I and my friends took a road trip to this beautiful town of Dharamshala. It was the end of January and the weather was freezing cold. We reached at around 9 PM in the night. Having booked a hotel already in the suburbs of Dharamshala, we directly headed to the hotel. Since my friends booked the hotel, I was completely unaware of where and whats of the accommodation. The hotel was located in the topmost region called ‘Naddi’. As we reached ‘Naddi’, we were shivering in cold & the temperature was -2 Degree Celsius which was way too cold for a person from Southern India.
Our jaws were shivering and hands frozen like ice. We rushed to the hotel to get some heat. We checked in at the hotel and were allotted rooms. As we approached our rooms, we saw humongous mountains in the background just like seeing Himalayas up in front of you. Truthfully, I was terrified of the size at first. Then, I looked up at the sky in awe. An infinite number of stars were visible as if I’m seeing the milky way. Awe! This is what a lack of pollution and altitude would do to the sky. The sky was painted with stars. Couldn’t stand the temperature, we went to our heated rooms and tucked cozily in the blankets.
The next morning, I woke up and opened my window to this beautiful snow-capped mountain range called ’Dhauladhar’. The same mountains that I was terrified of in the night, were so beautiful in the morning. Green trees at the bottom, snow on the top just looked like icing on the cake. Sunbeams on the mountains turned the snow-capped mountain into shining silver. Snow on the mountains started evaporating into thin mist just like the steam from a hot cup of tea. I went outside and took in all the fresh air, felt the hot sun, enjoyed the mountain view with birds chirping on the side.
Oh, What a perfect way to start the day!
I went to the room, brewed my cup of hot tea, sat on the sofa next to the window overlooking the mountains, and then grabbed a novel and spent my perfect morning.
The beauty of this place is that the scenic views of Dhauladhar mountains are offered throughout the town but at ‘Naddi’ in the best. I can only be short of words to explain the beauty of Dharamshala! Dharamshala is home of Dalai Lama, and land of monasteries, Tibetan cafes & momos & sceneries. One can only witness the beauty with their own eyes.
I have so many strong memories of Dharamshala. While I write more, you sip on your hot cups of tea and keep waiting for more!
If you are interested in music, try listening to ‘Namo Namo Shankara’ from the Bollywood movie ’Kedarnath’. This song always reminds me of Dharamshala & Lord Shiva.
P.S: It’s my new habit to attach a song to a place. Every time I listen to that song, I can transcend back to the place. Do you have any such songs? If so, let me know!