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Photos: Jamyang Choling nunnery, near Dharamshala, India

Sunday, 19 Apr 2015 | Photo Gallery


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Life in a Tibetan Buddhist Nunnery

Sunday, 19 Apr 2015 | Views [1126]

  I am extremely fortunate to be living and teaching English for 3 and a half months at the Tibetan Buddhist nunnery of Jamyang Choling, near Dharamshala, India. What is life in a nunnery like? First, it’s a very peaceful and tranquil ... Read more >

Tags: buddhist, dharamshala, india, jamyang choling, mcleod ganj, nun, nunnery, tibetan


Photos: Rajasthan. A cow hospital and a rat temple

Sunday, 19 Apr 2015 | Photo Gallery


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Rajasthan - a cow hospital and a rat temple

Sunday, 19 Apr 2015 | Views [758]

COWS: Around 2 hours from Jodhpur on the road to Bikaner we stopped at what looked like a cattle sale yards, and turned out to be a cow hospital. We were shown around by a very knowledgeable elderly guide. There were 1500 cows all being lovingly cared ... Read more >

Tags: bikaner, cow, hospital, karni mata, rajasthan, rat, temple


Photos: Manali and Rewalsar, Himachal Pradesh

Sunday, 6 Oct 2013 | Photo Gallery


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A few days in Manali

Sunday, 6 Oct 2013 | Views [1785]

If you are travelling in north-east India, I recommend Manali as a great place to go. I’ve been in McLeod Ganj (upper Dharamshala) now for two and a half months, including during the monsoon. While I love living here, and it’s got a great ... Read more >

Tags: guru rimpoche, kullu, manali, manu temple, padmasambhava, rewalsar, tso pema, yak


Photos: Riding a yak in Manali

Thursday, 3 Oct 2013 | Photo Gallery

My first yak! What a beautiful animal.
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Photos: Indian wrestling in McLeod Ganj

Sunday, 15 Sep 2013 | Photo Gallery

The wrestling match was part of the mela (fair) being held here this weekend.
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Photos: On the Kora, McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala

Saturday, 14 Sep 2013 | Photo Gallery


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Photos: The Dalai Lama's teachings - a few drawings

Tuesday, 27 Aug 2013 | Photo Gallery


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Tags: dalai lama, dharamshala, drawings, teachings


The Dalai Lama's teachings, Dharamshala, August 2013

Tuesday, 27 Aug 2013 | Views [2273] | Comments [1]

The Dalai Lama has just returned from a month’s meditation retreat in Ladakh. I must say, it was good to think of him there, having the time to do some quiet meditation after a fairly hectic few months of foreign travel which even took him to Australia ... Read more >

Tags: dalai lama, dharamsala, dharamshala, teachings, tibet, tibetans


Photos: Tibetan carpet weavers, McLeod Ganj

Monday, 5 Aug 2013 | Photo Gallery


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Tags: tibetan carpet; dharamsala; dharamshala: tibet


Tibetan carpet weavers, McLeod Ganj

Monday, 5 Aug 2013 | Views [2507]

The other day I visited the carpet workshop in McLeod Ganj. When you walk into the big airy workroom, your attention is first drawn to the gorgeous carpets hanging on the display wall. The colours are rich and varied, and the carpets have a beautifully ... Read more >

Tags: mcleod ganj; dharamsala; tibet, tibetan; carpet


To McLeod Ganj in a taxi; monsoon mist and a monkey

Wednesday, 31 Jul 2013 | Views [1577] | Comments [1]

Well, I’m back in McLeod Ganj (Dharamshala) for a third time teaching at Tibet Charity. This time I decided to splash out and take a taxi from Delhi, because the bus travels overnight and I was interested to see the scenery. It’s also a ... Read more >

Tags: mcleod ganj; dharamsala: dharamshala: monkey; mon


Two travel books inspired by Tibetans in exile

Thursday, 25 Apr 2013 | Views [879]

In 2010 and 2012 I spent three months (that's the longest visa I could get)  teaching English as a volunteer at Tibet Charity in Dharamshala, India. My students were mostly Tibetans.  Dharamshala is a community dominated by Tibetans in exile, ... Read more >

Tags: dalai lama, dharamsala, dharamshala, library, monkeys, monks, teaching, tibet, yeti


Photos: Pragpur Heritage Village and Judge's Court, Himachal Pradesh

Monday, 21 May 2012 | Photo Gallery

Pragpur is India's only heritage village, and lies just outside judge's Court, a lovely old family home which is now a hotel.
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Touring around the Kangra Valley: Masroor, Kangra Fort & more...

Wednesday, 16 May 2012 | Views [2101]

Recently Gusti, Eva and I went to Kangra Fort, the Brigeschwari Devi temple in Kangra, Masroor temple and the Tatwani hot spring, as well as having a memorable lunch at Lanj / Lunj. We set off at 8am with Hardeep the taxi driver who had been ... Read more >

Tags: dharamsala, kangra fort, masroor, tatwani, temple


Photos: Around the Kangra Valley

Tuesday, 15 May 2012 | Photo Gallery

Masroor, Kangra Fort, Tatwani hot spring, lunch at Lunj
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The very literate 'Illiterati'

Saturday, 12 May 2012 | Views [2164]

I’m sitting here feeling very full and satisfied after dinner in one of McLeod Ganj’s newest restaurants – and one of the most unusual. About five minutes’ walk down the road from Snow Height is Jogiwara Village, a small collection of houses, an ... Read more >

Tags: books, cafes, illiterati, mcleod ganj, restaurants


Photos: Amritsar and the India/Pakistan border

Thursday, 3 May 2012 | Photo Gallery


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