Situated in the western part of Himachal Pradesh, spread between the Shivalik foot Hills and the Dhauladhar range, the Kangra valley is a land of gentle beauty. Nestled in the lap of Dhauladhar range of Himalayas, the valley offers a unique blend of local Pahari and Tibetan culture. We began our journey behind the ranges, wherever no engine roared louder than the wind and in the dark the moon outshone all the opposite lights.
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Meet on arrival at Pathankot station and travel by surface to Dharamshala. Dharamshala, conjointly referred to as little Lahsa, has been the seat of his sanctity, the Dalai Lama, the leader of the Tibetans, since 1960. On arrival and check at hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Morning we proceed for a walk. You will be driven in car to Naddi village from where we have beautiful wide views of the peaks of Dhauladhar. Embark the walk from Naddi by walking downhill and reach dal lake. From here continue towards Tibetan Children Village and later towards Dharamkot. From Dharamkot we climb down through a forest to Bhagsunag. From Bhagsunag pick up by vehicles and drop back to hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Morning proceed for an interactive session at a local village to have a glimpse of their way of living and get a brief knowledge of the local herbs and local ecology. Indulge in day to day village activities like milking cow, working with a traditional stone flour grinder and a walk around the village. In the evening, enjoy local folk dance and music performed by the local dance troop (dance for Groups only). End the day with a traditional local cuisine. Overnight at hotel.
Morning visit Dalai lama temple, St John’s Church and Kangra State museum. Afternoon visit Norbulingka institute. Norbulingka is dedicated to handing down tradition and restoring standards by providing training, education and employment for Tibetans.
It supports the surroundings within which Tibetan community and family values will flourish and seeks to form a world awareness of Tibetan values and their expression in art and literature.Afterwards visit Tibetan University where one can have a meaningful exchange with the students (many of them monks), learning about their experiences and helping them with their English or chatting informally. Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast, proceed to Kangra fort located near Kangra town. The ruins of this formidable fort of the rulers of Kangra are located on a strategic height, overlooking the Ban Ganga and Manjhi rivers. The historic fort of Kangra was built by Bhuma Chand the founder of the Katoch Dynasty. The history of this fort is synonymous with Kangra town. At present the fort is under the control of the Archaeological Survey of India. It was badly damaged in the 1905 earthquake. From here, continue towards Masrur. The famous Masroor temple complex lies nearly 22 km from Kangra. It lies to the north-east of the village, a rocky sandstone ridge. In the intervening portions of the rocks are sculpted a series of temples unique in the entire Himalayan region and comparable to the monolithic temples of Mahabalipuram, Ellora and Dhamnar caves.
In the centre of the complex stands the principal and most intricately incised shrine – the Thakurdwara – enshrining black stone pictures of Ram, Lakshman and mythical being. After visiting the place, return back to Dharamshala enroute visiting Tatvani famous for hot water springs in this area. Evening at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
In time pick up from hotel and drop to Pathankot station to board the train for onward journey. End of our services.
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