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319 Kms from Sumur
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...
Next day we just roam around city with a visit to few gardens having sets of some Bollywood movies , though they were not that great during this time as it was not a bloom period but I was still convinced to see the view of river Jhelum and Dal lake from different angles, some major landmarks like Lal Chowk and of course lot of shopping from Koker bazaar...Paper Mache boxes, and Kashmir's embroidery attracted me due to my love for handicrafts . Though we were not sure whether they were actually handcrafted or not. But, I bought lot of them..after all we work hard so that we can shop harder. I still have an urge to see the city covered with colors of 'Chinar/Maple' trees. We were served Kashmir's delicacies during our stay in Srinagar, it is paradise for food lovers with the unique taste having perfect blend of all ingredients with an aroma of spices attracting food lover like me towards them. I still can feel that fragrance.Then we went to one of the most beautiful place Pahalgam. On our way, we were told about Kesar fields, Apple Valley but all I could do is visualize them during the months of July/August accessorized with leaves and fruits. Currently, I could just see the trees I used to make in my silhouette paintings, the views resembled lot like I have painted.
Gulmarg itself reminded me a lot of small Swiss mountain villages, a few wooden houses tucked along a curvy road, surrounded by a forest. In the center, there was not a market square nor houses, but a vast plain, where people were riding snowmobiles or tried standing on skis. I wonder if there once was a crystal-clear mountain lake?I did not find an answer to that but instead received all my snowboard equipment. The brothers drove me to their friend’s shop, to equip me with all necessities: snowboard, boots, ski dress, gloves, goggles, helmet, shovel and a beeper. Within a few minutes, I was ready to hit the slopes – or rather the uncombed backcountry, as I learned the next day. I was stunned by the efficiency and professionality of this little shop – and more than happy about the low price he made me, he gave me a substantial friendship discount.
These two were the most hospitable guys I have ever met; they treated me like their own brother. This is the pure opposite of how you would be treated in the Swiss mountains. What they lacked in clear communication (such as the reason why they could not pick me up inside the airport), they made up with friendliness. First, they brought me to the Dal Lake, where all the famous house-boats float silently. They picked a tour-boat for me and helped me negotiate a good price for a short, guided trip.
The dream trip of my life began from Srinagar. As soon as my Jet Airways flight from Kolkata landed in Srinagar, I was greeted by many smiling faces- faces of common people of Kashmir, faces of innocent people. My stay was booked in Houseboat in Dal Lake. On my way to Dal Lake, I was calmed by the cold breeze of the valley and the fragrance of pollution free air. The city was moving on its own rhythm. My Shikara was waiting at Ghat Number 13. The journey began.. It was my time to know the Heaven on Earth.
Day-3The last day of trip has came.We all were happy and satisfied with what we had done so far but one thing was left out and it was Skiing.We get our equipments on our selves and started skiing on the endless spreaded snow ground.It was difficult but very entertaining.All across the ground crowd was playing with snow and some like us were busy in skiing activities.We did for an hour and got very much tired so take off our equipment.Took numerous photographs of amazing landscapes.Continously wew were feeling satisfied and contentwith all activities.The sport activities made us realise what we had not done so far and so many things we have not tried yet.Finally we ended with skiing and took rest for sometime.We than proceeded to our favotite Bakshi Restaurant for lunch and had some coffee.We sat on the snow and memorised all the things done in past.Further we visited Maharaja Hari Singh Museum which was a place must to see if you are in Gulmarg. We also visited Maharani Temple on way back to our HotelSo this was my story of Gulmarg which was more than my expectation.Our bodies were tired but our Souls were refreshed.We did some shopping and ended my day with a Cigarette.Finally at night we packed the unpacked stuff and we were ready to come back to our practical life with rejuvenated mind and body.
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My journey started from Srinagar in the early morning around 6o’clock. I was very excited because it’s my dream to visit Leh. Between Kashmir to Leh Highway (NH1) you will find many Beautiful places which is famous.Srinagar -> Sonmarg -> Kargil -> Drass -> Leh Laddakh
Our final morning in Gulmarg was a clear one. And it didn’t snow that day. I took an early morning walk with a furry friend I made! We were also blessed with the company of a dozen monkeys. Thank god for my new friend, he led me home safely.
We reached Srinagar by 12:30 PM and headed straight to the fabled Dal Lake for a Shikara ride! I personally believed it to be over rated. I was so wrong. It’s a beautiful lake set against a backdrop of the mighty Himalayas, with the mountain tops covered in snow. The lake is lined up with a variety of very tall trees, all of them bare. I can only imagine the landscape when the trees flower, in their prime. The Shikara ride (interrupted a couple of times by souvenir selling shikaras and shikara snack shops) relaxes you as you cruise past an unending line of house boats with amusing names and the serene, panoramic views transport you to your happy place!
53 Kms from Sumur
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 ...
We were all pepped up for our last day in and around Leh. We decided to travel in a 40km radius to Hemis Monastery (one of the wealthiest Buddhist Monasteries, and rightly so), Thiksey Monastery (a Monastery you can stay in), the Rancho School (where Chatur, from 3 Idiots, got electrocuted) and Shey Palace (remains of the Namgyal Dynasty).
The following day was again a tough ride back to Leh, and the rest of the day went lazing around our crib. For those considering travel to Ladakh, specially with an elderly person, you should consider the following:1. Altitude Mountain Sickness (AMS) is real.2. Diamox is the medicine that is suggested as prevention/cure of AMS, but you should consult your family doctor before taking it. My mum and I didn’t need it.3. Sip water every 10-15 mins and drink atleast 3-4 litres of water to avoid AMS.4. Every small activity that involves oxygen including eating, walking and talking can leave you breathless. Keep sipping water and you should be fine.5. High blood pressure medicines don’t entirely work in high altitude.6. Alcohol and smoking/up should totally be avoid.
Day 2 of our trip was packed with the Leh sight-seeing itinerary. We went around the Hall of Fame – a war museum dedicated to the martyrs of the Indian Army, Spituk Monastery – one of the most spectacular monasteries of Northern India with a new Gompa within it, Sangam – the confluence of the blue Zanskar and the green Indus river (colours subject to the season visited in) and Pathar Sahib Gurudwara - built in 1517 to commemorate the visit of Guru Nanak Dev to Ladakh.
So, just like that, my mum and I left for Ladakh on 9th May. We took a Vistara flight from Delhi to Leh, got received by Mr. Anand, a Yatra representative and were dropped off at our hotel in Leh – Eco Poplar Resort. The resort was lush green, filled with Poplar trees that are characteristic of Leh.
Everyone loves to tell the story of how they ‘got Leh’d’.Old timers will tell you all about the mad adventures one can have each time you hit the road here. First timers will listen in awe, their eyes widening and brightening at the prospect of entering this mystic land of cold deserts, where the echoes of a monastery’s gong travels on icy winds to resonate through the mountains, where rivers flow from glacial heights and lakes lie in silence high up at the frontier, where every winding road leads you to some hidden part of Ladakhi paradise.
This is the nostalgic moment of the Tour when you have to bid adios to this beautiful place, knowing in your heart that one day you will come back here again (and I did follow my heart ;)). You'll fall in love with this town not only because of its mesmerizing landscape but also because of the people!Thank you!
I cannot end this write up, without making a special mention of the Hotel Leh Stumpa in the heart of Leh and its owner - a 56 year old lady. She is very soft spoken, caring and gives you a feel of home away from home. The commendable part is she cooks herself with love for all the guests and personally caters to their needs.
270 Kms from Sumur
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.
303 Kms from Sumur
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.
285 Kms from Sumur
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.
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.
296 Kms from Sumur
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...
Next day I packed my bags to go back. I wish to stay here for more and explore more. There's still lot to delve about this place. I promise myself to come back.I booked a seat in Himachal roadways for me directly to delhi and bus was scheduled at 3.30pm meanwhile i strolled in the Village across zostel and took pictures.
I mostly prefer REDBUS, so booked a sleeper bus (ASHOK TRAVELS) for myself from DELHI to PATHANKOT (480km )(cost:750 sleeper seat). There were more option available by but i found this cheaper and comfortable. I boarded from RED FORT aound 10.05 PM and arrived PATHANKOT in the moring around 7.30AM. I met a man in the bus who was also going dalhousie and we planned to go together from pathankot. From there I took a local bus to dalhousie (cost:125/-) and reached Dalhousie at 10.AM. I booked ZOSTEL for two days (350/- pernight on 4 bed mixed droom). This was my very first experience with zostel. About zostel, it is India's first and largest chain of backpackers' hostels. Pls visit https://www.zostel.com/. Here you will meet travelers with common interest and the best accommodation, staff and the HOST. It's cheaper and safer specially designed for solo travelers. The location of ZOSTEL is mesmerizing, it's away from the city and crowd. I decided to walk rather than booking a cab which will normally charge 300/-and it was just 4 km from bus stand. It took me 1.30 hours to reach Zostel. On my way i clicked pictures of local and mountains.
Day 3 - Arrive and explore DalhousieDalhousie is one of the very known tourist destinations for its mesmerising natural and scenic beauty. This place has attracted a lot of tourists because of its cool and comfortable weather in all seasons. Those who want to enjoy snowfall must visit this place in winter when the temperature falls upto 0 degrees
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!
305 Kms from Sumur
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...
Overnight journey takes us to Dharamshala where the Dhauladar Range showing the glimpse of snow line on mountain.We reached Dharamshala around 8.30 am & immediately got the local transport bus to Mcleodganj (20-25 min Journey)The day was allocated to Site seeing in Dharamshala & Mcleodganj, so we hire a bike to complete the taskAfter reaching to hotel & getting freshen up we started our day’s journey by visiting Dalai Lama TempleFrom there we moved to HPCA stadium Dharamshala, one the most beautiful cricket ground in the world having snowy mountains at its background.By visiting Bhagsunath temple & waterfall we moved to Naddi the sun set point in Mcleodganj. (Even Dal lake is on the way to Naddi)All these places are within periphery of 20 km so in a single day you can cover them all.
Day 3 we went to Dharamshala using the public transport.The city has a cricket stadium which a beautiful view of the snow covered peaks.we visited the stadium, had a tour of the city and came back to pack our bags with memories and experiences to share with people to pass on the baton to get enriched with life the hills in Mcleadganj has to offer
29th of Dec we took a bus for Dharamshala, and on the way, I got up 5-6 times hoping snowy streets and mountains as it has happened to me while I was going to Manali:DAs we reached Dharamshala I was content by the cold, the mountains and the sunrise:)
Day 6 → McLeod Ganj → ManaliWe knew hills could be tricky for riding post sunset and on Day 4 had experienced it first hand. The rest day had dissolved our weariness and we were adamant on leaving early morning before the sun rose. And we proceeded thus downhill from McLeod Ganj towards Manali (which we thought akin to our base camp to Ladakh).The sun rose soon lighting our spirits and the hilly vistas opened up revealing valleys adorned by pine trees, curvy roads, grazing cattle, bridges across merrily flowing streams and at times, unnamed waterfalls which would put even the named ones to shame.The roads soon turned dangerous with deep gorges on the sides and awkwardly cut out mountains on the other; the single lane highways with blind curves adding to the challenge. Just as other riders, we were caught in between enjoying the scenery and focusing on the road. River Beas soon showed up and we know she’ll keep company till Manali. Passing through a long lit tunnel, we soon reached Kullu (Manali’s sister city). We stopped for snacks on a restaurant by the river side and had a gala time with their pet dogs and the seating which was right by the river.We had made a habit of booking hotels typically on the 2nd half of the day as we’d by then have an indication of where we’d get to by the end of the day; at times we booked online if we liked some hotels; when we weren’t sure, we called up 1–2 hotels and blocked the rooms; so that we could visit, negotiate and then decide whether to stay or not.The last stretch towards Manali had alternate route options (one on either side of the river) and with google’s advice we took the narrower route which ended up with our car getting stuck in multiple places due to oncoming truck traffic. The mighty himalayas loomed ahead and the first sight was enough to fill our hearts with energy.By the time, the car stumbled into the town, it got dark; but the bikers had gone ahead to check-in at the hotel. Luckily we had time enough to come to the market and apply online for the permit to carry us across Rohtang pass into Leh, before the shops closed for the night. A delay would have meant another day in Manali to obtain permits and may have derailed our plans.We were glad to have started early and that learning stayed with us across the expedition.
Triund, the majestic Trek is situated in the laps of the Dhauladhar mountains of Dharamshala. Owing to the eye-catching view of the Dhauladhar mountains on one side and kangra valley on the other, this Trek is loved by nature lovers and travelers. Every year from India and all over the world, this Trek attracts a lot of tourist.Triund is an easily accessible trek which can be accomplished by almost all age groups. This Trek has a beautiful byway which takes a traveler through a beautiful forest of oak, deodar and rhododendron.
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.
305 Kms from Sumur
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A picturesque and quiet little town, Palampur is a panorama of stunning tea gardens, brooks, creeks, rice paddies and co...
We planned a trek to a nearby area that was a self-designed camping by the help of a local team. The package was very economical. Rs 200 per person for night stay, Rs 2400 for entire tent stuff (for eight people) and Rs 600 for the guide.It was very tough trek and we faced lot of issues at the camping site(no water,a uninvited guest(wild bear) and heavy rain).So if you have enough enthusiasm for this kind of adventure then you must try an unplanned trek.
THE JOURNEYI started my journey from New Delhi by HRTC bus which costed my only Rs 550. I booked hotel for two nights at just Rs 450 per night as it was off season but Palampur is a place one can visit in any season. My hotel was just near to the main Palampur market.They day I reached, there was a inter state volleyball in process and being a sports lover, I spent sometime in watching the game and then proceeded further to the Tea Valley. I chose my legs over other rides as I love exploring the place walking. For the complete two day I was just exploring the town and nearby places.
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 snow-capped 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.
I made this village as a place for night halt to cover Nubra river. This village has a beautiful Monastery and ruins of a palace. A traditional Ladhaki kitchen museum. You can explore the village and spend evening along the banks of river Nubra. Don't miss to enjoy the beautiful night sky.