Monday, June 14, 2010

The McLo (McLeod Ganj)

On the grounds of the Dalai Lama's house

Temple

More temple

Good ole Mother Himalaya

There she is again

We left Manali on a Wednesday afternoon to head to Dharamsala, or more specifically McLeod Ganj, which is known for being a beautiful hill station, but more importantly the home of a large majority of Tibetan refugees and his Holiness the Dalai Lama. We arrived on the outskirts of town at around 2am. We were told we could take a public bus, but at 2am there was no public bus to be taken, so the two of us and another Americano, Patrick, took a cab to the McLeod. He dropped us off at one of the first guesthouses as you approach town and we all decided to just split a room, making it a little less expensive and crashed pretty soon after arriving. The next morning, we packed our things and decided to head to Bhagsu, the town 2km away from the McLeod, which was supposed to be a lot more peaceful and quiet. It took about 30 minutes to walk uphill to Bhagsu and it took even longer to find a cheap place to stay, but we were eventually successful. We found a really awesome spot on the top of a hill overlooking all of Bhagsu. It was a newly remodeled building that was just an extension of this random man's house, it didn't even have a name. I was a little hot and bothered after all that searching (the last guesthouse search of my travels, thank God!) so I took a nice long shower, washed my hair, and was ready for the day. The first day we just walked around town. It's a super peaceful town because it's pretty much run by the Tibetan refugees, which are about a thousand times more chilled out than any Indian person. People were uber friendly and helpful and it just had a really nice vibe to it. I felt like I was back in Northern Laos. We walked around the grounds of the Dalai Lama's house, which is nice and has a very famous temple inside. We went to the Tibetan history museum, which was our little bit of culture for the trip. We took a morning hike to the Daal Lake, which was all dried up, but a nice walk, nonetheless. One day we just wanted to walk to another town and ended up walking up an entire mountain and then to an incredibly beautiful waterfall, which was a nice little surprise. As usual, we just did a lot of hanging out and chilling, but also a lot of walking because the town we were staying in was on the outskirts of the McLeod, and was a hilly walk back and forth. Our last day we walked around town more, did last minute shopping, and sadly got on our return bus to Delhi. A lovely end to our India trip!

3 comments:

  1. Hello Lena,
    Thank you for your story!
    I am living in India and I am always thankful so read about foreigners discovering good hotels and restaurants. I was searching the internet for your Korean restaurant in Delhi, but there was not a single link. Kindly reveal how we can find it.
    Best regards,
    Bernd

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  2. It's a spot in Green Park but I forget the name. I'm sure if you look it up online you'll be able to find it. It's amazing and great if you're a vegetarian!

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  3. The shots are great? what camera did you use?

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