The Indian capital of the Tibetan exile is a place you can easily fall for. Despite the fact that it has quiet a fuss on the streets, a big disorder everywhere, the canals from the narrow streets suffer incredibly and the cleanness of the streets is not the main concern of the people here. Let’s just say they have other priorities.
It is located in the north part of Inadia, in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. The most important touristic attraction is Dalai Lama himself. Tenzin Gyatso is the 14th Dalai Lama and he is located here since 1960 ruling the Tibetan government.
On the narrow streets you can find a lot of artisanal things, clothes, cars, motorcycles and people, dogs and overall monkeys; harsh smells, horns and alive colors, music, voices. There are also beggars and aggressive salespeople, who take you from the street to show you their merchandise. There are no pavements, signposts or baskets. Dharamshala is far from being Heaven on Earth. Still, it is beautiful, harmonious and pacified.
The people here are all beautiful, the locals, the Indians, the Buddhist monks and Europeans and Americans all over the place. Most of the tourists that come here are interested in the teachings of Dalai Lama. You can truly say this is a Babel Tower – with all the languages, nations but they still get along with one another. They all smile to each other. Its the world capital of compassion and tolerance.
If you want to see and hear Dalai Lama you have to sign up for teachings and you will get a card that will provide you access to Tsuglag-Khang, the main temple here; the temple where Dalai Lama gives his preaches. You will first leave your luggage at the hotel and take with you just some paper for writing, a pen, a pillow to sit on and an FM radio to get the signal for the translation of what it is being said.
More to come…