Bhagsunag Temple

With its stark white steeple and red trim, the Bhagsunag Temple is a focal point in the hills above McLeod Ganj. As an important landmark for the Hindu and Gorkha communities, this temple attracts thousands of visitors each year. Discover the fine details of this hillside wonder as you plan your trip to Himachal Pradesh.

Learning about the History

The history of this temple starts with folklore dating back 8,000 years. Then, King Bhagsu required a water source for his people. After bargaining with a deity named Nag Devta, this land was blessed with plentiful water. About 5,000 years ago, Lord Shiva declared that this very land should be the location of this majestic temple. With water surrounding the property, it makes sense how these tales culminate into a sacred space for local believers.

Taking in the Property

Walk around the complex, and you'll find the main temple, adjacent buildings and two pools. Preferably, gaze up at the buildings and enjoy their architectural style. Also, enjoy the quiet surroundings if you're visiting in the early morning.

Quite often, people take a swim in the larger pool that's just below the sacred pool. Depending on the time of year, you might see pilgrims enjoying the pool during their visits. To locals, both pools offer healing prospects as you bathe in them.

Hiking to the Falls

The famous water supplying the temple stems from the Bhagsu Waterfall, which is a short hike away. For most travelers, they stop to meditate and receive a blessing at the temple. Although the trek isn't too difficult, wearing the proper footwear is imperative. Only hike the hillside in sneakers with good tread. Certain areas can be slippery even during the dry months.

Choosing the Best Visiting Time

Because the Bhagsunag Temple is at a high elevation, visiting during the spring and summer months is preferable. You'll avoid the snowy season with this strategy. In addition, the pools are open between 5 a.m. and 8 p.m. during the summer. Ultimately, enjoying the nature surrounding the temple and the property itself during the pool hours gives you the best experience.

Shopping and Dining in the Region

Discover a shopping oasis at the Kotwali Bazaar, which is located just outside the temple. Clothing, produce and handcrafted treasures can be found at this traditional market. Ideally, browse the shops after visiting the temple so that you can purchase items that remind you of your experience.

Although picnicking is popular around the temple's grounds, be sure to try authentic Bhagsu cake. Typically, the dining options are simple ones as the restaurants cater to local tastes and travelers from abroad. In the end, tasting a bit of the local cuisine helps you understand the people even more.

As you visit Bhagsunag Temple, remember that it's a revered site where locals and travelers come to pray and meditate. Ideally, be respectful and quiet at the property as everyone enjoys the temple in their own way. In the end, you'll feel more connected to the people and India during your stay.

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