The Beer Café – Biggie : Food Review

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Bira Biraaa !

The Beer Café – Biggie

Address : D2 , D Block, Inner circle,  Connaught Place, New Delhi

Nearest Metro Station : Rajiv Chowk (Gate No. 3)

Cuisines : Finger FoodNorth Indian

Opening Hours : 11 AM to 1 AM

Cost : Rs. 1300 for two.

Cash and Cards accepted.

Contact : 011 4156 4327

Ambiance : This place is more than what the name suggests. Biggie is massive and alluring in terms of ambience. It’s big, it’s calm, the seating is good with myriad options. The rooftop is too cool as you can have the view of the whole Cannaught Place from above and the downstairs is no less.  Exceptionally good party area and serene outdoor seating. The place was considerably less populated and has a good playlist.

Menu : The menu is better and offers a huge range of food and drinks. Their wide collection of beer is perhaps their USP, you name it and they have it. This is what makes this place favorite among beer lovers.

What we had : We ordered beer battered onion rings and a Bira White Pitcher (5 Mugs i.e. 1500ml or 50oz). The onion rings served with mayo were nice. These were soaked in beer before deep frying. They also had a bit of a desi zing to it. Have them when they are served hot as you can’t chew them later. Bira White is a Belgium based premier beer, definitely one of best flavored beer and a good alternate of Hoegarden if budget is the concern. Don’t forget to scan for points on your next visits over the app.

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Beer-battered Onion Rings

Service : Service is prompt. The staff is courteous and responsive; the knowledge of staffs regarding the menu was a plus factor.

Recommendation : Must visit for gulping down gallons of beer. Go have a brewing experience. Cheers!

Ratings : 5/5

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The Road Less Travelled – M. Scott Peck : Book Review

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Let’s start our journey, to the road which is less travelled

Book: The Road Less Travelled

Author: M. Scott Peck

Pages: 300

Price: Rs. 399

Genre: Self Help

Publications: Arrow Books

Plot: The Road Less Travelled is a self help book. It gives one a sound, practical and doable advices on to build a happy life. The book talks about Psychology, Psychotherapy, Love, and Spiritual Growth.

The author of the book, M.Scott Peck was an American Psychiatrist and through his experiences with his clients, plus his personal experiences he shows us a path to the road which leads to spiritual growth and happy life, but is less travelled.

So we’re not giving away too much about the book, I tried my best to give you a brief information about what the book is. So let’s start it.

The book has 4 sections:-

  1. Discipline
  2. Love
  3. Growth and Religion
  4. Grace

We will talk about each and every section, but briefly.

Section 1: Discipline

So the first thing author says is ‘Life is difficult’ and we have to accept this truth. Once we truly understand and accept it, then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters. It is the whole process of meeting and solving problems that life has its meaning.

But instead of accepting it, we moan more or less incessantly, noisily or subtly, about the enormity of our problems, our burdens, and our difficulties, as if life in general should be easy.

There are four tools author describes to solve life’s problems. These tools are:

  1. Delaying of Gratification
  2. Acceptance of responsibility
  3. Dedication of truth
  4. Balancing
  • Delaying Gratification

Delaying gratification is a process of scheduling the pain and pleasure of life in such a way as to enhance the pleasure by meeting and experiencing the pain first and getting it over with.

This tool or process of scheduling is learned by most children quite early in life, sometimes as early as age five. For instance, occasionally a five year old child when playing a game with a companion take a first turn, so that the child might enjoy his or her turn later. But as we grow old, we tend to forget it.

  • Responsibility

We cannot solve life’s problems except by solving them.  For any problem, we have to accept responsibility for a problem before we can solve it. We cannot solve a problem by saying “it’s not my problem.” We cannot solve a problem by hoping that someone else will solve it for us. I can solve a problem only when I say, “This is my problem and it’s up to me to solve it.” But many, so many, seek to avoid the pain of their problems by saying to themselves: “This problem was caused me by other people, or by social circumstances beyond my control, and therefore it is up to other people or society to solve this problem for me. It is not really my personal problem.”

  • Dedication to reality

The third tool of Discipline is dedication to the truth. The more clearly we see the reality of the world, the better equipped we are to deal with the world.

Our view of reality is like a map with which we negotiate the terrain of life. If the map is true and accurate, we will generally know where we are, and if we have decided where we want to go will generally know how to get there.

While this is obvious, most people to a greater or lesser degree choose to ignore. They ignore it because our route to reality is not easy.

First of all, we are not born with maps, we have to make them, and the making requires effort. The more effort we make to appreciate and perceive reality, the larger and more accurate our maps will be. But many do not want to make this effort. Their maps are small and sketchy, their views of the world narrow and misleading. By the end of middle age most people have given up the effort. They feel certain that their maps are complete and correct.

The biggest problem of map making is that we have to continually revise them. The world itself is constantly changing. Glaciers come, glaciers go. Cultures come, cultures go.

What happens when one has striven long and hard to develop a working view of the world, a seemingly useful, workable map, and then is confronted with new information suggesting that the view is wrong and the map needs to be largely redrawn. The painful; effort required seems frightening. Rather than try to change the map, an individual may try to destroy the new reality.

Sadly, such a person may expend much more energy ultimately in defending an outmoded view of the world than would have been required to revise and correct it in the first place.

  • Balancing

Balancing is the fourth tool described by the author. Balancing is the discipline that gives us flexibility. Extraordinary flexibility is required for successful living in all spheres of activity.

Courageous people must continually push themselves to be completely honest, yet must also possess the capacity to withhold the whole truth appropriate. To be free people we must assume total responsibility of ourselves, but in doing so must possess the capacity to reject responsibility that is not truly ours. To be organized and efficient, to live wisely, we must daily delay gratification and keep an eye on the future, yet to live joyously, we must also possess the capacity, when it is not destructive, to live in the present and act spontaneously.

According to the author the essence of this discipline of balancing is ‘giving up’. He explained it with an example, ‘when he was 9 years old, and had just learnt how to ride a bike and was exploring his skills. While riding, he gathered up speed which he found ecstatic, but there came a problem. He noticed a sharp turn, but to up this ecstasy by the application of breaks seemed self-punishment. So he resolved to simultaneous retaining his speed and negotiating the corner, which resulted in badly scratched and bleeding and twisted new bike.’ He had lost his ‘balance’. He was unwilling to give up the ecstatic speed in the interest of maintaining balance.

So the author says that discipline has to be balanced.

Section II: Love

Author defines love as the will to extend one’s self for the purpose of nurturing one’s own or another’s spiritual growth. Love does not happen by chance, it is an act of will- namely both an intention and action. Love is not effortless. To the contrary, love is effortful. Before describing what love is, the author has explored the nature of love by examining what love is not.

So he says falling in love is a misconception. There are two problems with falling in love, one we do not fall in love with our children, parents, our friends. We fall in love only when we are consciously or unconsciously sexually motivated. The second problem is that the experience of falling in love is temporary. The feeling of ecstatic lovingness that characterizes the experience of falling in love always passes. The bloom of romance always fades.

Similarly, he describes other Misconceptions like – myth of romantic love, self-sacrifice, love is not a feeling etc.

So if this is not love, what is love?

The author says that love is self-discipline; love is separateness. The genuine lover always perceives the beloved as someone who has a totally separate identity. Moreover, the genuine lover always respects and even encourages this separateness and the unique individuality of the beloved.

According to author love is not a dependency, in love, when one says that he/she cannot live without another, then it’s not love, this is parasitic relationship. In love two people can live without each other, but chooses to live with each other.

When we genuinely love we are extending ourselves, when we are extending our self we are growing. The more we love, the larger we become. Genuine love is Self – replenishing and selfish.

Section III: Growth and Religion

In the third section author says that everyone has a religion. We tend to think that religion must include a belief in God or some ritualistic practice, but according to the author this is not true. For author our religion is our worldview. The Author says that we accept everything, even religion without questioning, it’s like everything is second hand. He says

‘One of our problems is that very few of us have developed any distinctive personal life. Everything about us seems secondhand, even our emotions.’

For mental health and spiritual Growth we must develop our own personal religion and not rely on that of our parents. We have to examine, distrust, experience, and discipline to have our own worldview.

Section IV: Grace

In section IV, author talks about unconsciousness. He says that our unconscious is much more intelligent than our consciousness.

He says that grace is a miracle with which everyone is blessed, but only a few of us actually notice and take advantage of it. It’s a serendipitous, a gift.

He explains the characteristics of grace, few of them are: it serves to nurture and its action is either incompletely understandable or totally obscure. Occurrence is frequent. Its origin is outside of human consciousness.

He says that it’s a miracle and path to this miracle is opposite to our natural tendency. It takes effort to walk on this path of miracle. It takes continuous courage to walk on this path and that is why it is very less travelled.

My views: Anyone who has basic knowledge of Psychology should read it. Anyone who doesn’t have basic knowledge of psychology should read it too. This is a book, which one does not read to pass the time. At times it is difficult to comprehend what the author wants to say. There will be times when you may feel like not reading it, but keep going, read this book. It will give you wisdom to understand life better.

The Author has made this book really interesting, one who does not know psychology can also understand easily, as the author has used very simple language, has given plenty of examples from his real life and his experiences of psychotherapy with clients. It is not any kind of ‘spiritual book’ which one may misunderstand, it is very practical. Everything author says can be applied in our lives, but yes, applying it needs effort.

I love this book and am very thankful to my teacher who recommended this book to me. And now, I recommend this book to each and every person who is willing to take efforts to make his/her life better.

And now I will end this looong post with a quote from the book

“.Love is everywhere, I see it.

You are all that you can be, go on and be it.

Life is perfect, I believe it.

Come and play the game with me.”

Recommendations: Go read it.

Ratings: 5/5

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Jamali Kamali’s Mosque: Mehrauli Archeological Park

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Jamali Kamali’s Mosque & Tomb

Address:  Mehrauli Archeological Park, New Delhi.

Nearest Metro Station: Qutub Minar

How to Reach: Take auto-rikshaw from Qutub Minar Metro Station

Timings: 6 AM – 6 PM

Opens: All week days

Cost:  Entry Free

Photography: Allowed

What’s inside?

As you take a leisurely walk in the sandstone tracks of the Mehrauli Archeological Park in Delhi, less than half a Kilometer from the renowned Qutub Minar, you’ll find yourself in the premises of the abandoned forgotten mosque. You would’ve reached the Jamali Kamali’s Mosque. This architectural structure comprises of two monuments. One being the mosque and the other being the tomb of two people who go by the name Jamali and Kamali.

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The mosque brings to life the grand Mughal architecture style with high ceilings and intricate designs. Built in 1528-29, it is claimed to be a forerunner in the designs of Mughal mosque architecture in India. Notably, the Mughal style jharokha system that was missing from earlier monuments.

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Jamali which means beauty and positivity is the alias of the Sufi saint Shaikh Hamid bin Fazlullah, who was also known as Shaikh Jamal-uddin Kamboh Dehlwi, Shaikh Jamali Kamboh, or Jalal Khan. The poor saint had a prodigious life. His poetry landed him a place in the courts of Sikandar Lodhi. He lived through the famous battle of Panipat, 1526. Had a place in Babar’s court and died during the lifetime of Humayun. It is said that it was Humayun himself who had the tomb built after Jamali’s death in 1535. It took a whole year to make the mosque, from 1528-1529, during the reign of Humayun.

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Jamali Kamali’s Tomb on the other side of the door.

Who Kamali was? Remains a tantalizing mystery.

Some say he was a disciple, brother or servant of Jamali. American author, Karen Chase, in her book Jamali-Kamali: A tale of passion in Mughal India, mentions that they were both homosexual partners. A few others believe that Kamali was the beloved wife of Jamali.

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The place also attracts some adventurous ghost busters as there have been tales of inexplicable phenomena including Iri sounds and sighting of perishes.

There is no entry fee here, and one can see kids playing and elderly people taking a walk in the park surrounding the monuments. Approachable from all parts of Delhi. This place is a haunted one and not at all safe after the evening.

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So, all you history buffs and those looking for a new muse. Jamali-Kamali is the place to visit.

Take a closer view at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ny239RYa7kE

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Spotlight Bistro and Bar – Food Review

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Spotlight Bistro and Bar

Address : 2/19, Ground Floor, BK Dutt Market, Rajouri Garden, New Delhi

Nearest Metro Station : Rajouri Garden

Cuisines : North IndianItalianContinentalChinese

Opening Hours : 12 Noon to 12 Midnight

Cost : Rs. 1300 for two.

Cash and Cards accepted.

Contact : 011 45667364

Ambiance : Spotlight is the new entrant on the block. Restaurant is established June, 2016.  A mid range quaint gastro-bar with comfortable sitting can accommodate upto 48 people. Decorated with dim bulbs painted walls and a small bar. Interiors are rustic and industrial with neon lights giving you an old school feeling. As soon as you enter the cafe, the wall saying “Smile, you are famous” is definitely going to catch your eye.

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Menu : Menu contains a lot of options. Also serves non-veg and has a variety of drinks available.

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What we had : From their drinks menu, we had the Virjin Mojito and Bloody-Mary Mojito worth INR 175 each, which were perfectly balanced and served chilled, just perfect for the season! From the food menu, we had Mykanose Greek Salad worth INR 175 which killed our expectations from the place. It was really bad. Though we got a complimentary dish with the order which was again a mistake; but this place can’t be forgiven for its culinary misfires.

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Service : The staff here is well trained and hence, the service is impressive.

Recommendation : Beware if you are going to visit this place for salads.

Ratings : 2.5/5

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The Diary Of A Young Girl by Anne Frank : Book Review

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Book: The Diary Of A Young Girl

Author: Anne Frank

Pages: 427

Price: Rs. 350

Publications: Penguin Books India

Plot: Anne Frank was a young thirteen year old girl, who lived during the time period of second world war. She was born in Frankfurt, and her family moved to Amsterdam when she was four years  old.

On her thirteenth birthday, she got a diary from her parents as a birthday gift, and since then she started to confide in her diary, whom she named Kitty.

She wrote  this diary for over two years. In the beginning she wrote about her school life, her normal and usual teenage girl’s life. Describing her friends, her crush in school. Her favorite subjects and many other little things.

But in the time of war how can there be a life so unsurprising  and normal?

Her sister Margot got a call up orders of the German Army. Anne’s family was frightened, but they had already anticipated the situation coming, so her father, Otto Frank has already prepared a place to hide, which Anne called The Secret Annexe.  In this Annexe they had food and all those things which they would need during hiding. They moved there with one more family, Vaan Daans, and Mr. Dussel a dentist. Of course they were helped by some friends outside who will bring everything which they would need from time to time.

Here in this annexe she wrote her diary entries. She wrote about how she felt left out in the house, how she often face nagging  from Vaan Daans and Mr. Dussel. She also wrote about her relationship with her mother, with whom she did not feel any emotional attachment. She adored her father, but never confided in him. In between she developed good friendship with Peter Van Daan, the  teenage son of Mr. and Mrs. Van Daan. Though her father was first reluctant about her friendship with him, but eventually he got used to it.

But book is not only about this. In these two years, Anne gained maturity in her thoughts, she had questions about the war, about the condition which has occurred due to it, she questioned who made Jews different from others.

The young girl had dreams, dream to become a writer, dream to be not a regular home centered women, but a career oriented one.There were days when she was frustrated and just wanted to go outside, wanted to be unshackled, without giving any thought to consequences, she just wanted to be free.

Everyone in the house was optimistic about the war, they had hoped that it will end soon and they will live a normal peaceful life. During the end of the book, she was happy that the day will come soon when she will go outside and witness the beautiful nature.

The diary ended abruptly on August 1, 1944, the last entry of Anne’s diary.

I expected another diary entry, but there were none to read.

What happened to her, why the diary ended so abruptly? Did she get this opportunity to go out, to be a free bird?

What happened to her and her family after this was heartbreaking. Otto Frank was the only survivor, he got Anne’s diary from Miep, one of their helpers. And he decided to fulfill his daughter’s dream. He edited the diary and got it published.

Oh yes, she is a writer, but sadly she was not there to witness her dream come true.

My views: A classic, acclaimed by many, this book is one of the must read. The book depicts the situation of world war II, not having any political view, no facts, but a book written by an ordinary girl. There are sufferings, fear of death, hunger all that which ordinary people faced during that time.

The thought that she had dreams, which she did not even got a chance to make true, made me feel extremely bad about all those people living in that period of time.

I found it really astounding  and shocking that how a young girl made a comment, where she said that war is not just political. We all are responsible for it. Somewhere we human has this tendency to hurt others. I find this book a thought provoking. In the end, I would say  would say that Anne Frank was an ordinary teenage girl, but yet so extraordinary with her thoughts.

Recommendations: I would recommend  this book to all those who wants to jump in the history of world war II. To all those who not only want to learn about facts but want to know about ordinary people who faced it.

I believe that this is a book one should definitely read once.

Ratings: 4/5

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Bikkgane Biryani by Biryani Paradise : Food Review

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Biryani Paradise at CP

BIKKGANE BIRYANI by BIRYANI PARADISE

Address : P-2/90, Opposite PVR Rivoli, Connaught Place, New Delhi

Nearest Metro Station : Rajiv Chowk

Cuisines : BiryaniNorth IndianHyderabadi

Opening Hours :  12 Noon to 11 PM

Cost : ₹800 for two people (approx.)

Cash and Cards accepted.

Contact : +91 8468005769
011 41516628

Ambiance : We strolled in on a random Monday evening for satisfying our Biryani cravings. We were seated immediately and they didn’t appear to be too busy. Newly opened hyderabadi biryani joint in CP has drawn comparisons with Biryani Blues; another restaurant with same concept and almost similar menu. Usually full on weekends, you might have to wait for sometime but the food here is worth waiting for.

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Ambiance at Biryani Paradise

Menu : Their menu includes Authentic biryani. The varieties of Biryani they provide live up to the expectations. Do try the dessert Double ka Meetha which is their speciality. The double ka meetha, was way better than what they serve at Biryani Blues. It was not hot, not mushy at all and just the right amount of sweet. We tried a variety of items and everything was delicious. It’s a perfect combo of taste, quantity and pricing.

What we had : We could not stop hogging the freshly cooked Veg. Biryani. The taste of mixed vegetables which was drained by the rice alongside the authentic spices was great. The food is cooked to perfection and the flavors are too good. Believe us, you will revel while having it..ummh.. Excellent !! Original taste of Hyderabadi Biriyani. Yummy delectable food and the way they serve you is just too good, all there is left to do is devour the food. This is the closest Hyderabadi Biryani you will find in far North. Worth coming here.

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Biryani at Biryani Paradise

Service : Hospitality is good. The staff was extremely dutiful and attentive. The food came out pretty quick.

Recommendation : With reasonable prices and appetizing food this place gets a good rating. A must try place for all Biriyani Lovers!!

Ratings : 3.5/5

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Mc Leod Ganj – The best travel guide

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Mc Leod Ganj – Little Lhasa

State: Himachal Pradesh

District: Kangra

Elevation: 2,082 m (6831 ft)

PIN: 176219

Telephone code: 01892

How to reach:

By Air – The nearest airport is Gaggal Airport, 15 km from Dharamshala.

By Rail – The nearest railway stations on the narrow-gauge Kangra Valley Railway line are at Kangra and Nagrota (about 20 km south of Dharamshala). The nearest railhead (broad gauge) is at Pathankot (85 km).

By Road – There are many buses from Delhi to McLeod Ganj every day, or take a taxi. Most of the buses leave from Majnu ka Tilla, the Tibetan camp, and many other points in Delhi. Delhi – McLeod Ganj bus ticket costs 650 Rs or Rs 1,200 approximately for Volvo A/C bus.

Best time to visit: The best time to visit Mcleodganj is during the months of September to June. It is better to avoid July and August due to the heavy rainfall Mcleodganj receives.The monsoon (late June to early September) is particularly wet here, and warm clothes are needed between November and March. Winters (October to February) are chilly and snowfall is common in December and January. Many shops and businesses close on Monday.

Where to eat: There are numerous restaurants in Mcleod Ganj offering Indian as well as international cuisines on Jogiwara Road serving Tibetan snacks like momos, thupkas and tingmo. You will mainly find Momos, Maggie and omelette in all the stalls on the trek. For Chinese, Continental and Indian cuisines, bars and cafés visit Jogiwara Road (Main Square). Restaurants are generally open from 8 am to 10 pm. But in off-season (i.e. September to November) all the restaurants and food cafes get closed around 8.

Where to stay: There are numerous options of accommodations available. We landed at the Pink House hotel, Opposite Yongling School, Jogiwara Road.

Pink House 

It’s an amazing hotel if you are prepared to walk down & climb up the stairs. Creatively done interiors and the superior room offers amazing views of the hills as each room comes with a balcony. Wall art right from the entrance up to the reception is a treat to the eyes. Cooperative staff, amazing view from the rooms & good food is all you need, and you surely get that. They take care of your entire needs. The roof top cafe filled with books and games, offers good food. They also provide tour packages. This hotel offers everything you’d want on a trip.

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Places to visit:

Tsug la Khang: Dalai Lama’s Temple

The temple is located a short walk down the hill from the main square at the centre of town. Cameras and phones must be left at a counter before the temple entrance.

Tsug la Khang, The Dalai Lama’s temple, is the life-blood of the village. Tsuglagkhang is the place where the Dalai Lama resides. The Dalai Lama’s residence and administrative offices are adjacent to the monastery. It houses the Namgyal Monastery and shrine rooms.The largest shrine contains a huge gilded statue of the Buddha, along with two smaller statues of Chenresig and Guru Rinpoche. The central image is a gilded statue of the Sakyamuni Buddha (the name refers to the Buddha’s birthplace Sakya).  Parts of these statues were brought at great sacrifice from Tibet.

The temple is always busy. Services are held daily and are attended by lamas, monks and nuns . In the shrine, you might come across a group of monks building an intricate sand mandala, and outside in the courtyard on Thursdays, monks debate Buddhist philosophy. Around the temple hill there is a long meditation trail — LingKhor — with small shrines, stupas, and a massive chorten. The shrines near the chorten are always covered in thousands of prayer flags placed by devotees.

If you are lucky, you might get to meet the Dalai Lama.

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Prayer Wheels

Triund Hill

Yahi wo pahadi hai jisne hamari faadi thi ” 😉

Triund is a 9,000-foot ridge behind the Dhauladhar range, and is the goal of a popular nine-kilometre trek for a day or overnight stay. Food is available at tea shops on the way and at the top. But it is always safer to carry one’s own food and drink, just in case you reach there to find the tea shops closed. There is a Forest Rest House atop the ridge, which can be booked through Himachal Tourist Office in Kotwali Bazaar. The trail begins from Tushita Road above the main square.

The starting point of triund trek is Galu, however there are many options  to reach galu. Either you can hire a taxi from Mcleod Ganj till galu or you can start the trek right from Mcleod Ganj . Trek can also be started from Bhagsu Nag. From galu there is an unambiguous byway which goes through a beautiful forest of oak, deodar and rhododendron.

Difficulty Level: High (Overheard people saying – Daru ki jagah protein lana chahiye tha” 😉)

A trek to Triund is NOT short and simple. It can be done from either McLeodganj or Dharamkot, which is 2km ahead of McLeodganj. The first half of the trek is a gradually inclined walk with the last 2km from Snowline Café which involves a vertical climb all the way till Triund. The evening sky from Triund is a sight in itself and is a good excuse for camping here at night. Triund offers scintillating views of the Dhauladhar range. Travelling and transport in the hilly region is quite difficult. Mules are still used as means of as transport. Dont forget to wear proper gripping shoes and carry enough water.

Triund is comfortable for most part of the year except for when the byway to triund is cut off by heavy snowfall in the months of January and February. The best time for trekking is from March till May in first part of the year and September till December in the second half of the year. Though it is rainy in June and July but still trekking is possible, the meadow is lush green presenting out of this world vista.

Shorter way to Triund
Shorter way to Triund
Tushita Meditation Centre
Tushita Meditation Centre
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Galu Devi Temple
Magic View Point
Magic View Point

You need to book your travel guide, camp and overnight stay at Triund. We had our Triund travel guide from Babu Ko-Adventures. It can cost you around INR 1800 per person. (Inclusive of cooked food at uphill)

Things to carry on trek:

  • Day sack to carry water bottle, packed lunch
  • Personal clothing: T-shirts, loose trousers, woolens
  • Rain coat in case of rain
  • Sports shoes
  • Flip-flops
  • Sun protection: sun screen, sun glasses, cap
  • Small torch
  • Personal medicines
  • Paper soap
  • Power bank
  • Camera
  • Should not carry all the luggage to Triund
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Triund Hikes
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Temple at Triund
Temple at Triund
Temple at Triund
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Camping under the northern lights

St. John in the Wilderness

The church is about 2 km from McLeod Ganj, towards Forsythe Ganj. This brooding Gothic church (dating from 1852) is one of the few remaining traces of McLeod’s days as a British hill station. It’s open on Sunday mornings for a weekly 10am service. The cemetery contains the graves of many victims of the 1905 earthquake, as well as the rocket-like tomb of the Earl of Elgin, the second Viceroy of India.

This small, neo-Gothic style Anglican Church, dedicated to John the Baptist, was built in 1852. The church is known for its Belgian stained-glass windows painted by an Italian artist. In the 1905 earthquake, the belfry of the church was completely destroyed. However, the rest of the building escaped damage. A new bell, weighing 600 kg and made of 9 different metals, was built in England in 1915 and installed outside in the compound of the church. The church witnessed a special event in 1992 when visitors from 39 countries participated in a service there.

The church is situated in a deodar grove, and there is a small graveyard on the grounds. Behind the church is the final resting place of Lord Elgin, who was Governor- General & Viceroy of India in 1861 during the British Raj, and died in McLeod Ganj on 20 November 1863.

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St. John’s Church
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St. John’s Church
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St. John’s Church
Bell at St. John's Church
Bell at St. John’s Church
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History of St. John’s Church

Bhagsunath Temple

Bhagsunath Temple is in Bhagsu village, three km from McLeod Ganj. It’s a tranquil medieval temple, with plentiful pools around, considered sacred by Hindu devotees. It is a significant place of worship and spirituality and at the same time, one of the most popular and visited spots in the area. The pools around this temple are believed to be sacred and contain miraculous powers of healing. The temple was built by King Bhagsu and is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Bhagsunag Temple
Bhagsunag Temple
Story of Bhagsunag Temple
Story of Bhagsunag Temple
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Waterpool at Bhagsunag Temple
Gorkha Rifles at Bhagsunag Temple
Gorkha Rifles at Bhagsunag Temple

No Name Cafe

Find it on your way to Bhagsunag Waterfall. Serves brilliant tea, Maggie, and Momos with lip smacking sauce. Would have stolen some from their store.

No Name Cafe
No Name Cafe
No Name Cafe
No Name Cafe
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Momos at No Name Cafe

Bhagsu Waterfall

The waterfall is about 500 metres behind Bhagsunath Temple. Set amidst lush greenery and dreamy sceneries in a pristine atmosphere, these falls have much grandeur and breathtaking beauty. While in McLeod Ganj, they should not be missed. Trekking is also an enjoyable option here. There are also a few cafes near this region where tourists can find light refreshments. During monsoon the Bhagsu Waterfall turns into a 30-foot cascade. It is a good spot for picnics and recreation.

Highlight: yahan par hukkah bhi milta hai

Bhagsunag Waterfall
Bhagsunag Waterfall
Bhagsunag Waterfall
Bhagsunag Waterfall
Rainbow at Bhagsunag Waterfall
Rainbow at Bhagsunag Waterfall

Shiva café

If you climb your way up from Bhagsu Nath Falls, you will stumble across a beautiful bucolic cafe hidden in the mountains. The cafe, made with stones, looks like a beautiful mountain hut. The ambiance is sheer hippie with gypsy inspired motifs all around and needless to say, speaks of Lord Shiva to its core. This cafe is above the waterfall. It’s not the cafe which is beside the waterfall. Reaching here is a task; you probably need to hike another few minutes to reach there. The outside seating is absolutely serene and breathtaking.

The food was not so good; nothing unusual, special or exciting. Food served was incompetent and flavorless dishes. The quantity on each dish was unpleasantly moderate. So great are its culinary misfires.”It’s not every restaurant that gives you something to think about on your way home”.

Shiva Cafe
Shiva Cafe
Shiva Cafe
Shiva Cafe
Shiva Cafe
Shiva Cafe
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Shiva Cafe
Shiva Cafe
Shiva Cafe
View at Shiva Cafe
View at Shiva Cafe

Main Square: City shopping

The Jogiwara Road or the Main Square is where you can get a lot of options available to shop. Shops are stacked with various kinds of souvenirs including the famous Tibetan carpets. Many traditional Tibetan artefacts can be found in Dharamsala such as jewellery and trinkets, woollen shawls, prayer flags, prayer wheels, Tangkha and Mandala paintings or musical instruments like the Tibetan Singing Bowl. It is also famous for the Buddhist handicrafts, garments and Thangkas. You can just enjoy Virtual cinema in this market and visit the bookshops, cafés and museums. Shops remain open from 8:30 am to 8 pm. For authentic hand-woven Tibetan carpets, go to Tibetan Handicrafts Cooperative Center on Jogiwara Road.  Bargaining is acceptable in most of the shops here.

City Shopping Market, Jogiwara Road
City Shopping Market, Jogiwara Road
City Shopping Market, Jogiwara Road
City Shopping Market, Jogiwara Road
Save the Nature
Save the Nature

Add these to itinerary if you plan to meet the blue skies and snow-clad Himalayan mountains.

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The Ultimate Roadtrip Playlist

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Hit the r0ad with the ultimate roadtrip playlist of amazing songs best for a road trip ! 🚗💨🔊🎶

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To Kill A Mockingbird: Book Review

To Kill A Mockingbird
To Kill A Mockingbird

Book: To Kill A Mockingbird

Author: Harper Lee

Price: Rs. 250

Pages: 309

Publications: Arrow Books

Plot: Set in 1930s, in Maycomb a small town where every family knows other family. In this town  lives a family, Atticus, a lawyer, a widower with his two children Jem (his son) and Scout (his daughter)  whom he raise with the help of a black caretaker Calpurnia.

The book outlines the time duration of 3 years and in these 3 years, though Maycomb does not face any big changes but Atticus’s family does. In the last year, narrated in the book, Jem and Scout found that their father is defending a Black man who is accused of raping and beating a young White woman.

Young children faced many troubles  in the course of this case, but there was one thing which kept them going, their faith in their father.

But is Atticus being virtuous by defending a Black man? Is Tom (Black man) is really innocent? If yes, would he be able to prove that he is  unblemished?

Well, I am not going to spill the beans 😉 . You have to read it to find it out.

My Views: The best part about the book?

The fact that it is narrated by Scout, yes the youngest of the family. These young eyes describing her life in school, her neighbors, expounding how being a Tom boy has become a headache  for women in her extended family. Acquiring  maturity in three years, she and her brother Jem witness an incident of racial discrimination in their town. Their young minds questioning this reality and trying to make sense of it.

Scout’s curiosity, her innocence brings fun to the book. I laughed at reading her innocent yet sarcastic exposition  in the book.

The book has raised the issue of racial discrimination. Set in 1930 this book brings to us not only the reality of that time, but reality of present time too. Where we still discriminate people on the basis of color, caste, class or be it gender. A bitter truth of society brought in this book through the young eyes of Scout.

I loved the novel, hoisting a sober  issue, but yet fun to read .

Recommendations: I will suggest this book to every  novel reader. Definitely a book worth reading.

Ratings: 5/5

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