Little did I know that the 3 days I spent here at Blossoms Village Resort would be practically the last time for me to enjoy being in the lap of the Himalayas, before moving to Leeds to pursue my Masters in International Tourism. Somehow this trip wasn’t planned, it just happened, as I was busy backpacking across Vietnam and Cambodia in August and landed up straight in the lap of Himalayas before departing to Leeds.
For starters, Blossoms Village Resort is a bespoke property located in the mountains of lower Dharamshala, but what sets this place apart is the Maitreya Study Centre.
Maitreya Study Centre is a community organization offering a unique learning experience through its variety of courses which they keep running. You can learn salsa, pottery or even opt for a yoga retreat. It’s definitely one of the best places to consider for a wellness retreat, primarily because of its location (away from the chaos) and the beautiful surroundings.
I landed in Delhi on 29th August, after spending the last 2 weeks travelling across Vietnam and Cambodia, and barely had I started packing for Leeds, I was on the road again, off the Mountains. After all, when the Mountains call, no matter what, that call must be answered by taking a trip.
So, there I was, at the Dharamshala bus stop on the morning of 2nd September, waiting for my ride to reach Blossoms Village Resort. After 15 minutes of waiting and another 30 minutes in the cab, I was at the resort, which was my house for the next 3 days. The moment, I stepped inside the gates of the resort, the sight of the gardens, and the trees with the Dhauladars in the backdrop literally stole my heart away.
Moments later, I was escorted to my room, which had a magnificent view of the mighty Dhauladhars. The room was way too luxurious considering the location of the resort. The room had a bathtub as well, which was the least of my expectation specially in Himachal Pradesh. Majority of my time was spent on my laptop, working, and at the same time enjoying hot yummy food with the sight of the mighty Dhauladhars in front of me.
It's only been 3 days that I came back from a 2 week trip to Vietnam and Cambodia, and here I am – in Dharamshala for the weekend. . The Mountains called and I answered, and am glad I did, coz I got the best possible workstation that I needed. . Each room at the @blossomsvillageresort is spacious, has a bathtub and a balcony overlooking the Himalayas. . With so much of work to do, there couldn't be any better workstation than this. When the views are like these, my productivity automatically increases too. . It was raining for the better part of the day, and I was sitting here and busy working. And it worked out pretty well ! Definitely the place to be for #digitalnomads . Let's see what's in store for tomorrow. Maybe I'll end up learning something here at @maitreyastudycentre . . . . . . #EatTravelLiveRepeat #highONhimalayas #HimachalPradesh #mountainsarecalling #ETLRTravelDiaries2017 #TravelWithETLR #travelblogger #weekendvibes #weekends #doyoutravel #dharamshala #kangra #blossomsvillageresort #indianshutterbugs #maitreyastudycentre #IndiaIsCalling #nomadiclife #bbcearth #picoftheday
Apart from the Maitreya Study Centre, the resort also boasts an in-house restaurant, which doubles up as common breakout space during the day. You can get all kind of cuisines, be it Indian, Chinese or even Italian. The hot paranthas were anytime the best meals to start the day with. The chicken tikka masala, kadhai chicken were absolutely cooked to perfection, and the fresh tawa roti made the meal perfect. You should also check out the milkshakes, which can be ordered during anytime of the day.
Once you are there at Blossoms Village Resort, you can practically step out to explore the Norbulingka Institute, which is a stone throws distance away, or even check out few cafes scattered around the area. The resort also acts as a concierge and helps you out with trips to McLeodganj, Bir Billing and even the Palampur tea gardens.
McLeodganj is usually crowded all year long, but is popular because of the vibrant food culture. You should definitely check out the 24 hour McLeodganj food trail guide, and if time permits, a trek to the Triund ridge. Trust me, the sunrise and sunset from up there is purely magical.
My most memorable moments during my 3 days stay at Blossoms Village Resort, would definitely be those, of having a hot cup of tea while witnessing the sun rise from behind the Dhauladhars.
This is why I love the mountains. . Getting to wake up to such magnificent sunrises is something which is missed in the chaotic city life. . Am glad I took this spontaneous trip to Dharamshala, barely days after returning back from Cambodia. . We got up early to witness sunrise at the Angkor Wat, but the clouds couldn't let us see the sun rise. . The mountains facing rooms here at @blossomsvillageresort make it easy to witness the sun rise in all its Glory. . . . . . . . #EatTravelLiveRepeat #HimachalPradesh #highONhimalayas #timelapse #gopro #MadeforMountains #Nature #sunrise #arountheworld #actioncam #blossomsvillageresort #wanderingphotographers #TheETLRblog #TravelWithETLR #ETLRTravelDiaries2017 #HimalayasAreCalling #traveldiaries2017
PS – No matter what, don’t forget to opt for a full body massage at Maitreya Study centre, as the massage followed by a steam and sauna bath, is sure to relieve your body of all the stress and tiredness, after a full day of exploring the nearby areas.
The less trodden footpaths at @blossomsvillageresort , surrounded by lush green vegetation on either side, provides for an ideal walking track. . A morning walk in the lap of nature will surely give a Kickstart to your day. . All the rooms and cottages at #blossomsvillageresort are located in such a way, that one gets the feeling of being in the lap of nature in every room. . I thoroughly enjoyed a rather productive weekend over there. And the one hour long massage by the experienced masseuse at @maitreyastudycentre followed by a steam bath, was definitely one of the highlights of the weekend. . . . . . . . #EatTravelLiveRepeat #HimachalPradesh #dharamshala #HimalayasAreCalling #highONhimalayas #ETLRTravelDiaries2017 #Nature #bbcearth #TravelDiaries2017 #picoftheday #MadeforMountains #TheETLRblog #instapic #ig_asia #beautifuldestinations #incredibleindiaofficial #tripotofeaturedtraveller
Disclaimer : No compensation was received for this article, however Blossoms Village Resort offered my stay complimentary. As always, the opinions on theETLRblog.com are (and always will be) my own!