Little Lahsa

Trip Duration: 05 Nights / 06 Days (EX DELHI)

Trip Style: Offbeat Trip

Adventure Level: GentleYou will enjoy activities & experiences most of the days, but none will be physically challenging. The climate will be steady and accommodation comfortable. So it’s suitable for everyone.

Highest Alt: 2023 m

Area: Himachal Pradesh

Best Season: March – June & Sep – November

Overview

The Kangra valley is one of the most picturesque valleys of the lower Himalayas. The valley, sheltered by the sublime Dhauladhar range, is green and luxuriant. It provides a tremendous contrast in nature of places to be visited. Dharamshala is full of Buddhist air whereas ancient Hindu Temples like Bajreshwari Devi, Chamunda Devi, Baijnath Shiv temple and Jwala Devi ji dot the country side. Crafts like the exquisitely designed shawls and miniature paintings of this region are internationally appreciated. Winters are chilly with occasional heavy snowing, but that is what adds to the beauty of this place.

Highlights & Itinerary

Outline Itinerary

DAY 00: DELHI – PATHANKOT, OVERNIGHT TRAIN

Board overnight train from Delhi to Pathankot.

Meal Plan:  XXX

DAY 01: PATHANKOT- DALHOUSIE, DRIVE: 90 Km

The train will arrive at Pathankot early morning. Met on arrival by representative and transfer to Dalhousie.

Dalhousie was established in 1854 by the British Governor General Lord Dalhousie. Built around five hills Dalhousie is clothed in stately groves of deodar and oak

Later in the afternoon visit the beautiful churches reflecting the charming colonial architecture or just laze around shopping and enjoying the spectacular snow-covered Dhauladhar mountain ranges, visible from this enchanting town.

Dinner & Overnight stay at Hotel

Meal Plan:   Breakfast (Local Rest) + Dinner


DAY 02: DALHOUSIE  / KHAJJIAR / DALHOUSIE

After breakfast we proceed to Khajjiar. Often called India’s Switzerland, the exquisite glade of Khajjiar (1960m) has a circumference of about 5 km.  It is surrounded with thick forests of deodar. Thesnow-line rests above these woods and in the centre of the glade, is a small lake fed by streams that traverse the green carpet. Khajjiar was probably a glacial bowl formed during the last Himalayan ice age and left with a lake that gradually withered away.

While driving to Khajjiar visit the notified Kalatop sanctuary. Arrive khajjiar and visit  12th century temple dedicated to Khajjair. Within the temple are lifesize wooden images of the five Pandav brothers.
Lunch at Khajjiar

Evening return back to Dalhousie. Dinner & Overnight stay at Hotel.

Meal Plan:   Breakfast + Dinner


DAY 03: DALHOUSIE – DHARAMSHALA, DRIVE : 150KMS

Morning after breakfast drive to Dharamshala (the Little Lhasa). Dharamshala has everything for a perfect holiday. Lower Dharamshala (1380m) is a busy commercial centre. While upper Dharamshala (1830m) with the suburbs of Mcleodganj and Forsytheganj, retains a British flavour and colonial lifestyle.

After settling into the resort, explore the town, replete with Tibetan culture and the residence of His Holiness, The Dalai Lama.  Dinner & Overnight stay at Hotel.

Meal Plan:   Breakfast + Dinner


DAY 04: DHARAMSHALA

After breakfast move out for local sightseeing. Mcleodganj is a famous little town of Dharamshala  The Dalai Lama resides here. Local sightseeing includes:
Norbulinka Institute: Just 04 kms from Dharamsala, visit Norbukingka institute in Kangra Valley, which is an important centre for the restoration of Tibetian works like Thanka paintaings, wood carving, scripture works etc.

Namgyal Monastery – The external wall is surrounded by rows of prayes wheels. With in the monastery are large idols of Buddha. Avalokteshwara and Padamsambhava and walls lined with Thankas.
The charming church of St. John in the wilderness is situated here and this is the final resting place of Lord Elgin, a British Viceroy of India during the 19th century.

Dinner & Overnight stay at Hotel.
Meal Plan:   Breakfast + Dinner


DAY 05: DHARAMSHALA – PATHANKOT- DELHI, DRIVE- 90 KMS/ OVERNIGHT TRAIN

Morning after breakfast explore the market for shopping of Tibetan handicrafts. Lunch in a local Tibetan restaurant. Later in the afternoon departure transfer to Pathankot railway station to board return train to Delhi.

Meal Plan:   Breakfast + Dinner( Packed)


Day 06: Arrive Delhi
Arrive Delhi early morning.

Meal Plan:  XXX

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Trip Notes

FITNESS

You don’t have to be super fit. We will be driving for 3-4 hours daily in jeeps / cars. This trip is suitable for anyone in reasonable health. There is no real physical difficulty involved except for leisure walks covering 2 -3 kms .

DELAY & UNEXPECTED HINDRENCE

Although it is our intention to operate the itinerary as printed in the brochure and detailed below, it may be necessary to make some changes as a result of alterations to flight schedules, climatic conditions, limitations of infrastructure or other operational factors. As a consequence, the order or location of overnight stops may vary from those outlined.

The decision to partake in any activity not listed as an optional activity is entirely at your own discretion and risk. If you do have any complaint about or problem with, any such optional activity your claim should be directed to the activity provider and not to Freedom 2 Be.

ACCOMMODATION

We use a variety of accommodation in this trip to North India. Wherever possible we try to ensure that this is in keeping with the itinerary and the region that you are visiting. We have graded the hotels on this trip as AA – Hotels, lodges or guesthouses, usually with en suite facilities. These are generally simple hotels with adequate amenities. Whilst comfort levels are perfectly acceptable, there are generally no added facilities.  At Dalhousie your accommodation will be in old British bungalows now converted into hotels.

ROOMING ARRANGEMENTS

Most trips prices are based on sharing a twin room. Therefore, if you’re a solo traveller you’ll be paired with someone from the group, unless you decide to pay a single room supplement.  Details of this supplement can be found in the pricing.

MEDICAL & FIRST AID

This tour goes into the Himachal Pradesh region , where government hospital is available at most of the places.  Through the safari very basic professional medical help will be available. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in good health and physically & mentally fit to join the trip.

The tour guide, though not qualified medically, has done first aid course from NOLS (national outdoor leadership school), UK and is competent to give first-aid if and when required. In case you have an existing medical condition, like heart problem or disability you must consult your doctor before making a booking with us.

Kids

Children above the age of 8 with strong sense of adventure are accepted on this trip. These trips encourage children to understand the interconnectedness between humans and nature.

Children under 12 sharing their parents’ room receive a discounted price. There are no babysitting facilities along the route, but extra bedding and special dishes can be arranged with advance notice.

Best for:     08 Years and above

Family friendly accommodation:       Extra Beds Available

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