Amara Prema Yoga School, Himalayas
About Dharamkot, Dharamsala
Dharamkot village is peaceful, chilled-out, relaxed and very friendly. There is a strong Tibetan and Buddhist influence. The Dalai Lama temple and official residence is a twenty-five minute walk from the yoga school. You will be delighted by spectacular views over the stunning Himalayan valleys. The air is clean, fresh and invigorating. Good vibes, kindred spirits, cosy little cafes and beautiful Himalayan energies are waiting for you.
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The Buddhist Influence
The Tushita Buddhist Temple in Dharamkot is open to all visitors, hosting daily meditation, film days and short courses. Tushita also houses a public library of Buddhist books and teachings. The official residence of the Dalai Lama is a twenty five-minute walk from the yoga school (or a few minutes in a taxi). His Holiness gives regular public teachings. There are many other Buddhist montastries in the Dharamsala region and you will frequently see Buddhist monks walking in the streets and forests. The Tibetan village of Nadi is a forty minute walk through the foothills, enchanted with prayer flags and stone balanced sculptures.
Trekking in the Foothills
Dharamsala is surrounded by foothills, forest and trekking routes. Bhagsu temple and waterfall are a thirty minute gentle walk. The famous Gallu waterfall is a 1.5 hour trek from Dharamkot (passing the stunning Sunset cafe with incredible vista over the valley). The more popular trekking route of Triund is a 3 hour long trek (with spectacular views over three mountain tops). From here there is additional access to the Snow Line and overnight camping.
Activities in the area include paragliding, trekking, animal sanctuary, hill-walking, cooking classes, jewelry making, music tuition, macrame, sound healing, ayurvedic treatment and Buddhist temple visits.
As with most of the small villages in the Himalayas, the pathways of Dharamkot are rocky and uneven. We recommend that you bring a back-pack instead of a suitcase, and pack light! Please also bring a torch because many of the pathways are without lights.
There are Western Union currency exchange shops in Dharamkot and nearby villages Bhagsu (15 minute walk) and McLeod Ganj (30 minute walk) There is an ATM in Bhagsu and McLeod Ganj. You can also exchange currency at the airport on arrival (the local currency is Indian Rupees).
How To Get Here
There are regular international flights to New Dehli International Airport (airport code DEL).
From New Dehli International Airport you can take a connecting flight to Kangra Airport (also known as Gaggal Airport, airport code DHM), which is 12km from Dharamsala. From here take a short 30 minute taxi ride directly to Dharamkot (we recommend that you use the pre-paid taxi stand which is just left at the Airport exit).
Alternatively, if you prefer to travel by bus (or need to keep a low budget), you can take an overnight bus from New Dehli to Dharamsala. The bus collection point in New Dehli is called Manoj Kumar. Here regular sleeper buses depart to Dharamsala. Typically the buses depart around 7pm and arrive Dharamsala at 6am. We recommend that you book your ticket in advance using the RedBus booking system (www.redbus.in). From Dharamsala you can take a 30 minute taxi to Dharamkot.