With every visit to this charming paradise, I've come to realize that Dharamkot isn't just a vacation spot for me; it’s a reset button for both my mind and body. It's a place where I genuinely feel healthier mentally, physically, spiritually, and in all other ways if there are any.
Nestled amidst the lush green Cedar forest and snow-capped peaks of the mighty Dhauladhar range of the Himalayas, Dharamkot stands as a hidden gem in the state of Himachal Pradesh, just 20 minutes away from Dalai Lama’s Home Mcleodganj, in Dharamshala.
This picturesque village, offers a unique blend of natural beauty, spiritual vibes, and a vibrant community, making it a destination for travelers seeking tranquility and a break from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Once you’re in the Dharamkot, most of it is covered by a single road, with some diverging trails, one leading to the famous Triund Trek, one to Bhagsu waterfalls, and most of the others leading into yoga or meditation classes. When you’re not in a yoga center, you’re inside a groovy cafe, where the walls are filled with lucrative flyers of all the activities you can sign up for! From a cooking class to sound healing, it has it all. There are plenty of shops selling macrame and brass jewelry, bohemian decor, colorful hippie clothes, and crystals. You can also get those colorful macrame braiding done on your hair, they call it Lulu there.
My day usually used to start with munching on some juicy fresh fruit bought from a local shop, while walking towards the Tushita Meditation Center, the surroundings of it are so silent and peaceful, you can literally enjoy the music of nature here, birds chirping, butterflies flying from one flower to another, wind rustling through your hair, and a hit of cold breeze on your face to wake you up from inside. Nature doing its job at best, and helping you heal. After the group meditation classes here, somedays I stayed back to read amidst the peaceful surroundings, somedays I returned to upper dharamkot and did some work. Somedays I joined a nearby yoga session, and some days I joined a pottery class at the famous Dharamkot studio. The day used usually ends up here in some cafe/diner, jamming and listening to stories of other travelers. I was in love with the sense of community among solo travelers in Dharamkot, creating a warm and tight-knit family that was always difficult to bid farewell to.