Auli – Road to heaven 🙏

Auli

Ever since I laid my eyes on the immense beauty of world-famous skiing destination – Auli, I knew that I had an extra thing to explore in my family Badrinath trip. Auli is one of the most scenic hill stations of Himalayas. With the view of lofty-snowy Himalayan peaks, breath-taking hills dotted with pine trees and apple orchards and the snowy meadows, Auli has gained its popularity as a premier skiing destination of India.
Interestingly, instead of having these many qualities, Auli is still a remote destination of Uttrakhand. A very few people have heard about it. That’s why Auli is considered as a pristine destination and an excellent choice to escape your fast-paced city life.
Auli is situated at a distance of 16 km from Joshimath in Chamoli district, Uttrakhand. Joshimath lies in the midway to some of the most peaceful religious destinations of India like Badrinath Dham and Hemkund Sahib. These destinations fill our heart and soul with eternal peace. These religious shrines are located at the top of the sky touching mountains ie.e much closer to mother nature and god. Metaphorically speaking, one can receive spiritual enlightenment. Therefore, these destinations are known as “The road to heaven“.

Amazing Things to experience in Auli:

The two different sides of Auli: If you are visiting Auli in winter then you’ll witness snow everywhere. But if you’re in summer, then the hills and neighbouring mountains get covered with lush green conifers. And you’ll have fewer chances of seeing snow. I also experienced the same thing, as I happened to explore Auli in June. You can see it in my photos. Moreover, the climate was too pleasing – dripping down to 0-2 degree Celcius. Nevertheless, the Auli will still excite you a lot (from my personal experience).
In order to reach Auli from Joshimath, there are a few ways. Either you can take a motor road to reach Auli (13km) or there’s a 4 km long ropeway (cable car) which connects Auli to Joshimath. I chose the later one. Probably the best method to reach Auli. So, this will be our first thing to see in Auli.

1- Asia’s 2nd highest and longest ropeway:
The hills of Auli are connected to Joshimath via ropeway/cable car covering a 4 km long distance. It is the second longest and highest ropeway in Asia after the “Gondola ride of Gulmarg (5.1 km) – Kashmir, India“. The cable car is run by GMVN and the tariff for it is Rs 700/- per person. There’s also a chair car (open chairs) which cost around Rs 300/- per person.
Auli ropeway provides some of the most scintillating views of snow-capped Himalayas (in winters) and lush green Himalayas (in summer). I still remember the row of oak and pine trees passing by our cable car, the clouds surrounding the high ended mountains showing the exemplary nature of Auli. I knew I started falling in love with Auli.

2- Highest man-made lake:
A beautiful artificial lake was created in the middle of Auli’s mountains. It is the world’s highest man-made lake. The reason for creating this lake is to produce synthetic artificial snow in international skiing season when there’s scanty of snowfall. Sometimes, in summer when tourists are high in number, the operators produce snow for their entertainment. In my visit, the tourists were pretty less. So, the snow production was at the halt.
Honestly, there was no snow at all. But, the flawless blue artificial lake surrounded by grasses had actually rejuvenated the mountain. Moreover, the tents and the resorts established on Auli’s slopes were looking quite outstanding. All in all, I was experiencing a different side of Auli. And, I’ll say that even this artificial lake is adding a lot to the beauty of Auli and also to my Auli travel blog.

3- The panorama of majestic Himalayan mountains
Besides the lake, green tinge slopes of Auli neighbours some of the majestic Himalayan mountain ranges. These lofty Himalayan peaks include Nanda Devi peak (2nd highest mountain of India), Kamet Kamat, Garhwal mountain rangeand Mana Parbat. Auli provides alluring panoramic views of these mountains. And the best part comes when these high ended mountains get wrapped up by a cling of clouds. During the winter season, these mountains get painted with a thick white blanket of snow.
I too experienced the similar thing. This kind of nature’s manoeuvre imbued me with the sense of calm and serenity.

4- A cup of coffee with some simple food
What’s more one need, if these panoramic Himalayas are spiced with some healthy snack and a nice cup of coffee.
There are not innumerable options to taste in Auli. The two resorts at the top of Auli offer some delicacies. But I prefer to eat something simple yet healthy at the tents located there. For example – Pakodas, Alloo Paranthas, tea/coffee. The guys selling these items were nice and soft-spoken. However, I came to know that the resorts offer many traditional Garhwal dishes such as Kachmauli, chicken dishes, singhori etc. I missed these as these were a little expensive for a budget traveller. SORRY!!

Snow means skiing…Go for it!!

As I’ve already told you about it (Auli – international skiing destination) in this blog. So plan your trip for winters. See how beautifully the slopes get covered in fresh-glittering snow. Prepare yourself to do some adventure and get ready for skiing. Every equipment to do skiing are available on rent there and that too with professional guides.
We all can do skiing weather we are a novice or a professional. Auli’s skiing slopes vary from 400 m to 4 km. Isn’t it great! And probably the charges vary from Rs 300- Rs 500/- One can even do a 15 days training program in skiing
So these are a few things which you’ll directly experience in your Auli trip. I too experienced these things except the skiing part. Apart from these things, Auli is home to many adventurous activities as well.

5- Go for trekking on some popular routes
For trek lovers, adventurers or hiking experts, this thing is for you guys. Auli houses some of the hidden yet popular trek routes to explore in the mighty Himalayas. It doesn’t matter if you are travelling in summer or in winter, the treks always the best part of nature to show you. Here’s a list of some trekking spots:
 Trek to sweet water Chattrakund Lake (4 km)
 Trek to Gurso Bugyal (3 km)
 Hiking to Kwani Bugyal via Gurso Bugyal (13 km)
 Nanda Devi national park trek from Joshimath/Auli (difficult one)
 Trek to Kuari Pass (nearly 20 km)

6- Other activities to go for, in Auli
Besides the trekking/hiking in Auli, what’s more, can we do here…
 Camping under the night sky of Auli, gazing millions of stars and photograph them.
 Riding ATV bikes on the slopes of Auli
 Explore the streets and religious spots in Joshimath.
 Get yourself acquaint with Garwali culture, cuisines and traditions.
 The last thing to do is go for Hemkund Sahib and Badrinath

How to reach Auli

By Air: Nearest airport to AUli is in Dehradun – Jolly Grant Airport. From there you have to take taxi or bus. The distance is nearly 290 km.
By train: This option is for budget travellers. The nearest train station is Rishikesh which is 250 km from Auli. From there again you have to hire a taxi or a bus.
By road: Joshimath is the base point of Auli which is very well connected with all the major cities like Delhi, Dehradun, Rishikesh etc. You can hire a private or shared taxi, state own buses or private buses to reach Joshimath. From Joshimath, you have to use cable car or you have to do the trekking to reach Auli. The price to hire these varies from Rs 300 to above, depending on the type of services you want. You can even rent a car or bike from Dehradun or Rishikes

Best time to visit Auli
Auli can be visited throughout the year, however, if you want to experience snow, December to January is the best time. Also, you can skip the heat of your city then you can even visit Auli in the summer season (April to June). In summer season you’ll experience lush green and can also find some snowy meadows. And also the region remains in pleasant weather conditions (temperature dripping to even 0 degrees). From July to October, Auli has its monsoon season, so, I’ll recommend you to avoid going there. It has become highly prone to landslides these days.

Shimla – Queen of Hills

Shimla

I have fond memories of Shimla Trip! The capital city of Himachal in the foothills of the Great Himalayas still basks in colonial charm. Shimla fascinates every traveler with its terrific outdoors and unique appeal form the British Raj. No wonder why British trusted Shimla as their proud summer capital.

Head to this place between July and September, that’s the best time to visit Shimla when misty mornings welcome you to the heavenly abode.
Shimla Ridge – the 13 km stretch neatly entwined in the heart of Shimla is a hub of cultural activities and the most popular things to do in Shimla.

Head to the Mall road next because it is the most prominent market hub of Shimla where every traveler’s favorite thronged by tourists the most. From the best places to eat in Shimla to the most popular shops selling the best of traditional clothes and leather goods, Mall Road has it all.

Intersecting the Mall Road and The Ridge is Scandal Point – a popular sightseeing attraction in Shimla, and a must-visit for every adventure seeker. Head to Shimla trip if you are planning on a long romantic walk. Besides, State Museum, Summer Hill, Himalayan Bird Park, Gorton Castle, and Kali Bari Temple are some other popular tourist attractions of Shimla. Leave the vehicles, you can actually go walking in Shimla – it is highly recommended. The pleasant weather in Shimla hovers around 20 degrees Celsius, thus making it an ideal fit for every traveler.

Direct buses from Delhi to Shimla ply from ISBT Kashmiri Gate. Volvo buses take a little more than 7 hours to complete a journey spanning 346 km.

Manali

One of the most popular hill stations in India, Manali is a amidst the mountain slopes, with spell-binding views, charming streams, fairy-tale-like fog surrounding little hidden cottages and a lingering scent of pines and freshness. The heavy influx of tourists has led to the exploitation of Manali as a tourist destination, though the surrounding areas are still relatively untouched. Nevertheless, this is one place that should definitely be on your bucket list.

Must see:
Solang Valley – Solang Valley is quiet and is best approached by road. The drive up to Solang is extremely picturesque. Once you are there, try out some Chinese food from the local roadside shacks, and enjoy the views.

Old Manali – Swaying eucalyptus, lovely roads, sweet little eateries, small kitschy market places, and cafes that serve your favourite continental food at unbelievably low prices, the serenity of Old Manali is only disturbed by twittering birds and the sound of the gushing waters of the Kullu River.

Rohtang Pass – a beautiful and popular spot in Manali with more than 25 lakh visitors every year. In winter, the mountains at the Rohtang Pass are completely covered in snow and it is impossible to get there. Hence, the pass remains closed during winters (from October) and generally opens again in May.

Naggar Castle – Located in Naggar Town, amidst breathtaking forested hills, the Naggar Castle is a magnificent historical edifice. Once the residence of Raja Sidh Singh of Kullu, this castle is an amalgamation of European and Himalayan architecture. Fireplaces, fitting staircases, and magnificent stone and wood works grace the castle’s interiors.

Manu Temple – this religious edifice is visited by countless devotees every year. Legends have it that Manu saved the holy Vedas and the seven sages from the great flood and subsequently made Manali his home. A visit to this revered temple will definitely leave you mentally and spiritually rejuvenated.

Things to Do :
Trekking – Manali is an absolute delight for adventurers looking to take on the jagged hills. A great base camp for treks, Manali’s Mountaineering Institute offers several types of high altitude hiking and rock climbing opportunities. Yoga-Trekking is another unique concept which combines spiritual wellness with physical well-being and has become a rage among both adventure and spirituality seekers.

Skiing – A thrill for adventure lovers while touring Manali, as they can indulge in some high adrenaline skiing sessions in the snow-clad mountains that surround the hill station. Want something even more thrilling? Go for heli-skiing or yak-skiing to make your experience unforgettable.

River-Rafting – The River Beas comes across as a perfect avenue for adventurers to indulge in some exhilarating rafting action amidst grade II and III rapids. Get your adrenaline pumping with water adventure activities such as canoeing, kayaking and of course, white water rafting.

Zorbing – Zorbing, a one-of-its-kind adventure sport wherein a person is slid into a huge transparent plastic zorb ball which is then rolled down a mountain slope. It is surely not to be missed while in Manali.

Himalayan Caravan Adventure – From trekking to paragliding, mountain biking, jeep safaris and rafting, Himalayan Caravan Adventure offers you many adventure activities. With customised tours and tailor-made holiday packages, this company attracts countless adventure-seekers every year.

Places to Eat:
Casa Bella Vista – Amidst the lush panoramas of Manali is a cosy café named Casa Bella Vista that serves lip-smacking Spanish and Italian dishes. Gorge on their freshly baked, hand tossed thin-crust wood oven pizza with a pint of chilled beer or your favourite mocktail.

Café 1947 – This vintage and traditional Italian café hails to be the first music café in Manali and is located on the banks of the River Manalsu. Relish your meal, read a book, play your favourite tunes or even start up an impromptu gig, Café 1947 will surely be a part of some of your best moments in Manali.

Dylan’s Toasted Roaster – Originally known as Double Vision, the café had a wall dedicated to Bob Dylan’s portrait. Bob Dylan’s fans and music lovers loved it so much that they coined a new name for the café and hence it was called the Dylan’s Toasted and Roasted.
Khyber – A multi-cuisine restaurant, Khyber serves delectable Chinese, Continental, Indian and Mughlai cuisines. Drinks are reasonably priced, and the booths are a good place to huddle.

Johnson’s Bar and Restaurant – Johnson’s Bar & Restaurant is a charming Italian joint in Manali. The restaurant boasts of a talented Italian chef, good food and a well-stocked bar that serves a good selection of wines, liquors, exotic cocktails and shooters.

When to Go:
Whether to escape from blistering heat or enjoy the white winters, here’s a monthly breakup of Manali’s climatic conditions so that you can plan accordingly:

September to February – The monsoons draw to an end in September and winter starts setting in from October. The temperature in winter months can go down to -1 °C, so make sure you carry enough woollens to keep yourself warm.

December end to January – a time to enjoy snowfall and the spectacular scenic white views of the surrounding mountains, making it a favourite with the honeymooners. This is the ideal time for adventure enthusiasts who want to go skiing.

March to June – Summer steps in from March but the weather is still pleasant. The temperatures during these summer months usually vary between 10°C to 25°C, so you might still need light woollens during the night. This is the perfect time to indulge in outdoor activities such as paragliding, rafting, trekking and mountain adventures in the Solang Valley. This is also the time when the region’s flora is in full bloom lending it the most pristine natural beauty.

July to August – Monsoons in Manali can be tricky as the region experiences heavy rainfall, which can also sometimes lead to landslides. But considering a lot of tourists don’t prefer to travel during this time, the prices of hotels tend to drop.

How to Reach:
By Air – The nearest airport is at Bhuntar, located approximately 50 kilometres away from Manali. Domestic flights connect Bhuntar with Delhi and Chandigarh. Once at the airport, you can take a pre-paid taxi to Manali. However, owing to weather conditions, flights are not the most reliable option for getting to or out of Manali.

By Bus – Manali is very well-connected to important tourist destinations like Leh, Shimla, Kullu, Dharamshala and New Delhi by means of a network of state-run as well as private buses. The bus journey from Delhi to Manali is 550 kilometres, and it is advisable to book your tickets in the air-conditioned Volvo coaches, as the buses are more comfortable than ordinary ones, keeping in mind the long distance of the journey.

By Road/ Self Drive – The drive up to Manali is simply breath-taking! You can catch scenic glimpses of the adjoining mountains and valleys from almost every turn that the twisty uphill road throws you. Though a lot of tourists prefer a self-drive up to Manali, it is advisable to hire a taxi in case you are not comfortable with driving in mountainous regions.

Drawing swarms of wandering wayfarers from all around the country (and the world), Manali, which is now a prominent tourist town came up as a business route to Ladakh and further beyond. So be it family, friends, that special someone, or all alone, Manali has something for everyone.

Palampur

Palampur – a green hill station where mountains are your host, tea gardens are your companions and numerous streams flowing from the mountains will give you the ride of scenic beauty in Palampur. It’s a place which is free from commercialization of tourism unlike other hill stations and here you will find only lots of water – Yes, that’s the meaning of Palampur. Apart from natural beauty, visit to famous temples and monasteries will add flavor to your trip of this beautiful landscape which lies in Himalayas.
Palampur is a small green hill station which is full of nested pine trees and situated at the height of 4000ft above sea level.

Best tourist attraction in Palampur:-

TEA GARDENS:-
When we talk about Palampur the main tourist attraction of this city is the “TEA GARDENS”which was introduced by Dr. Jameson in 19thcentury. Palampur is also known as “Tea Capital of Northwest India” and the tea of this region is very famous and also available in market with the names like Bageshwari, Darbari Bahar.

TEMPLES:-
Himachal Pradesh is also known as Dev Bhumi as there are three Shakti peeths near Palampur (Chamunda Devi, Jawalamukhi, Chintpurni). The most religious center in Palampur is Chamunda Devi Temple which is at a distance of 10 km from Palampur. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga (Chamunda Devi). When you visit this temple you will be amaze to see the walls of temple which are decorated and painted with the scenes of Mahabharata and Ramayana. There is also one famous temple in Palampur Baijnath Shiv temple situated at the distance of 18km from the town. This temple is dedicated to lord shiva.

DHAULADHAR NATIONAL PARK:-
Among the Rice field and Tea GardenDhauladhar national park is a main tourist attraction site in Palampur for nature and forest lover. It is spread in a wide range of green land and an elevated height of approx. 1200 meters. One can enjoy the beautiful view of Dhauladhar Mountain ranges and dazzling green valleys. Inside the park there is Gopalpur zoo which is favourite among the children and the travellers. Inside the zoo you will find animals like leopards, black bears, rabbits, red fox, wild deers, sambhar, etc.

The best time to visit this national park is April to June and November to Feburary.

HOW TO REACH:-

Nearest Airport:-
Dharamsala Kangra Airport is 35km from Palampur which will take roughly one hour and Amritsar Airport which is 231 km from Palampur.

Nearest railway:
Palampur has its own railway station which is connected to the major cities of Himachal Pradesh. The kangra valley narrow gauge is linked with cities like Pathankot and kangra.

This winter take out some time & GET LOST TO PALAMPUR, YOU WILL FIND YOURSELF CLOSE TO NATURE.

Beauty of India 🌸

Himachal Pradesh

Snow-capped mountains and smokey lore, Himachal Pradesh is so much more than hill stations with colonial hangovers. There are legends to be followed through Shimla’s mall road and Old Manali’s cobbled streets, ancient lore to be listened to and nirvana to be attained. Tirthan valley with its trout-laden rivers and Narkanda’s snowy slopes draw a sizeable crowd all the year around. From momos to monks, Mcleodganj checks every box on your favourite destination checklist.
Follow Himachal’s winding roads up narrow passes to scenic Spiti with picture-postcard views and 1000-year-old monasteries. Spiti’s stark mountains give way to the contrasting lush Karsog valley with the faint echo of chanting monks following you down. Quaint villages here in the mountains make for memorable stays. From high-altitude treks to mountaineering, paragliding, rafting and some precarious off-roading, head over to Himachal for that adrenaline rush. Everything a holiday should be, and probably a little more, Himachal has something for every traveller.

Best time to visit Himachal :
Himachal Pradesh is one of those Indian States that has something for every un[travel]ler throughout the year.
March – April: Spring – Bright blue skies, green and yellow fields that look like scenes out of Bollywood songs with 20 C daytime temperatures that could dip as the day gets older.
May – June: Summer – The big tourist season in the state, especially in Shimla and Manali. Temperatures can get as high as 38 C in the lower reaches. Head over to Mashobra’s cultural extravaganza Sipi Fair if you’re here in May.
July – August: Monsoons – Expect rained out days and slushy sidewalks. Although lush green landscape around makes the region spectacular, there is the odd landslide and flood reported every other year.
September – November: Post the monsoons, just before winter sets in, the weather is pleasant and, more importantly, tourist crowd thins out. Festivals are usually in October, and Dusshera in the Kullu valley is something you certainly wouldn’t want to miss.
November – February: Winter – Heavy snowfall and lovely skiing slopes make Kufri and Narkanda winter destinations of choice. Temperatures dip down to zero and highs remain in the low teens.

Things to carry :
Pack as light as possible given the amount of road travel involved here.
• Cotton clothing for summer and a light jacket would work for when evenings get cooler. If you’re un[travel]ling in winter, warmer clothes complete with thick socks and warmer jackets. Carry your windcheater and umbrella if you’re here in the monsoons as well.
• Sturdy walking shoes, mandatory if you’re hiking, make sense given the amount of walking involved here.
• Sunscreen, especially if you’re going up to the higher reaches. Usual prescription medications.
• Mobile and tablet electronic chargers.

Best places to stay in Himachal:
• Wildflower Hall, Shimla
• Parasol Camps, Chandrataal
• The Himalayan, Manali
• Norling House, Mcleodganj
• Colonel’s Resort, Bir Billing

Dharamshala

Dharamshala – the second winter capital of Himachal Pradesh is a hill-station that even Dalai Lama couldn’t resist embracing. A trip to Dharamshala is all about rejuvenating amidst serene nature, finding peace in the monasteries of McLeodganj, and adventures in the hills.
If you haven’t met the monks yet here’s all you need to plan your much awaited getaway to Dharamshala – a popular weekend getaway in north India.

Why is Dharamshala an ideal weekend getaway? :
i) Irrespective of the season, Dharamshala greets you with cold breeze and loads of greenery. The scenery look equally mesmerizing in all seasons.
ii) It is ideal for adventurers, peace seekers, nature lovers, religious tourists, honeymooning couples, group of friends, and family vacations. There is something for all kinds of visitors.
iii) Close proximity to urban cities, Chandigarh and Delhi. The distance to Dharamshala from each of these cities is 247 km and 475 km respectively.

Places to see on your Dharamshala getaway :
Tucked in the Kangra Valley, Dharamshala is also known as the Land of Llamas. It is this place that His Holiness The Dalai Lama calls home in India. Come here to pamper yourself to the roar of waterfalls and the silence of the monasteries at the same time.
• Bhagsunag Waterfall – Cascading down to Bhagsunag Temple, the waterfall is a delight to sit beside. The stream gushes down from a height of 20 meters, and is surrounded by lush vegetation.
• Namgyal Monastery – Accommodating 200 monks, Namgyal Monastery is regarded among the top attractions of Dharamshala.
• St. John In The Wilderness – This famous landmark in Dharamshala, was built back in 1852. As the name suggests, the archeological neo-Gothic site is embraced by wilderness; Deodar woods, to be precise.
Exciting things to do in Dharamshala :
Whether you’re longing for a tranquil stroll amid tea gardens or a trek to the peaks, Dharamshala is the place to be. On your trip to Dharamshala you’ll have will be spoilt for choice.

Some most loved things to do in Dharamshala are:
• Camping – This is one of most famous activities in Dharamshala. You can go for tented accommodation or pitch you own tent. Camp Lungta, and MadTrek Adventures are perfect for stay. Triund trek and camping is recommended.
• Trekking – Trails around Dharamashala are good for beginners as well as experts alike. can go trekking when here. The famous trek from Mcleodganj to Triund varies from easy to moderate difficulty level.
• Yoga – Himalayas, the mist, and birds chirping paint an idyllic aura for Yoga and meditation. Guerrilla Yoga, and Kundalini Yoga are ideal places for Yoga and meditation in Dharamshala.
If you are an adventure enthusiast, do not miss paragliding in Bir Billing for anything. Bir is located 65 km away from Dharamshala. You can easily plan a day trip as it takes just 2 hours one side.

Where to stay in Dharamshala? :
Most of the accommodation in Dharamshala are fairly priced, covering most of basic amenities. This makes Dharamshala one of the weekend getaways from Delhi that one can visit under 5k.You can find a decent room in a price range of INR 1,000 to INR 3,000 in this town. There aren’t just hotels and resorts; but also guesthouses and homestays where you can opt to stay during your trip to Dharamshala.
Best places to stay in Dharamshala: Mcleodganj Homestay, Surbhi Guesthouse, Turkish Cottage Mcleodganj, and Pink House

What to eat and where? :
When it comes to what to eat in Dharamshala, there are many good options. From famous hill station cafes to fancy restaurants, everything is fairly priced. The eateries don’t compromise on either taste or health; the Himalayan views are a cherry on the cake!
For those open to some exploration and experimentation, there’s authentic Pahadi cuisine, which you can request your host to cook if you’re staying in a homestay. Also, Tibetan is a popular cuisine here and it’s easily available too. Thukpa and momos are loved by the travelers and locals both.
However, a number pan Indian and international cuisines are easy to find. You can savour Italian, South Indian, North Indian and Continental dishes in almost all restaurants in Dharamshala.
Best places to eat in Dharamshala: Black Magic, Namgyal Cafe, Shiva Cafe, and Illiterati are some of the best eateries in Dharamshala.

How to reach Dharamshala :
Dharamshala is one of the best hill stations in India, where people come from across the globe. Here’s how you can reach here:
• By road: This is the best way to reach Dharamshala. You can drive yourself, book a cab, or take a bus. Buses are available from both Delhi and Chandigarh; Volvo buses are much more comfortable, though slightly expensive than state-run buses. If you’re driving, please note that the route can be craggy and steep.
• By air: The nearest airport from Dharamshala is located in Gaggal. It is directly connected to Delhi. Distance between the airport and Dharamshala is 15 km. From here, you can board a bus or hire a cab to reach your destination.
• By train: Pathankot is the nearest major railhead from Dharamshala, at a distance of 85 km. Buses and taxis are easily available outside the station. And there are trains plying from cities like Delhi.
Best time to visit Dharamshala :
Thanks to its pleasurable weather around the year, you can think of a trip to Dharamshala just when you please.

Anytime is the best time to visit Dharamshala!
• Summer (April – July mid): With average temperature ranging between 20 to 35 degrees, Dharamshala is the perfect summer escape from the scorching heat of Delhi and Haryana.
• Monsoon (July end – September): Monsoon brings showers of moderate to sometimes-heavy rains, eventually turning the valley greener and more charming. A little chilly weather, with hints of mist around makes it a treat.
• Winter (October – March): A trip to Dharamshala in winter means chilly weather with temperature dropping to -1 degrees Celsius. One can experience snowfall in Upper Dharamsala area as well as Triund.

Average per day budget :
Average per day budget for a Dharamshala trip can range between INR 1,000 and INR 3,500,including accommodation and meals. This can decrease or increase from person to person, depending on their lifestyle.
Ideal duration of a trip to Dharamshala :
Ideally your Dharamshala trip plan should be for 2 to 3 days. In this duration you will be able to visit all major attractions of Dharamshala, and this is the reason this hill station is among the top listed weekend destinations from Delhi.
If you visit other top places near Dharamshala, then the stay duration can extend upto 4-5 days too.

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