In the winters of 2011, a sudden plan to visit the holy land of Mcleodganj. The picturesque town below the Dhauladhar is a great destination.
Day 1 Saturday 22.1.11:
Decided to go to Mcleodganj at 12 noon.
Leave Delhi at 3 PM and reach Chandigarh at 8.30 PM.
Find hotel and stay for the night. Stayed at Hotel Divyadeep at Rs 900 per night. Wasted money on the Yo China first food. Oh stopped at a dhaba for half hour en-route Chandigarh.
Roads are excellent upto Panipat and car cruises at 120 kmph and after that the 6 laning of national highway upto Ambala puts brakes on the car. After Ambala its fun drive to Chandigarh. Net driving time is 5 hrs.
Day 2 Sunday 23.1.11:
Leave Chandigarh at 7.30 AM and reach Mcleod Ganj at 1.30 PM.
Checkin to HPTDC hotel Bhagsu. Good hotel, but there are much cheaper hotels in Mcleodganj, actually HPTDC is one of the top end hotels.
Roads are excellent Chandigarh to Hoshiarpur via NH 21 and SH 24. There is a lot of toll in this route. But its fun driving. The major time is driving from Hoshiarpur to Mcleodganj.
Enjoy the market and stroll around.
Day 3 Monday 24.1.11:
Chillout in McleodGan marketj. Visit Bhasu Falls, Naddi Village and Dalai Lama palace.
Naddi Village is awesome. but man everywhere i found lots of concrete and new hotels coming up. They are spoiling the places with all these resorts (read concrete blocks).
Lunch at Pema Thang Pizzeria. Not good per me. (Opinions may vary)
Day 4 Tuesday 25.1.11:
Early morning to Naddi Village to glimpse of the peaks without clouds.
Leave Mcleodganj at 12.20PM and reach Chandigarh at 7.30 PM. Checkin to same place.
Day 5 Wednesday 26.1.11:
Leave Chandigarh and reach Home.