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Where do people in the Northern part of India head out to for a vacation? Well, its the usual Manali, Shimla, Dalhousie, Nainital, Dehradun or Dharamsala? Therefore, they are now a hotbed for tourists from all over the world. Plenty of luxury resorts, cafes serving exotic food and adventure companies have mushroomed in every nook and corner. But these are the things that make us stay away from such destinations. However, during our Himalayan road trip, we decided to visit Dharamsala and there began our hunt for a hotel in Dharamsala.
Finding a Hotel in Dharamsala!
Vidur had childhood memories of visiting Dharamsala and was looking forward to revisiting them during our trip to Himachal. It had been 15 years since his last visit here with his parents, therefore we decided to make a quick stop for a couple of days. Staying in Dharamsala was not an option because the destination has become so popular that it is dotted with long traffic jams, crowded streets, and incessant honking. We were looking for a hotel in Dharamsala, a little outside the city though not too far from it and stumbled upon Blossoms Village Resort, located just 8 kilometers away.
The home of Buddhism in India, “Dharamsala” means “a spiritual dwelling” and in Hindi, it means a rest house for travelers. Dharamsala gained prominence in 1959, Dalai Lama settled here after escaping from the Chinese government. Over the years, the tiny town has evolved into a major city in Himachal Pradesh. It is an important tourist hub and is a very popular hang-out for foreigners, backpackers, and tourists from all over the county. The most prominent tourist attraction in Dharamsala is the Tsuglakhang Temple or the Dalai Lama Temple and is visited by millions of people every year.
Blossoms Village Resort is nestled at the base of the Dhauladhar Ranges. You can witness gorgeous sunsets setting the backdrop for paragliders on their way down to their landing site! This property is a premium hotel surrounded by mesmerizing views, peaceful locale, and manicured gardens. You should try it out because it is an ideal place for you to avoid the Dharamsala crowd!
It was a bright and sunny day as we drove our car through small, winding roads and reached the resort, overlooking the Dhauladhars and next to some paddy fields. The staff greeted us with a smile, completed our check-in formalities and escorted us to our room on the 3rd floor.
The room was quite plush and the best part was the view of the mountain ranges right outside our sit out! Tired from the drive, we decided to spend the day in the room. We couldn’t resist trying the Mutton Rogan Josh, hot flavored rice, and perfectly made rotis!
Traffic in McLeodganj!
The next day we decided to drive into Mcleodganj. Sadly, we got stuck in a traffic jam lasting an hour, at the entrance of the market. Because of the commercialization and unchecked development of the place, we decided to find something quieter. So we headed to Norbulingka Institute instead since it is located 3 kilometers from the resort.
The Norbulingka Tibetan Institute is dedicated to preserving Tibetan art and culture. It’s known for producing museum-quality artwork that has been passed down from generations spanning many centuries. Apart from the temple and a museum, the institute is also home to The Hummingbird Cafe. You should visit this because it serves vegetarian international cuisine, beverages, and dessert. It’s quite a popular joint for the young crowd because it is located in a very calm and peaceful locale, with fluttering prayer flags all around!
Heading back to the resort, we made our way to the rooftop cafe as we had heard a lot about their milkshakes. The view from the top is absolutely mesmerizing as you can witness serene sunsets, sipping on cold coffees and just relaxing with a cool breeze blowing by.
It’s a great way for you to unwind and spend quality time with your family in a place that provides privacy, relaxation and top notch service! And therefore, it’s probably one of the best hotel in Dharamsala! You can check their website HERE.
Here’s our list of 5 best things to do while in Dharamsala.
Kakeri Lake Trek
Visit Norbulingka Institute
Paragliding at Bir Biling (Details here)
Dine at Taste of Tibet, near Norbulingka
Kangra Fort visit (Don’t forget to take the audio guide)
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