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Mar 16, 2009 - The DL on the DL: McLeod Ganj

The Dali Lama's permanent residence is in McLeod Ganj, where I was staying. I didn't see him but he had given a public teaching the day before I arrived. So, there were quite a few of his followers still lingering around for a day or so after. Then, the town quickly became very quiet. It was very relaxing and I spent my time reading, exploring, hiking, etc. Although, I did get sick in Varanasi and once I reached McLeod Ganj my infection was really starting to get annoying. I spent the whole of a day searching out anything or anyone with...

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Hindiana Jones

Mar 14, 2009 - Dharamsala Dumplings

I am now in upper Dharamsala: McLeod Ganj (home of the Dalai Lama). The town is beautiful and relaxed. You have Buddhist monks everywhere and the look of the people is very Tibetan and quite different from the 'typical' Indian look. In fact, I don't even feel like I am in India anymore. My favorite thing so far? Tibetan dumplings that you buy on the street for 1 rupee each (2 cents). The town's backdrop is the Himalayas and I can't fairly describe the majesty of the peaks here. I love seeing the colorful prayer flags, the monks, the...

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Hindiana Jones

Nov 12, 2008 - McLeod Ganj (Dharamshala)

4/27/11 Update: Tibet Has a New Leader 11-12 Slowly slowly…brkfast on the terrace overlooking valley – wooded w/ pines & interspersed w/ hotels. Walked to bus via Buddhist shrines…left on bus at noon – same terrain as before, twisty, curvy, up & down all around. The road most of the way was paved tho the original asphalt was so patched over that little remained unpatched so it was a bumpy ride. We were fortunate to be sitting in the front of the bus which is not as affected by the ride & bumps. Being a local bus, passengers were on & off...

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Jun 11, 2008 - McLeod Ganj

I hate night buses as much as I love night trains, this one was no real improvement although there were only 4 non-gentiles. The bus was more than half empty at the prescribed departure time which always worries me in the third world as it gives them an excuse to cancel the journey but this time they proceeded and I managed to get a double seat to myself with a free double seat in front. We stopped at some small town after a couple of hours where more people got on including an Israeli couple taking the free seat from in front and trying to...

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Jun 3, 2008 - Katmandu-New Dehli and Dharamshala!

The last couple of days in Kathmandu were eventful indeed!I started off at Pata, which is the second biggest "town " in the Kathmandu vally. It is called the city of beauty and has more than 600 stupas scattered round the city. It has a long buddhist history. I wil not be able to show photos on this entry, will send them with the next one. Beauty in every sense of the word, carved windowa and doorways, statues, shrines etc. It was established 250 BC! Met up with another guide Raj this day, trying very hard to avoid him....as I had already...

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May 17, 2008 - Tibetans in exile

By Elizabeth “I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it, but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. For the past two weeks we have been doing volunteer work in northern India in a town called Dharamsala (more to follow about our volunteer experience in a different posting). This is a beautiful part of India: the snow-covered sub-Himalaya mountains jut...

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therealeworld

Feb 8, 2008 - Amritsar and McLeod Ganj, India

Made it to Delhi on a 3 1/2 hour flight that lasted closer to 12 hours. There was fog in Delhi so we went for a side trip to Ahmadabad and sat on their runway for an hour. The numerous infants and babies on the plane were thrilled. This leads me to an important recommendation: Always carry two ipods and soud isolation or reduction earphones. Always. Caught a flight to Amritsar in Punjab, the location of the Golden Temple, the most important religious temple to the Sihks. I managed to go through the temple, but it was particularly busy as...

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Dec 9, 2007 - McLeod Ganj

As we love the mountains, we decided to head to Northern India first before it got too cold up there. All the locals in Delhi thought we were crazy wanting to come up here because it would be too cold. They use places like McLeod Ganj as cool hill station retreats in the summer to escape the heat. We caught the overnight bus there. When we left Delhi it was warmish, luckily since we are in India and I have to fully cover up I was wearing long pants and a long top because as we climbed higher into the mountains as the night drew on it was...

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Nov 20, 2007 - Tanya Meets the Dalai Lama

So while Darren was chilling out on beautiful beaches of the Andaman Islands I had signed up for a meditation and Buddhism course for ten days. The course was in Dharamsala (12 hours north of Dehli in the foothills of the Himalayas) which is where the Dalai Lama lives--an appropriate place to learn about Buddhism I thought. I spent a few days being a tourist in Dharamsala before checking in at the Tushita Centre and taking a vow of silence along with 45 others in hopes of learning something about inner peace and the path to enlightenment. I...

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Oct 7, 2007 - McLeod Ganj - Where the Dalai Lama lives in exile

Hello everyone! I think this will be my last post as I return home shortly.. as I mentioned I'm now in McLeod Ganj.. funnily enough, my plans to go to Rishikesh didn't eventuate as I chose to attend the Dalai Lama's teachings.. The best thing about the teaching was seeing the Dalai Lama walk past me when the teaching finished.. he's so sweet and peaceful. All I could see of him during the teaching was part of the throne thingy he sits on.. There was an interpreter who translated the teachings, but I kind of found it hard to keep up as I...

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Sep 30, 2007 - FREE TIBET!

Hey guys, it's been a while since we last wrote but that's mainly cuz we've been being lazy bums and chilling in McLeod Ganj- home to his Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama! LEGEND! Because His Holiness was forced out of Tibet by the Chinese military (and now Tibet is effectively under Chinese rule) there is a lot of "FREE TIBET" and "TAKE TIBET TO THE BEJING 2008" talk in this town. We arrived after a very stressful bus journey- taking a total of 13 hours from start to finish! The bus conductor was abusing his position by not just taking his...

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Apr 30, 2007 - McLeod Ganj - Jez gets robbed for the 3rd time

Hi all, Please enjoy the Indian photos on the site as there will be no more to upload since the last lot as somebody is currently looking at them with his trousers around his ankles thinking he has his hands on a batch of western porn flicks. My bag was broken into on the top of a bus on my way here and some money and all my photos were taken. Think it was the driver, I did not realize for an hour after getting my bag off the roof that's how good he was, left anything of any value. The money can be replaced and he is probably currently...

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