What can be better than taking a weekend trip to nearby destination from Delhi. Even good is to take some budget trips than can relax you without whole in your pocket . Chakarta is hilly mountain in Uttrakhand . Perfect weekend Trek that leads to beautiful Tigerfalls . It has got not less than healing affect . Recommended trip for solo travellers or any traveler.
Here’s what you can discover in Chakrata
1.) Stay in Camps
Camp stay can take us back to college days . At times all you need is getting connected to our inner child . Staying in cozy camp can heal you in perfect way from any trauma or stress of mundane life .
2.)Trek for better health
There’s no substitute of Treking . It’s good for health especially for lungs . You should take such trips every weekend . Here in Chakrata there’s small trk of just 5 km that is good enough to feel fresh and discover some treasure.
3.)Visit nearby Tiger falls
Tiger falls is gift of trek you do . Once of the famous waterfalls in Uttrakhand . Infact this should not be missed and should be there in your bucket list always .
If time permits try visiting nearby caves which is around 30 km from Chakrata by names of Budher caves. It’s one of the historic destination here .
5.)Bond with like minded fellow Travellers .
When you join any Solo travelling community you meet lot of like minded people . Best way to connect & socialize with people is when we travel . Though you may choose to travel solo but yet may be smart enough to meet your socializing needs.
6.)Feel reconnected with your soul .
Many of us just forget that we are nothing but souls with the body . This realization comes when we visit such town . At time there are some special sessions conducted in such places . We can grasp learning here in perfect ways
7.)Come back refreshed with loads of energy .
At time what we need is charging ourseves . Best way to do is travel & channelize your energies . You can not discover the change unless you experience and take that step .
If you are solo traveler and thinking how to travel than we got some good news . We are taking small group over the weekend trip towards end of June .
For more details you can Join our meetup & rsvp for the event by clicking on link below .
Mcleodganj is small village in Dharamshala . Triund & Bir Billing are another village in Kangra ; HP .
It takes overnight journey from Delhi and 5-6 hours from Chandigarh .
I recently took trip of around 14 people to these adventurous cities and it was great travel.
Its prudential to cover these three places i.e Mcleodganj ; Triund & Birbilling together as they all are nearby .
All you need is 4 nights & 3 days to cover these 3 cities . We we plan overnight journey on any Thursday ; we may need leave only for 1 day i.e Friday considering Saturday & Sunday to be off .Sunday night we can come back to reach delhi on early morning Monday .
We can either book overnight Volvo or go by our own vehicle. However driving down may be little tiresome .Best option is to take ac Volvo .It usually starts from Majnu ka Tilla from delhi and departs at Kashmiri Gate . There are pitstops on the way where we can have our dinner . Bus are direct from Delhi to Dharmshala or Mcleodganj depending on where we wish to stay
Where to Stay
Either we can plan to stay at Dharamshala or Mcleodganj both are quiet close . As they are central point for all three destinations as per itinerary . There are many hotels & home stays available as per our budget . Usually with the duration that we have i.e 4 nights & 3 days out of which 2 goes in travelling ; another in Triund ; its just about only 1 day that we need to plan .
Places to Cover
Day 1:- Bir Billing ….
We booked our stay at Mcleodganj and took bike ride to Birbilling . It takes around 2-3 hours to reach there . Bikes can be hired on rent ; it cost you around 600 for the ride & fuel charges may be extra . Those who are not comfortable riding bike can take scooties or can hire a cab as well. However view from bikes is phenomenon .
After reaching bir billing we went for Asia’s largest Paragliding hub … This is the major attraction of this place . View from top was really amazing . I always wanted to fly . This dream came true finally ..
Paragliding in the month of May supposedly peak season can cost anywhere between Rs . 1900 to Rs . 2500 with video and photographs. To know the contact numbers of the agents please ask in the comments and subscribe to newsletter ; will inbox the details .
After this adventure we took bike ride back to Mcleodganj ; stayed in hotel & home stay .
Day 2 : Triund Trek ..
One of the most famous trek in India . Its friendly for beginners as well . It takes aound 7 km to cover the same . Since its little steep it may take 3-4 hours to reach there . Its good to plan night stay here not only because of view but to take some rest as well . There are many travel agents who can facilitate the entire trek in convenient way . I am really thankful to my guide Arjun who tried to make my trek as smooth as possible and took some fabulous shots too . He can be reached at 8219865506 . .Stay alongwith 3 meals can cost anywhere between Rs . 1200 to Rs. 2000.
Sharing his pic below for your reference ; he’s young boy of just 21 years old .
Day 3- Mcleodganj
We came back from triund around 11 am ; took shower in hotel and went for city visit . Some of the major attractions here are
Bhagsu Temple & waterwall ;
Dalai lama Temple & museum ;
Dul Lake & Church
Tibetian cafes .
All of this can be covered within 5-6 hrs . Bhagsu waterfall is closed because of shortage of water . There’s one famous Shivay café there .Its small trek of 2-3 km to visit there . I like healing & smoothing chants at Dalai Lama Temple . You will see lots of monks roaming in meditative state . There are so dedicated that they may not even bother to push you if you are careless to maintain decorum . However some are really friendly .
I am Srishti ; coming from fortune 500 background . Done my MBA & worked in corporate for over a decade . Have travelled International & domestic ; offlately realized my inner calling to persue my passion . Taken many solo trips ; started Travel blogging .My mission is to create Smart Solo Travel Ecosystem where in people can travel safe without any dependency on anyone yet don’t miss the fun of socializing & networking with others .
With that thought in mind planning my almost another Trip to Mcleodganj & Triund Trek . Already few members are confirmed .
Trip details mentioned below
Trip Duration – 4 nights (including travel) ; 3 days
Day 1 (Stay in hotel/Home Stay) Friday – Local Site visit ; Mcleodganj as we know is known for Monasteries.
.We can visit Dalai Lama temple ; explore local market & cuisines as its known for ; relax at Bhagsu Waterfall , visit Tipa ; Norbulingka & other places if time permits .
Day 2 Saturday – Very famous Triund Trek – A must visit trek – Friendly for beginners ; the end view is treat to eye .. We can stay in dome & do the camping …
Day 3 – Sunday –Come back from Trek ; Share the pics ; Relax at some cafes and come back
Trip Inclusions —
1.) To & fro from Delhi/Gurgaon in AC Semi Sleeper Volvo/First class Train/AC Tempo Traveller.
Pick up point- Majnu ka Tilla (If changed it will be in and around that – 99% it will be same) – 7:30 pm (24th May)
Drop Point – Kashmiri Gate – 5:30 AM (28th May)
2.) 2 night stay in twin or Triple sharing basis at Home stays or hotels at Mcleodganj & Triple/Quad sharing at Triund .
4.) Triund Trek (with expert guide) + Snow Point if Possible
1. )Any kind of personal expense or local transport.
2.) Any Entry Fees
* Official Leave — Just 1 i.e.Friday on 25th May
You can take a Short Leave on 24th May (Thursday) …to reach Majnu ka tilla at 730 pm .
Total cost – Rs. 6900/- (Best price & Group)
**Dont get carried away with low or high cost just check how informed the group is . It may be difficult to decide how to choose with whom to go I guess that fear is natural .
However to make it easy ; please go through my blog www.travelsoloandsmart.com having some facts about solo trips hope it helps .if not than please inbox if you have any query & just dont postpone your trip for some vague reason . Believe me the experience you get from travellling is unparallel and you will realize money you spend is just peanuts its just the time you invested is worth .
Hey, all solo travelers hope you are all set to choose your next travelling destination . If still confused than Lansdowne can be good option . You can cover this place over the weekend. I recently visited this city in month of April . To beginwith ; this is one of the closest hill station from delhi.
If you are planning your journey from Delhi than it should take you approximately 6-7 hours to reach . Start at early morning or late night to escape traffic. Delhi to Lansdowne distance is approximately 264 km. Moreover summers are best time to visit here .
Since buses may not be conveniently available try to take a cab or join some community who organizes a trip of a solo traveler to make it fun and save some money. The cab may cost anywhere from 3 to 4 thousand. However, if you plan with a group; entire trip can be covered in maximum Rs.5000 to Rs. 6000. Though this article Is about solo traveling but you may be wondering why I am referring to a group. This is also because to make a smart & safe choice. There are few solo traveling communities that can make your journey safe and more fun. All the more it can be pocket-friendly. This can give you the feel of traveling solo yet you don’t have to suffer from the limitation of planning a trip alone like more expenditure or other risks .
Incase of girls it may not be that convenient to travel all alone because of lots of mindset issue. Especially if you are traveling to a tourist destination in small cities or villages there are lots of judgmental people. Nevertheless, there may be some places down south which may be female friendly ; will try to cover that in my later posts. But there is good news as well there are some traveling companies that are organizing your solo trips at an unbelievable price.
I am going to start with basic details that you may have tried but probably not sure may be that’s why you are reading my article. I will address all your doubts as I happen to manage this phase of jittery & apprehension .Hopefully my experience may help some.
How to reach Lansdowne from new Delhi
If you plan to travel alone than you can either take your own car or hire one as there are no Volvos. Another option can be to book train tickets from delhi to Kotdwar and take bus or cab from there. . Train starts from old Delhi railway station. Distance from kotdwara to Lansdowne is hardly 1 to 1.5 hours. You can either hire a cab or take a local bus. This may be the cheapest option.
Taxi fare from kotdwara to Lansdowne is very nominal it can be anywhere between Rs. 80 to Rs. 200 based on whether you are taking shared vehicle or individual .
If you plan to take your car than approx. cost one side may start from Rs 3000 to 3500 for 4 seaters; if you plan to share with a group than it can be a good option as well.
The third & best option as per my experience is to join group of solo travelers . They usually include everything from to and fro; stay & share complete itinerary. It can be fun and most economical travel.
Lansdowne is a perfect place for a weekend. There are few places to visit. But majorly its all about relaxing & rejuvenating. You can plan your stay anywhere from as low 1000 per night in a camp to 7000 in a resort. You can either book directly in a hotel or can use any booking site.
Place where I stayed was kasang regency hill resort lansdowne. It is great place to spend 3 nights with good indoor games like Table Tennis and outdoor like football etc.
You can either book the hotel online or contact Nishant Khandelwal ; Manager at 9411137650 /8430140078 .You can also visit them at www.kasangregency.com .
Places to Visit in Lansdowne
Bhulla Tal Lake
This is called as artificial lake created by man. Its good place to sit; relax and snack. They have a provision of boating as well which closes by 6 pm. Entry to Bulla tal is free ; however if you want to enjoy boat ride than ticket available at a reasonable cost of just Rs. 20 .
One of the oldest & informative churches in the middle of Tip & Top and Bulla tal lake. This church is beautifully built and has documentary running every evening. It opens at 5 pm in evening.
This is a place of magical rocks. As the name says there are two rocks kept in perfect balance; though it can be moved by a figure but can’t move even by pushing from both the hands. It is believed that at time of Mahabharata when Pandavas were in exile powerful Bhim placed these rocks in such a way that it couldn’t move. This place is hardly 2 km trek from Lansdowne.
This is one of the oldest army mess. It was founded in the year of 1988 and is maintained by the government of India. People come from far off places to visit this Indian Army heritage.
Lansdowne is another name of cantonment town. War memorial was established here way back in 1923. With some artifacts rifles its one of the popular place to visit.
Tip & Top point
To Enjoy the view of the city from the top you can take a trek of hardly 1-2 km from the parking . This is supposedly one of the highest points of the city where you can get an magnificent view.
Darwin Singh Museum
This place showcases our great heroes who got immortal by sacrificing their lives for our country. Its facilitated in a two-story building. Photography is prohibited inside. Kids below 10 years are not allowed. It got nominal entry fee of just Rs. 50. It also hosts 10-12 variety of beautiful roses. If you are the one who is the patriot by heart and want to connect with history than do visit this place However it got time restrictions ; morning it’s open from 9 to 12 pm which fluctuates here and there at times; evening it’s between 3 to 6 pm.
This is one of the most popular café in the town. Conceptualized on heritage theme; with lovely music, this place will help us in connecting with our creative side. Beautifully decorated with great interiors; makes people feel relaxed and blessed. Though 20 km away from the city but worth a visit for that perfect change.
Tarkeshwar temple is located at distance of 38 km from Lansdowne. You can hire a cab which is available at nominal cost. This is a place of Lord Shiva. Built on a huge campus which has big groud to meditate or taking a nature walk . There is small pool within the temple famous for healing ailments. Also there are huge series of bells available in a row that produces very soothing music.
To Sum up, the Entire Trip cost for Budget Stay in Lansdowne for Weekend can be anywhere between –Rs. 3500 – Rs 7000 for a decent stay inclusive of everything if you plan smart.