I am not a huge fan of Cricket, but today one of the my friend started a chat about upcoming IPL matches in Dharmshala Cricket Stadium, which is probably most beautiful stadium in India. The place itself is wonderful, which is surrounded by snow covered peaks of Dhauladhar Mountain Ranges. This Photo Journey shares some information about the places and what all you should plan during Circket Matches at Dharmshala...
Before this conversation, I was not aware of the fact that IPL matches are happening in Dharmshala. Later I checked - http://iplticketsonline.com/kings-xi-punjab-ipl-5-tickets-kxip-ipl-2012-tickets-online/
Here are few things you need to better plan, if you are thinking of watching Cricket Match at Dharmshala Stadium -
1. Make sure you book your Hotel in Advance, because Dharmshala has not enough facilities to stay. Especially demand is huge near any of these Cricket matches. HPCA is actively working to resolve this problem. If you don't find anything in Dharmshala, there are two other options to find decent hotels - Palampur & Kangra !
2. Make sure that you have planned your travel. Usually it's hard to find any seat in Volvos which goes from Delhi and Chandigarh. Train journey can be planned till Pathankot or Una. beyond these two points, one can plan to have local bus or taxi. But be careful about train-booking. There is a airport in Gaggal, near Kangra but again probability of finding booking is less near cricket match.
3. Above two are Mandatory things to be taken care of. And if you have planned to visit Dharmshala for Cricket Match, don't miss the natural beauty around the place. So plan 3 days outing and explore other places like - Mcleodganj, Palampur, Baijnath, Bir Billing etc.
4. If more interested in exploring other places, here is a list - Chamunda Temple, which comes on the way from Dharmshala to Palampur. Tea Gardens of Palampur & Neugal Cafe for wonderful view of Dhauladhar Mountain ranges. Shiva Temple of Baijnath. Monolithic Temples of Masroor. Pong Dam Lake near Nagrota Surian. World famous paragliding site at Bir-Billing. etc...
Thu 17-May 4pm Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings, Dharamsala – KXIP VS CSK
Sat 19-May 4pm Kings XI Punjab vs Delhi Daredevils, Dharamsala – KXIP VS DD