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Mcleodganj Bir Billing & Barot Trekking & Paragliding Tour – 07nights 08days

Mcleodganj Bir Billing & Barot Trekking & Paragliding Tour – 07nights 08days

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    Mcleodganj Bir Billing & Barot Trekking & Paragliding Tour – 07nights 08days

    Day 01 : Dharamsala Airport Arrival – Barot ( 120 kms )
    Arrive in Dharamsala Airport and leave for Barot and check in guest house, evening time fishing in Uhl river. Overnight stay at Barot.

     

    Barot is (1,830 m) Just 40 km by road from Joginder Nagar and 12 km by the haulage trolley, Barot packs an enormous range of outdoor activities. The reservoir of the Joginder Nagar Hydel Power Project is located here. A trout breeding centre makes it a wonderful place for angling.

     

    Across the River Uhl is the Nargu Wildlife Sanctuary – home to the ghoral, Himalayan black bear and a variety of pheasants. A trek route through thick forests links Barot to Kullu. There are rest houses at Thaltukhod and Silbadhwani in the Nargu Wildlife Sanctuary.

     

    Day 02 : Barot
    Full day Fishing night stay in camp with bone fire.

     

    Day 03 : Barot – Billing
    Trek start from Barot to Billing 13 Km. full day with pack lunch. Night stay in Camp in Billing and bone fire.

     

    Billing is renowned the world over for having the distinction for the first Paragliding competition and every year, The Department of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Government of Himachal Pradesh organises the ‘Para Gliding Pre world Cup’ at Billing- Bir in the month of October. It is also ‘the place’ for Hang gliding and Para Sailing.

     

    Day 04 : Billing – Bir
    Here you have options, you can do Paragliding 30 – 40 minute back to Bir or 3 hour trek back to Bir. Night stay in hotel in Bir.

     

    Bir, surrounded by tea gardens and an amphitheater of low hills, is an ideal landing ground for para-gliders. Bir has Buddhist monasteries that are worth visiting. Fine Tibetan handicrafts are also produced here. Billing, up in the hills 14 km from Bir with an area of 200 km for high altitude and cross country flying, is one of the best aero sports sites in the country.

     

    Day 05 : Bir – Dharamsala – Mcleodganj
    Sight seeing in Bir. Leave for Mcleodganj. Check in hotel. Rest day free at leisure. Overnight stay at Mcleodganj.

     

    Day 06 : Mcleodganj
    For the best of Mcleodganj in a day, get started after breakfast with a visit to Bhagsu Nag Temple and the waterfalls beyond. A mere 2-kilometre drive from Mcleodganj is Dharamshala’s hotel hotbed, Bhagsu. Walk past the natural swimming pool, fed by the waters of Bhagsu falls, although taking a dip here might not be an option with the general crowd around. A gradual climb, of about 20 minutes, on cemented pathway would then take you up to the famous Bhagsu Nag temple and waterfalls ahead. Stop for a minute by the clear turquoise pool at the base where tourists sit and enjoy spray from the falls. Move on to the Church of St. John in the Wilderness. Built in 1852, this church survived the fatal Kangra earthquake (where nearly 20,000 lives were lost) and is a charming stone structure nestled amidst coniferous trees. With beautiful Belgian stained-glass windows and a unique bell (brought all the way from England). Drive down to Dal Lake (not related to its Srinagar namesake) where, if you’re lucky to be visiting at the right time of the year, the annual festival to celebrate the sacred night of Shiva is held. A couple of kilometres from the Dal Lake would then lead up to the quaint village of Naddi. Perched high up in the mountains in the shadow of the imposing Dhauladhars, once a pristine gaddi (shepherds) village, Naddi now has a couple of hotels up on the top of the hill. With panoramic views all around, a walk down pebbled trails would lead you to the Naddi of old. Scenic stone-roof houses, mud-washed floors and smiling local children welcome you to this little hamlet.

    Drive downhill from here to the serene Norbulingka Institute. Originally set up in 1988 to

     

    Day 07 : Mcleodganj
    Spend your day with a trek up to Triund and, if you want to, beyond. Set off from Dharamkot early, walking 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 the 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. Rest for a while before moving on to the meadow of Triund. Pass a couple of teashops on the way here, you couldstop for a cuppa with some spectacular views valley of Dharamshala and its cricket ground below. A nearly 3-4 hour hike later, the meadow of Triund is visible. Dotted with tents and a few shacks that sell tea and food to the campers and the trekkers, there has recently been a sudden influx with tourism getting the better of these pristine lands. Hike uphill instead for another 1.5 kilometres to the last cafe on this route, the Snowline Cafe. The mighty Dhauladhars stand majestic here, and as you contemplate how tiny humans seem in comparison, stop for a sumptuous lunch of daal (lentils), rice and eggs. Stroll around the area and walk down a little to find the shepherd’s huts in the spot called the Illaqa Got. Begin the gradual descent down to Dharamkot, a tad tired, but with memories and photographs for a lifetime.Drive over to Naddi if you’re still up for it. Once a pristine gaddi (shepherds) village, Naddi now has a couple of hotels up on the top of the hill. With panoramic views all around, a walk down pebbled trails would lead you to the Naddi of old. Scenic stone-roof houses, mud-washed floors and smiling local children welcome you to this little hamlet. A 2-hour walk through these surroundings would then lead you out to Bal village. This charming village, lying en route to the higher reaches of the Dhauladhar range, is bursting at the seams with tradition and folklore. Visit a locals’ house for some much-needed home-cooked lunch. Interact with the family and get to know a little more about know about life in the mountains. Hike back to Naddi and drive to Macleod Ganj for your last night here.

     

    Day 08 : Mcleodganj – Dharamsala Airport ( 25 kms )
    Check out hotel and leave for Dharamsala Airport.

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