7 days & 6 Nights backpack trip to Dharamshala, Dalhousie & Amritsar

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1st Mar 2018

Map of India carved in Dharamshala

Photo of 7 days & 6 Nights backpack trip to Dharamshala, Dalhousie & Amritsar by Raj Trivedi
Day 1

It all started with a random talk of how beautiful himachal is and one should definitely visit Dalhousie and Dharamshala once in his lifetime before it becomes more populated. Who knew this random talk would turn into a backpack trip which i should say was a roller coaster one. We decided to head out and i was of the opinion to travel by flight both ways but due to short of cash for the other partner it we agreed to travel by train to start with and while coming back we would take a flight.  We used the ICICI offer of Rs.1200/- off on monday if you purchase flight ticket on a portal which is been endorsed by Ranveer Singh. Let's begin this epic journey.

We boarded the train from Mumbai Central and yes it was Golden Temple which takes 33 Hours from Mumbai to Amritsar with 34 stops.

Photo of Mumbai, Maharashtra, India by Raj Trivedi
Day 2

I love train journeys but it gets worse when you are in Sleeper class and you know you have to bite 2 days.  Sleeper class has problems of water supply after day one in long route trains and you don't know whether the loo would have water for your basic necessities. Coming to advantages travelling through train also has it's perks where you can enjoy famous fast food of local station like the famous bhajiyas that we ate at Kota station. Oily but yet tasty, i would definitely recommend to have if you are enrouting the journey by train.

Bhajiyas at Kota

Photo of Kota, Rajasthan, India by Raj Trivedi
Day 3

It was  5.30 am when we reached Amritsar and our cabbie was ready to pick us for our enroute to Dharamshala. Well, here is a twist in the tale,  i have been to Himachal many times and ideally if you are doing a Dalhousie, Dharamshala Trip you head to Dalhousie first then go to dharamshala as Dalhousie is at higher height than Dharamshala. 

To make it even better i would recommend getting down at Pathankot Cantt and then moving to Dalhousie which takes less time. But my friend told me that his friend has booked the hotel in Dharamshala first and then we are heading to Dalhousie

Day 2

Before heading to Dharamshala i knew a place in Amritsar which serves awesome omelette. The name of the hotel Giani tea stall, it is a must visit place even if you don't eat omelette  i would recommend at-least have tea which is just amazing

Omelette at Giani Tea Stall

Photo of Giani Tea stall, Tarn Taran Sahib, Punjab, India by Raj Trivedi
Day 3

The enroute to Dharamshala takes about 4 hours depending upon what time you leave. We left around 6 am and reached 9.30 am to the hotel that we were suppose to be checking in. After reaching we came to know that it was another way around and i had guessed it & here was the beginning of our roller coaster ride. 

Being in this situation many times. I knew how to get good hotels at best prices. Researched online for 10 mins and went straight to Hotel Bhagsu Heights and cracked it. Last minute booking of 2 nights for 3 person costed us Rs.4000/- and i bet this was the start for us. I would definitely recommend this hotel. Great Staff, Great Service and Great Views. If possible ask for Room 401 which has provides epic views.

Hotel Bhagsu Heights

Photo of Hotel Bhagsu Heights, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India by Raj Trivedi

After check in we decided for a quick breakfast then took some rest before heading out for sightseeing. At 3 pm in afternoon i still remember the temperature to be around 5 degree. Since i was here before, i guided my friend and we first wandered to Bhagsu waterfall.

Bhagsunag Waterfall

Photo of Bhagsu Nag Water Fall, Himachal Pradesh by Raj Trivedi

Second Spot for the day was Bhagsu Nag Temple. A very famous temple where people come and meditate. The view from Bhagsu Nag Temple

View from Bhagsu Nag temple

Photo of Bhagsu Nag Temple, Bhagsu Nag, Himachal Pradesh, India by Raj Trivedi

Spot 3 had to be the Dalai lama temple or you can say Norbulingka Institute. Temple restricts you to take pictures and hence i was not able to take one, but i do have one from the last trip.

Photo of Norbulingka Institute, Sidhpur, Himachal Pradesh, India by Raj Trivedi

That was the end of day 3. Sharing the Map timeline and fyi we did not take car with us as the roads are very narrow I would suggest go walking  and feel the fresh air it is just amazing and you won't feel tired.

Map Route : Amritsar Enroute to Dharamshala and all the spots covered.

Photo of Hotel Bhagsu Heights, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India by Raj Trivedi
Day 4

Day 4 began with me having American breakfast which was Bon Appetit all thanks for Hotel Bhagsu heights and it costed just Rs.200 bucks. If you eat American Breakfast i bet you won't have lunch.

Breakfast at Bhagsu heights

Photo of Hotel Bhagsu Heights, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India by Raj Trivedi

After having breakfast our driver started acting weird telling that visiting dalhousie is just one day task and instead explore amritsar as he was from there. We were of the opinion that we want to cover places that are not explored by many since we have our own itinerary apart from Regular spots. He acted he is not well, he needs to go. A bummer, we asked the car agency let him go once he drops to Dharamshala city and send us another car tomorrow as we don't require car while sightseeing in Dharamshala.

Day 4 was all about Snowfall, Amazing views and superb points. The first place to visit was the famous Dharamshala Cricket Stadium. At 1457 M above sea level it is one of the most beautiful stadium in the world.

Dharamshala Cricket Stadium

Photo of Dharamshala cricket stadium, Upmuhal, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India by Raj Trivedi

Second spot of the day was War Memorial. I would definitely recommend to visit the war memorial it is around 30 mins walk from the cricket ground. You get to see the entire history of Himachal Warriors and their triumphs. It's an open museum i should say, they have carved Indian Map which is simply sensational. Entry fee is Rs.10/- only.

War Memorial

Photo of War Memorial, Kachehri Road, Jawahar Nagar, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India by Raj Trivedi

After completing the war memorial we were very hungry and saw a small restaurant kind of place opposite to it named El Classico Coffee Shop. Damn! it's dope, the pizza is just amazing and the strawberry shake its mama mia ! The ambience is unique and a thing to admire upon.

Pizza at El Classico Coffee Shop

Photo of El Clasico Coffee Shop, Jawahar Nagar, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India by Raj Trivedi

Chairs at El Classico Shop

Photo of El Clasico Coffee Shop, Jawahar Nagar, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India by Raj Trivedi

From there we walked around 20 mins and took a cab for the unexplored tea garden of Dharamshala. It's paradise, i don't know why people don't visit this often. A superb picturesque place and ton's of freshness

Tea Garden at Dharamshala (You won't find on Map)

Photo of 7 days & 6 Nights backpack trip to Dharamshala, Dalhousie & Amritsar by Raj Trivedi

Since we did not have car to come down, we walked the way and reached the Dharamshala Interstate bus stop which takes you to Mcleodganj Bus stop. The bus fare is Rs. 10/- and you don't get tickets there so don't worry. During enroute we got down at St.John Wilderness Church which is worth a visit, which was our spot 4

St. John in the Wilderness

Photo of St. John in the Wilderness, Road to Naddi Village from McLeod Ganj, McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India by Raj Trivedi

That was the end of Day 4 and here is the map for it. One more thing, dinner we had it in the hotel itself which was cheap and good. Around Rs. 100/- for a soup and 150/- for other items which is quite affordable

Day 4 Map

Photo of Hotel Bhagsu Heights, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India by Raj Trivedi

Day 5 started with amazing breakfast with a new cabbie. He seemed amazing and we began our enroute to Dalhousie.We had managed to change dates for our hotel check in which was booked by my friend's friend. We reached and was pissed of with the hotel that was offered for 3 star. I mean a cottage would have been better than that. Till here my friend was dealing with every aspect and this when i decided let's get this backpack trip straight and called my connect in Hotel Mount View which is preferred by families and couple the hotel is just magnificent, great connectivity for local transport and the rooms are just awesome with great buffet breakfast.

Day 5

Plus they have heaters in all rooms. The deal we got was 7,000 for 2 nights for 3 person. Ideally, their rates are 5,000 per night for 2 persons and Rs. 1K/- extra per night for 3rd person. Since, i have been there many times the connect gave me a great discount.

After resting for sometime we decided to venture out and visited the first spot i.e. St. John Church

St. John's Church Dalhousie

Photo of St. John's Church, Dalhousie Khajjiar Road, Moti Tiba, Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh, India by Raj Trivedi

Second spot for the day was Subash chowk and sometimes referred as Sunset point. Below is the view you get from Subash Chowk and the second image below is Sunset captured from the chowk which is about 1 KM away from the hotel.

Subash Chowk View

Photo of 7 days & 6 Nights backpack trip to Dharamshala, Dalhousie & Amritsar by Raj Trivedi

Sunset Point

Photo of 7 days & 6 Nights backpack trip to Dharamshala, Dalhousie & Amritsar by Raj Trivedi

Day 5 Map timeline

Photo of Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh, India by Raj Trivedi

We had  an amazing dinner at Hotel Mount View with live music and also got a chance to click photograph along with the performer. They are local aspirants who wish to sing for a living. Yes, we did get breakfast and dinner as complimentary due to my connect. 

Live Music performance at Hotel Mount View

Photo of Hotel Mount View, Moti Tiba, Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh, India by Raj Trivedi
Day 6

Day 6 was well crafted as we had definite spots in the mind and to our luck it snowed in Khajjiar so we had good chance to experience snow. Well, Khajjiar as everyone knows is called mini switzerland but Panchpula is not worth going. Panhcpula is a small lake and has some adventure activities.

Photo of Khajjiar Lake, Khajjiar, Himachal Pradesh, India by Raj Trivedi

Snow at Khajjiar

Photo of Khajjiar Lake, Khajjiar, Himachal Pradesh, India by Raj Trivedi

We did not click any pictures of Panchpula as it was not worth. Coming back from Khajjiar we also got a chance to visit Dal Lake of Dalhousie. After that we came back to our hotel rested a bit had dinner and went off to sleep. Next morning we had to leave for Amritsar and we had the entire day to explore as our flight was 11 PM. We decided to just wander into Amritsar.

Dal lake in Dalhousie

Photo of Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh, India by Raj Trivedi

We started with our enroute to Amritsar, kept our bags in the locker of Golden temple. We started with Jallianwala Bagh, Gobindgarh fort, and finished Amritsar sightseeing by around 7 PM  at Durgiana Temple. In gobindgarh fort you get Kullad wali chai and also they have 7D show, it's a must to watch for every age group.

Day 7

Durgiana Temple

Photo of Durgiana Temple, Goal Bagh, Amritsar, Punjab, India by Raj Trivedi

Jallianwala Bagh

Photo of Jallianwala Bagh, Jallan Wala Bagh, Katra Ahluwalia, Amritsar, Punjab, India by Raj Trivedi
Photo of Gobind Garh Fort, Amritsar, Punjab, India by Raj Trivedi

Kullad wali chai

Photo of Gobind Garh Fort, Amritsar, Punjab, India by Raj Trivedi

Most cleanest fort 

Photo of Gobind Garh Fort, Amritsar, Punjab, India by Raj Trivedi

We picked up our bags from the golden temple took a auto to the Amritsar International Airport. Yes, we did not do golden temple as we have been there quite a lot.

We had our return Indigo flight from Amritsar to Delhi and from Delhi to Mumbai. My friend was flying for the first time and as usual being curious he constantly looked out of the window and kept telling me. "Abe ye aage nahi ja raha hain" bummer :)

Flight at Amritsar

Photo of 7 days & 6 Nights backpack trip to Dharamshala, Dalhousie & Amritsar by Raj Trivedi

Also, some of the other things you should do while in Dharamshala, Dalhousie and Amritsar trip.

Takeaways

Do experience momo's in Dharamshala, 10 pieces for Rs.60/- 

Do drink tea at mall road of Dalhousie

In Amritsar do shop for Kada, Chuda if you are married for your wife and have langar in golden temple.

Hope you might have liked the backpack trip. If you need any suggestions while visiting Amritsar,Dalhousie or Dharamshala feel free to ping it's kind of second home to me.

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