Day 41 - Udhampur to Dharamsala

From Udhampur, Jay changes plan. Instead of riding to hot Amritsar, he heads 255 km for Dharamsala over small curvy roads

From Udhampur, I had originally planned to visit Amritsar but the temperatures didn't look very inviting for riding into a big city, just yet. One of the majors at the base gave me a nice route to avoid riding through Jammu and getting into Himachal Pradesh and heading to Dharamsala. I headed east through lots of small towns and found curvy roads through pine and eucalyptus forests. Now, that's more my kind of riding, instead of overtaking on busy roads.

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The reservoir of the Ranjit Sagar Dam near the Jammu & Kashmir and Punjab border.

I gained some elevation but anything below 5,000 ft was just feeling hot like the plains and I told myself to get used to it as I would be exiting the Himalayas soon. I passed by the Ranjit Sagar Dam near Dhar and then headed east for Dharamsala.   

 

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Looking at McLeod Ganj up on the hillside from Dharamsala, the home of the Tibetan Government in Exile.


Once there, I thought it would be a good idea to climb up to McLeod Ganj and enjoy one last night at a hill station before descending to the plains. But this was peak tourist season and it was too crowded for me, so I just found a small hotel down in Dharamsala and enjoyed a quiet meal of thukpa. I hoped that being near His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, would be a good blessing for the end of my journey. 

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Enjoying a warm and spicy bowl of thukpa, a staple food of the mountain people.


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