Himachal Pradesh: The Land of the Gods - I

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6th Jun 2014

St. John

Photo of Himachal Pradesh: The Land of the Gods - I by Kishnaa Samana

a small view from Mcleod

Photo of Himachal Pradesh: The Land of the Gods - I by Kishnaa Samana

Monastrey

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Monastrey

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Bhasu Waterfall

Photo of Himachal Pradesh: The Land of the Gods - I by Kishnaa Samana

Mcleodganj

Photo of Himachal Pradesh: The Land of the Gods - I by Kishnaa Samana

monastrey

Photo of Himachal Pradesh: The Land of the Gods - I by Kishnaa Samana
Photo of Himachal Pradesh: The Land of the Gods - I by Kishnaa Samana
Photo of Himachal Pradesh: The Land of the Gods - I by Kishnaa Samana
Photo of Himachal Pradesh: The Land of the Gods - I by Kishnaa Samana

kailwood

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dal lake

Photo of Himachal Pradesh: The Land of the Gods - I by Kishnaa Samana
Photo of Himachal Pradesh: The Land of the Gods - I by Kishnaa Samana
Photo of Himachal Pradesh: The Land of the Gods - I by Kishnaa Samana
Photo of Himachal Pradesh: The Land of the Gods - I by Kishnaa Samana
Photo of Himachal Pradesh: The Land of the Gods - I by Kishnaa Samana

Dal Lake

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Jimmy's Kitchen

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Triund

Photo of Himachal Pradesh: The Land of the Gods - I by Kishnaa Samana

Kailwood Guest House

Photo of Himachal Pradesh: The Land of the Gods - I by Kishnaa Samana

Living in Delhi can be quite exhausting for a romantic, gypsy soul that seeks to unchain itself from the chaos and historicity that this city abundantly offers. In order to seek some respite from the restlessness that this city infects you with and to enjoy the timeless serenity that nature has to offer I often escape into ‘the land of Gods’ or Himachal Pradesh. All I need to do is to get to Kashmiri Gate and hop on a bus to Himachal Pradesh. I never enjoyed visiting Shimla or Kasauli much though in terms of distance these two are the closest to Delhi. I rather loved to take a tedious bus ride of twelve to thirteen hours to Mcleodganj (6,831ft), near Dharamshala in the Kangra District of Himachal Pradesh. The tiresome journey to the mountains was always rewarded with the best of food, people, and natural beauty. The population of Mcleodganj mainly constitutes of the Tibetans living in exile from their country and it is their presence that has contributed in further enriching the culture and lifestyle that this destination has to offer.

I love this place mainly because the food and the quiet allures it offers. One must have the momos sold outside the monastery made by the Tibetan women as well as visit a small cafe called Gyaki and try the Tibetan tea and bread, eat at Jimmy’s Kitchen and definitely have apple, honey pancakes and hot chocolate at the Village Cafe. The cafes, the walks through the bazaar to reach the monastery or the Bhagsunaag Temple, the trek to Bhagsu waterfall or to Triund (9km from Mcleodanj) or the usual hiring of an auto to a pay a visit to all the nearby tourist spots like: St John Church, Dal Lake, Echo Point or visiting the nearby museums can be some of the things that one can do in Mcleodganj. One also has many avenues to re-discover one's inner-self in this town. One can learn cooking (continental, Thai, Tibetan, Japanese, Korean), yoga or can simply meditate in the quiet of Dharamkot (a small village 4kms from Mcleodganj).

Amazing Tibetan food especially momos, tibetan bread, brown rice, spinach and tofu with brown rice.
Photo of Gakyi Restaurant, Mcleod Ganj by Kishnaa Samana
The English breakfast, American breakfast, continental food and desserts are amazing.
Photo of Jimmy's Kitchen by Kishnaa Samana
Located near the market on the road to Dharamkot is cheap, well-maintained and the best place to say. If one can manage to book the honeymoon suite with huge glass windows it would be just perfect.
Photo of Kailwood Guest House by Kishnaa Samana
The perfect spot to stay if one can shell out a little more money and wants to live near the waterfall and make frequent trips to famous Shiva Cafe.
Photo of Bhagsu Naag Village, Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh, India by Kishnaa Samana
Built in early 19th century and located in the lap of Deodar forest it gives us a glimpse of neo-gothic architecture.
Photo of St. John Church, Road to Naddi Village from McLeod Ganj, McLeod Ganj, Himachal Pradesh, India by Kishnaa Samana
Photo of Dal Lake-Mcleod Ganj, Forsyth Ganj, Jangal Reserve Banoi, Himachal Pradesh, India by Kishnaa Samana
Photo of Triund, McLeod Ganj, Himachal Pradesh, India by Kishnaa Samana
Photo of Bhagsu Nag Water Fall, Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh, India by Kishnaa Samana
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Vineeta Rao
Would first week of November be a good time to visit Mcleodganj?
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