As difficult as it was to say goodbye to my little family in Gokarna, I was ready for a new adventure.
Monsoons were right around the corner and the heat was getting unbearable, so I was more than ready to move up north. Next stop: Dharamshala!
A small town in Himachal Pradesh, Dharamshala is a small mountain city with heavy Tibetan influences. It is also known for its chilled out, almost hippie-like lifestyle. I wasn’t complaining.
I met Giulia in Delhi, from where we would take an overnight bus and go to Naddi, a village way up north. We were not ready for what we saw the next morning when we arrived –
Arriving from the scorching heat of Delhi to this stormy view, it was quite a change, to say the least. The locals told us that this was the first storm in a long time. Was it us? Maybe, who knows.
The weather in Naddi got a lot better. Mornings and evenings were cold, but afternoons were extremely pleasant. The next day after resting up, we went for a hike to Dharamkot to meet our friends from Gokarna, Michel and Peter (remember them?). We were told that there is a trail which takes about 15 minutes to get there from Naddi. As you might have guessed, we got lost multiple times and finally reached in about 2 hours. At least the view was super pretty.
We had a massive breakfast in Dharamkot, met with our friends, went to their house in Upper Dharamkot (up, up and up), hung for a while and made our way back home.
Commuting in the mountains is challenging and interesting. It would take us some time to get used to this lifestyle, but soon enough, this would be home for another 3 months 🙂
Traveling from the beach to the mountains, take it from me when I say this – Change is good!