Dharamsala Journals

At Home with the Dalai Lama

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A travel journal to Dharamsala by koshkha

Tibetan Mandala Cafe Photo, Dharamsala, India More Photos
Quote: No, we didn't see the world's ultimate cool religious dude but we did visit the town that he makes his home.

Hotel Sahiwa

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Hotel | "A Dharamsala Dive"

Hotel Sahiwa Photo, Dharamsala, India
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It’s not always possible in India to avoid staying somewhere you suspect is going to be really rather rubbish and you just need to roll with the punches and accept that there's nothing you can do about it. When the company organising our tour sent me their suggested list of hotels, my crap hotel antennae were quickly twitching about the hotel they suggested in Dharamsala. A quick check on a well-known hotel review site showed that only about 20% of reviewers recommended the place. Why didn’t I put up more of a fuss? It was soon apparent that most of the hotels in town were equally rubbish. It was just two nights, how bad could it really be?Our journey to Dharamsala took nearly 9 hou...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 31, 2013

Hotel Sahiwa
Buddha Temple Road Mcleodganj, Dharamsala Himachal Pradesh , 176219
Dharamsala $zip
0189 222 0331

Dalai Lama Temple

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Attraction | "Temples and Tea"

Dalai Lama Temple Photo, Dharamsala, India
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After a long drive from Manali to Dharamsala, our driver Mr Singh gave us a late start for our day of sight-seeing. We were due to meet him at the very civilised hour of 10 o’clock in the morning. I was vaguely aware that our first stop was to be the Dalai Lama’s Temple and our first surprise was greeting Mr Singh, him giving us a big smile and a head wobble and pointing just down the road from where we were standing. "That’s it, Sir" he said, "Big Temple. You come back when finished. No hurry, no hurry." We’d arrived late in the afternoon, really not looked around at all and had totally failed to spot that we were right on the doorstep of the temple. We’d even been up to the roof terrace of our hotel...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 31, 2013

Dalai Lama Temple

Dharamsala, india

Osho Hotel & Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Never judge a book by its cover"

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One of the problems we had on our tour of Himachal Pradesh was communicating with our lovely driver, Mr Singh. As time passed, we developed almost psychic ability to understand each other without the need of boring, conventional stuff like actual words. One area where this did cause us some tension was over meal times when we were on the road. On our first day we misinterpreted what we thought was "Do you want some lunch?" but was probably actually "Did you already have some lunch?" and nearly starved. It was only when we cracked open our emergency crisp supplies that he finally got the message and we had lunch around four in the afternoon.We tended to live with a sense of faith that...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 24, 2013

Osho Hotel & Restaurant
Vpo Sungal, National Highway 20
Dharman

The Man and the Town

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Sacrifice poster Photo, Dharamsala, India
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If you're reading my reviews about Dharamsala and thinking "Why on earth would anyone go there?" then the purpose of this is to explain where the attraction lies. The Indian state of Himachal Pradesh has a lot of cities and many of them get largely ignored by the tourist trade but Dharamsala's a bit special and draws visitors from all around the world. Strictly speaking, it's not really Dharamsala itself which draws the crowds – is a little place just up the hill from the main city. Some refer to it as Upper Dharamsala or by the absurdly multi-racial name of McLeod Ganj which combines aspects of both its British colonial history and its Indian roots. All surprising when the main thing the place is kno...Read More

Tibetan Mandala Cafe

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Restaurant | "Cakes and Serenity"

Tibetan Mandala Cafe Photo, Dharamsala, India
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Sometimes if you are really lucky, you find a place that seems totally tuned to your wavelength and this is exactly what happened to use when we found the Tibetan Mandala Cafe in McLeod Ganj near Dharamsala. We'd had a very intense day of sightseeing when Mr Singh the driver dropped us off in the town centre whilst he went to get a new tyre to replace the one that had been punctured the day before. When I say 'new' tyre, I of course mean 'new to him' and probably lacking much in the way of tread.Tibetan Mandala Cafe was just a short walk from our hotel and it offered Wi-Fi which was enough to lure us in. Our hotel – the Sahiwa – was not the sort of place to have internet and we'd been off ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 25, 2013

Tibetan Mandala Cafe
Manin Temple Road, Mcleod Ganj
Dharamsala
097 36 819754

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koshkha

koshkha
Northampton, United Kingdom