Himalayan holidays fascinate me beyond any description. I always dreamed of those snowy staycations. And we got an opportunity to visit this heavenly place as we went to attend a wedding at Faridabad, and extended that holiday to Dharamshala and Khajjiar. And it was the much-needed break during the mundane days of work.
We opted for an overnight journey by a Volvo from New Delhi. Reached McLeodganj, the hill station of Dharamshala by the dawn. Our agent’s car had come to pick us up and dropped us to the hotel when it was still dark.
And we woke up to this beautifully mesmerizing view from our hotel Skylark. It turned out to be a very good budget hotel for us, and they served a delicious breakfast along with chatpata pickle. We loved it so much, that we requested to give us some for our journey.
After having a sumptuous breakfast at Skylark, we left for local sightseeing of Mcleodganj.
We went to Bhagsunag temple. This shrine is believed to be a primordial temple where Lord Shiva had triumphed himself. I could click some pics around the temple as cameras are not allowed inside the shrine.
There was a pond outside the temple and was shining with the sunshine.
We headed to the Bhagsu waterfall that needed a lot of walking from the Bhagsunag temple.
And this was the place to sit inside a small shop of cool drinks at the Bhagsu fall. It was built so beautifully, without any professional help.
And here are some lovely lamps made with recycled cold drink cans. Lovely DIYs
We roamed around the village Naddi, visited Tibetan monastery. Had delicious and extraordinary local food at Mcleodganj market.
Paneer Bhurji and Himachali Kadhi were truly delicious.
We reached Dal lake by evening and headed to the sunset point afterwards. Dal lake is a small size lake in the Tota Rani village.
The surrounding getting golden paint little before the sunset.
Next day we went to visit a tea garden and Chamunda Devi Temple. Headed to the Normalinga Temple after that. This temple is simply beautiful and an extremely serene place.
We drove to Kangra fort to witness another mesmerizing evening.
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We wandered around the Kangra Fort. It is not in that good condition now. But the ruins of the fort still make the site look extremely beautiful.
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We spent our evenings in the Mcleodganj market. Enjoyed shopping in Tibetan markets, eating the pastries at a cakery and enjoying a hot coffee at CCD was a routine for three evenings consecutively.
Bidding Adieu to Divine Dharamshala
Day 4 we left for Khajjiar en route Dalhousie. We bid adieu to Dharamshala and Mcleodganj and our homely hotel Skylark. Saw the Dharamshala Cricket stadium from outside and headed to Khajjiar.
Khajjiar – Switzerland of India
Khajjiar is known to be the Switzerland of India or Mini Switzerland. People come here for trekking and to visit the Kalatop wildlife sanctuary. The house behind me in this pic is the place where the famous song “Rimzim Rimzim” from the movie 1942 a Love Story was shot.
Khajjiar was supposed to be just a sightseeing place as per our package and our stay was at Dalhousie. But we loved Khajjiar so very much that we preferred staying at a lodge opposite Khajjiar lake and cancelled our booking for the hotel in Dalhousie.
As we went there at the start of the month of December, we couldn’t experience the snow or snowfall. But our driver had taken it seriously to show us at least a little bit of snow. He took us to some place and yes we enjoyed some snow.
We too grieved our hearts to take a tedious leave from this heavenly place of Devbhoomi Himachal. But the journey has to end somewhere to make a new start.
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