Winter attractions around Dharamsala

Winter season comes with its own colours in the region around Dharamshala, and what it does is open up many more attractions. While due to excessive snow, it becomes difficult to trek and at times to Paraglide as well, but this is the time, when few of the attractions that remain dormant during the summer months, become a must visit.

And in this blog post, I’ll be talking about three things you must do on your trip to Dharamshala/Mcleodganj during winter months:

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Bird Watching in Pong Lake: Pong Lake is not only India’s biggest earthfill dam, but is also one of the most underrated bird sanctuaries in India. Due to its location in the northern part of country, it attracts various birds species from central Asia and Siberia. Therefore, if you’re coming to Mcleodganj/Dharamshala, you must plan a trip to Pong Lake that is about 55 kms from Blossoms Village Resort. While indulging in the bird watching at Pong Lake, don’t forget to visit Rancer island, take a boat ride in the lake, indulge in conversations with local fishermen and visit the half submerged Bathu temples.

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Pong lake attracts various bird species during winters such as Egrets, Bar Headed Geese, Kingfishers etc. and if you listen properly, you might hear the sounds of a toy train chugging through the forests nearby.

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A ride in Kangra Valley Toy Train: Back in 1926, British government planned narrow gauge track from Pathankot till Joginder Nagar, connecting the inner reaches of Kangra Valley. For years, this rail route has been used by people of villages to traverse across the region. However, that’s not where it ends, the Kangra Valley toy train snakes through the rolling lush green hills, crossing meandering rivers fed by the glaciers, passing beautiful gorges and then running parallel to the snow covered peaks of Dhauladhar range.train

No other train in India comes as close to eternally snow capped mountains as Kangra valley toy train does, specially during the route between Kangra and Palampur.

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Discover the heritage of Garli: There’s a village hidden in the lower reaches of Kangra valley. Carefully placed between the surrounding hills, village of Garli was once a hub of some of the richest Sood merchants. While the merchants are all gone, what is left is their legacy, and many old havelis, turning into ruins. Visit Garli for these beautiful havelis, to spend time with villagers listening to the stories of time when Garli used to be the most prosperous town of this region, with an excellent education system.

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Moreover, near Garli lies the famous Kaleshwar Mahadev temples at the banks of Beas river, flowing just 3 Kms away from the village.

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To plan a vacation with Blossoms, click on the link below and book your stay with us. http://www.blossomsvillage.com/resort-hotel-in-dharamshala-contactus.html

This post has been written by Abhinav Chandel, a travel blogger who’s been calling Dharamshala his home since April 2014. You can contact him on twitter at ‘ @abhiandnow‘ 

Adventure activities around Dharamshala

In this post of Life around Blossoms Village Resort, we’ll be talking about the adventure activities you can indulge in during your stay in Dharamshala.

When I first came to Mcleodganj, I never expected this place to be full of so much potential, while most of us know this region for its spiritual essence, there’s something for everyone here and that includes the adventure lovers too.

The diverse terrain of this region provides a lot of opportunities for us to explore, and tread the roads untravelled by many. So, here’s my list of adventure activities you can indulge in during your next trip to Mcleodganj/Dharamshala:

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1. Paragliding: 2-3 hrs away from Dharamshala, lies Bir-Billing, it is one of the best places in the world to paraglide at. If you’ve already paraglided in Manali, let me tell you that this one is much better than that. As you glide across the sky, you won’t only get a panoramic view of the Kangra valley in front of you, but you also won’t be far away from the snowcapped peaks of Dhauladhar mountains.bir1

Except during Monsoons, Paragliding is open throughout the year. The beautiful Tibetan village of Bir is set in the Dhauladhar range, surrounded by monasteries, and the importance of this paragliding site can only be seen in the fact that many paragliders learn their trade to Paraglide here. Plus, it’ll also be hosting the Paragliding World Cup next year.

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2. Trekking: Set at the spur of majestic Dhauladhar range, Dharamshala is also the start of many great treks through the lower Himalayas, which also involves crossing some of the most challenging passes. If you just want to get a taste of trekking, I’d recommend you a hike till Triund hill. The hike starts from Mcleodganj. While the more experienced trekkers can try crossing the Indrahar Pass and reaching Nag Dal lake, one of 20+ lakes situated in the Dhauladhar mountains, you can also cross into Chamba side, and continue with your trek.trekking2Then there’s Hampta pass to be crossed, before you venture into Bada Bhangal, one of the remotest regions of Himachal. Another of the offbeat trekking routes features a trek to Kareri Dal-Minkiani pass-Lam dal.

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3. Water Sports: The region around Dharamshala also boasts of water related adventure activities, and yes, that’s a surprise for many. While on your Paragliding trip to Bir-Billing, you can couple your flight with a round of angling. In addition, there’s the magnificent Pong lake, one of the most underrated reservoirs across the country, which is full of water sports opportunities to indulge in.7

This 42 kms long and 2 kms wide reservoir located on Beas River in Kangra Valley features various options, including canoeing, swimming, sailing, water skiing etc. There’s a water sports institute here, which also conducts courses at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels, where you can enroll yourself. This water-sports institute is only one of its kinds in India, and therefore, you must take full advantage of it on your next trip to Dharamshala/Mcleodganj.

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To plan a vacation with Blossoms, click on the link below and book your stay with us. http://www.blossomsvillage.com/resort-hotel-in-dharamshala-contactus.html

This post has been written by Abhinav Chandel, a travel blogger who’s been calling Dharamshala his home since April 2014. You can contact him on twitter at ‘ @abhiandnow‘