Category: Bhagsunag


Bhagsunag

State: Himachal Pradesh
Population: unknown

Bhagsunag is located about 2 kilometers north of McLeod Ganj in the state of Himachal Pradesh. It is most noted for its temple and waterfall which legend reveals that a demon king, Bhagsu, had tried to take some of the water in Dull Lake by Dharamsala to help the people in Rajasthan. Before he reached his destination, the snakes that lived in the area discovered that some of the water was missing and fought with King Bhagsu, making the container of water fall – which metaphorically is the water fall that remains today. Before killing King Bhagsu, they gave him one wish – and he chose to have a temple built in his honour and declared that the waterfall had healing powers. From that day, people from all over the world have come to visit the snake temple of Bhasu and swim in her waters. The actual town of Bhagsunag is quite small and functional for it’s townspeople and is often visited on a day trip from McLeod Ganj’s busy tourist area.

Bhagsunag, snake temple, McLeod ganj, waterfall, No Name Cafe, India, soundscape, goats,

Bhagsunag, snake temple, McLeod ganj, waterfall, No Name Cafe, India, soundscape, goats,

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Tibetan monks washing their robes in Bhagsu River

Tibetan monks washing their robes in Bhagsu River

I stayed in McLeod Ganj for a week and during that time I casually taught English to a fewTibetans that had recently arrived. I took many hikes through the beautiful mountains finding hidden temples, retreats, silent oases to connect to the simple beauty of this land. One hike was along the road to Bhagsunag and then beyond to the mouth of the waterfall. The Bhagsunag Pathway wends it’s way along the river side and down below you could see Tibetan monks cleaning their kashaya robes in the Bhagsu waters, and laying them out over large rocks to dry. It was an overcast day and not particularly warm. The roadway was uneven and rocky with a shear drop off to the bottom of the mountain on one side. While hiking, I came across two girls with a herd of goats on Bhagsunag Pathway.

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Map of the Soundscape of Bhagsunag

Here is a map that shows where Bhagsunag is in relation to larger towns – such as McLeod Ganj. I hope that you have enjoyed listening and sharing in my experience:
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