Triund is the name of a crest in the Dhauladhar ranges in The Himalayas. It is a 9 km trek from Mcleod Ganj. The place gives a breathtaking view of the moon peak - Indera Pass. Triund was ideal for camping with its unpolluted air and the unspoiled environment making the place an eco-friendly tourist spot. It offered green forests and undulated hilly areas in the Himalayan Ranges. From Triund, we trekked a bit further up to Laka Got. The trek to Triund took around 4 hours from Mcleod Ganj and was totally worth every step that I climbed.
Bhagsu Fall is a small yet beautiful waterfall located 2km away from Mcleodganj. It is a place where one can enjoy and relax in the soothing environment of the miraculous Himalayas. Around 0.5 km from the waterfall stands the Bhagsunath Temple. The waterfall is revered by devotees who throng the temple. Even though the fall is easily reachable by taxis or autos, I decided to trek to it so that I can enjoy the serene surroundings. It took me around 6 to 8 hours to explore the region.
This is a small region in the McLeod Ganj Region and is known for the effect of Buddhism as well as dalai Lama. The main activvity you can enjoy here is trekking and the climate is rough at times increasing the adventure quotient. This is mainly a monsoon prone area and thus you have to be very careful if you want to trek here.
St. John in the Wilderness
This is an anglic church in the McLeodganj. The church from the outside looks completely abandoned and covered with creepers all along. As you enter it you will find it extremely clean and maintained and thus fully active always. Made in the Gothic form of architecture, it was dedicated to st. John's the Baptist and is a widely visited area here.
The 14th Dalai Lama happens to have the Namgyal Monastery as his residence and is a considered as a centre of learning since its establishment either in 1564 or 1565. It was then called Phende Lekshe Ling and was renamed in 1751 to Namgyal Monastery by Lama Gyalwa Sonam Gyatso, the third Dalai Lama. This was done to honour the Goddess Namgyalama. The Tibetan Uprising of 1959 caused the place to be relocated to where it now stands. The Namgyal Monastery is home to 200 monks that are from the four main monastic lineages of Buddhism. The place takes care of an eldery home in Shimla and as well as a temple n Kushinagar.
St. John Church
The board outside the church claims that this is one of the oldest Anglican Church in India, built in 1852 and dedicated to John the Baptist. The surrounding Deodar forest and the Belgian stained glass windows add to the architecture of the church. Buried in the graveyard right behind the church are the British Residents. History: in 1905, the bell tower and spire of the church were destroyed due to earthquake, while the structure survived. Ten years later, a new bell was brought from England and installed in the compound of the church.
Also known as the Namgyal Gompa, this is the most important Buddhist worship and chanting center outside tibet. The monastery looks extremely simple from outside and has nothing to fancy at all. As soon as you enter this place, you will find a number of paintings, murals and structures inside on the walls. The moastery is mainly famous for their Kora rituals. It is opened for the public to come and meditate or chant during the whole day. the residential areas are however not accessible by the tourists.
Dalai Lama Temple Complex
In this place you will witness the struggle of the Tibetians to live up with their culture. This is where the Dalai Lama resided with his followers and is an important spiritual place. Apart from the great scenic views you get from here, you will also be able to participate in one of the nice chanting sessions. Also, there is a museum and library insode this monastery and a lovely book store from where you can collect some precious books of the Buddhsits.
The Clay Oven Restuarant
Clay oven is a quiet café located just 100 m from Mall Square on the Dharamkot Road. This place is a hidden treasure with down to earth staff and very relaxed seating. They have their own WiFi like other restaurants, and one can just sit and relax endlessly in this café. In a span of 2 days ended up here more than three times at different times. The rates are super economical, and the quantity is more than justified.ThukpaUndoubtedly the best thukpa in town. The serving was more than generous. The taste was spot on and didn't need to add anything else to make it better. The best part about thukpa is that it fills up your stomach fast and at the same time gives nutrition as well as it has a lot of veggies in it.Cheese Omelet with Tibetan BreadWe had a hearty breakfast here with Cheese Omelet, Peach Tea, Oreo Shake, and Tibetan Bread with peanut butter on our table. Indeed, it was a King style breakfast. Breakfast in Clay Oven should definitely be on every foodie to do list.Carpediem
Tushita Meditation Centre
One can locate this place in McLeodganj and was established in 1972 to cater to a surge in demand by westerners who wish to learn more about the Buddhism. Collaboration between Zopa Lama and Yeshe Lama and some western students led to the birth of this centre at a house in Dharamkot. It was first known as the Tushita Retreat Centre and then as the Tushita Meditation Centre. Since the establishment of the institute there had been no looking back and true to what the name means, its a place of joy and learning about the tenets of Buddhism.
Mcllo Beer Bar and Restaurant
Ahead form here I reached the main square of Mcleodganj decided to take a hault to sip over few beers. Mcllo Bar and Restaurant is one of the oldest and the best café in this city. Highly recommended for its ambience and food. Lots of celebrities and Cricketers have visited this place shows from the posters hung on the walls of café. You get a panoramic view of the city from rooftop. In short, loved the place and it’s a must visit!!!
Had the best Pizza of my life in this place. The seating is very relaxed, and people from different countries and background were sitting, enjoying and having a hell of a time. The French fries is also a big hit in this place. Turned up here and had pizza and thukpa as well. The thukpa was not that good as compared to Clay Oven, but the Pizza was simply the best. The yummy taste still lingers in my mouth.Tibet Kitchen
Naddi sunset point
The village of Naddi is situated at a height of 7,152 feet above sea level (2180 m) and offers a magnificent view of Dhauladhar mountain range to the north and the vast expanse of the lush green Kangra Valley to the south. Naddi is situated away from the hustle and bustle of Mcleodganj and provides complete peace of mind to for anyone who travels to this quite village.
Gallu Devi Temple
So I was accompanied with one of my friend from India , and we started the trek at about 11 am . I am a veryyyy slow hiker / trekker / even walker ! It takes about 3 hours on an average to reach Triund top from the base point covering a distance of 6 km . First 5 km are still fine , the last 1 km stretch is the real test of your endurance. There are about a dozen small chai and maggie vendors on the way to give you enough pit stops . But prefer not to take too many stops as it kills the rhythm and only makes you a slower snail .
Tibetan Institute Of Performing Arts
Founded by Tenzing Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama after he came back from exile in Tibet in 1959, this is an ideal place to know more about Tibetian Culture. This was set up as the Dance, Drama and Music Society whose aim was to preserve and conserve the rich culture of the Tibetans. The Opera Shows in this place are a great attraction for all tourists apart from all other Tibetan exhibits showcased here.
We spent some time there and headed for Dharamshala tea gardens.Around 7pm we reached the tea gardens of Dharamshala. The roads were smooth and the sun had set in. Acres of tea gardens surrounded us. The driver stopped the car at a point and we walked in the bushes. Our tiredness overpowered the zeal to explore any further. We stay put where we were and observed a fun Punjabi gang dance on the road in sync.Our bus was arriving at Kangra point at 9:00pm. We left Dharamshala as it, is in the hope to explore it sometime later.We waited for the bus and refreshed ourselves in some restaurant's washroom. Soon the bus arrived and we loaded our luggage.The bus ride was super boring for me. I was still up for a little action, but I guess my thoughts did not match with my friends (I guess it was time for closure, everyone else had accepted it). Naysayer got really sick and had fever. We made him pop some pills. Superwoman and Mysterio were engrossed in conversations and I had solitude for myself.One stop later morning happened.
Mount Abu in Rajasthan is a terrific tourist attractions and the Sunset at Sunset point is what you should definitely not miss. If you are a nature lover and keen to photograph the beauty of nature, then this is an ideal place. There is nothing extra ordinary here but the climate and the views make it a little more charming than many other hill stations. The best way to enjoy the sunset is while you take a boat ride in the Nakki Lake.
Common Grounds Cafe
Just off the main square, as the road disperses from commotion of the main square to pedestrian tranquility, there's a cafe called Common Ground. Created with the mission of encouraging conversations, particularly among Chinese tourists and Tibetans, the cafe embodies the spirit of millennial Tibetan identity."I still dream of Lhasa", said a man who wound up in the cafe, years after he escaped Tibet as a teenager. Since then, he has been to five countries, lived in France for a year and is now studying to be a monk. I glanced at the beaded bracelet on his wrists. It spelled "Save Tibet". His family still lives in Tibet. I sincerely hoped that he would see them again.
This is the tiniest Bakery in the main market of McleodGanj, located in a quiet corner of a basement. If you don’t know about it beforehand, you are bound to miss it. It’s a very small space, decorated in bright colors. The speciality of this bakery is the owner’s handmade Cappuccino, which is a perfect companion to cozy up on cold and rainy days. Another aspect that sets Woeser Bakery apart is that it is the only bakery that serves Vegan and Gluten Free baked items. Do try the almond tart here. A must visit to satiate your sweet tooth!
Church Of St. John in the Wilderness
Our next stop was the "Church of St.John in the Wilderness", which was unfortunately closed at the time. The church was built in the honour of St. John the Baptist and is the most ancient structure of the town. The 165 year old church is like a Gothic stone shrine, made completely out of grey stone. Lord James Bruce the Viceroy and Governor General of India, who passed away in 1863 was also buried near the church. His wife Mary Lousia built a memorial in his remembrance.
Church of St. John
Built in the year 1852, the name of the church sounds as if this place long abandoned and not in use but the case is exactly opposite. The church was built in the Gothic style of architecture and the overgrowth of creepers make it look even more charming. The inside of the church is very clean and in regular use. The church was dedicated to st. John the Baptist and there is also a cemetery just beside the church.
Library of Tibetan Works and Archives
When you are hungry after a lot of trekking and exploring the beautiful Triund, this is a place to relax and satiate your hunger pangs. There is also the Shiva Falls nearby and thus the name of the café. The place is oerfect for all types such as breakfast, lunch and dinner. The best part about this place is however the peaceful ambience and great views.
A cafe that claims to have live music (you can hear it when you stroll on the streets). We climbed up the stairs and it was beautiful.Twinkling lights everywhere. People enjoying good food and drinks. We met the owner and he told us we'd have to wait. Soon tables were ready. The portico was lit. The ambience was serene. A beautiful lady with a mesmerizing voice was on the mike with her Ukulele. The music she played was splendid. Even the cold stone hearted people would have fallen in love in that moment. Her performance was interactive with the audience, she played amazing jazz music. In fact she played the famous 'Washing Powder Nirma' jingle and even that was bewitching.It took us time to decide what we should order (they had an impressive menu). The dinner was ravishing and foodgasmic. We had some wine and LIT (super tasty) and I do not know whether it was the ambience, the food, the drinks or the amazing company I had besides me that gave me a buzz. I was in a transfix.Great time with great people. We enjoyed a lot. Even after we were done with dinner, we sat besides the portico and stared the sky full of stars. No matter how many times we rotated our heads, we just couldn't get enough of this place.It was past 12am and India was celebrating its Independence day. We did not want to leave, but they were shutting the lights off so we moved our butts out of courtesy.We went downstairs to clear the bill, and figured out that they have a book cafe here. Superwoman and I were immediately enchanted by the aura the room had. We decided to sit for a while. Superwoman was on fire (a little LIT hit her I guess). It seemed she felt free. She felt she could be stupid and careless today. I don't know whether my interpretation was correct but she felt lighter. In fact this Independence Day we all felt free. The four of us were enjoying every moment with glee. I was happy that we all met.
Some people and some places possess the uncanny ability to light up our spirits by their mere existence. The neatly made bunker beds in bright fuchsia, the crocheted dream catcher dangling from the door handle, the netted hammock swaying in the balcony overlooking the misty mountains - everything about the place seemed to infuse oodles of life into our wearied hearts. After freshening up, we were back at the cafe eager to start our first hiking expedition. We started climbing up at around 1 pm and went past the Gallu temple when a bull came charging down the narrow, rocky trail. Retreating to a safer spot, the plan was reconsidered - it was scorching, we were hungry and the bulls demanded way. Wouldn't it be saner to go down to the town square and relish a hearty lunch at one of the many exotic cafes Mcleod Ganj is known for? Our group dynamic wasn't working; we soon lost track of each other. My friend and I spent the afternoon cafe-hopping and shopping for curios. We had lunch at Norling Restaurant, an unassuming outlet featured on the popular cookery travel show Highway on my Plate for the authenticity of its Tibetan offerings.