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85 Kms from Chindi
Best time to visit - August,September,October,November
Chandigarh is India's first planned city, quite distinct from the rest of the country and considerably better organized....
DAY 09 | MANALI – CHANDIGARHDISTANCE & TIME TAKEN | APPROX. 310 KM / 8-9 HOURSMEAL | BREAKFASTEND OF BEAUTIFUL SPITI VALLEY TRIP. After breakfast get ready to drive back to Chandigarh at 08:30 am. Our vehicle will drop you at railway station or any specific point in Chandigarh by evening.TRIP INCLUDESComprehensive 8 nights 9 days Spiti Valley tour Package.8 nights stay in on Double occupancy & triple occupancy (Double occupancy for 02 members joining together and Triple occupancy if there are 3 members joining together).MAPAI meal plan: 07 breakfast & dinners.Services of NON AC INNOVA up to 6 Pax and TEMPO TRAVELER for 09 or more then 9 Pax for all major transfer and sightseeing from Day 02 to Day 09 as per tour itinerary (Sharing basis for all travelers).TRIP EXCLUDES5% GST applicable extra on total billing.Any cost arising out of unforeseen circumstances including medical emergencies and acts of God.Lunch during entire trip and dinner in Chandigarh hotel.Any Air fare/Train fare.Any type of transportation excluding the provided sightseeing as per itinerary.Any meals other then specified in above package inclusion.Heater charges in hotel during winter season.Travel Insurance.Monuments entry fees/camera fees/Guide fees/entertainment fees.Any other which is not specified in above package Inclusion.
Day 4 → Chandigarh → McLeod GanjPunjab, the land of the big hearted turban wearing punjabi’s, a land of passion where people don’t hide any emotions, be it happiness (with a booming laugh) or be it anger (the loud voice becoming louder); was also a beautiful state to ride through. The highways were full of tractors and mini trucks carrying produce as well as people and green fields adorned the sides; reflecting the farming profession.Our bikes required abit of washing, greasing and tightening after the marathon runs and the sun was blazing atop our heads by the time we left Chandigarh (not before munching on pizza); we were bound to the hilly state of Himachal Pradesh and the distance was much lesser than what we covered in the past days. The first stretch through the highways was covered in quick time and after crossing the famous gurudwaras, we chose to stop at a bakery cum sweet shop for some chai and snacks.An aged uncle (of course with a turban) was sitting next to our table; he was on the slimmer side and was dressed little shabbily. When we got our tea, he addressed Kuttan and asked him something in punjabi (we assumed so, as he couldn’t make out any words); Kuttan naturally judged the person as someone pestering for money and avoided him. But, the uncle persisted with his statements. This continued for about 5 minutes; Kuttan was getting perturbed and by the time we were about to leave, i listened to the uncle carefully trying to use my little knowledge of his language (my wife is a punjabi), and realized that all he was asking was how much did the chai cost in that shop; poor guy was deciding whether to order a chai based on his budget. I answered his query and Kuttan, now all smiles, declared him as his ‘new best friend’.It was a lesson for us to not judge a person beforehand; prejudice blinded us initially before we realized our foolishness. Ahead in the day, we also met a solo rider (all the way from Kerala) on his way for 2.5 months long ride across India, Nepal and Bhutan. Our experience earlier may have helped us to talk to him. share another chai and listen to some of his adventures from his earlier trips to Spiti. During the rest of our sojourn, we met multiple strangers and never again felt an urge to judge beforehand. Our trip became much richer, thanks to this incident.
We boarded our train to Chandigarh on 9th June and then on 10th we took a taxi till Kasol. As we were on our way, we were already occupied with the ravishing view of the Parvati River. It felt as if we were not following the road instead we were running from our bustling lives to seek peace in the lapse of nature.
Manali, it was started like "fer ki dikkat h"(He (The conductor) referred it to the girl sitting nearby :D) when I asked for ticket to Manali from the conductor.Manali is a hill station nestled in the mountains of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh near the northern end of the Kullu Valley, at an altitude of 2,050 meters in the Beas River Valley. It is located in the Kullu district, about 270 km (168 mi) north of the state capital, Shimla. It is the beginning of an ancient trade route to Ladakh and from there over the Karakoram Pass on to Yarkand and Khotan in the Tarim Basin. It has become a tourist attraction in recent years.
We started our journey from Chandigarh.We rented a car for 3 days.We were total five friends.We began our journey around 11 pm from Chandigarh.We had our dinner in a restaurant near the highway.Then we covered around 300 Km till Manali and reached there in the morning.We had Tea and Snacks then we continued our journey to Prashar lake,Which is around 100 kms from Manali.
The first thought that strikes you about Spiti is that it is not for the average tourist. The land of surrealism promises amazing adventures -- but only for those who have an adventurous streak in them. After all, “the traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.”
97 Kms from Chindi
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.
149 Kms from Chindi
Best time to visit - April,May,June,July
Scenic and serene, Kinnaur in Himachal Pradesh is perhaps one of the most unexplored places in Himachal. Passing through...
After speeding for some more hours, I am entering in Kinnaur district of Devbhoomi Himachal. The roads are somewhere dangerous now, and near Pooh town it start getting worse with landslides and sharp , blind turns.
As summer hues creep over the cloudless skies of this town, the bright colours of Holi are prepared to paint the mountains red and the grass pink. Welcome to Kinnaur, a small district in Himachal Pradesh, where Holi is not just celebrated but revered.
Kara Lake Located in Kinnaur, Kara Lake is located in Bhaba valley. It takes almost two days to trek till Kara Lake and the route passes through beautiful meadows with Himalayan horses grazing around. The entire trek is filled with gorgeous views of Himalayan Peaks. Kara Lake is one of the few treks that will take you through glaciers even in the summer season. Basic Info – Kara Lake trek starts from a small village called Kafnu. There are a couple of guest houses that also provide guide for the trek.
With that we started from kaza to chandigarh via shimla and the journey just cannot be expressed in words. Roads in the cold desert are sometimes very disapponting especially when the drilling of the moutains take places the day you’re supposed to travel and you just keep waiting and the journey of 12 hrs is extended to 15-16 hrs. But still that's another good thing as you can explore more on the way! (I got a real bad reaction from my sister when i said that while we were stuck on the way. I'm still glad i came back alive from that trip and she didn’t kill me. :p )I would define kaza as one of the most picturesque destinations in Spiti valley. I heard from the locals that many Bollywood movies have been shot here. One can watch the Paap (a Bollywood movie) if they want to get a glimpse of what to expect when they reach Kaza.
The picturesque Sangla Valley in the Kinnaur with its bountiful Apple Orchards is known for rich tribal culture and traditions. There is a local tradition to welcome the guests with a garland of dry fruits and a round Kinnauri cap with green flap. It's also known for legally brewing two popular drinks, 'angoori' and 'ghanti'.Where to Stay:Rattan Cottage:A hidden-rural homestay in the picturesque Sangla Valley in Kinnaur district some 275 km from Shimla. The host also participates in the apple fest to showcase his orchard.Address: Village & P.O. Sangla, Tehsil Sangla ,District KinnaurPhone: 0-098052536
But one last visit will do!The road journey was super exciting. But I just wanted a little more scenery to enjoy! Thus next, we headed to the Himalayas again to uniquely end 2016! It was a perfect place to get away from the city for a while. So I decided to celebrate New Year's eve at Kinnaur, famous for sacred Kinner Kailash high range mountains which is home of the Lord Shiva.
The Hindustan-Tibet road or the NH5 to Chhitkul is precarious and can easily shake even the strongest of the hearts. The landslide prone roads are not smooth all the way as a national highway is supposed to be, mere 3m wide, and Satluj River by the side, the ride scared even our expert driver. Our driver had to drink a bit during the dinner time and only then he could drive fearlessly in the night at around 12 am and onwards.Now was our final battle with the roads.
Kinnaur has for centuries been a major trans-Himalayan corridor. Merchants travelling between China and the Punjabi plains passed through on the Hindustan–Tibet caravan route, stretches of which are still used by villagers and trekkers. The bulk of the traffic that lumbers east towards the frontier, however, uses the newer NH-22, which veers north into Spiti just short of the ascent to Shipki La pass, on the Chinese border, which remains closed.
259 Kms from Chindi
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
Amritsar has made a huge contribution to Indian history and is the holiest hub for Sikhs. The name of the city, which me...
This trip goes down the memory lane to last year of our college(2017) when we decided to visit hometown of one of our best friends (at amritsar). A place dedicated to religious sentiments and a place where the only season who you will find is spring for all the year long. First picture was taken when we were returning from the Wagha Border (India Pakistan Border). On our way back home, we took courage to walk some extra steps (not on the wrong line) to capture the seraphic beauty of this scenery. Other pictures focused on the holy place Golden Temple and the last two are from our way down to Wagha Border.
3) Makhan Fish and Chicken Corner SINCE 1962:This one is undoubtedly best Non –vegetarian restaurant in Amritsar. They are famous because of special ‘Amritsari Fish’ but their chicken dishes are equally amazing. It is one such restaurant that is listed on top of every foodie's wish list list & claimed to be the best chicken/Fish corner in the world by its fans and customers. This place is every bit as good as claimed.
Amritsar, a city having real essence of India. Filled with spirituality, the city provides you with real experience of being in India. Golden Temple, Punjabi food, Bhangra, and so on you will get all in one place. Not only this, visiting Wagha Border will fill you with the feeling of real patriotism.
Wagah Border, Punjab (India – Pakistan)Wagah border is a must visit for anyone who wants to witness Indian soldiers basking in glory and conducting ceremony every day before dusk. In the ceremony, the gates between the two countries open only for few minutes and soldiers from both the countries pay respect to each other. The border is located in the village of Wagah which 36km from the city of Amritsar.
After a month of cajoling, the college authorities finally gave in to our demands of organising a trip to Amritsar. It was our final year in the college, and so, the whole idea of visiting Amritsar with college friends seemed fascinating. We chalked out an interesting itinerary for the trip, got it approved from the authorities and were all geared up to enjoy the trip to the hilt.The most awaited day came and I, along with my friends, was standing at the platform desperately waiting for the train to arrive. The chaotic vicinity of Delhi's Railway station never failed to enthuse me. Scores of people moving back and forth, porters carrying heavy baggage and monkeys, jumping over the railway tracks were hilarious sights to watch. After a few minutes, our train stamped in, creating a lot of noise and Commotion. At its halt, we rushed to enter the compartment and started vouching for opportune seats to sit. Within a few minutes, the train started moving. The excitement in the train gradually built up. The journey was a joyous one as everyone was busy singing songs, dancing and gorging on home cooked delicacies. Eight hours elapsed and we reached Amritsar-the city synonymous with patriotism and spirituality. The narrow lanes of the city reminded me of Chandni Chowk in Delhi. We stepped out of the railway station and hopped in the buses to reach our hotels. We were asked to freshen up before visiting the pious Golden Temple. Traditional attire was preferable there and so we all were ready in our suits with dupattas tied on our head. Our bus stopped a kilometre away from the temple. We had to cover the distance on foot. There was a guide along with us who briefed us about the ins and outs of the temple.
On our Day 1 , I had planned to start my sightseeing with a Museum that is dedicated to the biggest & mightiest kings of Punjab, King Ranjit Singh.1) Ranjit Singh Museum
Day 4 - Reach AmritsarHence, next day morning we checked out of the hotel and decided to head towards Amritsar.There are few buses which directly go to Amritsar one was in morning around 6.30-7.00 am and another one at 9.40 am. We could not reach for the direct bus on time and hence the other option available to us was to travel to Pathankot from Dalhousie to Amritsar (If Pathankot buses are unavailable take a bus from Dalhousie to Banikhet to Pathankot to Amritsar or private cabs)We booked a cab from Dalhousie to Pathankot and from there we took a bus to AmritsarPAJABA NU SAVAGATA - WELCOME TO PUNJAB folks!!Once you step on the land of Punjab, particularly Amritsar you will get a feeling that you have entered a flashback zone in Modern India (stepped into 1947 Punjab)Amritsar is a holy city in the state of Punjab because of its beautiful and unique Gurudwara - Golden temple. It is the spiritual and cultural centre for Sikh religion. As much as Amritsar is well known for Golden Temple, you will be amazed by the variety of food dishes in each lane specially near Golden Temple
Getting to know from the locals and my hotel reception, i followed their advise and went to LADDI KULCHA shop (a small kulcha shop) for having a brunch before leaving for home. And i must say it was the tastiest kulcha that i had ever had .It was time , so i before checking out from the room , i went to the GOLDEN TEMPLE once again and checked out and headed straight to the bus stand for getting the bus back to JAMMU.OVERALL TRIP COST: RS 2500-2800TRAVEL COST: RS 800-900( total to Amritsar and back home , inside amritsar,wagah etc )MEALS COST: RS 500(6 FULL MEALS+ SNACKS +TEA ETC)SIGHTSEEING COST: RS 350-500ACCOMODATION COST: RS 1100
It took me about 5 hours to get there bcz there were multiple stops and toll booths in the way.Finally there (AMRITSAR), bus stand is not far away from town hall area(where GOLDEN temple, jallianwala bagh is)Tip: if u dont have much baggage, just walk to the Golden temple(10 mins) if u cannot or dont want to walk , take an e-rickshaw(pay Rs30 maximum).I reached my stay place at 5:30 pm (one can also stay at room at golden temple, but don't know about availability and price). Checked in and freshened up , moved out to have my lunch cum dinner(bcz i didn't have lunch while travel). BHARAWAN DA DHABHA(restaurant , near town hall on the way to GOLDEN TEMPLE COMPLEX) was my first spot to visit for food. ordered a THALI and the taste+quantity+service was superb for RS. 160. I kept golden temple on my list at the bottom for day 1(bcz the night view is BREATHE TAKING) ,i went to the GOBINDGARH FORT(by e - rickshaw RS 40 )to see the 2 museums ,7D show based on MAHARAJA RANJIT SINGH , WHISPERING WALLS light and sound show , walk around the fort ,live cultural performance ) all for a ticket of RS 250-300 per person. and i will never ever forget that amazing evening.
136 Kms from Chindi
Best time to visit - February,March,April,May,June,October,November
Located 3km ahead of the Dharamshala town is the settlement of Mcleodganj, or Upper Dharamsala, which is the home of the...
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.
143 Kms from Chindi
Best time to visit - January,February,March,April,August,September,October,November,December
A quick getaway destination for Delhi-NCR residents, Mussoorie or the 'Queen of Hills' is the most favoured place for an...
Mussoorie, known as 'Queen of Hills' is another interesting destination to begin with. It is situated at a distance of around 35Km away from Dehradun. Half of the money spent on the travel is compensated by the journey from Dehradun to Mussoorie because of the breathtaking ride. You can feel the thrill from the top of it. The main attractions are Kempty falls, Gun Hills, and the market.
It was 7 am that Friday when we reached the Himalayan town. A shared taxi from Dehradun was the only mode of transport up the hill after all the government-run buses were packed full. We didn’t mind the extra expense since the taxi was faster and far more comfortable. The air was chilly at that height and we were thanking each other for reminding ourselves to pack our jackets. We were famished after our overnight bus ride from Delhi and fortunately, a small dhaba was open just at the town’s main taxi stand.
25th Mar’18After a day of exploring at Rishikesh, our journey started towards Mussoorie. The roads were narrow and the view of Mussoorie was amazing. It’ll make you amazed. We reached around 9 PM at Mussoorie with no hotel booking in our hand and somehow, we managed to get a good hotel at Mussoorie. The beautiful road trip from Rishikesh to Mussoorie made our small attempt fruitful and the mountains and hill are way better than anything. When I saw the mountains, my heart started jumping with excitement and I can’t help myself rather than thinking about Wilfrid Noyce, who was a mountaineer.“If adventure has a final and all-embracing motive, it is surely this: we go out because it is our nature to go out, to climb mountains, and to paddle rivers, to fly to the planets and plunge into the depths of the oceans… When man ceases to do these things, he is no longer man.” – Wilfrid NoyceIt was about 10PM, we want to explore nearby places of Massoorie, thanks to Google.com which was with us throughout the journey, though at times the Google map disappoint us by navigating the wrong direction and there was no sync between our destination and the directed location, still it helped us. After much R&D we headed towards the mall road, a famous place of Massoorie for street yet local shopping. The streets were full of people and other travelers. I noticed most of the people were on a family trip. There was a mix of people- young married couples with toddlers, the family of four, college gang, localities, photographers, girl gang and miscellaneous. We did few window shopping and that was the time when movie Hichiki was released. Rani being my favorite actress, I couldn’t control other than heading our tiny steps towards the theater with the night show in the chilly weather. The show completed around 12am at the night and we came back to the hotel with no food, since in masso0rie all food stall and hotel were closed by 11 PM (specifically near mall road), we ended up the day by having the Baba Ramdev’s Jhal Muri; what we carried with us from Haridawar.Ohh!!! yeah, I forgot to mention, if you are in Haridwar don’t forget to make a visit Patanjali Ashram. It’s a luxurious place expanded across horizons.
It was almost evening when we reached Mussoorie, also known as the Queen of the Hills and the abode of literary legend Ruskin Bond. It is like any other hill station you visit, with a Mall road, local eateries and hotels in abundance. While walking down Mall road, we savoured roasted corn cobs (bhutta) and hot chicken soup.We put up at Hotel Sunny Hilltop, a small place, being renovated in parts, with a quaint woodwork lounge and comfortable rooms.
Perfect for the romantic soulsInsider Tip: With its villas and spectacular views, Albert Lodge has is the perfect place to whisk your SO for a romantic sojourn. Choose from a range of standard rooms, deluxe suites or super deluxe rooms, all done up beautifully with spectacular views. Breathe the pure mountain air, drink fresh spring water and feast on local produce.Distance from Delhi: 303.0 km via NH9 (6h 56min)
Mussoorie:'The Queen of Hills' - was no longer a dream for us.Still I remember that smile we exchanged after reaching Mussoorie safe. After a long tiring journey of 300 km we decided to rest ourselves. We found a good hotel (Hotel Premji) a couples of kilometers from the mall road and we rested there. We were not likely to have a walk or experience the local beauty of Mussoorie that day as we were tired.
How to reach - We took the local bus leaving from the railway station in Dehradun. One way costs INR 60 - the fastest and cheapest way to get to Mussoorie. The bus drops you at the entrance of the town from where you can take the bus back to Dehradun.Journey - not bad at all! Drivers are familiar with the sharp turns, may speed up sometimes. But then what else can you expect from a local bus journey. While going back downhill, it hardly took us an hour. To reach Mussoorie, it took us an hour and a half in which the last 30 min was the hilly drive. Pretty safe and not at all crowded (best to come on a weekday), it is way better than paying INR 1100 one way to cabs, if you are traveling in a small group.From Delhi, it takes 5 hours by train to reach Dehradun.What all you can do in Mussoorie - Visit the Kempty Falls and Happy Valley Explore Landour Cable car from JhulaGhat to Gun Hill What we actually did - We could just manage a day trip to Mussoorie from Dehradun and had a train to catch at night. We preferred starting early around 6 pm from Mussoorie to descend safely. This left us with only 6 hours. And since I had food belly as my companion, we prioritized food over everything else - so here is our food journey:Our first stop was at a maggie point. Finger-licking good hot Maggie at INR 40. Perfectly complemented the chill in the weather.Second stop was to enjoy the best cold-coffee ever. This was at the Mountain Cafe on the Mall Road. Must go! Priced at 150, a bit over the top for just a cold coffee but then you take the first sip and realize it totally justifies the cost. This place has an extensive menu, so you can plan a good breakfast.
Day 5: Mussoorie - The queen of hillsBy night fall I boarded a bus to Mussoorie which in itself is a great task. The bus stand is near the railway station opposite to the pre-paid taxi stand. One has to wait for hours in the ticket line. Tickets are distributed only after the bus arrives at the stand. 30kms distance to Mussoorie easily takes 2 hours. During winter Mussoorie is bustling with tourists and finding any on spot accommodation is quite difficult. Wanting to stay away from the crowded areas I booked a hotel at the Landour bazar road.Along with the regular places to visit one can take a walk at the 2 km stretch of Mall road, watch the sun set behind the hills casting its hue on Mussoorie, witness the moon rise over the sparkling Dehradun, shop endlessly in Mall road, eat the famous aloo parantha from Funjabi Food, must gulp the masala orange juice and lay back on those benches and observe the city.Places to visit: Lal tibba, Kempty falls, Gun hill, Cloud's end, Camels back road, Jharipani falls, Bhatta falls, Company garden.
GOOD MORNING !!! ITS 31st December...!!! Last day of the year and and i am going to MASSOURIE HILL STATION TODAY. i woke up at 6am , got ready and moved out early and went to dehradun first(by bus), then to massourie stand and eventually to massourie (again by bus rs 60 ticket). One thing i could clearly guess was that massourie was going to be crowded bcz it was 31st december. i got there and it i at quite a height. The road up to the top is an adventure in itself.At MASSOURIE i went to:GUN HILL(a cable car runs up that hill, u can see Himalyan mountains from there )COMPANY garden(its an amusement park games ,slides,shops ,eatery,horror house etc entertainment)WAX MUSEUM (Rs 100 entrey fees , inside company garden)MALL ROAD(Restaurants,souvenirs,cycle rentals ,etc)GEORGE EVEREST(view is amazing )KEMPTY FALL (the water was ice cold and the waterfall is huge)
188 Kms from Chindi
Best time to visit - March,April,September,October,November
Rishikesh is a small town in the northern state of Uttarakhand in India. Scenically located where the Ganges River comes...
Finally, we headed back to our cab. During the return, we stopped by at Har ki Paudi as we wanted to carry along the holy Ganga Jal to our homes. Even at the night, the place was full of people, having faith in the holy river. They were either taking baths or filling the bottles with the sacred water. After spending half an hour back we recommenced the journey back to our busy lives and reached Delhi early morning.
Get Up Early, Take a Stroll on the alleys of Rishikesh, Enjoy the Placidity AroundAfter our Bungy adventure we returned to Rishikesh and strolled around at night. Not satisfied we decided to explore the town on foot early morning the next day.
Rishikesh is famous for one of the most adventurous sports that is 'Rafting'. If you are traveling with a bunch of friends and wants to feel full adventure then Rishikesh is a perfect destination to visit. It is also near the Haridwar which is famous for its pilgrimage sites and Hindu temples.
A word of advise: Rishikesh is pretty famous with tourists, considering it is only 6-7 hours ride from Delhi. As such it is best to avoid going there during weekends or long holidays. We were returning on a Sunday from there to Dehradun, and the crowd were just honking and littering around.Bungy Jumping
The basecamp of the Dharansi Pass Trek is Joshimath, 256 km from Rishikesh and 273 km from Haridwar. You can take an overnight train from Delhi to Haridwar or Rishikesh. From Rishikesh, shared vehicles are available for Joshimath. The long, but scenic road journey passes through Devprayag, Srinagar, Rudraprayag, Karanprayag and Chamoli.
Indeed, Rishikesh is an awesome place to stay and enjoy the backpacker’s life. Again, the road trip from Haridwar to Rishikesh, I can’t explain by words. We both were so excited for the adventures like Bungee Jumping, River Rafting, which we had planned at Rishikesh. It was a sweaty summer still the breeze was so chilling and helped us to explore the city More. Rishikesh had the number of tourists, that to too many from foreign shores. Ohh, I wanted to do the Bungee jumping but unfortunately, I couldn’t make that happen, I failed to get a ticket. We move ahead for the sport for which Rishikesh is famous i.e. River Rafting. It was an amazing experience to be on the raft on the natural water flow of river Ganga for 2-3 hours, paddling over the amazing roller coaster rapids one after other, it’s a must try for everyone who visits Rishikesh. The team was amazing and made sure we enjoy our ride to the most. We dip into the water. It was scary but it’s a must try event if you’re planning your trip to Rishikesh.
Cliff Diving in Rishikesh, UttarakhandRishikesh has the most ‘developed’ cliff-diving spots in India. Cliff diving is included as a part of the popular river-rafting expedition people take. During the rafting expedition, the tour guide may give you more than one opportunity to jump off a cliff. Just 2 kms from the iconic Laxman Jhula, while rafting at the Brahmpuri stretch there’s a cliff from where you can take the plunge. Simply park the raft on the shore, get on top of the cliff and boom, jump right into the holy waters of Ganga. Cliff diving in Rishikesh
After finishing office on Friday, we planned on leaving for Rishikesh. We have decided to reach by Bike and I was very excited because first time I was visiting Rishikesh.Rishikesh is an ideal weekend getaway from Delhi. The place leaves you completely rejuvenated, and helps you conquer your fears and fulfill all your adventure fantasies. So, the best tip for a Rishikesh tour is to leave on Friday evening or early morning on Saturday.Bike Journey to HaridwarMe and my friend planned a short 2day bike trip to Rishikesh and start our journey on 7th April@4:30Am.We have a single bike and two bags with us.Day 1 Delhi to Haridwar-RishikeshAs we start early in morning @4:30 AM. we cross Delhi within 50 minutes and manage to cross outskirts of Delhi within 1 hours via ISBT - Raj nagar extension road. We took a break at a dhaba named Shiva Dhaba we took some rest as i was very tried.Reached Haridwar around 10:45…We just stopped near a tea stall and we had tea and after 15 minutes we again started our journey because I just wanted to reach Rishikesh as early as possible because I was tried likeanything. we decided to move towards Rishikesh.Reached Rishikesh Shivpuri Camp around 11:45..There are so many options to stay in Rishikesh but we decide to stay in a camp in Shivpuri nearby Rishikesh. (around 10 km from Rishikesh.)After some rest we have decided to visit that connecting river which was near by our camp you can say on a walking distance.River was so clean the crystal clear water attract me and my friend to take a dip in that particular clear water.We have enjoyed a lot natural views in lap of Ganges.Around 4 pmAfter enjoying with water we headed to Shivpuri market because we were hungry near Shivpuri, there is a bridge to cross Ganges, we had a Maggie there that was delicious after the evening snacks we again came back to our camp.Around 7 pmWeather starts changing and started raining the view was mesmerizing we had a tea and pakodas and enjoyed rain in our camp.Roaring Clouds was taking my heart away.The sound of rain is great for helping one to fall asleep.Day 2 Rishikesh to DelhiAs the day start, after breakfast we pack our bags to ride towards rafting.That was awesome experience.One of the third I guess major rapid the raft completely turned towards the right, My friend once thought that l might fall off, but somehow I survived. The warm weather and cold water made for a strange combination. It was at least 10 minutes of fast rowing that pulled us out of the gigantic rapid the quite water followed with few minor rapids.We start rafting @ 01:30 pm (18Km trek). It had around 10 rapidsBody Surfing & Cliff jumpingI was totally scared I didn’t wanted to go in water somehow my friend managed and after sometime I was enjoying that moment in water which was really clean.Cliff jumping is not at all as easy as it looks to be. It scares the hell out of you I didn’t do that. He has done cliff jumping. You can jump in the water at different places where you will jump directly into river from around 15-20ft height. That feels so good. Around 04:00 pm we reached Rishikesh and completed our raft journey.Laxaman JhoolaAfter rafting we headed towards laxaman jhoola and roaming in the markets where divinity was being sold in various forms. We had little shopping as well.After all the adventure we headed back towards Delhi around 07:30.Love Rishikesh
Just as you get off the bus, all the rafting and camping operators would start approaching you with packages. Now be aware if you look online these same deals are close to double the price which is on offer here. For Rs.1500 almost every operator has almost similar package to offer. They include rafting, cliff jump,overnight stay in tents around the river or forest , snacks, dinner and breakfast. Now again do not pay more than this at all. Some might sell you idea that their tents are exactly on the river bank but in reality none are exactly on the bank and government has banned anything from being built on banks. Some people who have private properties from long back near bank are the ones to look for. Being a group of seven , we got this price down to Rs.1300 per head and got an extra meal as well ( accidentally). One has option to do full distance rafting of 16-18 km or just opt for 10-12 km option. We took the 18 km one being overly excited! Rafting starts from Shivpuri ( famous for water sports) or nearby that depending on distance.
This time we went to explore Rishikesh, a town situated in the Himalayan foothills beside the Ganges River. While the river is considered holy and be worshiped, the city is renowned as a center for studying yoga and meditation. Rishikesh is home for many temples and ashrams and is a pure scenic wonder. See for yourself -
So we decided to have some trekking experience next morning. We got up early and were done with our breakfast by 9am. Soon after we decided to start our trek to a nearest hill. The trekking trail was just behind our hotel. It took us about 90 minutes to reach the top of the hill. The view from the top was splended and one can see the beautiful valley; thick forest of pine & deodars.Apple plantation is also done here. After enjoying scenic beauty of Chindi, now it was time to head towards our final destination Manali. It took us whole day to cover the distance from Chindi to Manali. This was around 200kms. We had prior bookings with the hotel snow valley. This was located approx 2kms away from the main market and had spectacular view of flowing river from the rooms.
A quiet place away from the bustling town of Mandi, Chindi is a small yet charming hill retreat where you will get rejuvenated amidst nature’s beauty. Unlike others, this is not a touristy place thus less visited by people. Take a walk through apple orchard gardens, visit nearby temples and checkout the local handicraft items at Chindi market.Winch Camp
This is where I fell in love, wrote a book, composed a song, baked a cake and hola! made a lot of money. Chindi sure is a dream. Its mostly apple country side, lush green and quiet. The mornings here sing a prayer with the birds as chorus and the forests as audience. The afternoons are like memories you would put on a canvas or in words and the nights are calm as a child to sleep. Reached from Tattapani or Chail Chowk near Sunder nagar Chindi is a delight. 88kms from Chail chowk and 130kms from Shimla, Chindi and nearby places have a network of trails which would leave you spellbound. Treks from nearby Bakrote (2kms) lead to Shikari Devi Temple and Janjehli. Karsog and Pangna nearby are also absolute delights. There are a few good options to stay The HP PWD rest house (if you get a booking) is outstanding for its location and old world charm and the Mamleshwar Hotel run by HPTDC is fantastic for its food. There are a few other guest houses amongst them Gopal being a good one. Definitely calls for a weekend stay, Chindi here I come.