As the rustle of autumn leaves whispered the start of the winter season, our hearts beat to the rhythm of the mountain calling to capture the best views of the season. Soon we traveled to northern India, to Mcleodganj in Himachal Pradesh, home to the wise and worldly Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama. Mcleodganj is not only a popular tourist destination, but a paradise for those who wish to dive deep into peace and tranquility amidst nature hikes, meditation and yoga centers and Buddhist monasteries.
Our stopover around Mcleodganj was at Bhagsu – a quaint little village in the beautiful Kangra Valley, surrounded by the mighty Dhauladhar range of the Himalayas. Located at an astonishing elevation of 6,900 feet above sea level, the place offers splendid views of the snow-capped mountains. Our three-day stay in the lap of nature was made memorable and comfortable by a new property nearby – Quality Inn Bhagsu Heritage.
The 5,000-square-foot, 32-room property stands out for its lavish display of royal Indian culture and Tibetan heritage. On arrival we were warmly welcomed to the property with a bouquet of flowers and a refreshing guava juice which rejuvenated us after a long and trying journey. The Tibetan art-inspired decor in the form of a Tree Of Life art installation immediately caught our eye for its mystical connection to Buddhism.
We then settled into our deluxe room which was sumptuously equipped with a king-size bed, linens, bedding, smart TV, wardrobes, ethnic furniture and a bathroom rich in features. The highlight of the room was a cozy balcony which gave us a breathtaking view of the verdant Dhauladhar mountains which shone like emeralds basking in the glory of the sun. After a few moments of relaxation, we headed to Tara’s Lounge – a multi-cuisine restaurant that satiated our craving for local and global dishes. From local dish Kangra Kangari Dhaam and Tibetan specialties like Bhaklab to pan-Asian specialties like Hong Kong chicken and a wide range of Indian entrees, we were spoiled for choice and had a healthy lunch.
As the property was nestled in the middle of the mountains, we went to the rooftop Dragon cafe for a panoramic view of the mountains covered in thick foliage of oak, cedar and deodar trees. We were told that the property will soon have a Mandala meeting room, spa, gym, pool, and various luxurious additions.
Evening. we covered the scenic Bhagsu Nag waterfall along a path lined with street cafes and local markets. We found that some of the most attractive destinations were within a 20 minute drive of our stay, such as Naddi View Point, Dhar mshala Tea Gardens, Namgyal Monastery and Gyuto Karmapa Monastery.
On the second day, we woke up to a delicious North Indian breakfast from Chhole Bhature and Poori Bhaaji at the property. We enjoyed our meal looking at the sunny mountains from our balcony. After that, we quickly headed for an adventurous 6 km hike to Gallu Waterfall in Dharamkot. After the strenuous hike, we sat down at the highly recommended House Of Tibet restaurant, located in the bustling market square of Mcleodganj. We stuffed ourselves with specialties like falafel, Peri Peri Fries, Tibetan Chicken Momos and a Pina Colada, all promising in terms of taste.
On day three, our last day, before hitting the road, we enjoyed an English breakfast at the property and headed straight for the cable car from Mcleodganj to Dharamshala. However, fresh snowfall interrupted our plan. Instead, it gave us a visual treat of the snow-capped mountains before saying goodbye to this memorable stay.
Room at Quality Inn Bhagsu Heritage starts at Rs. 4,000.
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