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Dharamshala: A trip to remember

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While scheduling our vacation this year it was pretty clear to us that we were to plan a trip anywhere which could give us a peak in to the Himadri mountains, this was our 9 year old son’s demand as he was learning about it in his school. We chose to go along with it.Dharamshala, in Himachal Pradesh

 

was our ideal choice and considering its rich history we were looking forward to the trip. And the place did not disappoint us one bit. There is a lot one can do in Dharamshala and the people are friendly, transportation easily available.

“It is said that Lord Elgin, The British Viceroy Of India (1862-63) was very  enchanted  with the beauty of Dharamshala . Legend has It that he liked Dharamshala so much that he had wanted and suggested  the British Monarch to make it the summer Capital Of India. However, the proposal was ignored. Lord Elgin, while on a tour died in 1863 and he now lies buried In The Graveyard Of St. John’s Church-in-Wilderness, The church happens to be one of the most beautiful churches I have seen, most ly for its beautiful location. Unfortunately couldn’t see the inside of the church as it was shut. But just the beauty and serenity of the location will take your breath away.

Besides this the place has some breath taking views  of mountain ranges and valleys, waterfalls. The natural beauty abounds. There are lots of  well known temples in and around Dharamsala such as Jwalaji devi, Chamunda devi and Mata Chintapurni. All considered important  destinations by the Hindus. Then there is also the Bhagsunag temple which is considered important for the people residing in Dharmashala.

Dharamshala is also the winter capital of Himachal Pradesh. Of course there is another significant part of history that is connected to Dharmashala that of its connection to Tibet. The Tibetan settlement of Dharamshala began in 1959, when His Holiness the Dalai Lama had to flee Tibet and Shri Jawaharlal Nehru allowed him and his followers to settle in McLeodGanj. There they established the “governmentinexile” in 1960. So because of this connection there are lots of monasteries besides the temples that you get to see in Dharamshala.  We managed to cover a lot  of temples and must say all were clean, well maintained with courteous people around to help.Also a must  visit is the Chinmaya Tapovan Ashram which also happens to be Swami Chinmayananda’s last resting place.

McLeodGanj is sometimes known as ‘Little Lhasa”, after the Tibetan capital city, or ‘Dhasa’ (a compound of ‘Dharamshala’ and ‘Lhasa’). It has become an important tourist destination. We visited the Nomgyal monastery which has got to be one of the most peaceful places I have ever visited. The location is as usual breathtaking. The calmness around the place fills one with a sense

in, nicely documented and pasted outside on a notice board. Unfortunately he wasn’t around as per the notice. Once you step out of the monastery  of peace. You can see lots of people quietly chanting and praying around the monastery.  The residence of Dalai Lama is also within the monastery and what I found extremely interesting was his schedule for the entire year, with dates and city he is going to be

there are rows and rows of tiny shops managed by Tibetans selling all kinds of things, trinkets, jewellery, books, woolen garments. The lane for a shopaholic like me managed to keep me occupied for hours.

Since we are vegetarians it is always a worry for me when I am travelling with the kids who as it is are fussy eaters on the eating options available, the same stress began when we were planning the trip. But thankfully there are lots of eating options, and was never a problem during our stay. There are lots of trekking activities around too for those interested, since I am not one of the trekking and adventure sports enthusiast I did not really tried gathering information on that!

All in all with a beautiful weather and scenic location Dharamshala should make it to everyone’s must visit place in the country.

 

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Written by Priyanka Chaturvedi

May 21, 2012 at 7:46 am

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