When I stepped foot in Dharamshala, I feel that I'll be having a great vacation with its pleasant vibe. That was a long 12 hours of bus ride from New Delhi, India, and I promised that my stay would be worth it. Like a vacation of a lifetime.
The emotion is still alive whenever it flashes back to the soulful journey I had in the lower Himalayan foothill of Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh. Seven years have passed, but the memories still live on.
At the bus station in McLeod Ganj, a little rain greeted me as I look for a taxi heading to the hotel in Naddi Village -- the home of the Gaddi Tribe.
That was a cold and shivering early morning check-in at around 7 a.m., and so I unpacked my things, had a little rest, enjoyed a cold shower, had my first breakfast, and get ready for my first day of tour and adventure in the land of the Tibetans-in-exile in McLeod Ganj.
I spent four days exploring McLeod Ganj and had the opportunity to see and hear from The Dalai Lama when he talked about his place in the Tsuglagkhang temple.
McLeod Ganj was the town center, but it was in Naddi Village where I enjoyed the serenity. That was a blissful experience.
Just a few steps away from the hotel where I stayed in the home of the sweet and gentle Naddi tribe. I've met several Gaddi people, including children and adults, learned about their culture, livelihood, and living conditions. A little interaction, but a meaningful observation.
A very simple, yet joyful and soulful living in the mountains. The Gaddi people, mostly shepherds, take care of their flocks and do their morning activities when I met them downhill.
Little kids are courteous with their rosy cheeks and smiling faces. For sure, they are now grown up to be a refined young lady and gentleman.
I can't get over that experience even when I'm back at the hotel. I've been to some of the mountains in the Philippines, but seeing the Dhauladhar range is purely captivating.
I was finally at the Middle Himalayas. A dream turned into a reality.
The hotel's roof deck restaurant is where I get to have the most beautiful view of the Dhauladhar as I have breakfast. It's a picturesque view as if heaven is for real. India is truly Home of the Gods and I felt the Divinity of the place. A soulful solitude in a paradise closer to heaven.
I will never forget Dharamshala. A wondrous place in the Indian State of Himachal Pradesh. I will never forget the beautiful and natural scenery, and I will never forget the Naddi people of Naddi Village.
India has a big place in my heart. I have learned a lot about the places and have met soulful and endearing people like the Gaddi of the Naddi Village. When the Kingdom of heaven is on earth, it would have been there in the Dhauladhar, and I've met God in there and live forever here in my heart.
©️ 2020 Del Cusay