A Day Well Spent in Dharamshala & Mcleodganj

By sarikajain23 | Feb 25, 2021
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Mcleodganj Market View....

Mcleodganj Market View....

Dharamshala is a city located in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh and Mcleodganj is just 5 km from Dharamshala and is known as upper Dharamshala. Well, Mcleodganj is one of my favorite places to visit in Himachal Pradesh. Travelers from all over the world visit this place for various reasons. Some for vibrant monasteries, stunning scenic views, quaint cafes, thrilling adventure activities, and some come here to experience the spiritual aura, to learn Buddhism, and hear the Dalai Lama's teachings on life. From treks to strolls, hot beverages to delicious foods, spiritual places to boat rides, the place has it all. All these combinations of things this place has to offer have made this place a popular holiday destination for every age group.

I am going to write about my 1 Day and 1 night spent in this beautiful place. So Let's begin, I was traveling solo, and reached Dharamshala around 5:00 pm, got into a local bus and there I was in Mcleodganj in another 20 mins, all smiling, cheerful and excited to start my trip. It is not difficult to find hotels there so after reaching I checked few hotel rooms and finalized one which was offering me the mountain views. So, I guess it was a good start for me, kept my luggage, got ready, and immediately left to explore the place and the market in the city. I visited one of the cafés nearby, a band was performing there, good music, good food, no phone calls, no chaos, no city hustles and a very simple and pleasant evening all for myself.

Overall, the day was amazing, I went back to my room after visiting the local market as the next day was big, I had plans to visit a couple of places which I will be discussed below in this post.

The Day's Itinerary

I started my day by opening the window of my room, gazing at the beautiful mountains, and feeling the chilled weather. Thanks to Almighty for giving me a chance to follow my passion. I was all decked up to explore the city, ate the amazing aloo parathas, and had a nice cup of tea which is a must when you are in mountains.

Namgyal Monastery

Prayer Wheels at Namgyal Monastery......

Prayer Wheels at Namgyal Monastery......

I decided to take a walk to Namgyal Monastery which was not far from my hotel, I bought some souvenirs and Tibetan prayer flags for myself and friends from street shops there. On the way, you will find a couple of places offering beautiful scenic views where you should take a picture if you are a photo freak. And in no time, I realized I am at Namgyal Monastery, a prominent place for monks all over the world. The Dalai Lama resides here when he is in the town. The monastery looks vibrant, the prayer wheels, the décor, the Tibetan style architecture, the meditation halls, the color scheme is visually appealing and mesmerizing.

Do not forget to take around in the monastery, as from there you can see Dhauladhar ranges very closely. This magical experience will be a natural therapy to soothe all your senses. Those snow-clad mountains have immense things to say. Pay attention to it.

Mountain Ranges from Namgyal Monastery....

Mountain Ranges from Namgyal Monastery....

Picture taken in Namgyal Monastery....

Picture taken in Namgyal Monastery....

Bhagsunag Waterfalls and Bhagsunag Temple

Mcleodganj City View.....

Mcleodganj City View.....

After seeing the monastery, I returned to the place from where I started and decide to hike up to Bhagsu Waterfalls. There is one place from where you can see the entire Mcleodganj while do not forget to capture this city eye view. It is so colorful, awesome and a visual treat to the eyes.I could not see the waterfalls as my cab came to pick me up and we headed to Dharamshala.

On the way to Bhasunag Temple and Bhagsunag Waterfalls....

On the way to Bhasunag Temple and Bhagsunag Waterfalls....

HPCA Stadium

Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium......

Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium......

This Cricket stadium is undoubtedly one of the prettiest cricket stadiums in India surrounded by the snow-capped peaks of the Dhauladhar mountains that create a majestic backdrop up close. The colors, the background, the serene environment everything is so perfect here.

Photos taken at HPCA Stadium,Dharamshala....

Photos taken at HPCA Stadium,Dharamshala....

Gyuto Tantric Monastery Temple

Gyuto Tantric Monastery.....

Gyuto Tantric Monastery.....

After spending half an hour in the stadium, I headed to Gyuto Tantric Monastery where many Bollywood movie songs have been shot. Gyuto Monastery, with its yellow exteriors, and the backdrop of snow-covered mountains look stunning. I was awestruck at the first sight and was secretly admiring it for hours. This monastery imparts education in tantric rituals and Buddhist philosophy. A peaceful place, monks in their maroon robes, prayers, monks discussing the philosophy, imparting education to young kid monks, worth a visit.

Photo taken in Gyuota Monastery......

Photo taken in Gyuota Monastery......

Chinmaya Tapovan

Chinmaya Tapovan In Dharamshala......

Chinmaya Tapovan In Dharamshala......

After the monastery visit, I went to Chinmaya Tapovan which place offers tranquillity to its seekers. A huge statue of Lord Hanuman, a meditation complex along with a recreation center, and a school are the attraction here.

There are a couple of other places to visit if you have time like Norbulingka Institute, War Memorial, Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, Nechung Monastery, St. John In the Wilderness Church, Agjankar Mahadev Temple, Kalachakra Temple, and Dharamkot Village. You can also trek if you want to Triund Trek or Hanuman ka Tibba.

River Point and its Café

River Point View In Dharamshala......

River Point View In Dharamshala......

And after seeing all these places, it was already evening, I stopped by one of the cafés nearby river, the views were fantastic and amazing. I chose to sit at a table near the river so that I can hear the music of flowing water and can admire the mountains closely while having a cup of tea, samosa and momos. By far, this was one of my most favorite places to be around in Dharamshala.

Most Amazing Place To Hangout....

Most Amazing Place To Hangout....

Kharota Valley

Photo Taken In Dharamshala Village Resort......

Photo Taken In Dharamshala Village Resort......

As my bus was late in the night, so I decided to go to Kharota valley, which is a small village in Kangra district, located 17 km towards the south of Dharamshala. It was a good drive to that place though roads were not built, construction was still going on. We hopped on one of the resorts that are Dharamshala Village Resort before catching my bus to head towards Manali.

Highlights of Things to Do in Dharamshala

  • Local Sightseeing
  • Meditate at Monastery
  • Know about Tibetan Arts
  • Dine at the popular cafes
  • Enjoy the village life at Naddi
  • Take a walking route in Dharamshala
  • Trek to Hanuman ka Tibba or Triund Trek
  • Shopping – Delightful souvenirs, shawls, flags, and many more

How to Reach Dharamshala

By Air: Gaggal Airport (13 km from Dharamshala) is the nearest airport.
By Rail: Pathankot Junction (90 km from Dharamshala) is the nearest railway station.
By Road: Mcleodganj Bus Terminal is very well connected by buses from all the major cities like Amritsar and Delhi.

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Written by sarikajain23
A female solo traveler. Based out of Bangalore, India. I started traveling solo as it was in one of my to-do buckets lists. In the beginning, it was difficult for me to travel due to the money crunch and my money management problem but slowly I realized that I do not need materialistic stuff because it is not going to give me that feel and peace which my soul needs it. And then, I started cutting off all the unnecessary expenses, and then I was able to save some money to travel. And that is how I started traveling. I travel light and I prefer to stay in budget accommodation but that should be safe for a solo traveler. I take time to know the ... Read more

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