Hey Gratisouls! Long time no see (read)! Quick update, if you have been following me for a long time now, then you might know what might tagline was (Even if you don’t know, it’s okay everybody is busy these days).
My tagline was ‘Gratisoul- A positive perspective towards life. Now it is ‘Gratisoul- Growing through life’ because I realized that one can’t always stay positive. It’s not a bad thing to say that. Because we all are human and feel all kinds of emotions be it positive or negative and through those emotions, we eventually grow through life. Hence, presenting to you the new version of ‘Gratisoul’.
Those who know me, know that I love to travel, eat and also stay productive at the same time. (An unusual combo, right) so, get ready to read a lot of stuff about travel and life in general because I decided to change the theme of Gratisoul a bit and growing through traveling, meeting new people, and eventually growing through life.
So, let me tell you about my trip to the trippy hills of Dharamshala and Mcleodganj which is a city in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. (P.S don’t take the word ‘trippy’ in a wrong way) Why I said trippy hills because it makes us trip on life and helps us to explore the world unseen)
Take a bus to the Trippy Hills
I went along with my cousins and booked a Volvo bus. It is super comfortable and affordable as well. The journey takes up to 12 hours and we chose the night time to travel so that we can comfortably sleep and travel and reach by morning.
Illiterati Café- Dharamshala
This café is truly modest. Why? Because on their entry, they have written that they are ‘too hyped up’ because of social media and they apologize for the rush. Located with the view of the hills, this café is a perfect stop for people who love to read and also enjoy the view with a sip of their coffee.
Dharamshala Cricket Stadium
Oh, this beauty is vast! It is open for the visitors to visit in the off-season and go and click photos and enjoy the view of the stadium amidst the view of the hills. We sat there and analyzed how the cricketers might feel while playing in this magnificent stadium. It’s an experience on its own!
Naddi Sunset Point & Dal Lake- Mcleodganj
If you are a sucker for beautiful sunsets along with some hot coffee and Maggie, do visit this place and enjoy the sunset amidst the mountains while you soak in the vibes around. Magical!
Nick’s Italian Kitchen-Mcleodganj
This café is a perfect place for all Italian lovers. We ordered a lot, ate a lot, enjoyed the view, and consumed in the trippy vibes of their yummy food. If you love Italian, do check out this place. It is an underrated gem for Italian food lovers!
The next day was the biggest, most hectic yet wonderful day of our lives. We started the trek with a group of people at 11 AM and reached the top at around 3:30-4 PM with several pit stops in between. If you are going in a group, it’ll be a great experience because every new person has their different vibe and you do learn a lot about people while you are trekking and dreading.
A bunch of people was playing guitar and singing along, while the other bunch was enjoying their cup of Maggie noodles with the view. BTW food in these pitstops is double the MRP because it is very difficult to procure at such high altitudes, hence the rate!
Once you’ll reach the Triund top and finally see your camp, you’ll experience a sense of victory that you finally did it and made it to the top. All your sweat and pain will be worth it because the view from the top will make you forget all your pain!
Just soak in the fresh air, enjoy with the group, and at night don’t forget to enjoy the night sky full of stars and the bonfire amidst the chilly air at the top. Sleeping might be a bit troublesome if you are a beginner at camping like me but it won’t matter much!
Trek down the next day and if you still have enough energy in you as we did, keep on exploring!
Morgan’s Café- Dharamshala
This café is located in a very offbeat location but again with the best of view and amazing food with a trippy vibe of the hills surrounding the café. The food here will not disappoint you either.
Tea Garden- Dharamshala
We traveled everywhere in our scooty and make sure your rented scooty’s have a yellow number plate because we got caught once by the police as we too didn’t know about this rule. Visit the tea garden and you can also shop for some finest tea leaves of Dharamshala as they have a factory within it as well which you can go and visit.
St. John Church- Mcleodganj
This church is also located in an offbeat location and at first, we couldn’t find it only. We took many detours and finally visited this cute little church and the aura was quite peaceful.
Café 129- Dharamshala
This is a cute little Korean café run by a Tibetan family. The vibe of this café was very cute with cute cutlery as well. Do visit this café if you love to experiment with Korean food. We tried their Korean ramen and it was super yum!
It was a short trip but we covered all the highlights of this place and came back super tired but with a suitcase full of memories, good vibes, and energy to start with our work-life again with a bang!
One should take such short refreshing breaks from time to time! It is good medicine for our mind, body, and our soul. Be it a solo trip or with someone you love. Travel and explore life at its best and see how you’ll learn a lot and grow through life!
If you too have been to Dharamshala and Mcleodganj do share your experiences in the comments below and let’s trip over these trippy hills!
Until then, grow through life!