Dharamkot 1/83 by Tripoto
September to March
Go gaga at the street stalls here


Serenity personified is how one would describe Dharamakot. This small town happens to be close to the Bhagsu waterfalls and thus is a place that invariably attracts many western tourists round the year. If rustic charm is what you want then that is what you get here at Dharamkot. There are simple guesthouses where one can stay and they offer just the basic amenities. Home to the famous Tushita Research Centre, this place lies 1457 metres above the sea level. Get there and experience life minus the luxuries and you will see how well you enjoy it.
Nishant Tyagi
The meaning of vipassana is 'to see things as they really are'. Vipassana is an ancient Buddhist meditation technique where sole focus is on your mind and body. It comes under 'mindfulness' type of meditation. There are no sculptures or pictures of anyone involved throughout the course or even in the campus. There is no worship of any god/religion/person whatsoever involved. It is a 10 day long course where teachings are given by Dr. S.N. Goenka through audio and video mode at all centers worldwide, all you have to do is follow them step by step. They call this process as deep surgery of mind that oneself performs without leaving any mark. It can give common man the closest possible experience of living life as a monk for a while (just that you wear your own clothes, nothing apart from that is yours). There are 160 Vipassana meditation centers throughout the world out of which 80 are in India. I learned Vipassana from Dharamshala center http://www.sikhara.dhamma.org/. This is a beautiful center located in Dharamkot village(it's nothing like a village) about 2 kms from Mcleodganj near Tushita Meditation Center. The campus is enveloped by deodar trees and monkeys remain the only source of entertainment for the 10 days. Vipassana has many centers around the world.I chose Dharamshala center for its location in the Himalayas and because of rich Buddhism culture in Mcleodganj.Vipassana is really a life changing experience, you live like a monk for 10 days.Schedule of the course is like:-4 am - Morning Bell4:30 am to 6:30 am - Meditation in Hall6:30 am to 8:00 am - Breakfast and Break8:00 am to 11:00 am - Meditation in Hall11 am to 1 pm - Lunch and Break12 pm to 12:30 pm - You can clear your doubts with the teacher1 pm to 5 pm - Meditation in Hall5 pm to 6 pm - Tea break and light dinner6 pm to 7 pm - Meditation in Hall7 pm to 8:30 pm - Discourse8:30 pm to 9:00 pm - Final meditation session9:00 pm - Go to your rooms and restSome of strict key rules to be followed:Noble Silence (communication with fellow student, whether by speech, gestures, sign language, written notes, etc. is prohibited).No mobile phones/tablets/laptops allowed.No reading/writing material allowed.No personal food items allowed.Not allowed to abandon the course.Not allowed to step outside campus during entire duration of course.Vipassana teaches you to how to avoid your cravings or aversions and to simply be content with your current situation no matter what exactly it is.In my entire course of 10 days there were times that I wanted to run away, talk, and quit – but that would just be taking me more into cravings and aversions.By the end of the tenth day, I felt like I have conquered the world… or better yet, myself. I felt that the version of me who entered the centre and the one version of me who came out were entirely different. Of course, the later was betterI would recommend you challenge yourself on a physical, mental and emotional level – Vipassana is something that we all have been looking for. Go and give it a try, I am sure you won’t be disappointed.All the Vipassana Centres are completely free and include your stay, meals, and training on the meditation techniques. They also accept volunteers and donations if you feel like giving back.Here are some images of Vipassana center In dharamshala.
Avantika Chaturvedi
Morgan's Place, DharamkotFriend's Corner, DharamkotIlliterati CaféBackpacker's Kafenio, DharamkotNick's Italian KitchenTibet KitchenShiva Café
Albana Nadeem
I walked uphill to Dharamkot from Mcleod Ganj on the same day. You cannot believe how steep it was and after a tot of 18 hrs journey, I have enough energy left to climb the trail, always energetic when in mountains ;)
Sayan Mitra
I resumed my journey towards Dharamkot after spending some time in the Dharamsala Stadium. The cab passed through the busy, crowded streets of Dharamsala and Mcleodganj. There is a chaos all around, but a happy chaos.Dharamshala is the second winter capital of Himachal Pradesh. It was formerly known as Bhagsu. And McLeod Ganj is a suburb of Dharamsala. It is known as "Little Lhasa" because of its large population of Tibetans. The Dalai Lama's residence and the headquarters of the Tibetan government in exile is in McLeod Ganj.It takes around half an hour to reach the Dharamkot village center from Dharamsala depending on the traffic. The Dharamkot village was love at first sight.
Rajat Kumar
I made it to Dharamkot I reached Dharamkot. But by the time, I was all night and there were not many people on the road. I saw no one, thus I kept walking. I saw some local kids walking on the street. I asked them if I could get somewhere to stay, any homestay precisely. And they said all the homestays were booked. Thus, I went to a hotel and asked for room. I was told that there was one room available for 2000INR and I said okay. My main motive was to recharge my devices and take shower. The room was good. It had nice view, the view from balcony was killer. It just justified my spending. I took shower the moment I reached there and recharged all devices. There was a big LED TV but who needs a TV when you have beautiful view outside. I kept on sitting there for long, wrote a song, a poetry. And then came inside and laid down. Somehow, sleep kissed my soul and I lost in its embrace. I woke up at 6AM when my alarms hits me hard.
Aishwarya Kandpal
Day 2, part 1: Day 2 began with much hyperactivity on my part since I thought the trek was going to be a cakewalk. "Arey this is how I used to walk up to school everyday for 12 years," said I to my partner in a very self convinced tone. He, who had done treks outside of the country and had a good-ish inkling that this was going to be no easy feat, boomeranged my enthusiasm back, less convinced albeit. We started at around 11 from our hotel till Gallu Devi, which is the first pit stop to Triund. Ideally, if you can afford or would like to take it easy, you can also get a cab worth INR 400 from Dharamkot to Gallu Devi Temple. Gallu makes the border between the trek and the town below and here's where you might have to sign before the security and submit I cards. You wont be asked to pay any money, no. My trek uphill to Gallu made me wonder why id ever chosen to do this in the first place. Carrying tents, backpackes, glucose filled water bottles in the sweltering sun was no sensible thing to do. But once at Gallu, it did made me feel good that an extra lap had been undertaken only to warm ourselves for the journey ahead.
Aarush Tandon
Take a cab till Dharamkot which should cost you ₹400 for an approximate 2 km ride.Start your journey to Triund which takes you through a rocky yet enchanting trail. It tests you in your technique of putting the right steps forward on the rocks. It's the easiest of trails otherwise.
Ishan Ghorela
As I always suggest you can reach Macleodganj from Delhi through HRTC bus. Distance of Macleodganj from Delhi is almost 480 Kms which takes roughly 12 hours. If you want you can easily get accomodation in Macleodganj but if you want to see more natural beauty you can head to Dharamkot (a small village just 3 km away from Macleodganj ). You can use a cab to get there which costs almost 250-300 for 4 people and the best thing is that you can start your trek to Triund the next day from Dharamkot itself, it is on the path to Triund. It has a lot of home stay options that too in very minimal budget and it has a lot of options to offer you in Israeli cuisine.You can take a little rest till noon and after that you can head to Bhagsunag fall which is a good option to explore and you can get acclimatised too. It's a waterfall that you can visit in your spare time in the second half and before you reach there you will also come across a local market where you can have lunch and infact buy supplies for your trek.
Nainshree Goyal
The trek is tiring as its very steep. But the trail to walk on, is very much defined and there is no scope for anybody to get lost or lose the track. The path is rocky which makes it tiring. Coming from Delhi, we had difficulty in breathing for initial one hour of the trek. The thin and pure oxygen gives burning sensation to nose. We stopped at every second cafe to buy water bottles and some sneakers. Cafe were all made of plastics, tents and bamboos. Local villagers earned their livelihood through these cafes.
Abhay Banthia
You have to reach Dharamkot from the main McLeod Ganj Square. Walk upward to your left hand side for about 45 minutes via Regional Mountaineering Centre’s office. Turn left side from the three way intersection in front of the Regional Mountaineering Centre and then you will reach Dharamkot and stand in front of the Water Tank and the Govt Primary school of Dharamkot. You will also find a cafeteria here.Alternatively, one can also hire an Auto Rickshaw or a taxi/cab for INR 70-80/- and INR 500/- respectively to get a drop up to Dharamkot Primary School.From the left side of the Water Storage Tank and the main gate of the Govt Primary School, Dharamkot a jungle trail starts. After an hour of walk through the Jungle,it will lead you to the Gallu Devi Temple. One can also hire a taxi/cab/auto-rickshaw to reach Gallu Devi Temple. But It'll be costlier due to very poor road condition.There is an alternate route for the Trek which is a shortcut for Gallu Devi Temple, but a hard and stiff trek and will consume most of your energy, so try to avoid it.This route starts from Bhagsu Nag area. One can follow a steep trek on the left of German Bakery which goes through shops and a temple and then Bhagsu Nag village and will finally end on the back side of Gallu Devi Temple.Reaching Gallu Devi Temple, you will come across another cafeteria named Rest A While, and Sun & Moon Café behind Gallu Devi Temple. You can see Kareri and Bahl Village on North-West direction and Bhagsu Nag in East from Gallu Devi Temple. One will also find three Guest Houses, providing rooms for stay for INR 500/- per night (approx).
Richa Devi
A quaint little village deep in the Himalayas away from the crowd, the noise and the worries of modern life. Dharamkot which is known as the 'little Yoga village' is what you need when you want to get away from it all. But all good things don't come easy and in order to get to this tiny paradise you will have to go through a bit of a hike since this village doesn't have any roads.
Radhika Arora
A long weekend that we decided to enjoy in June and visit the famous Triund Trek during this time. We had booked our hotel at Dharamkot (which is 2km ahead of McLeodganj) as our agenda was clear and we had decided to trek the very next morning.
From McLeod Ganj I walked up to Dharamkot. A village with locals and mostly Israeli inhabitants. Unlike McLeod Ganj, which is crowded and commercialized, Dharamkot is quiet and more suited for people who prefers peace. Rooms are cheaper to rent and hygiene and hospitality comes as a general trait. Of all the places I checked room's are generally 500-600/night. I got a room at a small guest house, which is near Om Cafe, a known hang out place in that area.
Aarush Tandon
We still had one big problem to be solved sleeping bags(needed to get them from Mcleodganj as they have limited stock which are not provided at the top without tents; also they are expensive), it was not all unplanned obviously we had got some contacts for the sleeping bags but they were all going to dirt. One and a half hours on we were nowhere near getting going. And then all of sudden the sleeping bags got arranged, we got the taxi to Dharamkot at a cheaper rates than the usual ₹400( a hundred less) and best of all we didn't have to carry the sleeping bags we were going to get them at snowline.11 am, the time we took to the rocky trail for Triund hills. This was the origin of where it had all begun, where my latent lust for trekking had come out. I had taken five more in the next six months.More on my first expedition to Triund.Vishal just took off, hit a different gear after we were together for about 5 minutes. He had been here before and it seemed like, it felt home to him.
Neha Ahuja
As a luxury loving traveler, I was always a bit apprehensive towards trips that require one to brave the wilderness as 'come as they are'. A reason why I wasn't really convinced that I could withstand a 15 km trek was a lot of self doubt, however, a close friend dragged me along after a mindful convincing session and so we decided to trek up to the Triund, atop the Dhauladar range in H.P.The journey began with us missing the scheduled bus to McleodGanj and instead hopping on to a detoured route for Pathankot. Nonetheless, we were spirited and gung-ho about the days ahead so we managed to reach the Dharamkot area after a 16 hour long, Volvo, HRTC bus and a breathtaking cab ride. Greeted by heavy rains at our arrival, we decided to take rest, freshen up and grab a bite before commencing the trek. As luck would have it, our host at Morgans's Cafe was well versed with the area and and upon a quick discussed warned us of the dire consequences, the rain can have on the trek route. Fellow travelers who were also waiting for the rain to stop, advised us against trekking as it was 4 pm and hills begin to get dark by the time its 5 pm or so.Abiding the advise, we decided to take it easy and take a stroll to Mcleod area which was a 3 km downhill walk from the magical Dharamkot area. The 20 minute walk left us wanting for good food and we decided to explore a tiny alley around the main market and settled for a steaming hot thupka. After an hour of wandering around, chatting with the locals and some junk shopping we decided to go back to Morgan's guest house and took an auto to reach there. An early dinner of cheesy lasgane was filling enough for us and we hit the bed earlier than we thought.
Debarpita Sen
A km steep ride from Main Square took us to Shiv Shakti in Dharamkot. It was 1700 IST when we reached the gueshouse. We were dead tired after the ride, so hot shower was a must! After the shower, we were guided towards the dining area where we were served tea and snacks. Rains were in no mood to stop, it was pouring still. All we could do was pray for a sunny morning next day!
After a 3 km trek passing through lush green pine and deodar trees we reached Dharamkot, a small village away from the hustle & bustle of main town. We bought few water bottles and energy drinks from a nearby shop. From Dharamkot we reached Gallu Devi Temple, which marks as the main starting point for Triund trekking. Here you will get the first glimpse of mighty Dhauladhar mountains.
Gunjan Upreti
Dharamkot is one of the newly-emerging hill stations near Delhi that can still be visited if you wish to experience untouched beauty delicately wrapped in a sense of calm. A short walk away from Mcleodganj, this village is a perfect destination for travellers who wish to unwind in solitude.Book your ride to Dharamkot now.
Priya Parashar
After having early lunch, we started for Dharamkot which is roughly 11 kms. The drive was fun, beautiful and serene. The place is surrounded by deodar trees and landscapes. The hills were covered in snow. There was a single road which goes on and on until the very end. One can further witness beautiful viewpoints, waterfalls, rocks and an excellent café.
Tushar kudal
Vipassana is one of the most ancient meditation technique which was rediscovered by Gautam Buddha about 2500 years ago. Vipassana was wiped out after some years from the country and it was practiced by an unbroken chain of teachers and student in Burma(Myanmar) which was handed to Mr. S.N. Goenka who brought it back to India.I learned Vipassana from Dharamshala center http://www.sikhara.dhamma.org/. This is a beautiful center located in Dharamkot village(it's nothing like a village) about 2 kms from Mcleodganj near Tushita Meditation Center. The campus is enveloped by deodar trees and monkeys remain the only source of entertainment for the 10 days. Vipassana has many centers around the world.I chose Dharamshala center for its location in the Himalayas and because of rich Buddhism culture in Mcleodganj.
Devraj Jee
Our determination to visit Illiterati undefeated, we walked all the way back there on our second day post-breakfast. This time luck was in our favor as the place was open and after 30 minutes of waiting, we were able to find a table that overlooked the whole valley, all the way into Dharamshala. A beautiful afternoon was spent with great food, chess and scrabbles after which we took a cab to Dharamkot. The walk back from Dharamkot to Bhagsunag was amazing with empty winding roads lined on both sides by tall pine trees. Exhausted with our exertions, we sat down for maggi and coffee in one of those tiny sheds placed precariously on the hillside overlooking the Triund trail. 
Malvika Duhoon
Its a small place with Tushita and Vipashna Meditation center at the entry halt along with a school, 2 shops, a tea stall, one school and a village water tank joined by a way to Triund, back to Macleodganj and a narrow way down to the parking, cafes and residential. Tourism is limited and commercial but travel is insightful and beyond the mundane. Its like an open space where you find what you be, so I managed to get a room for 250, deciding to think about everything else after a bath and some rest.
When we reached Dharamkot, it was noon. there are many restaurant which serve good food. try one. We take rest for a while, a little chit chat and then leave for the final move. we took Volve bus to New delhi at Mcleodganj bus stand.
Shreya Rathi
As avid travelers, all of us have heard of Dharamshala and McLeodganj! But on the crest of a hill above McLeodganj lies another Himalayan marvel named Dharamkot. Less crowded and commercialized unlike McLeod, the cute little hippie village is ideal to take time off the bustling streets. Perfect base for multiple hikes such as Triund, Indrahar Pass and Illaqua, this place will certainly live up to your expectations. I was stunned at the sight of cafes in this area, serving lip-smacking lasagnas, pastas, herbal tea and more! Travel Time – Approx. 10 to 11 hours via NH442. Bharatpur
That Funny Guy
On our second day in Himachal Pradesh, it was time to get down to the real hiking. The baby trail from Dharamkot to Mcleodganj was just a warm-up for our first major trek to Naddi River. It was decided that we would wake up with the sun, fill our bellies and head out for the hour long walk.Unfortunately the ‘city’ in us didn’t get the memo and we ended up sleeping in. When we did wake up, trekking was the last thing on our minds. All we could talk about was the eating part of the plan . Already behind schedule, we stuffed our faces with eggs, beans, toast and sausages and washed it all down with ginger-lemon-honey in order to compensate for all the cholesterol we had consumed. Feeling healthy for the moment, we parted ways with Dharamkot and set off for Naddi. Being an athlete, I though I was well equipped to handle a little endurance workout. Let’s just say I felt pain in muscles that I didn’t even know I had. But the view along the paths did a pretty good job of distracting me for the most part.