Dharamkot was the perfect place to take a break from our nomadic lifestyle, settle in, and experience all that the Kangra Valley had to offer. We spent the first few days in the bustling city of McLeod Ganj, home of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and his government in exile, where we indulged in espresso, stuffed our faces with street-fried veggie momos, and treated ourselves to a different yummy home-made Tibetan pastry from the same chef every night.
Over the next two and a half weeks we were blessed with an abundance of incredible experiences. We met an awesome guy from California, Zack, who instantly became our friend, cheered on the sidelines of the championship soccer game for the TIbetan refugee league, attended live Buddhist teachings by His Holiness (which was incredible!), taught conversational English to Tibetan monks, and studied yoga with Sharat Aurora at the Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Center.
We lived at the Heena Cafe, where we had a hot shower and our own kitchen and balcony for just $2USD a night. It was operated by the sweetest Indian man named Hanz and his lovely wife, and was basically an extension of their home. The village had no roads, just trails, so everywhere we went required some hiking; a perfect way to keep us in shape for the trekking adventures to come!
This group of photographs is a glimpse into the vast wilderness of the Dhula Dhar Range, just a few hours from the bustling city of Dharamsala.