Sunday, May 3, 2015

Road Trip to Mcleodganj -Part One

Finally the much awaited road trip was happening and I was on a week long break from work!  The travel destination was a hill station, Mcleodganj in Himachal Pradesh. A logical choice for vacation at this time as the temperatures are consistently rising in Delhi with summer gradually seeping in.

Itinerary:

First part: travelling by train from Delhi to Chandigarh (approx 250 kilometers). Various trains connect Delhi to Chandigarh however, the Shatabadi Express is the fastest and the most comfortable train to travel by and it covers the distance in about 3 and half hours . The train  offers air conditioned chair car bogies and food and beverages are served during thr journey. Other modes of travel include travel by road (the Grand Trunk road) or by air. The Grand Trunk road  is a multi lane highway and is a good road to travel by. A number of comfortable buses ply between the two cities and the duration is generally around 5 hours.

Second part of the journey: travel by road from chandigarh to Mcleodganj ( distance about 270kms)
 Cities and towns covered-Chandigarh-Una-Nangal-kangra Mcleodganj.
The Highway is again a good road and the journey is comfortable.  It takes about 7 hours as the last 1/3 portion of the journey is hilly.

Two well known and historical temples to cover during the journey are : Chintpurni Temple and Jwala Ji Temple

Chintpurni Temple
Jwala Ji Temple
Jwala Ji Temple


Jwala Ji Temple

Jwala Ji Temple

Jwala means 'flame' in sanskrit and the unique feature of this temple is a flame which never dies out and which is considered sacred. The legend goes that, emperor Akbar wanted to test the authenticity of the claim of the undying flame and personally came to the temple. He placed a metal shield (photo above) on the the flame in order to extinguish it. However the flame burnt through the metal and came through and this convinced the emperor.  He gifted much gold to the temple.

Jwala Ji Temple

Jwala Ji Temple

This completes my first part of the journey..next part soon to follow!

32 comments:

Dawn GT said...

wow! looks amazing. cool pics.

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deeps said...

seems to be a in a jolly vacation... keep enjoying

Arpita Mohanty said...

Looks great...I love visiting temples :)

lee rosales said...

I miss traveling! They have so many mosque and its really beautiful place. Most of them are practicing Hinduism? Am I right?

Fernando Lachica said...

You travelled with enjoyment and vigor. For sure, sceneries are beautiful and amazing. I heard that India have beautiful sceneries to explore.

Kylie wenn said...

It must be a great vacation to have a road trip to such a wonderful place!

Tiffany Yong W.T. said...

I've never been to a road trip, as in a non-media road trip...This look really fun!

Mia Foo said...

wow, 3.5 hrs by train and 7 hours by car?! that sounded like quite a taxing journey! but the sceneries are really awesome, I guess that made everything worthwhile?

Sin Yee said...

Road trip is always fun. Thanks for sharing yours. I am going to share my road trip during the coming weekend too.

Franc said...

The temples would really be amazing to visit. You'd also learn a lot from their heritage.

Sim @ SimsLife.co.uk said...

A very long journey by the sounds of it but your images look amazing and make the trip certainly worthwhile!x

Yuh Jiun said...

omg I miss road trip! Looks like you had so much fun :D

Elizabeth O. said...

Lovely pics! That is one beautiful temple and I'm sure you'll find more as you continue your road trip. Have fun!

Pooja Kawatra said...

Love the place as I have been to these temples and they are so divine and calm.. Beautiful natural scenic places at mcleodganj !!

Anne V said...

Haven't been on a roadtrip in ages, I remember how fun they were. I love the historical temples you visited, hope I can see them someday! Nice pictures by the way!

Hey its me gautam said...

Dr Shilpa.. isn't there any direct bus from Delhi to mcleodganj?
Cant wait to see the next leg of your trip:)

Nicol said...

the architecture and details on it is so beautiful and intricate! i would love to see them in person

Debarpan said...

well I don't often like to visit temples still these images are very nice,I should say that.

Sunshine Kelly said...

Its my first time heard of this place called Mcleodganj. Sometimes I go to Hindus temples in my country but they are much smaller than this. Thanks for showing India to me.

papaleng said...

how do you pronounce this Mcleodganj? Seems a busy place and the temples are nice to visit.

Manu Kalia said...

I am including this place on my bucket list, I love how their culture is still preserved.

Jason P. said...

This ignites my wanderlust even more! Love learning about culture this way! :D

Fred Hawson said...

How lucky your country is that your railway system is very efficient to the countryside. I wish I can say the same to the one in our country.

Sumi Go said...

Love the colorful culture in Mcleodganj. Would love to see the place for myself one day. Anyway, like papaleng, I'm curious too. How does one pronounce "Mcleodganj"?

Fully Housewifed said...

Thanks for sharing about the story of Jwala. I would love to travel to this place, too, someday.

Raymond Vasquez said...

I would definitely love to visit this place too. One day when I am already able. right now, I've yet to accomplish my list. But I am already adding this one.

Cebuana Mom said...

Mcleodganj looks very rich in culture. Love their temples!

Phylicia Marie Pineda said...

Which gods is the Jwala ji dedicated to? i would love to know more about the history of the temples to appreciate them more.

Ling Tan said...

Such a quaint town. Apart from the temple visits what else can you do in Mcleodganj?

Little Miss Honey said...

I love going to temples and quiant towns... Its a place I would like to visit someday

Louise Banta said...

This is a detailed post very beneficial to those travelling to the same place. It gives them an idea of how long the travel would be. This is the kind of place I want to discover or travel to. I love seeing temples and knowing the culture, beliefs and the history behind each one. :)

Karla Ramos said...

I usually don't mind long travels. I can sleep in car rides anyway. The far places are those worth it to go .Only certain people can do that distance. Such determination girl 😃