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9 Jun

Summer’17 – Dharamshala

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Hello All!

I’m super excited to show you guys my very first travel story on my blog. When I put the title Summer’17, I thought to myself “It’s not like you toured Europe or America or something, haha”; Still, this is a part of my summer’17, so why not!
About a week ago, my family and I went to Dharamshala for a mini vacation.
So, I wanted to tell you what all I did and the places I visited, day wise! This is going to be a slightly long post, so grab a snack or something and keep on reading.

DAY 1

So, on day one we landed in Dharamshala at around 2:30 in the afternoon and went straight to the hotel. We stayed in The Exotica in Dharamshala; if you guys visit Dharamshala, you guys should definitely stay there! It’s a gorgeous hotel, the rooms are beautiful and so are the views which you can see below! We basically just relaxed in the hotel, had dinner and slept off early so that we were fresh and energised for the next day’s activities.

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DAY 2

For day two, we went to McLeodganj and went to some of the touristy spots! First, we went to Naddi View Point and as soon as we reached, it started raining a little which made us having sizzling hot maggie in a small little cafe! The view point had a spectacular view which was blocked a little from the clouds but nevertheless was really pretty..
Second, we went to St. John’s Church which is in the midst of the wilderness is an Anglican church dedicated to John the Baptist built in 1852.
By that time, we were super hungry and we decided to have some authentic Tibetian Food in the Mcleodganj main market. So we went to a restaurant called Tibet Kitchen and had a dish called THUKPA which is kind of like a noodle soup with veggies or meat, whichever you prefer and had some yummy chicken and momos along with that!

After lunch, the last place we decided to visit was Dalai Lama’s Temple/Complex which was, not kidding, a HUGE disappointment guys! Me and my brother were expecting something like a proper monastery and it turned out to be more of a small temple/complex type place.

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SCENERY FROM NADDI VIEW POINT

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ST. JOHN’S CHURCH

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LUNCH AT TIBET KITCHEN
DAY 3

Day three was definitely the most fun I had!
We decided to see 2-3 places that day; first, my mom wanted to go to a temple. Me and my brother were really annoyed because I don’t know if you guys know this but hill stations have A LOT of temples! And we really didn’t feel like going but our mom dragged us there and it actually turned out to be SO much of fun!
There was a small little river flowing behind the temple which had ice cold water and we all dipped our feet and clicked lots of pictures..

Then we went to the Norbulinka Monastery which was the best place I visited, if you guys go to Dharamshala, you should definitely go there! It’s an adorable place where you get to know interesting facts about Buddhism and I finally got to see what a proper monastery looks like! There was a beautiful gold buddha statue and a portrait of the current Dalai Lama and paintings of all the previous Dalai Lama’s.
Lastly, we went to the HPCA Cricket Stadium which is known for two things – it’s spectacular view and the fact that it’s 1,457 m above the sea level. Sadly the day we went, the view was blocked by clouds but nevertheless it was beautiful.

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AGHANJAR MAHADEV TEMPLE

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NORBULINKA MONASTERY

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HPCA STADIUM
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DAY 4

On day four, me and my brother spent the day doing paragliding! And get this guys, I was the person who went the highest in paragliding this season, I even went above the ranges! I can’t even begin to tell you guys how amazing it felt, the view was absolutely breathtaking..
The ranges were right infront of my eyes and everything just seemed so tiny.
My brother, unfortunately wasn’t anywhere near to where I was so he was SO jealous. 😛

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DAY 5

We really didn’t do much on our last day, we visited McLeodganj market in the morning, did some street shopping and head straight for grub when it was lunch time!
If you ever visit Dharamshala, you MUSTTTT visit Morgan’s Cafe in Dharamkot; It’s the most adorable little place with an amazing view and AMAZING food!

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That pretty much sums up the 5 days we spent in Dharamshala. It was super fun!

I hope you guys like my first attempt at a Travel Story.
Until next time. xox

TheRunwayMadame
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