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A sneak peek at Tibet perhaps?! - Find some peace in the Indian Himalayas
A suggested itinerary is:Day 1: McLeod Gang1. War Memorial2. Kangra Art Museum3. Tibetan Handicrafts Centre - upstairs; wooden handicrafts items; carpets4. Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA)5. Bhagsu Nag Temple of Lord Shiva6. Tsuglagkhang Complex7. Church of St. John in the Wilderness8. Diptse Chokling MonasteryDay 2:1. Shakti Peet...more
The Norbulinka Museum is a must-see. It is located in the basement of the left-hand side building next to the monastery. The ground floor of the building serves as a shop selling Buddhist artefacts and books. This museum has dolls of various Tibetan culture, with exquisite design and vibrant colours.NB. As all the figures are enclosed in glass...more
A trip to the Narbulingka Institute is a lesson in Tibetan ethos. The monastery there is equally impressive while the doll’s museum is a visual treat of the Tibetan life and culture. There is a guest house also within its campus. The prayer wheels are golden-coloured here. The Norling Café serves good Tibetan fare.more
A drive to Palampur, about 50 kms from Dharamshala is a must. Rolling tea estates greet your eye while to your left along the road, is the breath-taking view of the Dhauladhar range. Take a few minutes off for a well-deserved stop and a few photos of these mighty snow-capped mountains.more
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The Chonor House is perhaps the best hotel in McLeod Gang. The hotel is located very close to the...more
Jimmy’s Italian Kitchen, with its byline of, ‘The Best Italian Food in Town’, transports you to the heart of Italy with its gourmet cuisine. You climb a flight of stairs, turn right and an array of tables greet you. The décor is simplistic but effective, the food is superb and the music thematic. It’s a place to halt for lunch or when you feel...more
The Black Magic Restaurant is a classier joint. Sedate lighting, glass and chrome affair, ample space. It is a joint for a good dinner, not a hasty meal; a place to unwind after a tiring day of sight-seeing; a place for good music, matured wine, aged whiskey and delectable cuisine.If you want to celebrate your wedding anniversary, have a memorable...more
McLlo Restaurant occupies a vantage position in the scheme of things in McLeod Gang: it overlooks the main square for a respectable height. You climb a flight of stairs, grab a seat near the window facing the square, order your favourite beverage and/or dish and watch the world go by below. You’ll never get bored as the scene downstairs keeps...more
So you'll learn like we did on our first night...that Mcleod is an early to bed town...yep Tip #1 Grab your meals preferably by 9...if i remember correctly-very few places were open beyond 10-10:30.
Dress Code: Casual...Grunge..Nightclothes...anything...this place is non-judgmental!
From Pathankot to Mc Leodganj by train and Bus 1.Pathankot to Kangra Mandir by train RS15 5hrs (Dep 10:50,Arr 15:45)2.Kangra Mandir(cross the bridge) to Kangra Taxi stand by shared auto richsaw RS53.Taxi stand to bus stand by walk (less than 1 km)4.Bus stand to Dharamsala by bus RS20 45min5.Dharamsala to mc Leodganji by bus RS10 25min From Mc...more
This is the bus station in McLeod Ganj. It's nothing more that a counter underneath a restaurant with a single bus outside (bit different to chaotic bus stations I've been at elsewhere in India). I enquired about if there was a direct bus to Amritsar which the guy behind the counter said there was but it was at 5am in the morning AND it left from...more
I took a bus from Shimla to Dharamsala and it was rather an ordeal for more reasons than one. Firstly, the 7am bus I wanted to take broke down with an "Indian problem" and so I had to wait around this clapped out and hectic bus station till the next bus left at 9.40am. This bus was classed as a "super fast" one that took all of 9 hours. At 9.40am,...more
.The factory located in Bangalore, so I guess it's available in other cities around India There are some products of Himalaya Herbal Teas.I recommend especially the Green Tea shown here.Brought home a few boxes, am enjoying it for months, and I need MORE of it.Its taste is special, naturally sweet, sweet additives are not needed.It's Ayurvedic...more
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Visit the Tibetan monastery in McCleod Ganj and you will have the opportunity to watch monks practice debating.
This is very theatrical. By and large, one monk adopts a passive role sitting down another assertive standing up. As points are made arms are flung theatrically.
you should really be careful with walking alone after dark.
Specially the way between McLeodGanj and Baghsu is quite dangerous. There are always stories told about woman beeing raped there, or attacked.
Same for the way up to Tushita, where you have to take care, too.
On this way there seem to have been problems with agressive monkeys.
When you get off the bus in Lower Dharamasla you will probably be advised that the journey to upper dharamasala is about a hours drive. It isnt, this is a rouse to get you to stay in one of the hotels in lower dharamasala - which arent as good or as interesting as Upper Dharamasal. Be persistent.more
I left Dharamhasala with a rather cynical view. These words may not be shared by others but its my opinion. Upon visiting Dharamasala you will find many Monks, some exiled some not, who are only too willing to sit and explain about Tibet, their life. Fine.However, from what I saw, they want something in return. A meal at least.Dharamasala is not a...more
When you first arrive in McLeod Ganj you will either be coming in by public bus or shared taxi from Dharamshala (9kms down the road). The local hotelliers are very keen for your business and know the bus times off-by-heart. Thus the minute your bus or taxi arrives (even if it is a shared taxi crammed ful of locals) expect to be mobbed by porters...more
Walking up a hill, walking down a hill and walking some more ... thats McLeod Ganj in a nutshell :) ... a comfortable pair of shoes is highly recommended.Temperature tends to drop to near freezing point during the winter months. Heavy wollen clothing is required for the months of November through February.Dharamshala also receives the highest...more
It can get cold up here, especially at night. However, if you arrive in high season, and come from a colder clime, then it should not bother you.It does rain without warning here, and it rains throught the year. Londoners should feel right at home! :-) Malaria pills, diarrhoea pills, gastric medicine! Pretty standard stuff if you're coming to...more
Hello fellow travellers!I am a bit of a McLeod Ganj junkie so have picked up some nice things to do over there. I would like to share one of my ideas that I feel will help you enhance your stay there by providing you with the opportunity to get to know some of the local Tibetan monks and support their monastery. There is a hotel called Gyumed...more
About 2km east of McLeod Ganj is an ancient Hindu temple dedicated to Bhagsu Nag, the snake god, and to Lord Shiva. The temple dates back to the 16th century but legend states that the site dates back some 5,100 years. Beside the temple is a spring pool which has been turned into a sacred swimming pool and was being used by local Tibetan monks when...more
A two kilometre walk from the centre of the town on the narrow winding road to Dharamkot takes you to this wonderfully serence place where the Tushita Meditation Center and Himachal Vipassana Centre are located side by side. These centres offer residential courses in Tibetan Buddhism and Vipassana Meditation techniques. Getting to these centres is...more
Hello Everyone McLeod Ganj bound!To help you with the weather a local ex-pat runs a daily blog on the weather in McLeod Ganj. As it is much higher up than Dharamsala, the local weather reports for Dharmasala are not a great comparison.http://mcleodganj-weathergeek.blogspot.com EnjoyLisa The most I miss when away from McLeod Ganj is the peaceful...more
Home of His Holiness the Dalai Lama www.mcllo.comAn Informative, Travel and local Community Website of Dharamsala,Mcleodganj and Kangra Valley.A guide to few facts and resources to Dharamsala,Mcleodganj.Information about Dalai Lama , His Teachings, Local News Information.This website is free for every information and gives a better local guide to...more