I just spent a month touring India with a group of my friends, to a handful of different places. We customised our tour to focus on Spas in India, but also spent and a considerable portion of our trip touring the foothills of the Himalayas .
Kangra valley is not to be missed if visiting India! The Kangra valley is far from the Himalayas however, the snow covered Dhauldhar mountains (South of Kashmir) surround this beautiful valley, and present the most picturesque views of them.
Fresh water streams inhibit many areas of the valley, which supply an abundant amount of water for irrigation.There are multiple tea gardens on the mountain slopes where you can enjoy scenic views of the most beautiful parts of the area.
You will have the best experience touring by car with a chauffeur, stopping at local tea stalls,and tasting the local teas grown in the area. I highly advise that people tour the valley at their own pace, chat with the local farmers and try some local products. They make pickles with all kinds of vegetables and plants (Aloe Vera pickles are surprisingly delicious!) We bought teas and pickles to enjoy later. A picnic lunch would be the perfect accompaniment for this visit.
Dharam Sala is a cute little town in the Kangra Valley. It is the capital of Himachal, and is situated on the slopes of the mountains. McLeodganj is the headquarters of the Dalai Lama and his followers. It is north of Dharam Sala, and is visited by thousands of yoga and meditation enthusiasts all year round. The art gallery of Shobha Singh( a hidden gem of Kangra valley) was very impressive. His life size paintings of Gurus, famous Indian prime ministers, and locals are well worth a visit!
Next stop…Spas! Part 2 of this trip soon to come…..