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189 Kms from Islamabad
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...
A piece of advice, hire a guide to make your travel hassle free at this place. We took snow bike rides here and I must say it was a great experience. If you are keen and the weather conditions are feasible, you can request your driver to let you drive the bike around for a bit too.
• 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.
Day 1: Flight from Bengaluru to SrinagarWe were 4; me, Anoop, Hemanth, and Harish. Our itinerary was completely charted out by the other 3, I just tagged along. We reached Srinagar at around 2 pm and met Anoop there, who flew in from Mumbai. We decided to hire a taxi to Leh via Sonamarg on NH 1D. What you'll see below is our journey through pictures as this road trip was one of the most captivating and scenic journey I've ever undertaken.Kashmir is rightly termed as the paradise on earth. I've been there twice and have always been mesmerized by the landscape, wondered by the humbleness of the locals, and awed by their simplicity. Kashmir for me has been a safe experience; even when I set foot there when the valley was burning for my KGL trek. Our media has somewhat portrayed Kashmir in the wrong limelight, and that has created a kind of mistrust to all endearing travelers.
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.
298 Kms from Islamabad
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.
273 Kms from Islamabad
Best time to visit - January,February,September,October,November,December
Lahore is the intellectual and cultural capital of Pakistan and a journey to this bustling city will remain with you for...
217 Kms from Islamabad
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.
142 Kms from Islamabad
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.
338 Kms from Islamabad
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...
Turning 25 was no joke. We all have a plan that we try to follow through but life doesn’t wait. I was not excited about another birthday. Especially one that was supposed to be a landmark! Last year I traveled for the first time on my birthday to a place as wonderful as Bali and it was an incredible experience. An experience, that got me to make a vow to myself; to travel somewhere for all the other birthdays I have left.I badly wanted to go somewhere this year with my best friend. She and I had never really gone beyond our little neighborhood in our hometown and this I wanted for us. Both of us have changed so much in the whole ‘growing up’ process that this was almost like a ‘Fre-naissance’ like Phoebe Buffay called it.After a lot of back and forth on which place to visit, we finally settled on Himachal Pradesh. A cooler climate in the peak of Indian summer was indeed tempting. Dalhousie was a hill station I had heard a lot about and had always wanted to visit. So we booked those tickets. I’ll be honest, after booking those tickets and the hostel I started having doubts about the hill station. No pictures that I saw on Instagram from what others were posting looked appealing enough. But you know what’s good when you visit a place without having too many expectations?You are pleasantly surprised and taken aback by the beauty it has to offer.When we reached our hostel in Dalhousie it was like we were surrounded by a Microsoft wallpaper – as my friend called it. Deodar trees all around and snow capped mountains in the distant view. The weather was perfect, with a little chill to it and sunny enough for us to get some nice photos out.That day all we did was walk from our hostel to the city centre, Gandhi Chowk, which was about 4km away. The Chowk itself took us not more than 20 minutes to explore. It’s a tiny circle. That’s when we decided to walk another 5km to a waterfall called ‘Panchpula’.The road and the walk was pleasant and didn’t feel tiring at that point. Once we reached ‘Panchpula’ and climbed the stairs the fatigue (at least for me) started to set in. After that little hike I did hope to see some gushing water. Now, I wasn’t expecting Niagara falls but what we saw was like someone forgot to turn off the knob of a tap in a washroom.Of course since we did take effort to reach here we decided to sit there with a cup of coffee and a plate or two of Maggi. (Maggi is an instant noodle brand that is synonymous with every hill station in India. It’s there to rescue you even when there is nothing else around.)It was a good start.As I snuck into my bed that night I was finally feeling the excited about the trip. About the next few days, the trek we were going on the next day and even that 25th birthday.https://yashodhararoytraveldreamz.wordpress.com/2018/06/04/another-birthday-trip-dalhousie-first-impressions/
Once we arrived in Dalhousie, we easily found a place to stay – the Hotel Shangri La, which was a charming hotel with an incredibly beautiful view over the treetops and across the mountains. The price was really good, at just Rs. 850 per room!One of the best things in Dalhousie is the food, and we took every opportunity to enjoy it! Here, we had lots of tasty and cheap street food including Momos, Maggi and Bread Omelette. Our meal of choice in the morning became Bread Omelette and chai, which is a simple and tasty meal that can be enjoyed at any time of the day.During our day, we also stopped in at the local markets of Gandhi Chowk, Subhash Chowk and the Tibetan Market, looking at all the beautiful items for sale including jewellery, shawls and rugs. We also visited St. Francis Church, a beautiful church that was constructed in the year 1894 by the Army and Civil Officers and civilians. After a great day, we headed back to our Hotel.
After lunch, we arrived at Khajjiar. The place was an adventure lover's paradise – full of fun adventures from hiking to horse riding and more. From Khajjiar, we headed onwards to Dayan Kund, a peak located not too far for Dalhousie. The area is absolutely beautiful, and one of the most famous spots for hiking in all of Himachal. Along the way there are various stops, including a man named Aatma Ram selling Maggi cooked over a wood fire, in case you are hungry!After trekking for about 1.5 km, we reached the top of the peak, which was an absolutely gorgeous view. From there, not too far away lies Pholani Devi, a modest but fascinating temple. It is a very unique temple in Himachal and in fact all of India, because there are no images of any particular deity, although it is in honor of the Holy Trinity in Hindu mythology, an incarnation of Kali Mata who saved an entire village. We were especially lucky while we were there as we got to see a beautiful wedding taking place – what a gorgeous backdrop for a wedding!While we had a great time, we probably didn't plan our itinerary as well as we could have. On reflection, it would have been better to start at Kala Top, then trek Dayan Kund, ending at Khajjiar. Instead, we had to return to Dalhousie and then go back again past Khajjiar the next day, as we had to visit Dharamkhot. Nonetheless, it was a great place to visit and we were so glad we did the trek!
The next day, we set off to Khajjiar via the Raizada Hansraj road. On the way, we stopped in at Kala Top, a wildlife sanctuary that is home to many different kinds of wildlife, including bears, leopards, deer and jackals. While we were there, we met a couple of who were selling pakoras, Maggi and Chai, so this seemed like the perfect place to stop and have lunch.
Day 9, 3rd Oct,That very morning, when my wife was busy in packing our belongings up, I was, somewhere deep in my mind, wishing not to come back. My subconscious mind was still roving around the Himalayan cascades, venturing through the evergreen covers of Pine, climbing the hillocks with zeal, panting yet merrily reaching summits. The intensity of my excitement in unfolding these experiences through this travelogue is beyond any material pleasure.
In the evening on the course of our return to Hotel Rudra Inn at Dalhousie we faced a terrible mess in form of the usual congestion. The driveway was full of stationary vehicles and after waiting for nearly an hour we agreed to ascend to the Gandhi Chowk afoot. That distance of barely 500 meters uphill felt very troublesome but the prolonged chain of immobile four wheelers soon made us realise that our decision was worthy and by the time we checked-in at our hotel we were all in.
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
327 Kms from Islamabad
Best time to visit - January,February,March,April,October,November,December
Located at the foothills of Kangra in Himachal Pradesh, Pathankot is a beautiful city famous for its rich historical pas...
Pathankot & Ganne Ka Juice So I took a bus to Pathankot from Kaluchak, J&K. The ticket price was 100INR (if I am not wrong). I was this time little active and awake all the journey. After an hour probably, I reached Pathankot. The conductor as per his promise, informed me that I had reached my destination. I got down from the bus. The day was at peak by the time and sun was on my head. I was done drinking water and I needed some more energy, moreover, I wanted to take shower too as I was drenched in sweat. Thus, at the bus stop, I had sugarcane juice. I had a word with some locals about the bus to Dharamshala. I was informed that bus would come anytime, there is no fix time. So, after waiting for some half an hour, the bus came and I got in.
We reached Pathankot and booked a private car to Dalhousie. Nothing to worry about last minute transportation as the assisted transportation representative are always available there near Pathankot station.4 hours' journey from Pathankot and we reached Dalhousie.
Chandigarh : Pathankot : Kathgarh : Day 1Kathgarh is a place near Pathankot which lies on the boundary line to enter Himalayas. Though I didn't had much time to explore more of it due to busy time schedule and business meetings, it's a small village of wild shrubs and rough roads, gives you the feel of villager. The place is marked unsafe due to terrorist activities reported sometimes.Dharamshala:The well know land of Lama was pure years ago as claimed by native people of Dharamshala but now has been corrupted by bureaucrats and it is also said the the ancient culture is marginally left to observe in the valley.The place has very congested roads and once while driving, the front tyre got slipped into into a dig. A guy helped me with few people to get me out and in return of a favor I dropped him home one the way, during the trip he shared his views about the place and culture which has faded in all these years, he's mentioned that he's running a hotel business and claimed that the place is just a honeymoon and business spot.
Day 6- Rakkar to Mumbai( Swaraj Express from Pathankot station)It was time to say goodbye to our quaint little Village. With a Promise to come back we started our journey to Pathankot station. On the Way we stopped over to eat the local momos.The Train journey as always was spent in remembering the lovely moments we had all spent together & were glowing in the satisfaction of creating unforgettable memories. By End of the Trip I had found my New Best Friend...My 4 year old Son-Dev.yes...we shared,bonded,laughed, supported, survived new & difficult situations together & above all created countless unforgettable memories.Isnt this what friendship is all about?
What a day to start. After filling my dehydration backpack with 2 ltr of Glucose water, whole convoy was ready to start. And as we started our bike, God showered his blessings on us via rains. After wearing our rain gears we started soon. A 400kms long drive from Pathankot to Srinagar in rains was not an easy task. For a folk like me who never rode a bullet earlier, its a kind of a challenge. Still we rode and rode well through water roads, mountains and traffic. We crossed Jammu, Udhampur, Patnitop, went into darkness of Jwahar Tunnel for almost 3kms and reached Srinagar by around 9pm.
Day 2 - Geared up for the next place Srinagar which is 360kms away.Started at 6:30 and reached at around 9 pm due to high traffic at srinagar.You can feel the flavour of bangalore traffic at srinagar :P.Got our stay at House boat.House Boat is beautiful and loved the stay here. Stay at srinagar - California house boat ( loved it )
247 Kms from Islamabad
Best time to visit - May,June,July,August,September,October
Fondly called the 'meadow of gold', Sonamarg is situated on the banks of a tributary of river Jhelum in Kashmir. A spell...
Day 2: SonmargHow beautiful can it be if you want to cuddle in the lap of nature and you witness this site as soon as you land Sonmarg. Sonmarg is 3 hours drive from Srinagar and captivates you to infinite. In winters this place gets covered with 20-30 feet of snow and turns into a full fledged glacier sourcing water to a multiple number of rivers. You can enjoy the horse ride in the mesmerizing valley, but do not try any snow activities by the local people humming on you. You will loose money and enjoyment both. Just be with yourself in the lap of the nature.
• In Sonmarg, one has to choose out of two options. Either you take a jeep ride to ‘Zero point’ as they will not allow your vehicle beyond a certain point. But they can ask for a whooping Rs.9000 for each jeep. It’s a good deal only if you are in a large group. Another option is that of a pony ride to the glacier. The pony tour will take you through lovely meadows crossing a river bridge. At the glacier, there are sledges for having fun, but can be very well avoided if already done in Gulmarg which stands out to be a better experience. Here you can bargain for the pony ride upto Rs. 800 per head.
We halted at a small restaurant for lunch, just next to the Sindh river. I was having a fabulous time. The serenity around was something I needed. We were on the move in 30 mins, and it was getting dark as well. We reached our pitstop for the day at Sonamarg at around 6 pm. While there are numerous options to stay at Sonamarg, I would personally advise the J&K Govt. guest house. It is not only clean and comfortable but extremely cheap. If I can recall well we paid Rs. 200 per bed for a dorm that had 10 beds.
Srinagar to Sonmarg: Sonmarg(meadow of gold) is famous for thajiwas glacier there are a problem because of one way road so there are fix timing for transport. Road open around 9:30-10 around.
2) Sonmarg : Sonmarg valley which means the 'meadows of Gold' is about 80 kms from Srinagar and it is the second most visited place in Kashmir after Gulmarg. Some places to visit in Sonmarg are the Baltal Valley,the Zoji La pass,and Kheer Bhawani temple. The Zoji La pass is situated on the National Highway that connects Srinagar to Leh. There are a number of dhabas and shops on the highway where you can have some delicious food and the best maggi of your life.
June 1st. 2016, Day one to this beautiful valley "#Sonamarg" J&K was so exciting and thrilling that we all were waiting for the classes to start. Our camp was based on 9000 ft above the sea level, surrounded by snow covered mountains and next to the Jehlum River, was giving me a feel of heaven, In such weather and surrounded beauty of nature made me lost and I forgot about the mountaineering course but then....... Wait
Snow came early this year and last week Sonmarg received it's first snowfall. I decided to travel to Sonmarg and make some pictures of this heavenly abode.Sonmarg is around 80 kms away from Srinagar. One can easily hire a taxi from Srinagar to Sonmarg or if you're on a budget, shared taxis are available too from various taxi stands across Srinagar city.Find more pictures of Kashmir and to follow my work, please check my Instagram herewww.instagram.com/kashmirthroughmylens
The Mughal emperor Aurangzeb (r. 1658-1707) originally built the silver-mirrored shrine of Bari Imam. It has since been renovated many times. Well, Starting with the trek situated among the heart of capital and between Margilla Hills , Loi Dandi a place known for the shrine of Hazrat Imam Bari ,Situated on the outskirts of Isb, Let me take you into my shoes