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Author: Rajat

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Devta Ground Shangarh – Serenity in the Meadows of Sainj Valley
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Devta Ground Shangarh – Serenity in the Meadows of Sainj Valley

Shangarh is a remote village which is located in Sainj Valley. Nestling in the serenity of Indian Himalayas Eco Zone (Great Himalayan National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site) in Sainj Valley, Shangarh is blessed with nature’s serenity and adorned with green meadows which can make anyone stay and stare for long. Surrounded by hills, deodar trees and the groovy landscape is located Devta Ground Shangarh which is the first, one will come across after reaching Shangarh. A solo traveller's paradise, Devta Ground or Devata Ground as the name suggests is the land of devata (deities). People in Himachal Pradesh believe in local deities and have the firm affiliation. In the very first look, Devta Ground of Shangarh looks like a golf course. The groovy landscape makes it look far more attra...
Where to Eat in Shangarh? Mountain View Café
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Where to Eat in Shangarh? Mountain View Café

When I reached Shangarh, I saw a small food joint and one more café that was shut. Since I had just arrived, I wasn’t aware of the places to eat in Shangarh. I went to the food joint to ask for homestays in Shangarh and he told me about one. I called the guy and asked for directions to his place. And reaching Snow Line HomeStay was such a struggle. However, walking over uneven paths and passing through the woods, surrounded by giant cedar trees and freshness of nature for which I have been craving staying in Delhi. I spotted one shop which had groceries and day to day items, a small departmental store. However, the homestay was located on a climb and I didn’t get to roam in the village which was settled on the ground. I had no idea what I would get to eat in Shangarh. Moreover, it was a...
Where to stay in Shangarh? Snow Line Homestay Shangarh
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Where to stay in Shangarh? Snow Line Homestay Shangarh

No, don’t think of fancy hotels, hostels. Don’t even imagine of Oyo or Airbnb. Shangarh is a place nestling in the aura of pureness and serenity of nature and is yet untouched by commercial tourism which is actually good. I hope it stays like this, a backpacker’s abode. So, where will you stay in Shangarh? Shangarh is mostly visited by solo travellers or backpackers. And for your service, the local people have built homestays. Yes, there are a couple of homestays in Shangarh where you can go and stay at a nominal charge. Though I didn’t book there but I just called the homestay and asked for the room and that’s how I got it. Considering this place isn’t that much popular and there is no commercial tourism, the homestays in Shangarh are likely to remain vacate and one can just go there a...
Trekking in Shangarh – Passing through Uneven Paths of Sainj Valley
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Trekking in Shangarh – Passing through Uneven Paths of Sainj Valley

From Aut to Sainj, I traversed through valleys, gorges, mountains and among the most scenic views of the nature Himachal Pradesh has been bestowed upon. Sainj Valley has nestled Shangarh in a way like a mother does to her child. The driver kept talking on the way while I was just lost in the views of the valley. I just responded with a smile, hmmm, yes, etc. Though we had a good conversation but I was just wanted to stay calm and get lost in the tranquil environment of Sainj Valley. I was all set to trekking in Shangarh. I had already made my mind in the cab itself that I would be trekking in Shangarh once I reach there. I love trekking. Though I haven’t trekked much but I do love it. I missed Kheerganga trek since I was travelling with friends and one of them refused to trek. And that ...
How did I reach Shangarh Village? A Place of Eternal Peace in the Sainj Valley
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How did I reach Shangarh Village? A Place of Eternal Peace in the Sainj Valley

No traffic noise, since there is no traffic, no chaotic hustle-bustle, no loud sounds, no market, just nature and that’s it. This is what Shangarh Village is all about. I wasn’t even able to pronounce it when I reached here and after spending a day, I got to know the actual pronunciation of this village. A village with eternal piece, Shangarh was my random pic for my weekend journey in October and it turned out to be the best choice I made.   Why Shangarh Village? What attracted me to this small village near Sainj Valley? For me, traveling means to explore new places and as a responsible tourist and a slow travel lover, I tend to look for places that are hidden, places that are isolated and untouched by heavy commercialization. However that doesn’t mean I don’t visit commerci...
War Memorial Park Dharamshala – Respecting the Unsung Heroes of Nation
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War Memorial Park Dharamshala – Respecting the Unsung Heroes of Nation

My visit to Dharamshala didn’t just stop at its cricket stadium. Yes, I visited Dharamshala Cricket Stadium but I felt that I needed more time to explore this beautiful city. So, walking out of the stadium to the main place where the bus dropped us, we saw the War Memorial Park Dharamshala. Never had I heard of this place before so it was a new thing for me to explore here. I and Yogesh, both were just following the intuitions and were doing whatever was coming before us. We stopped on the way, we clicked, took some rest and then resume. Well, I have often opted for solo traveling; knowing that traveling in groups saves money. But this time, I was with a friend and we were not keeping track of our expenses on the trip. That’s the beauty and I appreciate, though we both were mature an...
Watching a Cricket Match at Dharamshala Cricket Stadium
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Watching a Cricket Match at Dharamshala Cricket Stadium

It was the second and the last day of my weekend trip. I had missed out Kangra Fort the previous day as we got late. The next day, on Sunday, we checked out of the hotel and took a bus to Dharamshala. From there, took another bus which dropped us near Dharamshala Cricket Stadium. So, in my last trip to Dharamshala, I had missed this place since I had no idea about this cricket ground in Dharamshala but this time, I Googled and searched places to visit in Dharamshala and this place topped the list and I had to visit it. Yogesh was also willing to visit, thus we fixed it. The last day, we had covered all the major attractions in Mcleod Ganj. When I took a wrong bus to Dharamshala Cricket Stadium We decided to use public transport in Dharamshala rather than booking a personal cab. I was on ...
Trekking to Dal Lake from Mcleod Ganj – Roaming Aimlessly
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Trekking to Dal Lake from Mcleod Ganj – Roaming Aimlessly

I didn’t have much in my itinerary for the day and was only depended on Google. Well, that’s a challenge when you don’t plan your trip. Since it was my second trip and I came here for visiting Bhagsu Nag, my list to visit other places in Mcleod Ganj was very sketchy. With no much in my mind, I and Yogesh left from the St John's church in the wilderness and followed the path which Google showed us. Frankly, that was the only path that we had in front of us. While Googling which other places can be visited in Mcleod Ganj, I came across this name online, Dal Lake. And honestly, I was surprised to read it since I only knew Dal Lake was in Srinagar. Moreover, Mcleod Ganj has been on my list for a long time and this name never came across my mind. Thus, I started the map navigation and follow...
Reasons Why Mcleod Ganj is everyone’s Favourite
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Reasons Why Mcleod Ganj is everyone’s Favourite

Travelling to mountains and in the lap of nature covered by thick green foliage is always my favourite recreational activity.  I am sure there are millions like me out there who love to spend some time away from the city noise in the middle of nature. Imagine yourself surrounded by snow-capped mountains where the sound of waterfall, the ambient music of nature and birds is what to get to hear and all you see are big alpine trees trying to kiss the sky, green gorges and that’s it, will you ever feel like coming back? There is a place here in India, not too far from Delhi and the name is Mcleod Ganj. And that’s why Mcleod Ganj is everyone’s favourite. [siteorigin_widget class="WP_Widget_Media_Image"][/siteorigin_widget] I remember having told you several times that I love to travel s...