Glimpse of Tibet- Mcleodganj

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Not so far up in the himalayas is this hustly bustly town of Mcleodganj , once the residence of the great Dalai lama.

It was a road trip for me – Enfield, Zig Zag road, view of snow capped mountains and pure air. This was in the month of February.  Folks please do  not choose this month for the  bike trip as it will freeze your bones.

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It is a 14 hrs ride from Delhi,  there are luxury buses and volvos also available for that route which takes exactly 12 hrs one way.

Enroute please do stopover at the small joints to have veg Maggie and some of the shacks serve delicious home made mutton curry and rice.

STAY
There is nothing much  to do in dharamshala, so when you reach Mcleodganj,  firstly  take a room. There are  multiple options to choose from (please refer trip advisor for the same).

EAT
And the second very thing is a heavy tibetan brunch at the ‘Tibet Kitchen’.
*Steam chicken Momos a  must try.

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SHOP
Adjacent to this restaurant is a showroom selling all the tibetan ethnic commodities. I found this shop to be resonably priced than any other shop in the town….Ladies it’s shopping time.

DRINK
Evening coffee at the casual cafes.

CHILL
Two km away from the city is the naag falls- it is too much crowded, so peace lovers may find a place at the shiva cafe or at the foot of the fall to avoid  the footfall.

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TREK
Last but the best attraction is the ‘Triund trek ‘. Adventurers can stay the second night at DHARMAKOT which is 2km away from the town centre and can start the trek early morning. It is a must do trek if you have time and the correct company.

PURIFY
Early risers should go to the main monastry , sit and introspect.

ADMIRE
End the day with mesmerising sunset. For that you need to keep an eye at the right spot. I figured mine.

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So people, pick a weekend , club a Friday and shoot for Mcleodganj.

Tirthan solitude

wpid-img-20150406-wa0011.jpgAfter a messed up month, it was  time to take a trip up to the mountains to introspect.

Story of my expedition to tirthan…

A place which is less known to the outer world, the great mountains acting as a shield against the modern invasion.

A perfect workaholics retreat.

It has an easy approach from Delhi,  people going by bus drop down at Aut (stopover just at the end of the  3km tunnel en route manali).Board a taxi @INR 900 to go to Goshaini (village consisting of 20 houses out of which 10 are tuned into home stays).  Tip: make sure to book in advance In order to have a roof to sleep under.

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Stay
The famous home stays are:

Luxury

# Rajus’s cottage – Inr 4000 per couple inclusive of all the three meals
# Trout valley- Inr 4500 per couple inclusive of all the three meals.

Budget

# Trout house owned by Khem singh ji
As I prefer an unplanned trip, we were homeless . All homestays were booked however we managed to get a room far away in the woods by the help of khem ji.

Things to do
#Trout fishing
#walk up to the waterfall, which is absolutely not smooth.

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But you would have breathtaking views.

Spend a day and a half to actualy get into the feeler of the place. Early to rise would definitely be a wise decision.

17km away from goshaini is ‘Giyagi’ which is a bit on a higher altitude so one witness two terrain during the visit.

Stay
We stayed at Shringi homestay consisting of 3 cottages made of teak wood, low ceiling with a magnificent view.

wpid-20150404_174820.jpgThe same is maintained by an old couple, surprising is that they have no helper. Also they have a tiny consumer shop with basic commodities. Tip: carry a tissue roll during the trip.

Things to do

# 5 km further is ‘Jelori pass’ which connects this secluded valley with the capital shimla. It has snow even during the month and of april.

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# Small shacks selling rajma rice, maggie (oops this was when it wasn’t banned) and himachali chai (tea)
We were lucky enough to reach the place when hailstorm started.  The temperature dropped drastically that we had to sit besides the stove (tip: carry at least a hoodie or a jacket along)

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Jelori can be accessed by a two or a four wheeler and can be covered in half a day.
There is no direct bus from Giyagi to Aut.
There are three options-
*take a local bus to banjar and change
*take a shared gypsy to banjar and board another bus to aut.
*hire a personal cab

Overall a three day trip, which can be completed on a long weekend.

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