Planning a Trip to Himalayan North

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Dharmsala, Himalayan North, India
McLeodganj (hereafter referred to as McLeod) is the best place to stay in Dharamsala. You need at least 4-5 days to enjoy this place. How to get there:(cheaply): From ISBT bus stand in Kashimiri gate in Delhi , take the night 7:45pm bus to McLeod. Make sure to take tickets of McLeod and not Dharamsala (although McLeod is in Dharamsala; the bus stops are different).McLeod is often referred to as Upper Dharamsala. Good places to stay in Mcleod:: Within McLeod, you can live at Main McLeodganj, Bhagsu, Dharamkot or on wat to Dharamkot. Many like Bhagsu (especially the Israelis living in McLeod for months). Some feel its kinda dirty. Main mcLeod is central and you can find quite places; but this comes with a price. Dharamkot is LOVELY but 30 mins walk from main market (Rikshaw Rs.30...this was in 2006; now with 8% inflation in India, it would be Rs. 35...lol) Room typically Rs. 100; clean room; rented by families living there. The place has only one main place to visit- Dalai Lama Monestary. So what can keep you busy in McLeod: 1) The Tibetan people (the local Himachalis hate them) 2) The Himachalis (the local Tibetans hate them) 3) Good food; Italian, Israeli and Lovely Himachali food 4) Clubs, yes..This place is like Goa on the hills. 5) Yoga classes; loads of them 6) Meditation classes (yes loads again) 7) Movie shows ; no theatres, its not uncommon to see a shop arranging a movie show (no big screens) and 30-40 people glued around. Cost: Rs 2-10 depends on the movie. I have been to McLeod around 5-6 times and each time have noticed "Monsoon Wedding" being screened. A lot of travellers travel to McLeod alone; so you are sure to catch up with good company there. BEWARE: Beware of carpet shop owners trying to arrange Kashmir Tours for you! Its better to manage it urself if you dont want your pockets to be empty!!!
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Manali, Himalayan North, India
At the foothills of the Himalayas, Manali offers an amzing variety of sightseeing and activites. An amazing base with loads of hotels, good food, amazing weather, it offers an exquisite experience of the great expanse of snow capped mountains. Best time to Visit - May to July since the upper reaches are unreachable most of the year
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Dharmsala, Himalayan North, India
Pilgrims walks traditional "kora", a route around Tsuglagkhang Complex. You should do it in a clockwise direction to gain happiness in the future, but if you want to make some really cool photos of monks and devotees do it other way round. You will avoid running after people to shoot a pic and disturbing them during prayers.
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Naini Tal, Himalayan North, India
heaven on earth...!!naini lake surrounded by mountains on all sides..its ZE BESHT place dat i've bin to..!!just a piece of advice..be well geared with ur winter clothes wen u go there..no matter wut time of d yr is it
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Leh, Himalayan North, India
if you want to save water and plastic waste just go and refill empty bottle in Dzomsa shop near Zangsti Complex
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Dehra Dun, Himalayan North, India
If you travel to Dehra Dun, I recommend you drive to Mussoori town- 3 hours drive from here so you can horse ride to see famous Himalayas in the background.
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Mussoorie, Himalayan North, India
Mussoori town is home to Himalayas back ground behind the hills. You can either horse ride or ride a rickshaw to see that Himalayas.
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Leh, Himalayan North, India
Go during the Hemis Festival - it was awesome
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