Thursday, July 2

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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...
St John in the Wilderness Mcleod Ganj – Old Anglican Church in Dharamshala
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St John in the Wilderness Mcleod Ganj – Old Anglican Church in Dharamshala

There are some places which are full of architectures and there are some places which are famous for their natural surroundings. On the other side, you will come across some places which have both. I am talking about Mcleod Ganj’s natural ambiance and its buildings here such as Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and the church which is known as St John in the Wilderness. Well, what makes this church so unique? It has a story and a history which dates back to the British period, its architecture and the graves there. During my first visit to Mcleod Ganj, I couldn’t come across this place. However, my first during that trip was only to trek to Triund and that’s what I did. But this time, I was a little planned and knew things which I had to cover, especially the places which I had missed out ...
Trekking to Bhagsu Nag Waterfalls from Mcleod Ganj
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Trekking to Bhagsu Nag Waterfalls from Mcleod Ganj

Mcleod Ganj is a nature’s gift to Dharamshala. Also referred to as Upper Dharamshala, this mini Lhasa of India boasts of natural beauty and green nature which is nothing only soothing to the eyes but also captivates one to stay and stare at it for a long time. While I was on my weekend journey to Mcleod Ganj in September this year, I decided to visit the much talked about Bhagsu Nag waterfalls which I had missed in my previous trip to Mcleod Ganj. Trekking to Bhagsu Nag Waterfalls from Mcleod Ganj, I came across a life that was hidden, which I had never experienced before. Though Bhagsu Nag is not that much exotic destination for the pro-travellers but a beginner like me, this place was on my bucket list for a long time. Trekking to Bhagsu Nag from Mcleod Ganj through the gorges and wood...
Why did I visit Mcleod Ganj from Delhi? My Second Visit to Mini Lhasa!
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Why did I visit Mcleod Ganj from Delhi? My Second Visit to Mini Lhasa!

We work so hard to create a routine in our life & once we set on it; that routine starts to feel stale. The monotony of everyday bores everyone and I am not exception. I took a gap from the routine of 9 to 5 corporate life and when I realized I didn’t have much time left in the hand, I felt restless since joining se pahle ek trip to banta hai! (One trip is necessary before joining). And then the daredevil in me wore its armour and we left for a destination. It was Dharamshala. I was on my second visit to Mcleod Ganj from Delhi. I had visited McLeod Ganj from Delhi last year as well. I had made myself a promise last year when I was in McLeod Ganj that I would come back again the next year and would repeat the things I did there. However, that didn’t work out properly and I couldn’t get...
What is the Real Story of Taj Mahal? Myths Related to Taj Mahal
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What is the Real Story of Taj Mahal? Myths Related to Taj Mahal

No doubt, Taj Mahal is one of the major tourist attractions in India. Its stunning beauty and magnificent, spectacular architecture has made it one of the greatest monuments ever built by Mughal emperors. This medieval monument was built as a symbol of love as the story says. For over the years, I thought Taj Mahal was built as a token of love by Shah Jahan to his beloved wife Mumtaz Begum. But as I grew, I started to hear some more stories about Taj Mahal. Some say that it was earlier a Hindu temple whereas others say that Shah Jahan got the wife of the architecture killed so that he could be in grief and could put out his heart on the architecture. So, what’s the real story of Taj Mahal? For years, I have heard that Taj Mahal is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. But I am not sure...