Hello to all. I recently went on a trip with my family to Mcleodganj, Dharamshala, and Dalhousie, all in the state of Himachal Pradesh, India. A much-needed respite after the end of a hectic semester. Sigh.
So here goes, I will be sharing my experience with a few visuals and some facts about the colourful culture, places to visit and the tranquil atmosphere that I had the pleasure of experiencing.
Mcleodganj: the official residence of His Holiness, The Dalai Lama
Mcleodganj also known as Little Lhasa, is a hill station near Dharamshala. It is famous around the world for being home to the Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama.
Its culture is a beautiful blend of Tibetan with some British influence.
(The view from the place where we stayed)
The places to visit in Mcleodganj:
- Tsuglhakhang Complex (Dalai Lama Temple): I was really fascinated by how peaceful it was in there. All the visitors like us were mesmerized to see some people meditating, some doing yoga and of course the monks, who looked ever so intelligent and harmonious. We could have stayed there for hours if only we had that much time.
(Kindly ignore the sleepy face, it was a long journey: xD)
- Bhagsu Falls: Set amidst the lush greenery and the pristine atmosphere, these falls with so much grandeur and breathtaking beauty, one cannot simply miss them while in the area.
- Church of St. Johns in the wilderness: This church with its neo-gothic architecture was built in 1852 in dedication to John the Baptist. It is also known for its Belgian stained glass windows.
- Triund: Triund is a popular trek, about 9-km away from Mcleodganj. It is situated at a great height and provides a mesmerizing view. Although I could not visit as my mother did not wear her sports shoes that day (sigh).
- Bhagsunath Temple: The temple itself is beautiful and attracts a huge number of devotees and tourists. But this also has a disadvantage. Visiting the temple is not an issue but there is a pool there which becomes really crowded. I would recommend not visiting the pool area (maybe we went at a bad time or it was crowded due to the heat but it was really messy there).
Don’t forget to try the Tibetan food from the market near the Dalai Lama temple, it is absolutely delightful. Also one can find a number of Buddhist and Tibetan souvenirs from the street markets. I am not really a person interested in shopping but my mother and sister were smitten by the jewellery and some handicrafts that were on display.
That’s it for now folks. I don’t want to drag this so I would write another post for the other destination, that destination being Dalhousie, another enthralling place.
So stay tuned and do follow my blog for further updates. Cheers.