Leaving Behind the Paradise : Day 3

I started my day quite early this morning…As this was my
last day in Mcleordganj , so I decided to start my day with the
blessing of God …….soon after my shower I moved  towards the Bhagsunath Temple which was a few
steps away from my hotel
…….Visiting a sacred place that also early in the
morning somehow refreshed my body, soul and mind ……though I am not a kind of
person to visit temple everyday or frequently , but I believe in worshipping
without even not physically visiting a temple everyday ……since it was a cloudy
day and also I had less time in my hand so I decided to check out small Dhabas 
to have my breakfast near by .  And soon
a Punjabi Dhaba managed to grab my attention……Without making any delay
soon I engrossed myself with Desi Ghee ki Parathe with Dahi ……Wow it was
awesome …………Lovely breakfast with clouds over my head…………………………


Since I have to check out from my hotel before 12 pm noon,
so soon started packing my bags to leave this beautiful valley at least for
this time……As decided I finally checked out of my hotel …….And now it was time
for some shopping in the Mcleordganj Market…………Since Mcleordganj is called a
Little Lhasa , so it was quite obvious to have most of the Tibetan stuff in the
market…….so very quickly I picked up few small things as a token of my
beautiful  journey in the  Kangra Valley of Himachal pradesh ……………

As my friend suggested me to visit Norbulinka Institute for preserving Tibetan
Art and Culture …… though I had less time , but still I thought to give it a
try ……. I reached the Norbulinka
institute


where my Friend was waiting for me to introduce me to the rich Tibetan cultural heritage. As soon as I stepped in I was amazed to see the institute ….It was well organized and also situated at very beautiful place .

The colorful prayer flags soon grabbed my attention……. Traditionally, it is said that prayer
flags are used to promote peace, compassion, strength, and wisdom. To clarify
that the flags do not carry prayers to ‘gods,’ which is a  common misconception many people have ,  rather, the Tibetans believe that the hanging high in the
air the prayer flags with its prayers and mantras  spread the good will into all
pervading space.  As wind passes over the
surface of the flags it is said that the air is purified and sanctified by the
Mantras.

Apart from that Norbulinka institute also promotes research work on Tibetan Art and Culture with it rich library where one can
really experience Tibetan Art and culture very closely…….they have the facility
of guest house along with café where you can have access to internet . Not only
that you can also have a look on their painting, culture and handicraft in the
same place. 


I must say Norbulinka Institute is really a great
introduction to the Tibetan Art and Culture. I really enjoyed the time I spent
there but the time was not enough for me to peep into that rich cultural
heritage ……………


                                                                               
                     With all this treasured
moments I spent in my three days journey in Mcleordganj, it was time to leave
the “ Little Lhasa” . As I always feel great when I am surrounded by layers of
hills in a quiet place, so leaving behind those mountain range, fresh air and
spectacular view all around was the saddest part …….but anyway my all thanks
goes to my friend Sansar who helped me a lot to know Mcleordganj a little
better in compared to other tourists who only visits a place to spend some
quality time…….He introduced me to this great Tibetan culture which I was not
aware of.

While traveling with all those golden moments I did not even realized when I reached the Pathankot Station to
board a train back to Delhi…………and I left THE PARADISE 
behind…………………..

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The Information

McLeodganj, Himachal Pradesh, India



About Mcleordganj:  This is one of the popular tourist destinations in India. A small
place known as “
Little Lhasa” is situated at the upper hills
of Dharamshala in Kangra district in Himachal Pradesh at the elevation of
2,082 meters (6,831 feet). Mcleordganj gives you a opportunity to
peep into the Tibetan culture more closely…..the Buddhist temple, Buddhist
monasteries and the monks around add more meaning to this place……..Beautifully
designed with layers of hills along with Dhauladhar range just make you feel as
if you in the heaven itself……For a weekend trip, Mcleordganj is a good choice. 
Getting there: Nearest railhead is Pathankot Station. At a distance of 100 KM
from the railhead, it takes 4 and half hours drive to Mcleordganj. There
are some more information about the trains from Delhi to Pathankot
.




Where to Stay: There are
plenty of hotels and guest houses available in Mcleordganj or if you want to
avoid crowded lanes of Mcleordganj, you can also head towards Bhagsunath which
is 3 km east of Mcleordganj where you can have variety of choice of hotels and
guest house according to your budget.
What to Explore: Along with
layers of hills and most popular Dhauladhar Range , one can explore …….

  •   Bhagsunath Temple
  •   Bhagsunath Waterfall
  • Tsuglagkhang temple
  • Namgyal Monastery
  •   Gompa Dip Tse-Chok Ling (a small
    monastery)
  •   Norbulingka Institute for
    preserving Art and Culture(which is 8 km away)
  •   Naddi – The sunset point
  •   And of course the Mcleordganj
    Market
Triund Trek: A must visit
If you are
adventurous enough then you should try the Triund trek. This is a 9km trek from
Bhagsunath. If you are a beginner and don’t have a previous trekking
experience, then the triund trek is a hard one. Since there is no defined path
in this trail, so one have to scroll up to reach Triund base. But to reach the
triund base is a kind of achievement. The spectacular views of kangra valley
along with amazing views of Dhauladhar Range gives you all the reasons to visit
this triund base.  But to have this breathtaking views of  three most
beautiful peaks Moon Peak , Metrohorn Peak and Camel Peak , one have to keep in
mind few things before one start trekking in the hills ……………
§  It is advisable to trek with a
person who is familiar with the hills, may be with an experience Trekker.
§  Always carry  water bottles
along with you
§  Since Triund trek is a long 9 km
trek , so one can halt in between if you don’t want to come back the same day
§  If you want to come back from the
Triund the same day, then you should start your journey from very early in the
morning.
        



Note: For
trekking in the Himalayas or any kind of adventurous activity in Himachal Pradesh,
please contact…Himalayan
Quest
for further
information
and assistance………

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4 Replies to “Leaving Behind the Paradise : Day 3”

  1. Hey..great to see you penning frequently. Keep it up. cheers!

  2. I liked you blog a lot, the pictures are talks a lot n trust me it did. Good going, taking your feeds.

  3. Thank you so much for your comments

  4. you seem to be getting into the groove 🙂 ..Mcleodganj is nicer still to guys with no agenda

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