Naddi, My Escape

At an altitude of 2000 metres above sea level and a spectacular view of the Himalayas, Naddi is the place to be if you want to experience the quiet life in Dharamshala, but also want to be around the hustle bustle of the town.

McLeodganj, Dharamkot, and Bhagsu are all walkable from Naddi. The walks are scenic and peaceful and not very difficult at all. Of course, it takes a while to get used to the foresty and rocky paths, but once you do, it’s a cakewalk. I walk all over the town and the forests in my flimsy flip-flops. And apart from a few minor clumsy slips, I’ve survived. And I’m clumsy by nature so you can imagine.

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My weekends were spent in Naddi because of the ease of traveling and just the pure vibe of the place. You can feel your lungs thanking you for the clean air. It’s a new feeling if you have lived in big cities for all your life. Breakfast at Om’s cafe in Naddi, lunch in United cafe in McLeodganj and winding the day with a few beers and great upbeat live music at Salvation Cafe, Once In Nature or Jungle Calling – this was/is the ideal happy day. And you just can’t ever get bored of it.

Giulia and I at Jungle Calling, just in time for a reggae gig, mon

One thing you must remember about Dharamshala – the best places are the toughest to reach. Salvation Cafe in Upper Dharamkot is a cozy little cafe with the best cookies, but getting there will kill you. But then again, the music and food and people will bring you back to life. Jungle Calling, a new cafe in Bhagsu, again, is a struggle to find and reach, but trust me, it’s worth it.

So many hidden gems all around, and I have only discovered a few. With one more month to go, I hope to unravel most of the treasures this place has to offer.

I love it here.

These are our companions, who always follow us from this point in Naddi (which is a school) to McLeodganj. Maybe they were craving some momos as well!

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