That Magical night @ Triund
We leave for Bhagsunag waterfall. since it was mid of april, there was not much of water. So We left for Dharamkot. It's better to use cab to reach Gallu Devi Temple otherwise you would get tired before starting your trek. Our main Journey start from here (Shri Gallu Devi Temple). Don't forget to take essentials (fruits, water bottles, cold-drink, toilet paper, snacks etc.) with you.
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.
This is more of a restaurant than a café. It is always full, and there is waiting. That itself bears testimony that how good the taste of the food is. Unlike other cafes, you can’t sit here and relax; it’s more of a hush-hush affair. This place has a lot to offer.ThentukFlat noodles served in a soup like dish like thukpa. Thukpa has long noodles, and thentuk has flat noodles. That’s the only difference between the dishes. It was something new for me which I enjoyed thoroughly.MomosTibetan cuisine is incomplete without momos. The filling was very good, but it was a bit spicy. If you weren't to enjoy momos, it’s better to have it on the road as they are homemade, and the taste is very different. Spending INR 100+ on momos in a restaurant is definitely a waste of money.Noodles and Fruit BeerThe Hakka noodles were good and tasty and with just the right amount of spices. Fruit Beer and Peach Beer was something which went very well along with the food.Street food
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.
St. John Church
Church of St. Johns in the wildernessSt. John in the Wilderness is an Anglican church dedicated to John the Baptist built in 1852. Set amidst deodar forest, and built in neo-Gothic architecture, the church is known for its Belgian stained-glass windows donated by Lady Elgin (Mary Louisa Lambton), wife of Lord Elgin. (Source - Wikipedia)
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
Mcllo Beer Bar and Restaurant
After dinner we went back to our room at 11PM where we planned for our next day.15th April:After breakfast at Roof Top Cafe of Pink House, we checked out from the hotel. Our guide was ready to take us for trekking. We left our luggage at hotel and started our trek from the hotel itself. Our guide told us there are two options for trek. If you want to take 9 KM trek, you have to start from the center of McLeod (i.e. McLlo restaurent) and if you want to take only 5 KMs trek then you can hire a taxi for RS. 500 from McLeod to Gallu Devi Temple and from there you can start your trekking. We chose to 9 KMs trek and at 10 AM I started my long awaited trek to Triund.At very beginning it was very tough for me to trek and I was afraid with the thought that how will i complete 9 KM. But when you decide that you will do it, it become more easier to do.There I saw a lot of people doing trekking with us, some as groups, some individuals and lot of foreigner groups with their guides smiling, clicking pictures and enjoying.This made me more motivate to keep moving. As I was doing trekking for the first time, it was a bit tiring but the weather and beautiful view inspired me to move. One side is the valley and other side are mountains.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
Stress,anxiety and deceit ever done to me was slowly dissolving.The fresh air and cool breeze created an aura of immense positivity. I realized that being alone is not lonely, it is the strength we all have.We just need to say yes to the madness that keeps on roaring in our heart.Enjoying our own company is the truest form of pleasure as no one can play or harm this energy.More power and more solo trips to come!!
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.