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How to reach Mc Loed Ganj
Reach Delhi by evening flight and take the train Jammu Mail from Old Delhi railway station to Pathankot.
Drive from Pathankot to Mcloed Ganj – Take a road journey from Pathankot to Mc Loed Ganj which will take around two hours. (91.6 kms)
Check in to hotel, have your breakfast and freshen up.
The complex has the Dalai Lama’s residence, Tibet Museum, Tsuglagkhang Temple, and Namgyal Gompa. Dalai Lama visits Dharamshala seasonally to give preaching and have meetings with the public as well. Tibet Museum gives a glimpse of the tibetan culture and their struggle so far. Namgyal Gompa is the monastery in the Tsuglagkhang Complex.
But the thing that engulfs you the most are the prayer chants of the monks inside the temple. It feels as if the voice is coming from deep within somewhere and a few moments later you feel to be blank and totally absorbed by those chants.
Just about a km walk from the temple are the Bhagsu waterfalls. They are not the very huge ones but have historical significance and are considered to be among the top 20 must visit waterfalls in India. An evening stroll to this place before heading to the market would be a perfect end to a day at McLeod Ganj.
About 20-30 mins walk from the main market of McLeod Ganj. It is one of the key religious places in the Land of Gods (Himachal Pradesh called “Dev Bhoomi” in Hindi). There’s a small pond and a small shop outside to buy material for prayer.
The Norbulinka Museum is a must-see. It is located in the basement of the left-hand side building next to the monastery. The ground floor of the building serves as a shop selling Buddhist artefacts and books. This museum has dolls of various Tibetan culture, with exquisite design and vibrant colours.
The Kangra Fort, also known as the Nagarkot Fort, was the seat of power of the Katoch kings. There are seven gates as you trudge up the cobbled path of history. Three richly-carved temples now lie in ruins, all with intricate patterns reminiscent of the Meenakshi Madurai temples of India.
If time permits, we will cover more places. You can even indulge in activities like yoga,reiki or learn about Buddhism which is very famous here.
In the evening return to hotel for dinner.
Post breakfast, proceed to Truind for a one day trek. Pack lunches from the hotel.
Truind is the crown jewel of Dharamshala. It has a very scenic mountain lodge with a majestic view of Dhauladhar ranges. This is one of the most popular trek that you can do in short period of time. From Triund you have most spectacular view of the snow covered peaks of Dhauladhar on one side and Kangra valley on the other. You have got different view at different time of the day-Sunset, moonrise, sunrise all present a different picture of the place.
If time permits, we can trek to Lahesh caves as well.
Note: Option of Camping a night in Truind also available.
Post breakfast, drive to Dalhousie which should approximately take 3 hours (124 kms).
Located at an average height of 2036 meters, in the western part of Himachal Pradesh, is the town of Dalhousie. Dalhousie is name after the British Governor General, Lord Dalhousie. It has been built on five hills – Patreyn, Kathlog, Balun, Tehra and Bakrota. This beautiful hill station has a lot of charm and is skirted by diverse flora, such as oaks, pines, deodars and rhodendron. There are some magnificent churches and exquisite colonial architecture. It is an enchanting town and has lots of scenic beauty.
10 kilometres away from Dalhoussie, nestled at a height of 2755 meters is the Dainkund Peak. While you admire the mountain beauty, capture the panoramic view of Dalhousie for it is the highest mountain here. You can trek up till here and let the cool breeze sweeping through the trees create that magical sound in your ears. No wonder it is also known as the singing hill! While Indian Air Force base is located at atop this hill, you would also find another attraction- Pholani Devi Temple towards the left side of the base.
An artificial lake, Chamera Lake was built as a reservoir of the Chamera Dam which is a major hydroelectricity project located approximately 15 kilometres away from Dalhousie. While the backwater lake is on River Ravi, the fresh water lake is around 5 kilometres away. Such is the beauty and vastness of the lake that it is touted to be Himachal Pradesh’s marvel in modern engineering science. People often come here for boating.
Gandhi Chowk Shopping
Gandhi Chowk is the most happening shopping area in Dalhousie with a number of shops and delectable eateries scattered all over the place. Among all the shops, the liveliest place here is theTibetan market, where one can shop a range of traditional goods such as garments, decorative items and handicrafts besides various electronic goods.
Back to the hotel by evening. Dinner in the hotel.
Post breakfast, check out from the hotel.
Located 3 Kms from Dalhousie, It is a stunning sight to see a stream which feeds a series of pools. There is a monument which has been built in memory of Sardar Ajit Singh, who was a freedom fighter.
Kalatop sanctuaryLocated at a distance of 12 kms from Dalhousie and is a popular place for paragliding. Activities like Horse Riding and Zorbing can also be done if interested.
Upper Bakrota Loop walk is a 3-km level stretch offering nice views of the surrounding valleys. After lunch, you will be driven to Pathankot for your train to Delhi.