16-18 February We travelled for a full day by road from Dharamshala, and we were relieved to stretch our legs for a short climb up a hundred or so steps leading to our Shimla hotel. Until we had been climbing for a few minutes, that is, when relief was replaced by exhaustion as the altitude Read more about Shimla[…]

Dharamshala: a mini Tibet?

13-15 Feb Our first stop approaching Dharamshala was the Norbulingka Institute complex of workshops and temples. It is almost identical to the original Norbulingka Summer Palace in Tibet, but without the thrill of feeling as if you’re on top of the world. We watched craftsmen carving silver ornaments, creating magnificent intricate Thangka designs, wood prints Read more about Dharamshala: a mini Tibet?[…]

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