We checked into a lodge near the New Delhi Metro station after getting down at the Kashmiri gate stand. Our flight was scheduled to leave late in evening that gave us ample time to explore the city. We started off with the Parathe wali gully that serves traditional variety of parathas. We were satiated in a matter of minutes as there was still so much more to try. We had some lip-smacking Rabdi -Jalebi followed by Gajaks, from the old Merathwala's shop.
After satisfying our taste buds, we went on a monument watching spree. I was handed the task to escort my friend to the various monuments located across the city as i had already been there couple of years back. The sun was harsh and by late afternoon we decided to find a place to chill and have some liquid therapy to beat the heat. Cafe MRP in cannought palace popped up in our radar as we spent the rest of the afternoon under the influence of our third companion.
The evening was spent visiting the India Gate and back to cannought palace for having dinner at the famous Kake da Dhaba. The palak panner was the best one i have had till date and the butter rotis were equally delicious. We rushed back to our lodge to college our baggage and catch a metro straight to the Indira Gandhi International terminal for an onward flight to Mumbai.
Total cost: 25k pp
Paragliding : 3k
Other Transport: 4k
Things to look out for:
1) keep an day extra for Triund trek, a day more for Prashar lake trek in Mandi on the way to Aut tunnel.
2) Only combine Kangra and Tirthan valley together, parvati valley itself needs a week time including the Kheeraganga trek.
3) The ideal itinerary would be
Day2: Mclodeganj /Dharamshala
Day3: Triund Trek
Day4: Bir Billing
Day 5: Prashar lake trek
Day 6: Gushaini (GHNP Trek)
Day 7: Jalori pass/Serolsar lake trek ( Shoja stay)
Day 8: exploring adjoining areas of Tirthan valley ( can include Raghupurgad fort trek)
Day 9: Delhi and onward journey home.
4) Carry proper winterwear as the days are cold enough to give you chills and the nights are best spent indoors.
5) Go for Trout fishing in Tirthan valley, its an indigenous occupation and sport.
6) frequent public transport is available making your travel hassle free except for some interiors parts in Tirthan where you have timely bus services.
7) You can easily save 3-4k when travelling in a group of 4 and more.
8) Tirthan is a hidden gem still on the brink of transitioning from a offbeat location to a full blown tourist spot just like Parvati valley. Its upon travellers like us to preserve its culture and natural habitat. Don't let it turn into another Kasol.