Things to do
Camping at Triund- Begin this trek early in the morning from Dharamkot literally on stairs through coniferous trees. Slate grey stone steps lie in stark contrast with the green of trees here. Intermittent prayer flags and chirping birds keep you company on this hour-long steady climb to the revered Galu Devi temple. With spectacular views of the valley below, winding through forests, the path to the Galu Devi Temple might seem like an ancient river bed. A few steps below the Temple, is the stand-alone cafe that serves you steamy noodles, chai and other snacks with a view of the valley below.
Hatu Temple Drive Joaba Walk- Sights of dense deodars and sounds of various feathered friends lead you to the famous Hatu Temple atop Hatu Peak. This small wooden temple is dedicated to 'Mandodari' (Ravana's wife from the epic Ramayan).
Best time to visit October to March
Late September to early November is the ideal time to visit here after the rains have subsided.The chilly winter arrives by late November and stays on till the end of February.
Clear skies stay on through March till the haze in by mid-April to the mid-June rains. Frequent landslides are the only dampener till the monsoons end.
How to reach
Gaggal Airport (DHM) is the nearest airport to Dharamshala which 15 kilometre away. Gaggal Airport officially known as Kangra Airport lies in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. Air India regional and Spicejet provide regular flights services from Delhi and Chandigarh. From outside of airport, you can take cab for Dharamshala.
Nearest railway station is in Pathankot which is 85 kilometre from Dharamshala. Pathankot is located in Punjab and is 89 kilometre from Dharamshala. Pathankot is well-connected to all the major cities in India. There are daily trains from Delhi to Pathankot. You can take cab or bus from Pathankot to reach Dharamshala.
Chandigarh Railway station is also another railway station which is 246 kilometre. Chandigarh is a union territory which act as a capital of both Haryana and Punjab. You can cab or bus from Chandigarh to Dharamshala.
Roads of Dharamshala offers the best connectivity within and out of the state. All the major and minor destinations in Himachal Pradesh are well connected to Dharamshala via roads. You will find bus and cab facility throughout the state connecting Dharamshala to different places. These roads offers some of the most beautiful views of different Himalayan ranges and valleys.
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