Rock Temples of Masroor
Day excursion to Masroor in Himachal Pradesh happens to be one of the highlights of our summer vacation at Mcleodganj. The temples standing magnificently on a hill crescent is a unique example of monolithic temples in the sub-Himalayan region. In the absence of inscriptions and any other epigraph/ literary records the patronage of the temple cannot be ascertained. However, on the basis of architectural and sculptural decorations, the temple has been assigned to the 8th century A.D.
The receptionist at the Bhagsu Hotel, Mcleodganj, where we were spending the week (a good address, worth recommending), was clueless when we asked for directions to Masroor! He even wondered why we were going to a place that was off the standard list of touristy sites, and which hadn’t been worth the while according to the few who had visited it! We were determined to see it and so embarked on the trip on the morning of 3rd June, following a good breakfast and a darshan of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama at the TCV. The route was uncharted as we had no directions except for the road sign at Ranital en route from Delhi, which said Masroor is 8 km from Lunj. We drove downhill to Sanaura via Gaggal (all of 22km), and took the road to Lunj. Twenty four km of non-stop ghat road up and down over hills and through forests that presented enchanting views. We even encountered, smouldering trees at a spot, remnants of a raging forest fire not so long ago. Lunj is more of a road junction, where the roads from Ranital and Jwali intersected our road. A couple of dhabas. By this time the noon sun was blazing, we had decimated the packed lunch we had brought with us and downed a couple of cold drinks! Doubts were rising in our minds whether we were doing the right thing! We finally arrived at Masroor, 10 km later and one look at the edifice made Vinita and Priya exclaim that the journey was well worth the trouble.
This Travelogue 'Rock Temples of Masroor'
was posted by China on Saturday, December 15, 2007.
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