Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh – In the lap of the Himalayas

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Dalhousie is a wonderful hill-station in the state of Himachal Pradesh, located about 2000 m above sea level. It is situated atop 5 hills.

As you approach Dalhousie, you are greeted with lush green and tall cedar and pine trees along both the sides of the roads.

 

Cedar and Pine tree Dalhousie

Cedar and Pine tree pathways as you approach Dalhousie

Cedar and Pine trees

Mountains filled with lush green Cedar and Pine trees

The paradise called ‘Dalhousie’

Dalhousie view

The paradise called ‘Dalhousie’

The scenic views

The scenic views

Dalhousie views

The beautiful views are straight out of fairy tales

Sky view

The magnificent skies

Approaching the market

Dalhousie is not a very big place per se. The roads that lead to the one main market, called Gandhi Chowk are steep. The uphill climb can be quite a task for people on heavier sides. However, the scenic beauty of each and every corner of this place is unparalleled.

Dalhousie roads

The downhill climb roads in Dalhousie

The Gandhi Chowk, the main market area of Dalhousie has a range of handicraft and clothing products, that one may want to pick up. Also, the Tibetian & Indian Union around the corner of Gandhi chowk is a street-side showing outlet to pick up Tibetian stuff, elecrtronics and small knick-knacks.

Dalhousie houses

A view from the top

Accommodations

Dalhousie has a line of beautiful hotels varying across all budgets. They are all built on the step-hills of the hill-station and offer scenic views. Each place looks straight out of a fairy tale.

food court

Food court at a famous hotel in Dalhousie

Dalhousie accommodation

Enchanting views of a hotel in Dalhousie

Dalhousie accommodation

The steep staircases of a hotel in Dalhousie

Dalhousie accommodation

Adding a touch of old-world vintage charm

Dalhousie accommodation

Enchanting views of a hotel in Dalhousie

Dalhousie accommodation

Enchanting views of a hotel in Dalhousie

Dalhousie accommodation

A small cozy seating arrangement in a hotel in Dalhousie

Dalhousie accommodation

Enchanting views of a hotel in Dalhousie

Dalhousie accommodation

Enchanting views of a hotel in Dalhousie

The beauty of Dalhousie cannot be summed up in words. You need to visit it to feel it!!

The Beating Retreat Ceremony at Wagah Border – Attari (Amritsar outskirts),Punjab

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If you travel to Amritsar by any chance, viewing the Beating Retreat Ceremony at Wagah Border – Attari, located some 30-35 odd kms away from Amritsar, at the International Highway from Amritsar, India to Lahore, Pakistan, is a must. The heart and soul swells with patriotic feelings as you enter the premises, initially as you pass through tight security and then are you proceed towards the premises to view the ceremony.

Republic of India Board

Republic of India Board

You are greeted with the above board when you are initially going through the security checks.

Trade Gate

Trade Gate between India and Pakistan

Attari border enterance

Entrance to the premises

Trade Gate

Another view of the Trade Gate as seen from the Pakistan lands

barbed fencing

The barbed fence that separates the lands of India and Pakistan

Car Parking at the Attari Border

Car Parking at the Attari Border

The Crowds at the Beating Retreat Ceremony

Crowd sitting-Attari

The crowds at The Beating Retreat ceremony

Crowd sitting-Attari

The crowds at The Beating Retreat ceremony

Crowd sitting-Attari

The crowds at The Beating Retreat ceremony

The Parade ceremony

The Gates of India Border

The Gates of India Border

Indian gate

The Gates of India Border

India gate

The Gates of India Border

The Beating retreat ceremony

The Beating retreat ceremony

Posted at the gates

Posted at the gates

Parade at attari

The Parade

Athletes running at the Attari

Athletes running at the Attari

parade at Attari

Arrangements before The Parade ceremony

Parade ceremony at Attari

Foreigner visitors running at the Parade ceremony

Athletes running at the Parade

Parade ceremony at Attari

Parade ceremony at Attari

Parade at Attari

The Parade

From the Pakistani Side…

A zoomed-in pic of the Pakistan side

pakistan soldiers

A zoomed-in pic of the Pakistan soldiers

pakistan audiene

A zoomed-in pic of the audience at the Pakistan stands

Amritsar, Punjab – The Golden City in India

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Amritsar in Punjab, The Golden City or the City of the Golden Temple, holds a very special place in the Indian history of pre-independence Era.

The Akal Takht

Colloquially known as ‘Ambarsar’ by the Punjabis, and historically as ‘Ramdaspur’, the city of Amritsar is home to the Akal Takht, the highest seat of authority of the earthly body of the Khalsa Pant (the collective body of the Sikhs). The Akal Takht is located exactly opposite to the Golden Temple.

The Akal Takht

The Akal Takht

The Golden Temple – Sri Harmandir Sahib/Sri Darbar Sahib

Perhaps the most iconic place in Amritsar, and the landmark which got Amritsar its name as the Golden city, The Golden temple is the holiest Gurudwara of the Sikhs, just as Mecca is to Muslims and Haridwar to the Hindus.  This important Sikh shrine attracts more visitors than the Taj Mahal with more than 100,000 visitors on weekdays. The Langar served in the Harmindar Sahib complex feeds 100,000 People a Day for free.

The Golden Temple-Amritsar

The Golden Temple-Amritsar

 

Sri Harmindar Sahib or the Golden temple - Amritsar

Sri Harmindar Sahib or the Golden temple – Amritsar

The Jallianwala Bagh massacre

The Jallianwala Bagh Massacre, which involved the killing of thousands of innocent men and women, on the orders of a senior British military officer, Reginald Edward Harry Dyer. The unfortunate event took place on 13 April 1919 in the Jallianwala Bagh, a garden near the Golden Temple, on a day sacred to them as the birth anniversary of the Khalsa.

Entrance of the Jallianwala bagh

Entrance of the Jallianwala bagh

The Jallianwala Bagh entrance

The Jallianwala Bagh entrance

The bullet marks on the walls

The bullet marks on the walls

The Bullet marks on the walls of the Jallianwala Bagh stand as a testimony to the brutal day in the history of Amritsar.

The martyrs well

The martyrs well

The Martyrs well in the Jalianwala Bagh, where many people jumped and died.

The memorial-Amar Jyoti

The memorial-Amar Jyoti

The Memorial in the Jalianwala Bagh which also houses the Amar Jyoti as a token of respect to the civilians who died in the masssacre.

Amritsar also has other famous places to visit such as the Durgiana Temple, and Ramtirth Temple. The Ramtirth Temple is supposedly believed to be the Ashram site of Sage Valmiki, the writer of the Ramayana. Also, it is believed that Goddess Sita gave birth to the sons of Lord Rama – Luv and Kush at the Ramtirth Temple.

Amritsar is famous for tourism, carpets and fabrics, farm produce, handicrafts, service trades, and light engineering. The city is known for its rich cuisine, and culture too.

Munnar – Hill Station in Idduki district of Kerela

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Munnar is a hill station located in the Idduki district of Indian state of Kerela. It is situated in the Western Ghats range of mountains at around 1600 meters above sea level.

Tea Plantations

Tea plantations

Tea is the most commonly drunk beverage in India. Munnar has the most attractive tea plantations in the world. There are over 50 tea estates in and around Munnar, most of which are owned by TATA Group. A trip to Munnar is incomplete without having a visit to these tea estates.

Eravikulam National Park

Eravikulam-National-Park

Eravikulam National Park which is also known as Rajmalai National Park, is the first national park in Kerela, which holds the largest population of Nilgiri Tahr, many other species of rare animals, birds and butterflies. The park offers a magnificent view of three major types of plant communities grasslands, shrublands and forests. Visitors have to take a forest department vehicle to visit the park as the private vehicles are not allowed. Anamudi which is the highest peak of South Himalayas is located in the core area of this park.

Mattupetty Dam

Mattupetty Dam

Mattupetty Dam and lake is one of the major attractions in Munnar, located 13 kms away from the town. The Dam is surrounded by the lush green tea plantation and the rolling grasslands. The tea garden around are reflected in the still water of dam which makes it very scenic. The District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC), Idukki provides boating facilities in the Mattupetty Dam which makes it an ideal spot for picnic.

Kolukkumalai Tea Estate

Kolukkumalai Tea Estate

The Kolukkumalai Tea Estate was set up by British in 1930s. This is the lesser-known plantation heaven located about 38 kms from Munnar. As it is located at the state border, it has views of both Tamil Nadu and Kerela. The tea factory at this estate uses the original equipment’s and the old techniques to process its tea. They also have “Make Your Tea” programme which enable visitors to make their own cup of tea.

Attukal Waterfalls

Attukal Waterfalls

Attukal Waterfalls is one of the very attractive waterfall in Munnar. It is situated amidst dense jungle and can be reached through a narrow bridge. The flowing water looks like a shining silver line, but as you come closer you see water cascading and roaring from an elevated height. This place is a ideal for trekking and hiking.

Jaisalmer – The Golden city in the Indian State of Rajasthan

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Jaisalmer which is nicknamed “The Golden City” is situated in Rajasthan. It is a World Heritage site, once known as a Jaisalmer state and it lies in the heart of the Great Indian Desert “Thar Desert”. The city was named after the Maharawal Jaisal Singh, a Rajput king.

Tented Accommodation

Jaisalmer - The Desert Land

Jaisalmer – The Desert Land

Make your desert trip the best experience by staying in the Jaisalmer desert camps. There are many desert camps to suit the financial plan of tourists. Most of the camps arrange for the jeep and the camel safari which is must-do activity in the desert land.

Jeep Safari

Jaisalmer - Jeep Safaris in the dunes

Jaisalmer – Jeep Safaris in the dunes

Jeep safaris are the comfortable way to explore the beauty of Jaisalmer. The very powerful 4×4 open Jeeps are used for the desert safaris which make it an adventurous and a memorable experience.

Patwon-Ki-Haveli

Jaisalmer - Patwon Ki Haveli

Jaisalmer – Patwon Ki Haveli

Patwon-Ki-Haveli is one the largest havelis in Rajasthan comprised of five small havelis. It is also known as Patwonji’s haveli. You can see many paintings and mirror-works on the walls of this haveli and the whole building is made of yellow sandstone, except for the main gateway which is brown in color.

Paragliding in Jaisalmer

Paragliding in Jaisalmer

Paragliding in Jaisalmer

With the increase in number of tourists visiting this place, there has been increase in the adventure sports, paragliding being one of them. It is a very good experience, flying in the sky over the sand dunes of this desert land.

Windmill Farms

Jaisalmer - Windmill Farms

Jaisalmer – Windmill Farms

The project of windmill farms was initiated in Jaisalmer to promote non-conventional energy sources. It is the largest onshore wind farm in India with an investment of Rs 160 crore.

Mohangarh Fort

Jaisalmer - Mohangarh Fort

Jaisalmer – Mohangarh Fort

This is known to be the youngest fort in India situated near the Indira Gandhi Canal. This fort is famous for shootings.

Night View of Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer Night View

Jaisalmer Night View

The night view of Jaisalmer is a breath taking view. The tourists prefer to travel to this beautiful desert land on the full moon as it looks astonishing and beautiful.

Delhi – The Capital of India – Tourist Sites

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Delhi, the Capital of India, is one of the largest cities in India. Not only is it the center of all Government activities, it is home to many of the finest monuments and landmarks across the country.

India Gate

India Gate

The India Gate, originally called the All India War Memorial, is a war memorial located near the Rajpath. The India gate is illuminated every evening  from 19:00 to 21:30 and is a major tourist attraction. The Republic Day Parade each year starts from Rashtrapati Bhavan and passes around the India Gate.

India gate- Amar Jawan Jyoti

Amar Jawan Jyoti

Amar Jawan Jyoti

Amar Jawan Jyoti, or the flame of the immortal soldiers, is a structure consisting of black marble plinth, in the India Gate premises. The structure has a Self-loading rifle, capped by war helmet, bound by four urn. Each urn has the permanent light (jyoti) from flames that are always lit up in memory of the 82,000 soldiers of the undivided Indian Army who had died during the First World War.

Jama Masjid-close up

The Masjid-i Jahān-Numā or more commonly known as The Jama Masjid

Masjid-i Jahān-Numā

The Masjid-i Jahān-Numā commonly known as the Jama Masjid, situated in the old city area of New Delhi is the biggest mosque in India. Built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, it  can accommodate more than 25,000 persons at a time.

The Jama Masjid-a distant view

The Jama Masjid-a distant view

Jama Masjid

The mosque has three huge  gates, four towers and two 40 m high minarets.

The Jama Masjid-street view

The Jama Masjid-street view

Here is a distant view/street view of the Gate no. 1 of the Jama Masjid

Rajpath

The Rajpath-a distant view

The Rajpath-a distant view

The Rajpath is a long straight road that runs from the Rashtrapati Bhavan to the National Stadium, Delhi, via the India Gate. It is considered to be one of the most important roads of India, and the Republic Day Parade begins from here. The Rajpath is lined on both sides by huge lawns, canals and rows of trees.

Gardens near the Rajpath

Gardens near the Rajpath

Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh – The Home of Dalai Lama

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Dharamsala, the home of The Dalai Lama, is also the winter capital of the province of Himachal Pradesh. Earlier known as Bhagsu, the small town nestled in the Himalayan mountains is also the headquarters of The Central Tibetian Administration.

Dharamsala is home to many attractions-

Bhagsunag Waterfalls:

Bhagsunag falls

Bhagsunag falls

Bhagsunag falls, one of Dharamsala’s major tourist attractions, is also an important place for Hindu pilgrims. It is host to a famous Shiva temple.

A steep and long walkway that leads atop the Bhagsunag falls is cuts through a huge mountain. There are small tea-stalls and a cafeteria along the way the walkway, and the area is a sheer delight to eyes during monsoons.

The rocky trail below the Bhagsu falls where visitors often love to drench in the falling waters.

The Namgyal Monastery

Namgyal Monastery

Namgyal Monastery

The Namgyal Monastery, located in McLeod Ganj, or Upper Dharamsala, is the abode of the Tibetian Spiritual Leader, the 14th Dalai Lama. A very peaceful and serene monastery, this definitely has to be on the must-visit places for anyone visiting Dharamsala.

The HPCA Stadium

Cricket Stadium at Dharamsala

HPCA Stadium at Dharamsala

The Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, more commonly known as HPCA is a picturesque cricket stadium located with the Himalayan mountains in the background. The capacity of the stadium is 23,000 people.

The snow-capped Himalayan peaks as seen from Dharamsala

Dharamsala is a visual delight for mountain-lovers. The snow-capped Himalayas are a treat to the eyes.

The Lower Himalayan ranges

Dharamsala visitors can witness the Lower and Middle Himalayas from the Lower and Upper Dharamsala. The green mountain tops and the snowy Himalayan range that surrounds the small town of Dharamsala is certainly a bewitching sight.

Khajjiar, Himachal Pradesh – The Mini-Switzerland of India

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Khajjiar, popularly known as the mini-Switzerland of India is located in the Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh. The nearest famous hill-station Dalhousie is located about 25 km away from Khajjiar.

Khajjiar Lake

Khajjiar Lake

Khajjiar Lake-the saucer-shaped meadow

Swiss Hiking signboard

Khajjiar signboard

The yellow Swiss Hiking signboard showing the distance between Khajjiar and the Swiss capital Bern

Khajjiar was brought on the world tourism map by Mr. Willy T. Blazer, Vice Counselor and Head of Chancery of Switzerland in 1992, and he was the one to name it “The Mini Switzerland of India”. He also put a sign board of a yellow Swiss hiking footpath showing the distance from Khajjiar to the Swiss capital Bern-6194 km.

Khajjiar meadows

Khajjiar meadows

Khajjiar meadows

Khajjiar lake area is a saucer-shaped lush-green piece of land, surrounded by forests and meadows. Situated at the foothills of Western Himalayas, Khajjiar is a very rare  combination of 3 different ecosystems blended together: forest, lake and pasture.

forest department khajjiar

The small guest/office by the forest department

Across the world, there are about 160 locations that hold topographical similarities with Switzerland, and Khajjiar happens to be one of them. Hence it is also known as the mini-Switzerland of India.

car parking khajjiar

Alloted parking spaces-Khajjiar

Most visitors travel to Khajjiar by their private or rented vehicles. A huge allotted parking space around the beautiful plateau gives the visitors a chance to park their vehicles and enjoy the walk in the thick pine forests or walk around the green pastures.

Khajjiar Lake

Khajjiar Lake view

Khajjiar Lake view

There is a beautiful lake in the middle of the plateau and usually the climate is very pleasant with beautiful Himalayan peaks at a distant vision.

Khajjiar walkway to the lake

Khajjiar walkway to the lake, horses ready to be ridden also seen in the pic

Children would love to roll around on the lush pastures without the fear of getting hurt. Horse riding is another attraction for adults and kids alike. Also, a big attraction is the pet rabbits that you can hold and play with for a stipulated time by paying money to their owners. The mere experience of playing with those fury cuddly creatures in such gorgeous lush pastures is nothing short of a dream, and straight out of a Bollywood movie.

Khajjiar visitors enjoy a panoramic view of the dense deodars, pines and lush green meadows, with the beautiful and serene Dauladhar mountains in the backdrop.