Bhagsu waterfall – 20 minutes walk from McLeod is a stunning waterfall with beautiful views of the valley around. You can stop for a drink and admire the views if you wish.
Triund – 2 – 4 hours depending on age and fitness. Close to the snow capped Dhauladhar range of mountains, you will get panoramic views of the Dharamshala valleys and mountains below. A favourite with trekkers. Limited accomodation and food is available. Many people choose to camp and bring their own food. Bring all weather clothes if camping is your choice. During the monsoon, (July – Sept.) and in the winter months, weather conditions change quickly so assessing safety is a must at this time.
The Main Temple and The Dalai Lama’s Residence – 10 minutes walk from McLeod Ganj. You can take a serene morning or evening walk around the temple and residence. Tibetans call this ‘Ling Kor’- a place for circumnabulation with beautiful views of the Dharamshala area. You can see many traditional Buddhist stupas and prayer flags fluttering. At the main temple you can meditate while listening to monks chanting from 6-8am and in the evening you can watch the monks debate between 4 -7pm. There are wonderful statues of Buddha, Chenrezig and Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) in the main temple alongside many Buddhist scriptures. You are unable to visit the Dalai Lama’s residence for security reasons unless the Dalai Lama is giving a public audience in the residence grounds.
The Tibetan Museum – The Tibetan Museum is within the temple area and has a very well presented permanant display of pictures depicting Tibet’s recent history. They also have frequent visiting displays. Open 10am – 6pm Tues – Sunday.
The Tibetan Library- 15 minutes walk. Two Geshes (Doctors in Buddhism) give teachings Mon – Friday, 9- 10 and 11- 12pm; the Dharma class at 11 has an excellent English translator. Between Dharma classes, 10 – 11 you can study the Tibetan language. There is also a small museum here and a good bookshop. There is a small monthly fee for attendance at classes. Enquire at the office: 222467
GU-CHU-SUM – 5 minutes from main square. Established in 1991, Gu Chu Sum provides support to ex-political prisoners and their families. There is a permanent photographic exhibition hall here where you can learn more about Tibet’s history under the Chinese occupation.
Norbulingka Institute – 20 mins from Dharmashala bus station + 15 min walk, or 20 minutes from McLeod in a taxi. Norbulinka Institute promotes and preserves Tibetan traditional arts and culture as well as offering apprenticeships at both degree level and for craftspersons. You can see artists at work on Thangka painting, applique, woodcarving, metalwork and tailoring. The grounds are peaceful and beautiful, a true sanctuary, with Japanese style gardens and water features. The temple is also stunning with a giant statue of Buddha and many beautiful frescoes. High quality food is available at the restaurant and you can also stay at the hotel for a price. Make sure you take a bit of extra cash as it is a little more pricey than usual for India though the quality is high. Bring mosquito repellent!
UPDATED – Wangchuk Tseten, a Tibetan man in his 30’s, has self-immolated in Kardze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. He is a father of four and comes from Ahse village of Shido town in Nyagrong county in Kardze. The self-immolation took place at about 7.00 am local time in the main square read more →
Mar 18: Pema Gyaltsen -UPDATE
Pema Gyaltsen also known as Pegyal, 24, has self-immolated near Tsoga monastery in Nyagrong, Kham, eastern Tibet on March 18 to protest against the illegal occupation of Tibet by the Chinese regime, reports Radio Free Asia. This is the first reported self-immolation protest inside Tibet since the start of this read more →
Dec 8: Tashi Rabten
Tashi Rabten, 33, self-immolated in Machu in the Gansu province. Onlookers reported that during his protest he called out for “freedom for Tibet and for the return of the Dalai Lama” and that he also called out for the release of the Panchen Lama, Gendun Choekyi Nyima who is detained read more →
May 7: Sonam Tso
2016 / Sonam Tso, a mother of five has self-immolated near a monastery in Dzoege county in Ngaba Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. Sonam, who was in her 50s, self-immolated on March 23 calling out for the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and for freedom for Tibet. Reports of the read more →
Feb 29: Dorjee Tsering
2016 / Dorjee Tsering, a 15-year-old Tibetan boy living in Herbertpur town near Dehradun has self-immolated and is in hospital in Delhi suffering from 95% burns. Dorjee said, “The reason I resort to burning myself like a choemey (Butter lamp) is because Tibet was occupied by China since 1959 and I have read more →
Feb 29: Kalsang Wangdu
2016 / Kalsang Wangdu, a Tibetan monk from the Retsokha Aryaling monastery in Kardze, set himself on fire and died in southwestern China’s Sichuan province. Radio Free Asia reports their source in the region as saying “[While he burned], he called out for Tibet’s complete independence”. There are also media read more →
Aug 27: Tashi Kyi
Tashi Kyi, a woman in her mid 50s, has died after setting herself on fire in northwest China’s Gansu province, apparently protesting against the demolition of her home and her village by the Chinese authorities. Nearby people tried to save her but she died and her body was taken away read more →
Jul 9: Sonam Topgyal
Sonam Topgyal, 26, a monk, became the 142nd person to self-immolate in protest against Chinese rule in Tibet. He self-immolated on July 9 at around 4pm in Gesar Square in the Tibetan town of Kyegudo in Qinghai. Photographs showing him on the ground engulfed in flames immediately circulated on social read more →
May 27: Sangye Tso
Sangye Tso, a 36-year old Tibetan woman from Amdo Choney county, Kanlho prefecture in Tibet has died after a self-immolation protest. According to initial reports, Sangye Tso set herself on fire at around 4am local time at the entrance of a Chinese government office where authorities of the Public Security read more →
May 20: Tenzin Gyatso
Tenzin Gyatso, 35, from Khangsar township in Tawu County, eastern Tibet, has set himself ablaze, becoming the 140th Tibetan to self-immolate in protest against Chinese rule in Tibet. Gyatso self-immolated outside the venue of a government officials’ meeting; he was protesting against weeks of harrassment and police intimidation in Tawu read more →