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Old 30th December 2009, 14:08   #16
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When you at Mcleodganj and if you have time do visit palampur/Alhilal and the surrounding areas. That area is famous for Kangra tea. Also you could go ahead to Baijnath and visit the temple there. En route you will get stunning views of the mighty Dhauladhars.

Also at Ahlilal there is an old palace, now converted into a hotel. Its very pretty and worth stopping for lunch.

The Dhauladhars have snow but till two days back Mcleodganj had no snow. There is a trek route from Bhagsunath falls in Mcleodganj ( do not remeber the name now) that will take you to the snow line.

If you need more information on Dharamshala and surroundings and also the route from Dharamshala to Delhi kindly read my travelogue here (A Family Holiday In The Kangra Valley)

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Old 30th December 2009, 14:19   #17
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yup, however good for me, this year the fog is almost negligible. I leave for office daily before 7AM and till last year, it was a nightmare to leave at this time of the year, however this year fog is behaving very different.

Am hoping it behaves like this for next 4-5 days.
Be very warned. It may not be fun. Even I thought it wouldn't be dense today, since it wasn't a day before either.

But today at 9 AM itself, I couldn't see anything 20 meters from me, until 10:30 AM. I was crawling at 40 - 60KM/h. And I felt like dumb having no clue if I'm going straight or not. I had to stop once to calm down from anxiety. Total 3 accidents (4 cars, 1 tractor + trolley; all totalled) in 35 KMs. :O

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Old 30th December 2009, 15:00   #18
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Guys based on various feedback on fog and also two accidents this morning at greater noida expressway I am now thinking of leaving around 10 am from home. Will be able to cross Delhi by noon or later, fog will appear after 8 pm, so hope of catching Amritsar around that time.

Any updates on where to stay at Amritsar ? Also, return trip from mcleodgunj or dalhousie (have both the options now) will decide on actual time basis of next trip plan at Amritsar will be using Maps on my iPhone throughout thejourney for any help.

Any idea of snow at dalhousie ?
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Old 30th December 2009, 15:28   #19
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Tanwar - Good decision mate. Better to be safe than sorry.

You mean you are going to leave tommorrow morning ? Or is it 1st ?

Places to stay - I do not know any as I have my family house there BUT you can check tripadvisor for some good homestays and hotels.

Everything is packed these days.
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thanks for tips guys, tbhp is one place where I can trust for good information.

Am leaving tomorrow morning itself as need to utilize the 3 day off period. So my new year will be in Amritsar .

I had noted down from some of the posts of a hotel nearby Golden Temple, damn, and lost it. Need to re-search that.

vkochar - your travelogue has been quite helpful in deciding the place to go
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thanks for tips guys, tbhp is one place where I can trust for good information.

Am leaving tomorrow morning itself as need to utilize the 3 day off period. So my new year will be in Amritsar .

I had noted down from some of the posts of a hotel nearby Golden Temple, damn, and lost it. Need to re-search that.

vkochar - your travelogue has been quite helpful in deciding the place to go
Well Amit all the best - avoid the fog as much as you can, what I've heard from my friends these days is - that from Delhi till karnal - there is no fog in the morning, however Karnal onwards they face heavy fog. You might check with some truckers on NH1 about the fog conditions enroute and if required take an alternate route - Ambala - Chandigarh - Jalandhar - Amritsar. In the wake of widening of NH1 this can also be an option.
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Well Amit all the best - avoid the fog as much as you can, what I've heard from my friends these days is - that from Delhi till karnal - there is no fog in the morning, however Karnal onwards they face heavy fog. You might check with some truckers on NH1 about the fog conditions enroute and if required take an alternate route - Ambala - Chandigarh - Jalandhar - Amritsar. In the wake of widening of NH1 this can also be an option.
thanks, is the road widening such bad that going via Chandigarh could be an option ? Since I am now driving in the day, I guess I will get the traffic at its best.
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When you at Mcleodganj and if you have time do visit palampur/Alhilal and the surrounding areas. That area is famous for Kangra tea. Also you could go ahead to Baijnath and visit the temple there. En route you will get stunning views of the mighty Dhauladhars.

Also at Ahlilal there is an old palace, now converted into a hotel. Its very pretty and worth stopping for lunch.

The Dhauladhars have snow but till two days back Mcleodganj had no snow. There is a trek route from Bhagsunath falls in Mcleodganj ( do not remeber the name now) that will take you to the snow line.

If you need more information on Dharamshala and surroundings and also the route from Dharamshala to Delhi kindly read my travelogue here (A Family Holiday In The Kangra Valley)
Deky, thanks for sharing your inputs, if Dharamsala is finalized, will visit the places as per your trip.
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I had noted down from some of the posts of a hotel nearby Golden Temple, damn, and lost it. Need to re-search that.
MK Hotel is a good place,we stayed there for a night( :::: MK-HOTEL ::::),
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In Amritsar following are must see:-

Harmandir Sahib Ji (Golden Temple)
Jaliaan Wallah Bag
Wagha Border
Durgiana Mandir

For food "Bharawaan da Dhaba" is awesome. There used to be a dhaba near Lahori Gate but this is 10yrs back, so got no idea if its still there. Also dont forget to drink Lassi there as its one of the most famous thin/gs in Amritsar.

On the way when u pass jalandhar, see if you can goto Jalandhar Cantt and try "Jwali de pakore" (one of the spiciest pakoras i have tried in my life) and "Haweli" (very nice food and way better than any dhaba).

At Mcloedganj dont forget to trekk to the waterfalls and go right upto the top, there are 2 ways to go there (again 10yr old info).

That's pretty much all i remember from my old trip. Best time will be spent on the road than in Mcleodganj.

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MK Hotel is a good place,we stayed there for a night( :::: MK-HOTEL ::::),
thanks, will check it out.

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In Amritsar following are must see:-

Harmandir Sahib Ji (Golden Temple)
Jaliaan Wallah Bag
Wagha Border
Durgiana Mandir


Cheers
thanks, all the points noted for Amritsar, food and Mcleodganj.
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In McLeodgunj there is a coffee shop run by a retired Air Force officer. Make sure to visit this joint as the coffee is good and most importantly they also have a decent variety of wines made by them.

Each bottle would cost anything between 300 to 400 bucks and these wines are much better than what you would find in Shimla.

And they don't sell their stuff any where else. I will see if I can find their Invoice at home, will pass on the exact address if I am successful.
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In McLeodgunj there is a coffee shop run by a retired Air Force officer. Make sure to visit this joint as the coffee is good and most importantly they also have a decent variety of wines made by them.

Each bottle would cost anything between 300 to 400 bucks and these wines are much better than what you would find in Shimla.

And they don't sell their stuff any where else. I will see if I can find their Invoice at home, will pass on the exact address if I am successful.
sounds interesting, please do PM me their address.
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