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Amritsar, Mcleod Ganj, Pragpur (Judge's Court)

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I am trying to figure out how to end our upcoming (very soon) six week trip to India and Nepal. I am looking at this segment as the finale to the trip. Perhaps two nights in each location with a return to Delhi for our flight home. So, we'd be in the area the very end of March, start of April.

I know some of you have done this route before, so I am looking for some feedback. I think we'd probably train it to the starting and ending segments (a flight isn't eliminated though), and we'd get a driver to take us between these locations.

Amritsar is a must-see and is the main reason I am journeying to this area. I've read positive things about Judge's Court and the surrounding area. McLeod Ganj I vacillate on. First I read something that gives me the feeling of "no", and then I read something that makes me feel "yes".

Thoughts and advice greatly appreciated.

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    My son just returned from weekend in McLeod Ganj and he absolutely loved it. He is living in Delhi and said it was so wonderful to be somewhere peaceful. He said it was beautiful!!! I can find out where he stayed..nothing fancy but nice and comfortable. I think it was the Green something...has word green in it. He loved the tibetan people and saw amazing sights and took a cooking lesson!

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    I loved Judge's Court! Stayed in one of the outer buildings which surround the yard--i think our cottage was called Windsor. The owner was there at the time and gave us a tour of the house main house, which also has guest rooms. He was putting a lot of work and expense into upgrading the place while keeping its original charm and "feel." There is a separate dining building. Lots of wonderful wood carved fireplace mantels, etc. Also, i loved the tiny village of Pragpur which is next to the Judge's Court .Don't miss it! Wonderful, small. Try to stop by the school there--the kids and teacher will love it, and so will you! Also, there's a nearby riverside village called Garli--wonderful old buildings.

    McLeod, called McLo. We stayed at Chonor House, just across from the Dalai Lama's enclave. It wasn't inexpensive (relatively) but is clean and with pleasant staff. Tehre are plenty of other places with mountain views, probably cheaper. You can enjoy the dining area and terrace at Chonor in any case. Mcleodn Ganj is fun town to poke around in for a couple days.--for example, check to the dark old closet sized post office and the back room of the cobwebbed Nowrogee (spelling?) store across from the town square.There are some villages such as Bhagsu within walking or quick drive distance. Don't miss the Norbulingka Institute, about a twenty minute drive from McLo ( actually "upper Dharamsala")where you see Tibetan artisans at work. It's in a Japanese designed garden setting.

    Amritsar--loveit! Golden Temple is wonderful, alive, interesting .I'd return there instead of the Taj mahal, if given the choice. ( Taj Mahal is amazing, of course, but GT is real,present-day, not just history. )Go during the day when you see community at work feeding thousands, then at night when it's magical. Back then, on this forum, I got the name of a marvelous local guide, Gurinder Johal Singh. Others may disagree, but i'd skip the Wagagh/Atari border ceremony IF you're short on time, or just want to relax . You can get a very good idea of it by watching it on youtube Michael Palin segment, and can decide then if you want to go. In any case, if you contact Gurinder, he'll have some good ideas for filling your time in town.

    Two days in each place is fine. We took train from New Delhi to Amritsar and met driver there. Went home a different away, as we proceeded from Pragpur to Manali and Shimla.

    the ride from Amritsar to Mcleond Ganj was easy, several hours if i recall right, but there was an area where the road veered off toward Kashmir where lots of commercial trucks made for patience-requiring bottleneck.

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