A visit to a Hill Station is an exciting experience. It gives a chance to spend quality time in the lap of Nature. In Northern India, there are many hill stations like Manali, Chamba, Darjeeling , Shimla, Mcleodganj etc. I, Nick Tsagaris had a great desire to visit Mcleodganj since childhood. So, I with my friends, planned a trip to Mcleodganj . We flew down to Delhi and took the early morning Shatabdi express to Pathankot. It was around 11 am by the time we reached Mcleodganj from Pathankot Railway Station.
The Hotel Moonwalk Residency was perched on a higher altitude and the narrow road that leads up to the hotel was scary. After getting fresh, we took some rest, had delicious lunch and then set off for the evening local sightseeing. The road adjacent to the hotel where we were residing leads to the local markets famously known by the name of Kotwali Bazaar, Jogiwara Road, & Mcleodganj Central Square. We bought Tibetan carpets, rugs, exotic sculptures and have done souvenir shopping to give gifts to friends and family back at Australia.
Then we moved to a Dal Lake of Mcleodganj that offers boating options to tourists. It opens from 7 am to 8 pm. The serene and green setting of the lake makes boating in Dal Lake one of the best fun things to do in Mcleodganj. It was 9 pm now and we were hungry. We started looking for an eating joint and suddenly we were amazed to find a McDonald’s restaurant in the local market. Because I love McDonald’s food, I was considering myself lucky.
We had dinner at a restaurant and then we moved to the hotel. The next day we got a chance to visit Lhamo’s and Sangey’s kitchen. They offer cooking sessions of authentic Tibetan cuisine to travellers. We learnt to make different types of momos, noodles and soups. We also enjoyed cultural shows at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts.
Mcleodganj attracts a number of tourists from all around the world due to its natural beauty. With unforgettable memories we came back to Australia. The visit is still fresh in my mind and I would like to visit it once again.