Wednesday, 22 February 2017

How to visit Mcleodganj | Dharamsala| Itinerary Triund Trek

Top places to visit in Mcleodganj, HP, India

McLeod Ganj is a beautiful town in  Dharamshala, in Kangra region of Himachal Pradesh, India. It is situated at a height of 2,082 meters (6,831 feet) and is located in the lap of Dhauladhar Range, a part of southern external Himalayas. This is the town where Dalai Lama fled from Tibet for the first time and the town is also a spiritual center for Tibetan Buddhism. It has very less population is really famous for its simplicity, waterfalls, trek to the triund hill and for a large number of monasteries preaching Buddhism.

Best time to visit

  • March to June is the best time to visit here and the temperature ranges from 22-38 °C. You will enjoy the sightseeing during this time and can also follow your interests like paragliding and trekking. 
  • During July and August, the town experiences a heavy rainfall and not a good time to visit. 
  • December to January is the coldest time and all the mountains get covered with heavy snowfall. It's the best time to visit for honeymooners.

How to visit Mcleodganj:

Mcleodganj is just about 5.4 Km from Dharamsala. If you are traveling from Delhi, you can take a bus (Volvo) or an HRTC bus or rent a car. The bookings for the bus can be done online. The bus will take you directly there. The buses are easily available and service is provided to and fro. 
1)First go directly to Mcleodganj take the sightseeing tour, visit the trek and then go for sightseeing in Dharamsala.
2)Hotels are easily available but it is preferred to do the bookings online. The weather sometimes gets really chilly so do not forget to take warm clothes.
3) If you are going on the triund trek, it is highly recommended to take a guide with you which will take around 1500/- per person which includes camping at the triund hill, bonfire and the dinner and refreshments in the path.

Top places to visit in Mcleodganj

1) Bhagsunath Temple:

Bhagsunath Mcleodganj

A medieval holy place, Bhagsunath is Shiva Temple located around 3kms from the city center. The temple has been worshiped by the Hindus and the Gorkha Community. The temple is really popular for its two pools that is believed to have healing powers. The best time to visit Bhagsunath Temple is during the month of September also you can have a bath in the sacred pool.

2) Bhagsu Waterfall:

Bhagsu Mcleodganj

The Bhagsu waterfall is one of the most beautiful waterfalls and one of the top places to visit in Mcleodganj and is just a Km away from the Bhagsunath temple. You need to trek to the waterfall as there's no motorway to reach it. One can reach the Bhagsu waterfall by taking the east Bhagsu road. You can walk through the stairs just passing by the Bhagsunath temple and the pool. Well there's an awesome view upstairs, you will enjoy the shower.

3) Dalai Lama Temple

Dalai Lama Temple

The Dalai Lama temple is situated at a just short walk from the city's bus stand, upside. As soon as you enter the temple you will feel inner peace. It is covered with flags all over it and you will see a lot of monks who come to worship and preach Buddhist teachings.

4) St. John's Church


This beautiful church is situated in the dense forest, near to Mcleodganj- Dharamsala road and easily accessible and dedicated to Lord Elgin, one of the viceroys of India. It has amazing glass windows and a beautiful architectural design. The St. John church is a must visit the place. Also, you can click selfies in the beautiful area surrounding it.

5) Dal Lake

Dal Lake Mcleodganj

Dal Lake is a little water body, which is one of the touring attractions of McLeodganj. The lovely lake is situated at a height of 1,775 m above ocean level, near to Tota Rani. Surrounded by deodar, pines and oak trees and can be a good picnic spot. You can also do boating in the lake. You can take an auto or a taxi to reach there. You should first go to 'Naddi view point' and then while returning back you can visit here. Approx sightseeing time: 30min

6) Triund Trek

Triund Mcleodganj

This is the most important and most beautiful sightseeing of McLeodganj, this is the place for which adventurous people and trek lovers visit here and you should keep a whole day for this sightseeing.
Must things to take and prepare for, before going on the trek:
  • Please ensure that you are fit for the trek as it will be a steep climb through the deep forests, people with high blood pressure should not go for this.
  • It is highly recommended that you hire a guide for the trek which will take around 1500 INR per person which includes three meals- one during the trek(upside), one after reaching the top(if you camp there), one in the morning next day. Moreover, the fee includes camping.
  • Do not forget to take the water bottle, a stick, medicines, woolen clothes, compass, electric torch and some snacks along with you
  • Wear comfortable sports shoes so that it is easy to overcome the rocky path.
You can return the same day or camp at the top of the Triund hill. You can also continue the journey further and go up to the snow line, but you should always be prepared for the bad weather as it may rain anytime. 
But when you reach the top, you will feel like you have come to the paradise! Yes, it will feel awesome and you will me mesmerized by the scenic beauty of the hill. You should definitely visit the Triund Hill.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Top 10 Places To Visit In Switzerland

Top 10 Places To Visit In Switzerland (2017)

Switzerland is probably the most beautiful and gorgeous destination in Europe that is affectionately known as heaven of the earth. The nation offers stunning sights of the beautiful Alps. Switzerland is a  destination which is unmatchable for the voyagers who need to take delight and have a significant get-away alongside nature and its magnificence. Switzerland is a little nation yet it is one of the wealthiest nations on this planet. The wealthy legacy, traditions and conventions make this nation as the most supreme and radiant nation. Truly Switzerland is supreme and can't be contrasted with whatever other destination in the whole world. 

Shining icy masses, snow covered mountains, sparkling peaceful lakes, beautiful sights of the prospering green slopes, quiet field, fine-looking towns and the captivating and entrancing towns will leave you mesmerized on your vacation to this lovely destination. Switzerland has everything for all the age groups. These are the top 10 places to visit in Switzerland

1) Matterhorn, Zermatt


This Matterhorn is apparently the most photographed mountain on the planet and is additionally one of the Switzerland's most beautiful Alpine peaks and a top place to visit in Switzerland. The Matterhorn in Zermatt stands at 4,478 meters high and draws mountain dwellers from all sides of the globe enthusiastic to reach to the top – some heroicly setting out to achieve its summit. Cable cars every now and again hurdle through the mountain station in Zermatt, the highest cable car station situated in the Alps, and take skiers and snowboarders to encompassing mountains during the winter and explorers in the mid-year.

2)Mount Pilatus, Lucerne

Mount pilatus

Lucerne's own one of a kind mountain, Pilatus, is a historic place amongst the most unbelievable places in Central Switzerland.  On a sunny day the mountain offers an all-encompassing view of the 73 Alpine peaks. During summers the mountain can be reached from Lucerne by gondola lift and a cable car and from Alpnachstad with the world's steepest rack-railroad. In this way an extraordinary roundtrip visit is conceivable, including ventures by paddle steamer, rack-railroad, cable-car and bus. 

3) Lake Geneva, Geneva

Lake Geneva

Lake Geneva is the biggest Alpine lake in Europe. 

The lake is shaped from the Rhône River, which enters it at the east end between Villeneuve, Switzerland, and Saint-Gingolph, France, and leaves it at the west end through the city of Geneva.The biggest city on the shores of Lake Geneva is Geneva.It is the second most crowded city in Switzerland and is the most crowded city of Romandy, the French-speaking a portion of Switzerland.The Chablais Alps outskirt is its southern shore, the western Bernese Alps lie at its eastern side. The high summits of Grand Combin and Mont Blanc can be seen from a few spots. 

4) Jungfraujoch, Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland


You leave from Interlaken, Grindelwald or Wengen, in Switzerland, and begin by taking a one of a kind, modern cogwheel train to Kleine Scheidegg, 6762 feet up. From that point, the Jungfrau railroad ascends to the Eiger Glacier station, well known for its mountain eatery and polar hotels. At that point proceed through the Eiger tunnel, just halting to appreciate fabulous vistas while in transit to the most astounding railway station in Europe. The Jungfraujoch, more than 11,000 feet up, and called the Top of Europe. Switzerland's most amazing view is standing by. See a 13.6-mile ice stream, an Ice Palace, and perspectives that will make your day.

5) Old Town Bern, Bern

Old Town Bern

Get a glimpse of more than 800 years old history of Bern and visit the acclaimed sights of the Swiss capital, which is even ensured as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

You can see the late Gothic church with its delightful gateway and its own representation of the "Last Judgment". You will also like to observe the well known Zytglogge (clock tower). As one of the most beautiful city you can get the most of it.

6) Chateau de Chillon, Montreux

Chateau de chillon

One of Switzerland's must-sees is the Château de Chillon, the sensationally pleasant 12th-century castle that is situated at the bank of the lake geneva at Veytaux, near to the road and in sight of Montreux. Chillon was based on Roman establishments under the bearing of Duke Peter of Savoy with the assistance of military planners from Plantagenet England.

7) Lake Zurich

Lake Zurich

Lake Zurich is a combination of promenades, stops and gardens, all things conjointly known as Lake Promenade, which is a beautiful place to spend an evening. Also, during warm climate, the lake is peppered with boats & yachts, while the banks are full with picnickers and sunbathers. In case you're a jogger, the range is likewise one of Zurich's most loved spot to pound the ground. 

To get to the Lake Promenade region of Lake Zurich, guests can take a bus No. 161, 165 or N15 or one can go for train or tram to the Bhf Wollishofen station, which is just near to the waterfront. Many shops and restaurants can be found close to Lake Zurich's shores but have a limited parking facility

8) Mount Titlis (Engelberg)

Mount Titlis

The people who are truly adventurous and skiing lovers, Mt. Titlis is the biggest skiing and snowboarding range in the entire of Central Switzerland. As per its website, it has 82 km slopes & 5 cross-country ski tracks, in addition to other things. Despite the fact that there is a low level of snow all during the time here in Titlis, skiing is possible just from October to May. You can visit mount Titlis on your way from Interlaken to Lucerne. You will find an awesome view bright and full of snow. It will be an awesome experience for you.

9) Rhinefalls, Zurich


The Rhine Falls (Rheinfall) is the biggest and most intense waterfall in Europe, a bit low in height 75ft (23m), yet more for the volume of water gushes over its expansive width. This natural wonder looks amazing during spring when the melting snow adds to its volume. During summer one of the best visits to the falls by a boat trip over the white-water of the waterfalls to the Center Rock will enchant you. You can enjoy amazing and breathtaking views on your Rheinfalls boat ride.

10) Mt. First, Grindelwald

Mt. First

Mt First is not less than a wonder on Earth which risen to more than 7000 ft in the swiss alps. The mountain is full of amazing views and will leave the most experienced explorers spellbound. It's a heaven for hikers, with an awesome 50 min trek from First Summit station to the Lake Bachalp. The adventurers will find an awesome cliff walk along with an awesome First Flyer zip line which can take around four people at a time at around 52 miles per hour speed also you can do off road biking down from Bort to Grindelwald. All these adventures will of Mt. First will make your trip amazing.