Have you ever felt the complete awestruck moment when you saw a place you only saw in pictures? Yeah! I had that same feeling when I saw Himachal for the first time. It was completely a new world for me. Living in Rajasthan I have only seen dry plants and sunny days. But this , this was something else. Why, you ask. Let me tell you....
Because Mountain's Are Calling
There's this thing about mountains they make you feel strong and powerful. Like something so powerful you have achieved. In the picture you see above the white snowy mountain peeking through other green one's is Dhalaudhar Mountain. Doesn't that name sounds powerful too.
When you are in Dharamshala, Himachal you are constantly blessed with this scenic view of these tall giant beauties. And if you ever wanna experience what mountains feel like - go and climb one.
It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.
Because You Can't Resist Food
I don't believe in eating at luxury hotels or restaurants to know the real taste of the food. The true taste of the city lies in small food stands like this- Chai Life at Mcleod Ganj. This was a small Tea shop that also serves yummy breakfast delicacies like aloo (potato) paratha, onion paratha, sandwich, tea etc. The parathas were delicious and fulfilling. And the tea was the best I had two cups of it. I just couldn't resist it after all I'm a Chai Lover. Shoutout to all the "Chai Lover's" reading this post.
There are lots of other delicacies too in Himachal which you must try like Thukpa, Momos, maggi and the all time favorite pani puri.
Because You Cant Afford Darjeeling Right Now
You don't need to go all the way to Darjeeling to visit a Tea Plantation. You can also visit this tea garden in Dharamshala, Himachal. The Kangra Valley in Himachal is known for its beautiful natural landscapes and the spectacular range of Dhauladhar. In the foothills of this region you will find India’s smallest tea region. The road towards this garden is filled with tall trees covering both the sides of the road. It has almost Ooty, Kodaikanal vibe to it.
The best time to visit is in the morning. Take a morning walk in the garden inhale some oxygen and enjoy the greenery and beautiful view of the mountains and cool breeze. Best place to chill and relax.
Because You are A Bee ( Flower Lover)
I think people in Himachal are nature lovers they care a lot about environment. When you are in Himachal you will notice one thing in every house hold either they has their own garden or at least a small flower pot hanging in their balconies. It doesn't only make their houses look beautiful but also keep them close to nature which we people living in cities always crave for.
Because You Are A Water Child (Waterfall & Lakes)
Himachal is blessed with water from the glaciers over the mountains.The water is usually super chill but after walking for a while to reach places like these you really need these chill dip to relax your feet. The Bhagsu waterfall was really cool place to relax and enjoy the sound of water flowing down the hills.
You can enjoy dipping your feet inside the chilled water which is pretty clean too. There are many tadpoles and fishes in the water which can easily be seen as the water is crystal clear.
You can also go to Dal Lake which is also a tourist spot. I personally didn't find Dal lake that scenic in compared to other tourist spots of Dharamshala. It was okay kinda place. A huge pond like structure filled with water and fishes and surrounded by tall trees. You can come here to relax after exploring other places as you don't need to climb hills or anything here. You can just sit and relax and watch the lake for a while and chat with friends and family.
Because You Don't Wanna Go Haridwar ( Temples And Churches)
There are few temple and church in Dharamshala, Himachal. The St. John Church, Bhagsu Temple and the Dalai Lama temple are the famous ones. The area around these temples are scenic and you are surely gonna enjoy the ride towards these temple except the the Dalai Lama one which is in main market area.
Bhagsu Temple has quiet interesting architecture. The building was made of flat stones arranged one over another without cement in between which is really interesting. There's a pool near the entrance where you can take bath. The water coming from the bhagsu waterfall is filled in this pool.
How to reach Himachal ?
To reach Himachal the easiest route would be from Delhi.
Bus To Dharamshala from Delhi : Kashimiri Gate Bus Stand at 6.30 am and at night around 8 pm.
You can opt for a route from Delhi to Chandigarh. From Chandigarh you can find bus to Dharamshala all the time.
After Reaching Dharamshala Bus stand
You can either opt for :-
Taxi to Mc Leod Ganj - Rs .200
By Foot - Free of cost with a beautiful view of Mountains.
For stay -
Backpackers inn Hostel
Staywell Guest House
And the one where I stayed at with beautiful view - Freedom Palace
For Food -
Chai Life , Mc Leod Ganj
Tibet Kitchen , McLeod Ganj
For Sight Seeing -
Hire Taxi - Rs . 800 will show you six places.
Duration- 3 hours
Rent a Scooter - Starting from Rs.500 for 12 hours.
Rent a Bike - Starting from Rs . 900 for 12 hours.
Rent a Royal Enfield - Rs. 1200 for 12 hours.
Note : I would suggest to rent a bike and explore the places 12 hours are enough to explore all the tourist spots and rest of the areas in Dharamshala.
Would you like to visit Himachal ? If yes , then let me know in comment section below why what attracted you the most.