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15/05/06

ToUriStS iN McLeoDGanJ...

"Day 0: Wednesday"

office was not the regular office... and had to go the CP office and not the Okhla one...
left at 1700 hrs somehow after completing some important work... and reached the Himachal Bhawan.. i was to find out about the buses to Dharamsaala here... it was only me and Tushar who were going on the trip...

i really really wanted to take Radha along.. but looks like Goddie had different plans and he made us take a bus.. actually not "A" bus but multiple buses on our way to Dharamsaala...

the Volvo leaves ISBT at 2000 hrs and was full... there is another bus at 2015 hrs which apprantly was cancelled.... so we could not take it either.. another funny thing that happened was that the guy at Himachal Bhawan told me that the buses leave from there.. but the buses are from ISBT which meant that we got late for both the buses and were not in a position to take any of them either...

anyway... a look at the queue for the ordinary bus to Dharamsaala made me almost cancel the plan... too many ppl... and rotten buses... so we decide to find out private buses to Dharamshaala... we managed to get one... which we boarded at 2130 hours from ISBT... it then went to Lal Quila... and then again to the IST.. and then again to the Lal Quila.. before it took at U-turn to stop on the other side of the road in front of the Lal Quila again...

i so far have never spent this much time in a bus ever without the bus going anywhere... oh.. and about the bus.. this was a sleeper class bus... someone which is kinda common in Rajasthan.. infact the bus had a registration on Jaipur as well...

we finally moved out of delhi around 2300 hrs... and then stopped at the border for fuel... and then again for some Tax related issues.... the bus finally picked up some speed after crossing the border which was around 0000 hrs... and it reached Chandigarh is about 4 hours only.. including a 30 minute break near Pipli...

"Day 1: Thursday"

most of the time in the bus was spent sleeping.. so i am not too sure of the route that the bus took after Chandigarh... however we had taken this bus till Pathankot and we managed to reach there around 0800 hrs... took a private bus to Gaggal from Pathankot and completed this distance of about 80 kms in about 3 hours... and then another bus to dharamsaala from Gaggal... and then one more bus to McLeodganj... our final stop !!!

her name is Zema which means beautiful... isn't she?

on our way we got some valuable information about what do to and where to stay from a guy too... so we decided not to stay in Dharamsaala and moved to McLeodganj instead... which actually turned out to be better...

i broke my favorite shades on the trip.. now left with only the frame :)

took a decent room for 350 bucks a night... and then moved out of the room to walk around... Tushar suggested that we should do the local sightseeing the same day.. which meant hiring an auto for 200 bucks... and a visit to nearby places like the Dal Lake, St. John's church, some view point, and finally the Bhagsu Nag Temple... we also went for a short long walk from the temple to a nearby waterfall... spent about 1.5 hours to and fro... got into an argument with the Auto-wala because he said that we should not have spent more then 30 minutes there... anyway...


a view from our hotel...the small hump that you see on the first mountain is Triun...

went back to the hotel... and then went out again for food and all...

McLeodganj is a very very neat place if you want to experiment with food.. there is so much to eat... i had Spaghetti with Cheese for Lunch, India Food (though i did not want to) for dinner.... all sorts of Italian, Tibetan, continental food is available.. and not too expensive either...

Another highlight of the place:
Figures to kill for and Skins to Die for... so many firangi chicks around... and if thats not enough.. there is more !!! the Local Chicks are more or less awesome too...

I was certainly feeling out of place... there were either Tibetans or firangies around.. anyway...

so after a long day.. i slept while i was talking to tushar... and then i guess he went out and sat in the balcony for a while.. before he slept too...

our room...nice.. clean...

Day 2: Friday

We had done some homework to find out about the bus back home the last evening... and managed to get a ticket for the Saturday Volvo in the morning...

next on the agenda was a trek to Triun... we could see it from our hotel balcony and it looked far away too...



the breakfast here is worth mentioning.. the farmer's breakfast and the JJI breakfast.. at the JJI cafe.. will talk about it later too...

we took an auto till Gallu Temple.. which was a good 6 kms away... and the roads ( well thats what i can think of calling that path as cars, jeeps, autos etc. are supposed to move on it) were scary... something that needs a good 4 wheel drive was being negotiated with a 150 cc three wheeler.... with all the weight at the back.. increasing the chances of going down the hill on the small mistake.. anyway.. we were lucky.. and managed to reach the place where we had to start off with the trek...

in about 10 minutes we reached a T point.. and had to choose between one of the two directions... and no one to guide too... i chose one... and it took us about 20 more minutes to reach a point which looked like a dead end.. crossed the mountain with some support from the rocks at the edge... and managed to move to the other side.. we had to be careful not to slip... we did not...

and after walking for a good 2.5 hours on a path second to the worst i have walked on.. we reached the top of the mountain... Triun... the pain was worth it... i cannot explain what it looked like with words.. maybe the picture would help...

Triun...

lots of foriegners... and a few shops... this was the best place to spend a couple of days... the only sounds were crows or air.. and an occasional cheer of the ppl around... lovely.. beautiful...

Triun again...

on our way back to McLeodganj... the walk took over 3 hours... phew... it was tough..

the walk back was tiring.. and longer.. as we had to walk those 6 kms done in the auto on foot this time... managed to reach McLeodganj around 1800 hrs... had tea and mango lassi in one of the roof-top restaurants... went back to the hotel... rested for a while.. and then came out for a walk...

somewhere....

just walked around before i wanted to sleep... came back to the hotel.. and slept in peace...

Day 3 : Saturday...

Saturday started late... packed our bags.. checked out of the hotel... went to Dharamshaala.. found the Kangra museum of Art closed because of a local holiday... came back to McLedoganj... spent the entire afternoon in the JJI's cafe... about this place now... JJI is a name that comes from the Initials of the JJI EXile Brothers... the cafe is a small shop with 4 tables.. and about 10 chairs... awesome music.. wonderful food.. and the best place to spend time in, if you want to just relax... had the best Honey ginger Lemon tea there... had some great Farmer's breakfast... and some delightful Pasta in Tomato Cheese Sauce...loved it...

took the bus back to Delhi @ 1900 hours... wonderful bus.. a semi sleeper to Delhi... reached delhi in 12 hours.. and home around 0800 hrs on sunday...

The Trip ends !!!! AWESOME... LOVED it...

time for some tips/statistics....
~ Total money spent in Travel : 1400 bucks per head (Private buses Delhi-Pathankot, Pathankot-Gaggal, Gaggal-Dharamsaala, Dharasaala-McLeodganj; Back in a Volvo 750+ bucks per head)
~ Stay : 350 a room per night...
~ Food : depending on what you want to eat.. the food however is not expensive at all... a meal for two should not cross 200 bucks even if you eat a lot...

~ This is a place to just relax.. and chill.. and go for a couple of treks... if you are interested in treks... ensure that you carry some good shoes, some medicine, water, and food...
~ Enjoy the variety of food available...

and HAVE FUN...

p.s. i will have the pics by Wednesday.. hope to upload them the same day too...

20 comments:

  1. ME FIRST!

    Mujhe bhi jana thaaaaaaaaaaaaa :|

    *screams*

    The view from the room is AWESOME!

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  2. awesome..........gr8 trip.....and i m sure i m goona see some splendid pics this time (they r always but expectations are high this time)

    missed it.....maybe next time we can go..........

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  3. Man, this sounds like a lot of relaxation!

    I am hoping you clicked St john's Church.. I have heard a lot about the architecture.. I am hoping!

    Mast hai, bawa!

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  4. Deepak! I am with you. I've HIGH expectations this time. I am *looking out* for them.

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  5. # rohit..
    ab kya chilla raha hai... pehle saath chalna thaa :)

    the view was good yes..

    @ deepak...
    yea.. the trip was good...

    # rohit...
    it was a nice trip... tough and tiring on thursday and friday.. totally relaxed on saturday...

    # rohit and deepak..

    about the pics.. hope for the best.. be prepared for the worst :)
    lets see how the shots come out to be....

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  6. GOOD...u hv given such a vivid description of this trip of urs... as always.
    ..and i liked the bits on those funny bus rides..esp the one that moved around the Red Fort..and the foodie's guide is worth a look..
    the pics u posted are really good..Triun is so so beautiful.. waiting to see more..

    and the one shot with ur..err..broken glasses is too good.. would also suggest u to put it as ur display pic on orkut for a few days :)
    and about the 'chicks' .. u r not writing more about them :P and how come u dont write anything about menfolks there? ( considering the fact a large no. of female friends would be reading ur post, u should mention about that too :P )

    Good that u enjoyed it.. :)

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  7. Good Fun trip...shades kaise toot gaye

    Somehow going by Bus looks very tiring to me

    Looking forward for the pics

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  8. Sahi hai yaar....this is fun!!

    Last time I went there I stayed mostly in Dharamshala...Went to some of the places you mentioned in Mcleodganj too

    You are right...lot so firangs...lots of chinkis...

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  9. @ mayuri...
    :)
    par ma'am.. bus ride to ek hi thi... rides kaise hui :)

    broken glass ki yaad mat dilao... mere best shades the wo :(

    chicks ke baare mein kya likhoon... wo to dil mein bas gai hai saari ki saari.. about the menfolk... well... ap khud dekh lo jakar... main usually men ko nai dekhta...

    # ankur...
    glass mein crack thaa.. wahan par poora toot gaya...
    volvo was just fine... the going wali trip bhi ok thi... if not the most comfortable one...

    # bhaskar...
    it sure is....
    lots and lots of chicks :) yummieeeeeeee

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  10. Very good pics so far! Can't wait for the other pics! Looks like it was awesome!

    Remember what I told you about September / October and our three choices - Leh/NE/Bhutan. It will be fun.

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  11. Supercool....Dharamsala and McLeodganj. Although if you had another day you could probably have fitted in Palampur as well. That's picturesque too...tea estates everwhere. But then again, you gotta leave something for next time, right.

    The trip, the travelogue, the photos (so far) are all excellent...am sure the others waiting in the pipeline will be awesome too.

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  12. beautiful pics...they are amazing seriously....
    i've been to dharamshala but not mcleodganj...this place is beautiful man....

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  13. super cool. for some reason i felt as if i was reading one of your trips' description after a long long time. i know it happens every month but still.

    the pics look good. really looking forward to the rest of them. :)
    the doggie is cuuuute!

    i thought u skipped dharamshala but now i know. :)

    very cool.

    and oh..i loved those shades too. mujhe nahi lend kiye na isliye toot gaye.

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  14. # subbu..
    september/october is on bro... homework aaj se shuru ho jayega..

    me waiting for the pics from my camera too..

    # sayan...
    nai yaar... could not do so much of not doing anything... working in the office sitting on that chair in the front of a Laptop has become more of a habit...

    Palampur is a "to do" place now...
    dunno why tushar did not like any of the fotos.. and he has also written that he is not going to post any on the blog or otherwise.. i guess i liked the fotos anyway...

    # alice...
    you bet :)
    we went to dharamsaala for an hour or so... most of the time we were in Mcleodganj itself... and the place was really nice..

    # richa..
    you were reading a long trip-o-logue after a long time :)

    the doggie was so cute... ekdum !!!

    yes we skipped dharamsaala....

    shades :( yaad mat dila yaar... ab naye lene hain.. ek aur tension...

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  15. great trip :) u r making me jealous...

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  16. # kishley...
    to saath chalna next time :)

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  17. ME WILL GO THERE SOON!!!!!!!!!!!

    GOD PROMISE THIS PLACE LOOKS SO COOL!

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  18. # kusum..
    yes the place was super cool...

    hope you visit it soon :)

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  19. Peta... m dying to see this place.. it is sooo gud... Triun is amaaazing... i must say u had a awesome time there.. seems that the firang chicks r calling me.."mai aayaaaaaa".....

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  20. Yes this is beautiful descrption but somehow i missed rain in ur post ..:)

    nice post n nice pics :)

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