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263 Kms from Kasur
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.
303 Kms from Kasur
Best time to visit - January,February,March,April,May,June,October,November,December
Shimla is the capital and the largest city of the northern India state of Himachal Pradesh, Dharamsala being the other c...
DELHI – SHIMLA (346km, 7:24hrs)Well, guys, this is the only time of your trip when you can go with luxury and by luxury, I mean Volvo bus. This is the first slot of the trip and the shortest and most comfortable one. So try to sleep as much as you can. I always take the night bus to Shimla, there are many reasons behind it. Let’s say for starters I hate day journey, also night journeys are way less tiring because I’m sleeping most of the time. Plus I love that feeling of Sleeping in one state and waking up in other. But the main agenda is to reach Shimla by or before 5 am so that I can board the first bus to Reckong Peo (@ 6 am).Bus Details: HRTC A/C(VOLVO) Seater (2+2)Time: 09:36 PM – 05:00 AMVenue: Kashmiri Gate
The himachali capital is where your venture would end. It would be hard for you to adjust to the crowds for your city-familiarised minds have witnessed something that even alzehimer's would find hard to erase.
The next morning we started our journey back to Noida, We planned to spend this night in Shimla. Again through the same beautiful mountains and view we reached Shimla in the evening. We spent some time on mall road , did some shopping and tasted some good local wine. We had friends already living there so we stayed at there place, and finally next day early morning we drove back to Noida and our memorable trip ended.
Evening in Shimla: After spending some time in hotel, we decided to explore the place in the evening. The moment we came out of the hotel, it was easy to guess the temperature is below 0. But that did not stop us from moving out. Mall road of Shimla was as good as the market of our cities. And one can spend hours shopping at this place. But the best part is food. Hot Momos combined with very hot coffee in a chilling weather in front of a beautiful church, it’s one of the best combination one can get. Shimla is said to be the queen of hills and rightly so. It was around 10 pm when it started raining again which forced us to go back to hotel. The weather was extremely cold,so we decided to call it a day.
We hired a taxi from station to our hotel Snow Valley Resort. One of the best places to stay in shimla and highly recommended. The hotel had spectacular view from the room and was very neat and clean. It’s best to have prior bookings when you are travelling to a famous destination.
Shimla: It was yet another beauty nestled in the Himalayas. With almost serene atmosphere and historical importance magnetized us with it first sights. Unlike other hill stations it was more a commercialized one. As we moved across that bustling town we came to witness one of the most spectacular sights. Yeah! it was the trademark Shimla view. The Skyline of Southern Shimla was simply awe-inspiring. Within hours we came to realize why the Britishers made it a summer capital. While it was burning hot in Delhi, it was freezing cold up here. After a long tiring journey, we decided to have a nap in the noon so that we could be active in the evening to experience the local beauty of Shimla.
The next day at morning around 5:00 am the bus reached shimla, the roads were stiff and curvy, the hills and the scenery of house around the hill makes it look as if the hills been decorated with LED bulbs all around... It was beautiful...It was freezing cold and I quickly wrapped up myself in the winter attire. As I was getting down from the bus the taxi drivers were busy in making me feel how far and how dangerous this area and roads are.... but thanks to technology I already sort out my way from the bus stand to the hotel and its just 1.5km. Seemed easy task but it wasn't as the roads were stiff and I had a backpack on my back. But the people moving up with sack of onions, cylinders gave me the courage that I can also do that. Took help from the passers by to locate the hotel.I reached my hotel (Hotel Mahajan) which was right above the Ridge at around 6:00 am... The hotel boy was from Kashmir and he helped me a lot in my days in shimla... He helped me getting a room though my check in time was 12 pm...After getting into room I slept for the whole day... 1.5 km sounds easy but when the roads are stiff and making an angle of 70 degree with the ground, 1.5 km seems 5 km...www.instagram.com/throttletravel/EveningI woke up around 2 pm, couldn't take shower as it was pretty cold, 4' to be precise.... Had lunch from the hotel itself and at around 4 pm head out to explore Shimla...On my first spot came The Ridge and the Mahatma Gandhi Statue.The view from the The Ridge was spectacular, and there were some events going on by the kids...On further walking down begins the Mall road... Its actually the shopping hub of Shimla, variety of winter clothing shops and restaurants filled up that lane... and its splendid to walk around...There I had some fruits that I never saw in other parts of the country...On way back to hotel at around 8pm I stood by The Ridge and treat my eyes the beautiful hills with small huts (with lights on) covered all around the hills....NightWell a bachelors travel diary it is, nothing much to hope only peaceful sleep...
329 Kms from Kasur
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.
74 Kms from Kasur
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.
307 Kms from Kasur
Best time to visit - March,April,May,June,July,August,September,October
A kingdom that has risen above disasters like the 2010 cloudburst and is still able to magnetise a plethora of tourists ...
Arrive in LehArrive in Leh, enjoy the sight of magnificent mountains greeting you and check in to your homestay. The beauty of the place will really astound you, but don't rush it! You will have ample time to explore this snow-laden heaven. Take it slow, as it is necessary to acclimatise yourself to the high altitude, freezing climate and gusty winds. Enjoy a warm bowl of thukpa and interact with locals.
For majestic landscapes, head to Ladakh
One of the longest drive in the whole 15 days. The excitement to reach The Moon Land was too high yet a slight fear lingered in the mind as we had to cross 3 passes in one day. Will we be able to keep up with nature or not was a question. Starting from Zingzing Bar then Barlacha-La pass considered to be one of the dangerous pass on the way. Close to the pass is Suraj tal (lake). It falls before Sarchu. The panoramic view what starts at Jispa stays with one till Leh. Once you take a break at Sarchu to digest the view and the climatic change for your body.Next two high passes awaits Namkila and Lachalang -La pass. After this one reaches Pang. A tea time halt. Then the last pass one needs to pass through is Tanglang-La pass to reach Leh. The highest pass and second motor able in the world on the way. In Leh, we were put up in #Zaltak Homestay. Where we could relish on the farm food. Strategically placed, close to Leh market 10 mins walk. The cost is Rs 1200 per room. For booking please contact Mr Atul Jaiswal -9855085962
No matter where I go, Leh will be close to me and I would take it along with me everywhere craving for a experience similar. There was so much I missed to write. If you really call yourself a traveler, do visit Leh and your for Nature and Traveling will go stronger.
335kms …but it took 11 hours to reach leh because it’s the toughest road in the world! Or one can say not road…as no tar road is there…we left Jispa at 8 am out tempo traveller got some serious issue at 9 am so we had to change the car …2 hours got wasted there And we reached 10pm…almost all were not feeling well !Day 5,6,7- leh local sightseeing
Beautiful scenery is augmented by…Childhood dreams. Those locations that you have always admired as a young soul should be visited. Nothing feels better than heading to a place that is beautiful, and that reminds you of your past serenity. Next destination was something I always wanted in my life since my young days. That would that's gorgeous, adventurous thrilling Leh Ladakh. The trip unfolded so many amazing landscapes. I got to see sand dunes, rivers, forest, and high mountains at the same place. It was glorious and heavenly. We rode to the top of the world, having the highest motorable Road, Khardungla Pass and getting there isn't easy. However, #Travloncards made it possible for all of us, many thanks to the team!
Leh city has become a bit more commercialized than I'd have liked it to be, but hey that comes with the popularity I guess. It's a quaint little place situated amidst snow clad mountains and winding roads, straight out of a movie. Shanti Stupa, Thikse monastery and Leh market are the places to go to. Shanti Stupa is a white dome shaped monastery atop a small hill. The soothing sound of the drums coupled with the chiming of the bells and the view from the monastery grounds, provides unparalleled peace. The white stupa shines brilliantly at night, across the black horizon dotted with a million twinkling stars. Thikse monastery has a lot of drum shaped structures lined up along the stairs leading to the meaning prayer hall above. Buddhist culture involves rotating those drums in a particular direction for inner peace. There is a two floor big Buddha statue inside. The peace and tranquility that these places offer is what I love about this culture. Leh market is like any tourist market, nothing special. There is one place in particular that I love, Gizmo, it is a cute multi cuisine restaurant in the center of the market. The food there is mouth watering, especially the mint flavored mock tails, yak cheese sandwich and the chocolate cake. Yummm!!
243 Kms from Kasur
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.
183 Kms from Kasur
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.
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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.