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March 12th 2013
Published: May 5th 2013
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I had hoped that some day I might see Tibet, the roof of the world. However, until China returns the country to its rightful owners and stops brutalising its people and destroying its traditions, I'll make do with Tibet in exile. Mike Fossey, March 2013 In March of 1959, after an epic journey on foot over the Himalayas, Tibet's spiritual leader, Tenzin Gyatso - His Holiness the 14th Dala... Read Full Entry



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On Temple RoadOn Temple Road
On Temple Road

An elderly lady with a prayer wheel reading a notice, which I think related to Tibetan refugees.
On Temple RoadOn Temple Road
On Temple Road

One of a small troupe of Langur monkeys which frequented the area.
On Temple RoadOn Temple Road
On Temple Road

Dorma, the friendly receptionist from Chonor House, enjoying a snack at one of the stalls.
Foreign visitors to Mcleod GanjForeign visitors to Mcleod Ganj
Foreign visitors to Mcleod Ganj

Why do foreigners buy clothes that none of the local people would ever dream of wearing?
Singing bowlSinging bowl
Singing bowl

A young Tibetan stallholder demonstrates a 'singing bowl', that makes a mellow bell-like sound used in mediation.
On Temple RoadOn Temple Road
On Temple Road

Janice tries to decide which of the lovely handmade paper books she'd like to buy.
In an alley off Temple RoadIn an alley off Temple Road
In an alley off Temple Road

A boy emptying his begging bowl (to which I contributed of course).
Is this restaurant (the Ashoka) a shocker?Is this restaurant (the Ashoka) a shocker?
Is this restaurant (the Ashoka) a shocker?

To find out, see the next photo!
The Ashoka's kitchen extractor fanThe Ashoka's kitchen extractor fan
The Ashoka's kitchen extractor fan

Do you think this a shocker? We decided against eating here!
In the Norbulingka InstituteIn the Norbulingka Institute
In the Norbulingka Institute

The gardens are delightful.
In the Norbulingka InstituteIn the Norbulingka Institute
In the Norbulingka Institute

This is the style of painting called 'thangka'.
In the Norbulingka InstituteIn the Norbulingka Institute
In the Norbulingka Institute

Janice admires a thangka painting in progress in the artists' studio.
In the Norbulingka InstituteIn the Norbulingka Institute
In the Norbulingka Institute

Detail from an unfinished thangka painting.
In the Norbulingka InstituteIn the Norbulingka Institute
In the Norbulingka Institute

Completing a metal cast of Buddha.
In the Norbulingka InstituteIn the Norbulingka Institute
In the Norbulingka Institute

Thangka appliqué embroidery.



7th May 2013

TIBET IN EXILE
Having been to Tibet I can only imagine the home of the Dalai Lama in exile would be a dream destination. Lucky you are to have been there. does it have an Indian feel or is it overwhelmingly Tibetan?
7th May 2013

Mcleod Ganj - Tibetan or Indian?
Well Dave, Mcleod Ganj does have an Indian feel about it - Indian people are still conspicuous, English is widely spoken, litter is evident, most hotels provide Indian food, and so on. At the same time, there are so many Tibetan refugees there (as well as the Dalai Lama, the temple complex, the monks and all the Tibetan goods on sale) that it can sometimes feel as though this isn't India at all! As you'll have seen, we immersed ourselves in the Tibetan bits though - and thoroughly enjoyed doing so.
7th May 2013

Great blog Mike
We've decided we want to travel with you and the nomads the next time we go to India. Thanks for sharing.
7th May 2013

Where to next...?
Thanks Dave and Merry Jo. It would be an honour to travel with you. I may not head back to India for two years (I have to eke out the pension), but I'm already thinking of possibly a bit of Gujarat, perhaps the Ganges, maybe the Himalayas. Then there are all my friends in Rajasthan... Oh dear, it's such a big country and there's so much...

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