Dharamsala, McLeod Ganj and Bhagsu

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A hindu shrine

I spent a week up here, and was hoiping to be granted an audience with his holiness, the Dalai lama, but discovered that he was out of residence and would not be back for a few more weeks.

My first two nights I spent in Lower Dharamsala, still recovering from the horrors in Jammu. Found the food is great here, such a mixture of cuisines! I found a lovely guesthouse for 150 rupees a night, with bathroom and moved there on the third day. Spent most of my week exploring. Met some really nice people from Israel, and spent a lot of time doing things with them. The place I stayed was fab, run by a guy called Sunni. There were loads of monkeys around, and the sights were stunning.

They have some really crazy storms in Dharamsala, and plenty of power cuts too! I was held up in a restaurant until 3 am waiting for one of these storms to pass, as the rain was coming down so heavily, it was like standing under a power shower! Was warned not to walk throught he woods at night, as mountain leopards are known to prowl around after sunset.

Monkeys playing near my guesthouse
On Thursday a couple of us went trekking to the waterfall (the one further away not the one in Bhagsu) - what an amazing trek! We got to the waterfall after 4 hours (we got slightly lost trying to take a short cut through jungle area). Was not suprised to find on the shelf of the waterfall was a guy running a stall selling Chai! Had a quick dive into the falls (not advisable it was about 2 degrees C) but very refreshing!

Was disapointed that I did not have time to do the trek to Triund (the snow mountain), but have plenty to do next time! Spent Friday visitng the Dalai Lama's temple, shopping on the saturday, and packed ready to ctach by bus at 8pm Sunday to Manali.

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A hindu shrine
A hindu shrine
Monkeys playing near my guesthouse
Monkeys playing near my guesthouse
Prayer Flags blowing in the breeze
Prayer Flags blowing in the breeze
Prayer Flag
Prayer Flag
The buddhist temple in Mcleod Ganj
The buddhist temple in Mcleod Ganj
Prayer Wheel at the buddhist temple
Prayer Wheel at the buddhist temple
Beautiful ancient woods at back of…
Beautiful ancient woods at back o…
Unusual flowers growingin the trees
Unusual flowers growingin the trees
monkeys at prayer
monkeys at prayer
Monkey
Monkey
rainbow over Bhagsu
rainbow over Bhagsu
View of Bhagsu from my guesthouse …
View of Bhagsu from my guesthouse…
Return journey from waterfall trek
Return journey from waterfall trek
On the way back from the waterfall…
On the way back from the waterfal…
Upper Dharamkot, coming back from …
Upper Dharamkot, coming back from…
Part of waterfall at trek
Part of waterfall at trek
The waterfall at trek
The waterfall at trek
Having a funny half hour in the wa…
Having a funny half hour in the w…
The Dalai Lamas residence/temple
The Dalai Lamas residence/temple
The Dalai Lamas residence/temple -…
The Dalai Lamas residence/temple …
View of Snow Mountain (Triund)
View of Snow Mountain (Triund)
View of triund from The Dalai Lama…
View of triund from The Dalai Lam…
Bus journey to Lower Dharamsala
Bus journey to Lower Dharamsala
McLeod Ganj
photo by: Stevie_Wes