Booked our tickets in March 2016 and waited till June 2016 for this trip. IT WAS A LONG WAIT.
I have this habit of researching too much about anything and everything. And planning like a mad person..each and every detail should be covered. I make hundreds of phone calls and visit a million sites to plan where to go, what to do, where to stay...its all done and planned long before I plunge into an unknown land. I had booked train tickets from Ahmedabad to Pathankot (Punjab) which is the nearest station connecting the nearby hill stations if you want to visit North-west Himachal.
I had booked hotels at all places and taxis connecting each place. I'll be giving a detailed overview below. For the planning, you just have to remember that these places now-a-days are bustling with tourists. The explosion of information available on the Internet has not left any stones unturned when it comes to hill stations. Even the smallest of hill stations are not unknown and before you head to any of these places, make sure you have it all booked online.
I heard from one of the drivers in the trip that some people had to sleep in the taxis for the lack of hotels. I mean that's very adventurous but I was not at all up for something like that..!!
1st June,2016 to 2nd June,2016:
This day was mostly spent in the train. I started my journey with three other friends at 11.30 am on 1st June and we reached Pathankot at 4.30 p.m. on 2nd June-2016. I had booked a taxi from Pathankot to McLeodganj at Rs. 2000.It was really hot in Pathankot.The temperature was around 40-42 degrees when we got down the train. It is a 3-4 hours journey from Pathankot toMcLeodganj.
The temperature dropped gradually as night caved in and we gained height. McLeodganj is a small hill station 10 km away from Dharamshala at a higher altitude. I had booked Hotel Ekant Lodge at McLeodganj which is just half a kilometer from Mcleod Chauraha. We reached the hotel at around 8 p.m., freshened up a bit and went out for dinner. By the time we left the hotel it was 10 p.m. and most of the restaurants were closed.
We had to settle for a small place near the hotel names Vicky and Vicky German bakery. Dinner was not good at all. We got something very different from what we had ordered. We went back to the hotel after that and slept. The temperature had dropped down drastically to around 15 degrees at night at McLeodganj.
We woke up at around 8 a.m. and went for tea at the same place we had had dinner. It was nearest and we were feeling too lazy to explore more without having tea. That was the thing with all of us. We cannot head-start our day without a cup of tea. After tea, we asked the person at the hotel to contact some taxi for sight-visits. The taxi came within 5 mins. The taxi-driver said that they charge Rs. 800 for 3.5 hours during which all the sights are generally covered in the town.