I’m in the state of Himachal Pradesh now. My hotel is high up in the Himalaya Mountains, above McLeod Ganj. This is where the Dalai Lama lives and the Tibetans have their government in exile. Lots and lots of Tibetans here. Many Tibetan monks are here as well.
I love these mountains! On the way here we passed the Kangra District. All the mountains there were covered in snow and so high they seemed like they were in the clouds. God’s creation is just so beautiful!
We then came through Dharamshala, a touristy town filled with nice hotels and shops. The 12 kilometers of road between Dharamshala and McLeod Ganj is very twisty, with many turns almost making a complete circle.
Getting to the hotel is an adventure itself. The road is narrow. We slid off the road during a rain shower, when trying to pass another car. Luckily five friendly monks showed up and helped us lift the car out of the deep ditch. Stepping out on my balcony makes me completely dizzy. It’s so high!
In front of me are two massive mountains, with a snowy peak beyond them. In the mornings you get the best views, before the fog sets in. Sprinkled over these two mountains are small houses and huts where people, mostly monks, are living. Many of these places are very isolated and only have a path leading to them.
The town of McLeod Ganj is beneath me. It’s a small town that mainly consists of hotels, Tibetan craft shops, Tibetan medicine shops, and fruit and vegetable vendors. Strings of prayer flags are also blowing in the breeze. It’s a beautiful sight. It has inspired me to write.
Many foreigners reside in this area. I noticed them in the markets, shopping for their vegetables, essentials, etc.