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Road Trip to Dharamshala and Dalhousie

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Hi everyone!

I’ve asked so many queries here & received a lot of helpful recommendations/ info.
It’s time to give back a little.

We recently went on a road trip to Dharamshala & Dalhousie, and many Devis on the way.

Sharing trip details.

PART ONE

DAY 1

  • Started from Gurgaon at 6:30 am, reached Anandpur Sahib gurudwara at 1:30 pm.
  • Visited the beautiful Gurudwara, had the lovely langar prasad.
  • Then we went to Bhakra Dam. Bhakra permit office closes at 3:15 pm.
  • It was too hot so didn’t do much at Bhakra and went to Una for our night stay at Hotel Dayal (located on main highway itself).

DAY 2

  • Started at 7 am for Chintpurni temple. Darshan were done very conveniently in an hour. They have golf carts & lift facility for elderly, disabled and others who need them.
  • At 9:30 am, we started for Jwala ji. Had delicious Aloo Paratha breakfast on the way and reached around 11 am. At Jwala ji, autos can take you through a back entrance where you have to walk very less but it is about 100-200 metres of steep road climb.
  • Next stop was at Baglamukhi Temple.
  • At 1 pm we started for Kangra mata temple and reached in about 50 minutes. There’s a long inclined walk to reach the temple with lots of shops where you can buy prasad and many small things for gifting, etc.
    It’s a huge temple and you can have beautiful views of the snow covered Himalayas.
  • Then we went to Chamunda Devi temple.
  • Next was Aghanjar Mahadev temple in Dharamshala.
  • In Dharamshala we had our stay at Agastya Residency hotel. It was really nice small hotel with beautiful location, great service and delicious food.
    The night was rough as my oxygen dropped to 89-90% but we somehow managed (I have severe lungs issues).

DAY 3

  • I wasn’t well, thought of cancelling the trip and returning back home. But then discussed with my treating physician, took some extra medicines and started the day!
  • After breakfast, we started at 9 am for McLeod Ganj. I stayed in the car while others went to Church of St. Johns on the way, little before the parking.
  • Then they went to Kalachakra temple and I waited at a nearby shop.
  • After that we took local Alto taxi till Dalai Lama temple as I could not walk.
  • After that we did little bit of shopping and thereafter took cab to Woeser bakery. I love desserts!
    I had Carrot cake and Walnut tart.
  • Very near to that is Crepe Pancake. It is a little quaint cafe maintained by a lovely lady!
    We had Laphing, Nutella banana Waffle, Apple tea, Mango smoothie, and Cold coffee.
  • Then we went back to Dharamshala to see the Norbulinka Institute. It’s really amazing.
  • The cricket stadium was closed by the time we reached. Out last stop was at the tea gardens. Spent some time there and went back to our hotel.
  • I could hardly see anything but still enjoyed the day with my lovely family.

DAY 4

  • I was little better than earlier. Today we were to go to Dalhousie.
  • After breakfast, we went to see the cricket stadium.
  • We reached Dalhousie around 1:30 pm. We stayed at Indraprastha Hotel near Subhash Chowk.
  • After taking few hours of rest, we went to Subhash Chowk in the evening. It was little cold and we took light jackets.
  • After clicking pictures and spending some time at Subhash Chowk, we took a walk till Gandhi Chowk. It’s about 2 kms. It was mostly flat and I could walk there slowly with few rests in between. On the way we ate sweet corn, momos, gulab jamun, pani-puri and tikkis.
  • After reaching Gandhi Chowk, we did little bit shopping, visited the St. John’s Church and had yummy dinner at Kwality restaurant, and then went back to our hotel.

DAY 5

  • Our plan was for Khajjiar and Chamba for the day.
  • We started after the breakfast. We stopped at Beeji’s park on the way for some photos.
  • After spending about 2 hrs in Khajjiar, we reached Chamba in another 1.5 hours. The road was too bad and being repaired at multiple places.
  • First we went to Chamunda devi temple. You get beautiful views of the river Ravi from there.
  • Then we went to Bhuri Singh museum in the city and spent about an hour there.
  • After that we had lunch at New light punjabi dhaba. It’s a small local eatery but the food and service were really good.
  • Then we had some sweets at nearby shops and bought few pairs of Chamba chappals.
  • Next we went to the beautiful Laxmi Narayan temple in Chamba. Though it was at a walking distance only but there’s a very steep climb so we took a local cab.
  • Most people visit only Khajjiar but I think anyone going to Dalhousie must not miss Chamba.
  • After a long tiring day, we went back to Dalhousie. It was about 2 hours drive and the road was really good on this route.

DAY 6

  • We had to return to Gurgaon so started just after the breakfast around 9 am. It was a 11.5 hours drive.
  • Near Pathankot we bought some Aam papads.
  • We visited Devi Talab mandir, Jalandhar on the way.
  • At 2:30 we left from there and then went to Jalandhar haveli for lunch. The food, ambience and service were really good.
  • Then we took a little halt at Mannat Haveli, Murthal for light dinner, before reaching home at 11:30 pm.
  • It was a really tiring day. I don’t think I’ll ever again take such a long continuous drive.

Hope it will help you plan your trip.
I will share more details of individual places soon.

Happy travelling! 😊🙂

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Looks like my kind of trip. Except I love south and yours was north but we are both 🇮🇳 of course!

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I did this from Delhi to Dalhousie and Dharmshala in 2017 on Himalayan and Classic 350. 3 days if I remember in April. Masti to hai bhai.

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Unforgettable Himachal raised_hands Haha, you need to control your sweet tooth bro and make sure you give your body enough time to adjust to higher altitudes before exerting yourself further. That's what a guide told me. Rohtang Pass, Pin Parvati & Beas Kund Trek are in my wishlist. Thank you for sharing your travel experience. I am glad you were able to make the trip memorable. plus1

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Looks like my kind of trip. Except I love south and yours was north but we are both 🇮🇳 of course!

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Thanks!

I love South too....have been to numerous places in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala.😊
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I did this from Delhi to Dalhousie and Dharmshala in 2017 on Himalayan and Classic 350. 3 days if I remember in April. Masti to hai bhai.

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I too used to drive long on bike....once did Shirdi to Mumbai in 2008.
Now I don't ride bike due to some issues.
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Total expenditure?

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About to ask the same

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Did you hired taxi with driver for all of these ? what was charges approx ?

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bhai khud taxi driver hain.
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How much cab charged for Khajjiar and Chamba. I skipped chamba. Went to Khajjiar. I found it waste of time and money. Never going back to Dalhousie again.

Visited Delhi, Shimla, Manali, Dharamshala and Dalhousie in 20 days. Spent only 1 day in Dalhousie, I found this place overhyped.

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We took cab for whole trip but otherwise you can bargain local ones for around 3000-3500 for Khajjiar & Chamba.
Khajjiar feels overhyped but if you like some history, temples, etc., Chamba is good.

Most hill stations have lost their charm for sure!
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Unforgettable Himachal raised_hands Haha, you need to control your sweet tooth bro and make sure you give your body enough time to adjust to higher altitudes before exerting yourself further. That's what a guide told me. Rohtang Pass, Pin Parvati & Beas Kund Trek are in my wishlist. Thank you for sharing your travel experience. I am glad you were able to make the trip memorable. plus1

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hehe...ya I am working on my health now.
Actually I had blood cancer in 2012 and all this is related to that only. So there's not much I can do but definitely some improvement is expected with better care.
Thanks!
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covered the very same places in April 2nd week with friends.... places were good to visit but not extra ordinary... i found manali and shimla better than these.

Travelling was very hectic especially between dharamshala to jwalamukhi temple... roads are in too bad state

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Yes, those roads were still quite bad...will take time till those get good.

Manali is definitely better....will go there next time.
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wah bhai , full mje 😃

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Thanks😀
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i am also planning for same trip
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can i ask you about the contact detail of the driver?
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Satyanarayan, Yaduvanshi travels, Gurgaon - 7340023642
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Interesting !

every year self drive for summer getaway with spouse +kid from Hyderabad (1300-1400 km drive) via bangalore halt  eiether to Coonoor (near Ooty) or Kodaikanal  (both tamiilnadu) or , Munnar (kerala)  for a week or 2 stay at Coonoor club o/wellingto Gymkhana club / Kodalikanal club /Munnar Planter's club ( affliated to Nizam club/ secunderabad club /delhi gymkhana club etc ). car fully packed with mat ,folding chairs , all kinds of snacks etc.to do a impromptu picnic wherever the scenery demands,  

Iam yet to visit the above mentioned north Indian Himalayan hill sations doable out of Delhi  (but not much in to temples)  The only temples which I might pop in  just for the ambience should be atleast 1000-2000 years old with maginificient hoysala, pallava, chola ,pandya era architehture  . (like Srirangam Ranganathaswamy temple, Madurai meenakshi temple , Madras triplicane  parthasarathy temple or madras kapaleeshwar temple Mylapore 

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was seeing reviews for DTC Bus Delhi-Kathmandu and Delhi HOHO bus. But decided to tour delhi with Rs. 50 whole day AC bus pass. But then cancelled due to hot 50 degree outside

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are there a lot of zero experience Rs. 16000+ jobs in Dharmshala and Dalhousie for outsiders ? 

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