I spent over a week relaxing in Mcleod Ganj. It has a large Tibetan community and is the seat of the Tibetan government in exile, as the Dalai Lama came to live here in 1959 when he fled Tibet.
I learnt a fair bit about the history of Tibet visiting the museum and Tsuglagkhang complex which is where the Dalai Lama resides. Here are some of the local monks who were all very friendly.
To learn more about Tibetan crafts we visited the Norbulingka Institute which houses Tibetan refugees and teaches them the traditional arts and crafts to help them make a living and keep the traditions alive. The painting below had been worked on for over 6 months and the level of detail was amazing.
This men was crafting statues of Buddha from copper to sell.
Finally the countryside around Dharamsala was fantastic, the next village over was Bhagsu where I walked up to a little waterfall up the valley.
Labels: Buddhist, India, monk, painting, Temple, waterfall