(Text and photos by Sarthak Kathayat)
Back in the summers of 2016, I made this three day trip to Mcleodganj with one of my friend for a college assignment. This was my first trip with a friend. Three days, two nights and lot of memories. We tried to make the most of these 3 days. I saw too many tourists roaming around and everyone would depart with a set of their own experiences. But what Mcleodganj, like any other mortal would share?
Let’s see what Mcleodganj has got to share with us.
Buddham Sharanam: The aura of Buddhism can be felt around me. The disciples of His Holiness The Dalai Lama keeps the environment vibrant around me with the colors of Buddhism.
Seeking blessings: I see people around seeking for the blessings of Lord Buddha. I see them never miss a single prayer. I am always amazed to see the discipline in their conduct.
Daily routine: I feel blessed to be surrounded with monks. I believe they are really the men of their words. They take their oath seriously and no matter what, follow a set routine throughout their lifetime.
They’re so like us: People have a common notion that monks are associated with the words like religion and prayers. But I see them everyday. They are no different from us. Prayers and religion are a part of their daily life but when they are free, they play, they read, they roam just like any other normal being.
Bon appetit: What could be better than tasty food? I see these shops making yummy food everyday. The smell of this food can lure anyone from great distance.
Innocence on the streets: Oh yeah! Meet my small friend here. I have many tiny friends like him around me. Their innocence can fill anyone’s heart with joy.
Serenity: The monasteries around me are built in magnificently. One word, exquisite.
A soothing atmosphere: I hear from people around that big cities are so polluted but I am lucky.