Himalayas covered with Deodar Cedar trees and Dhauladhar peak covered with snow was ultimately mesmerizing having a slow audible rush of the waterfall. And the feeling of chilled water on your feet is just something amazing. As I went ahead I came across a small café called “No name Café “run by a local humble people. It’s a kind of hault for all the trekkers in middle of the hills beside the Bhagsu fall to take a break for refreshments. There were beautifully designed rock paintings hung all over the café.
Natural shower for the unbathed.
Bhagsu Waterfall: More than you can seeYes, it's one of the most crowded tourist spots but don't give up on it just yet. If you are lucky, you will be able to see another view of the waterfalls. Depending on the season you are visiting (avoid monsoons), there is a path leading down to the waterfall. There used to be a small restaurant there but I believe it doesn't exist any more. Walk down to the waterfall and when you reach the small pool of water, sit down for a moment and take in the sweet sound of water. A little ahead of the waterfall, navigate your way through the scattered rocks to reach the further end of the water pool (be careful since the rocks tend to get extremely slippery).The view of the mountain ranges from there is going to stay with you for a long time to come.
Next morning at 7am, I reached the Mcleodganj bus stop and after getting refreshed at the Bus stop itself, I straightaway headed to have a bath at Bhagsu falls. It was a steep 3km uphill trek and with a heavy bagpack, it got tiring. I finally reached there and discovered that there wasn't even a single person around. Me and only me. I removed my clothes and tried to feel the water through my legs. Damn, it was freezing. I got goosebumps already. I went back to my bag, took out the Old Monk quarter I was carrying, down in one shot and splash!, jumped into the waterfall. Firstly it felt like that my heartbeat skipped but after sometime, it felt good! I realised a family had came up to enjoy the falls. I did a dead body and asked the Uncle to click my picture through his mobile phone. Took his whatsapp no. and asked him to send it to me later. technology!I got to know about the Ind vs Nz ODI to be held in Dharamshala on the Sunday. Straightaway headed to get the tickets and after sometime, I was holding a ticket to my first ever live match in the stadium, that too at the most scenic stadium in India, HPCA Stadium.Got back to Mcleodganj and started trekking to Triund. Solo Trek and was bloody excited to meet people on the way. Just started it and met a Delhi group on the way. they were chill people taking each other's case and within minutes, it was "Bhai-bhai"!We continued the trek for sometime and then I carried on as they sat for resting. The next group was from Bhatinda. A group of college mates, it reminded me of my own college days and the colourful friendship. We shared good laughs and then again I took off alone.
Our first stop was the Bhagsunag temple, a 5,000-odd-year-old temple dedicated to Shiva. After visiting the temple and exploring the surrounding area, we commenced our slightly strenuous but absolutely beautiful climb up to the Bhagsu Falls. We decided to make a stop at the Venus Cafe, a beautiful spot located next to the waterfall, where we rejuvenated ourselves with a cup of hot steaming tea. There is something about hot tea in the mountains; hot tea and Maggi. And also bread omelette. Maybe aloo parantha even, but those are awesome no matter where you eat them. Anyway, I salivate and digress. We spent about an hour just relaxing and looking around, dipping our feet into the icy cold waters of the fall till they were numb. The only drawback was the litter. Packets of chips, plastic cups and cold drink cans, though not too many, were strewn around in the water, in spite of the very conspicuously located dustbin. I don't understand why we would think it's okay to trash such a beautiful place. Also, I don't know when Indian men will learn not to be creepy. While we were sitting by the fall, two random guys approached us, asking us if we could get a picture clicked with them. WHY!?!?! Climbing up and down the falls had made us significantly ravenous and we decided that this was a good time to begin our hunt for the legendary momos.
5. Shiva Cafe is also a must try for those who are visiting McLeod for the first time.It's a small cafe on the trek to Bhagsu waterfall.You can find small shops by the name of Cafes but trust me they are great for relaxation & maggi. Enjoy scenic pleasures of nature chilling in the cafe.This time I didn't visit the waterfall as we wasted too much time in shopping.
Set amidst lush greenery and dreamy sceneries in a pristine atmosphere, these falls have much grandeur and breathtaking beauty. While in McLeodGanj, they should not be missed. The Bhagsu Falls are situated 2 kms away from McLeodGanj. The place is spread over a vast expanse of land and one should take their time to explore the area and take in its majestic beauty. Trekking is also an enjoyable option here.There are also a few cafes near this region where tourists can find light refreshments, Shiva’s café being the most famous.
We leave for Bhagsunag waterfall. since it was mid of april, there was not much of water. So We left for Dharamkot. It's better to use cab to reach Gallu Devi Temple otherwise you would get tired before starting your trek. Our main Journey start from here (Shri Gallu Devi Temple). Don't forget to take essentials (fruits, water bottles, cold-drink, toilet paper, snacks etc.) with you.
As it was very early most of the shops were closed,one can witness the sun peaking from beyond the horizon & falling on the mountains covered with snow, on my way to Bhagsu fall to view of the town was mesmerizing very small houses covered with trees and mountain.I begun to follow the trail to bhagsu fall the trail was clearly visible, its a total track of 5km, you can find some local people on your way jogging arround.
This is a small region in the McLeod Ganj Region and is known for the effect of Buddhism as well as dalai Lama. The main activvity you can enjoy here is trekking and the climate is rough at times increasing the adventure quotient. This is mainly a monsoon prone area and thus you have to be very careful if you want to trek here.
A high point beyond the Dal Lake, Naddi village affords a magnificent view of Dhauladhar mountain range to the north and the vast expanse of lush Kangra valley to the south. It is situated far away from the hustle and bustle of the McLeodGanj market and provides complete peace of mind.
The waterfall here can take your heart away.The place is mindblowing and specially in the chilly nights when you can hear the flowing water amidst the stillness of the dark and you can listen to animals howling and the vastness of the mountains and forests!
As suggested and guided by the localites they wanted us to visit this place called Naddi. And I decided to follow that. Naddi is a small village located at the high point of Dal Lake. The first view from the Naddi top made me stunned for a moment. I couldn’t take my eyes of it. It has a view of Magnificent and snow-capped Mighty Dhauladhar and the vast lush of Kangra Valley. Damn, what a view! The only place in Dharamshala from you get the entire view of the mountains. After spending an hour at this location 1500 hours I decided to have my lunch at some local Himachali restaurant and take a power nap as I was bit exhausted.
My recent visit to Mcleodganj could have been a disappointment had it not been for the beautiful, colourful Naddi Village. Now, lots of people are going to advise you to visit all the touristy spots including Dharamkot, Triund and Dharamshala monastery and the Church of St. John. While all this should be a part of your itinerary, what should also be included are a day at Naddi Village, a walk till the beginning of the Triund Trek and should time permit, a day trip to Bir and Billing (even if you don't want to paraglide).Many people will discourage you from visiting Mcleodganj but if you have managed to evade all suggestions, you may as well discover a completely new town. Begin with Naddi Village. There are two options to reach here, you could either walk from Dharamkot (1 hour, 30 minutes) or you could take a quick cab. Once you reach Naddi, you maybe disheartened with the horde of people sitting around sipping chai and tch-tching at the boring village "yahan toh kuch ni hai, ghaas hi ghaas hai". And that my friend is your cue to disappear from their sight.Naddi is marked by a number of small houses and a single restaurant that will satiate all your hunger cravings. Just below the restaurant, there are crooked stone steps going down to the meadows - since it's a little inconvenient for the 'travellers' to explore, hardly anyone ventures beyond the restaurant boundary. But you should. As you make your way down to the hill, you will be met with colours you never thought existed and silence that will surprise you.If you are in the mood to spend the whole day at Naddi, take a small basket with your choice of grub and enjoy a traditional picnic. Yes, I said picnic. Avoid take alcohol to Naddi (simply because you won't feel the need to drink).Naddi is filled with scenic walking trails and if you are a photographer, it's going to be a blessing in disguise. Against the backdrop of snow peaked mountains and the playful sun, it really is more perfect than a postcard (no exaggeration).
I have always been told that if you want to see the real culture of the place, travel local. Not very far away from Mcleodganj, is a small village "Naddi" famous for the Sunset point. The breathtaking view of Himalayas with three most beautiful peaks - Moon Peak, Matrohorn Peak and Dromedary Peak will mesmerize you completely.
When we finally reached the river, my fatigued body caught second wind, and dipping my feet into that crystal clear water was a no-brainer. I climbed onto the rocks, shoes and glasses off and soaked my pains away in the numbingly cold water. Seeing Melvin looking a little dry, I decided to have some fun and splash him. Shame on me for not realising that I shouldn’t mess with him anymore. In an attempt to get-even, Melvin decides that throwing my shoe in the river was a good idea, but little did he know (or did he) that my glasses were tucked inside my right sneaker. Long story short, my shoe and glasses floated away down the river as my hands floated towards Melvin’s neck. Sidenote: There was also this North-Indian family at the river with us. I’m guessing they were North-Indian because they were loud AF and they were throwing their garbage beside a rock which had ‘Please don’t litter’ written across it. You either have to be very dense in the head to ignore a sign like that, or be illiterate. I went with the latter, and hence, determined they were North-Indian (Elementary, my dear Watson).Anyway, the remainder of my trip was spent squinting. However, the beauty of the mountains was not hindered in the slightest. I was in paradise!
Situated at a 10 minutes’ uphill drive from McleodGanj, Naddi is known for its attracts tourists for its sunset point. It’s true that the view from the point is breathtaking and very enjoyable especially with a piping hot cup of tea. However, this spot scarcely begins to cover the actual beauty of Naddi that lies deep beyond this sunset point. Unlike McleodGanj, Naddi is very quiet and secluded, making it an ideal place to stay. You can enjoy staying at Udichi Resort or the Dragon I Resort, which boast of a 180 degree view of the Dhauladhar Range at all times. There is no obstruction between the resorts and the ranges, and thus, one can even see the snow fall on the ranges and wash them clean white! Whenever you are ready to step into bustle, Mcleodganj is only a cab ride away.
About half an hour’s walk down from Naddi is a hidden waterfall, which you can reach by a beautiful trekking track. This track takes you through deeper woods of Naddi, which finally make way to a most pristine waterfall. It is the perfect early morning expedition! Don’t forget to take your camera along as this area is famous for its unique species of birds. You are bound to spot magnificent birds and lots of bird enthusiasts. Thankfully, the waterfall is yet to be disturbed by tourists, so enjoy the peace and take a dip into this icy cold fall that comes straight from the Dhauladhar Ranges. You can go ahead and explore a tiny village on that hill, or go up to a longer trek to Golu temple.
Situated away from the hustle & bustle of Mcleodganj town, Naddi is a small village in the upper Dharamsala which offers utmost tranquility. This Himalayan village is about 4 kms from Mcleodganj Main Square and can be reached by trekking or hiring a cab/auto-rickshaw. Naddi is still an untouched thus perfect place to unwind amidst nature. Let’s explore this quaint mountain village!Naddi View Point
St. John in the Wilderness
This is an anglic church in the McLeodganj. The church from the outside looks completely abandoned and covered with creepers all along. As you enter it you will find it extremely clean and maintained and thus fully active always. Made in the Gothic form of architecture, it was dedicated to st. John's the Baptist and is a widely visited area here.
Want a taste of spookiness with old British architecture and a date with dead celebrities? Well you can head off to this church. Just off the main road into McLeod, this brooding church (dating from 1852 is one of the few remaining traces of McLeod's days as a British hill station. It’s open on Sunday mornings for a weekly 10 a.m. service. The huge cemetery contains the graves of many victims of the 1905 earthquake, as well as the tomb of the Earl of Elgin, 23rd Viceroy of India.
Instead of taking a bus back from Dal Lake to McleodGanj, we decided to walk the route. That is when we stumbled upon this eerie site - tall trees, shrubs, cobbled stone pathway and in the middle of it all a Church of Gothic architecture (the evening sky made for a perfect scene for a horror movie). Church of St.John in the Wilderness is rightly named as it is surrounded by dense deodar forests. Looking at the structure it is hard to say that this Church survived a major earthquake in 1905.
In order to prevent causing a scene with my uncontrollable laughter, I decided to join the others as they headed to stop number three for the day, the church of St. John in the Wilderness. Like any old church, this one was spooky as hell. It looked like Dracula's mountain getaway. Also, it was one of the only structures in Dharamkot, Mcleodganj and Kangra to withstand the 1905 earthquake!
Dal Lake also known as Manimahesh Lake is a spot, which tourists cannot afford to miss out on due to its picture-perfect scenery in Manimahesh Kailash Peak in Chamba district. On one side the Manimahesh Lake Lake is surrounded by a range of majestic mountains.
Dal Lake is small lake located around three km from McLeod Ganj, next one of the Tibetan Children's Villages schools. This site holds an annual fair in August or September, and is also a common site for short treks from the town. There is a small spring and an old temple near the lake.
A bus ride from McleodGanj bus stand, Dal Lake is surrounded by deodar trees, this greenish water lake is not very well kept. Considered to be sacred as it houses a Shiva shrine, the upkeep just depicts how much people(sadly most of them Indian tourists) value their motherland. A sad state.
The name is synonymous to Dal Lake, Kashmir but sadly the condition of lake is not. The lake water is muddy and the nearby area stinks. The beauty is in the surrounding Deodar Trees. There is small Shiva shrine on its bank. This lake definitely needs some attention and maintenance from the Government. The road from McLeodGanj to Dal Lake also needs to be repaired.I would recommend you to skip this place from your itinerary. It's a wasted asset , Overall a disappointing place!
Yes! You read it right. Everyone is familiar with the famous Dal Lake in Srinagar (Jammu & Kashmir). But only few know there’s another lake by the same name in Himachal Pradesh. Situated in the foothills of Naddi village, Dal Lake is an ideal place to spend some leisure time.
The 14th Dalai Lama happens to have the Namgyal Monastery as his residence and is a considered as a centre of learning since its establishment either in 1564 or 1565. It was then called Phende Lekshe Ling and was renamed in 1751 to Namgyal Monastery by Lama Gyalwa Sonam Gyatso, the third Dalai Lama. This was done to honour the Goddess Namgyalama. The Tibetan Uprising of 1959 caused the place to be relocated to where it now stands. The Namgyal Monastery is home to 200 monks that are from the four main monastic lineages of Buddhism. The place takes care of an eldery home in Shimla and as well as a temple n Kushinagar.
The beauty and tranquility of the monastery stirred our minds out of the India-Tibet-China imbroglio. The main attraction here is the Buddha temple that houses a huge, magnificent golden statue of Buddha. The walls are adorned by beautiful paintings, which if I remember correctly, depict scenes from Buddha's life.
The interiors boasted the same bright colours along with a big Buddha statue similar to the one in Namgyal monastry. We were allowed photography here, so we made the most of it. Finally, it was time to leave, but not before packing some momos for the road, which we consumed within the first half and hour of our journey. There is lots more to do in this beautiful place that our two-day trip didn't permit. But we sure enjoyed every bit of our time spent here and hope to come back soon. Whenever I leave a place behind, I formulate 10,000 plans in my head on how I can move there permanently, and sweet ol' Mcleod was no different. So, until I find myself a teaching job or have enough money to start my own cafe in Dharamkot, so long Mcleodganj!
Stop two was the Namgyal Monastery. It was everything you would think it would be, with the exception of them all doing kung-fu in sync in a large hall.All was peaceful and quiet, but that is exactly when things get weird with me. I happened to look over at one of the monks. The uncanny resemblance to Mr. Miyagi messed with my head, and in an attempt to size him up, I glanced at him from head to toe. This is what I saw.
The Namgyal Monastery is situated within the Tsuglagkhang complex. This complex also is the proud home to the residence of Dalai Lama, among various other shrines, temples, bookstores, souvenir shops etc. This Buddhist stupa is a memorial to those Tibetans who lost their lives fighting for a free Tibet. A statue of the Sakyamuni Buddha is enshrined in a small chamber at the top. The stupa is located in the heart of McLeod and surrounded by prayer wheels.
Our last place to see was Namgyal Monastery which is home to The Dalai Lama. It has various stupas and temples (beautiful statue of Lord Buddha as well as statues of Chenrezig and Guru Rinpoche) a museum, a library, a bookstore and a cafe. We found lot of devotees from across the world.
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Once known as Shyamala, synonymous with Goddess Kali, Shimla has been a summer retreat long before India even gained independence. This famous hill station similarly has a lot of places and things to see untouched by time. For instance, take a vintage joy ride from Kalka station to Shimla in a charming toy train that will take you through towering Deodars, hills and villages. Shimla truly comes alive during winters when a blanket of snow covers it all over making every nook and corner gleam and glisten. One such place is the ice skating rink (natural ice) near Lakkar Bazaar that opens from November to December. More winter sports include skiing, which can be enjoyed 21 km from Shimla in Kufri. Adventure activities such as rafting at Tattapani or a trek to Shali Tibba and Pabbar Valley are also worthwhile experiences. If you are fond of haunted stories and interested in having your own spooky adventure, you'll love Shimla. A lot of people including the renowned Rudyard Kippling (in 'My Own True Ghost Story) have written various eerie stories set around Shimla. A place known most for giving many people the jeepers-creepers is the Charleville Mansion. Another time travelling portal is the antique bookstore, Marina Brothers, located on Mall Road, which is truly a reader and collector's paradise. There are many luxury and budget hotels here, meaning you'll never fall short of options. Popular places to eat include Wake & Bake, Ashiana, Cecil and Minchy's that serve commendable Indian and multi-cuisine dishes and delicious gourmet food.Read More
sitting on the lap of mighty himalayan range, Shimla is a well known destination of northern India. It is easily accessible from national capital region and hence rest of India. It was the summer capital of british emperors which is quite easily visible in architecture at each and every corner of this hill city. Capital city of northern Indian state Himachal Pradesh, is a popular summer destination., however hills unveil different colors during different seasons. I visited the place in summer when it was crowded, hot and looked more brown than white or green. On the other hand in February, hills became animated. It was covered with sheets of snow, roads were deserted and air was mist and cold. It was an entirely different place, which was more themed and composed.
Day 2 (Shimla- Peo)•Got little confused on places to visit next. Decided to do “Shimla darshan” for the day and figure out the bus timings and best route meanwhile.•Visited the infamous Mall Road and did a small trek to Jakhu Temple with a huge Lord Hanuman's sculpture. On the way down, visited Christ Church and Kali Bari Temple. Trust me, we are not that much of god-believing persons, but Shimla didn’t have much to offer in terms of travel.•Being a tea lover, “Pahadi Chai” at “Café Under Tree” at the mountain top compensated for lack of travelling spots.•Went to “Central Perk” café (rings a bell?) super-excitedly, however, the excitement was short lived on finding out that “Central Perk” was just in the name, but nowhere in its theme. However, the food and service was good.•Took HP Ordinary bus to Reckong Peo. The Last Seats. Hell of a bumpy ride it was. Immediate fall in temperature after 5-6 hours of travel forced us to add layers of clothes on us. Two narrow bridges on the way made the journey far more exciting (as we survived :P).
Day 1 (Delhi to Simla)•AC Semi-Sleeper Volvo from Delhi to Simla. Kirti and I had a good chase for the bus (thanks to my laziness) and as usual, Chitraj was there for the rescue, holding the bus for us, updating us with smallest of its movement till the time we finally jumped our way into the bus.•Just 2 lines of a novel were sufficient for one of us to doze-off ;)•Had home-made food on the way•Reached Shimla New ISBT. Went to Old ISBT, as next day had to catch a bus from there to Peo•Started with hotel hunting and came across all the weird hotels, with shady appearance and surroundings. Finally, with much of uphill and downhill workout, found a decent last minute deal on goibibo for Hotel Sita Palace on Mall Road. A nice place but with weird water timings.
Begin your day with a stroll down the mall.The most visited and admired place is the Mall Road, the Ridge and the Christ Church which are all located in the vicinity. Though they offer a great view from the edges at all the times, it is recommended to spend sometime in the morning when it's less crowded and rather refreshing. It will help you in experiencing the prolific view from the ridge as the day begins.Take a guided tour in the splendid Viceregal Lodge
we had so much fun. we walked on the rail gauge. Shimla is famous for its Toy train. The Kalka-Shimla Railway is a 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) narrow gauge railway in North India traveling along a mostly mountainous route from Kalka to Shimla. (Source: Wiki)
Shimla was built on top of a total of seven different hills namely: Inverarm Hill, Observatory Hill, Prospect Hill, Summer Hill, Bantony Hill, Elysium Hill and Jakhoo Hill. The highest point in Shimla is the Jakhoo hill, which is at a height of 2,454 metres (8,051 ft). Being the summer capital of British India, Shimla has some of the finest architectural heritage bestowed to it, and of course add to it the various splendors of nature, forests, waterfalls and glades.Our walk begins in the morning from The Christ church on the ridge and gradually progresses westwards, first towards The Gaiety Theatre and after the scandal point towards Bantony hill whose top is adorned by the Bantony castle built in 1880, while its lower slope houses the Catholic church. A little further ahead are the Grand hotel and the Kali Bari temple. Our walk continues past more architectural heritage structures like the unique railway board building, Gorton castle as we reach Inverarm hill which houses the State museum and a little ahead is the Observatory hill with the Viceregal Lodge, which housed the Viceroy in British times and now is established as The Indian institute of Advanced studies. Our walk finishes here.Distance 5kmsShimla Heritage Walk (Full Day) Shimla was built on top of a total of seven different hills namely: Inverarm Hill, Observatory Hill, Prospect Hill, Summer Hill, Bantony Hill, Elysium Hill and Jakhoo Hill. The highest point in Shimla is the Jakhoo hill, which is at a height of 2,454 metres (8,051 ft). Being the summer capital of British India, Shimla has some of the finest architectural heritage bestowed to it, and of course add to it the various splendors of nature, forests, waterfalls and glades.Our walk begins in the morning from The Christ church on the ridge and gradually progresses westwards, first towards The Gaiety Theatre and after the scandal point towards Bantony hill whose top is adorned by the Bantony castle built in 1880, while its lower slope houses the Catholic church. A little further ahead are the Grand hotel and the Kali Bari temple. Our walk continues past more architectural heritage structures like the unique railway board building, Gorton castle as we reach Inverarm hill which houses the State museum and a little ahead is the Observatory hill with the Viceregal Lodge, which housed the Viceroy in British times and now is established as The Indian institute of Advanced studies. Our first half of the walk finishes here.Enjoy some tea and snacks at Viceregal lodge café and thereafter continue your walk through a thickly forested path to Summerhill which houses the Himachal University. We board our vehicle here and driving through meandering roads head for the Prospect hill, adorned with the temple of Kamna Devi on the top. After spending a while indulging in some Photography we board the vehicles again, and driving through Boileauganj, Cart road we make a dash for Annadale and visit the Army museum. Backtrack on the same road we drive through Victory tunnel and past Elesium hill which has The Auckland house school we reach Sanjauli from we drive uphill to Jakhoo hill which has a Hanuman temple dedicated to it at the top. From here we will descend, walking back to the ridge. Our walk finishes here.Distance Walking 7kms, Vehicle 30kmsTHE CATCHMENT SANCTUARY WALKCharabara in Shimla is surrounded on three sides by the magnificent Shimla Water Catchment Sanctuary, a 125 year old sanctuary that was established by the British as a reserved forest. The sanctuary was the initial source of water for Shimla, the water pumped to Shimla town through a series of steam pumps, reputed to be the first of their kind in the country. Today this pristine and undisturbed forest stretches across an area of 12 square kilometres and is considered by many as one of the wealthiest storehouses of Himalayan flora. This extremely dense forest is also the habitat for a vast variety of fauna, the most prominent being the Leopard. Although a sighting of this extremely human-shy and nocturnal animal is very rare, regular reports of droppings prove the existence of a large population within the sanctuary. The Himalayan Black Bear and the Brown Bear, Barking Deer, Goral, Jackal, Indian Red Fox, Striped Hyena and the Yellow-Throated Martin are some of the species of wildlife that thrive in the undisturbed forests of the sanctuary. A wide variety of bird and pheasant species can also be spotted in the lower altitude belts of the sanctuary, some of the more prominent ones being the Cheer, Koklas and Khaleej pheasants, the Himalayan Pied Woodpecker, the Great Himalayan Barbet and some sparklingly colorful minivets. A bifurcation penetrates deep into the sanctuary along a prominent ridgeline. Descend down to the Seyog Forest Rest House, a hundred year old lathe and plaster (Dhajji) structure located in the midst of this silent forest. The narrow trail undulates for an hour or more through one of the best-preserved forests in Asia. Cedars, Firs, Pines and Oaks jostle each other for space and the canopy-density at places prevents even the sunlight from peeping through to the forest floor. Droppings and pugmarks of the fauna are regular sightings along this trail and if ones luck holds out, a perky Barking Deer too might flash past in gay abandon. As one would guess, this is an excellent site for some bird-watching too.Our walk starts in the morning at 9:30 when our expert picks you up from your hotel and we drive to Dhalli, and further up to Charabara. A bifurcation penetrates deep into the sanctuary along a prominent ridgeline. Descend down to the Seyog Forest Rest House, a hundred year old lathe and plaster (Dhajji) structure located in the midst of this silent forest. The narrow trail undulates for an hour or more through one of the best-preserved forests in Asia. Cedars, Firs, Pines and Oaks jostle each other for space and the canopy-density at places prevents even the sunlight from peeping through to the forest floor. Droppings and pugmarks of the fauna are regular sightings along this trail and if ones luck holds out, a perky Barking Deer too might flash past in gay abandon. A well-deserved picnic lunch (be sure not to litter) at the ancient rest house can be followed by a stroll down to the man-made reservoir that collects water from across the sanctuary before supplying it to Shimla town. As one would guess, this is an excellent site for some bird-watching too. Our walk continues deeper into the sanctuary through a network of trails and we end it just short of Kufri at around 2:00PM.Drive back to hotel.Distance Walking 9kms, Vehicle 30kmsTHE SHALI TIBBA HIKEThe Shali Tibba (2867m) is the highest peak in the vicinity of Shimla. It is a magnificent isolated pinnacle with a Kali temple on the top. The ascent up to Shali is an ancient trail through dense pine forests and rolling alpine pastures. It is a steep and steady climb to the often mist enveloped peak. The peak commands an unforgettable view of endless snow covered ranges along with the Sutlej valley and the densely forested hills of Shimla, Fagu and Narkanda. For the avid photographer and nature lover, this one-day trek offers the experience of a lifetime.DETAILED ITINERARY:1) SHIMLA (2205 m)- MASHOBRA - KHATNOL (1850 m)...45 km.Depart Shimla at 6 A.M. by jeep. Breakfast at Mashobra, noted for its apple Orchards and thick woods of oak and pine. Proceed via Baldhea along a fascinating dirt track to Gulshaini, a tiny hamlet (1250 m) situated at the base of the peak. From Gulshaini it is a steady climb along a rough road till Khatnol, an isolated village perched amidst rolling fields. Here we park the jeep to start the ascent.2) KHATNOL - SHALI TIBBA (2867m)...5 km.Halt at the Khatnol Forest Rest House for a well-deserved break along with a sumptuous lunch. Begin the climb to Shali after a short rest. The landscape changes dramatically as we follow the ancient trail towards the peak. It is a three-hour climb at a leisurely pace with ample time to stand and stare at the surrounding magnificence and the imposing peak looming ahead. The final climb is a tough one and is amply rewarded by the breathtaking view from the top.3) SHALI TIBBA - KHATNOL - SHIMLAAfter a visit to the historic temple and a frenzied session of photography, we start the surprisingly quick descent down to Khatnol. One is back in the jeep by sunset to start the drive back to Shimla. Reach Shimla by late evening for a well-deserved and satisfying sleep with the memories of climbing the highest peak of the Shimla hills.Distance Walking 10kms, Vehicle 100kmsTHE MASHOBRA to SIPUR HIKEEarly morning drive from Shimla to the picturesque Mashobra valley which is mirrored by the tall Shali Peak (3200m). The route holds thick woods where practically every tree of the region grows - Himalayan Cedar (the almost legendary ‘Deodar’), Spruce, Oak, Rhododendron, Horse-Chestnut, Birch and Pine. Depending on the time of year, a variety of wildflowers grace the hillsides - the rhododendrons flower a dark red in spring, summer has banks of roses, daises and buttercups, the monsoons speckle the luxuriant grass with lilies-of-the-valley and peonies. Through the year, flitting butterflies stab quick flashes of color. The trail crosses picture-perfect hamlets where the word ‘time’ seems to mean only the seasons and the passing years - and where life has followed a steady pace for centuries. Trace fast flowing streams, cross a ‘sacred grove’ whose majestic trees have stood undisturbed for centuries, watch village craftsmen at work, listen to legends that seem as old as the hills - and in a single day, take a lifetime’s memory of some of the marvels that the lower Himalayas hold.Through woods of Himalayan Cedar and Spruce, the path to Seepur takes a steady dip down the valley. Past fields and orchards and wood and slate houses one arrives at the glade of Seepur - which the vicerene Lady Lytton called a “tea-cup shaped valley” and was popular for midnight picnics in the days of the Raj. Several slim streams fed by fresh-water springs nurture the soft grass of Seepur. The glade is held sacred to the local deity, Seep who ‘visits’ the spot at select times of year. Shaded by colossal Cedars, a delightful little temple built in the local style with stone and wood, rests on an edge. Smaller shrines merging with the woods are also there. This is the site of an annual fair held over the second weekend of April - and is a time for local matchmaking.From Seepur the decline eases out to the tiny village of Shali, which holds a dozen charmingly rustic structures - and is probably named in honour of the facing peak. Here, the hike-path that snakes along the hill holds a bifurcation, and along a mild incline the route takes a right. This also marks the end of the descent. The view on the facing hill has terraced fields and age-old villages. Along the narrow path, the only sounds one is likely to hear are of one’s own breathing and the crunch of boots over scattered cones. The silence only punctuated by the song of a Himalayan Thrush or Barbet.After Shali comes the home of the deity Seep at Deothi. Local legend has it that the deity was brought with the erstwhile rulers of the Koti state - in whose former territories the hike lies - when they migrated here from Kutlehar, which lies north-west. The temple was first established in the village of Nehra. This tract was then ruled by mavis, local strongmen who wished to share in the worship of Seep. When this was refused, the mavis started desecrating the temple. ‘Speaking’ through his worshippers, Seep declared that he wanted to move from Nehra and a day would come when a long line of ants would march through the village and where they finally circled a mound, was where he wished to reside. The ants came and circled a mound in what is now the village of Deothi - and where Seep was ceremoniously installed. The identity of this local deity has steadily been merged with that of Lord Shiva, the destroyer in the Hindu trinity. Styled as a tall gabled mushroom and belonging to an architectural genre unique to this part of the world, Seep’s temple rests at the edge of a small spur and is surrounded by other structures that ‘belong’ to him - a storehouse, a pavilion and a room for folk musicians.Cameo appearances of pomegranate trees and tumbling streams that come close to becoming waterfalls, fresh water springs embellished with utilitarian stonework and a little bridge mark the passage to Mulkoti. Walls of shale and quartzite, now reduced to rubble, hold the remains of the little fort of the Raja of Koti where, centuries ago, the Koti rulers first established themselves. Today only the wooden gate and its brass knockers evoke the memory of their stay. The temple harks back to those days and is held in veneration as the seat of several local deities.Half an hour’s climb from Mulkoti lies the village of Kanda and past this the path crosses the hamlets of Kanda, Ghayabo and Kaneer. The stretch is through terraced fields of assorted vegetables, corn and wheat. Blossom draped or fruit-laden orchards of apples, plums, apricots and peaches offset the fields. Every turn of the track exposes a fresh vista of the valley and the evergreen woods.The lunch stop is at Kanda, where one can take some time to see some local craftsmanship - and even supplement the meal with fresh fruits and salads selected from the fields and orchards.After Kaneer begins the sharp hour-long ascent to the century-old ‘Dak bungalow’, a rest house for travellers. The forests become more primeval and the Deodars, ferns and lichens seem to hold their secrets closer. With luck on ones side, one may encounter pheasants and several other birds and even deer, martens and flying squirrels. The area also has leopards, bears and snakes - but the possibility of sighting one is remote.The vehicle will be waiting to return one to the comfort of ones Hotel.Distance Walking 12kms,THE RETREAT HIKEThe hike begins from Charabara and ascends to the helipad located on an adjacent hillock. The initial path till the helipad is along a tarmac road that winds past the Punjab Raj Bhavan, a vestige from the days when Shimla was also the summer capital of Punjab. From the helipad, that commands a 360-degree view of Shimla and the Himalayan ranges, a footpath penetrates the surrounding forests and descends on to the Old Hindustan-Tibet Road, completed in 1853 by enterprising British engineers as an access route to Tibet. A short stroll along this ancient road, lined by apple orchards on one side, culminates at the school for handicapped children, a landmark from where the loop back towards the hotel begins. Here, in season, one can indulge in a frenzied apple-picking session that the various apple trees growing wild all around the school offer. The trail continues along a vintage cart track that once belonged to the Commissioner for the Hill States, a British officer whose residence was converted into the Presidential Retreat, the traditional summer vacation destination of the President of India. The path meanders till the Presidential Retreat through dense Oak groves that shade a rich undergrowth of ferns and a plethora of wild flowers. From the Retreat, a tarmac road leading back to Wildflower Hall offers magnificent views of the eternal snow-capped Great Himalayan Range and the Shali peak.Distance Walking 6kmsCYCLING THROUGH MASHOBRA AND RAFTING IN CHABBAShimla with its network of natural trails is a cyclist’s delight. Cycling through forests and small villages and quaint hamlets; make cycling in Shimla an unforgettable experience. Our one day adventure here is our testimony to this sweet route comprising the best of activities in Shimla.The adventure further continues after cycling when we go Rafting on the Sutlej, the fastest flowing river in India.Our expert meets you at your hotel in the morning at 8:00AM and we drive to Mashobra.1. MASHOBRA to CHABBA (32kms)The route holds thick woods where practically every tree of the region grows - Himalayan Cedar (the almost legendary ‘Deodar’), Spruce, Oak, Rhododendron, Horse-Chestnut, Birch and Pine. Depending on the time of year, a variety of wildflowers grace the hillsides - the rhododendrons flower a dark red in spring, summer has banks of roses, daises and buttercups, the monsoons speckle the luxuriant grass with lilies-of-the-valley and peonies. Through the year, flitting butterflies stab quick flashes of color. The trail crosses picture-perfect hamlets where the word ‘time’ seems to mean only the seasons and the passing years - and where life has followed a steady pace for centuries. Trace fast flowing streams, cross a ‘sacred grove’ whose majestic trees have stood undisturbed for centuries, watch village craftsmen at work, listen to legends that seem as old as the hills - and in a single day, take a lifetime’s memory of some of the marvels that the lower Himalayas hold. We cycle past Mashobra and descend 16 kms to Thaila and a further 6km to Gumma, a thrilling 22kms downhill ride, thereafrer the road flattens out till basantpur 7kms and we descend again to Chabba. We finish the ride here.2. RAFTING SHORT STRETCH LOTI to CHABBA (Ideal for first timers, families. 7kms-45 minutes)After the ride finishes at Chabba we are transported to Loti on the Sutlej to indulge in Rafting. This is the small stretch ideal for beginners and families, of around 45mins. We finish the rafting and drive back to the hotel.3. RAFTING LONG STRETCH MALGI to CHABBA (Ideal for enthusiasts, 25kms-2.5 hrs)After the ride finishes at Chabba we are transported to Malgi on the Sutlej to indulge in Rafting. This is the long stretch ideal enthusiasts, of around 2.5hrs. We finish the rafting and drive back to the hotel and reach by early evening.Distance Cycling 32kms, Vehicle 140kmsCYCLING THROUGH MASHOBRA AND CRAIGNANOShimla with its network of natural trails is a cyclist’s delight. Cycling through forests and small villages and quaint hamlets; make cycling in Shimla an unforgettable experience. Our day adventure here takes us past Shimla’s stunning mountainscapes and some heritage trails.Our expert meets you at 8:00AM at your hotel and we drive to Kufri at 2400mts affording a wide open vista of the Himalayas. Kufri is also a famous winter destination for skiing. Our ride begins here on national highway 22, on which we ride for about 4kms, before descending on an offroad to join the Mashobra Baikhalty road 6kms downhill. The trail flattens out here and we are riding in a wonderful forest where you would only hear the chirping of the birds and swish of your tyres and the screech of your brakes. Past the villages of Dak Bungalow, Purani Koti, Mashobra is 14kms from here. We reach Mashobra bazaar and start ascending towards Craignano, past the estate of the erstwhile Faridkot royalty and first we reach Talai, an open meadow amidst a thick cedar forest. We savour on our picnic hamper here and continue the ride further past Craignano and the horticulture centre which is worth a visit. Descend to Koti and take the woody trail to Baldeyan, continuing further to reach the Golf course at Naldehra, Asia’s highest and one of India’s oldest Golf courses. The place is so enchanting that Lord Curzon gave his daughter Alexandra “Naldehra” as her middle name. We feast ourselves to snacks at the HPTDC run café here and finish the ride. If one is up for it, we would prod you on to ride back to Shimla.Distance Cycling 42kmsTHE HATU PEAK HIKE IN NARKANDAThe Hatu peak is the highest peak in the 2 hour vicinity of Shimla perched at 3100mts. Between January and mid April each year the peak is out of bounds because of the blanket of heavy snow it receives. A 7kms narrow Jeep road, meandering through the forest brings us to the top; from Narkanda, the gateway to the apple country of Himachal.Our hiking adventure today will find us driving to Narkanda early morning at 7:00AM and arriving in Narkanda at nearly 9:00 AM. After breakfast we will drive a short while from where the road narrows down and begin our hike through the thick forest. The beginning is a well defined trail and we are ascending through thick foliage, and spruce and cedar pine. Depending on the time of year, a variety of wildflowers grace the hillsides - the rhododendrons flower a dark red in spring, summer has banks of roses, daises and buttercups, the monsoons speckle the luxuriant grass with lilies-of-the-valley and peonies. Through the year, flitting butterflies stab quick flashes of color. After an hour of walking we reach out to an open meadow of Jhamunda, from where the climb steepens. There is no marked trail on this stretch so trust your field expert and take his towline. These thick forests are infested with Himalayan black bears. Another two hours later we are at Hatu top. Muse around and treat yourself to the scenic grandeur of the Himalayas a grand 360degrees view, stretching as far as the Sutlej valley below and the Uttarakhand Himalayas to the east. Seek blessings at the Hateshwari temple, the local deity, to whom a temple is dedicated here. Walk further to the meadows at Jaubagh and walk back to drive down the road to the junction. Instead of heading to Narkanda we proceed to the small lake of Tani Jubbar. Musings thereafter we drive back to Shimla.Distance Walking 12kmsCYCLING TO CHAIL – THE ROYALTY OF THE PATIALA KINGDOMChail at 2400mts, a notch above Shimla in elevation, was established by The Maharaja of Patiala during the British times, to teach the British a lesson after he was banned from visiting Shimla. So the Maharaj took to building his palace in Chail, slightly above Shimla to look down upon the British. The palace built in about 200 acres has sprawling lawns and is now a heritage hotel. Chail also boasts of the highest cricket ground in the world. In terms of flora and fauna, Chail has much to offer, extremely dense forest, the habitat for a vast variety of fauna, the most prominent being the Leopard. Although a sighting of this extremely human-shy and nocturnal animal is very rare, regular reports of droppings prove the existence of a large population within the sanctuary. The Himalayan Black Bear and the Brown Bear, Barking Deer, Goral, Jackal, Indian Red Fox, Striped Hyena and the Yellow-Throated Martin are some of the species of wildlife that thrive in the undisturbed forests of the sanctuary. A wide variety of bird and pheasant species can also be spotted in the lower altitude belts of the sanctuary, some of the more prominent ones being the Cheer, Koklas and Khaleej pheasants, the Himalayan Pied Woodpecker, the Great Himalayan Barbet and some sparklingly colorful minivets.Our ride will begin early with our expert meeting you at the hotel at 8:00AM. We drive to Kufri 14kms, from where we begin our ride. Riding a downhill first thing in the morning can be a thrilling experience; as you will find out. From here we follow the connecting road to Mundaghat, a small village on the main Kufri – Chail road; it is here we turn right, following the Bridle path, a small diversion from Mundaghat. Riding on the dirt track through a middle of an oak and pine forest can be a rewarding experience. The ride brings us to the village of Koti, known for its modern tourist resorts, from where Chail is another one hour ride on the Mountain bikes. We go around Chail for a short trip and thereafter sample the lunch waiting for us at the Palace Hotel. Some musings and thereafter we resume our ride on the excellent road with great views bringing us to janedghat from where a winding downhill of 27kms will bring us to Ashwani khud where we finish the ride. Back in the vehicles we drive uphill to Camp redwoods for tea and snacks, before heading back to the hotel.Distance Cycling 62kmsTHE ANANDPUR SADHUPUL CYCLINGShimla built on seven hills, is well connected with a good network of roads. In fact through these seven hills are roads at different elevations; connecting various parts of the hill town. So if there is Mall road on the top, there is lover bazaar below it and then the cart road followed by the recently done Shimla bypass and then the latest which was converted from a bridle path to a road The Mehli to Shoghi byepass road. Our ride today explores the lesser known Shimla through this erstwhile bridle path, cycle through a thick forest, through an exhilarating downhill, challenge us to a grueling uphill and then finish the ride amidst some water revelry at Sadhupul.Our expert meets you at your hotel at 8:00 AM and we drive via the Shimla byepass road to Mehli. This is where we unload the bikes from the support vehicle and start our ride. The first 7 kms are a breeze of good downhill riding, followed by a medium grade uphill of 4 kms, approaching Tara Devi temple. Another seven kms and we enter a forest and ride through the off-road trail to hit the bottom at Ashwini khud after 7kms. This is followed by a grueling climb of 3kms, from where we descend to Sadhupul at 9kms. Once at Sadhupul we enjoy our lunch by the riverside and thereafter drive back to Shimla via Kandaghat.Distance Cycling 42kms
Beware of the monkeys here as they are known to snatch away any free hanging objects from people. Try not to carry anything in your hands, just follow the path and don't pay attention to the etc. It can be visited any day because it remains open seven days a week and entry here is free of cost. Overall it's a lovely hill around Shimla with some amazing views.This post was originally published on Travel With Jha.
It was almost 24 hours since we packed our bags and drove from Delhi. From Delhi to Sonipat, Panipat, Karnal, Ambala, Chandigarh, Anandpur Sahib, Nangal, Una where we had the tastiest 4 am tea, then Hamirpur, Bilaspur, Shimla, Thyog and Narkanda; From hot and humid to cold and dry. Shimla was crowded but eventually we were on our way towards Narkanda and onwards to Rampur, after being stuck in bumper to bumper traffic for 2 hours, with every taxi or car aligned in a reclining position facing uphill. From the initiation of the NH5 itself, I started getting inexorable chills of thinking about the coming sceneries. The road was scooped out of giant Rocky Mountains, with hanging cliffs above.
267 Kms from McLeod Ganj
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Gar firdaus ruhe zamin ast, Hamin asto, hamin asto, hamin ast. “If there is a heaven on earth, it’s here, it’s here, it’s here.” This is how the Sufi mystic Amir Khusrow has described the Kashmir Valley, and Srinagar is at the heart of the valley. Smack in the middle of the city is the mighty Dal Lake, its placid water reflecting the vivid kaleidoscope of innumerous houseboats, shikaras (taxi-boats), and the snow-capped Pir Panjal range: a sight that will make your heart skip a beat. The city is home to the state-of-the-art Mughal Gardens, Shalimar Bagh and Nishant Bagh being the most famous of them. The gardens exhibit the Mughal taste of nature and the philosophy of disciplining nature rather than imitating it: fountain pools and canals, meticulously manicured hedges, and motley flowerbeds. Also known as the Kashmiri Venice, Srinagar is a place not to be missed by those seeking a tranquil refuge in the lap of the Himalayas.Read More
Srinagar: As we all know its Summer Capital of Jammu and Kashmir. A beautiful and developed place in J&K.
Day-9: Sonmarg - SrinagarA day well-spent exploring Dal Lake, Mughal Gardens, Pari Mahal at Srinagar. We shopped for authentic Kashmiri handicrafts at J&K tourism art emporium. You can shop at Lal Chowk especially for dry fruits and try walnut fudge at Hazratbal bakery.
Jammu and Kashmir is a state in northern India, often denoted by the acronym J&K. It is located mostly in the Himalayan mountains, and shares borders with the states of Himachal Pradesh and Punjab to the south. Jammu and Kashmir has an international border with China in the north and east, and the Line of Control separates it from the Pakistani-administered territories of Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan in the west and northwest respectively. The state has special autonomy under Article 370 of the Constitution of India. A part of the erstwhile Princely State of Kashmir and Jammu, the region is the subject of a territorial conflict among China, India and Pakistan. The western districts of the former princely state known as Azad Kashmir and the northern territories known as Gilgit-Baltistan have been under Pakistani control since 1947. The Aksai Chin region in the east, bordering Tibet, has been under Chinese control since 1962. Jammu and Kashmir consists of three regions: Jammu, the Kashmir Valley and Ladakh. Srinagar is the summer capital, and Jammu is the winter capital. Jammu and Kashmir is the only state in India with a Muslim-majority population. The Kashmir valley is famous for its beautiful mountainous landscape, and Jammu's numerous shrines attract tens of thousands of Hindu pilgrims every year. Ladakh, also known as "Little Tibet", is renowned for its remote mountain beauty and Buddhist culture. Srinagar Srinagar is the summer capital of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. It is situated in the centre of the Kashmir Valley on the banks of the Jhelum River and is surrounded by five districts. In the north it is flanked by Kargil and Ganderbal in the South by Pulwama,in the north-west by Budgam. The capital city of Srinagar,is located 1585 metres above sea level. The city is famous for its gardens, lakes and houseboats. It is also known for traditional Kashmiri handicrafts and dried fruits. Transport Roads : The city is served by many highways, including National Highway 1A and National Highway 1D Air : Srinagar Airport (IATA code SXR) has regular domestic flights to Leh, Jammu, Chandigarh and Delhi and occasional international flights. The International flights terminal was inaugurated on 14 February 2009 with an Air India flight from Dubai. Hajj flights also operate from this airport to Saudi Arabia. Railways : Srinagar is a station on the 119 km (74 mi) long Kashmir railway that started in October 2009 and connects Baramulla to Srinagar, Anantnag and Qazigund. The railway track also connects to Banihal across the Pir Panjal mountains through a newly constructed 11 km long Banihal tunnel, and subsequently to the Indian railway network after a few years. It takes approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds for train to cross the tunnel. It is the longest rail tunnel in India. The train also runs during heavy snow. This railway system, proposed in 2001, is not expected to connect the Indian railway network until 2017 at the earliest, with a cost overrun of INR 5,500 crore. There are proposals to develop a metro system in the city. The feasibility report for the Srinagar Metro is planned to be carried out by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Cable car : In December 2013, the 594m cable car allowing people to travel to the shrine of the Sufi saint Hamza Makhdoom on Hari Parbat was unveiled. The project is run by the Jammu and Kashmir Cable Car Corporation (JKCCC), and has been envisioned for 25 years. An investment of INR 30cr was made, and it is the second cable car in Kashmir after the Gulmarg Gondola. Boat : Whilst popular since the 7th century, water transport is now mainly confined to Dal Lake, where shikaras (wooden boats) are used for local transport and tourism. There are efforts to revive transportation on the River Jhelum Climate Srinagar has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen Cfa), much cooler than what is found in much of the rest of India, due to its moderately high elevation and northerly position. The valley is surrounded by the Himalayas on all sides. Winters are cool, with daytime a January average of 2.5 °C (36.5 °F), and temperatures below freezing at night. Moderate to heavy snowfall occurs in winter and the only road that connects Srinagar with the rest of India may get blocked for a few days due to avalanches. Summers are warm with a July daytime average of 24.1 °C (75.4 °F). The average annual rainfall is around 710 millimetres (28 in). Spring is the wettest season while autumn is the driest. The highest temperature reliably recorded is 38.3 °C (100.9 °F) and the lowest is −20.0 °C (−4.0 °F) Places to visit Dal Lake Shankaracharya Hill Nigeen Lake Kheer Bhawani Temple Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden Mughal Gardens Shalimar Bagh Nishat Bagh Hazratbal Shrine Jamia Masjid and more...For more Please visithttps://www.facebook.com/TravelographybyPlabanBhattacharya
The next morning we had to leave around 4 to avoid the curfew in Srinagar and reach the airport to catch flight back to Mumbai. The journey had its ups and downs. Landed up being bruised but made memories and met few ppl to last a lifetime. *ONE REQUEST TO EVERY TRAVELER OR TOURIST IS THAT PLEASE PRESERVE MOTHER NATURE, AVOID USE OF PLASTIC OR TAKING IT TO THE BEAUTIFUL PARADISE. BIT BY BIT CONTRIBUTING WILL HELP A LOT TO PRESERVE "LADAKH"
SRINAGARMade from two Sanskrit words, sri - 'glory' and Nagar - 'city'City of Glory and prosperity.Dal lake which is the Crowning Glory and prosperity in terms of a distinct blend of culture and heritage.Local sightseeing in Srinagar :-
JKTDC Cheshmashahi ResortThirty-second rundown: Located at one of the most picturesque destinations of India, the Cheshmashahi Resort in Srinagar offers a beautiful view of the mountains and a very homely experience. From the wonderful ambiance to the warm staff, this hotel will only make your Srinagar experience better.
It was a 9 day long trip.The best thing that happened to me was finding a homestay through AirBnb. It was cheap (700 INR for a day) and the house was clean. The house owner's name was Sabeel (young decent engineering guy). The moment we landed in Kashmir he took us for a free ride through the city and guided us about the place for the rest of our trip. To contact him, dial this no. (Mobile No.) I rented Sabeel's bike and roamed around Srinagar as I was running on a low budget and booking a cab might have left a huge dent on my pocket. Trust me Kashmir can be decently expensive trip.It was lunch time. I took the bike and went off to roam Lal Chowk and by the way I was staying near Dal Lake, at a place called Nawpura.Anyways, so I decided to dine in Mughal Darbar (quite famous at Lal Chowk) and did some shopping at Lal Chowk itself.By the evening I was roaming around Boulevard (Dal Lake), took a heartfelt view of Dal (it is beautiful indeed). The boulevard stretch goes by the shore of Dal Lake and you can visit famous Mughal Gardens while covering the shore.The first Mughal Garden you'll get to see along the banks of Dal Lake is Nishat Bagh. After a few kms you'll get to see Shalimar Bagh, then Chashme Shahi and Harvan at the end.You can cover all these locations in one day. Its going to leave you with decent no of days to explore Kashmir further.Tip: Get up early in the morning and visit all the gardens in a day. You'll probably cover all of them in a time span of 4-5 hours max. Visit Lal Chowk in the evening. Treat yourself with some Kashmir delicacies and roam around for shopping. There are some good North Indian restaurants at Boulevard as well.
It was a pleasant 3 hr ride from our hotel to pahalgam. I still remember it was raining that day, but it further beautified our journey.On your way, you'll find rich walnut laden trees, Pampore valley- air of which is laden by saffron growing all over, the redolent Apple valley - known for it's world famous kashmiri apples. The apples are rich in flavour.
The everlasting charm of the houseboats in Srinagar, the freshness of the mornings around Dal Lake and the awe-inspiring Pir Panjal ranges at the distant horizon bring a tangible paradise just so close to your field of vision that it's overwhelming. When I travelled there a year ago, the local opened up the doors to their hearts and homes so readily that Srinagar has become a city that I love to return to.And if the city of Srinagar is on your bucketlist as well, then so must be a stay at the dreamy houseboats docked on Dal Lake, Jhelum and Nageen Lake. For travellers planning a visit to this unique city, here is a complete guide to the Srinagar houseboat experience that can be your introduction to this paradise state.
177 Kms from McLeod Ganj
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 . . .!!!
287 Kms from McLeod Ganj
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
255 Kms from McLeod Ganj
Best time to visit - June to September
This beautiful town happens to be located in Jammu & Kashmir and is an abode for those who wish to pursue Buddhism. The place is surrounded by tall mountains, clear blue water, a white surrounding and many monasteries. The people here are warm and welcome tourists. Found midway between the Karakoram and Himalayan mountains, the beauty of Leh is beyond words, making it a hotspot with the tourists. Visiting the local markets here is a treat as one will get to browse through Tibetan jewelry, carpets, woolens and much more. Be sure to carry an extra bag to fit in all your purchases.Read More
If you like clicking even half as much as we do, you'll go in a frenzy by the time you start entering Ladakh. We had to actually force ourselves to stop getting down for a click. We drove for around 9 hours today but we weren’t tired.We were picked up by the very dependable Jigmet bhaiya (He has a xylo- Phone No.9596662887)- our Leh cab driver cum guide and lifeline in Leh. Checked in to our home stay (Aayat Homes) and headed out to explore the local market and food.
Day 7: Local Sightseeing and how can we forget shopping at Leh.There's nothing like relishing the local culture of the place you are visiting. Some of the places worth visiting in Leh include - Thicksey Monastery, Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa, Hall of Fame, Stok palace (not for the museum but for the special momos prepared in the royal kitchen) and Shey Palace.Overnight at Leh.
Day 4: Sarchu- Gata Loops – Nakee La – Lachulung La – Pang – More Plains – Tanglang La – Rumste - Upshi – Karu – LehMost of the places during our day 3 journey tempted us to get down from the car to enjoy the virgin nature.Gata Loops ( 21 hairpin bends), Nakee La and Lachulung La (high mountain passes), Pang (this is where one starts feeling high altitude sickness and this is where colors of Ladakh become more conspicuous), More Plains (unceasing stretch of plains at such high altitude enveloped by mountain ranges comes as a surprise and seems unnatural and stunning), Tanglang La (second highest pass as claimed), and Upshi (police check point to mark your arrival to or departure from Leh); all the places need your attention.Overnight at Leh. It's advisable to take rest for a day to better acclimatize to low oxygen environ.
Route: Leh - Khardung La - Hunder (Nubra Valley) - Khardung La - Leh - Upshi - Tanglang La - More Plains - Lachungla La - Baralacha La - Sachu - Keylong - Gramphoo - Chatru - Kunzum La - Kaza - Namchi - Kalpa - Narkanda - Chail - Solan - Chandigarh
Day 1, is has to be in Leh so that your body can acclimatize. Leh is at height of approx 9000 feet. After some rest I decided to visit Hall of Fame and Shanti Stupa. It is located on a hilltop. There are two ways to the top. 1.) Taxi/Car can take you to the top. 2.) Climb up to the top, the route when returning from Hall of Fame, climbing up would worth the pain.
On 10th june we left from manali to cross rohtang pass which took us a while due to traffic as the permits were being checked. The views were really amazing ( pictures attached at the end of the article) . Somewhere the roads were really amazing and smooth but some places like Pang which is the highest altitude dangerous road was like a road to hell, there was no proper road but only tyre trails around the mountain with small rocks sliding from above.One of the best roads with some mesmerizing views was more plains which is a straight stretched road with huge mountains running along on the sides.
Day6 we reached Leh city by 1pm and booked a hotel exactly opposite the thicksey monastry which is run by a trust. In the evening, we visited the Leh Market and shopped for some local accesories. The market is well structured and a favorite spot of foreign tourist.
97 Kms from McLeod Ganj
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