Mcleodganj: Offbeat Places, 10 Days, Solo, ₹3800 Only!

Tripoto
21st Jun 2015

All you need is the passion to travel!! Totally hooked onto my computer I was struggling during my internship days. Paperwork piling up and all the seniors were breathing down my neck. I knew I will run away very soon and I did exactly that. Packed my bags, booked a ticket and landed up in Mcleodganj the next day. It was the fifth time I made my trip to the exact same place and I know it has become a common affair for every one in Delhi to visit this place. But trust me, when I visited this place way back in 2011 it was a different place altogether. Now this is just a crowded destination. The whole purpose of writing about this solo trip is to tell you exactly what to do and where to go. Finally, next day morning I was in Dharamsala instead of reaching office. Instead of the laptop, I had mighty mountains in front of me, instead of senior associates I was sitting with complete strangers, instead of drinking that boring coffee I was holding my favourite ginger lemon honey tea and instead of no breakfast I was hogging on omelettes and french toasts. Right in front me was a peaceful Buddhist temple instead of a building. I knew the place, but this time I knew the places to avoid. I stayed in a dorm and paid exactly 150 bucks for a day. Yes, if you do the math it's INR 1500 only for 10 days. Too good isn't it? It was a wonderful place to stay and you meet all the backpackers from all over the world. Clara, the owner was the only women with whom I had spent most of my time. She is a wonderful person, always working and once done she'll come and sit right next to me over a cup of tea. Each day the dorm turned out to be a suite for me. All the fellow travellers left early morn and I wake up by 11. My whole purpose was to sit and do nothing. By the third day I went to Dharamkot which is just about 2 kms away, looked for an isolated spot and had my perfect solo picnic. The weather was just right and nothing seemed to be more perfect. On returning I met a guy at the guesthouse who apparently ran away from home and he tried to explain to me his work pressure. Soon we became friends and went out for lunch to my favourite Om cafe where you get the world's best pizzas. Yes the best!! Totally cheap and THE BEST. Next day he finally decided to go home, maybe the pizza did some magic. The rest of the days I used to volunteer at LHA and when hungry I used to go to the temple to have food. Yes they give you free food and it used to be my everyday lunch. I decided to keep a low budget, hence free food but good and healthy food. During evening hours I used to eat street food or food from the bakery right next to the post office. He has the best onion garlic bread. Actually everything was awesome about that bakery. The fellow is really nice and everyday he used to tell me what stuff to try. Gentle people everywhere. Sometimes I used to take random buses to random places and just talk to locals and try local cuisines or try the drop in meditations at a local community centre. The people are so nice and humble and they make you feel so special. This was how I travelled to offbeat places and returned back with lots of love in my pocket. My dorm was a mixed dorm and it had people from all over the world. The best part was everyone was travelling solo. So one night we all decided to have a rooftop party. It was one of the greatest and craziest parties I've ever had. So drunk we were, like a boss we played in the streets at midnight. This was how every single day unfolded for me. By the last day I knew almost half of Mcleodganj. I had fun, went to offbeat places, had the best pizza in the world, made great great friends. All for Rs. 3800 only including my tickets to and from Mcleodganj.

All you need is the passion to travel!! Totally hooked into my computer I was struggling with my internship days. Paperwork piling up and all the seniors were breathing down my neck. I knew I will run away very soon and I did exactly that. Packed my bags, booked a ticket and landed up in Mcleodganj the next day. It was the fifth time I made my trip to the exact same place and I know it has become a common affair for every one in Delhi to visit this place. But trust me, when I visited this place way back in 2011 it was a different place altogether. Now this is just a crowded destination. The whole purpose of writing about this solo trip is to tell you exactly what to do and where to go. Finally, next day morning I was in Dharamsala instead of reaching office. Instead of the laptop, I had mighty mountains in front of me, instead of senior associates I was sitting with complete strangers, instead of drinking that boring coffee I was holding my favourite ginger lemon honey tea and instead of no breakfast I was hogging on omelettes and french toasts. Right in front me was a peaceful Buddhist temple instead of a building. I knew the place, but this time I knew the places to avoid. I stayed in a dorm and paid exactly 150 bucks for a day. Yes, if you do the math its INR 1500 only for 10 days. Too good isn't it? It was a wonderful place to stay and you meet all the backpackers from all over the world. Clara, the owner was the only women with whom I had spent most of my time. She is a wonderful person, always working and once done she'll come and sit right next to me over a cup of tea. Each day the dorm turned out to be a suite for me. All the fellow travellers left early morn and I wake up by 11. My whole purpose was to sit and do nothing. By the third day I went to Dharamkot which is just about 2 kms away, looked for an isolated spot and had my perfect solo picnic. The weather was just right and nothing seemed to be more perfect. On returning I met a guy at the guesthouse who apparently ran away from home and he tried to explain to me his work pressure. Soon we became friends and went out for lunch to my favourite Om cafe where you get the world's best pizzas. Yes the best!! Totally cheap and THE BEST. Next day he finally decided to go home, maybe the pizza did some magic. The rest of the days I used to volunteer at LHA and when hungry I used to go to the temple to have food. Yes they give you free food and it used to be my everyday lunch. I decided to keep a low budget, hence free food but good and healthy food. During evening hours I used to eat street food or food from the bakery right next to the post office. He has the best onion garlic bread. Actually everything was awesome about that bakery. The fellow is really nice and everyday he used to tell me what stuff to try. Gentle people everywhere. Sometimes I used to take random buses to random places and just talk to locals and try local cuisines or try the drop in meditations at a local community centre. The people are so nice and humble and they make you feel so special. This was how I travelled to offbeat places and returned back with lots of love in my pocket. My dorm was a mixed dorm and it had people from all over the world. The best part was everyone was travelling solo. So one night we all decided to have a rooftop party. It was one of the greatest and craziest parties I've ever had. So drunk we were, like a boss we played in the streets at midnight. This was how every single day unfolded for me. By the last day I knew almost half of Mcleodganj. I had fun, went to offbeat places, had the best pizza in the world, made great great friends. All for Rs. 3800 only including my tickets to and from Mcleodganj.

Photo of McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India by Rea
Photo of McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India by Rea
Photo of McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India by Rea
Photo of McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India by Rea

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Photo of McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India by Rea
Photo of McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India by Rea
Photo of McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India by Rea
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Hey Archana. I, along with two of my friends are going to McLeodganj for 10 days to volunteer with LHA .Could you please tell me where exactly this dorm is and how far is it from LHA's office in Main Square? Thanks.
Fri 11 04 16, 08:41 · Reply · Report
I stayed at Ladies Venture on Jogiwara road. Very much real, hehe. It's a mixed dorm, cheap and nice to kill the night.
Thu 04 28 16, 04:39 · Reply (1) · Report
Haha. i thought it was a ladies only hotel. i went there to get a massage by the guy who runs it there, and came back to dharamkot without inquiring :-P Next time then
Mon 05 09 16, 08:12 · Report
Hey, the place you stayed at seems unreal. Where was it?
Wed 04 27 16, 23:07 · Reply · Report
Hi can you pl let me know name of dorm place?
Tue 04 26 16, 23:46 · Reply · Report
Hey. great write up. I just came back from Himachal and ended up spending tons of money. Which guesthouse did you stay at?
Tue 04 26 16, 22:24 · Reply · Report
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