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Trip To McLeodGanj – Day 3

The night we reached McLeodGanj, I had sampled some of the steamed Momos and Tomato Soup from one of the roadside stands. McLeodGanj is full of these stands, and the stuff that they serve is fantastic! We had dinner at McLLos. Great Mutton Chow-Chow, in case you are interested!

On the morning of the 19th, while walking into town for breakfast, I ate some fried momos – vegetarian – being served by a Tibetan lady. The dipping sauce, and she warned me, was spicy. I am reasonably well equipped to handling spicy stuff but this made me jump. Crap!

From there to MoonPeak Cafe for some fantastic omelette. The cappuccino was not that great. Anyway, I have to say, it was cool, to sit there outside, watching the old Tibetan ladies set up their stalls. The trinkets they sell have not really changed that much over the years.This is charming enough if are not from India, but if you have seen them before, then you have seen them before. Yet, they are nice.

We moved on to the Temple dedicated to Ma Gopu, a Goddess I had never heard of before. The snow was on the ground, and the air was fresh and crisp. I walked down to the town. There is a nice trekking area here actually, called Triund. Sadly, I could not do the trek. Always a problem in these short trips. Yet, I liked the walk down. Nice, wooded path. Brought back old memories.

Lunch was great. Yummy chicken Thupka. Try it!

Post lunch, to the Bhagsu Temple and the Bhagsu Falls. The Bhagsu Temple, which I did not photograph, is an old Shiva Temple. This is something that the old Gurkha Regiments revered, and the temple is a very good place to visit historically, if not photographically. I walked down to the Falls, which are about 1 km behind the temple, and did not make it to the Falls, since I chose to walk down to the river bed. Somehow, and I don't understand why, we humans love to litter, and the river bed was full of crap!

And then, we drove up to Nadi, past Nadi Village, to see the sun going down on the Dauladhar Range. Some magic there, I have to say….


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I have been in the corporate world all my life, and have decided to take a sabbatical from this world. I am now a budding entrepreneur in my old age. This is wonderful because, apart from giving me the freedom to paint my own canvas, and to choose the canvas, it also gives me the time to do some of the things that I really like to do. These are, to travel, to photograph and to write. I still use a Nikon D 200. I started with B&W film, and this is something that I still love. The things that I am really grateful to the corporate world are, that I got the chance to travel the world, and meet lots of very interesting people. I have, over the years, become very interested in history, physics, culture,conservation, the environment and street food! I love landscapes, street photography, people, macro photography, geometrical shapes



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