Captivating Himachal with an audacious detour #offbeatgetaway

Tripoto
6th Jan 2019
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Amritsar , Punjab

Amritsar was more of a layover for us until we reach Himachal. We had just one night stay in Amritsar so we had to make the most of it.

The Golden Temple is just a mesmerizing site to behold, gold glistening under the black night sky. Peace,calmness and devotion resonating through those gold walls will make you feel right at God's home. One has to cover his head before entering to show respect to God.

Mesmerizing Golden Temple.

Photo of Amritsar, Punjab, India by AtharVa LeLe

The Partition Museum, Jallianwala bagh and Wagah Bordor(45 mins drive) are places where you find your patriotic self and appreciate those who are serving or served our country. Screaming "INDIA! INDIA! JAI HIND" will make your throat hurt and lungs gasping for air but the patriotism still shining bright.

Wagah Border Entrance.

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Just having some fun at Partition Museum.

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Photo of Captivating Himachal with an audacious detour #offbeatgetaway by AtharVa LeLe

A must eat place near Golden Temple .

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Dalhousie,Himachal Pradesh

Finally, we are in Himachal and I was most excited to be in Dalhousie than any other place. Took us about 5hrs to reach from Amritsar to Dalhousie by our private Traveller.

Greeted by such an amazing landscape we got a basic gist of what Dalhousie had to offer.

Photo of Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh, India by AtharVa LeLe
Photo of Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh, India by AtharVa LeLe
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Stay in Dalhousie : We opted for the Megha View hotel which cost under Rs1000 accomodating 2-3 teenagers as the bed, rooms are capacious.The cold is chilling so get yourself a heater for Rs300 or a big fat blanket, up to you.

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It's just that the hotel is situated uphill from the main Indo-Tibetian market about 1hr downhill walk. .You can shop for shawls,cheap gloves and hats,Dalhousie souvenirs and the local Rhodo wine,Plum wine which are suprisingly cheap at the Indo-Tibetian Market.Visit the church nearby ,play with their dogs in the garden.Good Veg/Non-Veg food options are available nearby.I suggest you take that long walk, reason given below:

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Photo of Captivating Himachal with an audacious detour #offbeatgetaway by AtharVa LeLe

Walking uphill to hotel. Lights out!

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Photo of Captivating Himachal with an audacious detour #offbeatgetaway by AtharVa LeLe

Initial Plan was to do Khajjiar, but unfortunately due to heavy snowfall just 2-3 days prior, everything was closed off. So we decided to explore some more view points nearby.

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Too late to realize that the hotel was on the edge of a cliff?

Photo of Captivating Himachal with an audacious detour #offbeatgetaway by AtharVa LeLe

Some guy living the dream.

Photo of Captivating Himachal with an audacious detour #offbeatgetaway by AtharVa LeLe

Things to do in Dalhousie that we missed: Khajjiar ,Satdhara Falls,Panchpula,Dainkund Peak.

Dharamshala , Himachal Pradesh

4 hrs journey through roller-coaster roads we reach Dharamshala. We were staying in International Youth Club which is actually in McLeodGanj .IYC is also situated uphill similar to Megha View Hotel but it overlooks the Triund hill.For us teenagers bunk bed suffice but they have options of normal beds too.

Triund Hill

Photo of Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India by AtharVa LeLe

Market view from hostel.

Photo of Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India by AtharVa LeLe

2hrs drive from IYC we arrived at the Dharamshala Cricket stadium.The stadium charges a nominal entrance fee.The stadium is a sight to behold with massive mountains in the background.

Dharamshala Cricket Stadium

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Photo of Captivating Himachal with an audacious detour #offbeatgetaway by AtharVa LeLe

Food Truck outside the stadium.

Photo of Captivating Himachal with an audacious detour #offbeatgetaway by AtharVa LeLe

Gyuto Monastery.

Photo of Captivating Himachal with an audacious detour #offbeatgetaway by AtharVa LeLe
Photo of Captivating Himachal with an audacious detour #offbeatgetaway by AtharVa LeLe
Photo of Captivating Himachal with an audacious detour #offbeatgetaway by AtharVa LeLe

Cutie outside Gyuto Monastery. Careful! They bite!

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Nothing beats a cup of hot chocolate after a long day at Mcllo's Cafe.

Photo of Captivating Himachal with an audacious detour #offbeatgetaway by AtharVa LeLe

Time to leave :'(

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Shimla , Himachal Pradesh

Entering the heart of Himachal now. Shimla being the captial of himachal has more connectivity thus being more crowded and having a different vibe or rhythm compared to any other city in Himachal(excluding maybe Manali and Kullu). The Mall Road of Shimla is famous for boutiques offering good products at a cheap price and tasty street food along the way.

My friend collected all the Infinity Stones!

Photo of Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India by AtharVa LeLe
Photo of Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India by AtharVa LeLe

Our hotel stay was in Silicon Inn, 20mins from Mall Road.Our stay experience was great, the hotel service was very good. The hotel has a great panoramic view of Shimla City.

view from room balcony.

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View from hotel lobby balcony.

Photo of Captivating Himachal with an audacious detour #offbeatgetaway by AtharVa LeLe

Next up , Kufri! 20kms from Shimla ,Kufri is a small hill station where one has to ride on a mule to reach the top which is a real challenge sometimes the mule slips launching you off!

On the way to the top.

Photo of Kufri, Himachal Pradesh, India by AtharVa LeLe

Kufri Top

Photo of Kufri, Himachal Pradesh, India by AtharVa LeLe
Photo of Kufri, Himachal Pradesh, India by AtharVa LeLe

Doge also in awe.

Photo of Kufri, Himachal Pradesh, India by AtharVa LeLe

A Must Do.

Photo of Kufri, Himachal Pradesh, India by AtharVa LeLe

Midway through the trip we felt like there was something missing! The Rush of Adventure that was. And what better place for adventure than Rishikesh. So a 7hr (271kms) detour was finalized and off we go for Rishikesh!

On the way to Rishikesh

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Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

Rishikesh! The perfect destination for the religious and the adventurous. We decided to stay in Mustache Hostel which cost us Rs800 per person including River Rafting & Cliff Diving (Rs500).Visiting the Laxman Jhula lit up at night was another awesome experience. Make sure you attend the Ganga Aarti at Triveni Ghat 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM every day.

Mustache Hostel terrace

Photo of Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India by AtharVa LeLe
Photo of Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India by AtharVa LeLe

Twinkle Twinle Little Star...Ganga Maiyya Superstar!

Photo of Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India by AtharVa LeLe
Photo of Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India by AtharVa LeLe
Photo of Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India by AtharVa LeLe

Laxman Jhula.

Photo of Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India by AtharVa LeLe

Delhi

We arrived in Delhi a day before our departure.A day in hand we decided to explore the popular places in Delhi like Chandni Chowk, Humayun's Tomb ,etc.

Stuck in the middle of a school trip at Humayun's Tomb

Photo of Delhi, India by AtharVa LeLe
Photo of Delhi, India by AtharVa LeLe

Mirchi and Rubdi Paratha at Parathe wali Gali.

Photo of Delhi, India by AtharVa LeLe
Photo of Delhi, India by AtharVa LeLe

Best Rabdi Jalebi i have ever had! Panna Laal and Snacks.

Photo of Delhi, India by AtharVa LeLe

Thank you Abhigya, Sai, Anuja , Dnyanal , Samarpita , Mahesh , Mugdha ,Varad ,Akash ,Dhaval , Nishant ,Rhuta ,Rutu ,Siddhant for making this trip such a special and memorable trip.

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