In Feb this year, we (me and my wife) decided to chill out.
After weighing a lot of options, we chose Dharmashala. We managed to get a room booked through some friendly contact.
BTW “Ardhaangi” means wife.
About 475 km from Delhi.
Flight Delhi. Nearest airport is Gaggal, 13 km
Train from Delhi. Nearest railway station is Pathankot, 85 km.
Bus from Delhi. Many private and state owned buses from Delhi available. Overnight journey to Mecloadganj, Dharmashala.
There are other places of interest near by – Buddhist Monasteries, Wilderness church, lakes, Kangra Fort, etc. I could not visit these places this time.
Our Hiking experience:
Landed at the hotel in the morning. The weather was cold, but good. Plan was to spend time in leisure, do some small trek, walk around and enjoy the time together.
My wife is very choosy when it comes to walk. I like nature walk.
This time, she said – ” I will also walk”. Hurray – we set out on our small trek. We had enquired the route etc with the hotel manager.
In the morning, we were to start – wife encountered the manager and demanded ” where is the guide”. Manager looked up & down and side ways. He was to just guide us about the route and not to arrange a guide.
My wife some how forgave him for none his fault !
It was a good 6 to 8 km one way through hilly terrain. To my surprise my wife conquered the trek with out any fuss. She enjoyed too.
There were plenty of good places around. Snow capped mountain, cool weather, tea garden, cricket stadium. Believe me I had gone to Switzerland two weeks before, and i had not uploaded any picture, but uploaded pictures from Dharmashala.
If we manage to some how, manage the waste (in pubic places, road or at least in tourist places) and become self sufficient in power & infrastructure, follow basic discipline – India is no less to any developed country.
The sun set from our hotel.
The Tea Garden