Dalhousie with Vaishnodevi (08 Night 09 Days)
Amritsar(1) - Dharamsala(2) - Dalhousie(3) - Katra(2)
This is a recommended summer itinerary for guests looking to opt for an itinerary around a Vaishnodevi temple visit. It includes major hill stations (Dalhousie, Dharamsala / Palampur) and Amritsar (Golden Temple).
Start Point: Amritsar
End Point: Jammu
Best Season To Travel
- Day-1 Arrive at Amritsar. Visit Golden Temple, Jalianwalabagh and Wagah Border.
- Day-2 Dalhousie - Dharamshala. Visit Norbulingka Institute.
- Day-3 Mcleodgunj Visit and options visits around Dharamsala.
- Day-4 Dharamsala - Dalhousie. Visits around Dalhousie.
- Day-5 Khajjiar, Chamba, Chamera Lake excursion.
- Day-6 Kalatop Excursion / Walk.
- Day-7 Dalhousie - Katra.
- Day-8 Vaishnodevi Darshan.
- Day-9 Departure.
Amritsar - Golden Temple (2.00 kms), Jallianwala Bagh (5.00 kms), Wagah Border (36.00 kms)
Dalhousie - Churches in Dalhousie (3.00 kms), Satdhara (3.00 kms), Barkota Hills (5.00 kms), Kalatop Trek and Paragliding (10.00 kms), Khajjiar Meadows (25.00 kms), Chamera Lake (30.00 kms), Chamba Pilgrimage (50.00 kms)
Dharamsala - War Memorial (1.00 kms), Walk to Kunal Pathri - Rock Temple (3.00 kms), Norbulingka Institute (4.00 kms), Naam Art Gallery (7.00 kms), St Johns Church (8.00 kms), Chinmaya Tapovan (10.00 kms), Dalai Lama Monastery (10.00 kms), Bhagshunath Temple (11.00 kms)
Katra - Ardhkuwari Temple (7.00 kms), Vaishnodevi Temple (13.00 kms), Baba Bhaironath Temple (14.00 kms)
- Amritsar to Dharamsala -189 kms (4 hrs)
- Dharamsala to Dalhousie -120 kms (4 hrs)
- Dalhousie to Katra -230 kms (6.5 hrs)
- Katra to Jammu -50 kms (1.5 hrs)
Butter Chicken: This creamy, gravy dish is lightly spiced and paired up with either naan or roomali roti
Chhole Bhature: Bhautra is made up with flour and milk rather than wheat flour, it’s different from a poori, and server with Chhole(Chick peas sabji).
Parantha: A palin or stuffed wheat bread, fried in desi. Have with some cold curd and pickle.
Amritsari fish : It is a succulent, fried fish, this can be had either with a naan or just like that since it is a dry dish. Batter fried, it is juicy and succulent on the inside while also being spicy.
Dal makhni: This dish of lentils is a rich concoction of black lentils and red kidney beans made in a thick gravy made even richer with dollops of cream.
Panner tikka: It is a chargrilled and spiced soft cottage cheese dish.
Murgh Malaiwala: A delicious chicken recipe made with no oil or ghee. Chicken drumsticks marinated with ginger-garlic and cooked in milk, cream, chillies, saffron and a rose petal garam masala.
- Do pack a basic medical kit with your luggage. Also carry adequate quinine, the anti-malarial drug.
- Tipping: In restaurants and Hotels a 10% service charge is often added to bills,in which case there is no need to tip. In smaller places where tipping is optional you need only tip a few rupees and not a percentage of your bill. It is customary to tip waiters,porters,guides and drivers.
- If you are traveling in summers (April-June),carry only cotton garments,shorts,light coloured clothing. A trip in winter season(October-February) necessitates woollen clothing as the temperature often touches sub-zero levels.
- Instead of carrying too much cash you can manage with traveller’s cheques and get them converted at money changers like Thomas Cook.
- Make it a point to buy the maps of the place you are exploring to facilitate easy navigation.
- Budget travellers can minimize their expenses by eating as often as possible at the langer (the Common Kitchen) in a gurdwara.
- When you visit a gurdwara particularly, make sure you leave your footwear out and cover your head with a scarf, available outside gurdwara.
- Before shooting pictures of a Gurdwara, a historical monuments, museum or a palace, ensure that photography is not prohibited. Otherwise it may lead to heavy penalties and even confiscation of the camera.
- Specifically for foreigners, there is usually a foreigner’s helpdesk at most big gurdwara. One can always go there to find out more information.
- If you are not conversant in the local dialect and you are using public transport like cabs or auto rickshaws for commuting, make sure you ask a few people around before you get into one. Do find out the fare before you agree on a price with the driver to avoid being cheated.
- Don’t keep any electronic item including mobile camera, video camera and other such items in the track that are not allowed.
- Avoid vulgar dressing, luggage or gestures and talk that depict vulgarity. It is an important rule for Vaishno Devi Yatra and must be maintained strictly top maintain the holiness of this journey.
- Make sure you don’t do any sort of outing, picnic or photography during this pilgrimage which is an important rule of the tour.
- Do understand the sentiments of co-pilgrims while in the Vaishno Devi Yatra and so should you maintain thorough cooperation for best possible security.
- Avoid resting in the land slide prone areas while moving ahead till the temple premises.
- Reduce the use of plastic and make use of dustbins so should you maintain cleanliness.
- It is necessary to avoid valuables in trek, so is important keeping aloof from strangers. Do note that maintaining clean environment or strict no use of tobacco and suppressing begging are best and highly appreciable.
- The pilgrims preferring pony journey must take the old route. The new route doesn’t permit pony hence pilgrims with medical problems should rather avoid the new route.
- Chanting or spelling slogans inside the cave is strictly prohibited.
- Offering dakshina or tip to anybody especially temple employees is highly discouraged