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BHAGSU, A SERENE HIMALAYAN ABODE

Nestled deep in Himachal Pradesh’s Kangra Valley, lies the beautiful village of Bhagsu. Most visitors, including Dalai Lama followers, the journey to McLeod Ganj and Dharamsala, but Bhagsu is much quieter and completely surrounded by the Himalayan Mountain’s majestic beauty.

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Considered sacred, Bhagsu Falls is one of the top attractions of the region. There are lots of cafés and lounges around Mcleodganj, Himachal Pradesh © ATINDRA MANDAL

In this Article:

How to get there
Where to stay In Bhagsu
What to do and visit Here
Enjoy the local cuisine in Bhagsu
Some Images From Our Trip To Beautiful Village Bhagsu


Amongst the large numbers of foreign tourists who are drawn to the charms of Bhagsu, young Israelis form the largest part. Hebrew is heard around every corner and their overwhelming influence can be seen in typical Israeli breakfasts as well as falafel, served in many a cafe. It all adds up to make a visit to Bhagsu an interesting and unique experience.

Not only does the village offer the weary visitor relaxation and tranquility, but there are also numerous activities and outdoor ventures for the more adventurous spirits to enjoy. The waterfall is one of the main attractions and an absolute must-see, which also means that it can be touristy and crowded. Make your way past the eateries and souvenir stores and you will be rewarded with a breath-taking sight. The valley is cloaked in hues of green, across which strings of colorful prayer flags dance in the breeze.

Buddhist monks walking along a picturesque street in Bhagsu

Buddhist monks walking along a picturesque street in Bhagsu © Tyshchenko Photography


Bhagsu waterfall cascades down from Dhauladhar’s lower ranges and its water is believed to be sacred. Monks wash their robes in the gushing stream as it flows down over the rocks. If you plan to relax at the waterfall for a while, you can pick and choose from hookah lounges, snack stalls, and cafes all centered around the pool. If you feel energetic, make the climb up the steps to Shiva Café at the top of the falls. This location is especially popular with backpackers and a favorite spot at night.

Other attractions include a number of challenging trek routes and mountain bike rides. If this is not your style, take a leisurely stroll through the steep alleys and streets of the village, enjoy the spectacular scenery and emerge yourself in the everyday life and local culture.

Bhagsu is the ideal destination for that quick break during the winter months when you need to rejuvenate and charge your batteries. It will leave you feeling utterly refreshed.

A series of stone steps disappear in the fog and mist near Bhagsu Waterfall. It forms part of the popular two-day Triund Trek

A series of stone steps disappear in the fog and mist near Bhagsu Waterfall. It forms part of the popular two-day Triund Trek © Amlan Mathur


NAVIGATOR

How to get there:
By road: Dharamsala (McLeod Ganj) lies 400 km or ten hours’ drive away from New Delhi. To get to Bhagsu, take a car or walk a short distance.

Where to stay:
For backpackers, there are plenty of choices. A step up, but still affordable accommodation can be found in Hotel Bhagsu, which is run by the tourism department of Himachal Pradesh. More upscale options are also available.

Tip:
If you plan a trip during winter, pack clothing warm enough for very low Himalayan temperatures. You may experience biting cold weather and some snowfall.

A brightly colored lion’s head forms the entrance to steps leading up a temple in Bhagsu

A brightly colored lion’s head forms the entrance to steps leading up a temple in Bhagsu © Amit Kumar


What to do and visit, a checklist:

Bhagsu Waterfall should be a priority. To escape the crowds, find a secluded spot in one of the serene corners at the top of the falls. Otherwise, join the tourists – take a refreshing plunge in the pool and then relax in a café with a beer in hand and something delicious to nibble on.

Make sure to pack trekking gear for your visit to Bhagsu. There are numerous trekking routes all over the undulating landscape to challenge even the most adventurous visitor. Various mountain routes will lead you to spectacular vantage points with sweeping views of the beautiful terrain.

If tranquility is what you seek, Bhagsu’s calming influence will immediately make you forget the frantic city life you left behind. Slow down the pace and meditate, get in tune with the vibe created by the monks and their monasteries, Dalai Lama, and the string upon string of prayer flags. Now is the time to enroll in a meditation course, or study the healing therapies of Reiki. Locate your own quiet spot for an hour of yoga. You will return home with renewed energy and zest for life.

Volunteer your services at one of the many organizations in Bhagsu. You can lend a hand at Lha Charitable Trust which is dedicated to assisting Tibetan refugees, or become a responsible traveler by helping to keep the environment in pristine condition. Cleaning up the many hiking trails is a good course and an even better workout.

Enjoy the local cuisine, and this includes the Israeli influence! Stalls between Bhagsu and Jogiwara sell Thukpa, a noodle soup from Tibet, fried sausages typical of the Himalayan area, and many more. You will also find Japanese, Italian, and many other international dishes to sample. And, remember, you cannot leave Bhagsu without tasting a few falafels!

Crystal clear water cascading down one of Bagsu’s waterfalls

Crystal clear water cascading down one of Bagsu’s waterfalls © Dmitry Rukhlenko


Some Images From Our Trip To A Beautiful Village Bhagsu

Members of the Waste Warriors NGO clean the area near Bhagsu’s famous waterfall

Members of the Waste Warriors NGO clean the area near Bhagsu’s famous waterfall © Filip Jedraszak


A bright orange butterfly sunning itself on a rock near the Bhagsu Waterfall

A bright orange butterfly sunning itself on a rock near the Bhagsu Waterfall © travelwithzishan


A jewelry store in Bhaksu selling beautiful traditional rings, bracelets, stones and necklaces

A jewelry store in Bhaksu selling beautiful traditional rings, bracelets, stones and necklaces © Amit Kumar


A local woman walking along a beautiful mountain path in Himachal Pradesh, her colorful umbrella a shield against the rain and mist

A local woman walking along a beautiful mountain path in Himachal Pradesh, her colorful umbrella a shield against the rain and mist © Amlan Mathur


A tourist takes a selfie at Bhagsunag Waterfall surrounded by lush green mountains

A tourist takes a selfie at Bhagsunag Waterfall surrounded by lush green mountains © illpaxphotomatic


Bhagsu Waterfall, Himachal Pradesh

Bhagsu Waterfall, Himachal Pradesh © Mila Supinskaya Glashchenko


Bhagsu waterfalls near Dharamshala

Bhagsu waterfalls near Dharamshala © Yoav Peled / Getty Images


Small stone shrine in the mountains near Bhagsu Waterfall in Himachal Pradesh

Small stone shrine in the mountains near Bhagsu Waterfall in Himachal Pradesh © Anna Frizen


The quaint village of Bhagsu built into the mountainside near McLeod Ganj in Dharamsala © Fat Jackey

The quaint village of Bhagsu built into the mountainside near McLeod Ganj in Dharamsala © Fat Jackey


Tourists enjoying the Bhagsu Nag waterfall and surrounding greenery

Tourists enjoying the Bhagsu Nag waterfall and surrounding greenery © AmitKg


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