Charming Chamba and Kangra
Chamba and Kangra, nestled in the picturesque state of Himachal Pradesh, are two distinct yet equally enchanting destinations. Chamba is a place where history and spirituality intertwine amidst the stunning backdrop of the Dhauladhar Range. Kangra boasts natural splendors, including lush tea gardens, pristine lakes, and the awe-inspiring Kangra Fort. This region is a paradise for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts alike.
Chamba and Kangra promise immersive experiences that showcase Himachal Pradesh’s cultural richness, natural beauty, and serene landscapes, making them must-visit destinations for those seeking a harmonious blend of history, spirituality, and scenic grandeur.
- Amritsar: A Vibrant city known for its rich Sikh heritage and the Golden Temple.
- Wagah Border: The closest you will get to the India Pakistan border. Famous for the daily flag-lowering ceremony between India and Pakistan.
- Golden Temple: Iconic Sikh shrine in Amritsar, resplendent in gold and spirituality.
- Dalhousie: Hill station with colonial charm and scenic beauty in Himachal Pradesh.
- Kalatop: Lush wildlife sanctuary near Dalhousie offering serene nature trails.
- Khajjiar: “Mini Switzerland” with a picturesque meadow and lush landscapes.
- Dharamshala: Tibetan culture hub and home to the Dalai Lama in exile.
- Mcleodganj: Quaint town near Dharamshala, known for Tibetan influence.
- H.H. Temple: Historic temple in Mcleodganj dedicated to Tibetan culture.
- Dharamkot: Peaceful village near Mcleodganj, ideal for meditation and nature.
- Bir Billing: World-famous paragliding destination in Himachal Pradesh.
|Day||Day Plan||Travel Time|
|Day 1||Amritsar airport pick up - Wagha Border, Jallianwala Bagh, Golden Temple visit, Cultural Show at Gobingarh (if time permits)||2-3 hrs|
|Day 2||Amritsar to Dalhousie and rest. Garam Sadak forest walk, St. Johns Church||5-6 hrs|
|Day 3||Dalhousie to Khajjiar - Kalatop sanctuary, Khajj Nag temple, Khajjiar Lake||2-3 hrs|
|Day 4||Dalhousie to Dharamshala/ Mcleodganj. His Holiness Temple, Mall Road, Bhagsu Nag Temple||4-5 hrs|
|Day 5||Local sightseeing- Dharamkot, St John in the Wilderness, Dal Lake, Karmapa Temple, Norbulingka Institute||4-5 hrs|
|Day 6||Dharamshala to Bir Billing. Paragliding (cost not included) Deer Park Institute and local monasteries||2-3 hrs|
|Day 7||Bir Billing to Chandigarh drop||6-7 hrs|
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A short drive from Dalhousie is the Kalatop Sanctuary, The wildlife sanctuary comprises of trees like Blue Pine, Green Oak, and Rhododendron, and one can spot barking goral, Himalayan black marten, langur, jackal, bear, and leopard within the sanctuary. There are small tributaries of River Ravi, that makes this place look scenic and spectacular. In the middle of the sanctuary is the Khajjiar Lake, Khajjiar Lake is a natural splendour, located at an elevation of 1920 mtrs. The lake is mostly visited by locals and tourists for day picnics, paragliding, zorbing, and horse riding.
Dedicated to Khaji Nag or Lord of Serpents, this is one of the oldest temples of Himachal Pradesh. Built in 12th century and the wood carvings reflect Hindu-Mughal architecture style and pattern.
Its a busy day today with lots of sightseeing in Mcleodganj so we leave early from Dalhousie. Reach Mcleodganj and visit the Namgyal monastery more popularly known as the H.H Dalai Lama temple. You can spend some time there and sit to meditate if you’d like or go and turn the prayer wheels as a form of meditation. From here its mostly exploring on foot as your car cannot go to all the places. Visit the Bhagsu Nag temple and the hike to the nearby waterfall. The Hindu temple is dedicated to the snake god Bhagsu Nag and houses a fresh water seeing open to devotees and visitors to take a dip in. A quick 20 min hike from the temple takes you the Bhagsu Nag waterfall. Next you can visit the Mcleodganj market and relax in one of the many cafes. Enjoy some local Tibetan cuisine or indulge in some great continental food. The market place is Mcleodganj is buzzing and there are ample of places to shop for souvenirs and gifts.
End the day with dinner at your hotel.
Today we explore beautiful Dharamshala, starting off with Dharamkot - Dharamkot is a village above Mcleodganj and more popular as the starting point for the Triund Trek. You can head to the village and walk around the local trails, observe the local architecture and enjoy some spectacular views of the Kangra Valley below. Head to Dal Lake (named after the famous Dal Lake in Kashmir). The lake is a mid altitude lake in the village of Tota Rani. The lake is surrounded by majestic Deodhar Trees and rugged mountains. There is a famous Shiva Temple on the bank of the lake, making it a sacred spot for locals. Visit The church of St. John in the Wilderness - built in 1852 at Forsyth Gunj. Set amidst deodar forest, and built in neo-Gothic architecture, the Church is known for its Belgian stained-glass windows.
Our next stop for the day is the Karmapa temple, belonging to the Kagyu sect of Buddhism. The temple specialises in tantric meditation, tantric ritual arts and Buddhist philosophy. Visitors can take part in the prayers on Wednesdays and Saturdays if they like. The last place to visit today would be the Norbulingka institute, founded in 1995 it is dedicated to the preservation of the Tibetan culture in its literary and artistic forms. Norbulingka is dedicated to handing down tradition and restoring standards by providing training, education and employment for Tibetans. Norbulingka produces high quality, traditionally crafted art objects, as well as clothing and home furnishings. Free guided tours of the institute are available to visitors every day except Sunday. Workshop are also offered for those wishing to study Tibetan arts. All proceeds from all Norbulingka’s projects go directly back into the institute to further our endeavors to preserve Tibetan culture.
Head back to Chandigarh this morning. Trip ends today.