Mountain Trip to Freedom : Himachal Pradesh

Tripoto
18th Mar 2018
Photo of Mountain Trip to Freedom : Himachal Pradesh by Jenn Rumao
Day 1

Our day 1 started as soon we landed here at 6:30 am in the morning . We had a day to explore the home of the glorious Golden Temple, the iconic city of Amritsar.

Hello Amritsar!

Photo of Amritsar, Punjab, India by Jenn Rumao

Early Morning In Amritsar

Photo of Amritsar, Punjab, India by Jenn Rumao

We decided to straight head to this place after we were done with check-in and freshing up.

Puriii

Photo of kanhaiya Sweet, Lawrence Road, Joshi Colony, Amritsar, Punjab, India by Jenn Rumao

Aloo Puri chole for Breakfast #WhenInAmritsar

Photo of kanhaiya Sweet, Lawrence Road, Joshi Colony, Amritsar, Punjab, India by Jenn Rumao

A day in this peaceful city has to start with the spiritual prayers from the Golden Temple. It is without any doubt  one of India’s most serene and humbling sights. One can not get enough of it's mesmerizing view and the calmness this place has to offer. Sitting by the lake surrounding Golden temple by night; just soaking up the moment , seeing happy faces everywhere doing all the volunteer work selflessly has to be best sight . I can sit by this place for days! ✨

Golden temple Morning view

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

Golden temple by Night

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

Peace

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

A short distance away from the Golden Temple is, Jallianwalla Bagh, where British colonial government troops fired on a crowd of unarmed Indian protesters, killing hundreds of people and wounding many more.Even though decades have passed since the horrifying and saddest event , it will never fade away from our memory.  The site is a national monument

Monument

Photo of Jallianwala Bagh, Jallan Wala Bagh, Katra Ahluwalia, Amritsar, Punjab, India by Jenn Rumao

The bullet marks are still visible - Will we ever heal from this?

Photo of Jallianwala Bagh, Jallan Wala Bagh, Katra Ahluwalia, Amritsar, Punjab, India by Jenn Rumao

Depiction of soldiers firing

Photo of Jallianwala Bagh, Jallan Wala Bagh, Katra Ahluwalia, Amritsar, Punjab, India by Jenn Rumao
Photo of Jallianwala Bagh, Jallan Wala Bagh, Katra Ahluwalia, Amritsar, Punjab, India by Jenn Rumao
Photo of Jallianwala Bagh, Jallan Wala Bagh, Katra Ahluwalia, Amritsar, Punjab, India by Jenn Rumao

Our people were fired here.. and the scars will remain forever!

Photo of Jallianwala Bagh, Jallan Wala Bagh, Katra Ahluwalia, Amritsar, Punjab, India by Jenn Rumao
Photo of Jallianwala Bagh, Jallan Wala Bagh, Katra Ahluwalia, Amritsar, Punjab, India by Jenn Rumao

Surrounding Market Area

Photo of Jallianwala Bagh, Jallan Wala Bagh, Katra Ahluwalia, Amritsar, Punjab, India by Jenn Rumao

For so many amazing places surrounding Golden temple , it's very difficult to select one place to visit. However , we were too tired (excessive heat in March mid! ) And decided to settle on this place - which not at all disappointed us.  On our way , we also had Yummies Malai kulfi .

Malai kulfi to Beat the Heat!

Photo of Bharawan da Dhaba, Amritsar, Punjab, India by Jenn Rumao

Yumm Aloo Kulcha

Photo of Bharawan da Dhaba, Amritsar, Punjab, India by Jenn Rumao

The illustrious lowering of the flags ceremony takes place here at the Wagah Border; a daily military practice followed by the Border Security Force (BSF) and the Pakistan Rangers, since 1959. Wagah Border attracts all kind of crowds in large numbers. From shouts of patriotism and patriotic songs to the powerful show put up by the BSF and Pakistan Rangers, a visit to Wagah is a gripping experience.

One just have to make sure to reach well before time for the show to get a good seat. In summers, please make sure to equipped yourself with heat protecting measures and lots of water.  P.S. You are not allowed to carry anything other than small wallet.

Tiranga pyaara

Photo of Wagah, Wahga, Hardo Rattan, Punjab, India by Jenn Rumao

Our pride ❤️

Photo of Wagah, Wahga, Hardo Rattan, Punjab, India by Jenn Rumao
Photo of Wagah, Wahga, Hardo Rattan, Punjab, India by Jenn Rumao

Entry point

Photo of Wagah, Wahga, Hardo Rattan, Punjab, India by Jenn Rumao
Photo of Wagah, Wahga, Hardo Rattan, Punjab, India by Jenn Rumao

Indiaaaaaa Indiaaaa

Photo of Wagah, Wahga, Hardo Rattan, Punjab, India by Jenn Rumao
Photo of Wagah, Wahga, Hardo Rattan, Punjab, India by Jenn Rumao
Photo of Wagah, Wahga, Hardo Rattan, Punjab, India by Jenn Rumao
Day 2

From summery Amritsar  to chilly Dalhousie

We started second day early morning by paying a visit to Golden temple , which made us fall on love with it beauty all over again! It is so peaceful in the morning and sets the tone perfectly for the day.

Next we had a quick breakfast of Aloo-Gobi Paratha with Masala chai ( priceless!)

After breakfast we proceeded to Dalhousie. Amritsar to Dalhousie is roughly 4 hours drive full of picturesque landscapes. En-route we had fee halts to enjoy fresh ganne ka juice and the scenery.

Breakfast made in ghee heaven! ????

Photo of Amritsar, Punjab, India by Jenn Rumao

Ganna to soothe our soul!

Photo of Amritsar, Punjab, India by Jenn Rumao

I mean loooook at the view!

Photo of Amritsar, Punjab, India by Jenn Rumao

Hum Jo chalne lage!

Photo of Amritsar, Punjab, India by Jenn Rumao

Pit stop to enjoy the view!

Photo of Amritsar, Punjab, India by Jenn Rumao
Photo of Amritsar, Punjab, India by Jenn Rumao

This place is right in the mountain. Hardly 10 mins from the Mall road (city  center) yet secluded from crowded place and therefore very very peaceful..it's a speechless feeling to be silent observer of the mountains and clouds. Totally a place one would crave to go back to.

Look at the view.. that too without leaving the comfort of our room!

Photo of Zostel Dalhousie, Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh, India by Jenn Rumao

From my window !

Photo of Zostel Dalhousie, Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh, India by Jenn Rumao
Photo of Zostel Dalhousie, Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh, India by Jenn Rumao

Hello F.R.I.E.N.D

Photo of Zostel Dalhousie, Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh, India by Jenn Rumao

So you need to Chill?

Photo of Zostel Dalhousie, Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh, India by Jenn Rumao

Kya baat kahi hai!

Photo of Zostel Dalhousie, Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh, India by Jenn Rumao

"Kwality Restaurant" just at the start of Mall road is what we chose for our first meal in Dalhousie; and boy, it was so yum and comforting for the weather. Highly recommend this place!

Photo of MDR49, Moti Tiba, Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh 176304, India by Jenn Rumao
Photo of MDR49, Moti Tiba, Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh 176304, India by Jenn Rumao
Photo of MDR49, Moti Tiba, Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh 176304, India by Jenn Rumao
Photo of MDR49, Moti Tiba, Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh 176304, India by Jenn Rumao

The Panchpula is a scenic place, which is surrounded by picturesque mountains and green valleys and is only few kilometers from the main city of Dalhousie. Oh yeah , don't forget to check out an amazingly talented painter who sits just near the panchpula steps!

Panchpula and it's mesmerizing view!

Photo of Panchpula, Pathankot Road, Chatryara, Himachal Pradesh, India by Jenn Rumao

Hidden gem!

Photo of Panchpula, Pathankot Road, Chatryara, Himachal Pradesh, India by Jenn Rumao
Photo of Panchpula, Pathankot Road, Chatryara, Himachal Pradesh, India by Jenn Rumao
Photo of Panchpula, Pathankot Road, Chatryara, Himachal Pradesh, India by Jenn Rumao
Photo of Panchpula, Pathankot Road, Chatryara, Himachal Pradesh, India by Jenn Rumao
Photo of Panchpula, Pathankot Road, Chatryara, Himachal Pradesh, India by Jenn Rumao

The bustling and vibrant street of Mall Road is truly the lifeline of Dalhousie. If you want to buy unique handicrafts and experience local talent, then this is the place for you.  It also host almost all the popular food joints in Dalhousie !!!

We ended our perfect day with a campfire night and stories from fellow travellers over a cup of hot chocolate!

Photo of Zostel Dalhousie, Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh, India by Jenn Rumao
Photo of Zostel Dalhousie, Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh, India by Jenn Rumao
Day 3

Lush green mountains, glistening rivers, cool mountain breeze, & a colonial architecture, Dalhousie is one serene town in India that has preserved its natural beauty, as well it’s vintage charm. After soaking it's beauty and having breakfast in only open nearby cafe (shops and cafes open only after 10am here! :( ) , We decided to head for our journey to explore places.

Good Morning, Dalhousie!

Photo of Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh, India by Jenn Rumao

Home to the Himalayan Bear, this reserve is among the best wildlife sanctuaries in Himachal Pradesh and one of the most popular places to visit in Dalhousie.We paid a quick visit to this place on our way to Khajjar.

Masakali and her friends!

Photo of Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary, Kalatope R.F, Himachal Pradesh, India by Jenn Rumao

Can I get lifetime supply of this view , please!?

Photo of Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary, Kalatope R.F, Himachal Pradesh, India by Jenn Rumao

Such spring vibes!

Photo of Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary, Kalatope R.F, Himachal Pradesh, India by Jenn Rumao

Surrounded by a thick cover of deodar and pine trees with the Himalayas in the backdrop, Khajjiar makes up for a delightful picnic spot for friends and family. it's best visited in winter when it's in full bloom. We spent our time here clicking pictures in local attire , taking a ride over horse and observing the natural beauty of this place.

Mini switherzland!

Photo of Khajjiar, Himachal Pradesh, India by Jenn Rumao

Overlooking nature's wonder! ????

Photo of Khajjiar, Himachal Pradesh, India by Jenn Rumao

Our stylish horse

Photo of Khajjiar, Himachal Pradesh, India by Jenn Rumao

Himachali kudis!

Photo of Khajjiar, Himachal Pradesh, India by Jenn Rumao

Horse riding !

Photo of Khajjiar, Himachal Pradesh, India by Jenn Rumao

Chamera Lake is a mystic lake located 25 kms from the city center .Giving a very pleasing view to the eyes, this clear blue water of this marvel is a nice spot to relax and introspect.  However , given the time it takes to reach here and lack of things to do nearby , one can opt to have a view from hilltop which is more mesmerizing and by far the best in my opinion.

Chamera lake from mountain Hill top!

Photo of Chamera Lake, Taleru, Himachal Pradesh, India by Jenn Rumao

Sipping coffee by the lake !

Photo of Chamera Lake, Taleru, Himachal Pradesh, India by Jenn Rumao

Along with St.John church nearby in Subhash Chowk ,this magnificent churches has European architecture and décor. The church is a major tourist attraction in Dalhousie and a popular place of worship. It’s distinguishing charm is the reason these are counted among the eminent tourist places in Dalhousie. Must visit!

If you are in Dalhousie , Mall road strolls in late evening will become a ritual you wouldn't want to break. While shopping , we didn't forget to hog on most delicious place (which serves amazing variety of Jain as well!) - unfortunately I don't remember the name of the place. But it's third stall from start and almost always crowded.

Pahadi Momo's

Photo of Dalhousie Mall Road Shopping Market, Major District Road 49, Moti Tiba, Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh, India by Jenn Rumao

Crispy potato

Photo of Dalhousie Mall Road Shopping Market, Major District Road 49, Moti Tiba, Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh, India by Jenn Rumao
Day 4

We woke up to sound of pouring rain and heavy heart as it was our last day in Dalhousie.

Himachal Map!

Photo of Zostel Dalhousie, Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh, India by Jenn Rumao

Ye haseen wadiya

Photo of Zostel Dalhousie, Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh, India by Jenn Rumao

As we bid bye to Dalhousie and en-route to Dharamshala the weather was playing foul and there had been constant drizzle and sometimes outpouring rain as our companion of the journey. However, one can not resist admiring the mesmerizing scenery, the cool breeze and the verdant greenery sprinkled all around.

Dharamshala has beautifully lined and organized tea gardens across the Kangra Valley. There are some paths going through the gardens, one can go ahead on these paths and explore the gardens. Though relatively small , this is very beautiful scenic sight.

Day 5
Photo of St. John Church, Road to Naddi Village from McLeod Ganj, McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India by Jenn Rumao
Photo of Norbulingka institute, Sidhpur, Himachal Pradesh, India by Jenn Rumao
Photo of Norbulingka institute, Sidhpur, Himachal Pradesh, India by Jenn Rumao
Photo of Norbulingka institute, Sidhpur, Himachal Pradesh, India by Jenn Rumao

Jain pizza

Photo of Norling Hummingbird Cafe, Mohli Lahrandi, Himachal Pradesh, India by Jenn Rumao

Mud cake

Photo of Norling Hummingbird Cafe, Mohli Lahrandi, Himachal Pradesh, India by Jenn Rumao

Ginger lemon tea and Mud cake

Photo of Norling Hummingbird Cafe, Mohli Lahrandi, Himachal Pradesh, India by Jenn Rumao

Creamy baked nachos

Photo of Norling Hummingbird Cafe, Mohli Lahrandi, Himachal Pradesh, India by Jenn Rumao
Photo of Dharmshala Stadium, Upmuhal, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India by Jenn Rumao
Photo of Dharmshala Stadium, Upmuhal, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India by Jenn Rumao
Photo of Dal Lake, McLeod Ganj, Himachal Pradesh by Jenn Rumao
Photo of Naddi View Point, McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India by Jenn Rumao
Photo of Naddi View Point, McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India by Jenn Rumao
Photo of Naddi View Point, McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India by Jenn Rumao
Photo of Naddi View Point, McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India by Jenn Rumao
Photo of Naddi View Point, McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India by Jenn Rumao
Day 6
Photo of Bir Billing Paragliding, Bir, Himachal Pradesh, India by Jenn Rumao
Photo of Bir Billing Paragliding, Bir, Himachal Pradesh, India by Jenn Rumao
Photo of Bir Billing Paragliding, Bir, Himachal Pradesh, India by Jenn Rumao
Photo of Bir Billing Paragliding, Bir, Himachal Pradesh, India by Jenn Rumao
Photo of Garden Cafe, Bir Colony Road, Chaugan, Himachal Pradesh, India by Jenn Rumao
Photo of Garden Cafe, Bir Colony Road, Chaugan, Himachal Pradesh, India by Jenn Rumao
Photo of Garden Cafe, Bir Colony Road, Chaugan, Himachal Pradesh, India by Jenn Rumao
Photo of Garden Cafe, Bir Colony Road, Chaugan, Himachal Pradesh, India by Jenn Rumao
Photo of Monastery Park, Bir-Billing Road, Himachal Pradesh, India by Jenn Rumao
Day 7
Photo of Bir, Himachal Pradesh, India by Jenn Rumao
Photo of Bir, Himachal Pradesh, India by Jenn Rumao
Photo of Bir, Himachal Pradesh, India by Jenn Rumao
Photo of Bir, Himachal Pradesh, India by Jenn Rumao
Photo of Bir, Himachal Pradesh, India by Jenn Rumao
Photo of Palampur, Himachal Pradesh, India by Jenn Rumao
Photo of Palampur, Himachal Pradesh, India by Jenn Rumao
Photo of Palampur, Himachal Pradesh, India by Jenn Rumao
Photo of Palampur, Himachal Pradesh, India by Jenn Rumao
Photo of Palampur, Himachal Pradesh, India by Jenn Rumao
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