McLeod Ganj was not on my agenda, it just happened without any plans at the end of the trip to Kareri Village. I was talking my bus back from McLeod Ganj. We started early from Kareri and reached McLeod Ganj around lunch time, which is the best time to arrive there in my opinion.
Even though I am no foodie, I still remember McLeod Ganj for its excellent food from a trip in 2009. Ravi was our local expert. He took me to Hotel Tibet and I ordered a Veg Chetse Detse along with veg momos.
I got a big bowl of soup with flat noodles and vegetables. I liked it a lot and I finished to the last drop. That was accompanied by excellent momos. By the time we finished lunch, it was time for Sohan ji to leave.
They dropped me in a nearby cafe, Kunga, which had a roof top seating with lots of sunshine. It had free wifi as well. The wifi was excellent but the apple pie and tea were just passable. And I really find it a pity if I do not like an apple pie, because most places do it well. For tea I feel I should have asked for adrak wali chai even though it was not on the menu.
I spent a few hours at the cafe, sitting in the sunshine and reading an Agatha Christie. But after a while I got increasinly fidgety. I had to buy something for Chhavi, she waits for a ‘gift’ with a lot of delight when I come back home. So, I went off the streets of McLeod Ganj. In the end I bought a few chocolates and a fridge magnet for her. She has caught my fridge magnet craze.
I asked the fridge magnet seller about a peaceful route to for walking and he suggested the Bhagsu Nag road. So Bhagsu Nag road it was. My back pack was left for safe keeping in a shop, which was possible once again because Ravi knew the shop owners.
Ambling along for about half a kilometer on the Bhagsu Nag road, I left the concrete behind. I could once again see the kind of high rises I like!
The road was well used, I shared it with a lot of fellow pedestrians. Construction work was going on as well by the side of the road. I turned back when I reached at the beginning of Bhagsu Nag as I had a bus to take. I know there is a waterfall in the region but it has to wait!
I noticed the recycling appeal, proudly adorning a wall by the road. I feel we need more such initiatives. I have to go and check their website too!
The moon was also peeping out, even though it was still day time. I wonder who was it looking for, coming out that early in the day!
I could see the Dharamshala cricket stadium in the distance from the Bhagsu Nag Road. I was more mesmerized my the layers the hills made in the distance.
I found this happy car quite close to the McLeod Ganj bus stand. I wonder what was the idea behind it? Looked like something to do with Jewish celebrations but could not be sure.
And that is how I spent my six hours in McLeod Ganj- Eat, Shop and Walk. Walk was the most interesting part for me. It always is.
28 thoughts on “Six Hours in McLeod Ganj- Eat, Shop, Walk!”
I have plans to visit this place some day.. god willing it will be soon
I am sure you will have a great time when you go!
Still a dream for me!
Grateful for the virtual tour!
Indrani you can’t complain you just got back from Greece 😀
My god. The city looks quite ugly. But the tea with apple pie, very appetising:)
Param most of the popular hill stations are now overconstructed. But move out a few kilometers away and it would become beautiful again!
Till the real estate guys move there as well 🙂
Those are uplifting photographs, a burst of colours and a peeping moon framed with precision.
Thank you so much Umashankar! Wish my words were a bit like what you write.
The food looks delicious and the scenery is awesome
Thank you Abeesh.
Still a dream for me! may be a day I will b there.
Do go Yogi and go beyond McLeod Ganj.
Lovely pics. Staying in South of India, sometimes I feel I am missing the beautiful hill stations up above. Your post and pictures took me to a virtual tour. Thank you! 🙂
Parul and I always feel that miss out everything in South, I have not even been to Hampi!
I had a wonderful time in mcleodganj, I think in 2008 or 2009, doing the same things you did, but over a weekend….while on office trip……
Your work rocks Sushmita 😀
Mridula ji, Just read your post, Beautiful photos.
Thank you Rupam.
Time well utilised. 🙂
Thank you Niranjan.
Beautiful pictures. We were there many years back and i remember a few things which you’ve mentioned.
Thank you ma’am for stopping by!
Nice story. I have never visited McLeod Ganj yet, but I want to. Specially after reading this.
Hope you will enjoy it, whenever you go.
Colourful houseblocks 🙂
And interesting landscape…
Thank you 😀
Oh, finally I am here from where I missed your posts! Enjoying your travel tales again 🙂 M so happy!
Stunning pictures! Your traveling to the little known places give us lots of reasons to love our country more than before! Thank you!