Thursday, 21 September 2017

Dharamshala and Mcleodganj | Underrated paradise on earth

Norbulingka Monastery

Sometimes you need to get lost in order to find yourself. 
Thus was my first solo venture. And to make it more interesting - no itinerary.
All that I had read and heard from friends about Mcleodganj convinced me that it was the perfect place for going solo. It’s a 11-hour overnight bus ride from Delhi. A Bollywood movie, dinner and a fitful sleep later you are there. The option is a train to Pathankot and then a 2-hr drive by road. This is the train going to Jammu and so is always packed and difficult to get a seat on. You could always fly in into Gaggal – the nearest airport. The bus is however definitely cheaper and fairly comfortable.
Dalai Lama Temple

Travelling alone is a thrill in itself. And is a journey of discovery not just of the place but yourself and life. It provides you with hitherto unknown perspectives and dimensions.

Valley View
Eat local. Not only is the food cheaper, it’s also better and more authentic. Don’t go to the touristy bazaars, try where the locals shop. Talk to locals – taxi drivers, hotel staff, shopkeepers etc.; they are often a treasure trove of information. Don’t stay out late, it’s just not worth the risk – start early – you can get more done in the day. Don’t carry much money – you could always find an ATM somewhere.
Gyuto Monastery
I loved my first solo adventure and look forward to doing many more. And like I said, you sometimes do need to get lost a little in order to find yourself.
Dharamshala Cricket Stadium

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