Monday, 8 July 2013

Dharamshala & McLeod Ganj

I saw this colourful building while taking a stroll in the market @ McLeodganj
These pictures are from my archives. I made this trip during monsoons almost two years back.I found them recently while working on something and I thought of sharing :) 

After hiring a taxi from Delhi for our destination, we followed the curvy roads amongst the greenery of tall trees, crossing the hills and finally reached Dharamshala in the evening. High & snow clad mighty Dhauladhar Ranges form a beautiful backdrop to the hill resort of Dharamshala. It is also known as the 'Little Lhasa in India' after it became the temporary headquarter of his holiness The Dalai Lama. 

It was a day's ride on road but was worth taking as you discover & observe much more when you are on road. After reaching Dharamshala we decided to rest for the day in the guest-house. Next day, we visited the main market, Bhagsunath temple & the waterfall. In the evening I took a stroll to the nearby local market. 
When you visit a hill station, you find your self mesmerized with the beauty of nature around you. (this happens especially with us 'the city people') Smelling  & feeling the pure and cool breeze, looking at the sunrise & the sunset behind the mountain ranges, doing a l'll bit of hill climbing or taking a simple walk around the area is something that fills your heart with contentment. 

Oh yes! I did all this while I was in the hills. A small walk around, walking up or down the roads,stopping by local tea stalls, enjoying the flavourful tea with a bun or a biscuit. Enjoying a 'll chat with the locals, knowing more about their lifestyles. Not to forget that the weather was also awesome and it complemented on my zest to explore more.

With an umbrella in my hand, prepared I was to explore things on foot:)Yes, rain played hide and seek that day:) It would come & go, it would pour for 5 mins and then next 10-15 mins it would disappear. This game of Rain Gods was new to me but to the locals there it was part of daily routine this time of the year. Thanks to the 'Khansama' from the rest house was he who suggested that I carry an umbrella with me.

The people here are very helpful & jovial.They are all ears to give you directions and talk stories about their life on hills :)I had some fun time yapping at a small local tea stall.

Bhagsunath temple is a medieval Shiva temple situated 3 km from McLeodganj. Built in a huge compound with pools that are considered sacred among Hindu devotees. After doing my puja & a l'll chat with lord Shiva I looked around for the famous Bhagsu waterfall. It was at a walking distance from the temple. After a short walk I heard the sound of it and I saw it at a further more distance. The approach to the waterfall was interesting. It has fresh water springs, slate quarries and a beautiful waterfall. 
Bhagsunath waterfall
A narrow walking/climbing path through the hills. It was a good twenty minute walk to the waterfall. 

That evening I came back to the rest house and decided to leave for Mcleodganj next morning. I could not sleep that night much because of the constant jumping and walking sounds of monkeys on the roof. Yes, they were plenty there. Most of the houses are wooden and roofs are slanting so the top structure of the house is such that monkeys find a place to sleep during nights.

McLeodganj is 9 km from Dharamshala and is a well known centre for Buddhist community.The Tibetan government-in-exile is headquartered here.The 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso was given refuge at Dharamshala in 1959.Since then McLeodganj is his official residence and has many Buddhist monasteries and tibetan refugees. 
View of McLeodganj & one side of  Dhauladhar range in the background
Because of a large number of exiled tibetans living here this place has the influence and style of the culture.The lanes on both sides of the road leading to the Dalai Lama's Temple (also known as Tsuglag Khang temple) were all full of small cafe & shops selling handmade shawls,local handicrafts. Although, I did not have the time to sit in those cafe but I could not stop imagining myself sitting there with my laptop and writing my way while sipping a hot cuppa:)

While we were at McLeodganj we paid a visit to the Dalai Lama temple as well. Apart from the tourism purpose many people come here to learn & study Tibetan Buddhism, culture and art.  Looking at lots of Thangka paintings, handcrafted bags, lamp shades, wooden & buddha statues, trinklets & jewellery, one gets tempted to buy them as souvenir. So, after buying a small sling bag with 'Om' written on it I walked slowly towards the parking area admiring every bit of visual my eyes could enjoy & take in...
View of Dalai Lama's residence & administrative area inside the Temple

View of  beautiful Dhauladhar Range 

*a piece of heaven*


  1. Beautiful photos with nice write-up...


  2. Nice pictures and a beautiful narration.

  3. Thank you:) glad that you liked the post.

  4. The waterfall is so beautiful and the view you took. Any plans on returning there again?

    1. Hey! :) thank you for your kind words, glad that you liked it. Yes, definitely, sometime in future...I had missed out on the adventure sports last time which I plan to experience next time when I go :)

  5. Wonderful captures with a vivid descriptive commentary!

  6. Thanks magiceye:)I loved my stay here.

  7. A beautiful spot in our country. Hope I get a chance to visit this place.

  8. Lovely post on Dharmashala! I too was there couple of years ago!

  9. beautiful pics of a beautiful place. :)

    1. It is a beautiful place indeed. A place where one would want to visit again. Thank you:)

  10. An awesome place. Nice write with tons of info & lovely pictures.

    1. Thank you! I am glad that you found it informative and you liked it:)


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