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Apr 5, 2006 - Neil Young?

Just when you think you might have seen it all, you're walking down a tight street in the Himalayan foothills and you see a Tibetan monk on a cell phone walking by an Indian/Continental restaurant with Neil bellowing out "four dead in Ohio!!!" India never ceases to surprise. And McLeod Ganj is just one of those special places that pulls you back from the brink; back from where you are just about fed up enough to say you might hate India and never want to see any more of it. The North is an entirely different place, and especially here in...

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Mar 16, 2006 - Dharamsala (McLeod Ganj), Home of the Tibetan Government In Exile and the Dalai Lama

THURSDAY, MARCH 16, 2006. I have arrived in Dharamsala after a harrowing twelve hour bus ride from Shimla through mostly winding, cliff-hugging mountaneous roads (The conductor placed me in the front seat opposite the driver). The Tibetan government in exile is actually located in McLeod Ganj, a suburb of Dharamsala, where I am staying. Both of the hotels I tried booking a room over the telephone were full even though this is not high season. I learned upon arrival that the Dalai Lama was in town and just started two weeks of teaching...

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Feb 13, 2006 - India - Macleod Ganj to Amritsar (Pakistan border)

I'm falling behind with my updates so I'm actually writing this from China even though it's about India! From Shimla I took one of the most picturesque flights ever on a tiny plane. We went over the Himalaya to a remote village, then I got a crazy bus up to a hippy town called Manali. It was another rammed full bus, and the highlight was when a guy got on with a monkey and sat beside me. The conductor tried to throw him off but he wasn't for going and the monkey seemed to take a shine for to me. Great company for 3 hours! Manali is a...

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The Gunn Tour 2006

Dec 14, 2005 - Om mani peme hoong all over again

I'm somewhere over a mile high in the Himalayas, in the predominantly Tibetan community of McLeod Ganj. My bus arrived here at about 5:30 this morning. I got on at 4:00 yesterday afternoon in Delhi. Will was sitting next to me, a tall, soft-spoken, 51 year old Brit I'd never met before. Interesting chap. This was his whateverteenth visit to Dharamsala (which is the predominantly Indian community about 7 km below McLeod Ganj) to visit a friend of his. He's in construction back in England, mostly masonry being that most homes in England are...

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Nov 27, 2005 - McLeod Ganj (home of the Dalai Lama)

Another windey journey through the Himalayas brought me to McLeod Ganj, just above Dharamasala, home of the 14th Dalai Lama in exile, (Tenzin Gyatso), and many Buddhist monks and nuns. The town looked similar to Shimla, (as in amazing views from every angle), but was more special in my opinion because of the friendliness and hospitality of the Tibetan refugees who had followed the Dalai Lama to seek refuge here after the Chinese invaded Tibet. I just admit I was quite naive to the plight of the Tibetans in exile but a viist to the excellent...

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Nov 10, 2005 - the Rooftop of the World

In Shimla there was a college in dentistry perched on the cliffside and girls could even get a diploma in soft toy making. In Mcleod Ganj, on the other hand, there is a course in miracles. Asides from the infinite yoga, massage and buddhist courses, Mcleod Ganj is the home of the Dalai Lama and Tibetan Government in exile. It's a peaceful place with monks in burgandy robes sharing dusty paths with ambling cows and lots of dreadlocked travellers. The winding 10 hour drive fighting for road space with brightly painted and decorated goods...

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Chris and Kim's Trip

Oct 19, 2005 - Dalai Lama Hunting

His Holiness the Dalai Lama lives in exile in McCloud-Ganj a bit up the hill from Daramshala in India. I was lucky that HH was "in residence" when I was there, but alas I didn't get to see him. He does very few public audiences nowadays and it is very difficult to get to see him. I did visit his temple though and see plenty of other monks and minor Lamas. I found the morning student monks debating session very interesting. They empahasise the points they are making by a big flourish and clap of the hands. It makes it look like they are...

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Sep 23, 2005 - Back in Bhagsu

WOW! If anyone ever decides to go to India, you HAVE to go on a Jeep Safari, with Himalayan Adventures, in New Manali. Hannah and i got a Jeep, driver, cook (really good one too) a guide, tent, sleeping bags, brekkie, packed lunch, dinner, for about $360! for 5 nights, 6 days! We had fished around, one place was offering th same for about $800 and another, cheap price, but accomodation was in lodges and not included. Anyway, we started off from Manali, headed through the Lahaul Valley, to Kaza, some 200km away. It was a brilliant sunny...

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Sep 12, 2005 - Dharamsala

Dharamsala 13.10 Cette destination était très attendue par nous tous. En effet, il y a 5 ans, à la même période, nous y avons passé 2 mois inoubliables où les enfants allaient au jardin d'enfants tous les matins, Marie se rendait à la « library » pour des cours de philosophie et de langue tibétaine et Pierre faisait du yoga. A notre arrivée nous nous sommes donc rendus chez Tenzin Dolma qui tient un guest house et qui nous louait la chambre lors du dernier séjour. Elle ne sera là qu'à partir du lendemain car elle a rendu visite à son fils...

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Aug 31, 2005 - Dharamsala

We're in the home of the Dalai Lama, and i'm going to follow in his footsteps and be the embodiment of compassion. This wasn't how i felt on our bus journey here from Manali. We travelled on a luxury bus (which means two seats together not three and the seats recline)which left at 7.30pm and would arrive in Dharamsala at 4.30am. Well i was sat in front of a guy who had deemed it part of his spiritual enlightenment to not wash for 2 months, god did he smell bad! and a group of young guys who decided they were going to smoke their chillum for...

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Jul 26, 2005 - I think there might be drugs around here

McLeod Ganj is unique. Home to the Dalai Lama in exile, thousands of Tibetan refugees and a gentler species of Indian, the town attracts a mulitude of backpackers. Everyone is on a search. Everyone is engaged in the struggle for the freedom of the Tibetan homeland, empowering Tibetan refugees with basic English phrases. So many people practising yoga. So many people radiating bliss. So many people clearly smoking much weed. The town is perched on the slopes of a verdant valley, and maroon-cloaked monks peacefully go about their business...

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Jul 16, 2005 - Shimla - Dharamsala & McLeod Ganj, India

Von Mumbai aus reise ich mit dem Rajdhani Express nach New Delhi. In New Delhi warte ich auf Monika, welche mich die naechsten fuenf Wochen begleiten wird. Mit der Himalayan Queen geht es weiter nach Kalka wo wir auf den Shimla Toy Train umsteigen und nach 103 Tunnel in Shimla, einer Hill Station, ankommen. Shimla ist jedoch enttaeuschend, fuer uns aber sowieso nur ein Zwischenhalt. Also weiter mit dem Bus nach McLeod Ganj. Wir sind genau eine Stunde zu spaet! Der Dalai Lama hat soeben eine seiner grossen Reden gehalten. Und nun zieht er...

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