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.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.
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.
Watch the video postcard from Dharamsala:
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