A Journey From Blissful Amritsar To Dalhousie
For a start, it was a challenging task for me to decide the destination. My first choice was Ladakh and Spiti Valley. But after considering factors like high altitude, extreme weather, and the monsoons, which would not suit my dad well, I dropped the idea completely. Yes, my dad was also joining us for the trip and is clearly not as young as I am.
So, after lots of research and roaming around various travel agencies, I decided on a 3-nights & 4-days trip to Amritsar, Chamba, and Dalhousie. The travel package of the places which we were about to cover was a complete combination of cozy yet scenic and breathtaking views of the Himalayas. It also comprised of some great historic as well as holy places. I will be sharing the detailed itinerary, so stay with me!
We reached Amritsar at 6:30 in the morning. Our driver came a little late 😡. Well, I would not totally put the blame on him because there was some miscommunication between us about the time. So in the meanwhile, we waited outside Amritsar Airport, roaming around the food stalls following the delicious smells that made our mouth water. But all is well that ends well right! After 30 minutes, the cab driver picked us up. These were our hungriest 30 minutes of the journey for sure! We then went to one of the Dhabas, because guess what, we were in Punjab right! Chole Kulche is a must when you are in these parts which were followed by Puri Sabji. After our bellies were filled, we then checked-in to our hotel at around 8 am while the standard check-in time of most hotels is in the noon. So, I spoke with our trip organizer about the early check-in way before while confirming the package. Our stay was at "Hotel Popular" which was situated at a prime location and is just a mere 10 mins drive from the major attractions of Amritsar. The hotel was good with all facilities, a top recommendation on my list.
Then it was time for "Langar", meaning a communal feast, which is prepared in one of the biggest kitchens in the world. It feeds around 35,000 people a day for free served by volunteers of the temple. Food provided in langar is good and served in a well hygienic way. If you wanna experience authentic Punjabi cuisine, try langar and tell me you didn't love it!!
The Crowd At Wagah Border
Moment at Stadium
Chamba is a hill station in Himachal Pradesh which is a 6-7 hours drive from Amritsar. It was a bright sunny day but pleasant enough considering the temperature drop as we were gaining altitude. One thing which took my attention in Punjab was the design of water tanks at the top of roofs. They make the shape of an eagle, a plane and even a man. While talking to our driver, we came to know that it is considered as a symbol of status. I'm sure you'll encounter it once you're in Punjab. Pardon me as I missed clicking some good pictures 😞
After a few strides forward, we were surprised to see a waterfall. We got super excited and ran towards it. We started splashing water on each other. My niece really enjoyed there and went inside the waterfall. It was a memorable moment captured in my heart.
|Beauty was all around us and within us|
Our stay in Chamba was at Hotel Aroma's Palace situated in the center of the town. The hotel was of an average kind having all the necessary facilities. But to contrast, the dinner arrangement was mouth-watering. It was at the terrace of the Hotel with an amazing view of the entire town. End of another tiring, yet a beautiful day of our trip!
We started our day visiting the riverside of the town. Sound of a raging river of mud flowing over shiny stones was too loud. We could hardly spend 10 mins since the water level was expected to increase anytime. However, it was an intense experience.
Soon we started our journey to Kajjiar which is known as Mini Switzerland of India. The route was a scenic one through the forest. The subtle drizzles and music added charm to the whole experience. There is plenty of wildlife in the forest and the area has been now considered a sanctuary for the wild famous as Chamba Wildlife Sanctuary.
After 20 mins drive, we reached Kalatop hills. We climbed the hills through the sloppy ways making our own way and enjoying every moment of it. The blue sky with a few patches of clouds, green pine trees, the breeze of air made the entire surrounding soothing. That place was so calm with just a few tourists. There was not a single piece of litter to put dirt on the beauty. It felt no less than a heaven.
|Beyond The Clouds!|
En-route Amritsar we stopped to some random Dhaba at Pathankot for lunch. I took a glass of lassi to beat the heat. It was a kind-of hot day once we reached Punjab. I remember enjoying the World cup match between India and England there for some time. Yes boys, I love cricket!