I am back from my Road Trip to Dharamshala and as expected it has lived up to its reputation as one of the best hill stations in India.
For the benefit of those planning to make the trip in coming future, I will try to give you a brief idea below about the route we took and places that one can visit on the way. I would be sharing my experiences in a series of 3 posts. Below is the first of the tree.
My Road Trip
1. Travelling from Delhi via a Car, we took NH 1 towards Ambala, the highway is a good one, with loads of flyover coming up, one can easily touch a speed of 100 KM/Hr. No major bottle necks apart from a little at Karnal.
Things to be Alert about: Speed Monitoring Camera’s, expect couple of them before Karnal and Kurukshetra.
Time Taken: About 4 Hours
Toll Paid: About 200 Bucks
2. From Ambala continue right on NH2 towards Amritsar, just before the first toll tax barrier on Amritsar road take right towards Kharar.
This road is a good one, No camera’s or traffic, you can easily cruise at a speed of 100KM/Hr
Things to be Alert about: Punjab police Jawans, always on the look out for tourist car’s to make some money, remember they can come out of anywhere and yes, remember to buy freshly prepared “Guud” by the road side. Hot and Sweet.
Distance: 48 Km
Time taken: About 40 Mins
3. From Kharar to Anandpur Saheb take NH 205, again a beautiful road with a scenic landscape of Punjab hinterland.
Toll Paid: About 100 bucks
Things to be alert about: None just enjoy the scenic beauty of Punjab
Time taken: About 1 Hr
Distance: 68 Km
Must do in Anandpur Sahib
Must visit Gurudwara Keshgarh Sahib, It is one of those places, where you are bound to experience bliss, it is situated on a steep hill, with hills surrounding it on one side. Once you are inside the holy temple, and listen to the beautiful hymns being sung to the God, you are bound to feel a profound sense of peace within you. I did and was overwhelmed by the emotions in me. An experience that I do not even have words to describe. It is the place where Khalsa was born.
One can also visit Gurdwara Sisganj Sahib in the vicinity, it is about 10 minutes walk from Gurudwara Keshgarh Sahib. It is the place where the head of Guru Teg Bahadur was creamted after his martydom.
Anandpur Sahib is a old city soaked in spirituality and Sikh religion, each place has its own history to talk about, be it the Gurudwara’s or the city bazaar, you will not be disappointed. I will suggest take a one night stay in the city and explore it, although, I was not able to do the same, owing to the paucity of time.
To be continued..