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Apr 21, 2006 - Mcleod Ganj - Day 1

After the long journey from Amritsar... and the heat so far, Mcleod Ganj was a piece of a heaven. Astounding views, unlimited bargains and mountains begging to be scaled, it simply had everything. Day 1 here was one of relaxation. A late morning, breakfast on our wonderful rooftop restaurant, and a short walk to visit the Gangchen Kyishong, the home-in-exile of the Tibetian Government. The will, and dignity-in-defiance, of the Tibetians is truly admirable. We then visited the Tsuglagkhang Complex, Central Tibetian Temple in Mcleod Ganj,...

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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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honeymoonplanet

Apr 2, 2006 - India - Himalayas (Himachel Pradesh)

The trip from Delhi and through the mountains was long and harrowing! The first stop after ten hours of driving was Shimla. Another 8 hours through high-cliffed mountain curves with oncoming trucks and out of control tourist buses, and we arrived in Manali! What a beautiful place. Upon arrival, I booked my ticket for the way back by plane!!

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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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Mar 14, 2006 - Shimla--Summer Home of the British Raj

This is a archtypical hill station and summer getaway for the former British and India government. Unfortunately, it's not summer here--It snowed at the summit this morning, turning to water as it hit the ground. It's a nice place to visit, but I'm just passing through on my way to Dharamsala, home to the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Government in exhile.

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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 24, 2005 - Shimla (Himalayan foothills)

OK, after the hell-ish 11 hour journey on the 'local' bus winding round and round the Himalayan foothills I arried in the stunning, but chilly, town of Shimla. Coming up here was always my plan when I was planning my Indian itinerary and I am so glad I did it....it was like being on the top of the world with the most stunning views...as you can see from the view from my bedroom window it was pretty special! Shimla is known as the 'Queen of the Hill Stations' and is famous for being the summer capital of India where Parliament, (obviusly...

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Nov 18, 2005 - Rishikesh

Yoga center of the World. This is where the Beatles came to learn to meditate and left with long hair and beards singing Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds. After another late train, only 3 hours this time, we made it to Rishikesh. Now we were at the mouth of the Ganges were it flows out of the Himalayas. They claim it is much cleaner here, but we saw other wise as there were sewers flowing into the river and trash being thrown into it. It was a very cool place to visit though. We did some hiking around the foothills of the Himalayas and saw...

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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 28, 2005 - Shimla - The Holiday Resort

We left Manali at 8am and got to Shimla at 6pm. After a hike we got to our hotel, turned around and went out for dinner. Shimla town is a popular and expensive destination and that is why there is no drive through zone in the town center. Had an expensive but nice dinner and went to bed. In the morning took the Toy train to Kalka. Train was tiny and overflowing with tourists. Lenka sat in the doorway with feet hanging out over the edge until a tunnel nearly took off her boots. Steve later followed suit. The journy was suppose to take 5hrs,...

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Tripping 2005/06

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