The Lodge at Wah

Experience Tea and Kangra Valley

A host of activities awaits you at The Lodge at Wah and in the Kangra Valley, from a day visit to Dharamshala, to paragliding in Bir-Billing, to tea tasting led by an expert host.

 

The Experience

 

 

Tea Tour

Typically, the tour begins with an overview on the tea manufacturing process and tasting methods.

Guests are then taken for a walk up to the factory, where they can then spend some time observing and learning about how the tea is processed. From here, guests can walk the factory to see the processes of withering, rolling, fermenting, drying and sorting.

On the way to view the plucking process, guests will be able to see the organic farm and polyhouses as well. The fruits and vegetables grown here are by the plantation workers,  who have the greenest thumbs we have ever seen!

The tour will then continue on to the gardens, where a lovely tea tasting session awaits. With the mountains in front and the tea bushes all around, guests will be able to learn about how to taste teas, and try our exceptional bouquet. Wah Tea Estate is fortunate to have plenty of plots in different locations, so that we can visit some of the more beautiful plots and see how the Wah tea plucker ladies are adept at plucking only the two leaves and a bud – the essence which lends Wah its high quality taste. Guests can also try their hand at plucking the tea themselves.

 

Activities

Himachal Pradesh and the Palampur area is teeming with adventure activities. The beautiful mountains and surreal natural beauty, coupled with the incredible climate demand that tourists spend time outdoors and push their limits. The best part about the activities is that there is something to interest everyone, and many have various levels to suit individual preferences.

Discover Dharamshala - Dharamshala and McLeod Gunj have a rich Tibetian history. Take a day to see the beautiful Norbulingka institute, see the residence and main monastery of the Dalai Lama, and spend some time browsing the quaint little street shopping at McLeod Gunj. There are also some great options to try out for meals and snacks.

Paragliding - Billing is recognized as one of the top paragliding sites world-wide, and the World Paragliding competition was held here in 2015. Bir also offers unobstructed views of the mountains and the cutest, yummiest cafes.

Treks - There are plenty of options for day and overnight treks around the area. A locally based activities company ensures to tailor treks to suit guest abilities and interests.

Andretta Village - Only a 15 minute drive away, the renowned village has the interesting Sobha Singh Art Gallery, Norah Richard's original mud home, and the well known Andretta Pottery which lets you take pottery classes for 20 minutes, or for a day. 

Jeep Safari - Drive up to the top of a mountain on a 4x4 and enjoy a picnic on top with a fantastic view.

Kangra Fort - The oldest dated fort in India is located close to Dharamshala and is an interesting historical site with beautiful views.

Toy Train - One of the five heritage lines left in India, this small single gauge train with old school cardboard tickets and quaint stations is a fun ride back in time.

Picnic with a View - We can organize an evening picnic at our favourite picturesque spot on our estate. This spot has some nice benches with tea bushes all around - the perfect way to enjoy a sunset.

Board Games - We have a wide range of games from good ol' ludo to Taboo for the guests to enjoy. Feel free to select from Camellia cottage.

Video Games - We have both a PlayStation and Wii at Camellia with a whole bunch of games to keep busy inside.

Outdoor Games - Guests can choose to play badminton or cricket in the expansive gardens.

Cycling - We keep a couple of cycles on the property for guests to be able to take out and enjoy.

Stargazing - The nights in this pollution and light free region make for incredible star spangled night skies. Use our telescope to see if you can spot Jupiter.

Birdwatching - Our gardens and fruit trees attract a wide variety of birds from the Himalayan Thrush to the Indian Grey Hornbill. We invite you to start a birding logbook at our property.

Bonfire Night - We would be happy to set up a bonfire at our garden so you can relax and enjoy the snacks by the warmth of the fire.

 
 The Norbulingka Monastery

The Norbulingka Monastery

Buddhism

Dharamshala became the home of the Tibetian government in exile in 1960s, when The Dalai Lama found McLeodgunj which is close to Dharamshala as an ideal place to establish his “capital in exile”. Over these past decades, the Tibetan community in exile created Dharamshala as a home to several Buddhist temples and monasteries, so much so the place is called the Little Lhasa and even Dhasa (a combination of Dharamshala and Lhasa). Dharamshala is now the cradle of Tibetian Buddhism, and the region is known as a place of peace and harmony spreading the same message world-wide.

Two of the most interesting and deeply immersive cultural experiences are at the Namgyal Monastery and the Norbulingka Institute.

Namgyal Monastery
The third Dalai Lama first established Namgyal Monastery in 1579 in Tibet. This was later relocated to McLeodgunj in 1959 and now serves as the personal monastery of the Dalai Lama. Two hundred monks and young trainee monks reside here.

Norbulingka Institute

The Norbulingka Institute in Dharamshala, set amidst a gorgeous garden with flowing water and koi fish, was founded in 1988, with the objective of preserving the Tibetan language and cultural heritage. Norbulingka is the traditional summer residence of the Dalai Lamas, in Lhasa, and this beautifully created institute is modeled after the original. There is a temple here around which craft centres are located, which specialise in traditional forms of Thanka painting to Metal art that are considered integral to Tibetan Monastery architecture.

 

TEMPLES

Himachal Pradesh is known as the Land of Gods. The Kangra region is well known for its world famous temples which include Baijnath, Bajreshwari Devi Temple, Chamunda Devi Temple, Masroor Rock Temple, Chinmaya Tapovan, Kathgarh Temple and Trilokpur Temple. The region is especially well known for the 9 (Nav) Devi temples –  Mansadevi, Naina Devi, Chintpurni, Jawalamukhi, Vaishnodevi, Vrajeshwari, Chamundadevi, Kalika Devi and Shakumbhri Devi.

Masroor Rock Temple

The beautiful Masroor Temple is situated 40 km from Kangra. This unique monolithic structure and is also one of the most unexplored temples in the region. It is situated at a height of 2535 ft above sea-level, with 15 rock-cut temples richly carved and built in the Indo-Aryan style. The main temple is dedicated to Lord Ram, Lakshman and Sita. Legend has it that the Pandavas who resided here during their exile constructed the temple, which is dated between 6th to 8th century.

Chamunda Devi Temple

This temple is 15 km from Dharamshala and a beautiful spot which has outstanding views of the Dhauladhars, the Baner Khad and Dadh.  A trek of about 16 km up in the Dhauladhar ranges is the ancient temple of Aadi Himani Chamunda.

Baijnath Temple

The Baijnath temple is about 40 minutes from us and was constructed in 1204 A.D. by two local merchants named Ahuka and Manyuka. The temple is a beautiful example of Nagara style, an early medieval north Indian temple architecture. The temple attracts a multitude of tourists and pilgrims from all over India and abroad year-round.  Makara Sankranti, Maha Shivaratri, Vaisakha Sankranti, Shravana Mondays, etc. are celebrated with great zeal.

 Masoor rock cut temple

Masoor rock cut temple