How do you reunite with your college besties to relive old memories and the wonderful things you did together? Duh. You take a trip! And that’s exactly what Ashu and his friends did. Here’s a tale of their thrilling journey from Delhi to Himachal Pradesh and how they made it super special!
I had been trying to plan a trip with my college friends for the last 4 years but was always unable to execute it because of some of the other hurdles. With TravelTriangle at our side, we finally succeeded in taking a trip together this July.
We chose Himachal as our holiday destination because of its limitless beauty. It’s called the “Switzerland of India” after all!
Needless to say, we had a fabulous experience! This place is surely a paradise in every sense. And the locals were very helpful and easily approachable at all times, which amplified our experience. We couldn’t have asked for a better destination to recount hilarious tales of our college days, and we’d love to visit it again someday!
Details Of Our Trip From Delhi To Himachal Pradesh
Trip Type: Friends
Trip Cost: INR 18,880/-
No. Of People: 5
Trip Duration: 1 Night 2 Days
Inclusions: Breakfast, dinner, accommodation, private transfers for local sightseeing, government taxes
Exclusions: Lunch, Volvo bus tickets, Rohtang permit, travel insurance
Highlights Of Our Customised Tour To Himachal In July
Day 1: City tour and a pleasing sunset.
Day 2: A gorgeous sunrise, local sightseeing, and a refreshing waterfall.
Weather In Dharamshala In July
The weather was slightly cold yet very pleasing, which is how it is here throughout the year. March to July is the perfect time to head to Dharamshala for those who want to escape the scorching heat of the metros. The temperature during this time ranges between 22°C to 35°C here. It’s a great time to indulge in outdoor activities like trekking.
Best Places To Visit In 2 Days In Dharamshala, Himachal
While we enjoyed visiting all the places in Dharamshala, the ones we have listed below were our absolute favorite. When you’re planning your own trip from Delhi to Himachal Pradesh, make sure you add all of these tourist places to your holiday itinerary.
1. HPCA Cricket Stadium
We had started our tour with the wonderful Dharamshala Cricket Stadium and it turned out to be a brilliant decision! The colors, the views of the mountains from here, and the massive stadium itself were all very eye-pleasing and soothing. The stadium is located right in the midst of the mountains of Dharamshala and is a top attraction in the city. Also, it is one of the highest cricket grounds in the world located at an altitude of 1,457 meters above sea level, which is why the views from up here are absolutely breathtaking!
2. War Memorial
The next spot we visited as per our Delhi to Himachal Pradesh trip plan was the revered War Memorial that reminded us of our great martyrs. The memorial is located in a quaint and natural setting on the Kachehri Road in Dharamshala. It bears the names of our soldiers who laid down their lives in the Indo-China War of 1947-48, 1962, 1965, and 1971, as well as during the UN Peace Operations.
3. Kareri Dal Lake
We were totally mesmerized by this lake as it shimmered like liquid gold under the sun! It is surrounded by beautiful Deodar trees and has the snow-capped Himalayas in the backdrop, making the whole scenic setting look like an HD desktop wallpaper! This vast lake is an absolutely spell-binding and calm spot in Dharamshala that one cannot miss when they’re visiting Himachal in July or any other month. We just chose to sit and relax in these beautiful environs while people around us were boating in the lake, picnicking around it, and visiting the Kali-Shiva temple located on the lake’s bank.
4. Sunset Point
The views of the sunset from this point are simply out of this world! I’d describe it as a very romantic and pleasing sunset, where the latter is because of the huge mix of pristine natural beauty of this spot in Dharamshala. We sat here talking and watching the sky before us as it changed from yellow to orange, to blood red, and finally a deep purple when the sun vanished behind the mighty Dhauladhar ranges. We could see plenty of photographers hooked to this place, trying to capture the most perfect view of the colorful sunset over the beautiful Naddi Village below for their Instagram feeds!
5. Bhagsunag Waterfall
We finally understood why this waterfall in Himachal is considered to be a star attraction here! A single glance at this beauty was enough to tell us why it’s one of the best places to visit in Dharamshala. Taking a dip in that fresh, chilled water cascading down from a massive height of 20 meters was a super relaxing and fun thing to do in the midst of lush greens. Nothing would make us happier than to visit it all over again. We also visited the Bhagsunag Temple located a few kilometers upslope from the falls. And the awesome weather in Dharamshala in July made the whole experience grander!
6. St. John’s Church
The St. John in the Wilderness Church truly lives up to its name. We found that its actually located in the midst of the wilderness with high pine trees all around it. This old-worldly structure located in the middle of natural surroundings had a very dreamy look about it, and we bet that’s what lures people to this colonial beauty. It’s neo-Gothic architecture and its Belgian stained-glass windows will make you forget all else in the world! It’s a very peaceful and relaxing place in Dharamshala to spend your day, and we did just that!
Our Accommodation In Dharamshala
If someone ever asks us where to stay in Himachal when visiting Dharamsala, we’d always recommend the Hotel Snow Retreat located. It’s an excellent property located high up in Naddi near the Sunset Point. In fact, we feel that it couldn’t have been located in a better place since it offers the most stunning views of the entire valley as well a breathtaking sunset and sunrise! We’d rate its other facilities thus:
Food In Dharamshala
The food in Dharamshala is quite excellent with a lot of varieties for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. We did not face any problem finding good places to eat in Dharamshala. Out of all the restaurants in Dharamshala, we were particularly fond of the Shiva Cafe located upslope from the Bhagsunag Waterfall near the temple. It gave us wonderful views of the waterfall and the food quality was also very good. They offer delicious food in rather economical rates.
Our Shopping Experience In Dharamshala
I bought about 10 different types of naturally made fragrant incense sticks (Agarbatti packs) for my family. Made in Himachal itself, they cost a total of INR 200. Other than this, me and my friends did not really buy much from the markets of Dharamshala, though there were plenty of handicrafts like wooden items, brass bowls, prayer wheel keychains, woollen clothes, and spices to buy here.
How To Reach Dharamshala From Indore
I live in Indore in Madhya Pradesh, which is why I had a rather elaborate travel plan for reaching Dharamshala. Here’s how to reach Dharamshala, Himachal, from Indore.
Indore – Bhopal via a multi-axle AC seater bus (overnight journey)
Bhopal – New Delhi (Hazarat Nizamuddin) via Rajdhani
Delhi – Amritsar via AC bus (overnight journey)
Amritsar – Dharamshala (via Pathankot)
Though we could have simply reached Dharamshala by train (via New Delhi), we decided to up the fun quotient of our trip by adding in a few destinations like Amritsar and Bhopal. We had just a single night in each of these cities but we made the most of our stay there! If one wishes to cover the Delhi to Himachal Pradesh distance by road, they can easily book a seat in any of the state-run or private AC volvos heading to Himachal from Delhi in a low fare.
What To Pack For Dharamshala Himachal Trip
Make sure you pack the following items before you head off to Hiamchal in July:
- Light jacket
- Thin woollens
- Sturdy, trekking shoes
- Umbrella and raincoat
- Mosquito repellent
- Light packaged snacks
Personal Expenses Incurred In Dharamshala, Himachal
My personal expenses in Dharamshala were around INR 4,000 – INR 6,000, including the cost of traveling to Dharamshala from Amritsar. I would recommend everyone to opt for public transport and local restaurants on their trip if they want to see Hiamchal in a budget.
Some Dharamshala Travel Tips For A Hassle-Free Holiday
- Vegetarian food is readily available everywhere in Himachal, including Dharamshala.
- The best way to head to Dharamshala from Delhi is by bus or rented vehicle. One can also take the trains and the Delhi to Himachal Pradesh train fare is usually quite low.
- When you’re visiting the Bhagsu Nag Waterfall in Dharamshala, make sure to carry an extra pair of clothes since it’s a great place to take a dip.
- Opt for an all-inclusive guided tour of Himachal so that you are able to visit all top tourist attractions at economical rates.
- Don’t forget to carry an umbrella or raincoat with you since it will most likely be drizzling in Dharamshala in July.
Our Experience With TravelTriangle
It was a great experience and my friends and I had a lot of fun. This was the first time that I traveled with TravelTriangle and I would let them plan my next trip as well since I had a fabulous experience on this one.
We bet you’re all geared up for your trip to Dharamshala with your amigos after reading this. Well, all you need to do is contact the travel experts at TravelTriangle and let them plan your exciting journey from Delhi to Himachal Pradesh that will be super fun and comfortable. Happy Tripping!
Common Queries We Had While Planning Our Holiday
A. You can buy a variety of winter wear as well as handicrafts in Himachal. Some of the most famous things to buy in Himachal include:
1. Kullu shawls
2. Himachal caps
3. Woollen wear
4. Jackets and gloves
5. Apples, pickles, jams, and juices
6. Metal articles
7. Tibetan handicrafts and souvenirs
8. Silver and turquoise jewellery
9. Leather items
A. The nearest railway station to Dharamshala is the Pathankot Railway Station. It is located 85 kilometres away from Dharamshala and is connected to almost all major cities in India like Delhi and Jaipur via regular trains traveling to and fro. Once you’re here, you can take a cab or bus to reach Dharamshala.
A. Dharamshala and McLeodganj are some of the most beautiful snowfall places in Himachal. But just like other hill stations in Himachal, this place too receives snowfall between the months of December and February. The temperature during this time dips and ranges from -1 to 7 degrees Celsius, transforming this place into a white wonderland!
A. You can take a train from Delhi to Pathankot and travel the rest of the way via a bus or cab. Or you can also get yourself a seat in the deluxe buses of Himachal Pradesh Tourism or private buses plying from Delhi to Dharamshala that will get you there in about 10 hours. You can also choose to drive to McLeod Ganj from Delhi via NH 1 while enjoying the scenic views enroute.
A. 2-3 days are usually enough for a trip to Dharamshala in Himachal. You can either take a refreshing weekend getaway to this place or add in a few more hill stations near Dharamshala to your list if you wish to stay in Himachal longer that just 2 days.