Thursday, February 5, 2009

Dharmasala Tips

*Try to not stay in Dharmasala at all, take transport to Mcleod Gang even if it is late and find a place there.

McLeod Ganj

Main Complex: 
Dalai Lama's residence
Tsuglagkhang Temple
Tibet Museum- about Tibetans' plight from Tibet since the Cultural Revolution in China

Tibetan Government Complex (bottom of hill from mcleod, 30 min walk):
Museum of Tibetan Medicine- really interesting
Tibetan Cultural Museum- with some artifacts
*Here you can take many classes such as Tibetan Language, Buddhism, etc.

Hiking: walk to Triund, about 4 hours round trip- nice views especially on a clear day; take lunch. Other options include further overnight hikes to Chamba; check with locals for guides, etc.

Momo cafe- good for chai and momo's
JJI cafe- really good breakfast JJI breakfast or farmer's breakfast
Tibet bakery- great bread and donuts and muffins, etc. try something new every day, run by the exile government.
view from Dharamkot

None, use this as a cheap place to stay with a good view, quieter than McLeod itself

Massage course
- down the trail (1800 Rs for 5 classes / 2 hours each); ask for Kamal

Iyengar Yoga Center- large yoga complex

*other classes such as jewelry making/knitting, etc.

Chabad House- internet, shabbat dinners, etc.

Snow White Lodge- upper dharamkot; nice family; 200 Rs/night, double with attached bath and hot shower; no sign- just ask for Deepak

Milkey Way Cafe- good Israeli food, run by Sanji


*Like Dharamkot but busier, has many mid-range accomodations (Best Western etc.)

Rita's cooking classes- 700 Rs for 3 sessions/person; includes lunch after each class.

Unity Pizza- amazing pizza for a good price

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