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iXiGOers Apr 23 2013

Suggest a 1 day tour itinerary for McLeodganj.

Rb Trivedi Apr 23 2013
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The beautiful hills of Himachal Pradesh and the spiritually uplifting aura of Tibetan Buddhism call you for a trip to Mcleodganj, a little hill town that will make you its fan the minute you reach. Though it’s typically a place which you can cover in 2 to 3 days, there’s still a lot to do and see here if you’re in Mcleodganj only for a day.

Assuming you reach in the morning around 8, you could start by leaving your bags at the hotel, depending on whether or not you get an early check-in. With a hungry tummy and a world of International cuisines to explore, head straight for breakfast to Peace Cafe on Jogibara Road and order up a feast, From cheese omelettes and sausages, to pancakes and waffles, it’s the perfect place to be on a dewy morning in Mcleodganj. Make sure to try their signature honey-lemon-ginger tea with your breakfast.

Since you’re all well-fed now, let’s head for some trekking. Take an auto to the Bhagsu Falls, or better still, trek the entire stretch till the base of the falls, which is about 2 to 3 km away. From the base, you need to trek up to see the waterfall through a stony pathway, which should take you about 20 to 25 minutes to complete. Enjoy the breathtaking views and the serene beauty, while you enjoy a hot cup of tea and snacks at the Shiva Cafe right next door.

Once you’ve enjoyed your share of the resounding beauty of this waterfall, head back down to the base and pay your respects at the Bhagsunath Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva.

After this, you can start weaving your way back to where you started from, while going through the Tibetan market here near Bhagsu. You’ll find a whole host of trinkets, jewellery, bags, etc here, but this is just the beginning for shopping in Mcleodganj, so don’t spend all your shopping budget on one market.

Take an auto or walk back to the main market of Mcleodganj for some good old shopping. It’s a pretty straightforward route, so ask any local and you’ll be pointed in the right direction. Buy a whole host of silver Tibetan jewellery, knick-knacks, umbrellas and handmade woolen caps and gloves while you stroll around the market. You’ll also find shops that sell Tibetan handicrafts, especially silk scarves, apart from “Free-Tibet” t-shirts and merchandise.

After so much roaming around, you’re sure going to be hungry. Head to the famous Nick’s Italian Kitchen for some lip-smacking pastas and desserts. If you’re wondering about options, there are plenty of restaurants in Mcleodganj in the surrounding area, including Jimmy’s Italian Kitchen and McLlo’s for a laidback, awesome meal.

Up next is the Namgyal Monastery, the official residence of the Dalai Lama in India. Soak in the air of serenity and and calm spirituality while you understand the troubled history of Tibet. Walk around the monastery and move the prayer wheels, spreading the harmony and peace through chants that are engraved on them.

Once you step out of the monastery, you’ll find several little roadside stalls selling Tibetan merchandise and documentaries on the Tibetan revolution. This is of course over and the above the usual beautiful collection of jewellery and souvenirs.

Walk around and let the Himachali splendour take you into its fold. Start heading towards Jogibara Road again, while going through the ever bustling market.

On the Jogibara Road is another lovely cafe, Chocolate Log. You’ll love the feel of this place, which serves some out-of-this world homemade cakes and that perfect mug of Masala Tea. You’ll need to go downstairs to order first, after which your food will brought to you at their semi-open terrace-style cafe, a place where you can literally spend hours without being bothered. The place shuts down around 7, so make sure you make it in time.

It’s getting dark and it’s almost time for dinner. After so much food through the day, a light dinner will be your best bet. Head to Tibet Kitchen for some authentic Tibetan fare, light and healthy and equally delicious. Order their Thenthuk or Thukpa and you’re sure to become a fan of Tibetan food if you aren’t already one. Top off that meal with a hot steaming cup of salty Tibetan Tea and you’re all set for the night.

Mcleodganj is a favorite weekend getaway from Delhi. You can take a Delhi to Dharamshala cab and go on a memorable road trip to this beautiful hill station town. Being a typical hillstation, most shops and markets shut down by 9 or so. It’s best to head back to your hotel for a perfect night’s sleep and dream about that lovely day you just spent in Mcleodganj.

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