I have been contemplating whether to go home for my holidays or to take my backpack and leave for some me time…Not surprising enough that I have chosen to go for a solotrip for my upcoming birthday week!
I called my friend and asked her for some recommendations and did some googling and came to a conclusion that I will do a cheap trip and stay in hostels. Due to safety concerns I have never stayed in hostels in India or for that matter in Asia but after reading some reviews and looking at the beautiful hostels I have decided to give it a go.
Also to make this trip as economical as I can I have decided to take a train from Mumbai to Pathankot and then take a bus/shared taxi to Dharamsala.
This time around I had made up my mind to stay only in hostels during the trip and I came across one of the instagram influencer Abhinav Chandel who goes by the handle @abhiandnow who had recommended The Bunker Hostel (@thebunkerhostel) at Upper Dharamkot. After going through the pictures and ratings on Tripadvisor I booked the hostel through Booking.com, which I have been using for last four years for my trips to Europe.
Next up I decided to experience a Zostel hostel and booked my stay with them at Bir Billing Valley. Although I am not sure about paragliding activity during October but I am hoping to take the Barot Valley Trek which is considered an easy one.
I want to thank Shailaja Sharma and Amritha Pillay for the ideas because personally they have been the flag bearers of all things Himachal!
More once I embark on the journey later this month!
DENT IN YOUR POCKET!
Mumbai to Pathankot (Train) – Rs 2000/-
The Bunker Hostel Dorm-Rs1200/- (3nts)
Zostel Bir – Rs 1500 (3nts)