Tibet in India
McLeod Ganj Travel Blog› entry 8 of 28 › view all entries
November 11th, 2008 – by: sgoudryagranada
We are back in the mountain paradise; we are now in Mcleodganj where the Tibetan government has their premises while being in exile. This place is basically a little Tibetan village. We arrived here at 5.30 yesterday morning so our first thing to do was to find a place to sleep. Fortunately there were already at that hour people offering accommodation.
Today was already a different day. We are figuring our places where we could keep on doing yoga every day, and we want to do some volunteering by teaching the Tibetan monks English. Actually today we went to do canyoning nearby this place and bumped into two monks who eagerly wanted to have some conversations with us.
In Mcleodganj there are so many things to do that we are planning to stay here at least two weeks. Mcleodganj is almost in 2000 metres and next two it are many mountains that reach 4000 metres so we want eagerly do trekking in this area. Also the weather is really nice though it’s almost mid November; sun is shining every day and the temperature rises to 25 degrees under the sun. The evenings are though quite chilly in these altitudes naturally.
Geography has always been my favourite subject. I love looking at maps of every kind, seeing the morphology, the distances between cities, the boarders, the rivers, the coasts… Now, discovering and touching the real Geography is even better! It’s November, in Italy it is raining hard and here it doesn’t (the monsoon passed two months ago), the sun warms up your skin (like the sun in June in Italy) and we have a fantastic 25° temperature with fresh air (at 2000m we are in perfect conditions, compared to the plain that is hotter and more humid).
Yesterday we started Henni’s English classes, for which I’m the assistant (Yes, as Italian I am a terrible speaker, but the class level allowed me to do this). Tibetan people, and mostly the monks (they are numerous, I think that they are at least half of the exiled population) have been invited by HH the Dalai Lama to learn both Chinese and English. I suppose that the idea is to give them the knowledge to communicate and to be in relations with the entire western world, which supports them, but also with China, which as economical and military giant, can’t be forced to give back their territory, at least in this era.
We asked the students to write something about themselves, and obviously some tough stories came out: about fugitives that crossed mountains (not at 1000m, at 5000m!), gorges and valleys with no food in a month-long journey.
Everyone escaped, but everyone wants to come back in his land, because your roots request you to claim it back.
I must say that I have never liked Chinese people for their self-ghettoising behaviour in our countries, but now touching the Tibetan history, I really dislike them.
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