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319 Kms from Khardung
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...
One day in Srinagar when strangers opened their homes and hearts to me.30 May, 2016I reached Srinagar without booking a hotel. I call this method of travelling 'no-method-travelling'. That's how I ended up at a neighbourhood near Khanqah-e-Moula where the caretaker of a hotel lived with his family. The night before, I met Mr. Amin at Lal Chowk and he invited me to spend the night with his family. Something about the man made me trust him. I went with my gut feeling and spent the night watching the IPL with his six daughters.The morning started with some Noon Chai (Salt Tea) and Kashmiri local bread. Amin uncle told two of his eldest daughters, Tabassum and Summaiya, to take me around the city. The kids were more than happy to bunk school; this was their exciting day out too.That day we visited Shah-e-hamdan mosque in the morning and I spent the morning relishing the quietness and the absolutely timelessness of the architecture of the mosque. The space exuded a kind of serenity that's not found in cities. During the course of the day we went to Jama Masjid Mosque, Badamwari and Polo Ground.While walking towards Makhdoom Sahib, Tabassum and Summaiya shared with me the episodes of the tragic floods of 2014 when they took shelter in the Shrine of Makhdoom Sahib along with their entire family. Thousands of Kashmiris who lost their homes and businesses in the floods stayed in the shrine for months. A natural disaster that had till now sustained in my memory only as a headline on TV, now unfolded itself in it's full affect.The day ended at Hazratbal, a place I consider to be one of the most stunning sites I've ever witnessed : the marble-white mosque by the Dal lake with the surreal backdrop of the snow-covered Pir Panjal Range. I can travel the distance just for that one view again. If only everyday in life left us so overwhelmed by the end of it.
1) Gulmarg : Srinagar to Gulmarg is a 2 hours journey and so it is usually a full day trip to Gulmarg. Gulmarg boats of being a beautiful town surrounded by snow covered mountains,lush green meadows. Gulmarg is my personal favorite,as even in March this place was covered with snow,enough snow for me to build my own snowman. When visiting Gulmarg you must definitely try the famous gondala ride. Gulmarg Gondola is world's highest operating cable car. The price of the ticket is Rs. 740 for phase-1 ( Gulmarg to Kungdoor) and Rs.950 for Phase-2 (Kungdoor from Aparwath). The view from the Gondola is absolutely breathtaking,from that height it appears as if someone has painted the entire valley with white paint.
Relaxing in my houseboat in Srinagar I said to Ghulam the houseboat owner, “I am satisfied with Srinagar. I would like to experience some village life. Where shall I head next?”He replied promptly, “Sonmarg, Gulmarg, or Yusufmarg”.“Umm too touristy. Any place quieter?”“Naranag”.I took the last sip of the sugary kahwa and packed my stuff. I took the city bus from Dal Lake to Srinagar Bus Station. You can also arrange for a private car to take you to Naranag for a day trip or overnight stay. Ghulam (+919697384417) can arrange transportation and homestay in Naranag. Since I was traveling solo, I chose to go by bus. Naranag is 50 km from Srinagar on the road to Kargil. The bus drops you at Kangan, the town at the base of the hill some 14 km from Naranag. From there, you take a shared car to Naranag. There are frequent buses between Srinagar and Kangan but they tend to leave only after they are semi-full and they stop frequently. So, not the fastest way to reach Naranag. The last shared car from Kangan to Naranag leaves at 4 pm.Deep into the little known valley
LEH – LADAKH || 12 Days, 12 People, Travel to be cherished throughout the lifeLEH, Name always glittered in the soul.A trip we were contemplating since last year, however we got late. And finally thanks to Mr. NaMo- the PM.! We booked our tickets during the biggest monetary lockdown in India – Demonetization 2016.Khusbhu, one of our friend booked tickets for 13 of us. We also had to ask for leave in our respective offices as it was a long trip. Couple of months passed and we all started the planning.Understanding the routes, weather and climate, culture was also equally important. We also took guidance from Manish sir of Kutchi Trekkers. As days passed, the levelof excitement kept on increasing. 2 of them backed out and one was added to it. So finally, count of 12 was good to fly. So, the Month of July started & we started tocount the days.18th Jul, 18 days left.About a week prior to our journey, there was an attack in & around Srinagar where we were planning to start our journey from. This was an attack on CRPF from thelocals which killed the officials.2 weeks ago there was an attack on pilgrims going for Amaranth yatra. Bus was attacked by terrorist groups and 56 people were injured and 6 killed. Many of ourrelatives & friends advised to cancel the trip, but we had to go.Karna hai, toh karna hai, toh karna hai.On Sunday, the day we had to leave, there were heavy rains all across Mumbai. Our flight got postponed and the connecting was getting missed out. This created a hugehassle about 12 hours ago for us. There were lot of hiccups in the pre-journey stage. We did lot of ways to get the flight issue sorted. Finally, l fight to Delhi waspreponed from 9 am to 6 am. We spend whole night at the airport. We spent sleepless night due to the anxiety and excitement.The Day 1 – 18-07-2017 Mumbai -> Delhi -> SrinagarOn Monday midnight, we did our check-in and boarded the flight and reached Delhi. Took a brief overview of the Delhi Terminal 3.Fledd off for Srinagar at 1:45 PM.Our traveller car was booked for the day by the hotel Nishat – our roof in Srinagar. Yogyata’s bro is the Commanding officer, Head of the force at Srinagar. He came tomeet us at the hotel. Did brief talks with him.Left from hotel in the evening went to resto Krishna dhaba had amazing veg food – dhaaba style. Post FullTummy, we reached Mughal gardens and on the other side of theroad is the world famous DAL lake. Witnessed the beauty of DAL lake while the sun was settling down. funtimes clicked. We couldn’t go ahead for the shikara ride as it was already quite dark outside.Returned to Hotel, had snacks, played cards, slept and then woke up early in the morning.
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→ Gulmarg:If you are tired of the conventional places like Manali or Shimla; Gulmarg, Kashmir is perfect. The tranquil settings, the skiing slopes, the pine forests of Gulmarg make for the perfect place to holiday! The top skiing destination in India, Gulmarg surely offers a lot for the adventure enthusiasts! Kashmir offers an experience & scenic setting that remains etched in the memory of tourists for a very long time.
247 Kms from Khardung
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.
283 Kms from Khardung
Best time to visit - February,March,April,May,June,October,November
Located in Himachal Pradesh, what most people refer to as Dharamsala is actually Lower Dharamsala. This is where the bus...
McLeodganj is a small suburb in the city of Dharamshala. It is also the headquarters of the Tbetan - Government in exile and has plenty of monasteries if one wants to visit. Monks are a common sight in this small suburb. The peaceful McLeodganj is ideal as a last stop or destination as it provides the perfect atmosphere for calming the senses. McLeodganj is also called the 'Little Lhasa' or 'Dhasa' by the locals who reside over there. Various charitable organizations operate from McLeodganj for the Tibetan cause.
From Chandigarh, I had a full day of riding (on the roughest paved road I’ve ever seen) to get to Mcleodganj. What’s in Mcleodganj? The Dalai Lama and Mountains. I didn’t see the Dalai Lama, but I did go through the temple. Right before I had to give up my camera, they had this huge banner honoring Tibetans that had self-immolated…grim. Of course, I had to do a little hiking in the mountains. Back home, friends and I would often joke about how it’d be great to have a beer/food/etc. waiting at the end of a big hike or climb. To my surprise, this dream finally came true. At the top of this ridge line, there was a little shop where I warmed up with a nice cup of coffee.
The home of the Dalai Lama is a perfect place to relax and unwind. Lush green mountains, monasteries, western cafes. The place has a lot to offer. Weekends are packed, given its proximity to states of Punjab and Haryana, while weekdays are more calm and relaxed. We spent 2 days in the city, lazing around, exploring local cuisine and visiting the nearby monastries.
268 Kms from Khardung
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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.
Famous for its trekking routes, 100-year-old bungalows and the Chamunda temple, Chamba is an ideal holiday option in January in India. It will be cold, yet comfortable to travel to various places around it. If travelling to Chamba, you can also pay a visit to Manimahesh Lake, Kala Top National Park or the Khajjiar Lake in Khajjiar, which is popularly called mini Switzerland.How To Reach: The nearest railway station is Pathankot, which is 120km away from Chamba. Chamba is well connected by roads, so you can take a taxi from the railway station to reach Chamba.Stunning Places to Visit in July in India
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.
280 Kms from Khardung
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...
Day 3 - Arrive and explore DalhousieDalhousie is one of the very known tourist destinations for its mesmerising natural and scenic beauty. This place has attracted a lot of tourists because of its cool and comfortable weather in all seasons. Those who want to enjoy snowfall must visit this place in winter when the temperature falls upto 0 degrees
Chakund Lake and Chaurasi ka Dal – Dalhousie is famous for the Khajjiar Lake but a small drive and trek will take you to a more pristine piece of waterbody in Chamba. Chakund Lake is a small trek that starts from Kiri Village in Chamba. The trek passes through a barren piece of land and then presents you with a gorgeous meadow where this lake is located. Further trek from here will take you to another gorgeous lake known as Chaurasi ka Dal. This lake is dedicated to Mahakali and it takes two days to reach here.Basic info – Chakund Lake’s trek starts from Kiri Village. Stay options are limited to Chamba and nearby places. You can stay in Gujjar settlements on your way to the lake.
We planned 2 days' trip over here in Dalhousie. - The Scenic beauty with colonial touch is the USP of Dalhousie.On day 1 we just explored the Mall road over there and did shopping.What not to miss over there?Dainkund peak, Sachpass, Panchpula, Satdhara falls- Ahead of Panchpula, Kalatop- we missed due to time constraint. Subhash Baoli, Chamera Lake, HPCA Ground.Day 2 -On Day 2 we visited Dainkund peak, Panchpula- The lifeline of Dalhousie, Chamera Lake and Subhash Bowli. We also enjoyed good food in local restaurant...Momos,Ginger lemon honey tea and what not...Dainkund Peak -
Amritsar : Dalhousie : Day2It was the first time for my friends to drive up hills and hence they were pretty slow. Running out of time they let me drive the car and we managed to reach Dhalhousie by late evening to our hotel room. After some stretching, we went on some local sights.
Next day was for adventure and fun. We started with Dalhousie town. The Satdhara falls listed first in our excursion list. The place is a perfect spot for adventure and fun. The place was crowded but still an ideal place to visit in Dalhousie for picnic and fun. The nearby shops had so beautifully craved handicraft accessories all made from wood. The local and traditional clothes all in different colours and pattern must get some space in your luggage.
Dalhousie is a tiny hill station in Chamba district, Himachal Pradesh. Its fondly called the “Little Switzerland of India” Its known for its colonial old world charm because of the many traces of Britishers that are still here. Be in the old mansions or the names of the streets. Unlike the populated hill stations of the state, Dalhousie is a true paradise. Known for its amazing scenic views & many river streams, Dalhousie is an unexplored gem!
Dalhousie is a popular Hill station in the Chamba district in Himachal Pradesh. It is about 2000 meters above the sea level. The place is well known for its natural beauty and wide landscapes. What's attracting tourism here is the recently known place Khajjiar near Dalhouise. Dalhousie is perfect for a vocation with family away from the busy city life.Road or Railway is the best way to reach Dalhouise. If you wish to visit this place through flight, the nearest airport is in Pathankot. The airport is also 75 Km away from Dalhouise and the only connected airport is Delhi Airport. The bus route would be much better despite the fact its 590 km from Delhi. However Train will be the most cost effective and comfortable way to travel. The nearest Railway Station is Chakki Bank railhead which is approximately 75km and you can hire a taxi to reach there.
We started our trip from Mumbai, 3 friends directly mumbai to pathankhot it was 2 day ride, from there we got a bus till dalhousie. 1 day 24 dec we stayed in dalhousie and there was 1 st snow fall of the season an awesome welcome and start for our trip. Whole night there was thunder storm and snow fall. Next day we did some local sightseeing and enquiry for best places, our hotel manager helped us and booked us a cab which took us to khajjiar, as the primary route was blocked due to snow fall we took a detour and went to khajjiar from chamba region the cab ride was bit more but it was worth it.
Dalhousie is a hill station in Chamba district, in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh, India. It is situated on 5 hills and is located on the western edge of the Dhauladhar mountain range of the Himalayas, it is surrounded by snow-capped peaks. Dalhousie is situated between 6,000 and 9,000 feet (2,700 m) above sea level. The best time to visit is in the summer, and the peak tourist season is from May to September (#Wikipedia). It is famous for its scenic landscape, fun loaded adventurous activities. Mostly people visit Dalhousie with there family and friends.How to reach there?By Train - Easiest and the most comfortable way to ride. There are many trains available from Delhi. Old Delhi Railway Station (in Chandni Chowk), New Delhi Railway Station & Hazrat Nizamuddin Station. It was a weekend journey so we booked our seats in a train (Cost is around INR 400 for sleeper class & INR 700 - 900 for AC class) on trains which departure on friday night.The nearest station to Dalhousie is Pathankot Junction. From there you can hire a cab or a traveller ( as in a Tempo Traveller or Tata Winger). It will take around 2 to 3 hrs to reach and cost is around INR 300/person.By Bus - Himachal Tourism and other private bus owners offer transportation services. (https://m.redbus.in/bus-tickets/delhi-to-dalhousie).The cheapest fares can go to as low as INR 600. The time which it takes is between 12 to 14 hours.By Private transport - You can take your own vehicle if you are feeling kind of adventurous or hire a self drive rental car from Zoom Car, Voler, or Myles, etc.So plan accordingly in advance as a minimum of 2 days are required if you want to explore most of the places.What to visit?
284 Kms from Khardung
Best time to visit - March,April,May,June,July,September,October,November
A picturesque and quiet little town, Palampur is a panorama of stunning tea gardens, brooks, creeks, rice paddies and co...
Dharamshala : Palampur :Palampur was around 4-5 hours drive from Dharamshala, place symbolize 'Go Green' and has lush green valley.As I have to be back at hotel before dark I couldn't explore the place from a tourist perspective. Had a Refreshment at Neogal Cafe and reached Dharamshala around 9 in evening.The trip has to come at end due to work as I have to move Gurgoan the next day.---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
While most of the weekend travellers flock to Parvati Valley, Manali and even Tirthan Valley of Himachal Pradesh for a quick escape from cities like Delhi and Chandigarh, Palampur remains a quiet town almost throughout the year. Somehow this tea-town of Kangra does not get it's due, mostly because more popular tourist towns like Bir and Mcleodganj which are quite close by attract the Himachal bound tourist population.However, if you're looking for a quiet getaway with friends or family, Palampur is an ideal escape with the village of Andretta in close vicinity. The thriving tea estates, the 180 degree view of the Dhauladhar Ranges and the artist village of Andretta give ample opportunities for a weekend full of exploration.
The third tick was certainly a thrilling one. As I have mentioned before we were staying 18 Km away from Palampur, and it used to take around 45 minutes to go there. One day, as everyone was busy, I and my friend were asked to get some things from Palampur on a scooty. I used ride scooty a lot during my high school days, and it was my first time riding on the mountains. I have to admit I was pretty nervous as I had to take of someone else along with me but it wasn’t going to stop me. As we started it was difficult to ride with the beautiful view around you and within a few minutes we were almost there and suddenly it started to rain. I love riding during rains but this was a whole other experience as I was unaware about the roots, plus I had to be careful while riding in the narrow lanes. And pretty soon there was a huge hail storm and we had to take a break for a while. I started to think what a day I picked to ride. As soon as the hail storm stopped we started again and this time I thought to explore the city, we entered the lane where all the army folks stayed it was a beautiful road. There were trees all around, road covered with flowers and it was sparkling because of the reflection of the water. Within seconds the hail storms hit us again and this time I was lucky enough to stop at a spot where they served momos. The aunty was from Darjeeling and their small restaurant was called The Darjeeling momos, we asked for a plate of mutton momos. The rain and hot momos was a perfect combination. They were undoubtedly the best momos I have ever had. It was so difficult to say bye to that place and that moment. And while going back the view was very contrasting as it was completely dry on the other side of the mountain. You could see that rain clouds go behind and see the sunny side in front. And with that I got my third tick off the list.Fireflies and usWhen you travel with strangers, you always have a part of you that quite doesn’t want to open up. You tend to hide some parts that you are not sure if they will understand. But even after such insecurities you understand each and other, and try to make the journey more comfortable. I will share two such incidents that have a special place in my heart.One night the six of us were walking back to the place we shifted to in Nagri village. If I may, I would like to mention we under the influence of some questionable substance, but we were sharper than ever. While walking all us stopped at this one place where we could see the stars, even the galaxy, and when we stood there between the fields, we saw something even more pretty. We looked around and we were surrounded by fireflies, and when we saw that our faces were more lit than the flies. We stayed there for almost an hour soaking this view within our veins, to never let it go. What a beautiful moment the four of us shared that day, unforgettable!The moonlight and the mountain top
One day while working for the homestay, we did a lot of extreme hard labour. The boys were too tired by the end of the day and felt like drinking. We got drunk and only when we were about to get tipsy, one of them got an idea to go for a drive. So our project lead who was the only one who knew the way around decided to get adventurous. He drove us to this mountain top with a difficult terrain, we were both scared and excited. And finally he stopped at a location that I had only seen in the movies. The only guiding light was the moon there, and as it spread its light on the mountain top we finally saw the view on the other side. It was huge snowcapped mountains. Allow me to paint a picture, the moon right above us, bright and shiny, snow-capped mountains in front of us, and 6 of us on the mountain top. To top that perfect frame there was music in the background. We got a guitar, one played the others sang, and we lived through the night, just talking and singing.Our journey was full of unimaginable beautiful frames. And I don’t know how the 45 days in Palampur came to an end. With so many precious memories of people, places and locations.
We finally reached Palampur in the evening. It is small hill station in Kangra Valley also known as the Darjeeling of the north due to its Tea Gardens and Pine forests which merge with the Dhauladhar ranges. Due to plenty of water and mild climate, it is ideally suited for Tea. Palampur derives its name from the local word "palum", meaning a lot of water. Numerous streams of water rushing down from the mountains crisscrossing with the terrain, tea gardens and rice fields make it really beautiful.
Well that's lots of travel for a day, now it's time to return to Palampur, not because we get tired, because of shopping. Yes when you have girls in your group no matters where you go and how beautiful the place is, there is more powerful attraction force.., and that is shopping..! So we decided to return by 7 p.m. and yes it's time to shopping.
It's finally Palampur...., from Bombay picnic spot it just takes 3 hrs to reached Palampur. The first thing that instantly caught our attention was the peacefulness of the place. And yes we are finally in Palampur after a run of almost 175 km and 6 hrs, we reached to our destination, but it's not the end of our journey it's just the beginning of the endless fun and adventure we had planed to do. But first we moved to our hotel it's a run of 6 hrs and even we didn't slept last night we need some rest. Our hotel is Hotel Highland Regency it's near about new bus stand. We checked in and go to our rooms and Oh My God...! look at that view...., we just forget about everything the view of Dhauladhar mountains is can't be described in words. We ordered some snacks and decide to take some rest as we all get tired.
Palampur is famously known as the tea capital of north India and is located at a convenient distance of the Dhauladhar ranges in the Kangra valley. The best thing to do in Palampur during off season is to explore the tea gardens and indulge in paragliding. Palampur is considered as the best paragliding spot in India and we should completely make use of it! You can visit the Chamunda Devi Temple and the Bajinath temple. Palampur suits all those people looking for a pristine getaway, far off from the flocks of tourists.The nearest airport is the Kangra Airport, 40 km away from Palampur. You can also reach this destination by rail and road; the nearest railway station is in Pathankot.1. RajasthanWhy Rajasthan: Because the 'Land of Kings' is full of stunning palaces and royal hilltop forts outlined against an incredible countryside.Why During Off-season: When the rain comes down on the shining sandy desert, it’s not only the surface that turns green but also the joy on the face of the locals will fill you with awe. So, visit Rajasthan during July - September.
285 Kms from Khardung
Best time to visit - March,April,May,June,September,October
Located in Himachal Pradesh, what most people refer to as Dharamsala is actually Lower Dharamsala. This is where the bus...
I reached Delhi in the afternoon 2 and had my bus in the evening 5 o’clock. I booked my bus ticket to Dharamshala. It was an Ordinary state road transport bus, which was comfortable enough for the whole journey. It stopped by at a decent hotel at night, where I had my dinner. I reached Dharamshala early in the morning before sunlight hit the sky.Day 2 – Dharamshala – McLeodganj –Triund trek
We arrived in Dharamshala around 6 am and shared a taxi with a fellow traveler to Mcleod Ganj town square, another 5 km away. Zostel, the backpackers' hostel where our stay was arranged, was roughly 2 km from the centre, perched atop a hillock overlooking the Dhauladhar mountain ranges in the Upper Dharamkot area. As we were traveling light, hiking up the hilly road in the early morning hours seemed like a delightful idea. However, the elevation of the road and the rocky stretch at the end made it quite challenging for us, haggard souls.
After much deliberation, we decided to trek to Triund the following day. There was a lot of uncertainty at the outset. However, as we gathered momentum, the trek proved to be a thoroughly enriching experience. The original group was back in action with one additional member who was younger, fitter and more experienced. The weather was definitely on our side with the perfect balance of sun and shade. It wasn't as grueling as we expected it to be, but the snaky trail was tediously long. The last stretch through the deodars and rhododendrons was steeper with 22 switchbacks, each of which promised never-before glimpses of virgin nature. Every step along the way came with a realization - what a miss it would have been, had we given in to the frailties of the body and mind and stayed put at the base, forever wondering how it felt to be up there among the clouds. Inching forward through the mist with aching legs, awed by the magnificence of the landscape surrounding us, we managed to break the barriers of the mind and conquer the pristine heights of Triund. Camping gear was available on rent from the recreation shacks. For some reason, the most popular food in the most inaccessible regions like this one is Maggi. We assuaged our hunger pangs with a bowl of hot noodles and gamboled around like the feisty horses and cows grazing on the grass.
The rotund ball of fire sank into the infinite depths of the snow-laced peaks hovering over this charismatic town as the Volvo whizzed down the harrowing curves to lesser lands. Our eyelids started to droop by the weight of the mighty vistas they had been feasting on. The bus lugged into Majnu ka Tila in the wee hours of the morning and we took a cab back to the familiar comfort of our plain sailing lives.
The familiar himachali town of Dharamshala was reached by bus at about 8 am while Vishal had reached an hour earlier.
Make sure that around 3PM you are back to Kangra bus stand.Start your journey towards Dharmashala. (1-2 hr journey)If you are tired then you can relax for a night, after having dinner else you can keep on exploring the markets. (0vernight stay at Dharmashala )Start your mornings with a Tibetian food, TEA/COFFEE. Once you are done with it, you are ready to fall in love with the Dhauladhar ranges spread all over the city. Don't dare to miss the Chail cricket ground of Dharmashala.
As dalhousie was done we then headed to dharmshala, took a bus from dalhousie directly to mcleoadganj. Reached by nightfall and booked an hotel at the topmost end near nabi village. It was totally scenic over there. Had a word with a cab drive who said he'll show us all points in dharmshala. Day 4: we had our breakfast and went out early morning to explore the beauty of dharmshala. Visited the dalai lama temple, market, waterfalls, green lake, temples, Norbulingka institutes and HPCA stadium during our 1 day trip at dharmshala. As we booked cabs so it was easy for us to visit all these places easily. By nightfall we completed entire dharmshala and enquired the bus bookings and luckily we got the last bus which was headed towards kullu.
The new season of Fox Life’s Great Escape (airs every Friday at 8 pm) takes childhood friends Kunal Kapoor and Cyrus Sahukar on a road trip from Dharamshala to Spiti. Back in the mainland, they tell us why its important to step out of the comfort zone and experience the raw and the real.
Located around 70km from Château Garli, Dharamshala is a charming town in the Kangra district. It is the headquarter of the Tibetan government and where the Dalai Lama lives. Dharamshala has beautiful monasteries and all kinds of cafes catering to Indian and foreign tourists. It also has the highest cricket ground of India, where international matches are played.
279 Kms from Khardung
Best time to visit - March,April,May,October,November,December
Kullu, in Himachal Pradesh, has a lot to serve nature lovers. The first thing they can do is visit the mesmerisingly b...
'Chal lal daba' i said to one of my friend and hang the phone it was 10 at night and i started packing, within 15 minutes i left for kashmere gate bus stand. It was 11 when i reached kashmere gate, from last 4 years i have traveled a lot in this route and was in doubt that i will get the bus or not. On counter number 16th there was no bus standing, i was clear all the bus for Manali have already left. Suddenly a voice came 'Manali Manali Manali' i ran towards the guy he was a ticket agent for a private bus. Without any 2 thoughts i asked 'kitne ki ticket hai bhai' he said 1600, i was like i have to go and there is no more option but i was said that it will be a Volvo so i thought its not a bad option, but i was fooled it was a ordinary bus. I boarded the bus without any complaint because it was about the Mountains. The bus took long 14 hours and finally we were dropped at Bhuntar .
2) Enjoy the chilling and freezing river Baes: River Rafting at BabellyThe river beas seems more beautiful and joyous at kullu as you could see many tourist enjoying the river rafting activities with its flow. It is at its best and cost effective when you are in a group or with friends to the max of six persons as you have to hire the whole boat for around Rs 6.5k wef April 2017 rate.
After getting freshen up, we headed out to explore our first destination in trip itinerary – Kullu, a popular town of Himachal Pradesh known for its annual event ‘Kullu Ka Dussehra’. We purchased two fine-quality Pashmina shawls from a famous handloom store located away from the main market. If you are an adventure enthusiast, then you can go for river rafting in Beas River, paragliding and trekking in Parvati valley. We visited a 3 storey temple constructed in Himalayan style, with each floor dedicated to 3 manifestations of Devi Durga namely Saraswati, Lakshmi and Kali. Next you can visit Manikaran Sahib Gurudwara, a holy shrine dedicated to Guru Nanak Dev Ji situated on River Beas.
Second stop : KulluKullu is about an hour drive from Manali. The most popular adventure sports offered here are paragliding and river rafting. The river rafting is along the Beas river. The water is ice cold and makes the rafting experience memorable. White Water river- rafting facilities are offered by private operators at Pirdi near Kullu where a water sports centre has been set up to provide one stop water sports adventure experience for the tourist. Rafting is done on stretches of the River Beas, where rapids of high grades need to be navigated safely, providing an exhilarating experience for enthusiasts.
Himachal Pradesh hugged me with a sunshine!
The last day of our trip saw us rushing to the popular Evergreen Cafe to grab breakfast and then heading downwards to Kullu for rafting.By now we'd accepted the fact that the rain Gods weren't quite content seeing us dry, so they decided to pour another shower, WHILE we were rafting. That, however was a choicest blessing in disguise and made the view of the vast Kullu valley even more picturesque.Lo and behold the cold currents kept washing us and that was what made for a perfect culmination to this short and beautiful escape to the mountains.
We reached Kullu on 8th Morning, finished our breakfast and called our guide, Ramesh. He told us to come to Dobhi, a small village along the river Beas on Kullu-Manali road. We talked about the trek route, the challenges we might face and other important things. He was shocked that it was the first proper trek for all of us. He told us that we might need one more helper during the trek to carry Sleeping mats, stove, food and utensils. Also, since we were having almost 10-12 Kg of luggage, he said that one or two of us might find it difficult to carry it on the final day. We agreed and told him to get one more helper.We then left for Patlikuhal (a nearby market) in a local HRTC bus and bought food from there. The items included Rice, Pulses, Maggi, Spices, Snickers, Glucose Powder, Tea and Milk powder. All this while the feeling that we will be starting our trek soon was slowly sinking in and all 4 of us were loving it. That is the excitement level when you go for your first self-planned trek! :D We had our lunch at a local Chinese dhaba and ate Momos and Thukpa (Bhushan was really fascinated with this name).
A long road journey but very very scenic. Around 8 hours. Lovely weather, good food, crazy friends and some good music with a good driver…trust me that’s all you for any journey. We halted at this Pong dam located on river Beas near Kangra district in Himachal. A beautiful scenic place near that dam awaited us. We halted there clicked some good pics and continued our ride. Around 7pm we halted another river side dhaba for tea, some few kilometers before Kullu. Perks of having your own vehicle and local driver is you can halt at astounding places like these.We reached Kullu. Stayed at Hotel Shobla international, which gave us good rooms with room heaters. Kullu provided us with the best food ever. From Malai koftas to chicken gravies to softest gulab jamuns everrrr…it helped me to put my all counted calories in bin. No regrets though.31st Dec- River rafting, Kasol (Parvati Valley) and back
We all have heard of the world’s highest motor able pass and everything that lies on either or its sides, but who could have ever thought of living in a place which is almost isolated. The Khardung village lies on the other side of North Pullu where most travelers stop for a break only before heading off for their journey further towards Nubra valley. Khardung village is off the grid, the population in a few hundreds and is home to many lip smacking local Ladakhi and Tibetan food joints. Look for a perfect home stay or guesthouses that are easily available. At 18,000 ft, away from the hustle and bustle of a town life.