From valleys to stunning mountains, pristine rivers to lakes, leisure to adventure travel; the Indian state of Devbhoomi Himachal has everything for each type of traveller. This Himalayan state is blessed with numerous hill stations where people flock to escape the monotony of city life. Set in the scenic Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, Dharamsala is a pleasing hill retreat with snow-capped peaks of Dhauladhar ranges in the background. Situated at 4780 ft, this hill station is the home to his holiness the Dalai Lama and numerous Buddhist monks.
The stunning views of mighty Himalayas on one end and Kangra valley on another end makes Dharamsala one of the most beautiful hill station in Himachal.
Also See: Solo Trip To Mcleodganj And Triund Trek
Not to forget, this charming hill retreat in Himalayas is also known for its beautiful HPCA (Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association) stadium. Another popular place around Dharamsala is Mcleodganj (also known as Little Lhasa) which has a strong influence of both British and Tibetan culture on the lifestyle, food and architecture. But there are few places which are not familiar to many.
Naddi is a small village in the upper Dharamsala which offers utmost tranquility. Nestled at an elevation of 6562 ft, this Himalayan village is about 4 kms from Mcleodganj Main Square and can be reached by trekking or hiring a cab/auto-rickshaw. Naddi is still an untouched thus perfect place to unwind amidst nature. Let’s explore this quaint mountain village!
Naddi View Point
This is the most beautiful option for sightseeing in Naddi village. From here you can see the mesmerizing peaks of Dhauladhar ranges periodically romancing with clouds. There is a short trek going up to Sahaja Yoga Ashram, a meditation centre set amidst serene hills and lush green forest. You will find few small eateries along this short trail.
Enjoying a plate of ‘pahadon wali’ Maggi with a cup of tea (especially in Monsoon) and gazing at the beautiful Dhauladhar mountains. Naddi View Point is the perfect place to feel the charm of nature. Also, don’t miss the blissful sunrise & sunset from this place especially if you are staying here. You can opt to stay in a hotel or holiday home easily available in Naddi.
Culture, Trekking & Waterfall Visit
Unlike other parts of Dharamsala where you will find mostly Himachali & Buddhists, Naddi is mainly comprised of people with Punjabi dialect. You can see a perfect blend of Himachali and Punjabi culture over here. Living in a holiday home with the locals will be an extraordinary experience.
Naddi also act as a starting point for various adventurous treks such Triund & Indrahar Pass, Kareri Lake trek, and Guna Mata temple. For Triund trek I visited from Dharamkot, another offbeat place near Mcleodganj. Thus, this quaint Himalayan village is an ideal place for backpackers & adventure enthusiasts.
Another option for sightseeing in Naddi is a small waterfall for which you will have to trek down into the valley. All the major places to explore are located at a walking distance from main taxi stand.
Dal Lake In Himachal Pradesh
Yes! You read it right. Everyone is familiar with the famous Dal Lake in Srinagar (Jammu & Kashmir). But only few know there’s another lake by the same name in Himachal Pradesh. Situated in the foothills of Naddi village, Dal Lake is an ideal place to spend some leisure time. Surrounded by thick deodar forest & hills, one can take a quick walk around the lake in utmost tranquility.
A small temple dedicated to Lord Shiv is also situated on the banks of this lake. Spend some quality time in the woods near Dal Lake. Feel the mountain breeze and get refreshed by walking around this natural lake in Dharamsala.
Food Trail Near Naddi
Food is an integral part of travelling and here at Mcleodganj you can hop on various cuisines. Lies close to Naddi village, this hill station is mainly famous for its Tibetan & Italian food. Visit the famous Tibet Kitchen at Main Square to feel the true essence of Dharamsala. The restaurant will not disappoint you in terms of food & service. Looking for a food spot with the best momos in Dharamsala? Then Tibet Kitchen is the that place where your search will come to an end.
The food served here is good in terms of quality and quantity. Apart from Tibetan dishes, you will also find Bhutanese and Chinese food items at Tibet Kitchen. Also try out their soups, tandoori platter, sauteed vegetables and fruit beer.
Situated at Main Square, there’s a small Pastry Shop since 1992. Try out their choco-vanilla pudding and chocolate cream roll. The main reason behind the popularity of this shop is that all the desserts are freshly baked and delightful in taste.
Apart from Tibetan and Bhutanese cuisines you can also enjoy the Italian food at the popular Jimmy’s Italian Kitchen. This Italian place is situated on Jogiwara Road near Namgyalma Stupa & Prayer Wheels. Try out their chicken Alfredo pasta, chocolate shake and sweet lime soda. The walls of the restaurant are decorated with several old Hollywood posters. This famous food spot in Dharamsala is spacious, well furnished and thus an ideal place to chill.
Nestled in the lap of lofty Dhauladhar Himalayas, Naddi near Dharamsala is a perfect place to unwind with your beloved ones. So, just pack your bags and plan your trip to this less crowded hill retreat.
Take a break from your monotonous schedule and rejuvenate in the surreal environment. Travel and change of place imparts a new vigor to the mind.
Don’t Litter. Help Mother Nature, Help Yourself. Travel Responsibly!