Recently I read this:
"Teaching children about the natural world should be seen as one of the most important events in their life"
- Thomas Berry (The Dream of the Earth)
And then I told Sheel that finally, we are doing one thing that is right. No seriously, from all sorts of balanced diets to no junk food to regular habits to proper disciplined behaviour, our kids are easy-going, fun-loving, junk food lovers and homework phobics. Sometimes they shout back and sometimes they listen carefully. Sometimes they cry for the wrong reason and sometimes they surprise us with deep understanding. Every time I hear other moms or I read some posts on insta I was like 'Oh God! Please give me some sense of parenting.' But here it is, at least we are directing them distinctively in a concept that makes sense.
Sorry, I am going on and on about parenting style while the blog is about the Dharamshala trip. Now some of you might just close the browser and will curse me in your minds but trust me Dharmashala and McLeodganj are so crowded on weekends that there is no room for an apple to fall. So if you are going to find some solemn in mountains you will be needing some peaceful places. And these two towns don't disappoint us in providing plenty of them. We love the crowd of the buzzing markets and we love the isolation of the quiet mountain. So if you are anyone like us, pack your bags and board on!
To complete the checklist, you must visit Dharamshala stadium, War memorial, and Dalai Lama temple. But you can definitely opt for a few other locations which include:
- Naddi Sunset point - You can totally avoid that and go for Kharota and Bangotu points in Dharamshala
View from Kharota point
- Bhagsu Nag waterfall - It's is the most famous one and the most crowded so if u want to avoid that go to the waterfalls near Aghanjar Mahadev temple in Dharamshala. You have to climb down a few stairs and you will reach the beautiful falls and quiet and serene location. You won't be having a crowd to disturb you in your serenity.
- Other two off-beat waterfalls are Gallu waterfall after a trek of appx 2-2.5 km in the jungle and Naguni waterfall which also has a 2 km trek. But please check with locals before.
- Don't miss Masroor Rock-cut Temple s. This place is 41 km from Dharamshala and takes around 1 hour and 15 minutes but is worth visiting. The rock carvings are amazing with a marvelous view of the Dhauladhar range opposite the temples. Due to COVID, they are not accepting cash payments as entry fees. You just have to scan a QR code and pay via online payment methods.
- And if you adventure enthusiasts go for treks and these two towns have plenty of them. ( we have already mentioned them in the blog of Triund)
This was our three days itinerary.
First day- Masroor Rock temple
Aghanjar Mahadev temple
Sunset at Kharota
Second day- started early - Trek to Triund with an overnight stay
Third day- Climbed down from Triund
Dharmashala skywalk (ropeway from Dharamshala to McLeodganj)
Dalai Lama temple
Mcleodgunj main market
Places to eat:
- Maggi at the famous shiva cafe at Bhagsunag
- Don't forget to have coffee at Magic view cafe on the way to Triund
- Don't miss Tibetan thali at Tibet Kitchen
The days passed just like flash but their memories are still lingering in our minds and dreams like sweet melodies.
Lots of love