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    Default Re: ROAD-LESS TRAVELED - McLEOD GANJ IN MONSOON

    A wet 15TH AUG at McLeodGanj

    Did we had a good sleep the night before? Hell yeah!! Who wouldn't after such a tough ride. I woke up at 6:45AM in the morning hoping to get a clear sky. I woke up to a rainy morning but the beauty which was laid up in front of me by mother nature was truly fantastic !! Rain Clouds were just kissing the valley & the valley itself seems to have got a fresh lease of life with greenery all around. Only sad part was that it was raining & I couldn't do much of camera monkeying






    We just got out of our hotel to enjoy the rain & have a chai.


    Now, don't laugh but I was just checking my bike since it had been raining continuously & I installed a mobile charger recently.

    Me testing the bike's statistics...


    The only tourists out roaming that time of the morning...










    It was time to have break fast. McLeod Ganj is the place to try out different food options. McLLo is one of the famous restaurant there. It has a very nice interior & even the food was just awesome!







    Crowd slowly started pouring in...


    We ordered veg-pizza



    Pic looks yummy?? It tasted even better. You will wonder whether Dominos & Pizza Hut served real pizzas or what!!






    After lunch, we again went on a walk around the same temple road. Just fooling around, wife checking out jewelry & other stuff. Me busy with trying to learn photography

    A beautiful Buddhist Monastery







    Phoren Maal (It's hidden!)











    This road leads to the temple & surrounding compund. HH Dalai Lama stays within that area.











    Can you spot the bird??













    It was time to go back to the room & get ready for Bhagsu waterfall.

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    Default Re: ROAD-LESS TRAVELED - McLEOD GANJ IN MONSOON

    A very nice travelogue. Interesting indeed. Keep 'em coming..!!
    And a special mention about the different cuisines you tried. Looks mouth watering..
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    Bhagsunag is famous for a temple being built by the army & an amazing waterfall. It's just 2.2 kms from the main temple road but don't be fooled by the short distance. It may take 10 minutes & it may take 30 minutes as approach road is very narrow & BARELY can 2 cars pass each other. We were on bike btw

    We didn't go inside the temple & headed straight for the fall. BTW, since it was 15th Aug, almost half of Punjab got settled in McLeod Ganj

    We were greeted with this...







    There were lots of tourist in this place. Some were drinking publicly too! Pity how we destroy the serene beauty of the mountains by throwing wastes around ourselves. Inspite of several bins being placed, I could still notice wafer, chips, bottle being thrown around











    We humans are nothing compared to other species!!









    WOW can be the only word to describe



























    I just couldn't resist myself & had to order a maggi while I enjoy the surrounding beauty. Having maggi in the hills is one thing which I thoroughly enjoy God bless the hills & maggi







    Even while posting this, I am feeling DAMN hungry & only maggi would put my hunger pang to rest...








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    So it was the evening of 15th Aug. Most of the Chandigarh & Punjab folks came over to McLeod Ganj to have a good time. Saw few DL registered Innova Taxis too. There was a good crowd at the start of the mall road. I missed picking up my "poison" from Delhi. Since it was public holiday, I didn't expected the "Daroo ki dukan" to open up on 15th. But I was surprised to see the Liqour shop open up in the evening!! This would never happen in Delhi but it just happened in McLeod and that too in presence of police!

    Hurriedly purchased a bottle & while on our way back to hotel thought of packing some chicken pakoras. Instead found out mouth watering Tawa Chicken being sold at Rs 100 per 250gm!! Believe me it tasted like AWESOME. I ate there once & promised the Shop Keeper to come back in late in the evening as that would be my dinner too!! Irony is my wife actually pointed out this road-side eating joint to me though she is a veg herself! Thanks wifey dear

    I wanna go back to McLeod now





    There was a power cut for an hour. Enjoyed thoroughly my poison (Old Monk) with the fascinating Tawa Chicken

    View outside when there was the powercut in the town..






    And then the lights came back!






    The camera lens makes me look fatso




    Ahem Ahem...



    This marks the end of a wet 15th Aug.

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    16th Aug

    Our original plan was to spend the 16th in McLeod too. It was our second trip to this place & the previous time we visited Indrunag Temple. It's almost 7 kms away from McLeod. The approach road is quite steep but the view is just unbelievable!!

    Few pics from my earlier trip










    Sadly, this time rain played a good spoilsport. There are few spots which were in our to do or atleast visit list but couldn't. I woke up as usual early to find no rain. It was a beautiful morning. As per the original plan, we would leave the next day, i.e. 17th in the morning so that we can reach Chandigarh Rlw Stn before 6:00 PM as Shipra had to catch her train for the return trip to Delhi. The road condition we faced on our way to McLeod Ganj made it pretty clear that we couldn't have made it in time. So, we decided the last night that we would leave on 16th noon so that we can reach Chd by late evening. 17th we would spend the daytime in-around Chd. Such a shame as 16th was when the skies opened up to a beautiful view but we still decided to leave after visiting the Monastery. BTW, I am a bengali Buddhist

    Some random clicks while my wife was asleep












    Didn't I say it was a beautiful morning??


    DAMN!! We had to leave!










    It's time to have a last good breakfast. We went to Tibetan Mandala Cafe. This & MoonPeak seems to be always have 2-3 foreigner as their customer. They both offer free wi-fi to customers Tibetan Hospitality

    As every minute goes by, weather becomes more awesome! We decided to settle outside of the cafe













    Fabulous Caramel Cafe










    Dunking the Oreo Chocolate cookie in the Coffee? Wanna taste?



    I ordered what was mentioned as Farmer's Breakfast. The result was just fantastic. Too much!!













    yep, I am enjoying a lot
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    A truly beautiful ride and lovely pictures!! So glad that you could share it with your life partner Doubles the joy when shared, and our congrats to her for taking on the rough with the smooth!
    Wish you both many more wonderful rides to come.

    Take Care & Ride Safe
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    Quote Originally Posted by ridermax View Post
    A truly beautiful ride and lovely pictures!! So glad that you could share it with your life partner Doubles the joy when shared, and our congrats to her for taking on the rough with the smooth!
    Wish you both many more wonderful rides to come.

    Take Care & Ride Safe
    Sir... many many thanks. Couples like you inspires us to do such trip. We look forward of you two making a trip in North India.

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    Continuing anyway on 16th Aug...

    Our last place of visit was HH Dalai Lama's temple. Last time I went I dearly missed having a tripod as my humble camera doesn't support low light photography. This time I was well prepared but what came as a shock was that Govt. has banned taking any electronic items inside the template complex after the recent bomb blast at Bodh Gaya temple!! I was highly dejected as I wanted to take some good pics of the temple & inside of it. The temple also offers a magnificent view of the mountains. Nevertheless, visited the temple & then visited the Tibetan Museum where photography was allowed. Some snapshot of it...

    I hope people doesn't recognize Tibetans as Chinese after my pics of the museum who were not aware about the whole incident

































    It was now time to bid farewell to the beautiful mountains & return back to our "exciting" life back in Delhi. It was drizzling very lightly. That day was surprisingly good as compared to the previous days we stayed. Took some other very steep road towards Dharamsala which goes around the Army Cant. I was dearly missing a cam like the go pro. We soon reached Dharamsala in no time. The climb towards McLeod was quite steep & thus took more time comparatively. I got full tank at the Dharamsala BP Petrol pump. Cleaned my bike's chain with diesel & lubed it with OKS chain spray too. We were ready to go. Clicked few pics enroute...







    The day after 15th Aug holiday. What boring stuff


    Last time I skipped the Martyr's Memorial park. This time I couldn't give it a miss & stopped to click few pics & rain gods started showering their choicest blessings thereupon...






    That's no cannon on my bike. That's a BIG umbrella bought from McLeod




    That's a BAD A$$ cannon though



    Wish I could have one parked in front of my house


    And a pvt. jet too








    Were we used to be fearless earlier?? It seems so!




    Rain Coats coming out of the bag & that was again a wise decision as we encountered good rains there onwards.



    There was a point where we HAD to stop after the grueling ride just to freshen up our mind & soul.

    Wife enjoying a good break..






    My P&S cam doesn't do much justice but still you would agree that is some HELL OF A VIEW!!






















    A panorama view from my mobile cam..





    We took another short break after 40 minutes of riding. My camera's battery died and I had to rely on my phone's cam now.












    We were almost around 180 kms from the Chandigarh as per GPS when we took our food break at a road side Dhaba. It was fantastic decision as food & the Chai was absolutely brilliant. Seldom I find these DHABAs to be serving good food but this one was truly good. It was raining quite heavily too. So it gave us a little bit of respite from rain too. Time was 4:00 PM. We left McLeod at 12:30PM



    A panorama view of the Dhaba


    Sadly I just couldn't take more pics due to time boundation & heavy rains. Our journey of the hills ended. I encountered worse roads ever while returning to Chandigarh. I had to negotiate heavy mud, slush, "grand canyon" potholes. Once we hit Punjab, the roads were good but it was quite dark with the NH crossing through some farms & deep vegetation. The oncoming vehicle's high beam light added to the "adventure" element. I was very concerned about my wife & bike. Both managed pretty well. There was the same 2 lane undivided highway where we were JOLTED out of our speed ride. We hit a major pothole which shattered my faith & I had to ride at 40 kph for the entire stretch so that I can avoid further misery to our body & bike. We finally managed to reach Chandigarh Railway stn. after a very tough ride at 11:30 PM & just crashed for the night.

    Next day the plan was to roam around in Chandigarh till the evening as Shipra had to take her return train back to Delhi & I would ride back to Delhi. Stay tuned if you want to get a glimpse of the famous Chandigarh...
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    Brilliant trip log sir, i went nostalgic reading the blog, i had done McLeod the same time last year, but why didn't you venture into dharmkot? There is a motorable road and the view is exhilarating!

    Loved the pics, planning to do McLeod on my bike now!

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    awesome fantastic couple ride.....

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