A Trip to North India

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17th Dec 2016

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Route for the trip - Borivali(Mumbai) - Amritsar - Dalhousie - Dharamshala - Manali - Shimla - Chandigarh - Hazrat Nizamuddin - Borivali(Mumbai).

We were group of twenty two (22) people, all family members.

Photo of A Trip to North India 1/1 by Darshak Pandya
Our Group of 22 People

Details About Trip :

1. We Booked Train for both ways and two(2) mini buses (15 seater each) for whole trip i.e from Amritsar Railway Station to Hazrat Nizamudin Railway station.

2. Everyone knows that Gujjus never travel without a proper arrangement of food. Yes, we had also arranged something called 'Food Truck' for ourselves. This means Breakfast, lunch, dinner, bed-tea and evening tea everything will be served by 'Food Truck' wherever we are.

Day 01 : Saturday 17/12/2018 and it was a day when we took train for Amritsar. Departure from Borivali was at 22:00 hrs for Amritsar. For Mumbai to Amritsar we took 'Golden Temple Mail' numbered 12903.

Day 02 : Sunday 18/12/2018. Whole day we spend in train journey.

Day 3

Day 03 : It was cold Monday morning and we arrive Amritsar. It was gonna be the beginning of our trip so, without wasting a single minute we went straight to our hotel. Had a heavy breakfast and left for the wonderful journey. Golden Temple, Jalianwala baug and Wagha border these were the places for the day.

Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple)

Photo of Harmandir Sahib, Golden Temple Road, Atta Mandi, Katra Ahluwalia, Amritsar, Punjab, India by Darshak Pandya

After darshan at Golden Temple we went back to the hotel for lunch as it was just 10 kilometers away from our hotel. After lunch we headed toward Wagah Border which was around 35 km away.

A place where every Indian feel proud.

Photo of Wagah, Wagah, Lahore, Punjab, India by Darshak Pandya

We returned from Wagha Border in the evening and spent some time in our hotel room till the manager called everyone from dinner. At the dining hall everyone decided to visit Golden Temple again to see how it looks under night skies.

Night Mode Of Golden Temple

Photo of Harmandir Sahib, Golden Temple Road, Atta Mandi, Katra Ahluwalia, Amritsar, Punjab, India by Darshak Pandya

Whole day spent well and we came back to our hotel. Manager gave us schedule for next day with hot masala milk as desert. Our Overnight stay was at - http://hotelkrishnaresidency.co.in/

Day 04 : It was Tuesday and it was officially our 2nd day of trip. After breakfast in the morning at 7:00 am, we packed our luggage for next destination which was Dalhousie. Amritsar to Dalhousie was around 201 km with 5 hrs road journey.

We Reached Dalhousie on time enjoyed our lunch had fun time with family. Enjoyed free leisure time at 6600 feet above sea level. Around 4:30pm we all gathered at reception and planned to visit Tibetan Market and Gandhi chowk.

Day 4

A Beauty Of Dalhousie

Photo of Chamba - Dalhousie Road, Mukdeti, Himachal Pradesh, India by Darshak Pandya

A Shop In Gandhi Market

Photo of Gandhi Chowk Market, Moti Tiba, Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh, India by Darshak Pandya
Day 5

Overnight Dalhousie. Hotel Mohan

Day 05 : It was going to be the wonderful Wednesday. After early breakfast we start from Dalhousie for Khajjiar which was around 55km from our hotel. Khajjiar is all about Beautiful landscapes with panoramic views and of course there are few adventure activities like balloon rolling ride, paragliding, horse riding etc.

Beautiful View Of Khajjiar Lake

Photo of Khajjiar, Himachal Pradesh, India by Darshak Pandya

As per our schedule we were going to have our lunch at the hotel. But as we all know these sort of long trips do not go always as per schedule . The same happened with us as well, we all wanted to do paragliding which was not a plan as per itinerary. So, we asked our tour guide to find a guy who will help us do paragliding. It did cost around 1200 to 1300 Indian rupees per person as we were group of 22 people out of which 19 were going to do this activity. We did paid 1200 rupees extra fro photographs and videos of activity.

Paragliding Experience at Khajjiar

Photo of Khajjiar, Himachal Pradesh, India by Darshak Pandya

We had fun doing paragliding and it was amazing experience no one had done it before and for everyone of us it was lifetime of a experience. We gathered back near khajjiar lake and it was great to see our food truck guys standing and waiting for us. It was ones again a new experience for us to have a food somewhere in park near lake. Went back to hotel and spent some time in rooms. Gathered again for dinner. Hotel guy arranged a bonfire for us and we played garba around that.

Day 06 : Here comes Thursday the day six. We started Early morning from Dalhousie for Jwalaji which was just 78km but it took us almost 2 ½ hrs to reach there.

Day 6

Jwalaji Temple and Its surroundings

Photo of Jawalamukhi Ji Himachal Pradesh, Jawala Ji Temple Road, Kohala, Jawalamukhi, Himachal Pradesh, India by Darshak Pandya

After darshan of 'ShaktiPith - Jwalaji Temple' we went to another incredible temple named 'Shri Raghunath Ji Temple' but local people called it a 'Teda Mandir'.

Teda mandir

Photo of A Trip to North India by Darshak Pandya

After that we proceed for Dharamshala which was again 51km from Jwalamukhi Temple. We Reached Dharamshala, our bus drooped us at some place near market and our tour guide told us if anybody wants to explore can move and others go to hotel rooms and have rest. This is where our family is so good none of them went back to hotel rooms and everybody just disappeared in the market. We came back and gathered at the same place and went to our hotel.

Day 7

Day 07 : And it was a more of a travelling day I would say. Friday Morning at 07:00 hrs we had our after breakfast and started our journey for one of the India's best tourist place. Yes, it was Manali. We all wanted to see Dalai Lama Monetary of Dharamshala which we were unable to see last night i.e on Thursday nigh as per schedule. We went to that Monetary and spent around one hour again in that market at Dharamshala and we pushed off.

Dalai Lama Monetary

Photo of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's Main Temple, Temple Road, McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India by Darshak Pandya

It was 234km journey to manali from dharamshala. (234 k.ms). We Adventure lunch on the way, En-route beautiful Palampur Tea Estate and finally we reached Manali around 18:00 hrs. We had Overnight stay at hotel in Manali. Hotel Nataraj.

En-route Manali

Photo of Hotel Natraj (Pure Veg), Simsa Village, Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India by Darshak Pandya

Day 08 : It was going to be a special Saturday because we were going for a sight seen around manali. We stared with Hidimba Devi Temple at first and then Vashisht Kund. and someplace called Club house, Tibetian monestry. Evening free Liesure time. Overnight again at Manali, Hotel Nataraj.

Day 8

Hidimba Devi Temple

Photo of Hadimba Devi Temple, Old Manali, Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India by Darshak Pandya
Photo of vashisht kund, Leh Manali Highway, Himachal Pradesh, India by Darshak Pandya
Day 9

Day 09 : It was Super Sunday at Manali because it was Christmas Day 25/12/2016. We had our breakfast at the hotel and did little photo shoot.

Little Photo session around beautifully decorated Christmas tree

Photo of Hotel Natraj (Pure Veg), Simsa Village, Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India by Darshak Pandya

It did snowed previous night on the peak. Therefore, we did some little changes with our itinerary and decided to visit Rohtang that day which was scheduled for next day. We started our journey to snow point of manali. Unfortunately we could not make it to the highest point. We settled down at 'Gulaba Snow Point' which was of course was not disappointing.

Gulaba Snow Point

Photo of Gulaba Tourist Spot, Leh Manali Highway, Himachal Pradesh, India by Darshak Pandya

We left that place and moved to roads which would lead us to the 'Solang valley'

Beauty Of Solang Valley

Photo of Solang Valley, Burwa, Himachal Pradesh, India by Darshak Pandya

Back to Manali hotel till 14:30 hrs : Lunch and free liesure time. Overnight Manali.Hotel Nataraj

Day 10

Day 10 : Monday We went to kullu. The distance between Manali to Kullu was not much. As per schedule we were going to enjoy Rafting (if permitted) and Mata Vaishnodevi Mandir darshan and while returning we were gonna visit Shawl factory and Back to Hotel in Manali. We didn't do rafting on that day because the force of water wasn't that good and main reason was most of us had done rafting. Went back to hotel and had some rest as we were travelling constantly. We all spent our evening At Beas River.

Photo of Beas River by Darshak Pandya
Day 9

Day 11 : Again Early morning start around 6:00 am to proceed from Manali to Shimla which was about 290 km i.e 9-10 hrs drive. Manager served tea and coffee and packed breakfast. Lunch to be served on the way as our cooking van started much earlier. Reached Hotel Manla homes which was 22 kms away from Shimla. The evening spent well.

A Beautiful View From Hotel Balcony

Photo of Hotel Natraj (Pure Veg), Simsa Village, Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India by Darshak Pandya

Day 12 : We had our breakfast early and headed towards Kufri which was at the distance around 17 km from our hotel. We had to take horses from the base to reach Mahashu Peak. It was scary and real fun ride as paths were really narrow. I said scary just because horses walk on the edges of the narrow path.

Way to Mahashu Peak, Kufri

Photo of Hotel Natraj (Pure Veg), Simsa Village, Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India by Darshak Pandya

Mahashu Peak, Kufri

Photo of Hotel Natraj (Pure Veg), Simsa Village, Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India by Darshak Pandya

Back to Hotel : lunch at 12:00 noon : Start at 13:30 hrs for Chandigarh. Reach Chandigarh at 18:00 hrs. Overnight Chandigarh. Hotel Sunpark 9216547150.

Day 13 : It was 6:30 am and our manager knocked the doors for bed-tea. We had given a timeline by our manager for Chandigarh local sight seeing covering Sukhna Lake and Rock Garden.

Day 13

A well spent morning on lakeside at Chandigarh.

Photo of Sukhna Lake, Sector 1 by Darshak Pandya

Abandoned Things

Photo of Rock Garden of Chandigarh, Sector 1, Chandigarh, India by Darshak Pandya

Patterns At Rock Garden

Photo of Rock Garden of Chandigarh, Sector 1, Chandigarh, India by Darshak Pandya

After lunch start from Chandigarh for Nizamuddin. It was 267km long journey. We need to reach station before 7:30. We reached there on time. Tour guide handed our packed food packages and helped us with luggage. This way our trip ended.

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