You can’t plan things literally, because life has different plans altogether. You know they said it right, when life gives you lemon, make a lemonade. I did exactly the same, when I got chance of moving out of home for 2 months, I extended it to 8 months. With all the amazing experiences, now I am only left with regret of coming back from heaven.
With a plan of 2 months stay in Mcleodganj, I left home in February 2017, which ultimately happened to be 8 months stay. Even I didn’t understand how smoothly those 8 months went. Not as smooth as it looks like though.
I had no plan as such of shifting to Mcleodganj and basically making it my summer capital, but I ended up learning lots of things about life, people, friends, household chores and many other things that were left unseen while living with parents in plains.
I was lucky enough to find a place to rent with a help of a friend. It was one of the beautiful room in whole of Dharamshala. When you wake up in the morning with first few rays of Sun peeping through glass windows and curtains, you never fail to wake up smiling. First thing I used to do in morning was to see outside, the mighty Dhauladhar ranges and think if it’s a pretty dream or a sweet reality. Till my last day, I was in awe of the Dhauladhar Ranges.
I am a Freelance Visual Designer, so I had no problem of going out and work everyday. I used to spend most of my time inside my room or sitting outside watching clouds and blue sky. If I wish, I would not get to see human beings around me except my neighbors.
I did nothing but chill for the first 3 months. I made new friends, found few creeps and hosted some amazing friends from Instagram. I owe Instagram a lot for giving me some amazingly awesome people in life. Also, by the end of my days in Mcllo, I made friends with Grocery Shop Uncles, Fruit & Veggie Vendor, Cabwalas and some cafe owners.
Bhagsu, Naddi and Dharamkot were our regular hangouts, specially the time spent in Bhagsu is unforgettable. I know, it’s too crowded but memories dude, memories.
I wondered till the last day of my stay, that how lovingly a place and people of mountain accept you and make you one of their own. Mcllo has a part of me, it will always have.