Bollywood hotties are obviously colouring up the best tourism destinations within the country. Be they all-girl gangs or lovie-dovie couples cavorting around hill stations, they are merrily posting pictures of their cute poses on social media for all to see.
Chaiyya-chaiyya diva Malaika Arora and her beau Arjun Kapoor is one such couple whose holiday pictures are being lapped up netizens. Malaika's Instagram account is so full of her love for her boyfriend as the pair lives up every moment of their holiday in the picturesque McLeod Ganj near Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh.
“Never a dull moment when ur around”, says the model-actor’s picture as she snuggles into Arjun Kapoor. The vivid green of her pants-suit is in perfect harmony with the evergreen surroundings of the famous St John in the Wilderness Church. Posing cosily against the grave memorial of James Bruce who was once a viceroy of the Raj more than a century and a half ago, the couple can be seen sharing a moment of intense love and joy.
Malaika and Arjun’s pictures are yet again a bold statement of the deep love they share and their disdain for those who choose to sit in judgment over their controversial relationship. Of little concern to them is their difference in age as a much married and divorced Malaika confesses to her bliss in having Arjun Kapoor with her. The picture was shot when the two landed in Dharamshala to celebrate Diwali.
On location in Himachal Pradesh along with Saif Ali Khan and Jacqueline Fernandez, Arjun took a break to be with his lady-love.
Malaika has also shared a few shots with her bosom pal Kareena Kapoor as the two enjoy their time in the hill station. McLeod Ganj seems to have brought out the colour in Malaika as she strolls a pathway there amidst tall trees in her parrot-green suit.
It looked like a mini Bollywood as Kareena and family, Malaika, Arjun and Jacqueline got together in Dharamshala for a Diwali bash. Videos and pictures of the holiday revellers are all over social media.
Dharamshala, the picture-perfect hill station in Kangra district is said to be the second capital of Himachal Pradesh. The cold, yet pleasant weather the whole year round makes Dharamshala a hot tourist destination.
India’s Tibet or Little Lhasa as Dharamshala is called is the Dalai Lama’s headquarters. The place is a veritable paradise with the lofty Himalayas, brooks, rivulets, undulating valleys and forests all around giving it a picture postcard look. A trip to Dharamshala would fill an album with memories aplenty.
To begin with, there’s the Namgyal Monastery also known as Dalai Lama’s Temple. Among the other attractions are the high altitude, fresh water Kareri, lake, Dal and Lam Dal lakes, Adishakti in Mcleod Ganj, Chamunda Devi and Indru Nag temples, Kangra fort, the small hill station of Dharamkot, the picturesque suburb of Sidhbari at the foothills of the Dhauladhar mountains, Kangra fort, the Tibetan Medical and Astro Institute, Men-tsee-Khang and the Norbulingka Institute, dedicated to preserving the Tibetan culture.
That Dharamshala can be reached by road from Delhi, Shimla and Chandigarh is the reason why tourist flow is never in trickles.
With the ease in lockdown restrictions, tourism is once again alive and kicking in Himachal Pradesh. Tourism, the mainstay of the state, took a beating when the COVID came unannounced and caused a dent in its economy. However, Himachal Pradesh is once again looking up and hopes to regain lost revenue.