Dharamshala is Tibet in India

Situated in the upper Kangra Valley of the Dhauladhar (white ridge) Mountains in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, Dharamsala is the hill station and capital of the Kangra District since 1852. The name literally is the combination of two Sanskrit words, Dharam meaning religion and Shala meaning dwelling place, giving it a meaning religious dwelling for the pilgrims.

Enclosed by dense coniferous forest holding major stately Deodars, the town is split into three parts namely Upper Dharamsala called McLeod Ganj (British and Tibetan site), the middle Kotwali Bazar, and the Lower Dharmsala or Kaccheri area (commercial site). Upper Dharamshala is at nine km from Lower Dharamshala and is at a height of 460 m. Further carrying the distinct points, Lower Dharamsala is the abode of Indians, while the Upper one is that of the Tibetans.

Jammu to dharamshala

McLeod Ganj is where you will feel as you are in Tibet even after being in India. It is popular across the globe for the annual teachings of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama along with his residence. It is also the home of the headquarters of the Tibetan Government in exile at some two km. Formerly a British hill station, the upper area witnessed the inflow of Tibetan refugees in 1959.

Dharamsala Attractions
  • St. John’s Church:
    Situated 7 km uphill from Dharamsala, this church was built in 1852 with a grey stone and some superb Belgian stained glass windows gifted by Lady Elgin. The church is more famous as the church of St. John in Wilderness.
  • Bhagsu Waterfall:
    Located at Bhagsu some 2 km from McLeodganj, the spectacular waterfalls are behind the Bhagsunag Temple. In monsoons, the fall converts into a descend of 30 feet.

 

  • Bhagsunag Temple:
    This is the temple dedicated to Lord Shiva (perpetuator of truth) located at 2 km from McLeodganj Bazaar. It was worshipped mostly by 14 Gukha villages in Dharamshala.
  • Kunal Parthi Temple:
    Situated at 3 km from the middle Kotwali Bazaar, this temple is dedicated to Goddess Kalpeshwari. It is so named because of the belief that the skull of the Goddess Sati fell here during her charred body being carried by Lord Shiva – her’s divine consort and she then married him in form of Goddess Parvati.

Triund:
Located at 17 km, this is a trekking destination from Upper Dharamsala in the foothills of Dhauladhar providing some scenic views of the mountains and valleys. Over night stays are usually in hoods.

 

Nurpur Fort:
Formerly known as Dhameri, this fort is located at 66 km. It was renamed by the Emperor Jehangir, the son of the Great Mohammad Akbar. Even though it is in ruins, you can marvel at its elegantly carved reliefs.

Namgyal Monastery (Victorious Monastery):
Founded by the Third Dalai Lama, Sonam Gyatso, in 1575; this monastery has aided the Dalai Lamas for the welfare of Tibet.

  • The Shrine of Bhagsunath:
    Located at 11 km, this is the ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. You will find several fresh water springs near by that are holy for the Hindus.
  • Trilokpur:
    Located at 41 km, this is famous for its distinct cave temples with a stalactite and stalagmites devoted to Lord Shiva.
Best Time to Visit Dharamsala
  • Autumn:
    October to November
  • Spring:
    March to April

Ladakh: A Stark Beauty that Keeps Calling you Back

Leh: Known as the “land of high passes”, Ladakh is a kaleidoscope of nature’s extremes — snow-capped peaks to sand dunes, sub-zero temperatures to scorching sun — all sprinkled with barren mountains in myriad shades of brown.

It is difficult to breathe in the low-oxygen atmosphere of the high mountains, especially when the wind blows at 100 km per hour. It is a place where you can get sunburnt and frostbitten at the same time.

Ladakh Car Tour

But the stark beauty of the region lures visitors again and again, even when snow hides every natural feature, cutting off roads and isolating Ladakh from the rest of the country for nearly six months every year.

“I have been coming here on bike for the last 12 years and still there is much more to be explored. It is an out-of-the-world experience. Standing beside these lofty mountains brings you close to nature,” said Alwyn from New Delhi.

One of the must-see places is Khardung La pass at 18,380 feet above sea level, the highest motorable road in the world.

“It is extremely chilly, especially the wind. But the snow-covered mountains are breathtakingly beautiful. It was worth it,” exclaimed Anjali on reaching K-top, as Khardung La is better known, and wrapping her hands around the piping hot cup of coffee with which every visitor to the army checkpost atop the pass is greeted.

The region is sparsely populated, but one may still come across small villages with terraced farms and grazing cattle as one drives down to the Nubra valley from Leh district.

With the crystal blue Nubra and Shyok rivers rushing through, green trees and sand dunes on their banks and snow-covered peaks above, the valley proves why Ladakh has often been called the land of the moon.

And you know you are in a cold desert when you are offered a ride on a double-humped camel, more famous in the Gobi desert.

To really appreciate how clear the blue sky above is, go to Pangong Tso lake. The shades change ever so subtly as the wind ripples the water of the 135-km-long lake, more than half of which lies in China.

If you ever get there in winter, you can see army trucks parked on the surface, so solidly does the lake freeze over.

Fancy some white water rafting? Try the confluence of the Indus and Zanskar rivers. But it’s not for the faint-hearted. Nor is anything else in this jewel called Little Tibet.

Source: IANS

Shimla: Tourist Attractions

Shimla, the summer capital of the British India, It is situated in the north-west Himalayas and is the capital of the state of Himachal Pradesh in North India. Shimla has got everything to please the heart of any traveler throughout the year. Shimla is India’s most popular hill resort and the favorite place for honeymooners.

Jammu to Shimla Car Rental
Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

 

You can also enjoy walks from the Mall in Shimla.The old world charm still comes to life here as it is dotted with a number of colonial buildings and churches that also accentuate the exquisiteness of this town. Besides, you will also encounter several tourist attractions in Shimla that are worth catching a glimpse such as:

Himachal State Museum & Library:
This museum is indisputably one of the prime Himachal tourist attractions in Shimla and remains open to the public except on Mondays and public holidays. This museum houses a fine collection of antique sculptures, paintings, coins, photos and other items not only from the state but also outside it. You will also find a library here which houses several historical books and manuscripts.

Viceregal Lodge & Botanical Gardens:
Also famous as “Rashtrapati Niwas”, it is a spectacular building located on the Observatory Hills and was formerly the residence of the British Viceroy Lord Dufferin. Its construction was accomplished in the year 1888 and every brick for the building was carried by mules according to the sources. The massive six-story building is surrounded by well manicured gardens and lawns.

Indian Institute of Advanced Studies:
Located in the Viceregal Lodge, it was constructed in the year 1888. The kind of architecture is English Renaissance with stonework of the walling in light blue limestone and the wrought stonework being done in sandstone in a stunning light gray shade. The grounds are open to the public only on Sunday and you need a ticket in order to enter.

The Ridge:
This place is an open space in the heart of town and offers outstanding views of the distant mountain ranges. The two prominent landmarks of Shimla, the Neo-Gothic structure of Christ Church and the new Tudor Library building are the other attractions located here.

The Mall:
It is the key shopping centre of Shimla with restaurants, clubs, banks, bars, Post Offices, tourist offices and most of town’s highlights. The place becomes breathtakingly romantic in the evening offering wonderful views of the lit up city below. You can laze around around the Mall and spend some intimate moments with close ones. It is the most significant among the tourist attractions in Shimla.

Summer Hill:
It is a scenic spot located near Shimla at an altitude of 1,283 meters and is much visited by the tourists. The legendary Indian leader, Mahatma Gandhi during his sojourn in Shimla spent some time in the elegant Georgian House of Raj Kumari Amrit Kaur located here.

Glen:
It is a charming picnic spot and is a 4 km walk through the dense woods located at a height of 1, 830 meters. You can also go for picnic at this spot since it is completely secluded and tranquil.

Chandra Taal : Lake of the Moon in the Himalayas

For a nature lover, it is almost impossible to miss the natural splendor of Himachal Pradesh. Every year, this state of India attracts a lot of visitors to its scenic locales. Tourists coming here never have a dull moment. You would love to pay visit to the monasteries, shrines and forts bearing an imprint of the historical and cultural heritage of the state. The gorgeous valleys, springs, wildlife destinations, mountains, lakes and waterfalls will also mesmerize you for sure. A much cherished target for tourists coming here are the fabulous lakes. Out of the numerous lakes of Himachal Pradesh, Chandra Tal Lake is one which has caught the attention of many tourists.

car hire to Himachal

The trek to Chandratal the ” Moon Lake” is almost like going to the moon. You almost feel like the first explorers going to a new place for the first time. The landscape and the scenery change ever so quickly with each sighting bettering the one before. This is till you reach the lake! The world comes to a stand still here. Staring at you is this turquoise crescent of water surrounded by the Chandrabhaga & Mulkila Massifs. The lake seems to hypnotise you with its various hues and is like a nymph left alone in this great Himalayan setting of towering mountains.
Chandra Tal Lake is situated at a height of 4300 m and 6 km away from the Kunzum Pass in Lahaul & Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh, India. Boasting of a circumference of about 2.5 km, the deep blue-water of Chandra Tal Lake is the source of the Chandra river.
According to legend, this lake is the location from where god Indra’s chariot picked up Yudhishthira, the eldest of the Pandava brothers. In other words, Yudhishthira’s journey to heaven in his mortal appearance began from Chandra Tal Lake. As a result, this lake is a revered one and draws a large number of devotees. Many domestic and international travelers also come to this place.

The lake is accessible on foot only for few months in a year, from May to August. A vast meadows, is the camping site on the banks of the enchanting lake. During springtime, it is carpeted with hundreds of kinds of wild flowers.
A clear stream of water flows out of the lake. During the day, the lake appears prussian blue  in color, and a greenish tinge appears towards the evening. The lake is situated on a plateau (Samudra Tapu) overlooking the Chandra River which originates from a glacier near Bara-lacha-la.
So, book yourself for a tour to Himachal Pradesh as soon as possible. Ensure to drop by Chandra Tal Lake. You would definitely be in love with the experience of coming here

Naming of Houseboats

Do you know that houseboats also have names according to its design and facility. They are designed beautifully and can be matched with luxurious hotel. The idea of enjoying holiday in Kashmir houseboat, first time arose in the mind of Britishers. So enjoy Shikara rides on the surface of calm and soothing lakes.
Please see the following list of houseboats names along with its features:

Kashmir Houseboats information

  • Firdous  – Comprising of huge 3 double bedrooms & other facilities
  • Kushal  – Comprising of 2 double bedrooms.
  • Nishat  –  Comprising of luxurious 1 double bedroom: Best for honeymooners
  • Kushdil –  Just like Nishat: for newly wed couples
  • Gulshan  – Comprising of 2 double bedrooms: ideal for family vacation
  • Clermont Too – Having 2 double bedrooms maintaining your privacy and comfort
Wishing a happy Kashmir tour to you and your family. Call us to to schedule your Shikara Ride before all dates are booked.