When it's summer and you're in scorching heat living a busy city life, how can you not crave for an escape to Himachal! Himachal has always been my dream trip, but for some or other reason it kept getting delayed finally after years I was able to go this may to one beautiful quaint City in Dharmshala, Himachal, the City of Dalai Lama: McLeodganj! What a beautiful experience it was!
There's no direct way to reach McLeodganj except taking a flight to Dharmshala airport and then taking a cab to proper Mcleodganj town. I chose to travel via train till Pathankot cantt and then took a cab till Mcleodganj. This is also a better and feasible way to enjoy the journey to reach McLeodganj if only you have time of atleats two days from your trip days, as it took me almost two days by train+cab to reach McLeodganj. Train journeys for long hours can get tiresome sometimes.
So when I finally reached McLeodganj it was just about evening, I was tired but couldn't keep myself away from being infected by the freshness in the mountain air here! I booked my stay at Zostel McLeodganj , it is located little bit uphill you'll have to climb your way up to reach zostel after reaching the Mcleodganj market, it's a nice little property.
Next day morning I had no fixed itinerary for places to explore, so I just went where the roads took me. I've pretty much travelled McLeodganj by walking on feet only, as the ways are accessible but twist and turns in slopes and roads in between can make you run out of breaths sometimes, so there are local auto and cabs as well for sight seeing but I believe in exploring by taking roads on my own as far as possible, as sometimes the route is more beautiful than the destination itself.
The way that goes downhill from the zostel is so beautiful , at both its sides there are tall and pretty deodar tree forests it would totally feel like as if you're walking in a forest. And there are beautiful cityscapes and landscapes all throughout the way and oh the beautiful flower bushes sprouting from between the rocks in between.
As soon as I reached downtown, there was entire different vibe in the same city around. The hustle bustle of people around me, the travellers, the locals and the street vanders. I was in the middle of McLeodganj Market. This market is really unique in its vibe. It has lot of varieties of hippie stuff from ornaments to clothes to home decor to pretty dream catchers to offer.