Back-Pack-Go! (McleodGanj, Himachal Pradesh)
Leave the city version of you behind because the hills are calling. The hills will always greet you with her arms wide open, provided you respect her.
This is not a tour and you are not a tourist. This trip aims to create an experience for you, a personal experience. Come with old friends, make some new ones, write a story, climb a mountain, jump into a river, dance, sing and fall in love. Do everything you’ve always wanted to. Break free and rediscover yourself with Vagabond.
05:30 pm: Meet in Delhi at Majnu Ka Tila bus stop. From here, board a direct bus to McLeod Ganj saying goodbye to the furnace which is the rest of the country that time of the year.
Reach McLeod Ganj early in the morning. The home-stay type hotels are located in Dharamkot, a picturesque hill town which is just a 10 min cab ride away from with spectacular views of the entire valley. After breakfast at McLeod Ganj, head to H. H. Dalai Lama Temple, Namgyal Monastery and the Tibet Museum. Visit the ‘St. John’s in the Wilderness’ Church and then sample some local cuisine for dinner.
A good night’s rest and a heavy breakfast later, head to Naddi, a tiny, peaceful village nestled amidst the pine covered mountains and vibrant yellow mustard fields. Begin your first hike towards the pristine Naddi River where you’ll spend the day lazing next to the river and exploring the valley. Dinner will be back at McLeod Ganj, post which you’ll be free to explore the night-life of the town.
Trek to Triund, one of the highest snow-capped peaks of the Dhauladhar mountain range. After an early breakfast visit Galudev Temple. Triund is 2875 meters above sea level. It’s a day long hike but the serene mountainous landscape, rare wildlife and a trail dotted with magical little cafés with breathtaking views will keep you going. At night camp in the tents facing the majestic snow-clad mountain range.
After experiencing an unforgettable sunrise, have breakfast and trek right up to the snow line. Small icy streams and glacial waterfalls are a common sight on this trail. Another night of camping, music and good food is what lies ahead of you this day.
After breakfast say goodbye to Triund and start the descent and reach the hotel in Dharamkot by afternoon. In the evening stroll around the quiet hillside of Dharamkot before the group meets for dinner later. You can check out some of the popular cafes in the area which have live acts, music, jam sessions and workshops happening every other night.
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Post breakfast head to Shiva Café which is a good 45 min hike. Stop by the holy Bhagsunag waterfall on the way and then head back in the evening for dinner. The evening can be spent shopping or wandering around the lanes of the McLeod market.
After breakfast and check out a final shopping stop at McLeod Ganj. Post lunch head to Delhi by a semi- sleeper AC bus.
Reach Majnu Ka Tila bus stop early morning. Trip ends. Say goodbye to the hills and hello to nostalgia for the next few months.
Accommodation in cosy, rustic and comfortable hotels with decent amenities on a double or triple sharing basis.
Accommodation in good quality tents and sleeping bags while camping.
Two meals a day i.e. breakfast and dinner.
All activities as per itinerary.
Visits to places as per itinerary.
Any expenses of personal nature.
Visit to any place not listed in the itinerary.
A well-equipped first-aid kit and experienced operator will be available.
In case of cancellations on or after 25th March 2017 and on or before 31st March 2017, Rs 8,000 will be deducted.
In case of cancellations on or after 1st April 2017 and on or before 7th April 2017, Rs 12,000 will be deducted.
In case of cancellations on the day of departure, no refund shall be admissible.