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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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Thangka appliqué embroidery, a nearly-finished piece.
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In the Norbulingka Institute

Thangka appliqué embroidery - underneath, showing the stitching.
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In the Norbulingka Institute

A beautifully-decorated box nearing completion.
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In the Norbulingka Institute

A fierce Buddhist deity, part of a mural in the temple
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In the Norbulingka Institute

The statue of Buddha in the temple.
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In the Norbulingka Institute

The Doll Museum helps to illustrate Tibetan culture and costumes for future generations.
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In the Norbulingka Institute

In the Doll Museum, illustrating monks' costumes and a religious ceremony.
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Chonor House

Detail from a painting on a staircase.
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Chonor House

The murals in my room were amazing but some were a little faded (they are due to be repainted in the near future).
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Chonor House

Yaks - another of the murals on my bedroom walls.
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Chonor House

The detailed paintings also appeared on the key tag for my room.
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Chonor House

The restaurant
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Chonor House

The 'Grey haired nomads' waiting for service.
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Chonor House

The food, when it arrives, is excellent - just ask the 'nomads'!
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Chonor House

Detail from one of the murals in the restaurant.
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Another detail from a mural in the restaurant. This one must have been modelled by my brother-in-law George!
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Chonor House

Afternoon tea on the terrace
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Farewell Chonor House

My brother David (left of picture) and me about to leave Chonor House after receiving traditional kurtas (white silk scarves) from Dorma. Picture courtesy of the 'Grey haired nomads'.



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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