McLeod Ganj- The Little Tibet
McLeod Ganj, also known as “Little Tibet” is in Dharamshala in North Himachal Pradesh. It is a place where Buddhist chants hover in the air, where the last hippie culture can be found, where people across the world come to meditate and find peace. After that, some leave, some stay.
It is the capital of refuge Tibetan government and Dalai Lama residence. So I had scheduled an appointment with His Holiness. But due to unfortunate riot in Chandigarh, my journey was delayed by a week and his holiness has left the country for his trip.
So I proceed with my Trip into the Mountains of McLeod Ganj in search of Peace and hippies..(Not a huge fan meditation though.. )
Riding on the Punjab Highway was easy and relaxing. With less traffic and green wheat fields on both side, you are welcomed by swarms of yellow butterflies.
McLeod Ganj road was narrow with a steep gradient and vehicles find it difficult to climb, including my bike.
Set amidst deodar forest, and built in neo-Gothic architecture, St. John in the Wilderness Church is known for its Belgian stained-glass windows.
Cuckoo Box can be seen in every deodar trees near the church. It is a prime example of co-existing of religion and nature
Triund hill is crowned jewel of Dharmashala. Situated nearby, Trekking is the primary activity of this hill which has a height of 2,828m. So I packed my sleeping bag, tent, rack sack and started the trekking. With around 13 kg of weight around my shoulder, the trek was difficult one. Usually, people take 3 hr to reach the summit. In the way I gave my tent to a complete stranger to carry, Thanks to him after 5 hrs of hiking and rest, I reached the summit.
But the view from the summit was so beautiful, that I forget about my fatigue. I saw a double rainbow in the Himalayas there.
I pitched my tent near a small lake.
But the view didn’t last long, soon nightfall and with it arrive Rain.
It was my first tenting experience in the wild, alone. The intensity of rain increased and huge thunders began to shatter the tent.
It was a difficult condition. So I find shelter in a nearby dhaba along with some cows. It was a sleepless night.
But the morning was good, Sunrise seen from a tent is one of the best views for a traveler.
I felt good. And soon rolled up my tent and started the descent.