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324 Kms from Manasbal
Best time to visit - June to September
This beautiful town happens to be located in Jammu & Kashmir and is an abode for those who wish to pursue Buddhism. The ...
Day 6 : LehWe stayed at Leh for local sight seeing.Leh, is one of the sexiest place I have ever been to, people are honest, surrounded by beautiful mountains, wooden art can be seen in bulk. Leh, was the capital of the Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh, now the Leh district in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. Leh district, with an area of 45,110 kilometers. The town is dominated by the ruined Leh Palace, the former mansion of the royal family of Ladakh, built in the same style and about the same time as the Potala Palace-the chief residence of the Dalai Lama.
We woke up quiet early at 5:30 A.M. and after having a cup of hot masala tea we took a stroll by the lake. We took our camera and walked down to the lake to witness and capture the magical change of color of the lake from sea green to bright blue. I could not restrict myself from dipping my feet into the lake water and it was icy cold.After returning to our camp and having breakfast we drove back to Leh carrying the unforgettable beauty of the lake.During our return we halted at Changla pass for few minutes to enjoy the breath taking view of the snow covered Himalayan range. In the evening we explored Leh market. The popular items for the tourists are the locally woven woolen garments, Pashmina shawls, Tibetan handicrafts, Buddhist mask and paintings.Since apricots grow in plenty in Ladakh, it is another popular gift we can purchase. We picked some shawls, dry fruits, apricot jam and Tibetan souvenirs for our family and friends. The dragon motif is very popular in Tibetan art. Bargaining is a common practice while shopping in open markets and you pay on the basis of your negotiating skill. However government run shops are there where prices are fixed.
After having breakfast in the early morning we drove out for local sightseeing to Hemis monastery which is famous for mask festival, Thickshey monastery, 3 idiots’ school and Sindhughat for spectacular view of Indus river. We returned back to hotel for late lunch and again headed for a short trip to Hall of fame- a museum constructed and maintained by Indian army in memory of the martyred soldiers who lost their live in Indo-Pak and Indo-China war along with Shanti Stupa- structure built by Japanese Buddhist as symbol of peace.
Day 12: Korzok – LehAfter one of the most scenic treks, drive towards Leh at the end of the trek.
15th August The day India got his Independence.Big day for us!! Our destination was Hunder ( Nubra Valley ) which is nearly 130 km from Leh. KharDung La, the highest motorable pass, 86 km from leh, in between Leh and Nubra Valley having haight 18380 ft.
"Everything that kills me, makes me feel alive" ~ Counting StarsI understood the true meaning of this song when I saw the raw beauty standing still and frozen, the wind biting through my skin and the gentle rays of the sun penetrating my body.Leh! the high desert capital city shuts down for almost three months during winter. The otherwise lanes that our flourishing with tourists and motorists is completely abandoned at this time. The day starts and ends in the afternoon. One can barely see the sun through the constant shower of flakes of snow.Visiting any place during the best season is one kind but travelling to the same region when the conditions are not suitable is an insight into reality. Majority of people crave for adventure and excitement but only few have the heart to experience it. If you are one of those people, read on to know about the land that is detached from the outside world in winters, how to get there, what to do, where to eat and more.
Another new day and another new road to uncover. On day four we headed straight to Sangam point which is the confluence of River Indus and Zanskar just beside NH1 highway located at 20 miles from Leh. On the way back from there we stopped by at magnetic hill (its a section of NH1 where the vehicle is believed to move uphill due to magnetic pull) and Gurudwara Pathar Sahib which is run and maintained by our Indian army. After a little of local sight seeing in Leh, our driver dropped us at the Leh market in late evening hours for some shopping and dinner with which our elaborate guided tour came to an end.
292 Kms from Manasbal
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...
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.
This post is about the foodie delights of Amritsar. Amritsar, apart from being the home of the revered Golden Temple, is also an absolute heaven when it comes to Punjabi cuisine. I recently had the good fortune of spending a day and a half here with my parents. While the primary aim of the trip was a visit to the Temple, the side attractions of various food outlets that we tried out were equally enticing!So here's a quick run-down of the places I tried out (too many on the list were left out due to paucity of time and inability of the system to handle so much food):Gian Chand Lassi Delicious lassi served in metal tumblers, topped off with butter and cream. People struggle to finish one serving, and once done, you are sorted hunger-wise for hours together. They also have something called "pede waali lassi" where they add bits of sweet pedas to the lassi! Located near the Temple in the narrow market lanes.Bharawan da DhabaThe place to have a vegetarian meal in Amritsar. While my parents raved over the dal and bharta and the crisp tandoori rotis, I went straight for the one thing I wanted here - the onion kulcha thali! The kulchas were hot, crisp, nicely stuffed and accompanied by some very delicious chholey. While most people head to the outlet near the Golden Temple, we went to the newer branch at Ranjit Avenue. Comfortable seating, good ambience, decent service. My dad still remembers this meal fondly!
Golden Temple is one such place where I get peace of mind because my mind is always full with thoughts, just like sky with stars. And I always crave for that rare peace so I have decided to start my trip with Amritsar. And Atari border (or Wagah border), how can I miss the evening parade when in Amritsar. Every Indian should visit this place at least once to experience the level of energy by Indians and Pakistanis.
Fondly called as Ambarsar, Amritsar homes the numerous rich stories and tales which encompasses the chronological narratives for centuries. Founded in 1577 by the fourth Sikh guru Ram Das, Amritsar has derived its name from Amrit Sarovar, amidst which stands the sacred shrine of Sikhism—the enchanting Golden Temple.
290 Kms from Manasbal
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.
173 Kms from Manasbal
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.
249 Kms from Manasbal
Best time to visit - N/A
This is as valley as well as a town in the Dustrict of Chamba. Situated on the banks of the Ravi River, Chamba is a beau...
Khajund Lake – In the hinterlands of Chamba, a pristine lake is hidden in the shadows of the Panch Ungal peak (five fingers peak). The Saho village of Chamba is the home to ancient copper mines and the lake is located in its proximity. Khajund Lake is considered the home of Khajli Nag, the ancient serpent god who later moved to Khajiyar Lake. Its trek starts from Bhala Village which is again 3 hours away by a four wheeler. This trek is not advisable for solo travellers as it passes through a thick forest and chances of a Black Bear encounter are very high.Basic info – Stay options are present in Chamba and you can find simple stay homes in nearby villages.
4. 'Taal': A beautiful Himalayan Hamlet
CHAMBAIt was almost 1 pm by now, we headed to Chamba. It's almost 50 kms from Dalhousie, 90 mins to reach Chamba via Khajjiar. Chamba is one of the main city of Chamba distt situated at the "Bank of River Ravi" and is quite populated as compared to other nearby towns. It's situated in valley. The town looks spectacular from far away. The Houses are as colorful as 'Festival of Holi'.The main crop cultivate in this area is of Corn (Maize).One can see corns getting dry at locals house roof.As compared to Dalhousie, Chamba was quite hot. River ravi flows through the Chamba city. We wandered around the main market and visited the "Laxmi Narayan Temple- the Oldest Temple".One can buy Walnuts here, it's cheap as compared to other cities.
Sitting at the height of over 996 meters on the bank of the river Ravi, CHAMBA has become a destination of choice for many tourists visiting Himachal Pradesh. It's the valley of milk and honey, which is commonly known for its streams, temples, meadows, paintings and lakes.
I got ready to leave to Chamba. This is the northwestern district of HP. Chamba is the only district in northern India to preserve a well-documented history from 500 AD. Its high mountain ranges have given it a sheltered position and helped in preserving its centuries-old relics and numerous inscriptions. The temples erected by Chamba Rulers, more than a thousand years ago continue to be under worship. Got into the Volvo bus, which is from Delhi to Chamba via Dalhousie. Had a comfortable journey. I reached Chamba & took a walk to Hotel Iravati (of HP tourism), the best place to stay there. Once, I made a list of places to see, I visited Lakshmi Narayan mandir, Bhuri Singh museum, Hari rai mandir, Rangal Mahal which are the old preserved monuments at Chamba. Thanks to lonely Planet, my lunch was at Desa Chicken Corner - a small eatery joint in the market, where they make Dahi chicken, Roti in front of your eyes and serve it hot. Delicious.
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.
239 Kms from Manasbal
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?
292 Kms from Manasbal
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, snow-claded mountains with 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.
It is surrounded by three villages - Kondabal and Ganderbal and Jarokbal. The time you're just 2 minutes away from lake, you don't find a single trace of it, but a sudden veer on to a picturesque road brings to you a whole large lake, when your eyes couldn't reach upto to it's end.