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Most Scenic Train Rides in the World - Kangra Valley Railway

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Kangra Valley Railway (KVR) Holiday Trip - Overview

A trip on the Kangra Toy Train is a thrilling experience. It is an unmatched way to savour the beauty of the Kangra Valley. At Joginder Nagar, Himachal Tourism offers a unique herbal package track in Himalayas, which unfolds the ecstasy of Himalayan medicinal plants and creates awareness about depleting bio-resources.

The Kangra Valley Railway (KVR) is a linear Property which is 163.720 Kilometers long and 0.762 meter wide runs from Pathankot. It is located at an elevation of 383.820 m to Joginder Nagar in Kangra Valley, in Gurdaspur District (Punjab) and Mandi districts (Himachal Pradesh). 

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What is unique in “Kangra Valley Railway (KVR) Holiday trip”?

This train package is the Most Scenic Train Rides in the World, It starts from North Indian City of Pathankot & embark this incredible Himalayan Journey through Rivers, Tea Estates, Himalayan Mountains to reach Kangra Valley in Himalayas. You can get down at quaint stations, enjoy incredible site seeing through window, explore the mountain lives around the train junctions and also to see famous tourist places.

 

  

Kangra Valley Railway (KVR) Holiday package: Highlights

Enjoy the Ravishing sightseeing’s while travelling the most beautiful railway of world.

Enjoy the Himalayan towns of Dalai Lama's Dharamshala

Explore the tea garden city of Palampur

Visit Hindu Shaktipeeth & places of worship at Jwalamukhi Devi, Chintpurni Shaktipeeth and Baijnath Temple

Awesome trip of Kangra Shaktipeeth temple, Kangra Fort and Andretta Village

Explore the beauty of Tea Estates, Tea Factory, Saurabh Van Vihar, Karaeri Lake and Indrahar Pass

Grab adventurous activities in Bir Billing for paragliding, and Mcleodganj fro Trekking to Mountain peaks ( Triund, Indrahar, Mon peak)

Heavenly & beautiful Hill Stations like Joginder nagarBarot , Macchial Lake and Joginder Nagar Valley


Most scenic train rides in the world - Kangra Valley Railway (KVR) Holiday Trip - Rates & Dates


Package Inclusion

  • Complete Journey through KVR Railways & sight seeing

  • Daily Breakfast & Dinner

  • 2Nights accommodation in Kangra

  • 2Nights accommodation in Dharamshala

  • 2Nights accommodation in bir

  • 1Nights accommodation in Joginder nager

  • Private Taxi (Indigo/ Dzire) from Pathankot for 8 days

  • Pickup and Drop from Pathankot

  • All Toll taxes, Parking, Driver night hault

  • All Taxes

 

Package Exclusion

  • Lunch not include in this package

  • Any expenses of a personal nature like laundry, telephone calls, beverages, gratuities etc.

  • Entrance Fees and Camera fees at monuments and other places of interest

  • Travel insurance


Most scenic train rides in the world - Kangra Valley Railway (KVR) Holiday Trip - Itinerary

Start your tour from Pathankot to pick a toy train by 10 am (52465 PTK BJPL PASS N G) and proceed for Palampur. The entire route commands glorious views of nature and unveils myriad facets of history, art and culture. The grand spectacle of Kangra Valley begins unfolding after the train crosses Nurpur. Hillocks rise on both sides and as the train moves over the innumerable bridges built across meandering streams, the Dhauladhar begin to gain in prominence. Emerging through Daulatpur tunnel and past the ruins of the old Kangra fort, one is surprised by the change in the landscape.

 

The wide Kangra Valley, with its well-watered terraces, is simply superb. As the train inches on, the passengers adore the open countryside and the shining white peaks. An unmistakable pine scent fills the air and the track is suddenly fringed on both sides by the tea gardens of the Palampur region.

After reach Palampur at 4:30 pm and our representative will transfer you to Hotel and rest of the day free at your leisure.

Palampur: Palampur is green hill station Palampur, also known as the 'Tea Capital of North India', is a popular hill station because it is not only known for its scenic beauty but also for the beautiful temples and buildings built in the Colonial period. Here, a nature lover can enjoy a quiet stroll while feasting his eyes on the natural beauty and an outdoor lover with a taste for adventure can enjoy hand gliding and trekking during the holidays. It has something for people of all tastes, which makes it an ideal holiday resort for many.

Overnight stay in Palampur

After breakfast checkout from hotel and drive to Bir. Enroute visit Baijnath Shiv Temple which is located in Himachal Pradesh, India and is over 1,000 years old.

Later proceed for Bir and visit Tibetan Colony, Deer Park Institute and Bir Tea Factory.  In the evening you may go for nearby shopping places and may stroll for a while nearby places. Overnight stay at hotel and delicious dinner with all possible conveniences.

Chokling monastery: This monastery is located in the Bir Tibetan colony. This is one of the most popular monasteries in Bir and houses a grand and huge stupa as well as an enthralling statue of Padmasambhava.

Tibetan Colony: The Tibetan colony is famous for a number of handicrafts sold here as well as local Tibetan food.

Deer Park Institute: The Deer Park Institute is a centre for the study of classical Indian wisdom traditions where you can enroll in programs on meditation, philosophy, art and culture, Yoga and healing arts, Buddhism and more. If you are here for a shorter period of time check out the occasional meditation retreats and workshops here.

Bir Tea Factory: This cooperative located near the Bir Bazaar, is another tourist spot in the area. With tea gardens and plantations brimming around the town, it is only natural to have a factory which also offer tours inside, for an insight into the tea manufacturing process.

 

On this morning after breakfast it’s time to do adventure and  the full day sightseeing of Bir in which you will visit three most scenic places of Himalaya which are Billing (a few kilometers from Bir) and Andretta Village (approx 30.0 km from Bir ) (May have lunch at enroute restaurant)

In evening come back to hotel and overnight stay with delicious dinner.

Andretta Village: Located at 13 km. from town Palampur. It is the home of the famous artist, late Sardar Shobha Singh and late play writer Norah Richards. This presents an excellent view of the Dhauladhar Range.

Billing: Billing is located 70 km. from Dharamshala and is a Paragliding destination in the heart of Himalaya’s near famous tourist destination Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh. Billing provides the option of Paragliding, Trekking to Himachali tribal villages, Mountain Biking, Angling and Camping. Basically it is situated north of Bir at the distance of 14 km. on the way to the Thamsar Pass trek.

After breakfast drive to Joginder nagar and check into hotel. Take lunch then you have sufficient time for visit local sightseeing of Joginder nagar which includes Prashar Lake, Barot,  Joginder Nagar Valley.  In evening may go for nearby shopping places and may stroll for a while nearby places. Overnight stay at hotel and delicious dinner with all possible conveniences.

Prashar Lake: Prashar Lake, at an altitude of 2730 m above sea level, is considered to have been a sacred place of Sage Prashar. There is a three-tiered Pagoda styled temple on the banks of this lake, where different cultural festivals are celebrated by the villagers. The lake is surrounded by snow-covered mountains and the Beas River.

Barot: Barot village is an ideal picnic spot, situated near the Summer Palace of Mandi Kings, Joginder Nagar Hydel Power Project and Nargu Wildlife Sanctuary. It is considered to be the main breeding centre of trout fishes. This place is suitable for activities like angling, trekking and fishing. The reservoir at Barot is connected through an electric trolley that takes tourists up to the stony peak at a height of 2600 m.

Joginder Nagar Valley: Situated at Dhauladhar mountain range in the foothills of the Indian Himalayas. Basically the valley starts near Ghatta, 4 kilometers from Baijnath. The valley is particularly known for adventure sports of Paragliding, Trekking and Mountain biking, and has options for angling, camping as well as sightseeing.

After breakfast drive to Dharamshala and check into hotel. Take lunch then you have sufficient time for visit local sightseeing of Dharamshala which includes Dalai lama temple, Dal lake, Bhagsu nag temple, St. John church and Naddi view point. Overnight stay at hotel and delicious dinner with all possible conveniences.

Dalai Lama temple: The Dalai Lama temple is one of the most beautiful and peaceful places in Himachal Pradesh. It is just a short walk from the McLeod Ganj bus stand and is quite accessible from the major parts of the district. The whole vicinity is decorated with colorful prayer flags and this makes it perfect for long serene walks. You will find a lot of good statues and the atmosphere is something which lures people to come back again and again. The sight of monks meditating peacefully and chanting verses is something that everyone must experience.

Dal Lake: The name 'Dal Lake' is taken from Kashmir's Dal Lake.situated at is a small mid-altitude lake near the village of Tota Rani in Kangra district (Himachal Pradesh) in northern India.Situated at a height of 1775m above sea-level, Dal Lake comes under the region of Kangra district, which is 11 km away from Dharamshala. Nestling amidst lush green forests of deodar trees, the Dal Lake is famous for its scenic beauty and pilgrimage center.

Bhagsu nag temple: The temple of Bhagsunag is dedicated to Lord Shiva of Hindu religious. This ancient temple is located 2 kms away from Mcleodganj. This is a beautiful and famous ancient temple of Lord Shiva with full of natural scenes having a cold running water tank and springs.

Naddi view point: Situated At 2,000 meters above the sea level and about 1.5 kilometers from Dal Lake a modern picnic spot is developing fast at Naddi. It is the only place in Dharamshala from where an open view of mountains and wide valleys on Dhauladhars southern side can be seen. It is also a starting point for a trek to Kareri lake, Guna Temple and Triund.

St. John church: St. John church: The famous place in Dharamshala is st. John Church. It is an Anglican Church which is dedicated to Saint John. This is one of the ancient church in Dharamshala.

 

On this morning after breakfast its time visit the full day sightseeing of Dharamshala in which you will explore three fascinating places of Himalaya which are Dharamkot (4 km from Triund), Triund (a few kilometers from Dharamshala )and McLeod Ganj (15 km from Dharamshala ) (May have lunch at enroute restaurant)

In evening come back to hotel and overnight stay with delicious dinner.

Triund : The Triund Hill Station is a part of Dharamkot. Situated at the foot of the Dhauladhar ranges and is at a height of 2,828 m. Triund is a small hill in the Kangra district in the state of Himachal Pradesh, India. Actually it is a place perfect for trekking with amazing trails offering scenic views of the entire Kangra valley. A trek to Triund is short and simple. It can be done from either McLeodganj or Dharamkot, which is 2km ahead of McLeodganj.

Dharamkot: The hill station is around 4 km from Triund, a famous place in the kangra district. You can easily find public transport facilities to take you up to there. Dharamkot is a place for all the hill station lovers. It is a small hill station located in the Kangra district just above McLeod Ganj. The elevation of the hill station is around 2827m. There is a snowline café which provides a breathtaking view and also has provisions for sleeping bags and tents.

McLeod Ganj: The nearest airport to the city is Gaggal Airport which is around 15 km from Dharamshala. You will find the nearest railway station at Kangra which is 20 KM south from Dharamshala. Both the options are good if you are a tourist. The major highlights of the area include the Tibetan sites and the famous Dharamshala International Film Festival (DIFF).This place is also popular foe for trekking and camping with amazing trails.

 

On this fresh morning after breakfast proceed to Kangra and visit Kangra Fort, Kangra Shaktipeeth temple, Kangra Art Gallery, Karaeri Lake and Indrahar Pass. (May have lunch at enroute restaurant)

In evening come back to hotel and overnight stay with delicious dinner.

 Kangra Fort: Kangra Fort is located on a strategic height of Manjhi River and Ban Ganga River. Mohammed Ghazni occupied the Kangra Fort in 1009 AD and at that time the place was called Bhima Nagar, after the name of Bhima, one of the Pandavas. Muhammed Tuglaq also conquered the fort in 1337, but could not occupy it for long. Feroz Tuglaq also plundered the fort in 1365 AD. The remains of the Kangra fort are still a dominating feature of the Kangra Valley.

Kangra Shaktipeeth temple: The temple of Brijeshwari Devi is considered one among 51 other Shaktipeeths in the country and Hindu devotees lies in Kangra. Brijeshwari Devi (also known as Vajrabai or Vajrayogini) is considered to be an earlier incarnation of Goddess Parvati – the consort of Lord Shiva, and her name literally means ‘goddess of the thunderbolt (Vajra).’

Kangra Art Gallery: The Kangra Gallery is dedicated to the brilliant marvels of Tibetan and Buddhist artwork and their rich history. There are the large variety of its precious collectibles are jewelry, rare coin memorabilia, paintings, sculptures and pottery.

Karaeri Lake: Also known as Kumarwah Lake, it is a shallow, fresh water lake of the Dhauladhar range. The majority of the backpackers are seen flocking to Triund or Indrahar Pass circuit, due to ITS beautiful, picturesque lake, Kareri seems like a place which has been picked out of a Hollywood movie. the source is fresh melting snow and the lake is shallow, water visibility is very high and in most places

 Indrahar Pass: This is the popular place of trekking and camping. The trek to Indrahar Pass is a fairly easy one, being the most picturesque trail starting from Mcleodganj, covering Lahesh and Triund Caves, and lasts about 14 km single way.

 

Today early morning you will proceed for Pathankot and on the this awesome journey you will visit two artistic, ancient and very famous heritage sights that is Jwalamukhi Devi Shakipeeth lies 40 km. / 1 hours from Kangra and Chintpurni Shaktipeeth 79.0 k m. 2.0 hours from Kangra.

 



Beauty of Kangra Valley Railway (KVR) Journey

Enjoy the enchanting ride with the backdrop of the Dhauladhar Mountains on one side, lush green fields on the other side, tea gardens, and significant pilgrimage centers; for the benefit of the tourists as well as the local communities and offer a rich and scenic expanse of the spectacular Himalayan Mountains.

The Kangra valley is the region between the Dhauladhar ranges of the Himalayas to the north (a low chain of ridges about 2500 metres high in front and peaks 5000 meters tall behind) and the foothills to the south, about 50 kilometers wide, ascending from West to East and the KVR runs through its entire length. It remains a well known tourist attraction in Northern India. The portion of the line in Gurdaspur and Kangra districts forms the lower section (smoother gradients and curves) and the portion in Mandi district forms the upper section (steepest gradients and curves). The route of the KVR, developed as a cultural corridor and provided access to the Kangra Valley; linking important towns, very holy Hindu pilgrimage centers & settlements. It also, provides access to the Dalai Lama's abode at Mcleodganj.

 

The railway can be divided into three sections 

i) The first section is 12 kilometers long from Pathankot (elevation 383.820 meters) to Chakki Bridge (elevation 398.780 meters); In Gurdaspur district, in the state of Punjab. Pathankot has the locomotive shed, carriage sub-depot of the KVR. Starting from Pathankot, the narrow gauge line runs out of the town and crosses the Chakki river in a scenic manner. Significant locations and structures along this route include inter-alia the Pathankot station and Chakki bridge. The maximum gradient is 1 in 40 that is the maximum gradient in the lower section of KVR.

 

ii) The second section is the pilgrim section, 130 kilometers long from Chakki Bridge (elevation 398.780 meters) to Baijnath Paprola (elevation 979.750 meters): Significant locations and structures along this route include inter-alia the railway stations, Reyond Khad bridge, Bathu Khad bridge, both the tunnels of KVR (Dhundi tunnel and Daulatpur tunnel) and the heritage bunglow at Palampur. Kangra is around midway along the KVR. The KVR passes just away from Kangra town separated by a gigantic cleft in the hills at the bottom of which runs the picturesque Ban Ganga River and provides spectacular views of the ruins of the historic Rajput Fort. Onwards along KVR, approaching Palampur, the ever present background of snowy peaks (about 5000m high and about 15 kilometres away) run parallel. The spectacularly beautiful area around Kangra & Palampur is famous for very significant Hindu pilgrimage temples (attracting millions of pilgrims each year), Tibetan monastery of Dalai Lama, Tea gardens and numerous popular locations. The best access to this beautiful area is provided by the KVR.

 

iii) The third section is 22 kilometres long, from Baijnath Paprola (elevation 979.750 meters) to the end of the line i.e. Joginder Nagar station (elevation 1184.160 m): Ajhu station is about midway and is the highest point of the line (elevation 1290.230 m). Significant locations and structures along this route include inter-alia the railway stations and flume bridges. Here, the KVR threads its way among the pines of the Bhir gorge and the journey in wilderness in far superior to the journey by road.

 

Justification of Outstanding Universal Value

Mountain Light Railway (MLR) & Kangra Valley Railways (KVR) are outstanding, example of hill passenger railways. Opened in early in the 19th century, these Railways applied bold and ingenious engineering solutions, to the problem of establishing an effective rail link across a mountainous terrain of great beauty and also, they are still fully operational as living example of the engineering enterprise of the 19th century.

These Railways are spectacular example of technology transfer. The coming of MLR & KVR resulted in development of transport in those areas which otherwise were used on foot or with animal transport (virtually no access).  Indeed, one of the interesting effects of these Railways has been the way they have contributed to the creation of a cultural corridor made by human intervention.  The technological and social interchange is also evident through the application of steam engine technology. These Railways are outstanding and possibly the longest surviving heritage railways in the world.

As an outstanding example of a technological ensemble illustrating a significant stage in human history, these Railways are unique example of the construction genius employed by Railway engineers of the 19th century. Today, MLR & KVR stand out as heritage symbol of the regions.  As ensemble with their impeccably maintained track, their elegant original stations and their old rolling stocks; they are genuinely outstanding and unique type of a 19th century development that is preserved over time.  Thus, it is clearly and spectacularly illustrative of a significant stage in human history that saw pioneering rail construction and its extension for socio-economic development in a mountainous region.

Also, these Railways have been constructed with great technical skill in harmony with the beauty, serenity and grandeur of the surroundings and also; led to the social, cultural and economic creation and development of the areas. These Railways are the best preserved heritage Railways in the world and remain much as they were at the time of their completion in: stations, signals, rural environment. Such railways are rare and deserve conservation and global recognition of their qualities.

Criteria (ii): The Extension to the Mountain Railways of India are outstanding examples of the interchange of values on developments in technology and the impact of an innovative transportation system on the social and economic development of a multicultural region, which was to serve as a model for similar developments in many parts of the world. The Mountain Railways of India exhibit an important cultural and technological transfer in the colonial setting of the period of its construction.

Criteria (iv): The Extension to the Mountain Railways of India are outstanding examples of a technological ensemble, representing different phases of the development in high mountain areas. The Extension to the Mountain Railways of India are outstanding examples of how access has been provided to the plains and plateaus of the Indian mountains. They are emblematic of the technical and material efforts of human societies of this period to disenclave mountain populations through the railway that are still well maintained and fully operational living lines. They are used in a spirit and for purposes that are the same as those at their inception.

 

Statements of authenticity and/or integrity

Matheran Light Railway and Kangra Valley Railway are surviving example of the engineering enterprise of the 19th century. These Railways retain their original features of early 19th century when these lines were opened. It is also noteworthy that these lines, besides being a tourist attraction, are also a regular mode of transport for pilgrims and the neighboring communities. Maintenance standards on these Railways are good, as the railway is used fairly intensively but no more intensely than it was designed to be used. The stations are being well maintained as in the original construction and are still in use. They are pretty structures constructed like cottages. They have thin walls, wooden trusses, decorated sloping roofs, large verandahs, wooden pillars, simple & elegant looking and with flowering trees / shrubs around. These have been conserved in the same style. The locomotives and rolling stock are old and of heritage value. The signaling system of these Railways is original of 19th century. Rod operated switches for tracks, kerosene lamps, token instruments are still maintained on these Railways.

The Ministry of Railways, Government of India place great emphasis on the preservation of the entire railway system including the line, rolling stock and all associated buildings in their original shape to the extent possible. The countryside served by the Railway also retains the charm that over time. The natives look upon the Railway as a friendly symbol of the mountains rather than as a harbinger of change. Overall, these Railways are authentic and well preserved.  These Railways play an important economic and social role serving the people of the district. They also have the necessary legal / management protection.

 

Comparison with other similar properties

  • The property can be compared to following World Heritage Sites:

  • Semmering Railway, Austria. Inscription: 1998, criteria: ii iv

  • Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes. Inscription: 2008, criteria: ii iv

 

Semmering Railways Austria: This is one of the greatest feats of civil engineering from this pioneering phase of railway building between 1848 -1854. However, Mountain Railways of India is much later example (1881-1926). Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes is a site of early 20th century only. Hence, Mountain Railways of India represents the technological advancements in the period.

 

Mountain Railways:This is in India began with the DHR in 1881, NMR in 1899, KSR in 1903 and the MLR in 1907. KVR followed and its construction began in 1926. These railways are all living example of the engineering enterprise of the 19th century. These railways were constructed with significant engineering at a very early stage of railway development and overcame the challenges of the steep terrain in distinct innovative ways; to provide access and socio-economic development in the mountains. The DHR used zig-zags & spirals, the NMR used rack & pinion, the KSR used very heavy engineering with significant and numerous roman multi-arch aqueducts & tunnels, the MLR used floating axles (special design of articulated wheels and axles to negotiate the sharp curves and take misalignments) to negotiate the sharp curves and the KVR came last based upon the successes earlier to become the longest of the lot. They provide spectacular panoramic views to travellers.

These are all outstanding examples of the earliest hill passenger railways constructed one after the other that are fully operational with most of their original features intact; as tourist attractions as well as a regular mode of transport for the local population. Following the inscription of the DHR, inscription of the NMR and inscription of the KSR; application already made for MLR; KVR is proposed as a World Heritage Site as an extension to Mountain Railways of India.

Internationally too the KVR is unique and an immensely long heritage railway. The Narrow Gauge Heritage Railways of the world date back to 1850. These are of short lengths (average length is less than 10 kilometers as compared to about over 160 kilometers in KVR). Most of the narrow gauge railways, were earlier used to transport freight and passengers but were later abandoned and restarted as heritage railways that have become tourist attractions.

However, the KVR was built for transport of construction material and then patronized by passengers to create a new mountain settlement for tourism and has been in continuous service as such from its inception, now for over 80 years. Also, the closure and subsequent re-emergence of the old railways in Europe as heritage / tourist railways has resulted in loss of authenticity (railways have been converted to modern railways) whereas the KVR has remained almost original while continuing to remain in service with minimal change. Added to this, the KVR is not only a major tourist attraction, but is also one of the main means of transportation and pilgrimage.

 

Palampur sightseeing

 Sobha Singh's Art Gallery: The Sobha Singh Art Gallery is situated in Andretta village. it is dedicated to Artist sobha singh.Sobha Singh is a veteran painter from the Sikh community and his masterpiece of Guru Nanak (with his one hand raised as if to bestow blessings) has brought him ample of fame. The art gallery displays some of the finest work of Sobha Singh, which include portraits of Sohni-Mahinval and Hir-Ranjha (famed Punjabi couples).

 

Jakhani Mata: Jakhani mata temple is situated at chandpur village in kangra distt. this temple is dedicated to Devi latti Jakhani.The temple is located at a vantage point, from where the view of the Dhauladhar range, the valley and the rural human settlements is simply spectacular.

 

Neugal Khad: The panoramic view of the Dhauladhar Range from Neugal Khad is commendable; the mountains in a distance can be seen clad with snow; which makes the view even more pleasing. The major attraction apart from the stream is the massive iron bridge. Those interested in photography have the good opportunity to capture the beauty of this colossal bridge and the surrounding landscape. Apart from photography, walking along the pebbled path of Neugal Khad is ideal

 

Birni Devi Temple: Birni Devi Temple is a popular shrine in Palampur. The temple can be reached via Lohna, Upper Bundla and Gallu Langha. From Gallu Langha, there is a moderate trek for Birni Devi Temple, which takes from 3hrs to 5hrs to complete.The entire Palampur can be seen from here and with the help of a binocular, Baijnath town is also visible from here.

 

Bundlamata Temple: Bundlamata Temple is one of the popular Hindu Shrines located in the ambit of the township in Kangra district.  One of the holiest sites in the region, the temple is believed to have been constructed five centuries ago.

 

Saurabh Van Vihar: Saurabh Van Vihar is dedicated to Indian Army martyr Capt. Saurabh Kalia, who lost his life during the Kargil War in 1999 Saurabh Van Vihar is at a distance of about 4kms from Palampur. Overlooking the mighty Dhauladhar Range, the beauty of this nature park is enhanced with the different varieties of plants and trees. The park also shelters a sizable population of birds' species, which further adds to its charm.

 

Baijnath Shiva temple: Baijnath is famous for its 13th-century temple. The temple attracts a large number of tourists and pilgrims from all over India and abroad throughout the year. Special prayers are offered in the morning and evening every day besides on special occasions and during festive seasons.

 

Dhauladhar National Park:  Just a few hundred Kms always from the sweltering heat of Delhi. The mountains are so inviting. They seem as a wall following or preceding us all the time. The weather suddenly changes and the veritable nip in the air was really there in the middle of the hot Indian summer. The range is inviting and beautiful. Dhauladhar National Park, also known as Gopalpur Zoo, is one of the chief attractions that draw attention of wildlife enthusiasts. Located at a distance of 13 km from Palampur, this national park is one of the major attractions of the destination.

 

Joginder Nagar railway station

 this popular railway station located at Joginder Nagar town, Himachal Pradesh in India. It lies on Kangra Valley Railway (KVR)and under Firozpur railway division of Northern Railway Zone. Basically It is located at 1189 m above sea level and has one platform Joginder Nagar Railway Station which is connected to the major cities of Himachal Pradesh.

 

Joginder Nagar to Manali distance 

Distance between Joginder Nagar to Manali is 163 km by Road along with an aerial distance of 47 km.

 

Mumbai to Pathankot

Distance between Mumbai to Pathankot is 1876 km by Road along with an aerial distance of 1489 km.

There are no direct flights or trains or buses between Mumbai to Pathankot.The convenient and fastest way to reach from Mumbai to Pathankot is to take Spicejet from Mumbai to Amritsar then take Indica from Amritsar to Pathankot.The cheapest way to reach Pathankot from Mumbai is to take Swaraj Express from Mumbai to Ptkc then take a taxi from Ptkc to Pathankot.

BY train: There is no direct train between Mumbai and Pathankot. You can go from Mumbai to Jammu then take Jammu Mail from Jammu to Pathankot

BY road: There is no direct bus between Mumbai and Pathankot. You can take personal vehicle from Mumbai to Chandigarh then take State Transport Bus from Chandigarh to Pathankot

BY air: There is no direct connectivity of flight between Mumbai and Pathankot. You can take Spice jet from Mumbai to Amritsar and road taxi move to Pathankot.

 

Delhi Pathankot Express

Delhi Pathankot Express (14037) is a Mail/Express starts from Delhi station and runs upto pathankot. It runs on SUN/ MON / TUE / WED / FRI / SAT.  It covers total journey of 554 km and reaches its destination on day 0. Delhi Pathankot Express -14037 departs from Panipat Junction at 09:15 and arrives Pathankot at 18:40 on day 0. 1 Delhi Pathankot Express has total 12 stopping stations in its route including both source and destination stations are:               

  • Karnal   Junction

  • Kurukshetra Junction                    

  • Ambala Cantt Junction  

  • Sirhind Junction               

  • Ludhiana Junction           

  • Jalandhar City    Junction              

  • Beas Junction                                   

  • Amritsar Junction            

  • Batala Junction 

  • Dhariwal Junction           

  • Gurdaspur  Junction

 

Himachal Pradesh Toy Train

Kalka to Shimla and Pathankot to Jogindernagar is the two narrow gauge Rail tracks of Himachal Pradesh. On both these lines run the mini trains, popularly called 'Toy Trains' by the tourists. Travelling on these trains is a thrilling experience as the lines, trains and the landscape of charming hills, tunnels and bridges and valleys, which one encounters on the way leaves a lasting impression of ecstasy and joy. The Guinness Book of 'Rail Facts and Feats' records Kalka-Shimla Railways as 'The greatest narrow gauge engineering feat in India.

Kalka to Shimla Trains: The 96 km. journey by train from Kalka to Shimla offers an unforgettable experience. The Kalka-Shimla railway is often termed as a scientific fiction. Covering the distance through 103 tunnels and 969 bridges, it has 919 curves ( 68 km. ), 20 railway stations and 5 level crossings on the route. This is one of the most unique railway tracks of the world. It is said that a correspondent of the Delhi Gazette had first sketched this railway line

Pathankot to Jogindernagar Trains : The Shimla-Kalka train, where the passengers spend most of the time going through tunnels, the Kangra toy train linking Pathankot and Joginder Nagar gently meanders through a maze of hills and valleys, offering the travellers enchantingly scenic view. The work on this line started in 1926. Three years later this, 163 km. long route was opened to traffic. The entire route commands glorious views of nature and unveils myriad facets of history, art and culture.

 

Barot valley attraction

  • Barot valley is a very beautiful tourist place in Himachal Pradesh , India . It is located in mid Himalayan region and is 45 K.M. from Joginder Nagar and 66 K.M. from Mandi , the district headquarter place full of natural beauty and calmness and wants to have some time away from crowds , pollution and daily tensions ,You can do a lot of things here like camping , trekking , picnic , games ,trout fishing etc.

  • The forests surrounding the barrage and village comprise deodar and oak trees. A number of popular trekking trails to Bara Bangal and Palampur begin here. Even the ones that start at Kullu or Jogindernagar go through Barot. The Barot-Kothi Kohr trek is around 4-6 hours whereas Barot-Billing is a day-long trek.

  • Place to explore is Luhardi (6 km/1 hour north). Explore trails leading up the mountainside for vistas of the Uhl and Lamba Dug rivers. A short walk up a slope parallel to the Lamba Dug will give you a full view of the cloud-kissed Dhauladhars.

  • Set some time aside for the village of Multhan, 1.5 km/15 min by road from Barot. Instead of driving though, take the more picturesque walking route over a makeshift wooden bridge across the Lamba Dug.

 

Dharamshala nearest railway station

  • Pathankot - 64.17 Kms

  • Amb Andaura - 64.23 Kms

  • Sujanpur - 67.57 Kms

  • Mirthal - 68.37 Kms

  • Madhopur Punjab - 70.21 Kms

  • Kathua - 75.35 Kms

  • Chakki bank - 64.78 Kms (Major Railway Stations)

  • Mukerian  - 73.68 Kms (Major Railway Stations)

Package Inclusion

  • Complete Journey through KVR Railways & sight seeing

  • Daily Breakfast & Dinner

  • 2Nights accommodation in Kangra

  • 2Nights accommodation in Dharamshala

  • 2Nights accommodation in bir

  • 1Nights accommodation in Joginder nager

  • Private Taxi (Indigo/ Dzire) from Pathankot for 8 days

  • Pickup and Drop from Pathankot

  • All Toll taxes, Parking, Driver night hault

  • All Taxes

 

Package Exclusion

  • Lunch not include in this package

  • Any expenses of a personal nature like laundry, telephone calls, beverages, gratuities etc.

  • Entrance Fees and Camera fees at monuments and other places of interest

  • Travel insurance

Most scenic train rides in the world - Kangra Valley Railway (KVR) Holiday Trip - Itinerary

Start your tour from Pathankot to pick a toy train by 10 am (52465 PTK BJPL PASS N G) and proceed for Palampur. The entire route commands glorious views of nature and unveils myriad facets of history, art and culture. The grand spectacle of Kangra Valley begins unfolding after the train crosses Nurpur. Hillocks rise on both sides and as the train moves over the innumerable bridges built across meandering streams, the Dhauladhar begin to gain in prominence. Emerging through Daulatpur tunnel and past the ruins of the old Kangra fort, one is surprised by the change in the landscape.

 

The wide Kangra Valley, with its well-watered terraces, is simply superb. As the train inches on, the passengers adore the open countryside and the shining white peaks. An unmistakable pine scent fills the air and the track is suddenly fringed on both sides by the tea gardens of the Palampur region.

After reach Palampur at 4:30 pm and our representative will transfer you to Hotel and rest of the day free at your leisure.

Palampur: Palampur is green hill station Palampur, also known as the 'Tea Capital of North India', is a popular hill station because it is not only known for its scenic beauty but also for the beautiful temples and buildings built in the Colonial period. Here, a nature lover can enjoy a quiet stroll while feasting his eyes on the natural beauty and an outdoor lover with a taste for adventure can enjoy hand gliding and trekking during the holidays. It has something for people of all tastes, which makes it an ideal holiday resort for many.

Overnight stay in Palampur

After breakfast checkout from hotel and drive to Bir. Enroute visit Baijnath Shiv Temple which is located in Himachal Pradesh, India and is over 1,000 years old.

Later proceed for Bir and visit Tibetan Colony, Deer Park Institute and Bir Tea Factory.  In the evening you may go for nearby shopping places and may stroll for a while nearby places. Overnight stay at hotel and delicious dinner with all possible conveniences.

Chokling monastery: This monastery is located in the Bir Tibetan colony. This is one of the most popular monasteries in Bir and houses a grand and huge stupa as well as an enthralling statue of Padmasambhava.

Tibetan Colony: The Tibetan colony is famous for a number of handicrafts sold here as well as local Tibetan food.

Deer Park Institute: The Deer Park Institute is a centre for the study of classical Indian wisdom traditions where you can enroll in programs on meditation, philosophy, art and culture, Yoga and healing arts, Buddhism and more. If you are here for a shorter period of time check out the occasional meditation retreats and workshops here.

Bir Tea Factory: This cooperative located near the Bir Bazaar, is another tourist spot in the area. With tea gardens and plantations brimming around the town, it is only natural to have a factory which also offer tours inside, for an insight into the tea manufacturing process.

 

On this morning after breakfast it’s time to do adventure and  the full day sightseeing of Bir in which you will visit three most scenic places of Himalaya which are Billing (a few kilometers from Bir) and Andretta Village (approx 30.0 km from Bir ) (May have lunch at enroute restaurant)

In evening come back to hotel and overnight stay with delicious dinner.

Andretta Village: Located at 13 km. from town Palampur. It is the home of the famous artist, late Sardar Shobha Singh and late play writer Norah Richards. This presents an excellent view of the Dhauladhar Range.

Billing: Billing is located 70 km. from Dharamshala and is a Paragliding destination in the heart of Himalaya’s near famous tourist destination Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh. Billing provides the option of Paragliding, Trekking to Himachali tribal villages, Mountain Biking, Angling and Camping. Basically it is situated north of Bir at the distance of 14 km. on the way to the Thamsar Pass trek.

After breakfast drive to Joginder nagar and check into hotel. Take lunch then you have sufficient time for visit local sightseeing of Joginder nagar which includes Prashar Lake, Barot,  Joginder Nagar Valley.  In evening may go for nearby shopping places and may stroll for a while nearby places. Overnight stay at hotel and delicious dinner with all possible conveniences.

Prashar Lake: Prashar Lake, at an altitude of 2730 m above sea level, is considered to have been a sacred place of Sage Prashar. There is a three-tiered Pagoda styled temple on the banks of this lake, where different cultural festivals are celebrated by the villagers. The lake is surrounded by snow-covered mountains and the Beas River.

Barot: Barot village is an ideal picnic spot, situated near the Summer Palace of Mandi Kings, Joginder Nagar Hydel Power Project and Nargu Wildlife Sanctuary. It is considered to be the main breeding centre of trout fishes. This place is suitable for activities like angling, trekking and fishing. The reservoir at Barot is connected through an electric trolley that takes tourists up to the stony peak at a height of 2600 m.

Joginder Nagar Valley: Situated at Dhauladhar mountain range in the foothills of the Indian Himalayas. Basically the valley starts near Ghatta, 4 kilometers from Baijnath. The valley is particularly known for adventure sports of Paragliding, Trekking and Mountain biking, and has options for angling, camping as well as sightseeing.

After breakfast drive to Dharamshala and check into hotel. Take lunch then you have sufficient time for visit local sightseeing of Dharamshala which includes Dalai lama temple, Dal lake, Bhagsu nag temple, St. John church and Naddi view point. Overnight stay at hotel and delicious dinner with all possible conveniences.

Dalai Lama temple: The Dalai Lama temple is one of the most beautiful and peaceful places in Himachal Pradesh. It is just a short walk from the McLeod Ganj bus stand and is quite accessible from the major parts of the district. The whole vicinity is decorated with colorful prayer flags and this makes it perfect for long serene walks. You will find a lot of good statues and the atmosphere is something which lures people to come back again and again. The sight of monks meditating peacefully and chanting verses is something that everyone must experience.

Dal Lake: The name 'Dal Lake' is taken from Kashmir's Dal Lake.situated at is a small mid-altitude lake near the village of Tota Rani in Kangra district (Himachal Pradesh) in northern India.Situated at a height of 1775m above sea-level, Dal Lake comes under the region of Kangra district, which is 11 km away from Dharamshala. Nestling amidst lush green forests of deodar trees, the Dal Lake is famous for its scenic beauty and pilgrimage center.

Bhagsu nag temple: The temple of Bhagsunag is dedicated to Lord Shiva of Hindu religious. This ancient temple is located 2 kms away from Mcleodganj. This is a beautiful and famous ancient temple of Lord Shiva with full of natural scenes having a cold running water tank and springs.

Naddi view point: Situated At 2,000 meters above the sea level and about 1.5 kilometers from Dal Lake a modern picnic spot is developing fast at Naddi. It is the only place in Dharamshala from where an open view of mountains and wide valleys on Dhauladhars southern side can be seen. It is also a starting point for a trek to Kareri lake, Guna Temple and Triund.

St. John church: St. John church: The famous place in Dharamshala is st. John Church. It is an Anglican Church which is dedicated to Saint John. This is one of the ancient church in Dharamshala.

 

On this morning after breakfast its time visit the full day sightseeing of Dharamshala in which you will explore three fascinating places of Himalaya which are Dharamkot (4 km from Triund), Triund (a few kilometers from Dharamshala )and McLeod Ganj (15 km from Dharamshala ) (May have lunch at enroute restaurant)

In evening come back to hotel and overnight stay with delicious dinner.

Triund : The Triund Hill Station is a part of Dharamkot. Situated at the foot of the Dhauladhar ranges and is at a height of 2,828 m. Triund is a small hill in the Kangra district in the state of Himachal Pradesh, India. Actually it is a place perfect for trekking with amazing trails offering scenic views of the entire Kangra valley. A trek to Triund is short and simple. It can be done from either McLeodganj or Dharamkot, which is 2km ahead of McLeodganj.

Dharamkot: The hill station is around 4 km from Triund, a famous place in the kangra district. You can easily find public transport facilities to take you up to there. Dharamkot is a place for all the hill station lovers. It is a small hill station located in the Kangra district just above McLeod Ganj. The elevation of the hill station is around 2827m. There is a snowline café which provides a breathtaking view and also has provisions for sleeping bags and tents.

McLeod Ganj: The nearest airport to the city is Gaggal Airport which is around 15 km from Dharamshala. You will find the nearest railway station at Kangra which is 20 KM south from Dharamshala. Both the options are good if you are a tourist. The major highlights of the area include the Tibetan sites and the famous Dharamshala International Film Festival (DIFF).This place is also popular foe for trekking and camping with amazing trails.

 

On this fresh morning after breakfast proceed to Kangra and visit Kangra Fort, Kangra Shaktipeeth temple, Kangra Art Gallery, Karaeri Lake and Indrahar Pass. (May have lunch at enroute restaurant)

In evening come back to hotel and overnight stay with delicious dinner.

 Kangra Fort: Kangra Fort is located on a strategic height of Manjhi River and Ban Ganga River. Mohammed Ghazni occupied the Kangra Fort in 1009 AD and at that time the place was called Bhima Nagar, after the name of Bhima, one of the Pandavas. Muhammed Tuglaq also conquered the fort in 1337, but could not occupy it for long. Feroz Tuglaq also plundered the fort in 1365 AD. The remains of the Kangra fort are still a dominating feature of the Kangra Valley.

Kangra Shaktipeeth temple: The temple of Brijeshwari Devi is considered one among 51 other Shaktipeeths in the country and Hindu devotees lies in Kangra. Brijeshwari Devi (also known as Vajrabai or Vajrayogini) is considered to be an earlier incarnation of Goddess Parvati – the consort of Lord Shiva, and her name literally means ‘goddess of the thunderbolt (Vajra).’

Kangra Art Gallery: The Kangra Gallery is dedicated to the brilliant marvels of Tibetan and Buddhist artwork and their rich history. There are the large variety of its precious collectibles are jewelry, rare coin memorabilia, paintings, sculptures and pottery.

Karaeri Lake: Also known as Kumarwah Lake, it is a shallow, fresh water lake of the Dhauladhar range. The majority of the backpackers are seen flocking to Triund or Indrahar Pass circuit, due to ITS beautiful, picturesque lake, Kareri seems like a place which has been picked out of a Hollywood movie. the source is fresh melting snow and the lake is shallow, water visibility is very high and in most places

 Indrahar Pass: This is the popular place of trekking and camping. The trek to Indrahar Pass is a fairly easy one, being the most picturesque trail starting from Mcleodganj, covering Lahesh and Triund Caves, and lasts about 14 km single way.

 

Today early morning you will proceed for Pathankot and on the this awesome journey you will visit two artistic, ancient and very famous heritage sights that is Jwalamukhi Devi Shakipeeth lies 40 km. / 1 hours from Kangra and Chintpurni Shaktipeeth 79.0 k m. 2.0 hours from Kangra.

 

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