Nothing can truly separate us travellers from the mountains, not even Corona 😉
Himachal Pradesh has finally eased the travel restrictions by lifting the night curfew. Further, all social/ religious/ cultural/ political & other congregations including weddings & funerals are permitted to 50% of the capacity, both in indoor & outdoor areas.
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Here is the official tweet –
Himachal Pradesh | Night curfew imposed due to #COVID19 has now been lifted. Further, all social/ religious/ cultural/ political & other congregations including weddings & funerals are permitted to 50% of the capacity, both in indoor & outdoor areas: State Cabinet
— ANI (@ANI) February 9, 2022
If you are planning to take a (much-needed) vacation to Himachal, then the first thing you need to do is to take the Kalka – Shimla train ride. As Shimla receives heavy snowfall, the rail ride is nothing less than magical. Watching the train traverse through mountains, tracks and trees covered with snow is every traveller’s dream come true.
Check out these amazing pictures –
A joyful ride midst snow!
All passenger trains are running in -2 degrees on the Kalka-Shimla railway line, alluring tourists to witness the captivating sights of the snow-covered hills through the rail route.#DekhoApnaDesh with #IndianRailwayshttps://t.co/v60ShhMPOm
— Ministry of Railways (@RailMinIndia) February 9, 2022
After this, next destination on your bucket list has to be Dharamshala and Mcleodganj, better known as the ‘Mini Tibet’ of the state.
Why is that you ask?
Aside from the stunning views of the Dhauladhar range and the scent of pine trees, travelling to Dharamshala and Mcleodganj make for an easy, safe and quick ( just 469 km from Delhi) getaway. Along with that, travelling to these two towns is like travelling to Tibet. Now that’s a two-in-one vacation!
Awesome things to do
Trekking to Triund Top
No trip to Dharamshala will ever be complete without the mention of a trek to Triund! It is a great trek for beginners with its rough terrain, steep slopes and oak trees.
Visiting the Bhagsunath Temple and Bhagsu Waterfalls
The scenic, one-hour walk to the falls and the Lord Shiva Temple can make you forget about the city life forever. The path is surrounded by fresh water springs, glorious cliffs and rock formations.
In Search of Serenity
Experience peace and serenity at the Tsuglagkhang Complex, which is a holy site for Buddhist pilgrims. It consists of the Tsuglagkhang Temple, the Tibet Museum, a bookstore, a cafe and a library, along with the Namgyal Monastery, which is one of the biggest and most magnificent Tibetan monasteries.
Catching up on Cricket
Going to Dharamshala and not visiting the iconic Dharamshala Cricket Stadium will leave this trip incomplete. Don’t forget to click lots of pictures!
Don’t Come Back Without Eating at..
Jimmy’s Bakery, Tibet Kitchen, Indique Restaurant and Illiterati Books and Coffee.
Some Places to Stay –
Staying at safe, isolated and hygienic hotels is of utmost importance at a time like this. Here are our top 5 recommendations:
1. The Divine Hima, Dharamshala
Situated in the heart of Dharamshala, you can enjoy meditation, yoga and guided trekking tours at this luxury boutique hotel.
Top safety measures: Contactless check-in, doctors available 24×7, social distancing marking, sanitized linen, temperature check for staff and minimum 24-hour vacancy between guests.
2.Prakriti Aalay, Dharamshala
With forest on one side and the river on the other, the location of this beautiful, ecological stay is unlike any other.
Top safety measures: Regular sanitization of high-traffic areas, high-temperature linen wash, regular temperature checks, face masks compulsory, contactless check-in.
3.D’s Casa, Mcleodganj
Views of the verdant Himalayan valleys await from this boutique hotel.
Top safety measures: Individually wrapped toiletries, contactless check-in, doctor available 24×7, a minimum 24-hour vacancy between guests.
4.Quartz Himalayan Brothers, Mcleodganj
This exquisite hotel is just a 5-minute drive from the main road and provides breathtaking views of the entire Dhauladhar range.
Top safety measures: Compulsory face masks for staff and guests, sanitized linen, regular temperature checks, social distancing markings on the floor, contactless check-in.
This 3 century-old heritage perfectly encapsulates the serenity of the mountains.
Top safety measures: Regular hand washing for staff, temperature checks, floor markings for social distancing, face masks compulsory, a minimum 24-hour vacancy between bookings.
Note: Before planning your trip, don’t forget to check the latest quarantine requirements of Himachal Pradesh and all other states right here.
Dear traveller, what are you waiting for? Plan that much-awaited vacation today!