[ Sept.2006 ] Dalamsala was the place I liked most in this tour in India.
The area we stayed was called McLeod Ganj, where we arrived after going up about 200 metre from the town centre which is about 1800m above sea level.
In this area, most of the people were Tibetans who exiled themselves from China.
So the people on the streets looked oriental, not like other Indians, and they were wearing lovely costumes.
Here it has been called “Little Tibet” since 14th Dalai Lama established the government in exile.
We visited the Tibetan Temple in front of Dalai Lama’s residence.
Not only the monks and priests in red, but ordinary people were praying and reading Sanskrit textbook.
Our guide said that he could not read it.
By the way, this guide was apparently brought up in English language and I felt that he was expressing some sort of pride by saying that.
This tour was an British one, so we visited many places which were relevant to British people.
Here we visited a church called St.
John in the Wilderness, where there was a tomb of Lord Elgin who was a governer of India.
A very fine cow was a grave keeper.