After a busy week spent in the office, I was craving for a break from my monotonous routine to feel energetic and relaxed once again. It is always a great idea to plan a trip to hills to rejuvenate your body and soul. So to make my weekend memorable, I planned a Dharamshala trip. It is one of the best options for weekend escape especially when you live in North. The beautiful city of Dharamshala is situated in the district of Kangra valley in Himachal Pradesh. Formerly known as Bhagsu, the town is famous for Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Monasteries, German Bakery, Dal Lake and Naddi village. The renowned Mcleodganj, named after Sir Donald Friell McLeod, is very close to the city Dharamshala. So Dharamshala tourism provides its tourists with the best of both worlds.
Places to stay in Dharamshala
It is indispensable to look after your stay and lodging if you wish to make your Dharamshala tour memorable. Luckily, I found a room in a guest house in Bhagsunag just for Rs. 300. It had free wi-fi facility and a small kitchen just outside the guest house where one could afford a thali for Rs. 60 for lunch or dinner. They had a separate breakfast menu and trust me; the food was delicious as it was home cooked. You can find many guest houses near Bhagsunag, and for hotel rooms, the range starts from Rs. 1000-1500.
Tourist places in Dharamshala
Dharamshala is blessed with many tourist places, and that’s the reason it is one of the most popular travel destinations in North. I happen to visit most of the significant sites of the city one by one –
Dalai Lama Temple
If you are a lover of meditation and peace, the Dalai Lama Temple is for you. Also known as Tsuglagkhang Temple, it is situated at the very end of Mcleodganj. The temple is dedicated to Lord Buddha, and the architecture of the Temple is elegant and diverse.
As I entered Mcleodganj, I was welcomed by this enormous temple standing tall in the centre of McLeodganj’s market. It is decorated with diverse colours and patterns.
St. John’s church
The church of St. John is situated eight km away from Dharamshala. I was stunned by this small and pristine church that has been built in such an exquisite manner that it will remind you of the Victorian age.
Sightseeing in Dharamshala
There are many places for sightseeing in Dharamshala that will make you fall in love with the city. Waking up to Dhalaudhars, and having my breakfast in front of a breath-taking view is a moment is an unforgettable memory for me.
The city offers you with many tourist destinations like-
The Dal Lake is situated a few kilometres away from Bhagsunag. I had to hire a taxi to Dal Lake which cost me Rs. 200. Dal Lake is famous for boating, sightseeing, and other fun activities.
This small village is located ahead of Dal Lake, and you can reach here via taxi only. So better get a taxi from Bhagsunag to Dal Lake and further to Naddi. The small town provides the tourists with a clear view of Dhalaudhars. It has not much to offer, but the subtle lifestyle there made me feel like I should settle in Naddi at once for all.
To add an adventurous twist to my Dharamshala trip, I chose to trek to Triund. I experienced many lovely sights during my journey to the top, and I also met people from different cultures. One requires a vast amount of stamina to climb to the top. But once I jumped above, I felt like I was in heaven.
Bhagsu Falls is located next to Shiva café, and I had to climb few stairs to reach there. Not only did I enjoy the cuisines, but also the sight of the falls was mesmerising. You can also dive into the water flowing from falls and refresh yourself.
It is my suggestion to plan a Dharamshala trip after September in case you want to trek to Triund because, during the rainy season, it gets hard to travel due to the steep path. So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and get on a bus to Dharamshala! The city will offer you not only new adventures but also a pleasant memory to hold onto forever.