The world seemed to be on vacation while I sulked and toiled at work, attempting to maintain a work life balance in the hot sultry weather of Delhi in June. Just because I don't have kids, does not mean I cant go on vacation, yeah? Looking for a hill station for vacation close to Delhi is equal to looking for a needle in a hay stack. Post several rounds of rejections, evaluations, and observations, husband and I were yet to choose a destination between Shimla and Nainital. Thanks to our friends, who saved us from nightmare. Both these hill stations due to their proximity to Delhi were full to their capacity. Massive traffic snarls on the routes caused a delay of 4-5 hours even in the short journeys. Ultimately we chose Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh for a short trip. Though far from Delhi and less time to spend there, the destination got husband excited and me nostalgic as I had visited once in April 2014.
Distance from Delhi is 480 km. Driving would be tiring. Since there are no direct trains, one can reach Pathakot Railway or Bus stand and resume jouney to Dharamsala in taxi or bus.
We prefer overnight volvo from Delhi to Dharamsala directly. The best place to book your Volvo is from http://www.hrtc.gov.in/hrtctickets/Availability.aspx
The URL also shows lot of other destination in Himachal which you can explore. Chamba, Palampur, Bir Billing are few of them.
There is no dearth of hotels in Dharamsala. However, you should always book hotels in advance to avoid last minute surprises. We booked ours from http://hptdc.nic.in/ and got an accommodation in The Kashmir House, at quite an economical price.
|Hotel Kashmir House|
The Kashmir House is a government owned property in Lower Dharamshala. Nested in the arms of Dhauladhar Range, this hotel was home to the king of Kashmir a century ago. Post independence the palace was was converted into a hotel.
The aesthetics speak a volume on the history! The rustic look and designs have been maintained from his time. Be it the entrance gateways or wooden work, Our room on the first floor offered great view of lower Dharamsala with colorful rooftops and misty sky. Its one of the dreamy places where I can spend my entire life !
|The memorial wall|
Kotwali Bazaar- The lively local market is full of shops with fancy clothes, accessories and eating
Advisable to indulge gorging on big juicy momos at stalls which serve the best momos you might have ever tasted. The non veg momos are stuffed with mutton, instead of chicken.
We spent the rest of the day with long walks, imbibing the beauty of the place and window shopping. The colorful chaotic town falls dead alseep in the arms of the dark night, with twinkling stars and lights from little houses.
|The colorful town at day time|
|Twinkling lights at night- Same place where I clicked the Day picture|
Stay tuned for Day 2