Trip to Dharamshala-Mcleodganj: amidst the enchanting estate of deodar
If we are meant to stay in one place we’d have roots instead of feet
Travel as they say is best remedy to all negativity of the world. One of such a marvelous place where I went with my family was Dharamshala and Mcleodganj.
Mcleodganj is a hill station inhibited by numerous Tibetans at the foot of Dhauladhar range. It is also home to the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader- Dalai Lama. South of this place lies Dharamshala which is famous for its serenity, singing monsoon and friendly Deodar trees. These two places have got one of the most enchanting experience for people of any age.
Here is a little glimpse of this biblical place
So our pleasant journey started with the song Despacito (Just kidding, My family would kill me for it). So, it actually started from city of love and affection- Moga, my hometown and through the dusty roads of Hoshiarpur, We [My Mother, father, sis, grandma and well, of course, me] managed to reach the place in 7 Tic-Tic hours and stopped at a place called- Bombay Picnic Spot at Chintapurani Road, Himachal Pradesh. A beautiful and reasonable price restaurant cum park. We had our breakfast here and head to the curious land of Mcleodganj.
Before that, we went to our room. (We stayed at Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering & Allied Sports also known as Mountaineering Institute). The place was huge but quite old. It was like living in a museum. Its cost starts from Rs 500 per day (Yes, you read it right; it was this cheap) and the room could accommodate all the 5 of us. The only drawback was its location and its “Kaccha” route.
So, when we landed this mini China (because of sporadic Tibetan population), Dalai Lama temple was the first place of our visit. This place is a quaint paradise, where every corner tells a story, where you could time your every step to the musical chants of ‘Om Mani Padme Hum’, and where the scent of incense lingered in even the dankest gullies, exists. The serenity and peace of this place are ineffable.
The next stop on our list was “Bagsunath Temple”. This place is quite famous for waterfall and “Shiva Café”. I did not get a chance to go there because it was quite far to walk and my grandma bear would have been exhausted.
There is a lot of facilities of the taxi (a bit expensive but have to be used for some steep hilly areas. The city center square known as Jogiwara road proudly boasts of Mcloo café, rooftop restaurants and Maggie-Tea shops & through it, we went to Kangra Museum and Kaleshwar Mahadev temple in Kangra.
The trip would have been incomplete if we have not gone to “THE TEA GARDEN”. Yes, you hear it right, these are not just any garden. These are some magical fields which gives you a total Bollywood feel. It is the best place to pose and get clicked like a superstar. Dazzling lights and the greenery adds to the picturesque like colors do to the black and white. There are lot of Tibetan cafes and MOMO stalls.
As per research, there is also martyr’s memorial which is quite famous for its bridge and reflects a War memorial displaying names of soldiers in a natural setting surrounded by tall trees & gardens. Papa (my father) had a lot of memories with this place as his wild school trip endeavors and a reminder of friendship and it was really worth watch site. We made a lot of Insta boomerang videos and clicked like a dozen of pictures in this place.
Now It would be a shame if I don’t talk about the one and only famous HPCA Stadium. It is one of the most breathtaking cricket venues. The snow cladding behind the stadium was just mesmerizing. It might look small but is worth a watch.
Now comes the turn of Namgyal Monastery whose beauty is worth more than words can just say. The best place to meditate, enjoy the scenery, seek silence and what not. The exile government here is making endless efforts to attract all tourists from in and around the world. It is so beautiful that I would recommend it even to aliens if I ever get a chance to meet them. It is a marvelous place and must add to your Bucket List.
Talking about monasteries let me introduce you to the Norbulingka Institute, founded in 1988 by Kelsang and Kim Yeshi at Sidhpur, near Dharamshala, India, is dedicated to the preservation of the Tibetan culture in its literary and artistic forms. Amazing architecture, built in a beautiful lap of nature is one such a place which can woo your heart and soul. All you could wish would be to stay forever here. They teach students the Tibetan art form free of cost to people coming from different parts of the world.
Little did we know that with each minute, we got attached to this place and in our heart and mind leaving it was going to be a painful process.
Having said that It was a 3 day journey and we had the most beautiful sleeps in the world at this “Little Lhasa”.
The journey continued and we visited Dal lake as well as Naddi point and St. John church in the wilderness which are common tourist points. Selfies are must at these places ( an eye wink ;-))
This place is for the ones who can visit with friends, those who like to make new friends and those who like to trip solo.
Thank you for tuning in. Hope you enjoyed the ride!