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Old 2nd March 2010, 22:11   #31
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Day 4

Our plan

Visit Billing - 80 kms from Dharamshala
On return visit
Visit Baijnath Shiv Temple
Visit Palampur Tea Garden
Break at Neugal Cafe

Started at 10am for billing

Billing is considered one of the best gliding sites in the world.
It is blessed by nature and is perfect as a launching pad, making it an ideal place for hang-gliding and paragliding.


Baijnath temple
The Baijnath temple has been continuously under worship ever since its construction in 1204 A.D. by two local merchants named Ahuka and Manyuka. Water of this temple has medicinal properties.

View from our room
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Shot on way to Billing
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Road to Billing. Very Narrow.
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Sole person on Billing.
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His companion
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Fantastic journey and pics - thanks for sharing this 'logue!

Aah... I've got to visit the golden temple soon...
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Old 3rd March 2010, 07:13   #33
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Fantastic journey and pics - thanks for sharing this 'logue!

Aah... I've got to visit the golden temple soon...
Thanks anekho. Visit soon, otherwise late march onwards it will be pretty hot.
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Old 3rd March 2010, 13:35   #34
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We trekked to the other side of the mountain , found snow
Spent around 2 hours on the top. Mr Hukum Chand told us the he had been living there for last 30 years. Lot of foreigners visit for para-gliding. He has the contacted of arranging para-gliding.

We headed back , Next spot Baijnath temple. Then via palampur took a break at neugal cafe. Back to hotel by 5.30 pm.


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Narrow gauge train which run from Pathankot.
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Baijnath temple
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Tea garden at Palampur
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At neugal cafe.
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The train shots are amazing. Is it the Kangra valley express?
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The train shots are amazing. Is it the Kangra valley express?
Yes i think so. This toy train is heading towards Pathankot.
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Day 5

Plan
Local Trekking to Nearby Village
Visit Norbulingka Institute
Chamunda Temple
Tapovan Chinmaya Mission
if time left, then consider other places too.

Norbulinka Institute -
This institute teaches
Thangka Painting - They depic a Buddhist deity, famous scene etc
Fabric Thangka - made of silk, some of them woven, some embroidere.
Sculpture - made of wood , metal.


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The Chamunda Devi Temple is said to be more than 700 years old. It on the bank of Baner River.Dedicated to goddess Kali in her avtar of Chamunda. Photograhy is not allowed here. Could not take any photos here. Only i could take a Map of temples in Himachal.


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Chinmaya Tapovan, the ashram was founded by late Swami Chimayananda.
While returning from Tapovan, we saw Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha , Dharmshala.


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The vulture is a prized capture.
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Old 3rd March 2010, 22:10   #39
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The vulture is a prized capture.
Yes MX6. While coming back from Billing, they we flying in groups.
i am upload couple of them shot flying.

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Wow! Great vulture shots.

Any more pics of the road to Billing?
Just for rhyme's sake, looks thrilling!
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Wow! Great vulture shots.

Any more pics of the road to Billing?
Just for rhyme's sake, looks thrilling!

Thanks doc. Could shoot much while the climb as the roads were very narrow and i was concentrating more on driving, wify and kids were little scared too. 3 to 4 hairpin were really very difficult, i had to reverse then climb.

i am uploading some more shots.

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Road to Billing looks impressive. Did you have to deploy 4WD here? Did you encounter traffic from the opposite side?
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Road to Billing looks impressive. Did you have to deploy 4WD here? Did you encounter traffic from the opposite side?
smartcat, mine is 4x2 lx. there are 3 main hairpins which were very difficult , 4x4 would have been a bonus.

Absolutely no traffic from opposite side. Had there been then it would be a big problem as just one vehicle can pass. The roads are very narrow.

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Day 6
Our last day of trip at dhamshala.

Our plan - Mcleodganj
St. Johns Church,
Mcleodgani market,
Dalai Lama Temple,
Dal lake,
Naddi View Point

Started for Mcleodganj by 9.30 am. The drive is very senic and entire area has army presence.First stop was at Church of St. John's in the wilderness. Very quite place surrounded with pine trees.

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Safari in the wilderness
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We drove straight to Dalai Lama Temple, Two parking avaliable, one at the beginning of market and the other one at temple. Temple parking is small can accommodate around 10 - 12 cars. It is advisable to park the car at begning of market as lane are very narrow , crowded. Also the road is one way. We got stuck at couple of places due to traffic and narrow lanes.The moment you are in Mcleodganj, you feel you are out of India, it a mini Tibet.


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After visiting the Dalai Lama temple, we did some shopping. There is a lot to shop. One can easily spend 2-3 hours roaming in the market.

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We were informed that Dall lake is under repair, Naddi View point is inaccable due to work at Dall lake. We planned to investigate, went to Dal Lake. The climb to Dall lake is very steep and narrow lanes. Lot of opposite traffic. Dal lake was complete dry, some digging was going on.We enquired about Naddi View Point, it too was closed.

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View from Mcleodganj
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We spent some time at market and returned back to hotel by 5. Next day was our return journey, planned to have early dinner and do the packing.

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Day 7

The return journey.
Climate was mildly foggy with 100 meters visibilty.

We started by 06.15 am
Kangra by 7 am
After Kangra ghats starts and road are bad.
Amb by 8.50 am
Una by 9.30 am
Naya nangal 9.45 am
Roop Nagar by 11 am (Took a break)
Kharar 12.30 pm
Ambala 1 pm
sonepath 3.30 pm
home by 5 pm

Summary
Total distance travelled 548 kms. Time 11 hours approx.

Trip summary
Total trip distance 1550 kms. Seven days. Average didnt track but above 10+.

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