IMPORTANT TIPS ON HOW TO PLAN FOR A PERFECT LONG WEEKEND TRIP

This is a guest post by Krati Agarwal.

Hello friends! Here are a few Tips On How to Plan For a Perfect Long Weekend Trip.

Have you got a long weekend off? Are you planning to go out and unwind? There are tons of things you can do on a long weekend. You can go camping, trekking, star gazing, visiting old friends or family, going to a nearby hill station or just discovering new places in your city.

But it is always advisable as well as desirable to plan well before embarking on any journey. And when it is a short trip like a weekend, the need to plan becomes all the more important so that you can get maximum pleasure from your trip. So here are a few suggestions, that you can keep in mind before going for your next weekend trip.

The process of planning a long weekend can be confusing. So, let us break it down step by step.

1. How Much To Spend?

Splurging for a long weekend is all fun and games. That is until you realize that your bank account is in jeopardy because you splurged too much! Be mindful of how much you can afford to spend before removing that wad of cash.
Before you decide the place, decide the cost. How much can you afford to spend?
You have to keep in mind the cost of traveling, the cost of accommodations, the cost of food and the cost of souvenirs (if you buy any).
Choose your place keeping in mind the budget you have.


Spend your money wisely
SPEND WISELY


2. Where to Go?

After deciding on a budget, you proceed to choose a place that fits your requirements. It is a long weekend, not a long vacation. Keep in mind the time available to you to travel.
Although it is a long weekend, it won’t be long before Monday comes chasing you (or Tuesday). You don’t want to be tired on the first day of the work from the week because of having too much fun.
Travel closer to home. Not only will you save time traveling, but you will also be able to come back quickly if there is an emergency at work or in personal life. Traveling closer to home does not necessarily mean that there are no interesting places nearby. Every place hides its own treasures. It is all about finding it. Once you find it, the place will leave you in awe.



Decide according to budget
CHOOSE THE PLACE AS PER BUDGET


3. How to Pack?

Pack light. You do not need a heavy backpack for a long weekend trip. Take one set of clothes for each day and an extra pair of clothes to be on a safer side. Carry only one pair of shoes and other essentials along with it.
You are going to enjoy a long weekend trip. You will be traveling for only a couple of days. There is no need to carry extra items along with you. Take only what is necessary.
A heavy backpack is not only unnecessary; it will also hinder you when you are traveling.
You also have to keep in mind the dangers of having your bag stolen. If you are packed too heavily, it makes you a more likely target.
Packing lightly is not only convenient; it will not hinder your movements.

4. How to Go?

Are you going by train? Are you taking a bus? Or are you taking your own car? Decide your means of transportation.
If you are using public transportation, book your tickets in advance.
If you are driving personally or you have hired a car, check the route beforehand. You don’t want to be caught in traffic. Plan your route and make the appropriate pit stops when needed. Download an offline version of Google Maps to be on a safer side.
You could lose a lot of time by not knowing where to go. Waste less time by planning ahead.


Choose how to go
DECIDE THE MODE OF TRANSPORT


5. Where Do I Stay?

Book your accommodations in advance if you do not have a place to stay.
Do not wait to reach your destination before booking a place to stay. You may face unwanted obstacles if you do so.
If you are lucky, you will find a place to stay. Or else you may be met with a rejection by the staff due to the place already being fully booked.
You may even have to end up compromising and staying in an unknown place. It is better to book your accommodation in advance.
This will not only ensure that you have a place to stay, but it also ensures your safety. You do not want to stay in an unknown place with dubious surroundings.


Get a place to stay
BOOK ACCOMMODATION IN ADVANCE


6. Places to Visit

Once you have decided on where to go and how to go, the next step is which places you will be visiting once you reach your destination.
Research the places near your destination. Narrow down the possibilities and choose the places of interest.
This will save you a lot of time. You will avoid being confused once you reach your destination.
Do not forget to check the route between the places, you will visit and your area of residence during the stay. Download an offline Map. Plan your route and waste less time.


Know local places
KNOW WHICH PLACES TO VISIT


7. Where Do I Go Today?

Regardless of how short the trip is; have a rough plan on what you want to do for the day. Plan your day.
Decide on which places you want to visit today. Do not leave it for the end moment and think that you will go with the flow. Choose the places you will visit for the day.
Planning this will make sure that you will not run around unnecessarily and you will not miss out on any of the places.


Plan for the day
PLAN YOUR DAY


8. What is Special?

What is your planned destination most famous for? Are there any local festivals going to take place? What is the specialty of this place?
Keep these questions in mind when you are researching on your destination. This will help you in enjoying your trip to the maximum.
For example, if you are hoping to spend a quiet weekend in some mountains but the locals have a festival going on, well, you can say goodbye to your quiet time.

Although you will witness the lively local culture, the aim of your trip will not be met.

Or the purpose of your trip is to witness this liveliness. You are visiting a place to explore the locality. But you have not researched this place. You go and travel superficially. Meanwhile, a local festival or fair is happening just a few miles away from you, but you do not know of this. You will miss out on the liveliness that you wish to enjoy.


CHECK FOR LOCAL FESTIVALS OR FAIRS
CHECK FOR FESTIVALS OR FAIRS


Even if you know it, due to lack of accommodations and planning, you will miss out on this festival or event.

If you know that there is a festival or event taking place, you can prepare yourself accordingly. You can move closer or farther away from it depending on what you seek.

These are the things you need to keep in mind when you travel for a long weekend. Do not forget to return back on time. Although the trip is meant for you to unwind from the mundane and tiresome routine of your daily life, traveling can also drain you. Leave yourself with enough time to return home and rest before you once again fall back into the busy schedule of your life.
So plan your journey, pack smartly, travel wisely and enjoy your long weekend.

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Bon Voyage!!!

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Krati Agarwal
KRATI

Krati Agarwal is a Fashion, Motivation and a Lifestyle writer. She has a keen interest in creating new content. She loves experimenting with things. She is an engineer by profession but a writer by passion. 

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7 DAY ITINERARY FOR SPITI VALLEY TOUR - HOW TO GO

ABOUT SPITI VALLEY AND IT'S TOUR – Spiti Valley is a cold mountain desert valley in Himachal Pradesh state of North India. It is one of the most spectacular places in India to visit. Spiti meaning "middle land" is situated at a very high altitude in the Himalayas. It separates India from Tibet. Surrounded by the high mountain ranges Spiti has an altitude of 12500 ft. Spiti Valley is a part of Lahaul and Spiti district and its headquarter is at Kaza, around 5.5 km(3.4mi) from Spiti. A river of the same name i.e. Spiti river flows through Kaza. A complete tour of Spiti Valley will give you a lot of adventurous and memorable moments.

 

Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh
SPITI VALLEY
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ITINERARY FOR A 7 DAY TOUR OF SPITI VALLEY - While Travelling to Spiti Valley you will pass through many interesting places, each unique in its own way. Covering the whole Spiti Valley circuit comfortably takes around 10 days. However, it is possible to complete the Spiti Valley tour in 7 days and still not miss anything. I will present below, a detailed itinerary of a tour to Spiti Valley, which will take you through some of the most enchanting places in and around Spiti Valley. Just read on.

 


Spiti Valley in 7 days
SPITI VALLEY TOUR

Here I present a 7-day Spiti Valley itinerary to you, and you will see you will not miss any of the major attractions of Spiti Valley.

 

Let’s take Delhi as the base.



  • Day 1 - Delhi to Shimla/ Narkanda
  • Day 2 - Shimla/ Narkanda to Reckong Peo
  • Day3 - Reckong Peo to Kaza
  • Day4 - Kaza to Kibber/ Komik/ Langza/ Key Monastery
  • Day5 - Dhankar Lake Trek
  • Day6 - Kaza to Chandratal Lake
  • Day7 - Chandratal - Manali - Delhi

DAY 1

Delhi to Shimla/ Narkanda

The Spiti Valley itinerary begins from Delhi. It is suggested to start late at night or early morning from Delhi so as to reach Shimla by afternoon. In case you want to spend the night at Narkanda, it is a further two hours drive from Shimla (irrespective of whether you are using your own or public transport). I would recommend Narkanda for two reasons. First, you would have travelled an additional 60 km for the day and it is more peaceful than Shimla. Secondly, if you manage to reach Narkanda by afternoon, you can get to visit Hatu peak, the highest point in the entire Shimla district, which presents a mesmerizing view from the top.


Hatu Peak,Narkanda
VIEW FROM HATU PEAK

DAY 2

Shimla/ Narkanda to Reckong Peo

Once again, start early so that you can reach Reckong Peo on time. The road condition is not so good at some stretches so you will have to keep your speed very slow. Narkanda to Reckong Peo is around 170 km. You will surely enjoy the journey because most of it will be along the river Satluj. After travelling half the distance (about 80 km), the road starts getting bad near a place called Jeori. So Narkanda to Reckong Peo may take 6 hours to cover the distance. Stay at Reckong Peo for the night. Relax and roam around to explore the place.


Reckong Peo, Spiti Valley
RECKONG PEO
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DAY 3

Reckong Peo to Kaza

The most difficult part of the Spiti Valley tour begins now. You will be covering a distance of 200 km to reach Kaza from Reckong Peo. And out of this, the road for the first 65 km is really bad. For some distance, roads get better but after Nako, the condition of the road starts deteriorating again. So covering a distance of around 200 km may take more than 7 hours. So plan accordingly.


Kaza, Himachal Pradesh
KAZA
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DAY 4


Kaza to Kibber/ Komik/ Langza/ Key Monastery

Kaza is one of the most scenic places to visit in India. Spend the day at Kaza to relax and explore the surrounding areas. There are naturally beautiful villages like Kibber, Komik and Langza, each beautiful in its own way. You can also visit the famous Key Monastery on the way to Kibber village. One thing to be noted is that there are no roads here so you will be mostly travelling on dirt trails. If you have time in your hands, you may also visit Hikkim village. In all the total stretch covered will be around 100 km. Return to your hotel in Kaza in the evening and relax.


Komik Village, Spiti Valley
KOMIK VILLAGE
DAY 5

Kaza to Dhankar Lake Trek

On day 5  of this Spiti Valley itinerary, you can indulge in some adventure. Go to the Dhankar lake trek in beautiful and picturesque surroundings. If you are lucky, then you may come across some birds and wild animals along the way. There is another very beautiful village on the way which is much greener than the rest of the area. The trek to the lake will take another two hours from here. Return to Kaza in the evening.


Dhankar Lake, Spiti Valley
DHANKAR LAKE
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DAY 6

Kaza to Chandra Tal Lake

This is the most exciting and adventurous part of the Spiti Valley tour. You have a choice to travel by car or trek to Chandra Tal lake. If travelling by car then you first go to Kunzum pass. From Kunzum pass reach Batal. Two km from Batal there is a narrow road going to Chandra Tal lake. Driving on this road requires a lot of expertise and patience because the road is just enough wide for one car to pass. From here, Chandra Tal is about 14 km. Once you reach Chandra Tal lake, you can stay in any of the camps available there. Chandra Tal lake area is colder as compared to other places in Spiti valley. Just lie beside the lake and gaze at the crystal clear sky at night. It is going to be a memorable experience. In case you choose to trek to Chandra Tal lake, it will take around 5 hours to reach here from Kaza. If you don't visit Chandra Tal lake, you would be missing a natural wonder of a place to visit in India.


Chandra Tal Lake, Himachal Pradesh
CHANDRA TAL LAKE
DAY 7

Chandratal Lake - Manali - Delhi

After all the adventure, it is time for the return journey. Once again, you should start early because the road from Batal to Gramphoo is in a really bad condition. You will have to travel at a slow speed. It may, therefore, take up to 8 hours to reach Manali itself. But the good thing is that you will come across a number of streams on this journey. This will help to lift your spirits. Once you reach Manali, depending upon your choice, you may break the journey here or may continue to travel to Delhi.

This completes the 7-day itinerary of Spiti Valley tour, one of the most naturally gifted and unspoiled places in India to visit.


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P.S. - This is a great way to cover maximum Spiti circuit in 7 days. But I would welcome suggestions to improve upon this itinerary. Please leave your suggestions in the comments box.

VERY IMPORTANT - Keep enough food and water with you wherever you go in Spiti valley as in remote villages and while trekking, you may find it difficult to get them.

HAPPY TRAVELLING!!

CHEERS!!!


Spiti Valley tour in 7 days
7 DAY SPITI VALLEY TOUR



4 SMART WAYS TO SAVE MONEY ON TRAVEL - SOME SIMPLE IDEAS

Here are some smart ways to save money on travel. These are important tips to save time and money while travelling. Time and money are the two most valuable aspects of our life. If you want to earn more money, you must spend more time working and if you want to save time, you must spend more money(for example, you would travel by air instead of train or road if you want to save time).

Hello, my friends. Hope you are enjoying your travels and if not travelling, I am sure you must be planning some trip. That's great, because travel always rejuvenates us, physically, mentally as well as spiritually. However, if you end up spending more time or money than you had intended to, it could be counterproductive. It could lead to unnecessary stresses. What, if I told you there are very simple ways by which you can save both time and money during your travel? Will that not be a boon?


Tips to save money in travel
HOW TO SAVE MONEY IN TRAVEL

Yes! There are very simple ways of saving time and money on travelling, but in our eagerness or anxiety to get that perfect holiday or trip, we overlook these things. Here are a few suggestions by which we can save time and money during our travel:

TRAVEL IN A GROUP 
This is my first suggestion to save time and money on travelling. Unless you are a hardcore solo traveller, always try to go in a group. It could be family, friends or even unknown people. There are so many online and offline travel communities these days which encourage people to find travel buddies. You can join these communities and choose your travel buddies according to your preferences. When you travel in a group, the cost is always divided and per person, expenditure is always less than if you travel solo. Another benefit of travelling in a group is that you save considerable time in planning about logistics and various other activities as you don't have to undertake all the research alone while planning a trip. Makes some sense?


Cheap travelling tips
TRAVEL IN GROUP AND SAVE TIME AND MONEY

HAVE CLEAR CUT DIRECTIONS
This is my next suggestion to save time and money and to travel cheap. If we are travelling by road, we should be very clear about the route we are going to take, before we start. And even during intracity travel in the place, we are going to, we should ask for clear directions to whichever place we intend to visit. Why I say so is because whether we travel by air, rail or road, eventually we will have to take intracity travel by road only. Most of us depend on google maps or some other apps for road directions. However, it is my personal experience that even google map goes wrong sometimes. And one wrong turn means getting into a maze in an unknown place. You could end up driving many more kilometres than you should have. Google doesn't know more than local people. So don't hesitate to ask for the right directions. It will not only save you a lot of hassle but much time and money(savings in fuel) also. You can ask your hotel staff also before starting your journey for the day. They would be best equipped to give you the right directions to your destination.


Money saving ideas
HAVING CLEARCUT DIRECTIONS HELPS


HAVE PRIOR HOTEL BOOKING
My third suggestion to save time and money in travelling is to have a prior hotel booking. This means you should have your accommodation booked before you start your journey. Do not depend on getting an on the spot booking, irrespective of whether it is a tourist season or not. I say so from my own experience. Some people are of the opinion that one should book the hotel only after seeing it to avoid unnecessary hassles later on. Then there are those who feel insecure if they don't have an advance booking for the whole duration of their stay. And some others feel that we should not book hotels and block money for all the days of stay. I choose a middle path.


Hotel booking tips
HAVING PRIOR BOOKING KEEPS YOU STRESS-FREE

I book my accommodation for one night only and I pay advance money for that only. This way, I save my valuable time which I otherwise would spend on searching for accommodation immediately after landing at my destination. I am stress-free as I know that I have a place to go just after reaching my destination, where I can relax for a while and proceed with my next plan. If I like the place, I extend my stay and if I don't like it, I don't have to spend extra time searching for other accommodation. I can always do it while I am exploring the place. This way, I not only save time but a headache too. Another benefit is that if I plan to extend my stay at the same hotel, I am in a position to bargain for a better deal from the hotel on account of this.


Hotel Advance Booking
GET A PLACE TO RELAX

BOOK DIRECTLY WITH HOTEL
This is my fourth tip to have a cheap vacation. I know you might be doubting my sanity when I say so. You get such fabulous deals from online portals and apps, why would you talk to any hotel staff or book with them directly. Well, I am saying this with confidence from my personal experience. Portals and apps do give some really attractive offers and deals but mind it, nobody pays from their pockets. It is you and me from whom they have to earn. From repeated experience, I have learnt that it is always beneficial to speak directly with the hotel before finalizing any booking. I have got much better deals when booking directly with the hotel than from apps. Let me give you an example.


Cheap travel
SAVE BOTH TIME AND MONEY
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During my latest trip, I checked online for a particular hotel and found the best offer of INR1950/- per person per night in a standard room, without balcony and without breakfast. When I spoke with the same hotel directly, after some bargaining, I ended up getting a deal of INR1800/- per person per night in a Super Deluxe room, with breakfast. You can see the difference and the savings I made. Another plus is that you don't have to spend time browsing through so many sundry portals or apps to get that one best deal. Just find the hotels, check the reviews and talk to the shortlisted ones. This will save a lot of time.

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So these are my suggestions to save time and money on travelling, which I have learnt from my experience. I am sure you will use these smart ways to save time and money on your next trip.

DON'T BE SELFISH. Share this post with others to help them also to save time and money during travel.

HAPPY TRAVELLING!!

P.S.- I will welcome more suggestions on this subject. Please do not hesitate to add your inputs if you have any. I will add the suggestions I find really good in this post with credit to the person who has offered that suggestion. So put your thinking caps on and write in the comments.


Money saving tips
MONEY SAVING TIPS

DALHOUSIE PLACES TO VISIT IN A 3 DAY TRIP - AMAZING PLACES IN INDIA

Dalhousie is a small hill town in Himachal Pradesh and is among the most amazing places to see in India. Surrounded by beautiful lush green forests on one side and snow-capped peaks on the other, Dalhousie is a place to feed your body and soul with nature's gifts. It is one of the very few places in India, which still retain their lush green cover and natural charm. The peace and serenity of the place rub on to your soul. This is my story about Dalhousie visiting places.



Image of Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh
DALHOUSIE - THE PARADISE
Hello friends! With summers upon us, you all must be planning vacation and looking for places to escape the heat. I, for one, have already been to a place which I would keep at the top among amazing places to see in India. 

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TRAVELLING FROM DELHI TO DALHOUSIE - Last month I planned a three day trip to this paradise in Himachal Pradesh and booked my ticket for a night journey on a Volvo bus from Delhi to Dalhousie. Surprisingly, in spite of it being the middle of March, it was cold in Delhi. However, it didn't matter as once you embark on a journey, you are prepared for such minor things. To begin with, the bus started half an hour late at 9.45 pm. I would have preferred a window seat, to be able to click some pictures on the way. However, I found I had an aisle seat. The bus was very comfortable, with reclining seats, leg rest, water bottles and blankets being provided. And the biggest boon was the mobile charging points :). It was supposed to be an 11-hour journey. Delhi to Dalhousie distance is roughly 560 km(350 mi) from Delhi. Soon, the lights of the bus were switched off. And the bus was cruising along. I, usually, am not able to sleep during the journey as I am more into enjoying the journey rather than spending the entire duration sleeping. And moreover, the excitement of reaching that amazing place would not let me sleep.


At around 5 in the morning, as we were crossing Pathankot, I started to prepare myself for the much anticipated natural beauty ahead. Soon enough, the bus started to enter the hilly terrain. And I started seeing what I was dying to see. The beautiful green fields, tall trees and mountains. With daylight breaking and forming a magnificent backdrop, it was a breathtaking scene. I felt really excited that there were such amazing places to see in India. Now, I was longing to breathe the fresh air of hills. I asked the conductor of the bus and he told me it was still 3 hours drive to Dalhousie. It was around 6 at that time so I figured we would reach Dalhousie only by 9.



Dalhousie image
VIEW FROM MY BUS WINDOW


Image of Dalhousie
ANOTHER VIEW

I am an early riser and a morning walker. So I was getting desperate to get some early morning fresh air into my lungs. To my relief, within a few minutes, the bus stopped at a place to pay the toll tax and we were informed we could get down as it would take at least 15 minutes to clear the process. It was enough for me. I jumped out of the bus. And the first thing I did was take a long deep breath. As I had expected, the air outside was so clean it immediately refreshed me. I didn't want to get back into the bus, but could not afford to be left on the road either. So got back on the bus and the bus started on its onward journey towards Dalhousie.



Image of Sunrise in Dalhousie
THE SUNRISE IN THE HILLS

Very soon, tall mountains, with snow-capped peaks started to appear. It had snowed a couple of days back, so most of the mountains were covered in snow. The scene outside was actually taking my breath away. Now was the time to get set to click some cool pics. However, being in the aisle seat made it a little tough to get the right angle and timing. Still, I persisted and got a few really good ones. I was so engrossed in the scenery outside that I lost track of the time. Suddenly I heard the conductor announcing that we had reached Dalhousie and everybody needed to get down. I checked the time. It was 8.30 in the morning. I got down from the bus and got my luggage. 



Hills of Himachal Pradesh
THE LUSH GREEN HILLS OF DALHOUSIE

First thing I noticed was, snow-capped peaks seemed so near. And the area looked so quiet, except for the noise coming from the people who had just disembarked from the bus. My hotel was within walking distance from the bus stand. And the weather was very cold. I started to shiver, although I had my woollens on. I reached the hotel and the owner graciously allotted me a temporary room although the check-in time was 12 noon. This room was small but I had to bear with it for some time. I ordered a hot cup of tea and jumped into bed and took the blankets to beat the cold. After having tea and getting some warmth, I began to reflect on my plan for the day. Then I freshened up and got ready for the day.



Dalhousie images
THE SNOW CAPPED PEAKS


Snow covered Himalayas in Himachal Pradesh
SNOW COVERED HIMALAYAS

I had the names and details of Dalhousie visiting places I wanted to see. But I first wanted to settle into my regular room. So at 11.30, I was informed by the hotel staff that my room was ready and I could shift. This room was much bigger with a balcony and a magnificent view of everything including forest, snow on hills and valley. It was really a large and beautiful room. Hereon started my 3 day trip to Dalhousie.


MOVING TO DALHOUSIE VISITING PLACES


DAY 1


SUBHASH CHOWK - Got out of the hotel and headed to Subhash Chowk. Subhash Chowk was the first in the list of places to visit in Dalhousie It has been named after great freedom fighter Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. It was just 5 minutes walk from my hotel but the climb was pretty steep. So by the time I reached there, I was breathing heavily. But the view above was so amazing that it made me forget everything else. There is a platform with railings built on the edge of the hill to enable people to enjoy the majestic view of the valley below, snow-covered mountains in front and lush green forest on the left, all at one place. This is one of the most sought after viewpoint of Dalhousie. Subhash Chowk is basically a quiet place barring loud talking of cabbies who park their vehicles here in search of customers.



Subhash Chowk at Dalhousie
SUBHASH CHOWK
ST. FRANCIS CHURCH - And on the Subhash Chowk itself is the iconic St. Francis Church. It was built in the year 1894 by the army and civilians together. The Church is built in British architectural style with stone and glass work in the interior. It has been maintained so well that it is difficult to guess that it is so old. The ambience of the Church becomes soul stirring with Deodar trees on all sides.


St. Francis Church, Dalhousie
ST. FRANCIS CHURCH


GANDHI CHOWK - Dalhousie Mall Road and Gandhi Chowk are at the same place. After admiring the St. Francis Church for some time, I moved towards the local shopping centre called Gandhi Chowk on the mall road. This is one area among Dalhousie visiting places, which you should not miss. The road connecting Subhash Chowk with Gandhi Chowk is called Garam Sadak or Hot Road. It is about 1 km long and is called so because it receives sunlight throughout the year, irrespective of the weather and thus, remains warm. On one side of the road is the valley and on the other side, there are buildings like houses, hotels and a couple of government houses. As I walked the road I could feel the warmth. And yes, there were a lot of monkeys around. But they would not disturb you if you let them be.


Gandhi Chowk market, Dalhousie
GANDHI CHOWK


Gandhi Chowk, Dalhousie pictures
SNOW COVERED HILLS IN THE BACKDROP AT GANDHI CHOWK

Once I reached Gandhi Chowk, I found it was a small local shopping centre with some eateries, a few shops selling souvenirs and some shops selling regular stuff. I had some Maggie to douse my hunger. It was really good. I found another viewpoint at Gandhi Chowk. It was a canopy and I could see a line of snow-covered peaks from there.


PANCHPULA - Next in the list of places to see in Dalhousie was Panchpula. I was told that it was about 3 km from Gandhi Chowk. I decided to walk the distance and do some exploration. As I started to walk, I found the road was not in too good a condition. However, the walk was smooth on this winding road. On the way, I crossed Satdhara, meaning seven streams. Seven small streams combine at this place. However, there was not much to write about as the streams were too thin and had been directed to taps so that their natural flow was obstructed. I moved on from there and reached Panchpula after some time.



Panchpula, Dalhousie
SNOW AT PANCHPULA


Panchpula, Himachal Pradesh
THE STREAM AND THE BRIDGE AT PANCHPULA

Panchpula means five bridges. It is a nice picnic spot. A big stream flows from the top and is said to provide water to the whole of Dalhousie. It is quite a picturesque spot with green valleys and mountains. A monument of freedom fighter Sardar Ajit Singh has been built at the top. You can trek to the top with stairs running parallel to the stream. As it had snowed a couple of days earlier, there were many small lumps of snow scattered there which increased the beauty of the spot. You can indulge in adventure here. And there is a small amusement park also. Sitting in those surroundings made me feel a part of nature. It was so soothing. I had a big plate of vegetable pakoras and tea for lunch, which was quite delicious and cost me only INR50. Then I got some funny pictures of myself clicked. Soon it was time to go back. But I was too tired to walk back to Dalhousie, so I was looking to hitch a ride. Luckily for me, immediately a bus came towards me and I saw it was going towards Dalhousie. So I wasted no time in jumping on to it. And in 15 minutes, I was back in Dalhousie.



Fun at Punchpula
IT IS ALIVE PIGEON


Panchpula adventure images
THIS RABBIT IS COMFORTABLE ON MY SHOULDER

It was nearing 6 in the evening and lack of sleep was telling on me, so I decided to call it a day. Went to my hotel room and relaxed.


DAY2


Day2 did not start on a promising note. I was going through my list of Dalhousie visiting places. I had planned to visit Dainakund, Ganji Pahadi and a couple of more places but hotel staff told me that all these routes were closed due to snowfall. Then I thought of going to Khajjiar, and again I was informed that regular route was closed and I would have to take a long detour to reach Khajjiar and it will take 3 hours to cover the distance instead of normal one hour. That again discouraged me and that left wondering what I was going to do for the next three days in Dalhousie. It was a Sunday and I had nowhere to go. So I decided to book my return tickets for the next day.


Things have a strange way of happening. I sat down to book my return ticket online and to my consternation, the transaction would just not get through. One, two, three, four times and every time payment would be made but the transaction would not be formalized. I gave up in desperation and thought of getting it booked from the window at the bus stand. And for that I needed cash. So I moved out to find an ATM. The disappointment was waiting for me here too. I tried all the ATMs in the vicinity but none of them was working. They were either out of order or didn't have cash. I didn't have enough cash to pay the hotel bill and book my ticket and hotel guy won't accept payment by card. So I was badly stuck and was left with no choice but to go and relax in the hotel room and wait for the next day. I did exactly that.



Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh
VIEW FROM MY HOTEL

In the evening, I went out for a stroll and look at what I saw.

I could not have enough of this marvellous sunset scene. It was like coming straight out of a picture book. Thus, ended my day on a high.


Dalhousie sunset images
THE PICTURESQUE SUNSET


Night image of Dalhousie
THE SKY WHEN DAY MEETS NIGHT


DAY3


My first project for the day was to get some cash and get my return ticket booked. I had to get cash and ticket booked. So I sat down to try and get the online booking done. As I said, things have a strange way of working. This time it didn't take more than 5 minutes to complete the booking. Quite intriguing you see. Then I set out to check if ATMs had started working. And again, this time I got the cash from the very first ATM I tried. It might have been some divine plan to hold me back there. What would you think?


Mission accomplished and more than half the day still remaining, I thought of exploring the surrounding areas and soak in the peace and serenity of the place. Decided to take a long walk on a road called Thandi Sadak(cold road). It is called so because it doesn't receive any sunshine throughout the year as opposed to Garam Sadak. It is again one of those places to see in Dalhousie, which are calm and peaceful.


With very less traffic on the road and enjoyable weather, I was walking along merrily when I came across this spot. The entrance to a resort. The view from here was amazing. I could clearly see deep valleys, lush green forests and snowcapped Himalayan peaks from here. It made for a thrilling sight. Stayed there for quite a while, admiring the scene in front of me.





Image of Himalayas
VIEW FROM THE TOP


Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh images
JUST BREATHTAKING

As I moved further, I could see snow lying all along the road. I was really feeling good walking in the fresh air of hills and road was also comfortable in the sense that there was no climb. It was a flat road. Moving further up, I came across another vantage point. This one was better than even the earlier ones. The view from here was straight from picture postcards. A lush green valley and a village with colourful houses in that with a long line of snowcapped peaks in the backdrop. A very clear view of everything. It was a sight to behold. And I think the best view I could have had from anywhere. Simply majestic. And coupled with the calmest surroundings I could imagine, it seemed to be a perfect place to meditate. Except that I am not much into meditation(though very much into prayer). So I could end my day on a high.



Image of Dhauladhar range in Dalhousie
THE STUNNING DHAULADHAR RANGE


Dhauladar mountains in Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh
VAST STRETCH OF DHAULADHAR
HOW IS DALHOUSIE WEATHER - Weather in Dalhousie is pleasant throughout the year. Winters may be harsh due to snowfall. Summers have good enjoyable weather with cool mountain breeze blowing. March to June is the ideal time to visit Dalhousie.


HOW TO REACH FROM DELHI TO DALHOUSIE

AIR - Nearest airport to Dalhousie is Gaggal airport in Kangra, which is around 130 km away. From here you can hire a cab.


RAIL - Nearest railway station is Pathankot, which is 80 km away. From here, you can hire a taxi or can get a state-run bus to reach Dalhousie.


ROAD - Dalhousie is well connected by road to major cities. State-run and private buses are available from Delhi to Dalhousie. Taxis are also easily available.


BEST HOTELS IN DALHOUSIE - The best location of hotels in Dalhousie is between bus stand and Subhash Chowk. Reason being, bus stand is the entry point of Dalhousie and Subhash Chowk is the junction which leads to roads to all places to visit in Dalhousie. And it is hardly a 1 km stretch. 


So it was time to say goodbye to Dalhousie. It was all in all a pleasurable experience. From hotel owner Sanjay Thakur to hotel staff to local people, all were very gentle, cordial and always ready to help.

Dalhousie is really one of the most peaceful, calm, serene and naturally beautiful summer destinations I have visited. There are so many breathtaking places to see in Dalhousie. As I said, in any list of most amazing places to see in India, it will rank among the top.


There are so many more amazing places to see in India. Checkout at Travel & tours in India 


I visited the officially termed 'Mini Switzerland of India' i.e. KAHJJIAR also. So I could strike out one more place from my bucket list for 2019. Here is the story of my visit to KHAJJIAR


P.S. - I am already planning my next trip. Suggestions are welcome. Which place you would like me to go to and write about? Mention in the comments.


HAPPY TRAVELLING!!