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182 Kms from Batalik
Best time to visit - April,May,June,July,August,September,October
Gar firdaus ruhe zamin ast, Hamin asto, hamin asto, hamin ast. “If there is a heaven on earth, it’s here, it’s h...
• Entry to each garden in Srinagar is around Rs. 24 per adult. There might be around 5-6 gardens you visit but this amount will still be manageable.• Everyone dreams of the Shikara (boat) rides on the Dal lake. Minimum Rs. 500/hour is the charges for a shikara ride. Around 4 adults can sit in a single shikara. For 2 hours it may cost around Rs. 800. Many even crave again for a shikara ride before their return journey, so plan for it as well.• You may feel the necessity to have a guide in Gulmarg mainly for bargaining at most places. Mind you this is the costliest location in Kashmir owing to the number of activities available here and one would not want to miss them. A guide in Gulmarg can be available at as less as Rs. 600 and will be with you for the whole day.
• Gulmarg is famous for its highest Gondola rides (cable car rides) in the world. There are 2 phases to this ride and the ticket counters are only at the starting point, so one must decide in advance whether they want to cover both the phases and its worth going to Phase 2.Phase 1 rate – 750 per adultPhase 2 rate (it also includes phase1) – Rs. 1750 per adultEach Gondola can accommodate upto 6 adults and they try to fill all the Gondolas with maximum capacity due to the rush. There is a queue for getting these tickets but it’s easier if you have an accompanying guide who can get it faster for you. The ticket counters are open from 9:00am to 5:00pm.Note – We travelled in end of April, when there was hardly any snow in Phase 1, so going to Phase 2 was worth it.• One will definitely need the following accessories to go to phase 2 i.e. Snow boots, jackets and goggles (the snow reflects a lot making it difficult to see around). Boots and Jackets can be rented at Rs.250 per head and goggles (Rs.100 per head) you need to buy if you have forgotten yours like I had. Else please remember to carry your own and the ones bought here look funny and they are too colorful to even use later.You will also need these if you go only to phase 1 when its covered in snow based on the season you choose to travel.• At Gulmarg, Phase 2 there are vendors who will frequently pursue you to take the sledge rides (note- sledges are pulled by humans only) which cost around 400 per head and the skiing expedition will take you at the highest point and show you the LOC very close. This adventure to the top may cost you upto Rs.3000 per head (owing to your bargaining skills).Personal experience is Sledge ride is fun, Skiing can be skipped because you do not get to ski alone. You stand behind a skiing expert just holding him while he takes you around. Also the younger tourists can still do it for adventure as its scary at times since you are at a steep height and they ski you through the edges of the mountain where it is very difficult to even fix your foot to stand. It is not advisable for the old and kids even though the vendors may persuade you for their business.• One expense that can be totally avoided is taking the pony ride in Gulmarg. Its walkable up to the Gondola Ticket counter and it’s not a good idea to go on a pony until phase 1 through the uneven mountain routes. Also one cannot go to phase 2 on a pony as it is very steep and snowy. It is definitely time consuming as well. Do not go for the ATV mountain bikes either, as it’s a walkable route unless you are going in winters when the snow starts from the foot of the mountain and you want a to experience these. ATV bikes cost around Rs.400 per hour.
Next day we just roam around city with a visit to few gardens having sets of some Bollywood movies , though they were not that great during this time as it was not a bloom period but I was still convinced to see the view of river Jhelum and Dal lake from different angles, some major landmarks like Lal Chowk and of course lot of shopping from Koker bazaar...Paper Mache boxes, and Kashmir's embroidery attracted me due to my love for handicrafts . Though we were not sure whether they were actually handcrafted or not. But, I bought lot of them..after all we work hard so that we can shop harder. I still have an urge to see the city covered with colors of 'Chinar/Maple' trees. We were served Kashmir's delicacies during our stay in Srinagar, it is paradise for food lovers with the unique taste having perfect blend of all ingredients with an aroma of spices attracting food lover like me towards them. I still can feel that fragrance.Then we went to one of the most beautiful place Pahalgam. On our way, we were told about Kesar fields, Apple Valley but all I could do is visualize them during the months of July/August accessorized with leaves and fruits. Currently, I could just see the trees I used to make in my silhouette paintings, the views resembled lot like I have painted.
Gulmarg itself reminded me a lot of small Swiss mountain villages, a few wooden houses tucked along a curvy road, surrounded by a forest. In the center, there was not a market square nor houses, but a vast plain, where people were riding snowmobiles or tried standing on skis. I wonder if there once was a crystal-clear mountain lake?I did not find an answer to that but instead received all my snowboard equipment. The brothers drove me to their friend’s shop, to equip me with all necessities: snowboard, boots, ski dress, gloves, goggles, helmet, shovel and a beeper. Within a few minutes, I was ready to hit the slopes – or rather the uncombed backcountry, as I learned the next day. I was stunned by the efficiency and professionality of this little shop – and more than happy about the low price he made me, he gave me a substantial friendship discount.
These two were the most hospitable guys I have ever met; they treated me like their own brother. This is the pure opposite of how you would be treated in the Swiss mountains. What they lacked in clear communication (such as the reason why they could not pick me up inside the airport), they made up with friendliness. First, they brought me to the Dal Lake, where all the famous house-boats float silently. They picked a tour-boat for me and helped me negotiate a good price for a short, guided trip.
The dream trip of my life began from Srinagar. As soon as my Jet Airways flight from Kolkata landed in Srinagar, I was greeted by many smiling faces- faces of common people of Kashmir, faces of innocent people. My stay was booked in Houseboat in Dal Lake. On my way to Dal Lake, I was calmed by the cold breeze of the valley and the fragrance of pollution free air. The city was moving on its own rhythm. My Shikara was waiting at Ghat Number 13. The journey began.. It was my time to know the Heaven on Earth.
Day-3The last day of trip has came.We all were happy and satisfied with what we had done so far but one thing was left out and it was Skiing.We get our equipments on our selves and started skiing on the endless spreaded snow ground.It was difficult but very entertaining.All across the ground crowd was playing with snow and some like us were busy in skiing activities.We did for an hour and got very much tired so take off our equipment.Took numerous photographs of amazing landscapes.Continously wew were feeling satisfied and contentwith all activities.The sport activities made us realise what we had not done so far and so many things we have not tried yet.Finally we ended with skiing and took rest for sometime.We than proceeded to our favotite Bakshi Restaurant for lunch and had some coffee.We sat on the snow and memorised all the things done in past.Further we visited Maharaja Hari Singh Museum which was a place must to see if you are in Gulmarg. We also visited Maharani Temple on way back to our HotelSo this was my story of Gulmarg which was more than my expectation.Our bodies were tired but our Souls were refreshed.We did some shopping and ended my day with a Cigarette.Finally at night we packed the unpacked stuff and we were ready to come back to our practical life with rejuvenated mind and body.
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My journey started from Srinagar in the early morning around 6o’clock. I was very excited because it’s my dream to visit Leh. Between Kashmir to Leh Highway (NH1) you will find many Beautiful places which is famous.Srinagar -> Sonmarg -> Kargil -> Drass -> Leh Laddakh
149 Kms from Batalik
Best time to visit - June to September
This beautiful town happens to be located in Jammu & Kashmir and is an abode for those who wish to pursue Buddhism. The ...
Day 2: Julley Leh!Next day we started our journey from Sonamarg to Leh, and we reached Leh by around 6pm. Our stay was arranged at a homestay, very beautiful and cozy. Our trek lead Raj ji would meet us tomorrow morning.It was an amazing yet unique moment to be standing in this desert mountainous paradise. I have always heard about Leh-Ladakh; how its a must visit for every adventure lover, on why you should always visit Ladakh once in your life, and why it satiates the travel pang for every traveler. Well, I'm here. Also the homestay owner showed us what we were not expecting; the indomitable Stok Kangri peak is visible! Woah, that's one massive mountain right there! And to say we are going to climb THAT? I tell you that's one big a$$ mountain I saw.
We were all pepped up for our last day in and around Leh. We decided to travel in a 40km radius to Hemis Monastery (one of the wealthiest Buddhist Monasteries, and rightly so), Thiksey Monastery (a Monastery you can stay in), the Rancho School (where Chatur, from 3 Idiots, got electrocuted) and Shey Palace (remains of the Namgyal Dynasty).
The following day was again a tough ride back to Leh, and the rest of the day went lazing around our crib. For those considering travel to Ladakh, specially with an elderly person, you should consider the following:1. Altitude Mountain Sickness (AMS) is real.2. Diamox is the medicine that is suggested as prevention/cure of AMS, but you should consult your family doctor before taking it. My mum and I didn’t need it.3. Sip water every 10-15 mins and drink atleast 3-4 litres of water to avoid AMS.4. Every small activity that involves oxygen including eating, walking and talking can leave you breathless. Keep sipping water and you should be fine.5. High blood pressure medicines don’t entirely work in high altitude.6. Alcohol and smoking/up should totally be avoid.
Day 2 of our trip was packed with the Leh sight-seeing itinerary. We went around the Hall of Fame – a war museum dedicated to the martyrs of the Indian Army, Spituk Monastery – one of the most spectacular monasteries of Northern India with a new Gompa within it, Sangam – the confluence of the blue Zanskar and the green Indus river (colours subject to the season visited in) and Pathar Sahib Gurudwara - built in 1517 to commemorate the visit of Guru Nanak Dev to Ladakh.
So, just like that, my mum and I left for Ladakh on 9th May. We took a Vistara flight from Delhi to Leh, got received by Mr. Anand, a Yatra representative and were dropped off at our hotel in Leh – Eco Poplar Resort. The resort was lush green, filled with Poplar trees that are characteristic of Leh.
Everyone loves to tell the story of how they ‘got Leh’d’.Old timers will tell you all about the mad adventures one can have each time you hit the road here. First timers will listen in awe, their eyes widening and brightening at the prospect of entering this mystic land of cold deserts, where the echoes of a monastery’s gong travels on icy winds to resonate through the mountains, where rivers flow from glacial heights and lakes lie in silence high up at the frontier, where every winding road leads you to some hidden part of Ladakhi paradise.
This is the nostalgic moment of the Tour when you have to bid adios to this beautiful place, knowing in your heart that one day you will come back here again (and I did follow my heart ;)). You'll fall in love with this town not only because of its mesmerizing landscape but also because of the people!Thank you!
285 Kms from Batalik
Best time to visit - February,March,April,October
The land from where once an ancient trade route to China would be embarked on, Manali is an abode for modern creativity ...
The drive to the first campsite, Jobra, lasts just over an hour taking you up the valley, with numerous hairpin bends (some really steep) with some occasionally sightings of apple orchards, right on the road.The campsite at Jobra is a short hike through a thick pine forest. As the trees cast their shadow over the trails, the weather remains pleasant even in bright sunshine. With the thundering Rani river right on your trail, it seems just the perfect setting.
The trek goes a full circle, starting from the green locales of Manali, to the cold barren Spiti and back to square one.
Manali is another ultimate destination for the adventure enthusiasts. The magnificent snow covered peaks and the pine fringed trails along with the endless orchards and pleasing views of Manali has always attracted tourists and adventure seekers. The terrains of Deo Tibba, Chanderkhani Pass, Hanuman Tibba and Rohtang Pass are the best places for heli-skiing at Manali. With the slopes as high as 6000 m, you will definitely be thrilled and have the adventure of your lifetime while heli-skiing at Manali.Auli is a beautiful place with virgin locales and breathtaking views. Auli is also getting noticed as a skiing destination. You will definitely gain the pleasure of heli-skiing at Auli as you fly upto 3000 m and then ski down the pleasant slopes of Auli.
Then, we took a taxi from Barsheni till Manali via Manikaran. We reached Manali at around 11 PM. Next day we covered few of the tourist spots of Manali like Hidimba temple, Vashishta temple etc. The best thing we discovered about Manali was that the city was alive till 2 AM. On ‘Maal Road’ we could see families and children having fun at such an hour while we were discussing our lives and future with a cup of icecream in our hands. That was our last night of that trip and we wanted to enjoy it the most so we were awake for the whole night until we got on board at the last bus and came back into reality from that dreamy place. That adventure will always be missed that time will always be cherished.
So here my journey to Gulaba Base Camp started from Manali. Manali has become overcrowded place these days. It took 2.5 hrs for us to reach Gulaba were one should take hardly 30 mins. So from here we are supposed to reach our first base camp which was 20 mins trail...hold on not the normal trail. We were supposed to climb a 70-degree steep mountain. And during that trail I realised why it is important to do warm up and to work out before going any of the trek. For 20 mins trail we took an hour. What is the difference in India hikes and YHA from my perspective? I did 4 Himalayan treks through YHA and there we used to warm up for 3 days in base camp so that our body gets acclimated for the higher treks. On the other hand, India hikes will directly take you to higher camps as they expect you to be completely fit for the treks. You are supposed to walk daily and send them screenshots on daily basis which is good idea. So finally we reached our Day 1 location at Gulaba (10,370 ft.). We had our refreshments ,then introduction and later on we were told about Medication, Go green Campaign and Overall trek info. Fortunately, we had very good trek leaders with us. We proceeded for dinner then to our tent. The tents were little small and we were told to keep our bags outside the tent still under coverage of tent but not really inside as there were two coverings of the tent. Around 2 at night it started raining heavily, I just popped out of the tent quickly kept our shoes under coverage and then slipped inside my sleeping bag. So here our day one ends ... Our Group at Gulaba Camp Day 2:
3. 'Jab We Met': I love mountains!!!
The weather of the valley didnt allow us to go, as the rain was approaching and we had to climb steep up to the mountain for 4 kms. We were upset but accepted the situation and made a plan to move old Manali. I was visiting Manali after long 3 years, There are many places to visit in Manali. The Hadimba temple, Vashisth hot springs, The mall road, Solang valley and many more. We hunted some good cafes there at the mall road it was snowing there. The sad part was my both the battery of the camera got discharged and was not able to click good picture. After the day out we checked into the beautiful Pinakine cottage, near Nehru kund bridge, Shanag Village. I recommend all the readers who are planning to visit Manali, book their stay in this cottage it has marvelous view and is situated in a very good location the services are best in a very minimal cost. And if you are in a big group and want some discounts then let me know . The next morning i had to catch the bus and was the time to go back to the pavilion .it was a perfect meet with my friend and was nice spent new year . and Time to say good bye to the mountains with a promise to see you soon .
Manali-DelhiToday was a free day in Manali and we had a bus booked for Delhi in the evening. We went to explore places like Hidimba Temple, and some cafés in Old Manali. Old Manali is a beautiful place with a lot of cafes and figure licking taste. We went to Café Bella Vista and Café 1947 both are superb cafés and food and atmosphere is overwhelming. We reached Manali Private bus stand at 6pm and said goodbye to the beautiful Himachal.It is always the same with mountains, once you have lived with them for any length of time, you belong to them. THERE IS NO ESCAPE.
Manali-Solang- Gulaba PassToday we decided to take a bullet for a drive on Manali roads. We rented bikes at Rs 1200 each and left for Solang valley. There are two options for snow points near Manali 1.) Rohtang Pass 2.) Solang Valley. Due to heavy snowfall few days back road to Rohtang was closed. We went to solang and it was full of people. People mostly come there to enjoy adventure activities like Paragliding, snow skiing, rope way etc. We didnt enjoy anything due to traffic and we left Solang in search of a better place. We drove on the road which leads to Rohtang/Leh in search of a place where we can enjoy the snow. In search of it we came across Gulaba pass which is the highest point which is operational during winters. Gulaba pass was on hell of a experience we enjoyed playing in snow, making snowman , snow slides and what not. We left gulaba pass and reached back to manali at night.
269 Kms from Batalik
Best time to visit - February,March,April,May,June,October,November
Located in Himachal Pradesh, what most people refer to as Dharamsala is actually Lower Dharamsala. This is where the bus...
McLeodganj is a small suburb in the city of Dharamshala. It is also the headquarters of the Tbetan - Government in exile and has plenty of monasteries if one wants to visit. Monks are a common sight in this small suburb. The peaceful McLeodganj is ideal as a last stop or destination as it provides the perfect atmosphere for calming the senses. McLeodganj is also called the 'Little Lhasa' or 'Dhasa' by the locals who reside over there. Various charitable organizations operate from McLeodganj for the Tibetan cause.
From Chandigarh, I had a full day of riding (on the roughest paved road I’ve ever seen) to get to Mcleodganj. What’s in Mcleodganj? The Dalai Lama and Mountains. I didn’t see the Dalai Lama, but I did go through the temple. Right before I had to give up my camera, they had this huge banner honoring Tibetans that had self-immolated…grim. Of course, I had to do a little hiking in the mountains. Back home, friends and I would often joke about how it’d be great to have a beer/food/etc. waiting at the end of a big hike or climb. To my surprise, this dream finally came true. At the top of this ridge line, there was a little shop where I warmed up with a nice cup of coffee.
The home of the Dalai Lama is a perfect place to relax and unwind. Lush green mountains, monasteries, western cafes. The place has a lot to offer. Weekends are packed, given its proximity to states of Punjab and Haryana, while weekdays are more calm and relaxed. We spent 2 days in the city, lazing around, exploring local cuisine and visiting the nearby monastries.
273 Kms from Batalik
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
Jammu is one of the fastest developing cities in northern India. Its Vaishno Devi Temple, which is one of the holiest pl...
Indian Himalayas is full of epic and memorable road routes. From the world’s highest motorable roads for adventure junkies to some of the most serene — there’s something for everyone. Where some routes — particularly the Manali-Leh and the Buddha Circuit in Spiti Valley — have seen a dramatic increase in the number of tourists in the previous years, some are still pretty untapped. They are, in fact, so untapped and offbeat in their nature that hardly any tourist visit them throughout the year, despite having all the facilities a tourist may need — from Google defined roads to enough accommodation options on route. And one such route in the Jammu region in J&K lies in and around the Bhaderwah Valley.During my recent motorbiking trip in Himalayas with Jammu and Kashmir tourism, earlier in September, under the campaign of ‘Exploration of unseen places’ in J&K region, we did a 7 day road trip from Jammu to Killar, and back. The trail took us to some of the highlighted (yet unfrequented) valleys and the many unspoken towns.From passes over 10,000 feet above sea level and roads otherwise known as the world’s deadliest, this is the routemap for Jammu to Killar road-trip in J&K:
I have heard a lot of legendary stories about Full moon party from my friends, and I have been looking to go there and break free from a long time, till I made a plan with two of my best buddies. We have been planning it for a while but nothing was coming in place. So one day we were sitting over a coffee and started discussing about it on a conference call and bang that was the beginning of a fantastic trip. I am from Jammu and my other friends live in Delhi and Bangalore respectively. The best option for all of us was to meet in Kolkata as the flights were very cheap from Kolkata to Bangkok.
Our Journey Started from Jammu and our destination for day one was Basholi, a small quaint town situated in the middle of hills of Shiwaliks. The major attraction of this town are the famous Basholi Paintings, Basholi bridge that connects JnK with Himachal and the beautiful Ranjit Sagar Dam lake. Though I didnt know about the paintings, I googled about Basholi when I came back :P that's why it is always advised to do proper RnD before you go anywhere. The road from Jammu to Basholi is still under construction with good and bad patches. The best place to stay is a Gov. Guest House which has a nice view of lake and the Basholi bridge with access to the lake as well.
We reached Jammu and then from there we book a Innova for Pahalgam it’s around 280km from Jammu but its very long journey (around 9hrs)You can visit :
Day-11: Pahalgam- Anantnag – JammuOvernight at Jammu
Next morning we start sightseeing for Jammu for full day. After finish the sightseeing we get back to hotel and took our lugguage and go to railway station & board the train for Delhi. I want to tell you here that God sent some persons for helping us and that was the persons who help us alot. God bless them.So, thats my unforgettable journey to the heaven on earth. ;) :) Please tell me how much you like it?
Today, bid farewell to your 'Kashmir - Paradise on Earth - Summer' tour as you are transferred to the airport / railway station in Jammu for your onward journey.
Welcome to your 'Kashmir- Paradise on Earth - Summer' tour! On arrival at the airport / railway station in Jammu you will be met and transferred to Pahalgam where you will check- into your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure for independent activities. Overnight in Pahalgam. None (Meals on your own).Request A Call Back
Never forget the spiritual aspects of travellingNext short road trip was to a Holy place, a 14Km trek to the Temple of Vaishnodevi in Jammu. This was the final destination for my recovery journey, and I made sure that the higher power was involved in my ordeal for a healthier life. It seemed like a fitting “rite of passage”. There, I worshipped and thanked God for giving me a new life. I was grateful for a new reason to live in happiness, after being through some hardships.
228 Kms from Batalik
Best time to visit - January,February,March,April,May,June,July,August,September,October,November,December
Gulmarg is synonymous with beauty so stunning that finding another place like it would be impossible. From its overwhelm...
5. Gulmarg- You can get to Gulmarg from Mazhom or Baramulla Station. You can get taxis from the Railway Station to take you up to the Snow-Clad Peaks of Gulmarg.
Gulmarg, the quintessential winter sports destination of India is no doubt a prime place for heli-skiing. The Mount Apharwat is the best place for the heli-skiers with its perfect slopes and snow. Apart from that the marvellous beauty of Gulmarg with its silvery peak and the line of fir and pine trees makes this place a delectable destination for heli-skiing.
Gulmarg: One word come “Gondola Ride” there are 2 phase in gondola ride.1st Phase: It’s normal so anybody go there oxygen level is good and there you will enjoy some good food, Bike ride to the snow, there you also enjoy sledging.2nd Phase : The view around you is like heaven on earth because of low oxygen level infants are not allowed on top. There you will enjoy skiing and sledging and reach on the top.Over all gondola ride is most amazing experience. Its height 1400ft (2nd Phase) I recommend to stay in Gulmarg at least one night. I enjoyed rain there and that was awesome if you are lucky then might be you will also enjoy and feel the rain.
This day we started off early and headed to Gulmarg. It was a day trip to Gulmarg and we went to Sonmarg for stay from there. Gulmarg was one beautiful place with lot of pine trees and valleys. Way to Gulmarg was fabulous.W e saw a valley flowing by road and stopped there for a while. After we reached Gulmarg , we had two options : Afarwat peak through gondola and khilanmarg through horse with several stops. We chose Khilanmarg as we experienced Gondola and snow a lot. And this was our best decision. We rented out jackets and we were on horses the next moment. In these places , the guide you get is as important as place. We got a very good guide here. The horses soon went into pine trees. We were seeing nature at its best. Our horse even crossed small water bodies and we felt like kings and queens. Then we were at a point where there were all snow capped mountains and the view was perfect. Next stop was view Reshi baba mandir/mosque from a mountain top. Then we headed to a childrens' park and this was magical. Park was green and there was water flowing through it with a small bridge across water. We were into water the next moment not even caring about how cold the water is. We spent a lot of time there. Then we headed to Khilanmarg. Khilanmarg had very murky ice. It was long time it snowed there as it was summer. We didnot do much there except for sledging in ice. Then we came down and started for Sonmarg. Our Sonmarg hotel was right in front of the mountain. We checked in to hotel, had dinner and relaxed for our next exciting day.
The initial need that I had to reach the top had now being overtaken by the amusement of being on the track-path and sitting down at the cottages, having Nun chai (salt tea- Kashmiri tea). After a long journey up the mountain we finally reached. I could tell by the beams of sun that landed on my face, a reward for making it up so far. It was the most miraculous feeling I ever had, maybe it was the reason I was brought to India, to watch the blue skies kissing the mountain top, which was in the veils of white snow. I felt that I was on the peak of the world, and everything else is below my feet, and no one can reach me. I could see people climbing up below, like tiny dots. They would reach anytime soon. The feeling was so magical that I had not realized my palms turning red, with the unbearable cold that my body was exposed to for the first time in my life. Blood ran up to my top layer of paled skin to fight the strong breeze against me, but it was not powerful enough to kill the smile on my face out of the happiness. Surprisingly, Abid was not scolding me for not bringing proper winter clothes. Instead he was beaming, with a broad smile on his face that touched the corners of his ears as he watched me gradually picking my breath. He was equally happy as I was, to have been the pioneer to bring me to Kashmir, which till now has become a home than any other to me and will always be.
God himself showers light upon this place. And the people there, they couldn't be any more generous in their attitude. Even in a state of curfew, they helped the tourists, the families to get to a safer place, and offered them all the help they could give selflessly.
This summer vacations, my family decided to land on the one place that hits every Indian Middle class family's vacation list, yes-Kashmir! It truly is the 'Heaven on Earth', with the green flowing all around,naturally growing flowers making it even more beautiful, those horses, the hills, and the clouds completing the image of a fairyland.
Gulmarg ("Meadow of Flowers") is a town, a hill station, a popular skiing destination and a notified area committee in Baramula district in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. The town is within the Himalayas and is within miles of the Line of Control between India and Pakistan. ccording to CNN, Gulmarg is the "heartland of winter sports in India." Gulmarg was being mooted as a possible host for the 2010 Commonwealth Winter Games. As such, Gulmarg has been rated by CNN International as Asia's seventh best ski destination. This resort is famous because of its "Gulmarg Gondola," one of the highest cable car in the world, reaching 3,979 metres. The two-stage ropeway ferries about 600 people per hour to and from the gondola main station in Gulmarg to a shoulder of nearby Mt. Apharwat Summit (4,200 m (13,780 ft)). The ropeway project is a joint venture of the Jammu and Kashmir government and French firm Pomagalski.
236 Kms from Batalik
Best time to visit - N/A
This is as valley as well as a town in the Dustrict of Chamba. Situated on the banks of the Ravi River, Chamba is a beau...
Khajund Lake – In the hinterlands of Chamba, a pristine lake is hidden in the shadows of the Panch Ungal peak (five fingers peak). The Saho village of Chamba is the home to ancient copper mines and the lake is located in its proximity. Khajund Lake is considered the home of Khajli Nag, the ancient serpent god who later moved to Khajiyar Lake. Its trek starts from Bhala Village which is again 3 hours away by a four wheeler. This trek is not advisable for solo travellers as it passes through a thick forest and chances of a Black Bear encounter are very high.Basic info – Stay options are present in Chamba and you can find simple stay homes in nearby villages.
4. 'Taal': A beautiful Himalayan Hamlet
CHAMBAIt was almost 1 pm by now, we headed to Chamba. It's almost 50 kms from Dalhousie, 90 mins to reach Chamba via Khajjiar. Chamba is one of the main city of Chamba distt situated at the "Bank of River Ravi" and is quite populated as compared to other nearby towns. It's situated in valley. The town looks spectacular from far away. The Houses are as colorful as 'Festival of Holi'.The main crop cultivate in this area is of Corn (Maize).One can see corns getting dry at locals house roof.As compared to Dalhousie, Chamba was quite hot. River ravi flows through the Chamba city. We wandered around the main market and visited the "Laxmi Narayan Temple- the Oldest Temple".One can buy Walnuts here, it's cheap as compared to other cities.
Sitting at the height of over 996 meters on the bank of the river Ravi, CHAMBA has become a destination of choice for many tourists visiting Himachal Pradesh. It's the valley of milk and honey, which is commonly known for its streams, temples, meadows, paintings and lakes.
I got ready to leave to Chamba. This is the northwestern district of HP. Chamba is the only district in northern India to preserve a well-documented history from 500 AD. Its high mountain ranges have given it a sheltered position and helped in preserving its centuries-old relics and numerous inscriptions. The temples erected by Chamba Rulers, more than a thousand years ago continue to be under worship. Got into the Volvo bus, which is from Delhi to Chamba via Dalhousie. Had a comfortable journey. I reached Chamba & took a walk to Hotel Iravati (of HP tourism), the best place to stay there. Once, I made a list of places to see, I visited Lakshmi Narayan mandir, Bhuri Singh museum, Hari rai mandir, Rangal Mahal which are the old preserved monuments at Chamba. Thanks to lonely Planet, my lunch was at Desa Chicken Corner - a small eatery joint in the market, where they make Dahi chicken, Roti in front of your eyes and serve it hot. Delicious.
The trek from Dalhousie to Chamba takes you through the valleys of Kangra and Chamba. This route is a beautiful way to enter the Chamba Valley on foot, and is best enjoyed during winters. The camping sites on the way are on comfortable terrains, making them ideal for families.The starting point or the first basecamp of the trek is in Dalhousie. From there you trek for five hours to reach Kalatop, a picturesque mountain peak, and then camp again at Khajjiar the next night. You will spend more than a day exploring the Mangla Village, and then head back via the same route.
Early next morning we woke up and got ready for the long Journey awaiting us .We had to reach Gangotri which is 300 km from Haridwar, by night Since there aren’t any straight buses to Gangotri from Haridwar, we were to go to Uttarkashi first and then take another bus to Gangotri. So we took a bus to Uttarkashi via Rishikesh around 5.30 am. We reached Chamba around 9 am where the bus stopped for quick refreshment for the passengers and driver. From there we saw the snow covered tops of theHimalayan peaks from the distance for the first time in our journey. The tallest mountain ranges in the world, the natural barrier of our great nation was shining so bright in the sunlight. But disappointingly that was the last time we saw that magnificent view till we reached Gangotri. The driver of the bus rushed through the narrow road which snaked across the valley. Soon after crossing Chamba you will get a companion up to the destination, it is none other than the mighty 'Ganga'. But at that point its name is Bhagirathi, the river which came to the earth from the heavens because of the prayers of King Bhagirath! It becomes Ganga after joining with Alakanandha at Devprayag which is not quite far from Chamba. Bhagirathi looked like a lake in those areas because of the Tehri dam which is constructed across the river at New Tehri, I thought. But as we passed a few kilometers we could see the real face of Bhagirathi. She is very thin but flowing really fast, cutting the mountains into two parts. One of the things that astonished me was that there are countless numbers of small streams joining Bhagirathi from its source in Gaumukh but still I felt the water level of the river is the same as its beginning. May be it is because she flows very fast! There are huge rocks in the river that got there probably because of landslides.
I reached Chamba as I planned. I booked a room nearby bus stand to leave for Bairagarh the next morning. It's 130kms and HPTDC runs only 2 buses in the morning. I interacted with locals and roamed the streets. There wasn't much to do.
18. The stunning mountains of ChambaThe Chamba Valley in Himachal is a mysterious place dotted with a number of temples dedicated to Lord Narayan. Considered to be a paradise for those who love to connect with nature, Chamba provides one with an awesome view of all the mountains around the valley.
239 Kms from Batalik
Best time to visit - March,April,May
Himachal is the throne of a number of 'mini-Switzerlands' and Dalhousie is widely known to be one of them. Named after t...
Next day I packed my bags to go back. I wish to stay here for more and explore more. There's still lot to delve about this place. I promise myself to come back.I booked a seat in Himachal roadways for me directly to delhi and bus was scheduled at 3.30pm meanwhile i strolled in the Village across zostel and took pictures.
I mostly prefer REDBUS, so booked a sleeper bus (ASHOK TRAVELS) for myself from DELHI to PATHANKOT (480km )(cost:750 sleeper seat). There were more option available by but i found this cheaper and comfortable. I boarded from RED FORT aound 10.05 PM and arrived PATHANKOT in the moring around 7.30AM. I met a man in the bus who was also going dalhousie and we planned to go together from pathankot. From there I took a local bus to dalhousie (cost:125/-) and reached Dalhousie at 10.AM. I booked ZOSTEL for two days (350/- pernight on 4 bed mixed droom). This was my very first experience with zostel. About zostel, it is India's first and largest chain of backpackers' hostels. Pls visit https://www.zostel.com/. Here you will meet travelers with common interest and the best accommodation, staff and the HOST. It's cheaper and safer specially designed for solo travelers. The location of ZOSTEL is mesmerizing, it's away from the city and crowd. I decided to walk rather than booking a cab which will normally charge 300/-and it was just 4 km from bus stand. It took me 1.30 hours to reach Zostel. On my way i clicked pictures of local and mountains.
Day 3 - Arrive and explore DalhousieDalhousie is one of the very known tourist destinations for its mesmerising natural and scenic beauty. This place has attracted a lot of tourists because of its cool and comfortable weather in all seasons. Those who want to enjoy snowfall must visit this place in winter when the temperature falls upto 0 degrees
Chakund Lake and Chaurasi ka Dal – Dalhousie is famous for the Khajjiar Lake but a small drive and trek will take you to a more pristine piece of waterbody in Chamba. Chakund Lake is a small trek that starts from Kiri Village in Chamba. The trek passes through a barren piece of land and then presents you with a gorgeous meadow where this lake is located. Further trek from here will take you to another gorgeous lake known as Chaurasi ka Dal. This lake is dedicated to Mahakali and it takes two days to reach here.Basic info – Chakund Lake’s trek starts from Kiri Village. Stay options are limited to Chamba and nearby places. You can stay in Gujjar settlements on your way to the lake.
We planned 2 days' trip over here in Dalhousie. - The Scenic beauty with colonial touch is the USP of Dalhousie.On day 1 we just explored the Mall road over there and did shopping.What not to miss over there?Dainkund peak, Sachpass, Panchpula, Satdhara falls- Ahead of Panchpula, Kalatop- we missed due to time constraint. Subhash Baoli, Chamera Lake, HPCA Ground.Day 2 -On Day 2 we visited Dainkund peak, Panchpula- The lifeline of Dalhousie, Chamera Lake and Subhash Bowli. We also enjoyed good food in local restaurant...Momos,Ginger lemon honey tea and what not...Dainkund Peak -
Amritsar : Dalhousie : Day2It was the first time for my friends to drive up hills and hence they were pretty slow. Running out of time they let me drive the car and we managed to reach Dhalhousie by late evening to our hotel room. After some stretching, we went on some local sights.
Next day was for adventure and fun. We started with Dalhousie town. The Satdhara falls listed first in our excursion list. The place is a perfect spot for adventure and fun. The place was crowded but still an ideal place to visit in Dalhousie for picnic and fun. The nearby shops had so beautifully craved handicraft accessories all made from wood. The local and traditional clothes all in different colours and pattern must get some space in your luggage.
Dalhousie is a tiny hill station in Chamba district, Himachal Pradesh. Its fondly called the “Little Switzerland of India” Its known for its colonial old world charm because of the many traces of Britishers that are still here. Be in the old mansions or the names of the streets. Unlike the populated hill stations of the state, Dalhousie is a true paradise. Known for its amazing scenic views & many river streams, Dalhousie is an unexplored gem!