Last week: MCLEOD GANJ
I spent my last week in India visiting with friends in Mcleod Ganj. I arrived was greeted with love by Wangchuk, Phillippa and Rigsel. Unfortunately after two days, they had emergency medical and had to rush off to Delhi. So there I was with a five days to spare before my flight out. What to do?
I spent a lot of time photographing the town and surrounding area. I went to Dharamkot, a small village up the mountain about a mile from Mcleod Ganj. During previously visits I had never visited this village. Mainly because I enjoy walking to these little villages, and in the past, I had often been told I might meet a pack of rabid dogs on the way. But this trip I decided to take an auto rickshaw up the mountain to Dharamkot and I am glad I did.
I also spent some time with my friend, who with her husband owns the Pema Thang hotel located on a quiet hill directly above the HH Dalai Lama’s Temple. She is also a famous Tibetan Opera singer, who until recently preformed in concerts throughout the world. Daily I also chatted with my friend who owns the local Book Store, located on the same hill as the Pema Thang. All in all, it was a wonderful week.
Because you have already read about Mcleod Ganj in previous blog entries, below you will find photos of the area I have not previously shown, and get a bit of commentary about the new activities I have experienced. Enjoy.
Mcleod Ganj street scenes:
|The Man on the street who repairs my shoes.|
|Lunching on the street.|
|Two locals taking a walk|
|Out for their daily walk|
|The man in his shop, who wraps parcels for mailing.|
|My wrapped package ready for mailing|
|A great salon|
|Typical Mcleod Ganj traffic jam.|
An afternoon in Dharamkott:
|Viewing Dharamkot from the hillside|
|Main Street Dharamkot|
|Signs on the fence in Dharamkot. Most of the visitors to this village are young people who are former Isreally soldiers.|
It's a village that caters to youth. It also has it's own rabbi.
Some photos of Pema Thang Hotel and the view from my favorite room.
|My favorite Pema Thang Room with its own baloncy and a view of the hillside.|
|The His Holliness the Dalai Lama's temple as well as housing for many monks.|
|A little bird that greeted me every morning|
|The hillside home of the His Holliness the Dalai Lama, who lives there with|