A home to the Tibetans and the Dalai Lama in Himachal Pradesh, Dharamshala is considered an abode of peace and tranquility in India. And a part of Dharamshala is tugged away in the hills in a serine little village called Dharamkot.
Dharamkot is often stereotyped as the Village of the spiritual Hippie, with people from different parts of the world indulging in various Vipassana, meditation and yoga activities. Many foreigners have made it their home in their quest of trying to connect with their inner self.
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After your flight lands in Delhi (the capital of India), you, like most people, can take an overnight 10 hour bus to Dharamshala (400-1000). There are flights to the Kangra Dharamshala airport too. If you’re looking for really detailed information then check this link.
You can find comfortable buses (according to Indian standards) but the journey may be a little bumpy and curvy at times but mostly you will manage to sleep your way through. The bus drops you at McLeod Ganj (The city where Dalai Lama lives)
At first, when you enter McLeod Ganj, It may seem like a crowded market with tourists trying to make their way to catch a glimpse of the Dalai Lama, unless you’re lucky and you reach there in the early hours of the morning. If you’re not in the heroic mood of walking 2 kms with your luggage on a hill, you can easily find private cabs for 100-200 rupees to Dharamkot.
Once you manage to reach the village of Dharamkot , you will feel the spirituality in the air of the Himalayas but be ready for a little hike because there aren’t real roads here, just some paths carved by the villagers. So, the cab will drop you only up to a certain point. After that you are on your own. But don’t worry! Most of the villagers speak English so it is unlikely that you will get lost.
Accommodation available here is quite basic and cheap. You should easily be able to find rooms from 400-1000 rupees per day. If you’re planning to stay for a month or longer, you can get a good deal. Mostly you’ll deal with the locals there are always willing to bargain.
Always bargain in India. But remember not to complain much about the standard of the rooms, as it is only a village in India. There are no 5 star hotels here. Just inhale and go for the room that gives you a good vibe. If you love the nature then you can be a little adventurous and you’ll find rooms right in the middle of nature with sounds of nothing but the bugs and birds in the jungle. You might have to do a little hike to get to a nearest café but in the end a yogi should be fit.
If you’re looking for some tasty organic yogi food, we recommend you visit the cafes Once in Nature, Pacha Mama, Molly's place? and Milan Cafe. If you’re looking for people playing music in a café, then Pacha Mama beats it all. Not to forget their sugar and gluten free deserts. But don’t only believe in what I say, try more places. Some cafes are so beautifully located that you’ll go there only for the view and the peace.
All over the village, Ginger Lemon Honey tea seems to be the favourite yogi beverage as it’ll warm your body from the cool weather. Oh! And if you have a sweet tooth then DO NOT forget to try the Bhagsu cake. It melts in your mouth. and MOMOS!
Above all, what you’ll love the most about this place is the energy in the air of the Himalayas and the warmth in the hearts of people. You’ll often find smiling people who are fully alive and are more than willing to have a conversation with you about life and spirituality. It is pretty common to make new friends in few minutes. Since everyone is here almost on the same path of life, it is very easy to connect with people. If you wanna go out for dinner, there is a good chance you’ll end up at a live music jam session. Most of the people you’ll see here will either be carrying a yoga mat or a musical instrument.
If you’re looking for some peace then it is very easy to just get lost in the beautiful nature. You’ll spot many amazing quiet spaces in the village which can be a great place for meditation and self-reflection.
To sum it up, Dharamkot is a perfect place for a Yoga teacher training and to connect with yourself. I think the keyword for Dharamkot is “OM”.
If you’re convinced now, then just pack your bags. Yoga in the Himalayas is waiting for you.