HONY (Humans of New York) was recently at Dharamsala. I have given him the title of ‘The President of the World’ and some of his pictures really touch my heart. I saw a picture of a man online who has a doctorate in Buddhist philosophy. He is on his mission to teach people about the religion and learn compassion. I went there to experience the serenity that it provides.
Though I don’t remember much of the trip, I do remember going to the monastery, watching the monks leading a very simple and humble life. I also recall walking through the streets bargaining to buy a Buddha statue and siting in one of the countless little cafes they have. I even remember trekking up to the most famous and well-known ‘Shiva Cafe’ and eating their chocolate pancakes.
But people do not go there just for the pancakes, they go to see the bohemian art work on rocks. They go there to lie on one of many bug infested mattress, next to the waterfall and simply stare at the stars.
The most enjoyable memory of this trip was the 16 km trek up to the Triund point. The images are still so vivid in my mind and I remember feeling a sense of awe with every step that I took. Most of the route was hardly 2 feet wide with a major valley on one side. Because of the altitude, all you could see was just the fog and being unable to judge the depth of the fall which made taking the next step even more exciting. We met a lot of people during our breaks at the numerous chai shops perched precariously on the hill. Some of them were volunteers cleaning up the trek route while one guy had brought his wife to his idea of a honeymoon.
As I go through the pictures for this post, I really feel the urge to go back there again! After all it is only 6 hours from where I stay! Himachal really does have some wonderful picturesque places. Most of these places are filled with foreigners who recognize and understand such beauty which unfortunately exposes the ignorance of us Indians for failing to see the beauty in our backyard.
I went there as a tourist but returned back wanting to be one of them.
I thank HONY for inspiring me with this first pictures and Neeta, my good friend, for clicking such amazing pictures during our trip. A visit to the mountains is inspirational enough to plan a trip to Ladakh next. Take a look at the various Ladakh tour packages here!
*Chasingsunsets team is happy to help you to plan your trip to the places we have been to. We know the funkiest and coolest places around to make you happy.