There is another Mahadev temple in Dharamshala that boasts of such stunning views of Dhauladar ranges, you'll be in awe. Once at the temple, walk towards the back and you'll be greeted by a small stream and a few fishermen trying their luck and skill. The area is not very well known and hardly any tourists bother to come to this side.
Tip: Go till the last point before Karohta but remember to carry eatables lest hunger pangs force you to turn back.
Visit every restaurant you haven't heard of
Most restaurants in Mcleodganj and around are listed on popular travel websites but the moment you come across a restaurant you haven't heard/read the name of - enter! Without another thought. Most cafes in Mcleodganj serve surprisingly fresh food, including baked goodies. I once devoured a banana cake in 20 minutes - it was hot out of the over and it was all for me. There are tons of lesser known cafes and as much as I'd like to mention their name, I'd be defeating the purpose.
Restaurants in Dharamkot are very well known for their omelettes and Italian dishes. You may be surprised to hear loud, Bollywood music streaming out of these cafes but you can request them to play music of your choice and can also plug in your own device. Most cafes also have a perfect reading spot or a variety of board games, live music performances by the locals, poetry reading sessions and storytelling nights. It really is a lovely experience, made better with honey, ginger lemon tea.
We have all heard of the numerous galleries, monasteries and temples in Dharamshala. Beyond the popular ones, there exist a myriad places you can ignore. From the surreal Nechung Monastery to the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts, the experience is memorable to say the least. Fiercely preserving and protecting a culture is a group of people who accept you with open arms and hope the same from you. The inspiring dances at the performing arts institute and the variety of visual arts will change any views you had about travelling to touristy Dharamshala. If you happen to catch a concert here or even artists practicing their art - you are in luck!
Find your own secret place
Some of you may hate me for this, but please don't take this one lightly. Mcleodganj is more than crowded lanes, loud restaurants and a hilly Delhi. If you are a true traveller, look around and find your own secret place in Mcleodganj (I know I found mine). The best way to explore this hilly town is by foot. Forget cabs and autos; set out to discover hidden monasteries, small galleries and untold, protected secrets. If you befriend a local, you are in luck because they'll take you places you didn't know existed and will take you on an unimaginable gastronomical journey.
So keep aside all your apprehensions, forget all the discouragement and explore Mcleodganj like you'd explore any other town - like a true traveller.
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