I came to Dharamashala on a whim. It was mid January and I suddenly had 5 days in India to kill. Twenty minutes after the aha moment, I had a ticket in hand, and in the next 20 - "Peaceful BNB" as a place to stay. My impulsiveness, along with being a lone female traveler naturally prompted a bit of trepidation as I made my way down. Once there, my hostess Nisha, her father Ashok and the staff made my hesitation entirely unwarranted.
McloedGunj, where this place is located, is a remote hilly village with a world outlook and international flair. Trimurthi Gardens ( aka "Peaceful BNB") is also exactly that. Here you are an honored guest from afar and a close relative at the same time. Nisha, Ashokji and Rohith are warm and responsive, tending to your every need but never hesitating to join in on a conversation and getting to know you better if you are open to that. Their loving canines, Moti and Coco along with their feline sibling, Lily, often and lovingly fill in the gaps.
Every morning, incense fragrances waft from the Shiva Linga and softly played slokas and bhajans promise you a beautiful day. Rain, cold or shine, dining is outdoors in the middle of the house in the portico. Its the best seat in the house. Overlooking the lawns, you get to see all the activity, quietly and efficiently pass you by while being served your tea, breakfast, wholesome vegetarian Thalis and homemade bread. In the time that I was there, with this delicious fare I also enjoyed the occasional dose of unexpected company and great conversation from other travelers who dropped by just for the food. If nothing else I had the soothing melodies emanating from Ashokjis music room to enjoy.
I stayed in the princess room - a little pine roofed space with a wall of windows overlooking the rest of the house and all the beautiful greenery. I loved it. Unlike other rooms they offer, mine did not come with an attached bathroom but I found the common toilet and shower easy to use but more importantly always clean. Conveniently located are hoses and squeegees for users to keep them that way.
In closing, I will say that this place will be hard for those who like vehicular conveniences such as pickups and drop offs at the curb. To reach Trimurthi gardens you get dropped off at a certain point and walk your way up narrow lanes from then on to the garden gates and Coco's welcome barks. This could pose a challenge to those who dont like to amble much.
All in all, whatever reason brings you to Dharamashala, staying at Trimurthi Gardens gives you a physically comforting and ambient space to contemplate your journey's purpose. I was comfortable, relaxed, invigorated and went home a better person for the experience of having stayed there.