Dharamshala Musings Day
The travelogue is part of the 'Myself Ashish
' campaign, where Ashish Gupta travelled around the country and often stayed at the homes of OkTataByebye members.
Today was another day well spent! Covered some off track areas and experienced the tastes of McLeodganj. The region has many treks to offer for those with the time and inclination to foot the distance. I thought it will be really something to discover one such location which can be trekked from Dharamshala - it is about 8 km from Lower Dharamshala or about 5km from Kotwali Bazaar. The place is an open green area which is suitable for family picnics. In addition it hosts the pious temple of Indru Nag.
Here are some of the panoramas I share with you –
The elevation is not much about 1520 m above sea level, however it offers the most panoramic and unhindered views of the Kangra Valley below the Dhauladhars.
One can choose to take taxis to the location and a round trip from Kotwali Bazaar to the location costs about Rs. 300. However with time on one’s hand, a trek up to the location and beyond can be attempted.
The funniest part about the location at Indru Nag is the apparent techno-spirituality associated with it.
The cell towers placed at the location almost provide a sanctified wireless medium to connect with the world beyond.
A piece of trivia for the devout – it is probably the only temple which is dedicated to the combined reverence of the deities Ganesh and Kartikeya in addition to the 108 Shivlingas placed there.
The trek to and from Indru Nag takes up about half a day or so, if you stop over for a snack, but can easily be covered by road in about 20 minutes from Kotwali Bazaar. However one has to be cautious of the landslides that take place frequently towards the destination.I took a video at the place.
From here on I moved to McLeodganj, albeit a bit late since most of the day went in technicalities of blogging as well as the trip to Indru Nag. However, it was almost unreal to see the usually crowded and brimming Mc’ganj desolate and quiet. Apart from the local population and the odd tourist, the place appears laid back and I must say very inviting. It is as if you can have the place all to your self.
A few snapshots of the place I share with you here
I tried the local cafés for Tibetan delectable dishes such as Thentuk and Chitse at a joint around Bhagsu road. Being a vegetarian (sorry to disappoint you!), I made the most of the steaming hot and sumptuous meal of the evening. I intend to visit again during the day tomorrow and will be back with more on this.
More images of the day can be checked out at the My Snapshots section.
Till tomorrow then!
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