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Tibetans, Hiking in Dharamsala

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An August 2000 trip to Dharamsala by Eleven Shadows

Hiking to Triund Photo, Dharamsala, India More Photos
Quote: Dharamsala is an interesting hill station perched in the Himalayas, where Tibetan refugees, Indians, and Westerners mingle amidst beautiful green, towering mountains and waterfalls.

Tibetans, Hiking in Dharamsala

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The hiking, such as up the trail to Triund, are easy hikes while offering awe-inspiring views. The town of McLeod Ganj, home of the Tibetan government-in-exile, has fascinating classes in anything from acupuncture to Tibetan to learning Hindi to Tibetan traditional cooking. The town has quite a few bookstores and shops brimming with Tibetan art.Quick Tips: A 45 minute walk to TCV (Tibetan Children's Village) is well worth the walk, and enables you to interact with the children and see some of the artists' workshops. You can also walk up to the Shiva temple on the banks of Dal Lake (not the same as Kashmir) and if you're lucky, catch a day-long Hindu puja, as we were lucky enough to do! Ma...Read More
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We ate at Amdo Cha Chung Cafe, a rooftop cafe overlooking the Himalayas. There, we were especially taken with the Tibetan thick noodle soup known as thukpa. A number of the noodle dishes were quite tasty.

We were able to also eat breakfast there, ordering fruit salad, Tibetan brown bread, and cereal, all delicious.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 14, 2000

Dining in McLeod Ganj
McLeod Ganj
Dharamsala, India

Hiking to Triund

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Hiking to Triund Photo, Dharamsala, India
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The trail is usually quite wide and easy to walk, and there is no climbing involved. It's also really easy to follow. We hiked in foggy weather, and got drenched by the monsoon rains as we neared Triund. We sought shelter in the pouring rains, hanging out under the eaves of one of the closed guesthouses, when a boy materialized seemingly out of nowhere and asked, "Do you want hot chai?" Trudging up the spine of the mountain in a downpour that greatly reduced visibility, we followed him to a ramshackle structure of tarp and logs tied together. We had arrived at the Hard Rock Cafe Triund! The hot chai was quite tasty. Within about 45 minutes, the weather cleared. We were rewarded...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 14, 2000

Hiking to Triund
near McLeod Ganj
Dharamsala, India

Teaching English to Tibetans

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One of the best memories of the trip to Dharamsala was teaching English to Tibetans. There are a number of places where you can volunteer to teach. At around 6:00, we gathered at a Tibetan kindergarten school, out in the playground area. Tibetans and Westerners milled around. Eventually, Tibetans came up, or people were paired up -- usually in a cattywompus but charming manner -- and the English lessons began, without benefit of books. Usually, the Tibetan English students had their own pads and pens. Most of the Tibetans here were recent refugees, escaping over the icy, treacherous Himalayas from Tibet to the freedom of India. We taught anything from numbers to using variou...Read More